Thursday, April 5, 2012

Stay Tuned...

Hey Richmond, just wanted to let you know that Minimalist is in transition right now. We are attempting to re-focus and re-energize our efforts. Odds are posting will be slim over the coming weeks but we love writing for you and about you and can't wait to get back into it full swing. Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out these amazing progress photos of the G40 Art Summit around town by Marc Schmidt.

Image by Marc Schmidt via flickr

The Minimalist Team

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

RVA Organizers Win National Award

Did you know there is a National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)? This often comes as totally new information to people who don't already know me.

Richmond has a local NAPO chapter and I'm a member for my organizing company, Minima. Last Saturday, we were recognized at the 2012 NAPO Annual Conference and Organizing Exposition in Baltimore, MD via winning the 2012 Chapter Challenge Award for highest percentage of members in attendance. 18 of 21 were present - go RVA!

Enthusiasm to the max! (I'm on the far left, back row.)

While there is often a lot of competition within in an industry, NAPO Richmond has a unique chemistry of support. We work in a very collaborative fashion to help one another succeed and define our individual areas of expertise.

Kristen Ziegler

Monday, March 26, 2012

RVA Entrepreneurial Trilogy

Tomorrow night kicks off the Spring 2012 Entrepreneurial Trilogy brought to you by the i.e.* initiative of the Greater Richmond Chamber. From 5:30p - 8p at Troutman Sanders, the first event will focus on the patent process and have attorneys on deck to give pro-bono advice.

Tomorrow's agenda:
5:30 - 6:00p Mix & Mingle, refreshments and open bar
6:00 - 6:45p Panel Discussion featuring special guests:
  • Jeff Rock Co-Founder, Mobelux 
  • Heather Loftus Co-Founder, Plan G 
  • Mike Bucci President, K & M of VA Inc. 
  • Neil Cohen Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, MWV 
  • Robert Angle Intellectual Property Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP 
  • Dabney Carr, IV Intellectual Property Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP 
6:45 - 7:00p Q&A with panel
7:00 - 8:00p Reception with refreshments and open bar, with opportunities for guests to chat one-on-one with attorneys and established entrepreneurs about ideas, best practices and next steps.

The event is free and open to the public. You can register for the Patent Powerhouse here.

Following this event, there will be an Idea Mashup in May to pair creatives and start-ups. The series will end  in June with a competition for the Best New RVA Start-Up. Mark your calendars and stay tuned to Minimalist for more info as it becomes available.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Weekend {list}

Spring has sprung in RVA! Check out your list below for all the best ways to celebrate:


Meet the Makers: Collina Strada, In God We Trust, Courtshop, and Dusen Dusen
Need Supply Co, 6p - 8p | free
RSVP on Facebook here.

Richmond Comedy Coalition Presents: Richmond Famous 
Featuring Ian Graham, Renaissance Man
Gallery 5, 8p | $7 ($5 with student ID)
RSVP on Facebook here.


Carver Community Workshop Series
If you live in the Carver neighborhood, listen up! Here's your chance to speak up for how you'd like to see your community develop.  The Storefront for Community Design will hold three community workshops in the Carver neighborhood in March and April 2012. The purpose of the Carver Workshop series is to define and illustrate the neighborhood's vision for the future.  Property owners and residents are all encouraged to attend these workshops.  The result of the Storefront workshop series will be a Carver community statement, which will influence future development proposals and infrastructure improvements.  Materials related to the Carver Workshop, including maps and workshop notes, will be available for community review at Storefront during regular business hours (Monday - Thursday, 2-6 pm) from March 24 until April 30, 2012.

Church Hill Irish Festival
In case you didn't get your fill last weekend of poorly impersonated drunk Irish accents, Church Hill's Annual Irish Fest will be taking place this weekend!

Shockoe Design Day No.2
'Made in America' highlights American artists as Shockoe merchants, advertising agencies, restaurants, architects and residents come together to make Shockoe the center for design. Enjoy a day filled with local music, food, shopping, design discussions and activities located around the 14th Street, Turning Basin and Virginia Street.
Saturday, 10a - 8p | Facebook event here.


Urban Assault Ride
Have you ever thought to yourself, "gee golly Richmond is the perfect city for a wicked awesome bicycle obstacle event" ?  If so, you are in luck!  Urban Assault Ride 2012 takes place this weekend and launches from Kanawah Plaza.  You better hustle, though, registration closes TODAY (Friday) at 4pm!
Sunday, 9am | prices vary to participate

Art Rodeo
The Visual Art Center Art Rodeo will have hands-on family-friendly workshops in a variety of media, artist demonstrations like a hot glass truck and blacksmithing, steam roller printmaking, appropriate rodeo music and BBQ, and a community art project featuring upcycled sheep sculptures made from thousands of plastic bags.
Visual Arts Center, 1:30 - 3:30p | free


RVA Big Band
Mondays at Balliceaux, 9p | free 21+

Monument Ave 10k
Saturday, March 31

Antiques in Manchester kicks-off their 2012 season on Saturday, March 31!
Located in the covered walkway next to 205 Hull Street between 9a - 4p.

April 1st at Studio Two Three - tickets on sale now! 

Emily Jones  +  Emily Smith  + Christie Thompson

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Simple Food: Raw Kale Salad

In this new series, Minimalist will be bringing you simple and affordable recipes for delicious and nutrient-rich meals. I'm going to kick off our first post with my new obsession: massaged raw kale salads.

