Pot, golf and red meat: BizSense’s most-read stories of 2021

Phil Jones lost his share of golf balls before he created the Golf Ball Buoy, a bright orange, weighted marker made of industrial canvas. His tale was the most-read BizSense story in 2021. (BizSense file photos)

The reporting crew at Richmond BizSense has never been fully driven by clicks.

Sure, we need and want folks to read our stories, but our main goal is and always will be to produce the most valuable local business news for the Richmond community.

That said, we do still get a rush when one of our stories gains unusual levels of traction.

We had plenty of those in 2021, those that noticeably rose to the top in terms of popularity among the hundreds of news stories we produced and the millions of page views that came our way this year.

That’s enough of a setup. Here they are – the 10 most-read stories on Richmond BizSense for 2021 (in descending order):

  1. Electric truck manufacturer Rivian rolling into Richmond
Electric truck maker Rivian opening Richmond facility

The R1T pickup truck is Rivian’s first model. The all-electric vehicle has a range of around 300 miles.

  1. Demolition signals start of Virginia Center Commons redevelopment

An aerial shot of the demolition underway at the former Macy’s store.

  1. New owner of Windy Hill golf complex wants to drive more business

Nichole Inkel came back to Windy Hill to buy the business after last working there in 2013.

  1. New Main Street Steakhouse will try to fill void left by Morton’s closure

Main Street Steakhouse opened at 1112 E. Main St.

  1. Green Front Furniture exec buys Monument Avenue mansion for $2M

The Mediterranean-style house at 2315 Monument Ave.

  1. Richmond golf gear maker ups its game with social media star Paige Spiranac

Paige Spiranac signed on with Dynamic Brands after discovering the virtues of pushcarts.

  1. Flower power: Richmond cannabis dispensary now able to sell buds and joints

Green Leaf Medical now offers strains of dried whole flower and pre-rolled joints for sale.

  1. Cannabis dispensary taking over former Short Pump KFC

Green Leaf chose a former Short Pump KFC to locate a marijuana dispensary.

  1. Truist Bank closing dozens of Virginia branches, including 10 in Richmond

  1. Golfer tired of searching for lost balls invents solution and launches startup

Phil Jones, a Richmond salesman and avid golfer, invented the Golf Ball Buoy.

Phil Jones lost his share of golf balls before he created the Golf Ball Buoy, a bright orange, weighted marker made of industrial canvas. His tale was the most-read BizSense story in 2021. (BizSense file photos)

The reporting crew at Richmond BizSense has never been fully driven by clicks.

Sure, we need and want folks to read our stories, but our main goal is and always will be to produce the most valuable local business news for the Richmond community.

That said, we do still get a rush when one of our stories gains unusual levels of traction.

We had plenty of those in 2021, those that noticeably rose to the top in terms of popularity among the hundreds of news stories we produced and the millions of page views that came our way this year.

That’s enough of a setup. Here they are – the 10 most-read stories on Richmond BizSense for 2021 (in descending order):

  1. Electric truck manufacturer Rivian rolling into Richmond
Electric truck maker Rivian opening Richmond facility

The R1T pickup truck is Rivian’s first model. The all-electric vehicle has a range of around 300 miles.

  1. Demolition signals start of Virginia Center Commons redevelopment

An aerial shot of the demolition underway at the former Macy’s store.

  1. New owner of Windy Hill golf complex wants to drive more business

Nichole Inkel came back to Windy Hill to buy the business after last working there in 2013.

  1. New Main Street Steakhouse will try to fill void left by Morton’s closure

Main Street Steakhouse opened at 1112 E. Main St.

  1. Green Front Furniture exec buys Monument Avenue mansion for $2M

The Mediterranean-style house at 2315 Monument Ave.

  1. Richmond golf gear maker ups its game with social media star Paige Spiranac

Paige Spiranac signed on with Dynamic Brands after discovering the virtues of pushcarts.

  1. Flower power: Richmond cannabis dispensary now able to sell buds and joints

Green Leaf Medical now offers strains of dried whole flower and pre-rolled joints for sale.

  1. Cannabis dispensary taking over former Short Pump KFC

Green Leaf chose a former Short Pump KFC to locate a marijuana dispensary.

  1. Truist Bank closing dozens of Virginia branches, including 10 in Richmond

  1. Golfer tired of searching for lost balls invents solution and launches startup

Phil Jones, a Richmond salesman and avid golfer, invented the Golf Ball Buoy.

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