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Favorite Richmond Things: Chris Edition

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Christopher Rhines

These aren’t raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but here are a few of Chris’s favorite things…. about RVA….

Best place to go for a long bike ride:

Virginia Capital Trail. I’ve only ventured out 15 miles from Richmond, but I swear I will ride the entire 50+ miles one of these days.

Favorite place to get food within walking distance of the Torx office:

Without a doubt, Jo-Jo’s Pizza. Waiting in line to place my order is like a Christmas morning when you’re a kid, getting ready to open some rad gifts from Santa.

Favorite Monument Avenue monument:

I like the one where that nice man is swinging his tennis racket at the children.

Best place to people-watch:

I truly believe that even if you’re not a race fan, everyone should attend at least one Nascar event at Richmond Raceway. The crowd is often much more entertaining than the race itself.

Favorite place for a scenic walk:

Maymont in the spring is quite scenic, especially the Japanese garden with its stepping stones and waterfall.

Favorite food truck:

Gelati Celesti… especially when they have banana AND coconut!

Favorite late-night activity:

Umm… sleeping?

Favorite live music venue:

Tin Pan. I tend to favor music that isn’t hip with the kids, and Tin Pan is the perfect place for those “established and refined” artists and bands.

Best spot for taking a photo of downtown:

At the floodwall near Manchester Bridge. The perspective of the bridge, the RVA skyline, and a perfectly-timed sunset…. yep, that’s the place.

Favorite Fan activity:

I haven’t been able to do this for a few years now…. But at the old Torx office, I loved watching numerous VCU students try (and fail) to parallel park on Main St.

Firehouse, Cracker or Gwar?

As a lifelong fan of hair metal, the correct answer is Firehouse.

Favorite Richmond smell:

You know that smell when you drive by Sauer’s on Broad Street? That one.

If you agree or disagree with any of these favorites above, let us know on Twitter or Facebook! And look out for favorite place round-ups from our other team members in the future.

About the author:

Christopher Rhines

Partner, Director of Development

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Christopher is the Director of Development and one of the partners at Torx. In addition to keeping Torx's Richmond office firing on all cylinders, he can often be found deep in the trenches, building custom content management systems and WordPress-powered websites. He still remembers how to write Basic computer programs on Apple IIs and Commodore 64s.