With a brand new restaurant on the best way subsequent door, a artistic collective has propped up a clothes retailer with a variety of manufacturing companies within the Arts District.
The Spot RVA formally opened in early November at 7 W. Broad St., in between dwelling items retailer 68 Dwelling and upcoming Mexican joint Sonora Cantina & Rooftop.
Behind the idea are seven native entrepreneurs who determined to convey their particular person companies and types collectively to create mutually helpful publicity for themselves and a multi-faceted expertise for patrons and purchasers.
Although the area has a number of ideas in play, together with screen-printing companies, a photograph studio area, graphic design companies and an occasions venue, it’s primarily targeted on its streetwear trend retail store.
“All of us have our personal particular person up-and-coming manufacturers and (we obtained collectively as a result of) any person knew any person else and we noticed a chance to create one thing for Richmond that was missing,” mentioned James Crump, a co-founder who manages The Spot’s day-to-day operations.
The Spot’s present choices are extensions of the founders’ different gigs, however down the road the group hopes so as to add extra distributors with totally different merchandise to the combo. The Spot intends to supply its choices from native manufacturers.
“Our imaginative and prescient is to construct and promote Virginia-based manufacturers,” Crump mentioned.
The idea was on the founders’ minds previous to the onset of the coronavirus. However when the pandemic’s financial disruptions slowed down the momentum on their different tasks, they discovered they lastly had the time to place within the work to launch The Spot.
Crump mentioned the enterprise is designed to each elevate founders’ manufacturers and generate income for them by offering a brand new means to get in entrance of shoppers.
“It offers us an even bigger alternative. It brings individuals collectively to construct one thing higher than what simply our manufacturers alone might do,” mentioned Crump, who additionally works as a business actual property agent at CBRE.
The Spot’s co-founders are Crump (Authentic Gamers), Tyler Chong (Humvn Creations), Alex Tucker (Insert Title), Duane Doku (Duane Doku Arts), Cam Hadnot (By HadNot), Derrick Iwuamadi and Brian Iwuamadi (each of Rotate).