Need Supply Co. feature story for Racked

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Photo by Justin Chesney

Recently I wrote a feature story for Racked on the evolution of Need Supply Co. from a small vintage denim story here in Richmond, Va., to a brand with global fashion influence. A little excerpt from the story …

Richmond, Virginia’s fashion and retail scene is on the up and up. Shops and contemporary art galleries have revitalized the downtown area; the city’s popular Carytown district now has hundreds of locally owned businesses to shop; and indie boutiques are popping up from Church Hill to the historic Fan District.

Two decades ago, it was a different story. Richmond was home to a just a handful of locally-owned fashion boutiques. One of the best of them then, as it is now, was Need Supply Co., a brand that’s grown from small local gem into an international player in the fashion industry, paving the way for many of the cool indie stores and brands that make the Richmond shopping scene so vibrant today — while staying true to its RVA roots.

Looking at the brand’s global influence (two retail stores in Japan, a thriving e-commerce business, a quarterly magazine, and a newly-launched line of men’s and women’s basics) it’s hard to imagine that Need Supply Co. had humble beginnings. Founder and CEO Chris Bossola opened the shop in 1996 under the name Blues, as a pocket-sized boutique selling vintage Levi’s. At the time, vintage Levi’s were a rarity, and Bossola had a trove to sell in a small market that didn’t have access to such cool finds.

And to read the full story, head on over to Racked. xo, marissa

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER ISSUE OF R•HOME MAGAZINE

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I’m trying to be better about posting my clips on the blog. Lately I’ve been working on five (give or take) stories a week (on top of other communications and editorial projects), which makes it hard to keep the site fresh. So here is a feeble attempt:

I wrote two fun stories for the November/December issue of R•Home — one on Verve Home Furnishings‘ Kim Vincze and her wild cache of decor, and another on my neighborhood, the Near West End. (Note the photo below, taken by the talented Jay Paul of my BFF Harvey and I walking down Westmoreland Avenue.)

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Happy reading! xo, marissa

Recent Richmond Restaurant Reviews

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Here’s a roundup of Richmond restaurant reviews from the past few months. From killer tamales at The Cultured Swine to doughnut burgers at Jack Brown’s and stellar wine at Enoteca Sogno, there are some awesome culinary happenings as of late.

The Cultured Swine — 3 stars — Jackson Ward

Sang Jun Thai — 3 stars — Downtown

GWARbar — 2 stars — Jackson Ward

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint — 3 stars — Libbie & Grove

Boka Grill & Growlers — 3 stars — Stratford Hills

Greenbriar Cafe & Coffeehouse — 3 stars — Fan

Estilo — 4 stars — Henrico

Buddy’s Place — 2.5 stars — Museum District

Enoteca Sogno — 4 stars — Bellevue

McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill — 2.5 stars — Henrico

Lulabelle’s Cafe — 3 stars — Near West End

To read more Richmond restaurant reviews, click here.

Recent Richmond restaurant reviews

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A line-up of Richmond restaurant reviews from the past two months:

Brew American Gastropub — 2 stars — Midlothian

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant — 1.5 stars — Short Pump

Tarrant’s West — 3 stars — Henrico/West End

Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar — 2.5 stars — Short Pump

Coriander — 3 stars — Carytown

Isabella’s Bistro & Salumeria — 3 stars — Midlothian