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Key to the City

9 Reasons Why a Globetrotter Settled in Richmond, Virginia

Key to the City BY liz 06/21/2016

As a Navy kid and an art student, Christine Young moved around the world more times than most of us move apartments. All that country-hopping helped nip Christine’s shrinking violet vibes in the bud, and to learn to, as she puts it, “keep things minimal—lessen the burden and only hang onto things you really love.” But after ample traveling and a stint in New York City, the designer behind Young Frankk, a line of slim, mixed-metal jewelry, decided she and Richmond, Virginia, were MFEO. “It has a bit of a small-town vibe. Everyone’s  really friendly, and there are a lot of artistic and creative people here,” she explains. Here’s why she’s planning on sticking around.

 

 

Stay

QUIRK HOTEL

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“This hotel started out as an art gallery in a historic building that I think was a department store originally. They grew into a cute and, yes, quirky hotel that just opened. They have a rooftop bar that overlooks the city, and it’s one of my favorite places to get a drink. The rooms are really nice, and there’s art all over the place.”

 

 

Do Things

MONUMENT AVENUE

“It’s definitely worth checking out this street, which is lined with huge old houses. Richmond is a really historical town, so that’s a good starting place to get a good idea of what it’s all about. I always tell people to drive down there and just wander around.”

 

BELLE ISLE

 

“Everybody should go to the James River, which runs through downtown. This is a small island right in the middle that’s a great place to go hiking and swimming, without having to go outside the city.”

 

MCAFFEE'S KNOB

 

“I just did this hike, which is a couple of hours outside Richmond. The peak has an incredible view of the Blue Mountains.”

 

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NA NIN

 

“I did a collaboration with this shop and ended up becoming good friends with the owner, Kate. She makes her own candles, which just smell incredible.”

 

ROSEWOOD CLOTHING CO.

 

“The owner of this boutique has a really great eye for vintage—she works with a lot of new  independent designers, too.”

 

 

Eat

CAN CAN BRASSERIE

 

“On my dream day, I’d probably start with breakfast at Can Can, which is this really nice French restaurant. They do classic dishes like a croque monsieur, but with Southern things like fried green tomatoes.”

 

KING OF POPS

 

“I’m obsessed with these. They have a couple of locations in the South where they make these handmade popsicles. They make a lemon basil flavor that’s just insane. It’s so good if you need a little refreshment.”

 

STELLA'S

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“I love this Greek restaurant—I always get the spanikopita and the fried calamari. It’s been around in some form forever.”

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