Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood is currently the primary focus of Church Hill Ventures. So far, we have busy at work on various Manchester property acquisitions, rehabilitations, new retail business development, and community brand building.
Community Brand Building
As one of our first steps, we established The Dogtown Dish in an attempt to help build the brand of the Manchester neighborhood and recognize the positive change that is occurring. As a community news source, the Dogtown Dish posts news stories that are relevant to the area, and helps act as a source for information for both visitors and residents alike.
Adaptive Reuse: Apartments
Our next step, was to begin renovating several of the boarded up buildings on Hull Street. Many of these historic buildings 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 renovated and listed various lofts, studios, and 1/2/3 Bedroom apartments that we will have available throughout the Manchester area on our new website: Dogtown Apartments.
Adaptive Reuse: Businesses
We are also committed to the area by investing directly in all of our commercial business tenants that are moving into our buildings in order to accelerate the rejuvenation of Manchester’s business district.
Opened in Manchester in July of 2018 at 1213 Hull Street, Hot Diggity Donuts is a modern bakery and donut lounge serving up made to order craft donuts for indulgence anytime of the day. We savor the process of making things by hand and celebrate living in the moment. Swing by in the morning for a classic donut and pour over coffee or join us after work for our one of a kind happy hour experience featuring craft cocktails alongside specialty donuts. At Hot Diggity, you’re invited to treat yourself and your friends to a moment of pure delight and carefree fun.
Coming soon to 1204 Hull Street in Manchester, The Butterbean is a casual neighborhood market and cafe. Offering hand pulled espresso, craft beer, and kombucha alongside delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches made from scratch, The Butterbean welcomes you to stop by and hang out any time of day. Offering both indoor and patio seating with music, the Butterbean also carries just the right amount of grocery staples to grab those last minute ingredients or a few items to take to a party.
Coming to 1209 Hull Street in Manchester, Dogtown Brewing will be a Hull Street brewpub. Featuring a 1st Floor Restaurant, a two story brewhouse offering tank to tap service for 20 beers, and a 4th Floor Rooftop Bar with views of the City, Dogtown is an ambitious project. The restaurant will feature dim sum carts on the rooftop with unparalleled views of both Manchester and the Richmond skyline. Our hope is that Dogtown will be a neighborhood brewpub that Manchester can call its own, while also attracting visitors from north of the River.