The Storefront works with homeowners, organizations and businesses to encourage quality community development and strengthen the legacy of our urban neighborhoods through education, advocacy and participation.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity: Church Hill North Identity

When you Google "Church Hill North," this is the first result:

Although its history is nice to ponder, its current state can be as well. 

Storefront is seeking an environmental graphic designer to develop concepts for a logo representing the Church Hill North community. This will likely take the form of street-scaled banners, or the like. The aim for completion is 3.31.14, so strike while the iron is hot!

Contact tyler@storefrontrichmond.org if you'd like to volunteer.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity: Dance Studio Improvements

As of 03.25.14, this volunteer opportunity is closed. 

Storefront is seeking a set designer, interior designer, or architect to consult our neighbor Neo Lynch, as she seeks a quick, light, and cheap approach to making her space more accommodating for her exotic dance studio. Currently, the space's wooden floor reveals irregular patches of an original terrazzo floor, which isn't particularly conducive to busting moves. She's also looking for more delineation between entry to her basement apartment.

Contact tyler@storefrontrichmond.org if you're interested in offering Neo a consultation! Perhaps you'll even learn some new moves along the way.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity: Facade Improvements Along Broad

In the heart of the Arts & Cultural District along Broad Street, two owners of handsome corner buildings have approached Storefront about how to use the city's new Facade Improvement Program to enhance their street presence.

Both owners are seeking a consultant who can provide guidance for a tiered approach to improvement, which would roughly include: (1) developing a scheme for minor improvements; (2) developing a scheme that utilizes half of her maximum eligibility for the Facade Improvement Program, and; (3) utilizing the Facade Improvement Program to the max.

If you're an architect with experience in City Old & Historic Districts, and would like to explore one—or both—of these visions, send an e-mail to tyler@storefrontrichmond.org. And if you haven't filled out a volunteer application, do so here!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

City Stadium Community Engagement Process

We need volunteers to assist with the upcoming City Stadium Community Engagement Process - facilitators to help lead small group discussions at our two workshop sessions and guides to help with the two voting sessions.  Please email Tyler King (tyler@storefrontrichmond.org) if you would like to volunteer!

The full engagement process is outlined below:

For residents, business owners and property owners in surrounding neighborhoods (and those with a general interest in the future of the site) there is an online survey about the future of the site that can be filled out until March 1st.  Click here to fill out the survey.

Workshop Sessions
Thursday, February 27th 5:45-8:00pm at the Roundhouse in Byrd Park
Saturday, March 1st 10am-12pm at John B. Cary Elementary School

These two sessions will consist of a presentation of the findings of two recent studies for the future use of the City Stadium Site, one for sports use and one for residential use.  Participants will then be broken up into small groups to come up with lists of questions that need to be answered and to discuss, outline, and share their opinions on potential uses.  Each of the small groups will then report back to the larger group and we will have a discussion addressing the most common/most important questions.

Voting Sessions
Thursday, March 20th 5:00-9:00pm at the Roundhouse in Byrd Park
Saturday, March 22nd 10:00am - 6:00pm at John B Cary Elementary School

These two sessions will be open and participants are free to come anytime during the scheduled hours (voting will take 10 - 15 minutes).  Each room will be set up with the priorities and questions that have arisen from the surveys and the workshops.  Upon arrival, participants will sign in and be given a set of dots of a certain color based upon which neighborhood they live in.  They will be asked to make their way around the room and vote for their top priorities, questions that must be addressed, and development types they would support. 

Interested in volunteering? Contact Tyler.  Want more information or have questions?  Contact Ryan or give us a call at (804)322-9556.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity: Clean City Commission Logo Design

Pride in Richmond is Picking Up!

That's the slogan of the Richmond Clean City Commission (CCC). Officially created by city ordinance in 1993, it had its beginnings in 1975 as a part of the Keep America Beautiful initiative. Today the CCC sponsors programs that encourage citizens to clean, maintain and beautify their environment.

The CCC has a logo (above, left) which they think needs to be updated from its "sweet and cute" image to something more contemporary and urban to better reflect its mission (above, right). The CCC hopes a new design can attract volunteers better than their current image.

