Our studio in Richmond is becoming more and more of a destination for pole dancers from across the nation. We don’t know why the fuck y’all love us so much, but we sure do appreciate it. Here in Richmond, we love our craft-everything. Everything here is hand-this, small batch that, infused with the sweat of the small business owner who’s on the brink of loosing their house because they wanted to do what they love. This old southern town is held together by a community of small businesses that are committed to delivering all of us the best of the best with a bangin aesthetic.
Were most famous for our local eats, and the entire town is as instagrammable as it is delicious. When you come here for your traincation, your intensive, your Saturday class, or even if you’re an RVA local looking for something new, this list is for you. We don’t give a flying shit about chain stores and restaurants, so you wont find those here. Butter & Filth cares most about superior quality made by real people. You probably also don’t have a ton of time, especially if you come to our studio for classes, so everything here is tailored to be quick.
Here is a free guide to our top 7 favorite places to eat, chill, and shop. And in true B&F fashion, these places won’t break the bank:
Look. You gotta try the Ru’s Brew. If you need a quick pick up before or after classes, this is the place. The truck is always on the move, and theres also a brand new brick and mortar in the Lakeside neighborhood. Its small. Its simple. No, you can’t get any of the crap you get at Panera, but why the fuck would you? This coffee is on point, the bagels are from NYC, and the owner gave the middle finder to her cushy corporate job because she cares about wellness and that carpe diem spirit.
This place is directly across the street from Pulp Fiction Lakeside. I couldn’t find a website for them. They probably don’t have one. Here’s the deal: its family owned, don’t fuck with the locals, and if you’ve got a stick up your ass, maybe skip this place (I got you covered on the boujee shit, don’t worry). The folks that work here and hang here are blue collar, hard working, and the nicest people you’ll ever meet. They’ve got the best Bi Bim Bap in Richmond, and there’s usually a metal band or karaoke on the weekend. Worth checking out.
This is a 100% vegan comfort food eatery in Richmond’s Southside. To hell with calorie counting, this shit is for folks who are ready to chow down with abandon. The Chic-Fil-Aint is bomb as fuck and the vegan nacho cheese is made by baby cherubs. This is the place you take your non-vegan friends and family for vegan food.
One name: Alyssa Dillaman. She basically massages all the pole dancers in Richmond at this point. She’s intense. She’ll beat you up. And you’ll leave feeling like a million bucks. These are facts. Pro Tip: Book about a month out. She fills up that fast.
I don’t know if I should be listing Clara because she’s newly a newly licensed body worker and I don’t know if she has her website set up yet or if I should even be talking about this. Here’s what I do know: if you want to go to battle with your muscles and win, Alyssa is the boss of all bosses. If you want a synesthetic experience, a gentle, energy reviving massage that leaves your body feeling like its a ready to move again, Clara is your girl. Need info? Hit us up, and we will put you in contact.
6. VMFA Lawn
Just go sit there. Take it all in. Bring your journal and a blanket to sit on. Stare at the clouds after you go look at art. This is our city’s art museum and we love it. You can walk about the lawn while the museum is closed ( I think?) as long as you don’t act like a loitering weirdo. Respect, obv.
Oddities. Crystals. A fine stock of books authored by Anton LaVey. This place gives whole new meaning to the term “shoulder mount” with its taxidermy. We know how y’all bitches love a good tshirt. They’ve got em there. Grab on and show your Richmond weirdo pride.