64 / Counters of Comfort With some help from our readers, we traveled off the usual grid to track down mom-and-pop joints, strip-mall spots and hole-in-the-wall eateries worthy of an adventure. By Eileen Mellon, Piet E. Jones, Nicole Cohen, Genevelyn Steele and Susan Winiecki
72 / Freedom Rider Theresa Walkerâ€™s name is less familiar than that of her late husband, the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, but her legacy of quiet activism represents the critical role women played in the civil rights movement. By Samantha Willis
76 / New Year, New Start Maybe youâ€™ve been itching to take up a different hobby, nurture a latent skill or instigate change. To help inspire those creative reinventions, we highlight 16 Richmonders whoâ€™ve taken the idea of starting something new and run with it.Â
106 / Stages of Interest The University of Richmondâ€™s Joanne Kong is a world-class musician and an advocate for veganism. By Taylor Mills
113 / The Cannabis Controversy CBD and similar products are popular treatments for pain, anxiety and other ailments, but can you trust whatâ€™s in them, and are they legal? By Eileen Mellon
16 / From the Editor
24 /Â Competition Designs intended to spark conversation about the future of Monument Avenue will soon go on display.
26 / Books What are the regionâ€™s new and returning elected officials reading?
28 /Â Sports Standout players on the local college basketball scene
30 / My TakeÂ Marcus-David Petersâ€™ death points to a need for better handling of mental health crises. By Amanda Long and Megan Sharkey
32 / NewsÂ A partnership between nonprofits and East End schools works to counter the effects of trauma.
36 / Flashback Best Products Co. buildings bridged the chasm between art and commerce. By Harry Kollatz Jr.
39 / Datebook Mural, mural on the walls, â€śSister Actâ€ť on stage, Panic! at the Disco, Umphreyâ€™s McGee at The National and Vance Gilbert
43 / Q&A Jon Spencer, who has led several rock bands, hopes you remember his name. Â
44 / Spotlight An exhibition recalls the civil rights movement in Richmond and the people who saw it happen.
46 / Profile The seldom-told story of a businessman who made deals to help Jewish people avoid persecution. Â
51 /Â Style Finding your style in vintage statement pieces and minimal basics
54 /Â Shop TalkÂ A new online directory of RVA makers
56 /Â FamilyÂ Teaching sons to be good menÂ By Jamaal and Samantha Willis
60 /Â TravelÂ Bright lights and brews in a city that straddles two states
131 /Â ReviewÂ Alewife
134 /Â Ingredient Weâ€™ve got the beets.
136 /Â 5 Faves Grilled bites shine despite the season.
138 / Back of House Ellyn Hopperâ€™s move from dorm-room baking to a Stellaâ€™s empire
139 / PurveyorÂ The duo behind Pamplin Poultry
140 / ProfileÂ Leeâ€™s Chicken employees ditch fast-food misconceptions and celebrate decades of hospitality.
142 /Â Insider A worldwide culinary society dates to the 13th century. By Piet E. Jones