Getting ideas? Contact Tyler King to see how your availability and skills can work together to help clean up the CCC's image.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thanks for a great 2013!

Volunteers, supporters, friends and neighbors:

On behalf of everyone here at Storefront, thank you for a wonderful year!  I'm grateful for the more than 71 days of volunteer service you gave in 2013.  With your support, Storefront was able to assist individuals, organizations, businesses, and entire neighborhoods as they made progress toward a better Richmond.  (I am also thankful for your donations to Storefront, which help us keep our doors open and lights on - you can donate here.)

I hope that the exciting opportunities 2014 brings will again entice you to lend a hand.  Storefront has workshops for Libbie & Grove, City Stadium, and Highland Park on tap, as well as 14 mOb Studio projects in need of mentors.  Local organizations and businesses also need your expertise to help them grow in the new year. Please send me an email if you are interested in any of these opportunities and I will get you set up in short order (ryan@storefrontrichmond.org).

Happy New Year!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Robinson Street Workshop Starting Soon - Volunteers Needed!

Map Credit: Mark Hill
This two-part workshop is designed to help the Robinson Street Association prioritize streetscape improvements and advocate for the beautification of the corridor.  Building on a plan completed by Mark Hill and an urban design walk conducted by Storefront, business owners and residents of Robinson Street will be developing priorities, implementation steps, a timeline, and a proposed budget for continued updates to the corridor.

Workshop Details:
Workshop I - Saturday, Nov. 16th,  2013 - 10am - 12pm - Retreat Hospital Board Room
Workshop II - Saturday, Dec. 14th,  2013 - 10am - 12pm - Retreat Hospital Board Room

Retreat Hospital is located at 110 N. Robinson Street, RVA 23220 - for workshops, use the Grove Ave entrance and follow signs to the Board Room.

Volunteer facilitators needed! Sign Up here!

A volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday - Nov 13th from 12pm-1pm at Storefront for Community Design at 205 E. Broad Street with lunch provided.  If you have questions or comments, email Ryan (ryan@storefrontrichmond.org).

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Volunteer Profile - Tyler King

Storefront volunteer and downtown doer, Tyler King, has accomplished something no one thought possible - he gathered property owners, the city, downtown businesses and scores of volunteers to repair and update the entire 300 Block of East Broad Street.  Tyler’s interest in downtown Richmond took hold a few years back evidenced by his starting There/Here - a project designed to document and reactivate Richmond’s dormant downtown.  Now, once vacant and abandoned storefronts have been repaired and prepped for pop-ups.  Peeling paint and broken light bulbs are gone.  Business owners have a new sense of optimism and collaboration has increased throughout the Arts and Cultural District. Tyler is an asset to RVA and because of his commitment our city is a better place.  Check out some photos of the Broad Street Block Blitz and join us in thanking Tyler for his continued efforts to reinvigorate downtown Richmond.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Park(ing) Day - A Picnic on Broad Street

As part of RVA’s 2013 Park(ing) Day, where public parking spaces are transformed into public parklets, the mOb Studio’s Jordan Fust decided to have a picnic on Broad Street.  He has prepared sandwiches and snacks for any Richmonder who would like to join him.  Five other parking spots around the city have also been turned into public parklets.

If you’re out and about in Richmond on this beautiful Friday, stop by one of the Park(ing) Day sites!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Double your impact during the Amazing Raise through Mimi's Match!

The Richmond nonprofit world is full of countless wonderful organizations that make our city and region a better place.  If your passion and focus are in design, architecture, community organizing and strengthening the legacy of RVA’s urban neighborhood’s - I hope we can count on your support during this short window of giving.  Here’s why:

Mimi’s Match!
A longtime Storefront volunteer and visionary board member has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, any gift made to Storefront during the Amazing Raise up to $10,000!  Make your donation to Richmond’s community design center count by doubling your impact and donating during the Amazing Raise.

Storefront’s design services are open to everyone, pro-bono, for the love of our city.  Help us keep the light’s on, the doors open, and the collaborative efforts for improving RVA alive.  We need your support!

Donate by going to https://www.giverichmond.org/npo/1140369 between 6AM on Wednesday, September 18th and 6PM on Thursday, September 19th.

