We love our city.
Richmond, Virginia is one of the most historically and culturally rich cities in the US. Ok, maybe we’re a little biased. Either way, it’s a great time to be in Richmond. People are starting to breathe new life into this old city, show some love to forgotten spaces, and make investments in our future.
As a small business participating in the momentum, we also naturally have a soft spot for local startups. Even as we approach our tenth birthday, we still find the youthful enthusiasm that’s so characteristic of startups to be a defining component of our work culture. New business is refreshing, it reflects the city’s flourishing, and we can relate.
One budding business we’re super excited about is Richmond Rides. Our friends Matt and Catherine Illian started something no one else has done in our city: touring Richmond’s history via bike. Over the past year they’ve taken a BYOB approach––bring your own bike––but Richmond Rides’ growing popularity has prompted the need for in-house bikes. As big fans of the operation, we’re excited to sponsor a bike for them through the Indiegogo campaign they just launched. Richmond friends and avid bikers, feel free to join us and pitch in.
We also definitely encourage locals and visitors to check Richmond Rides out, whether you’re into biking or not. Rather than walking or being stuck on a bus, touring by bike allows you to see the most area in good time, while also getting some fresh air and exercise along the way (at a leisurely pace, no expertise needed!). Riding through one of city’s oldest neighborhoods, you’ll learn the history of Richmond from settlement to present day, and another perk: you get to sample some of the best neighborhood eateries.
As for all of us at Foster Made, we look forward to rerouting our bike commutes this fall to 404 E Grace Street and continuing to make Richmond our home.
Everyday I get to interact with and meet incredible companies and organizations that are finding creative ways to make the world a better place. We enable them to make their ideas become a reality. It’s exciting to be a part of.
- Alex Mejias