The local chain expects to debut its ninth location in the Richmond region in October. It will replace current tenants NAPA Auto Parts and Source Auto and Hardware Supply.
The agency is moving up the street from 2026 E. Main St. to a bigger space at 2525 E. Main St. in a building that also houses 216 apartments.
Operated as Bon Air Naturals for the last eight years, the company rebranded to Bon Air Soap Co. as part of its entry into the brick-and-mortar world.
The food-and-beverage incubator’s nonprofit arm wants to help Richmond eateries land their wares on store shelves to give them an additional revenue source.
“My wife and I went on dates there when we were in college,” said owner David Blanchard of his new space, which also once housed Crossroads coffee shop.
The national retailer, which has a J.Crew store in Short Pump Town Center, came to Richmond last year to file for bankruptcy protection.
Leek & Thistle will offer fresh-made food, but there won’t be any hot meals served there. The owner said the menu will be “whatever’s going to taste good.”
AlterNatives Boutique at 3320 W. Cary St. bought the property for $430,000 from Jim Stevens, who paid $62,000 for it in 1983.
Accoutre, which closed its Scott’s Addition location during the pandemic and has operated online since, plans to open its new shop in July.
“Hey, do you want to buy a grocery store?” Patrick Morris asked his wife Megan after considering starting a coffee shop or book store.