Richmond Register: Downtown is great place for Shopping, Dining, Events

RICHMOND — Downtown is great place for shopping, dining, events

(Editor’s Note: This is first in a series on Richmond’s Downtown. A story about Main Street will be next.)

Folks who say there is nothing going on in Downtown Richmond haven’t been there lately.

The eight block area that defines Richmond’s urban center offers an amazing sampling of places to eat, listen to live music, buy a bicycle or purchase a guitar.

And that’s not all.

You can get your hair cut, do your banking, play computer games, get prescriptions filled, have your clothes cleaned and your watch repaired.

But wait, there’s more.

Downtown Richmond has two art galleries, a fine jewelry store, two florists and a new clothing boutique. And that’s just a sampling of what you will find.

In other words, Downtown Richmond has something for everyone, including weekly events that are attracting scores of people of all ages to come out, get healthy exercise and have some fun.

If you are wondering what is considered the Downtown Richmond area, it is the length of West Main from Collins Street to Third Street and includes the area between Water and Irvine streets.

Thursday Night Live takes place every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., April through October. Many of the downtown retail stores and restaurants offer discounts on products, dinner and drink specials as well as live music.

On the fourth Thursday of every month, the Downtown Richmond Association and local businesses sponsor a Family Fun and Fitness event. The next one is July 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. on First Street between Main and Irvine streets. Exercises and fitness will be provided by personal trainers from four athletic clubs. In addition, more than 25 retail vendors catering to health and wellness for all ages will be on the scene.

The second Hops and Vine Fest will take place July 26 from 2 to 8 p.m. on South Second Street in front of Apollo Pizza. Four breweries and a winery will be there. In addition to Apollo, the sponsors are West Sixth Brewing, Blue Stallion Brewing and Country Boy Brewing. This special event benefits the Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life.

The Downtown Richmond Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. between the white-columned Madison County Courthouse and the Family Court building on First Street. Visiting the downtown farmers market has become a popular family outing. Market manager Melodie Lincavage said, “Everything sold here has to be local. We only offer locally produced and homemade items.”

The farmers market features a half dozen produce vendors who bring in their very freshest seasonal vegetables that can include tomatoes, corn, beans, squash, peppers, watermelons and okra. Pumpkins will be coming in later in the season, she said.

The farmer’s market always features activities for youngsters, an education station, food vendors, live music and seasonal competitions. The winner of the recent strawberry competition took home a top prize of $100. A tomato festival and competition is set for August and a pumpkin event is planned for October.

For details about the farmer’s market, you can contact the market manager at farmersmarket@downtownrichmondassociation.com. Lincavage said she is always looking for bands and groups to play music.

Rose Rex is Richmond’s Main Street Coordinator. One of the most gratifying parts of her job, she said, is working with the downtown businesses.

For more details about the downtown association and events in downtown Richmond and their sponsors, visit downtownrichmondassociation.com.

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