Many thanks, 


Friday, August 2, 2013

Scott’s Addition Workshop Series Begins Next Week!

The dates and locations of the Scott’s Addition Workshop Series are set.  Starting next Wednesday Storefront volunteers will be working with the Scott's Addition Business Association, Scott's Addition residents and staff from the City of Richmond to discuss zoning, land use, parking, street scape, signage and other issues facing one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in RVA.  If you live or work in Scott's Addition or the surrounding areas we hope to see you at one or more of the workshops!

Workshop I

Workshop II
Saturday, September 7th, 10:00am - 12:00pm - Moseley Architects, 3200 Norfolk St.

Workshop III
Thursday, September 26th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm - ReEstablish Richmond, 2818 W. Broad St.

Please email Ryan (ryan@storefrontrichmond.org) if you have any questions or would like to participate.  Many thanks to Riverside/PACE, Moseley Architects and ReEstablish Richmond for hosting these community engagement events.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Storefront Volunteers Bring Vision to Life

Storefront’s Design Plan Program allows individuals, organizations and businesses to access pro-bono design expertise from talented professionals who volunteer their time for the betterment of our community.  Over the past couple of months a number of extraordinary volunteers have taken time out of their schedules to provide this assistance.  

Allison Powell from BCWH Architects assisted Destination Discovery Preschool at Southside Baptist Church in envisioning a lively and welcoming hallway that captivates youngsters and enhances their learning environment.

Kevin Jones of Baskervill worked with the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children to generate ideas for a new logo that further their name recognition and advocacy efforts.

Sara Shirley provided support to the McDonough Community Garden and helped them conceptualize educational signage that makes their garden a welcoming community space.

Andrea Almond of 3north worked with the Historic Richmond Foundation to provide them with ideas and options for a multi-use landscape space at the Historic Monumental Church in downtown Richmond.

In short, we have incredible volunteers!  These are just a few of the many ongoing Design Plan projects that come through Storefront’s doors each day.  If you’re interested in volunteering please sign up today - and check out our list of current community-submitted projects.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scott's Addition Workshop - Volunteers Needed!

Starting in early August, Storefront will be running a 3-part workshop in the Scott's Addition Neighborhood.  Scott's Addition is bounded on the south by Broad Street, on the east by The Boulevard, on the north by the railroad tracks, and on the west by I-195.  

Requested by the Scott's Addition Business Association (SABA) and City Council President Charles Samuels this workshop will focus on a number of areas including: zoning, land use, traffic, sidewalks, streetscape, parking and community engagement.

Volunteer skills needed:
  • Facilitation
  • Canvassing
  • Graphic Design
  • Urban Planning
  • GIS/Sketch-Up/CAD
  • Passion for RVA
Two volunteer orientations will be held preceding this workshop for anyone interested in participating:

1) Tuesday, July 23rd from 5:30pm - 6:30pm
2) Monday, July 29th from 8:00am - 9:00am

If you are interested in being a volunteer for this workshop, please email or call Ryan (ryan@storefrontrichmond.org ; 804-322-9556) and let him know which orientation session you plan to attend.  Both orientation sessions will be held at the Storefront office at 205 E. Broad Street (near the corner of 2nd and Broad).  All volunteers who have not yet attended an orientation are welcome to come to either of these sessions too.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to Utilize Historic Tax Credits

Most neighborhoods in the City of Richmond are in an historic district.  Historic Tax Credits help you leverage your resources for home improvement. Want to know how and get your questions answered by an expert?  

Join us this Sunday, June 23rd from 1:30pm - 3:00pm at 205 E. Broad Street and learn how to utilize historic tax credits. 

Chris Novelli from the Department of Historic Resources will be here to explain qualifications, background information and how to access to historic tax credits.  So, if you are looking to make improvements to your property in the City of Richmond don’t miss this great educational event that could help you get your project done!