So much green goodness... (the apple missed the ingredients shot)

You will need:
1 large bunch of kale
1 apple, chopped (I used a Pink Lady)
1/4 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1-2 lemons
olive oil
liquid aminos (or lite soy sauce)
sea salt

Start by washing the kale and removing the leaves from the stems. Put all of the kale into a large bowl and squeeze 1 - 2 lemons on top (depending on how much juice you get from each lemon and how much kale you end up with). Work the lemon juice into the leaves with your hands by gently massaging the kale (almost like working a dough). The acidity in the lemon juice along with the massaging of the leaves will remove any bitterness in the raw kale. Add the chopped apple, pumpkin seeds, and raisins, and a small drizzle of olive oil. You can top it off with a spritz or two of liquid aminos (or lite soy sauce) and salt and pepper to taste. The flavor is best if you let the kale soak in the lemon juice in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

It makes a great side dish, main dish, or snack. It's even better if you let it sit overnight in the fridge, allowing the lemon juice to really soak into all of the ingredients. Your total grocery cost will only be around $10, depending on what you already have in your pantry.

Despite the simplicity of the ingredients and preparation, there is nothing simple about the nutritional benefits of kale. Kale is extremely high in fiber and anti-oxidants making it one of the best cancer-risk reducers. Kale has cholesterol-lowering properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and supports the body's natural detoxification system. Eating kale raw (not heated above 104 degrees) preserves the nutrients found naturally in the plant and keeps you extra healthy.

Here's to a simple & nutrient rich life!

Christie Thompson

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

G40 Art Summit +
Floodwall Street Art Festival

In case you haven't heard, some incredible art is making its way into Richmond this month and next.

Gaia's mural at 11 W. Grace - image by The Cheats Movement

First, RVA magazine and Art Whino have been hard at work bringing the G40 Art Summit to Richmond. Starting this week through April 5th, 13 mural artists from all over the world will be painting 20 large scale murals in a 10 block radius to help launch Richmond's Downtown Arts District. There will be an opening reception on April 6th and dozens of other events throughout the rest of April including gallery shows, art workshops, painting nights, art battles and more. Gaia has already completed a mural at 11 West Grace and Pixel Pancho is currently in town working on his robots mural also on Grace Street. Check RVA mag's site for more updates on murals as they progress around town.

Secondly, the city of Richmond and Ed Trask are teaming up with Altria, Venture Richmond, Troutman Sanders, the Cordish Company, Art 180, and more to bring us the RVA Floodwall Street Art Festival on April 12 - 15. The festival is inviting artists from around the country to paint wall murals that will hang as removable banners along the flood wall. The artists will spend three days constructing their pieces and you're encouraged to come watch and interact with them. The organizers of the event hope that local organizations will purchase the banners after the event and the space can become a rotating gallery of sorts. In addition to the murals, Chop Suey's Bizarre Market will be set up and Brown Distributing will have beer trucks in the area on Saturday, April 14th.

This Spring is shaping up to be quite the colorful season!

Christie Thompson

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Weekend {list}

Top 'o the weekend to ya!  If you've been waiting 364 days for green beer and have a penchant for leprechaun's, then you're in luck, dear readers.  St.Patrick's Day is upon us, and we foresee gobs of green garb and over-served patrons in your future.


Image via Need Supply Co

Meet the Maker: Cause & Effect
Head to Need Supply tonight to meet the designer and maker behind the brand Cause & Effect. Billy Moore of Cause and Effect makes the majority of his products by hand his home is in Tennessee. He draws inspiration from his father and grandfather, who made things that were meant to last.
Need Supply Co., 6p - 8p | free
RSVP on Facebook here.

Bio_Diversity > Art + Architecture + Design Inspired By Nature
Celebrating the diversity of Richmond’s creative culture, Bio-diversity is an assemblage of painting, sculpture, architecture, and furniture exploring the influence of nature in art and design. Featuring our good pal, Amrit Singh!
Eric Schindler Gallery, 7p - 9p | free
RSVP on Facebook here.

Canary Oh Canary, Ocean Vs Daughter, and Marionette
Strange Matter, 10p | $5
RSVP on Facebook here.


O'Toole's get's things started early on Saturday morning by opening at 11am, and they've got a full itinerary for the entire day.  Get there early if you want a table!

Dogwood Dell Trails Grand Opening 
Join Richmond-MORE and the City of Richmond Trail Care Crew for a grand opening celebration. Head to the shelter next to Barker Field (Dog Park) for a cookout and presentation of the new trails. Ride and hike on the new trials will follow!
Dogwood Dell Picnic Shelter, 2p | free

Image via Shamrock the Block Facebook.

Shamrock the Block
Music all day at two stages, beer trucks galore, and at least 25,000 of your closest Irish friends.
17th & 18th Streets in Shockoe Bottom, 12p - 6p | free

Need more green beer options? Check out's St. Patrick's Day Bar Guide.

Soulpower Dance Party
Balliceaux, 10:30p | free
RSVP on Facebook here.

Wild At Heart
It's the last in this series of midnight movies at the Byrd!
The Byrd, 12am | $5

Bring it on, bring on the weekend!

Emily Smith, Emily Jones, & Christie Thompson