You’ve Experienced Richmond If…

  1. You’ve been to the James River with your friends during the hottest days of the summer. One of you was almost swept away by the current, and another one got hit on by one of random guys with tattoos and a dog (and this happens actually multiple times)
  2. But you know Belle Isle is the best place for tanning and you keep going back anyway
  3. You love your friends, but secretly resent them when they ask you to hang out somewhere thirty minutes away from you
  4. You can’t stand the idea of change in the city. No, we don’t need a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom. No, Benedictine shouldn’t have moved. 
  5. You have a few bad experiences with bridges
  6. The sunrise over the James River takes your breath away, but still manages to scare you because you’re driving across the Huguenot Bridge and don’t want to stare too long (Photo credit to Chris Johnson- this is speculator!!)
  7. Almost every car you see has an RVA sticker on it, and you analyze the rest of the car if it doesn’t to figure out why notRVA1
  8. You know where the safe parts of the city are
  9. VCU or U of R. You know it’s one or the other. Unknown
  10. You’ve unexpectedly run into Chris Brown, Shaka Smart, or the VCU basketball team, promptly took a picture with them and put it on Facebook to brag about it
  11. When you’re in a bad mood, you remind yourself that Shaka is never going to leave and it instantly peps you up
  12. You’re an expert at making hipster jokes, but you still fit the hipster stereotype 
  13. Your favorite shirt is still your “VCU undefeated football” shirt comic-vcu-large
  14. There’s 1.25 million people in the Greater Richmond area, yet you still run into the same five every where you go
  15. This is your reaction to “Olive Garden has the best Italian”
  16. You’ve taken your significant other to Maymont dates
  17. And you’ve taken your best friends there when you were single to not feel so lonely
  18. Thanks to Ukrop’s 10K and Easter on Parade, strange costumes and extravagant hats on Monument Avenue are a norm to youUnknowneaster02
  19. The constant frustration over the baseball stadium, and the fact that this location war has been going on since Parker Field closed in the 1980’s
  20. You get mad if your friends get Belmont or Mary Angela’s pizza without inviting youpizzawome
  21. Your first time driving in the city, you went the wrong way down a one-way street
  22. Your favorite coffee place would never be Starbucks, you’re more of a Lamplighter/Blanchard’s/Urban Farmhouse/Alchemy/Crossroads/Ellwood Thompson kinda person 
  23. You’ve lived in the Fan, talk about living in the Fan, or currently live in the Fan
  24. At one point you liked shopping at Stony Point…until they got rid of American Eagle…and Starbucks…and Champs…so only stores like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany’s were leftcantbuysale
  25. You can wait a couple of  months to see a movie if it means you only have to pay $2 at the Byrd
  26. You understand the invisible lines between Church Hill, Dogtown, Scott’s Addition, the Fan, Oregon Hill, Museum District, etc, and are quick to correct anyone who confuses them.
  27. It took some time to sink in, but now you’re okay with Ukrop’s changing to Martin’s only because they kept the cakes, rainbow and butterstar cookies and White House rolls 
  28. You have to explain to non-Richmonders about how we like to have extremes of all four seasons in a week, and it’s actually a pretty normal thing
  29. You’ve become a pro at parallel parking from all the time you spend in the Fan
  30. Your initial reaction to the words “Short Pump on a Saturday” is 
  31. In a city where we celebrate bacon in June, watermelons every August, and chicken wings starting this September, there is no such thing as too many festivals.
  32. A huge part of the reason why you love Richmond is the food culture 
  33. You’re totally okay with waking up early on Saturday mornings, because it means farmer’s markets
  34. The art and music scene is the biggest reason why you and your friends plan on staying. If locals like Vince Gilligan  (Breaking Bad producer) and Dave Matthews started here, so can you 
  35. You’ve seen [one of] your favorite band[s] at a sold out show at The National, and experienced probably the closet things to a mosh pit you’ll get to
  36. You don’t mind Carytown traffic so much if it means you get Carytown Burger and Fries and Bev’s Ice Cream and get to hit up stores like Ashby and World of Mirth. 
  37. You’ve ended (or maybe began) your night with some hot, late night cookies from Red Eye
  38. No matter what age you are, whenever you go to For Love of Chocolate, you are five years old
  39. When you hear someone say “Richmond is so boring” you can’t help but respond:

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36 thoughts on “You’ve Experienced Richmond If…

      • That’s too, there’s just too much talent in this city I get them mixed up. Dave Matthews Band has its roots in Richmond, like Bruce Springsteen, who also did a lot of early shows in the 804

    • Dave Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He started playing the guitar publicly in Charlottesville. He formed Dave Matthews Band in 1991 in Charlottesville while working at Miller’s. The band’s first performance was March 14, 1991, at the Trax Nightclub for a fundraiser benefiting Middle East Children’s Alliance. He owns a vineyard out there as well. So I am not quite sure where he has his roots in Richmond.

    • Hey Chris, your cartoon is amazing! It’s so cool to get to meet the artist, I love it (it’s so Richmond!) Thanks for letting me use it, it means a lot that you enjoyed it! Stay groovy! xoxo

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  2. This would be a million times better if you gave credit to my very talented photographer friend, Chris Johnson, for taking the sunset on the James photograph.

  3. Vince Gilligan, Dave Matthews… guys who aren’t heavily rooted in Richmond (one of them isn’t at all), but Dave Brockie & Gwar get no mention? He inspired a LOT of people to open their minds and let out their creativity as kids and teenagers. The rest of the list is alright with me, though.

    • Hey Danny, if you’re curious I named Vince and Dave because they have a connection in my life (my brother’s a Breaking Bad fan and I was under the assumption Dave roadie’d for my father’s bands before making it big). I didn’t really know about Gwar and Dave Brockie until recently, but he definitely deserves to be mentioned anyway. Glad everything else is good with you!

  4. Do you have friends at Red Eye? I grew up in RVA and that wouldn’t have been a nostalgic Richmonder thing since they’ve been open all of a month maybe. Most true Richmonders didn’t come up hitting up Red Eye. Also, Vince did indeed grow up in Farmville but also in Chesterfield county, he graduated from the same high school I did! Otherwise, fun list 🙂

    • Red Eye may not be nostalgic in RVA (yet), but they’re getting quite popular and and becoming a part of the Richmond scene! That’s awesome you knew Vince-celebrity! I’m so happy you like the list, thanks!!

  5. I’ve done none of what’s on this list and have experienced Richmond multiple times over. I will say you are correct in that Dave Matthews Band has a connection to Richmond. His band used to play the Floodzone(what is now Have A Nice Day Cafe) what seemed like once a week but was probably once or twice a month, for a few months. That’s all I can say with certainty.

  6. This same exact article has been published, in some form or other, about three times a year ever since I moved to Richmond in 1994. I’m really glad it has finally been produced in the form of a listicle with moving pictures so that all the future generations will be able to understand. “You’re very Richmond if you love to spend time talking about how Richmond Richmond is.”

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