Forget baby steps. Ruth & Ollie, the eclectic home furnishings boutique currently located near the intersection of Grove and Libbie avenues, is taking a giant leap into the world of bigger, better and more centrally located. Come July 15, the shop will open the doors on its new home in Carytown, a 2,800-square-foot space formerly inhabited by Martha's Mixture.
"We decided to start small," says co-owner Mike Liebschwager of the original 600-square-foot building. "But if we were going to make a difference, we weren't going to do it in this space."
In addition to allowing Mike and his interior designer wife Kat to enhance their offerings with upholstered headboards, dining room tables, sofas and desks, the spacious new shop will also serve as the exclusive independent Richmond dealer of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (MG+BW) comfortably modern furniture.
"We do not plan on changing our look or our feel," says Mike. "We're just trying to expand on a niche that our customers have said really isn't being served in Richmond."
Style Weekly's mission is to provide smart, witty and tenacious coverage of Richmond. Our editorial team strives to reveal Richmond's true identity through unflinching journalism, incisive writing, thoughtful criticism, arresting photography and sophisticated presentation.
We make sense of the news; pursue those in power; explore the city's arts and culture; open windows on provocative ideas; and help readers know Richmond through its people. We give readers the information to make intelligent decisions.