VA's Wellness Wanderer
Born and raised in Richmond, Paris is a flight attendant by day and a full-time Content Creator whose creativity never really turns off. For someone who travels daily for a living, coming home to RVA always feels like a "big hug after a long stretch of time away." She's had the chance to see the world and truly enjoys being immersed in other cultures and expanding her worldview, but the 804 will always be her home.
BLACK CULTURE IN VIRGINIA
"Virginia has thrived in part as the result of the impact and imprint of black innovation which encompasses black business, the black community, and the presence of our support. Representation and inclusion drive the culture." - Paris Sutherlin
Paris' City Guide
Check out Paris' City Guide for Richmond.
- Buttermilk and Honey - Whether you’re Downtown, in Short Pump, or Manchester, Buttermilk and Honey has got you covered. I'm a lover of all things HOT and have fallen in love with The Nashville Hot Fries and The Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich, but trust me you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu.
- Cason Funnel Cakes - I used to love the VA state fair for the funnel cakes alone, but Casons Funnel Cakes has perfected their family recipe that's got the fair beat. I love being able to support local and get my sweets year round. These cakes come with all the fixings and are always freshly made. Trust me on this one and go for the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Funnel Cakes, you won’t regret it.
- The Len -
The Len sits in the historic 17th street market, and is the most beautifully curated event venue. It lends a space to facilitate community and enjoy the rich culture in downtown Richmond. I recommend catching one of their weekend hosted happy hour events.
- Mama J’s -
It wouldn’t be a RVA guide if I didn’t send you over to Mama. Mama J’s feels like home on a plate. It’s that good southern cooking with soul. Its right down in Jackson Ward and represents a business that is good on the taste buds and good for the soul. The catfish platter will do the soul good, and definitely don’t skip dessert.
- 17th Street Market - Richmond Night Market -
As a black woman born and raised in Richmond, the history of this city still echoes through the buildings and people that tell its story. I’m so proud to be a part of that continuing history. This is one of my favorite spaces to enjoy events taking place in Shockoe Bottom. Year round events like the Richmond Night Market, and community yoga help our community reclaim this space and add to its history. The Market is truly a space of growth with the best views of what Richmond has to offer in terms of great food, local artisans, and musical talent.