South of the James, By Invitation Only

September 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Longtime Richmond residents know the rivalry between Richmond’s “Fashionable West End” and “Southside Richmond.” The rivalry even made it to bumper stickers with those north of the James sporting stickers that said “Richmond’s West End: Members Only” only to be countered by the Southside version of “South of the James: By Invitation Only.”


Geographically, the Southside of Richmond includes portions of the City south of the James River, including Manchester and parts of Chesterfield County. The area is basically defined as the land south of the James, west of Interstate 95 and south to Chester, Virginia.


History of Southside Richmond

The area south of the James originally developed as the City of Manchester which was consolidated with the City of Richmond in 1910. The area has traditionally been recognized as a working class community, thus creating the rivalry with the areas north of the river. Today, Southside is a thriving community being revitalized by industry and redevelopment along Hull Street and the surrounding neighborhoods as well as Chesterfield County which is one of the most rapidly growing jurisdictions in the Commonwealth.

Landmarks and Neighborhoods

Richmond’s South Side has a diverse history from industrial to resort. Today the area is a thriving community with upscale homes, amazing parks, fabulous restaurants, multiple retail opportunities and a strong arts and business community.

Famous People and Sports Figures

Many places in Manchester and South Side are named for important historical figures, among them Hull Street and Bainbridge Avenue. But South Side has also produced a fair share of professional sports figures.

Things to Do

There’s always something fun to do on the South Side of Richmond, from great farmer’s markets to hiking to Southside Speedway. Check out this list of fun options.

Important Links

Sometimes there are services you want to know about but hope you never really need. Gathered here are a list of emergency contacts including fire and police and area hospitals.

New to Southside

New to the area? Use these helpful links to familiarize yourself with the area. We list the following information:

  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Fitness Clubs
  • Malls

Tiptoe Through Richmond’s Tulips

April 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm

When you think of Richmond, Virginia, “gardens” may not be one of the first things that spring to your mind—but it certainly should be! This lovely city, recognized by many for its Civil War heritage and recent urban rejuvenation, also happens to be home to a wonderful variety of stunning botanical gardens that are open to the public. Many keep their doors open year-round—yes, even in the middle of winter!

In addition, you may be interested in touring Richmond’s portion of “Historic Garden Week”, the details of which are listed below. Whether you are looking for a romantic way to spend an afternoon with your sweetie, searching for a family-friendly way to have some educational fun, or simply wanting to explore on your own to take in the wonderful sights (and smells) at your own pace, look no further.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of Richmond’s most well known and well-loved gardens in the region. The land was originally utilized by Powhatan Indians as a hunting ground; later in time, it was owned by Patrick Henry. Initially entering the E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center, you will find exhibit galleries, outdoor terraces, shops, meeting rooms, and the Garden Café.


Passing through the Visitors Center and heading out towards the Central Garden, you may eventually find yourself happily lost within the garden’s 40 wandering acres of perennial plants, flowers, bridges, statues, and much, much more. There is even a garden specifically for children to enjoy. Ginter’s 11,000 square foot classical, domed Conservatory is the only one of its kind open to the public in the entire mid-Atlantic region. In addition to the flora and fauna, there are numerous hands-on workshops, adult education, and family programs held here.

Historic Garden Week

For more than 80 years, The Garden Club of Virginia’s 8-day “Garden Week” has been held each spring. Nicknamed “America’s Largest Open House”, Garden Week is a wonderful opportunity to step inside over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful homes and historic landmarks. Many of these homes are located in or near Richmond, while others are scattered throughout the state. Enjoy a vast array of gardens, many of them private and not otherwise open to the public.

Albemarle-Charlottesville 2015

The Garden Club of Virginia provides over 2,000 amazing floral arrangements for many of these homes, making the tour even more beautiful. Garden Week is even for a good cause, too—100% of the proceeds go directly to help restore and preserve many historic gardens located throughout Virginia. Previously featured properties include Tuckahoe Plantation, an 18th century plantation and Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home.

Richmond’s Trusted IT Specialists – Entec

November 11, 2015 at 11:30 am


No business needs technology nightmares, and spending precious time and resources to maintain a system isn’t always the wisest or most efficient course.

That’s why your business needs the expert services of Entec. The trusted IT specialists at Entec will help you grow, protect, and maintain your IT systems, which, in turn, helps you grow, protect, and maintain your business.

Entec can help you keep your network and technology running at peak efficiency. That’s essential to any organization, whether you’re starting a new business or growing and maintaining an existing one. If you don’t have an efficient IT structure and the necessary maintenance you run the risk of outages and security issues, not to mention the loss of time, money and precious data.

The certified engineers can build and optimize systems from the ground up, and along the way they’ll help you add new technologies and system that will keep you well ahead of the technology curve.

Looking for more than just putting a system into place, or updating an existing one? Entec can provide much more. Their services include the following:

  • IT Outsourcing
  • LifeSize Video Conferencing
  • Business Continuity
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Storage Solutions
  • Email Security & Encryption
  • Enterprise Level Support
  • Business Phone Systems
  • Security Solutions
  • Server Virtualization
  • Mobility Solutions

To deliver the best in IT solutions, Entec has developed a four-step continuing process to meet customer challenges.

  • Entec will evaluate your needs by studying and learning your business processes. Once they’ve got a full understanding of your needs and how your company works they’ll apply the right technology to support them.
  • Entec will examine the four key areas of security, availability, redundancy, and cost. Then they’ll recommend the best technology plan for your business needs.
  • Once the plan is identified, the expert engineers from Entec will step in and build the system you need that fits into your budget plan.
  • When the system is in place, Entec will maintain and protect your network and IT system by monitoring the system, provided necessary maintenance, and keeping a check on security and protection.

One of the advantages of having Entec around to maintain and protect your network is because there are often security issues or outdated hardware or other inefficiencies that aren’t easily recognized by system users. But Entec can come in, identify the problems and offer a complete solution. They’ll do more than put a bandage on a problem. They’ll tell you exactly what needs to be done to fix the problem and to make sure it never happens again.

All of this goes hand in hand with Entec being around to keep you ahead of change. The Entec four-step process is ongoing and they’re constantly working to keep you up to date on the latest and best technology available for your company. They’ll let you know what’s available, tell you how it can benefit your company and work with you toward the best plan to get it installed and operational.

Entec has been around since 2002 and is working hard to become the premier computer network consulting company in the Richmond area, but they provide services across the United States. Entec staff says ahead of the technology curve, so that you don’t have to. They provide enterprise level, customer support to your business, no matter how great or how small.

Entec Systems focus on helping your business realize the maximum return on your technology investment. Your company needs an integrated system designed for your business needs that will help to maximize productivity and minimize downtime. The experts at Entec can solve a simple technology issue or build your IT infrastructure from the ground up.

To learn how Entec can meet your technology needs, visit their website at or call them at 800-716-2544.