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A Southside Jewel

A Southside Jewel

  It’s easy to see why Hallsley, located on RVA’s Southside, was named 2017 Community of the Year. Resort style amenities, beautiful architecture, great schools and minutes away from some of RVA’s fabulous dining and shopping. We loved getting to peek inside one of their incredible […]

Meet Ruth & Ollie

Meet Ruth & Ollie

Mike and Kat Liebschwager both left their corporate jobs in 2004 to pursue new careers and do something they loved.  Kat studied interior design and opened her own design firm, with Mike joining her shortly after. At the High Point market, the ‘must-see event in […]

Family Fun at Family Camp

Family Fun at Family Camp

Today we’re talking about family camp. Family camp is just like summer camp, but for the whole family. It’s a time to get away, relax, and have fun. And best of all? UNPLUG! If you haven’t been to Camp Silver Beach yet, you’re missing out […]

I Heart Vegetables

I Heart Vegetables

Last week I had the chance to sit down and chat with one of my favorite veggie loving bloggers, Liz Thomson, the talented blogger behind I Heart Vegetables. I mean, have you see her Instagram? Those beautiful pictures? I would be vegetarian if I could […]

Fun at Full Circle Round Up

Fun at Full Circle Round Up

Yesterday, RVA families came together at Deep Run Park to participate in the 9th annual Round Up. “Round Up the Family” is an event hosted by Full Circle, an organization that provides comprehensive grief support here in RVA. This year’s event included a half mile […]

Farm to Table Really is Better

Farm to Table Really is Better

Farmers markets are open throughout the week in different locations – but the weekend is our favorite time when it comes to browsing the markets because there are so many places with so much to see, taste, and hear! We love visiting local farmer’s markets. […]

Shyndigz for a Sweet Date Night

Shyndigz for a Sweet Date Night

As RVA’s first dessert only restaurant, Shyndigz is such a fun place to go for any occasion. It’s been voted 5 years in a row as Richmond’s BEST dessert. One bite, of ANY of their desserts, and you’ll agree. And follow them on Facebook to […]

Local Finds at Shops at 5807

Local Finds at Shops at 5807

Let’s talk about one of RVA’s many eclectic, fun, local gift shops! The Shops at 5807 is a concept store, owned by sisters Leigh Johnson and Anne Brasfield, located at 5807 Patterson Avenue. It’s a unique shopping experience for the customer, as well as a […]

Celebrating MOM!

Celebrating MOM!

Today’s Friday Favorites are all about MOM! I know it sounds so cliché and every mom says it, but honestly we mean it when we say our favorite gifts are the ones our kids make…and time…time is such a great gift. Ok…so maybe a little […]

Celebrating with an Evelyn Henson Giveaway

Celebrating with an Evelyn Henson Giveaway

“Evelyn Henson is dedicated to creating colorful fine art and gifts that inspire you to lead a brightly decorated life.” I had the pleasure of chatting with Evelyn and she’s as joyful and colorful as her artwork! Evelyn graduated from college and wasn’t quite sure […]


Meet Ruth & Ollie

Meet Ruth & Ollie

Meet Ruth & Ollie

Mike and Kat Liebschwager both left their corporate jobs in 2004 to pursue new careers and do something they loved.  Kat studied interior design and opened her own design firm, with Mike joining her shortly after. At the High Point market, the ‘must-see event in home furnishings’, they realized there were so many great things out that weren’t available in Richmond.

Why not open a store and bring those fun finds to RVA? With no retail experience, but a lot of energy and enthusiasm, Mike and Kat introduced Ruth & Ollie to RVA in 2006 in the Libbie & Grove area.

 

“We had absolutely no experience in running a retail store and quickly decided we should simply buy and stock things that we loved because if things did not go well…then all of the inventory was going to go in our house!”

Nearly 12 years later, they’re still buying things they love and that’s in part, what has made Ruth & Ollie so successful – along with the beautiful decor and warm smiles that greet you when you enter the store.

“One of the big reasons we have been successful is we have had some great employees who have chosen to work with us. We couldn’t run this business without them!”

Today, Ruth & Ollie is located in the heart of Carytown where the vibe is fun and energetic. “We love having our store here…it is simply a destination and an experience.”

Their 17 foot display windows are unexpected and changed out frequently, serving as their best advertisement. I don’t know about you but I’m personally loving the flamingos!

The store was named after their beloved grandmothers. Ruth was Mike’s grandmother and Ollie was Kat’s great-grandmother. It’s a perfect name for the store blending traditional (Ruth) with an eclectic, funky twist (Ollie). Ruth and Ollie are celebrated and honored in the store each year on their birthdays.

When they aren’t busy in the store (which is rare), Kat and Mike enjoy a quiet dinner out at one of their RVA favorites depending on what type of food they’re craving. Angela’s for Italian, Bandito’s for Mexican or Sabia for some great Thai. A relaxing afternoon at the VMFA topped off with a delicious meal and a beautiful view at Amuse, is another favorite way to spend time together. They love spending lazy Sunday afternoons with their dog Nick, or when time allows, sneaking away for a few days to the beach.

Ruth & Ollie is fresh and fun. The beautiful furniture, all of those amazing accessories, the colorful fabrics, and the wonderful people all make me feel at home as soon as I enter the door. It’s truly an wonderful experience.

“The best thing about running the store is helping people and having fun,” says Kat.

Have you shopped at Ruth & Ollie’s yet? Let us know your favorite finds!


Our Favorite Finds

A Southside Jewel

A Southside Jewel

  It’s easy to see why Hallsley, located on RVA’s Southside, was named 2017 Community of the Year. Resort style amenities, beautiful architecture, great schools and minutes away from some of RVA’s fabulous dining and shopping. We loved getting to peek inside one of their incredible […]

Meet Ruth & Ollie

Meet Ruth & Ollie

Mike and Kat Liebschwager both left their corporate jobs in 2004 to pursue new careers and do something they loved.  Kat studied interior design and opened her own design firm, with Mike joining her shortly after. At the High Point market, the ‘must-see event in […]

I Heart Vegetables

I Heart Vegetables

Last week I had the chance to sit down and chat with one of my favorite veggie loving bloggers, Liz Thomson, the talented blogger behind I Heart Vegetables. I mean, have you see her Instagram? Those beautiful pictures? I would be vegetarian if I could […]

Shyndigz for a Sweet Date Night

Shyndigz for a Sweet Date Night

As RVA’s first dessert only restaurant, Shyndigz is such a fun place to go for any occasion. It’s been voted 5 years in a row as Richmond’s BEST dessert. One bite, of ANY of their desserts, and you’ll agree. And follow them on Facebook to […]

A Northside Gem

A Northside Gem

When I asked homeowner Jenny Foley what she loves about her house, she said “it feels happy to me!” And I couldn’t agree more! Visiting Jenny is always a treat. One because I adore her house. And two because I adore her! We became friends […]