What started out as a group of friends who simply enjoyed the atmosphere of a new spot, eventually flourished into a full-blown day party event with complementary admittance for everyone. Stacey Charity and a great group of her friends got together and created the Crave Day Social with the hopes of bringing positive attention to the new lounge and restaurant for her professional friends and acquaintances. Their goal was to ensure that more people knew about the brand new location and took advantage of its great drink specials and delectable food. The owner Roy was pleasant and definitely hospitable as Stacey and I discussed her feelings about Crave. She said, “We just enjoyed ourselves here, so we wanted to bring attention to the lounge and its upscale appeal.” Nevertheless, she was right. The location did have upscale appeal and left us with a different impression than most. The light and airy atmosphere invites you in, versus being dark and dungeon like. That is something that is often a cliché in most nighttime spots.
Dre and I ordered a Blue Motorcycle and Amaretto Sour, respectively. The drinks were on point, so good in fact that we also order glasses of Moscato towards the end of the evening. We also ordered crab cakes, which were really awesome. Sydney Ellese mentioned she never had a crab cake that moist before. I think I would also have to agree on that. They were simply delicious. Aside from what we could consume, the layout was visually pleasing as well. There are two parts, a more dining-like area and on the opposite side the lounge area. The multiple bars, the bathrooms with sinks on the outside, and the décor were all fantastic features that I believed to be assets for the location. The bartenders and wait staff were beautiful. I was even tricked into asking one bartender if he was a former professional football player. Unfortunately, he was not but just a cutie pie anyway.
Overall, I think the event was a success. It brought much needed attention to a location that, if it remains inviting and pleasant, will be a pinnacle for those seeking much more sophistication in their nightlife. There are no baggy jeans and athletic clothes allowed. In addition, the ambiance definitely reflected a “grown and sexy” vibe, which proves that mature adults are looking for better quality in their nightlife. Those of a professional caliber want to kick back and relax too, and Crave is giving them exactly what they need. I would have wanted to see more interaction initially during the day social, but it appeared that people were more comfortable with who they knew. After a while, especially when the cocktails were flowing, patrons seemed more relaxed and mingled a little more. Events like these could definitely bring Richmond residents closer and networking more, which is why I was excited to share it with you.
I look forward to seeing what else Crave has to offer our social crowd in the future. A special shout out to Stacey Charity and her entire group of friends, for their hard work and friendly demeanors. I seriously enjoyed myself and my eyes were open to a great spot to kick it and have a good drink and delectable cuisine. As I listen to great music and maybe even play the Wii, I’ll know that this is the type of weekend that most people CRAVE.
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