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The start of a new year is the perfect time to implement changes in your day-to-day – check out our list of Downtown RVA New Year’s resolutions and prioritize your self-improvement goals for 2023!

Eat Fresher & Cleaner

Although most of us start the year with the best intentions to become healthier, sometimes the hustle and bustle of everyday life can get in the way. Lucky for you, Downtown Richmond is full of great spots to eat clean and fresh.

Supercharge your day with flavorful beverages full of superfoods at Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar at the Valentine, or healthy calories from an inclusive menu at The Pit & The Peel. Grab ready meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients at Leek & Thistle, or explore the cafeteria style line with a variety of vegan options at NuVegan Café. If you're looking to pick up a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free diet, be sure to check out your options in our list of Downtown RVA’s favorite vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free restaurants.

Shop Smart & Sustainably

Small businesses, resale boutiques and thrift shops in Downtown Richmond give you more options than ever. Not only are you reducing impacts on the environment and waste from the overproduction of new merchandise when you shop small and local, but you're also making an investment in our community and you just might find something you didn’t even know you were looking for!

Shop plant-based skincare, fragrance and body care goods in refillable and recyclable vessels at Maven Made and refresh your wardrobe with slow-philosophy pieces with lasting style and quality using fair trade, organic and environmentally responsible materials at Verdalina. Stock up for the warmer months with lightly used adventure wear and outdoor essentials at Trail Hut or shop a vast selection of new and pre-used records and albums at Vinyl Conflict.

Get Out There!

Whether you’re looking for exercise, fresh air or a way to experience the city’s rich history, Downtown Richmond is full of public spaces and year-round outdoor recreational activities for all experience levels.

Explore 550+ acres of shoreline and islands, an extensive mountain bike trail system and class IV and V rapids along Downtown Richmond's riverfront, murals and sculptures across Richmond’s vibrant public art scene or embrace the outdoors with an essential downtown tour. If you’re looking for a way to take in the scenery by bike, take a ride on Virginia’s 51.7 mile fully-paved Capital Trail. Many of Richmond’s public space focused nonprofits such as Capital Trees, Capital Region Land Conservancy and the James River Association operate through the support of volunteers, so consider setting aside some time outdoors while helping keep our public spaces maintained and safe.