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Meet a Business: Whitley's Peanuts

Meet a Business is a new series featuring the person behind some of your favorite locally-owned businesses. 


Jonathan Hewitson headshot


What is your name? 
Jonathan Hewitson, General Manager of Whitley's Peanuts

What is your hometown?
Richmond, VA

How many years have you owned/managed your business?


What did you want to be as a child?
Firefighter and/or Air Traffic Controller

What is the most popular item you sell?
Whitley's SALTED "Home Cooked" Peanuts, without a doubt.

What's the first thing you do every morning to set the tone for your day?
Create a list of "to do's" that I need to accomplish for the day and week.  I also usually enjoy listening to WRVA or some type of other morning radio to keep current with the news of the day.

What tool, object, or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
Wawa Coffee or some from home.


What does the world need more of?
Kindness and Patience.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Time Travel

What's your favorite thing to do in Richmond when you're not in your business?
Enjoying the great outdoors, offered at local parks and recreational areas in Richmond and surrounding counties.


What was the first concert you ever attended?
Chicago at Innsbrook After Hours

Who do you look up to and why?
I admire my father; he is the hardest working and most honest person that I know.  He has supported me in all my endeavors and aspirations throughout my life and is always there when I need to talk.

What do you love most about Richmond?
Flying Squirrels Baseball and VCU Basketball ("GO NUTS" and "GO RAMS")

What's the best thing about being a local business owner/manager?
Without a doubt, it is building up a loyal customer base, treating every customer with the Golden Rule, and as if you were in their shoes.

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