The Gnome 
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Brewer, RC Boat hobbyist. Proud Richmond Native.

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Re: “"Urban Winery" Concept Is Possible for Scott's Addition

The "final four" as it were will be presenting thier proposals on friday the 21st of November. All plans revolve around craft alcohol.

Posted by The Gnome on 11/19/2014 at 5:11 PM

Re: “CenterStage Tax Forgiveness Complicates Hardywood Bill

the way it goes Brad is that the meals tax existed before Hardywood. And the business model of Hardywood does not fall under the conditions of the meals taxes they were written at the time, because they are not a restaurant. the city told them that because of that, they were not subject to the meals tax.

but, they made very brisk business, more or less operating a saloon in full faith of the law as written.
the city is trying to retroactively collect taxes on sales, In regards to the meals tax before they realized that the law as written exempted them from paying that tax because they do not operate a restaurant.

AFAIK, they (hardywood) has paid the meal tax in full faith since being told they have to, what is at issue is the taxes due during the period of time that they were told they didn't have to in accordance to SB 605 because they are a production brewery with a tasting room, and not a brew pub.

AFAIK Hardywood has capitulated with all the cities requests and tax bills, but they are fighting that first $50k that the city says it is owed, but the law at the time said they didn't have to pay..

I for one, who works for a (what the media sometimes calls a) competing brewery, support Hardywood in their plight.

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Posted by The Gnome on 11/06/2014 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Keeping Up Kanawha

I pass the park every morning and afternoon while commuting to work. it is a lovely little place and I love the brutal-ism mixed with the nature.

but please, lets not mix words, the place is a hobo camp.

the lack of pedestrian traffic plays a huge part in that, and most of the buildings around it are pretty much self contained enclaves negating regular office folks from using it for lunch time picnicking.

all that contributes to the local homeless population taking up camp there.. when I pass the place every corner allready has a begger at 6am, and every bench is tented over.

that Iconic fountain is mostly used as a laundromat, the base of the Manchester bridge is used as a lavatory.

I don't wish to sound like a horrible and uncaring person, I'm really not, but I suspect that most of the office folks of the area do not use the park because they are afraid of being hassled or robbed by the transients.

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Posted by The Gnome on 09/17/2014 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Seventh-Inning Stretch

And They chose the boulevard back then because, well for one.. no flood wall yet, that wouldn't happen for another decade or so. Next, no interstate access,

the ballpark previous to that was on Mayo's island. That moved to the boulevard because it kept getting flooded. And then the ballpark and teams primary sponsors was one of the big local Scotts addition Breweries, that also happened to be a primary owner of the trolly line that ran down the center of the Boulevard. And it was done so so People would ride the trolly at off times, and go drink the breweries beer at the ballpark

Ever since then, Richmond's sports parks have been located in that centralized area.

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Posted by The Gnome on 03/18/2014 at 10:12 PM

Re: “The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Richmond Coliseum

this reminds me that usually the night, or day before, the train parks behind Legend Brewing Company and you can watch the big animals disembark and wak over the Manchester bridge from there, consequentially, after the last nights performance,you can watch the animals march back

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Posted by The Gnome on 02/25/2014 at 9:13 PM

Re: “McDonnell Says All Lawmakers Everywhere Are as Sleazy as He is Alleged to Be

Poor guy.. traditionally, governorship of Virginia is a easy spring board to the senate... kinda the consolation prize for being a constitutional one term-er.

while I am sure the former first lady of the state had a lot to do with it the whole fiasco, throwing your spouce under the bus if very bad form, and "well, EVERYONE ELSE WAS DOING IT!" is not a legitimate excuse. for ANY maleficence.

we once fired a guy because he got caught smoking pot inthe walk in cooler, he did the whole "but everyone else does it!!" we said, wel, that may be, but those guys have the decency to go behind the dumpster to do it, and YOU are the one that got caught!"

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Posted by The Gnome on 01/23/2014 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Disoriented: Directional Signs Won’t Be Up in Time for Cycling Tourists

It's all part of Richmonds long standing tradition of taking great and grand ideas to make our town a bigger and better place and shitting all over them till they are diluted to nonesence unless they are lining the pockets or are serving the vested interest of the select few of our betters or are silencing our select few lunatics..

A fine tradition that has been on going since at least the Church hill tunnel.

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Posted by The Gnome on 01/23/2014 at 9:31 PM

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