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Richmond’s Artisan Economy

Richmond’s Artisan Economy tracks the growth and development of this new, dynamic sector of the economy. Artisans serve the growing demand for high-quality, unique goods and consumables, and their presence and activities are revitalizing and enlivening neighborhoods in the city and other areas.

In collaboration with the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program’s Urban Commercial Revitalization class, CURA is producing an annual report on the state of the artisan economy, and focusing attention on removing barriers that may limit the ability of this important sector of the economy to thrive and grow.

Reports produced to date cover the following artisan industry segments:

  • Bakeries
  • Barbershops
  • Bicycle shops
  • Breweries
  • Cideries
  • Coffee roasteries
  • Crafts (jewelers, muralists, hand-letterers)
  • Distilleries
  • Fashion (clothiers)
  • Food trucks
  • Independent media
  • Wineries

Richmond’s Artisan Economy reports and projects

Richmond’s Artisan Economy (2015)

Richmond’s Artisan Economy (2014)