This is part of our "How to Make Your House Work for You" series co-sponsored by the Better Housing Coalition.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

First Friday in June

US & China Typographic Poster Exchange 2013
An exhibition of over 100 typographic posters by American and Chinese designers has begun their tour in China. On June, 7th, 2013 this same collection will begin its tour in the United States starting at Richmond, Virginia's Gallery 5 and the MoB + Storefront for Community Design.  Stop by to view a collection of some of the typographic posters at:
Storefront for Community Design 
205 E. Broad St. 
Opens 6 PM - 9 PM Friday, June 7, 2013 
The show will be up June 28, 2013

For more information, please visit the official site @ 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hello from Ryan

Hello Volunteers, Partners and Friends: 

My name is Ryan Rinn and I am stepping in as the new Interim Executive Director for Storefront.  I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you in hopes that (if we haven’t already) we can meet in person soon. I’m coming to Storefront with a background in urban planning and community organizing having most recently served as the Project Manager for the City of Richmond’s Highland Park Quality of Life initiative.  Prior to that I worked as an organizer for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.  I’m a Richmonder of 13 years, a graduate of both UR and VCU, and I live in Byrd Park.
Over the next few weeks I will be working with Giles and our Board of Directors to learn about the skills and talents all of you possess and the excellent work you have done as volunteers for Storefront.  I already know that without your expertise and dedication, Storefront would not be able to meet the many needs that the community brings through our doors on a daily basis.  Thank you for your continued time, talents and vision toward making RVA a great place for all of our residents and visitors.
Please come by the Storefront and say hi. And most importantly, please please, keep volunteering.  There are a lot of great projects on the horizon and this is YOUR design shop.  If you would like to participate in the next volunteer orientation let me know when you're available.  I look forward to working for you and to meeting you in person.
Ryan C. Rinn

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Changing of the Guard

We say a huge "Thank You!" to Giles Harnsberger and wish her all the best in the her next exciting venture. While she has stepped down from her official position, we are thrilled to say that she continues on as a volunteer and will lend her considerable brain trust in helping guide Storefront going forward.
We welcome Ryan Rinn as the new Interim Executive Director of the Storefront for Community Design. He comes to us after having served as Project Manager for the Highland Park Quality of Life initiative for the City of Richmond and Director of Grassroots Education at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

Stop in and say thank you.... and hello.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Small is beautiful

Luck's Field Fruit Cart, Meggie Kelley

Design can be used to support healthy neighborhoods, as with this beautifully designed fruit cart by Meggie Kelley, Storefront consultant, on behalf of VCU's Fairmount neighborhood planning team.  From the design service request: "Having readily available, high quality fresh fruits and healthy snacks available in public recreation areas is a great way to support active lifestyles and healthy eating simultaneously. This service could be supplied through mobile fruit carts that move throughout the Fairmount neighborhood to its most active locations including Luck’s Field, Fairmount Pool, and outside of Sunday church services." Thanks to Professor Meghan Gough, Meggie Kelly and the Fairmount Neighborhood for working with Storefront on this community plan.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

...the common goal.

Workshop #3 wraps up on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and our diligent contributers pose for a group photo. Stay tuned to the Springhill page as we draft up the final plan community vision plan.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pocket-size Community Garden

Thanks to Sara Shirley for her contribution to the Fairmont Community Health Plan, a collaborative effort of Fairmont residents, New Visions Civic League Unity Civic League, and Union Hill Civic Association and the Masters of Urban & Regional Planning program
at VCU.  This illustration, rendered by Storefront volunteer and landscape architect Sara Shirley, shows a rehabilitated community garden located at Tate and N 28th Streets.

Friday, April 5, 2013


mOnument alley
mOb JOb Opens tOnight 
mOb + StOrefront
205 east brOad
5 — 9 pm
we shOw the results of Our week lOng
design / build ( been thinking, making mOnuments )
with trOy schaum, architect / assistant prOfessOr / rice university / kOOlhaas / libeskind / marfa
big fOrms

Check it out, Mob Job made headlines!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Springhill sidewalk survey & other news

April 2013 News at Storefront
This Saturday March 30th at 10 am in an unprecedented show of teamwork between Springhill residents, Storefront and the City of Richmond Department of Public Works, a small group will walk the neighborhood of Springhill, mapping new sidewalk locations to be constructed as part of a comprehensive sidewalk plan for the neighborhood.  Storefront thanks the Department of Public Works for being involved, and the Springhill residents for their awesome civic engagement.

