“Brick,” which aimed to cover the restaurant, entertainment and arts scene in Richmond will cease publication July 22.
The magazine was launched in 2006 and initially included stories, illustrations, event listings and reviews. (Full disclosure: This reporter wrote some of his best articles for Brick, including one on whether Richmond could support two music venues and a look at the ABC law that requires bars to sell food). The magazine tried to find an irreverent voice, initially under the leadership of Pete Humes, who was a features reporter at the Times-Dispatch and before that ran a weekly humor publication called Punchline.
Over time, Brick changed editors and cut back on the reporting. It added more photos of concerts and events (i.e., drunken 20-somethings) around town.
Advertising in the weekly paper diminished, said Ray Kozakewicz, a spokesperson for Media General. Kozakewicz decline to say whether Brick was ever profitable.
The only advertiser in the most recent issue was Colonial Downs.
Aaron Kremer is the BizSense editor. Please send news tips to [email protected].