Micheal Sparks Design opened in Manchester last year bringing a metropolitan feel to the district appropriately inspired from its namesake’s world travels. From New York, Micheal Sparks has also spent time in California, London, Madrid, and India.  While in California, he developed an appreciation for mid-century modern furnishings, which he makes available in the shop. Focusing on small to midsize businesses, his boutique offers...

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Fragment #19 by Chuck Scalin Micheal Sparks Design, a new storefront design atelier in Manchester, is featuring previously unseen photographs by Richmond artist and former Virginia Commonwealth University professor Chuck Scalin. The photographs, courtesy of Ghostprint Gallery, are from Scalin’s “Fragments of Urban Reality” series shot in Paris. Scalin shot textures, intimate spaces and architectural details — tiny...

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A few blocks south of the 14th Street bridge, I discovered something that looked interesting on Saturday morning…a sign on the sidewalk that said AIM and pointed down a covered walkway between two buildings. U-turn. Park. There, as they are every Saturday, 9am-4pm, are familiar folks and cool stuff. AIM is Antiques in Manchester, exhibiting a variety of desirables — mid-century modern, primitives, costume jewelry, vintage attire, art...

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To my fellow Richmonders, this weekend marks the return of Antiques in Manchester for the 2012 season! Antiques in Manchester (or AIM) is an upscale, open-air antiques market every Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm in the covered walkway adjacent to 205 Hull Street just across the 14th Street bridge from downtown. There is free parking, and the event occurs weekly through December, rain or shine. This is not just any old flea market....

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