Read about this and more in our APRIL NEWSLETTER!  Email us at info@storefrontrichmond.org if you'd like to be added to our mailing list.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Full steam ahead with Design Education

Ever wanted to know more about graphic design, but didn't know the first thing about getting started?  You're in luck!  Ansel Olson, of Ansel Olson Design is the next in our Sunday afternoon Design Education series at Storefront for Community Design.  Ansel, whose highly regarded photography and graphic design work is well known in the Richmond area, will present "Working with a graphic designer" on Sunday April 28th from 1:30 until 3pm.  

Call (804) 322-9556 or email info@storefrontrichmond.org to RSVP.

Thanks to David Cooley of Restoration Builders of Virginia for presenting "Working with a Renovation Contractor" in March, and thanks to our partner the Better Housing Coalition for helping make it happen!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The mOb Job

The mOb studio (Storefront's VCU partner) is participating in a week long intensified design/build project with Architect Troy Schaum, from Rice University. Come see the outcome of mOb's hard work on the April First Friday Art Walk, April 5, from 5 to 9 pm. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Every day is Volunteer Appreciation Day

We want to take a moment to say thank you to all the volunteers who come to Storefront to work on projects that bring architecture and urban design to neighborhoods, residents and business owners in Richmond.  Over the weekend volunteers Andrea Almond, Evan MacKenzie, Ulysses Brown, Jenna Evers, Will Wright, Smokey Powers and Meggie Kelley worked with Springhill residents to sort through issues of architecture, development, pedestrian circulation and parks and open space, providing great support to workshop leader Burt Pinnock.

Sunday, architect and volunteer consultant Jennifer Wimmer teamed up with landscape architect Juliellen Sarver and city planner Tyler Potterfield to walk the Robinson Street commercial corridor with merchants association leader Bob Adams and other interested residents.  The goal of the Sunday walk is to provide green-scaping ideas for this multi-modal transit artery located in the heart of Richmond.

And finally, Storefront thanks those who help in our office, especially Nora Bland, Meggie Kelley and Smokey Powers. We appreciate all of our volunteers for all you do to make Richmond a happier -- and better designed -- place!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The City I Live In

Come check out the poster show before it's gone!  Props to John Malinoski of MoB for gathering some of the finest graphic design we've ever seen in one place.  The show is up at MoB + Storefront, 205 E Broad Street, through the month of March.  Stop by during business hours (9:00 am until 5:00 pm), or click here to visit MoB's tumblr site.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Family supermarket design consultation

If you're a Storefront architectural consultant and you'd like to make an immediate impact on a neighborhood in the Richmond, this is a great opportunity.  The Union Hill Civic Association is working with the Family Supermarket to make design improvements to the facade of this historic building on Jefferson Street.  Call us at (804) 322-9556 or send an email to info@storefrontrichmond.org if you are an architect or illustrator and you are interested in assisting residents of Union Hill on the Family Supermarket project.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Volunteers Needed: Springhill Neighborhood Workshop Series

Storefront is calling all volunteer facilitators for a workshop series with residents and business owners living in and around the neighborhood of Springhill. The purpose of the 3-part workshop series is to develop a Springhill neighborhood vision statement that may be used in the future as a statement of community-endorsed land use and improved quality of life and urban environment measures. The workshops will be held March 9, March 23 and April 6 from 10am until 12pm.  If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of these workshops, call us at (804)322-9556 or email info@storefrontrichmond.org.

Urban Design Film Series

A Storefront Design Education Program

On the Third Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm, Storefront will be showing a film related to Urban Design, Architecture, or Sustainable Design. Come watch, discuss, and enjoy!

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 21:

Urbanized looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design, explores a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, and frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
7:00 pm at Storefront

Thursday, April 18:

Design & Thinking is a documentary featuring designers, businessmen, and social change-makers discussing the achievements and the criticisms of this invigorating school of thought.
7:00 pm at Storefront

Thursday, May 16:

Surviving Progress is a bracing documentary that considers whether human "progress" stemming from the Industrial Age could be paving the way for civilization's collapse. The film asks a range of thinkers whether the modern world might be headed for a "progress trap."
7:00 pm at Storefront

For more information or to R.S.V.P. please email or call Storefront for Community Design.