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College Care Packages: RVA Style

 Richmond is so fortunate to have such a wealth of truly local shops, restaurants, and producers that shape our collective experiences that it can be especially hard when you move away. Whether you’ve just sent a college freshman off for the first time, or have a friend who has moved across the country, sometimes those who no longer call Richmond home need a little taste of the River City. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to bring a taste of home to those who might be missing our dear RVA.

Rostov's Coffee

Get That [Caffeine] Buzz On: Fuel your college student’s late nights studying with a hometown caffeine buzz from Richmond’s oldest coffee roaster, Rostov’s Coffee & Tea.

Squirrels hoodie

Rep the Hometown Teams: Whether they’re rolling out of bed to an 8am class or trying to make it to the dining hall before breakfast service ends, sometimes the good ole hoodie sweatshirt is the real MVP at college. Keep them loyal with this Richmond Flying Squirrels hoodie or this Richmond Kickers pullover.

RVA Coffee Stain

Put Some Color on the Wall: Head over to Stony Point Fashion Park for some RVA-inspired wall art by Richmond artist, RVA Coffee Stain, at MediaNoche – perfect for adding some color to those drab dorm-room walls.


Stay Hydrated: Whether it’s rehydrating after a brisk cross-campus trek between classes, or fending off thirst during a three-hour lecture, Ellwood Thompson’s 32 oz Hydroflask will keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot all day long.

taste of rva

An Actual Taste of Home: Few things are as quintessentially Richmond as Ukrop’s products. Receiving a nostalgic package filled with Rainbow and Butterstar Cookies along with White House Rolls in the mail can brighten any Richmond native’s day.

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