Southern Revere Cellars is a family affair. Dave and Paula Spencer and Jason and Sheridan Grime are growing their own grapes and hops on 70 acres of farmland west of downtown Richmond.
The acquisition of two companies included paying $17 million for three warehouses in Suffolk — known at one point as the world’s peanut capital.
VA Harvest, which sells CBD extracts and cremes in stores and online, is a venture by a local chemist and two of his friends.
“We’ve got seltzers, which hit the gluten-free market, but some folks are really hung up on wines and ciders,” brewery owner Thomas Pakurar said. “I’m just trying to fill that need.”
Henrico-based Worth Higgins & Associates’ deal to buy Taylored Printing will increase its employee headcount to 175.
To lead “the future of snacking,” the cookie and cracker maker is installing high-speed equipment and building a nearly 500,000-square-foot fulfillment center.
The businesses still have plenty of room to grow their brick-and-mortar footprints as they look toward the future recreational marijuana market.
“I’m a full-time ice cream man now,” said Westray Paul, owner of Westray’s Finest Ice Cream at 214 N. Lombardy St.
“For most folks from Richmond that’s how they know us — as the lighting store in Willow Lawn. People don’t realize how big we are. We do more business in California than we do in Virginia,” said owner Bryan Johnson.
Funktastic Meads & Urban Winery at 1212 Alverser Plaza will be the first meadery in Chesterfield and the third in the Richmond region.