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Ellwood Thompson’s celebrates its 30th birthday

Posted at 1:04 PM, Oct 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-05 13:09:08-04

RICHMOND, VA — Ellwood Thompson’s is celebrating its 30th birthday today.

The beloved local grocer opened in 1989 as “City Market,” a 3,000 square foot community market near Patterson and Libbie Avenue. Rick Hood and Eric Walters’ market grew quickly and just four short years later, they moved to their current location in Carytown. Some people rumor that the store is named after an actual person, and that’s almost true. An employee’s 12-year-old daughter saw the street signs outside of the store — Ellwood Avenue and Thompson Street — and was intriuged because it sounded like a person’s name. She suggested the name and owner Rick Hood loved it.


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Happy Labor Day! 🇺🇸☀️ We are open regular hours today and have all of your end of Summer grilling and chilling needs covered.✌️

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While the Maryland based sister-store, Dawson’s Market, closed down in Fall 2018 due to under-performance, Ellwood Thompson’s has been expanding. In 2015, owner Rick Hood purchased the round office building at Floyd Avenue and Thompson Street which now serves as the company’s headquarters, just a block up the road. The store is still deciding how they’d like to make use of the former Burger Bach Building that they acquired last year.

Today’s birthday celebration goes from 10:00AM until 2:00PM with live music, raffles, yard games and free vegan cupcakes for the first one hundred people.

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GET YOUR PARTY PANTS & join us for a day of live music, giveaways, cupcakes (free for the 1st 100 customers) & a local vendor fair on Saturday, October 5th, from 10AM – 2PM 🎉 We are proud that we have been a part of the Richmond community for 30 years, & it’s been our honor to serve our community the best locally sourced food from around our beautiful state. We have seen so much positive change & growth & we want to celebrate it with you! 🎂 #30yearslocal

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We've got our party pants pressed and ready. The pumpkins are here, the cupcakes are baked. Will we see you tomorrow for our 3️⃣0️⃣th Birthday Party? 🎉 10AM to 2PM, we're getting down in honor of serving our community for 3️⃣ decades with live music, cupcakes, raffles, yard games, local samples GALORE, and all round good vibes ✨ Bring a friend, neighbor, roommate, partner, pup, little ones — any one down to spread the cheer & join the fun! (The first 💯 of you get a free #vegan 🧁 on us!)

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