A social club is coming to downtown Richmond – offering all of your favorite amenities from a curated third space, Common House will offer its members a private restaurant and bar, rooftop pool, co-working space, and community in a time when we need it most. Find out how Common House is planning on building an RVA community centered around long-lasting partnerships, meaningful connection and unique programming in the interview below!
If you had to give an elevator pitch for Common House to a potential member, what would that sound like?
Common House is a social club with all the amenities you’d want from a curated third space - a private restaurant and bar, rooftop pool and terrace, and co-working space with phone booths and a podcast room. Where they differ from other membership clubs is their intentional focus on supporting the communities in which they are located. Their mission is to create connection amongst members through unique programming, curated amenities, thoughtful design, and intentionally-sourced food and beverage.
What’s your favorite amenity/offering to Common House members?
Common House is a social space, first and foremost, but more recently we've seen an increase in interest for the coworking, conference room and event spaces. We believe that now, more than ever, people are eager to reconnect and feel a sense of community while social distancing. Our in-house programming for members is a huge benefit to joining, as members have access to a large variety of programming events that allow them to meet other people more organically. Our coworking space also provides a great opportunity for members to connect and network within a safe space during COVID.
What ways have you partnered with Richmond businesses and what ways do you hope Common House can support businesses throughout downtown?
Common House is eager to be joining such a vibrant community in the Arts District in hopes we can bring more business to the area while finding opportunities to partner with local organizations to enhance our member's experiences in, and out, of the House. We have a perks program that highlights a diverse group of small businesses in town where members receive discounted goods and services. These partners are highlighted monthly to encourage our members to shop local. We also partner with local organizations on the majority of our member programming in hopes that those relationships grow into long-lasting partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
What are some programming ideas and/or events you are most excited for the Richmond space?
Programming at Common House is a place for members to explore their curiosities. We have a lineup of weekly programming that features wellness classes, movie nights, live music, wine tastings, special dinners, late-night socials, and more! Each program is created with the intention of bringing members together for thoughtful, shared experiences. We will be collaborating with an array of partners from the Richmond community in celebration of all that our city has to offer.
What are you most excited for when Common House Richmond opens?
The Common House community is all about the people who fill the space and we cannot wait to see our members come together over incredible food & beverage, creative programming and connection.
Common House opens on October 15 and will be located at 303 W. Broad Street in downtown Richmond.
The preamble to this year’s Richmond Folk Festival is happening with a beer and a bang. Savoy Family Cajun Band kicks off a virtual beer tasting, hosted in partnership with Venture Richmond and AleWerks. Following lively tunes, three beverage masters present this year’s official Richmond Folk Festival brew: Hazy Folk IPA. Common House’s Sommelier, Erin Scala, teams up with Kyler Meyerhoff and Karen Gattuso of AleWerks to discuss the story of Hazy Folk while leading a tasting.
Order your Hazy Folk IPA pack here and use coupon code "CH2" during checkout. Orders are due by 3:00pm on Sept. 29 for pickup on Oct. 1.