Richmond Cycling Corps hopes to start an after-school program at Armstrong High School in January. "We're always looking for various ways to have a more sustainable nonprofit business model," founder Craig Dodson says of the organization that provides cycling opportunities for young people in Richmond's public housing communities. In November, RCC launched Phaup St. Journal ( phaupstjournal.org or 525-8200). The cycling-inspired lifestyle apparel brand is available exclusively at Richmond Bicycle Studio in Scott's Addition and all proceeds go to RCC.
"Richmond has become a mecca for cycling," Dodson says. "We saw that as, let's create a product for everyone in Richmond who's got a passion for cycling." In addition to commuter jeans created by local denim house Shockoe Denim, the fall collection includes wool hats by Richmond artist Emily Monroe ( montrosestitchery.etsy.com ) and leather goods by Washington, D.C.-based craftsman Alan Van ( avstore.etsy.com ). — AD