DC to Richmond in a Day – NBC4 Washington

Virginia officials recently announced the launch of an extended rail link from Richmond to the Northeast Corridor. Now, DMV residents have more opportunities to visit Richmond and other small towns along the way while avoiding highway traffic. Former DC residents Duanecia and Michell Clark moved to Richmond last summer. The couple gave NBC4 their recommendations on how to enjoy Richmond.

Former DC residents Duanecia and Michell Clark moved to Richmond, Virginia when they had their new daughter, Ada, in August.

“We moved down to Richmond to get more space,” Duanencia said. “We wanted to get a little more respite, and the cost of living is different down in Richmond.”

The lifestyle was also different.

“Richmond has a lot of greenery. It’s the south, but it’s urban enough that we can still have a good millennial experience,” Duanecia said.

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The Clarks family moved to Richmond after having their daughter.

There are now more travel options for those who want to experience Richmond, which Clarks enjoys.

In September, Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of an expanded rail link from Richmond to the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 now offers early morning service from Richmond’s Main Street Station to DC

Travelers now have three departure times from Virginia’s capital: two in the morning and one in the evening.

Additional Amtrak Northeast Regional trains also began serving Main Street Station.

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“When Covid came over us, we canceled a lot of trains that partnered with Amtrak, and in late September, we brought all of those trains back,” said Virginia Passenger Rail Authority CEO DJ Stadtler Jr.

Stadtler said bringing those trains back would add about 13,000 riders a year.

“But more importantly, it gives us a capital to capital trip that takes us off
Commonwealth capital to the country’s capital, “Stadtler said.

Do you find yourself in Richmond? This is what you can do in a day according to Clarks’ recommendations.

Taylor’s Barbershop

Taylor's Barbershop


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Dawayne Taylor, the owner, says his barbershop serves a diverse clientele.

Start by getting a fresh new look at Taylor’s Barbershop, a black-owned business, off Broad Street – near Virginia Commonwealth University.

“The store just feels like a home,” Michell said. “It’s just very comfortable.”

The hairdresser serves a diverse clientele.

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Richmond has become even more diverse over the years, “said owner Dawayne Taylor.” And we serve all walks of life here at Taylor’s Barbershop. “

The shop has women’s and men’s hairdressers.

“It’s one of those things you did not see in the old days,” Taylor said.

Taylor characterizes his business as an exclusive, luxury barbershop.

“We think of the customer first. And I think everyone who visits the store enjoys the music, the atmosphere, the culture,” he said.

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The shop has women’s and men’s hairdressers.

Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar

Ms.  Bee's Juice Bar


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For a healthy breakfast, Clarks recommends Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar in the Brookland neighborhood.

The company started in 2009.

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Brandi Battle started its juice business from the trunk of his car.

“I actually started selling juice from the trunk of my car,” said Brandi Battle, the owner. “I’ve had great success in my business and I love what I do.”

Battle put his brick and mortar up in a food desert. It opened before the pandemic and never closed.

“We had no healthy food around this area, so that’s why I chose this area,” she said. “Not only do I provide healthy for the community, but I also educate the community in the lifestyle of eating healthy.”

Boketto Wellness

Boketto Wellness


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Visit Boketto Wellness to relax. The wellness area offers acupuncture, cupping, massage, waxing and facials.

“They helped me so much through my pregnancy and now my postpartum period,” Duanencia said.

The owner, Jelena Nikolajevic, is a licensed acupuncturist who had practiced in New York before moving to Richmond.

“I just had this vision of opening a space that is community oriented and
with a focus on holistic wellness practices that I love, ”Nikolajevic said.

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Jelena Nikolajevic, is a licensed acupuncturist.

She said the locks opened as soon as she opened stores.

“People were so into it, and people were so into the brands that we led and
especially many of the local brands that we support, “said Nikolajevic.” Both where we stand our ethos of health and well-being.

Communal house

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Common House is where Clarks, co-owners of a marketing agency called The Creative Summer Company, go as entrepreneurs to work. The place is a member room that has everything from pool to restaurants.

“We build community there whenever we can,” Duanacia said.

Michell rejoices in the Common House’s antique and old-school ambiance and aesthetics. The building was originally a furniture factory.

“It’s nice not always working at home, which has been the norm since the beginning of 2020 at this time,” Michell said. “So it’s refreshing in a way to get out and have another place to go to write, strategize and take calls.”

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The common house building was originally a furniture factory.

Boho To Go

Boho To Go


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Jennifer Levine is the owner of Boho To Go.

Duanecia buys many of its vintage furniture from Boho To Go – everything in the store is used.

“We really focus on taking things from the past and using them in our homes today so we don’t have to shop for manufactured overseas items,” said Jennifer Levine, the owner.

The store is open Friday through Sunday. During the week, Levine finds, arranges and photographs the items in her store. She aims to have new items every week.

“I think we have a really unique mix of goods and I think we represent a myriad of different tastes,” Levine said.

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Boho To Go features mid-century bohemian articles, art deco and Hollywood Regency.

“I definitely think there’s something for everyone in here, and that’s always changing,” Levine said.

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Boho To Go features mid-century bohemian articles, art deco and Hollywood Regency.

Quirk Hotel

Quirk Hotel


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Located in the heart of Richmond’s art and design district, the Quirk Hotel is perfect for your Instagram feed.

In addition to room accommodations, Quirk Hotel provides a restaurant and an art gallery.

The hotel has regional and local original artwork in each room to make it “unique and special.”

The building, once home to JB Mosby department store, still has its original maple and pine floors and “has been finished to capture the lightness and sophistication of (the) guest room.”

The beds in the rooms are made of salvaged floor joists from the original building.

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