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The ExperTease's Guide to Exploring Richmond

Last weekend I made a snap decision to visit my sister and stepmom in Richmond, VA. There's something powerful about following your instincts when it's urging you to do something that takes you out of your comfort zone. I personally feel that these ideas come from a higher power to nudge you down the path set out for you.

This trip was uncomfortable for me because it was the longest drive I've ever made by myself. Not to mention, I blew a tire while attempting to make the same trip a few weeks earlier. Despite feeling anxious, I threw my bags in the trunk then hit the road. And I'm so glad I did! I've been looking to overcome fear on a consistent basis, and the payoff has been amazing. This time it led to an awesome weekend with two ladies that I love dearly.

But before I go any further, I must acknowledge that I've had some amazing tour guides each time I've visited Richmond. Special thanks to @RevLcook@Teedizz_Champ, and my sister Amaya for showing me the best of what RVA has to offer. Depending on what you're into, there's something for everyone in this historic city.

Tee, Keisha and Amaya showing Tease a good time

6 Things to do Richmond

  1. Catch a cool concert
The Art of Noise

If you find yourself in Richmond on an extended weekend, RVA native, Mad Skillz, hosts a throwback hip hop & R&B party called the Art of Noise where Skillz, his crew of DJ's, MC's, and other guest appearances turn up all night. Quiet as it is kept, Richmond is one of the largest markets in between Atlanta and D.C. so it draws many acts ranging from Fantasia and Kirk Franklin to Bone Thugs N Harmony.

  1. Step up your hipster wardrobe

Round Two Richmond
I've only heard about the underground hipster scene in Richmond (perhaps they're doing a good job at keeping it underground). However, with a little research or a little luck, you can stumble across a shop like Round Two where you can find brands like Supreme, Bathing Ape, and more. If the hipster vibe is not your thing, don't worry! Richmond has several outdoor malls worth visiting too. 

  1. Feed the foodie in you 
The Boathouse Restaurant Richmond

If you consider yourself a foodie then your trip to Richmond wouldn't be complete without visiting Boathouse. This restaurant offers incredible views, bottomless mimosas, and although I ordered the shrimp and grits, the brunch buffet is also good. For dinner bites, I recommend visiting Crustaceans for a low country boil experience. Richmond is definitely a great city for seafood lovers like me.

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