Boston Ave: Our 1st Residential Renovation

We are excited to have finished our first residential renovation. Our Boston Ave project was a labor of love. The two story duplex required extensive renovations-or a total gutjob to be completely honest. We were told by more than one contractor it was a tear down. We are proud of the final result. Both townhome apartments are for rent with Internet and cable included, off street parking, a porch, and back yard with deck.

Hot Diggity Donuts is Open

Hot Diggity Donuts is officially open for business on Manchester’s Hull Street.

The donut lounge offers made from scratch, fried to order hot sourdough donuts, a craft cocktail program, donut shooters, desserts, bagel sandwiches and salads. The bakery will serve its food to stay, to go, or for delivery on both sides of the river, while also offering online ordering. The business is run by the team of Daniel Scherotter (Culinary Director), Nick Hanson (Operations Manager), and George Bagby (Head Baker), Hot Diggity Donuts is the first of several new restaurants, bakeries, cafés, & brewpubs the team is working to open on Hull Street.

Hot Diggity Donuts is located in the once crumbling Jones-Green Shoe Company building located at 1213 Hull Street. Originally built in 1911, the building underwent a massive renovation to preserve the historic structure. In fact, the building had already begun to collapse at the rear, and significant shoring up was required to save the building. The historic renovation was an adaptive reuse with Hot Diggity Donuts set to open on the first floor, and four residential apartments at the rear and upstairs. Hot Diggity Donuts has hired just shy of half of its new employees from the local neighborhood adding badly needed local jobs and a new food and drink option for the Hull Street corridor.

1204 Hull Street Renovation Complete

We are proud to announce the completion of the restoration and adaptive reuse of 1204 Hull Street in Manchester.

Built in 1892, this historical building was once the A. A. Adkins & Co. Furniture store. After having been fully restored in 2017, the building is now home to 10 apartments and a soon to be opened market & café on the 1st Floor.

Our First Historic Renovation on Hull Street is Complete: 1213 Hull Street!

We are truly excited to complete what is hopefully the first of many historic renovations on Manchester’s Hull Street.

Built in 1911, this building was originally the Jones-Green Shoe Company. We have fully restored this building and converted it into 4 apartments with a 1st floor commercial space. We can’t wait to announce our new 1st Floor commercial business (more to come on that soon). In the mean time, enjoy the photos of what we hope you will agree turned out to be a great project!

We are Happy to Announce The Butterbean Market & Cafe!

We are happy to announce our new venture & best attempt to help fill the food desert on Manchester’s Hull St with: The Butterbean Market & Cafe. We hope y’all will come to visit. Shooting for 1Q 2018 opening!

Why Are We Opening The Butterbean? Three Reasons…

Neighborhood Building: We have seen firsthand the incredibly transformative impact a local, homegrown market can have for a neighborhood. Whether it’s Union Market in Church Hill, Saison Market in Jackson Ward, Shield’s Market in the Fan, or the granddaddy of them all-Elwood Thompson’s, these markets have done great things for the local community. These places not only offer fresh, local, and sustainable food options in what was otherwise a food desert, but they become safe third places that allow a diverse set of neighbors to interact and get to know one another.

Less Words & More Action: We have grown frustrated with business people constantly talking, but with no real action related to opening a grocery store in Manchester, or reviving the dormant Hull Street business corridor for that matter. The talk has been going on for at least 20 years…and simply put, we are tired of waiting. And while The Butterbean will admittedly be far from a full scale grocery store, it will be a start. We will try to offer as many local food and dry goods as we can in the space we have available and that the community will ultimately support.

We Love Food: We are hoping The Butterbean can be a place for folks to get healthy and affordable food, made from scratch, and prepared on site. In fact, to that end we have hired an expert as our Culinary Director-Chef Daniel Scherotter from San Francisco. Dan is the former Executive Chef & Owner/CEO of the acclaimed 25+ year old Palio d’Asti Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s financial district. But probably just as important, Dan is a teacher at heart. Dan recently developed from scratch a culinary entrepreneurial program at San Francisco’s John O’Connell High School, which he then led for the past five years. As the Culinary Arts & Economics Manager for the school, Dan learned firsthand how to help the younger generation learn the necessary skills in order to successfully enter the restaurant business. We think that will be a great skill to have as we look to hire and train new staff. We couldn’t be more excited to have Dan as part of the team as we look to roll out several food and drink concepts we are developing for Hull Street.

We hope you will like what we have in store as we try to put the building blocks in place to help Manchester’s potential turn into reality. You can check out The Butterbean’s websiteFacebook, & Instagram pages to follow the progress for the venture.

We are Happy to Announce Dogtown Apartments!

Many of the historic buildings we are rehabilitating along Hull Street are multi-story. That means these buildings are ideal not only for 1st Floor Commercial spaces, but the upper floors are perfect for downtown apartment living in a walkable (and bike-able) neighborhood that has multiple access points to the James River. As a result, we have decided to list the various lofts, studios, and 1/2/3 Bedroom apartments that we will have available throughout Manchester on our new website: Dogtown Apartments.

Our first four units at 1213 Hull Street will be available in September of 2017. Ten units at 1204/1206 Hull St will be available in November. At 1209 Hull Street, 12 units will be available in January of 2018. Plus, we have many others buildings in the planning phase. Check out the units at our new website and you will be within walking distance of all kinds of new restaurants, cafes, bakeries, & markets which are scheduled to open in 2018 and 2019.

Entrepreneur buying buildings and sprucing up Manchester

Carol Hazard from the Richmond Times-Dispatch did a feature article for the cover of the Business Section on our Manchester initiative in the Sunday, March 20th edition entitled: Entrepreneur buying buildings and sprucing up Manchester.

There is an incredible amount of positive momentum in Manchester right now. We are proud to be part of the efforts to restore this awesome neighborhood to its former glory!


Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood is currently the primary focus of Church Hill Ventures. We are pleased to announce that we have already committed an investment of approximately $1.75 Million into Manchester property acquisitions and are on the lookout for more. While we are still formulating plans for the future development of the property we own, the investment in the neighborhood should be $15 Million+ in total.

TDD LogoAs a next step we established The Dogtown Dish, a community news source to help build the brand of the Manchester neighborhood and recognize the positive change that is occurring. The Dogtown Dish posts news stories that are relevant to Manchester and helps act as a source for information for both visitors and residents alike.