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Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant

Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant

Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant

ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 9, 2014) – Today, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co.announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens opening a year or two after that. Ultimately, the company will employ more than 288 people.

“The search for our location east of the Mississippi River was no easy endeavor,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “We received and reviewed hundreds of proposals, visited more than 40 sites, and received quite a bit of attention from communities and craft beer fans. The three finalist cities each provided diverse offerings, however, we decided to begin next-step negotiations with Richmond because of their ability to meet our extensive site requirements, subject to the city’s approval. We also feel that Richmond’s vibrant energy and impressive craft beer culture, along with the uniqueness of the property, will allow us to create a truly memorable Stone experience for our fans. We are honored by the amount of time and effort all the communities that submitted proposals put forth, and we want to specifically thank Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones for welcoming us.”

Adds Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, “A facility on the East Coast will allow us to meet demand for our beer, ensure we are providing our fans with the freshest beer possible and also serve as a distribution hub for states located east of the Mississippi. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the lively craft beer community in Richmond, the state of Virginia and the entire eastern U.S.”

Stone anticipates building a 200,000 square-foot production brewery and distribution facility on 14 acres of land. Equipped with a 250-barrel brewhouse, the brewery will produce year-round and special-release beers to be bottled, kegged and distributed, as well as enjoyed on-site. The company also plans to renovate a two-story, 30,000 square-foot building, transforming it into a destination restaurant spanning four acres and highlighting locally grown organic food, complementing the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location’s surroundings. The restaurant will feature beautifully landscaped gardens where visitors will be able to enjoy craft beer, dine and relax in an inviting atmosphere.

“Today’s announcement marks the fruition of months of partnership and aggressive efforts to show Stone Brewing Co. that Virginia is the best state for its new craft beer production and hospitality facility,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The company received submissions from more than 20 states, and the Commonwealth of Virginia was selected. This competitive, high-profile project really puts Virginia on the map and cements our standing as a serious player in the craft beer industry. In addition to Stone’s significant investment and more than 288 new jobs, the far-reaching economic benefits of this operation are innumerable. The City of Richmond offers the infrastructure, available site and building, and natural resources that will allow the company to thrive and grow, and we are confident that Stone will benefit from the Commonwealth’s excellent business environment for years to come. Today is an achievement of great magnitude, and we are excited to welcome Stone Brewing Co. to Virginia.”

“We are thrilled about Stone’s decision to choose Richmond as its East Coast production and distribution facility location,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “After competing with 20 other states, we are so pleased that Stone has discovered those attributes that make Richmond a great place to do business. The fact that they have chosen a site in the Greater Fulton Community underscores their understanding of the rich history and natural assets that we have to offer. As they bring their unique craft beer and visionary business model here, I look forward to the many opportunities that lay ahead with Stone.”

This is the second expansion announcement Stone has made this year. In July, the company unveiled it will become the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe with the opening of Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin.

ObscurO Jewelry – Spotlight on Richmond Art Jewelry

ObscurO Jewelry – Spotlight on Richmond Art Jewelry

ObscurO Jewelry’s Jill Shropshire has a passion for her craft that shows in every piece she creates. Based here in Richmond, Jill attended VCU and obtained a degree in Fine Art. She focused mainly on stained glass and sculpture, and those elements come through in her jewelry. She uses found objects, like porcupine quills and shark’s teeth. She uses raw semi-precious gems in her work. She has a way with a soldering gun. Her pieces are totally originally, one-of-a-kind, and have an unmistakable rock and roll edge. To use her terminology – something for “the urban mystic in all of us.”

http://obscurojewelry.com

http://obscurojewelry.com

ObscurO Jewelry Kickstarter

ObscurO Kickstarter

Jill has a Kickstarter running right now, and she’s 22 days away from making her goal. Since FunRVA has an interest in all things creative, artistic and fun in Richmond, we choose to use this platform to promote those types of things. To back Jill’s Kickstarter click the image above, or visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/294433546/obscuro-jewelry-the-next-bite.

Currently, Jill has 48 backers and has achieved about 68% of her $5,500 goal. Jill, a Mississippi native, is a Master Esthetician at Bombshell in Carytown and a quite talented photographer. The reason she is doing a Kickstarter is so she can order the materials and tools she needs to take her jewelry creations to the next level. As an added bonus, when you back her Kickstarter you will receive a mix CD that features a bunch of fantastic local bands including Goldrush (this post author’s favorite), The Trillions, Eric Hunter & The Distractions , Bio Ritmo, Horsehead (Jill’s fave) and more. The video Jill uses on her Kickstarter campaign page features many of Jill’s friends. This is a great example of how a community and a circle of friends can support one another in the name of art and creativity.

Keep an eye on FunRVA as we tell you about other great projects like ObscurO and continue to promote the arts, entertainment and all things that are fun in the RVA.

 

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