Westhampton Commons fills out with women’s boutique, hair

The Westhampton Commons blended-use advancement has leased its very last two industrial areas. (Jonathan Spiers image)

Marking the completion of its Westhampton Commons improvement, Thalhimer Realty Associates has leased out the final of its industrial areas to two new-to-marketplace beauty sector brands.

The blended-use enhancement at Patterson and Libbie avenues has signed Vestique, a women’s vogue boutique chain, and Drybar, a hair salon franchise.

Together with earlier signed tenants The Pit and The Peel and Conejo, the additions sign the summary of the $73 million venture that redeveloped components of the previous Westhampton University property.

The 250,000-square-foot, combined-use developing, which replaces a single of two structures that produced up the college, features 128 flats and has attracted 120 applicants for all those units, TRP’s Jason Guillot explained.

In addition to the maxed-out business section, Westhampton Commons also contains place of work tenants Raymond James & Associates, Joyner Good Properties and University of Richmond’s Spider Management.

“It’s pretty much the antithesis of Scott’s Addition,” Guillot explained of the 5800 Patterson Ave. home, which incorporates a parking deck and a substantial amount of greenery. “(It is a) great position to dwell for another person who’s energetic.”

Nevertheless in its allowing section, the new Vestique will be the North Carolina-based mostly company’s 12th brick-and-mortar institution and its initial retail store in Virginia.

Vestique homeowners Morgan Lashley and Caroline Dunham. (Picture courtesy of Vestique)

The 1,300-square-foot retail outlet will be staffed by one particular complete-time employee, as well as 5 to 10 section-timers. Referred to as stylists, employees support buyers generate outfits that match their system and aesthetic wants.

In accordance to its web-site, Vestique now has around 100 workers and an Instagram with 176,000 followers. The store’s rates for things vary from $5 to $50 and up.

The organization was introduced in 2010 by Morgan Lashley and Caroline Dunham. The two house owners, both 37, had seemed to increase into Richmond considering that late 2014, Lashley reported, attracted to the city’s growth and compact town ambiance.

Ahead of Westhampton Commons, the entrepreneurs regarded opening in Short Pump and had also looked at the Libbie-and-Grove region and Carytown as potential choices. They stated the Westhampton Commons house suited their wants well. Thalhimer’s Annie O’Connor served as the broker.

“We definitely appreciated the co-tenancy,” Lashley reported of the new site. “The simple fact that Drybar is heading in following door is fantastic, since that is our demographic.”

Salon chain Drybar is readying its storefront at Westhampton Commons. (Jonathan Spiers photograph)

An additional new-to-Richmond model, Drybar is producing its entry into Richmond by way of Christine Verfurth, 52, who has owned and operated the franchise’s Virginia Beach spot given that 2021. She stated household losses prompted her to sign up for the franchise in 2019 as a improve from her community accounting vocation in Norfolk.

A 10 years-lengthy member and later on a chapter president of Coastal Virginia’s Professional True Estate Gals (CREW), Verfurth explained she was inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of the girls she encountered.

Like Vestique’s homeowners, Verfurth also thought of a assortment of destinations in Richmond. She located out about Westhampton Commons through CREW Richmond member Danielle Beckstoffer, a Thalhimer agent who related her with colleague James Ashby IV, who assisted in the deal.

At initial, Verfurth virtually didn’t look at the site, as she said it did not meet up with her business and infrastructure demands. Having said that, she explained Guillot as a great aid in altering the room to accommodate a salon.

Construction on the 1,800-square-foot room commenced in April. With 11 chairs and four wash stations, Verfurth mentioned consumers will be equipped to delight in a laid-back again expertise complemented with a mimosa or champagne. An ABC license for the place is pending.

Christine Verfurth recognized Virginia Beach’s Drybar in 2021 and is expanding to Richmond.

Drybar does not cut or color hair but alternatively focuses on blowouts, an approach Verfurth mentioned can conserve attendees time and money. A blowout charges $49 and usually takes about 45 minutes, in accordance to the franchise’s site.

The new Richmond site will open up on July 22 with 12 to 18 properly trained stylists. Verfurth claimed she’s hunting to employ the service of up to 40 workforce.

As for Vestique, Lashley expects the retail store to be ready someday up coming tumble, pursuing the opening of its 11th retailer in Cary, North Carolina.

Ideas incorporate a ongoing target on e-commerce, a portion of the enterprise that Lashley claimed grew substantially in new a long time — primarily for the duration of the lockdown period of the pandemic.

“This calendar year has been a roller coaster,” Lashley stated. “We’ve had some fantastic months, we have experienced some lousy months. We’re just hoping to finish the calendar year flat.”

Latest shipping expenditures and predictions of an impending economic downturn have prompted some modifications to their small business product, such as a reduction in stock. Nevertheless, Lashley sees this as most likely valued by shoppers, lessening the probability of equivalent outfits between customers.

Drybar’s Verfurth also acknowledged pandemic-brought about pains to her organization, but noted ambitions to develop with multiple places across Richmond as properly as southeastern Virginia.

Of the Westhampton Commons opening, she explained, “The buzz is very good. I have had a large amount of enthusiasm from other nearby enterprise, from persons on Instagram.”

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