Mike Platania


Richmond, Virginia

Mike Platania

Hello! I'm Mike. I'm a Virginia Tech alum currently living in Richmond, Virginia.


Longtime Adams Barber Shop reborn with new tattoo tenant

One of the city’s oldest tattoo shops has new digs right next door to where its owner once was an apprentice nearly three decades ago. Absolute Art Tattoo recently moved into the former Adams Barber Shop at 821 W. Broad St., having left its original home at 917 W. Grace St., where it had opened in 1993.
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VCU athletics budget has more than doubled since 2011 Final Four run

With its ticket punched for the big dance, the VCU men’s basketball team now must prepare for its first round matchup later this week with the University of Central Florida. But it’s not just the team’s athletes and coaches that are gearing up for March Madness. The VCU Athletics department also must get to work, planning the logistics and budgeting for the financial impact of the school’s eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years, the most among all Virginia colleges in that span.
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Q&A: Stone Brewing CEO Dominic Engels

Five years ago, then-Mayor Dwight Jones called a press conference and announced that the city had struck a deal. Stone Brewing, the country’s ninth-biggest craft brewery by sales volume, according to the national craft-beer trade association, would be putting a $74 million production facility in Richmond.
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‘That whole chunk of our business was gone’: Grove Ave. menswear shop unties 9-year trademark battle

In 2009, Dick Fowlkes and Kate Ackerly opened an envelope that would change the trajectory of their company for the better part of 10 years. After a winding path, untold amounts of unrealized revenue and two sets of attorneys, they’ve finally emerged victorious. The brother-sister duo owns Peter-Blair and Peter-Blair Accessories, the high-end menswear and accessories stores at 5800 Grove Ave. in the West End.
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Shuttered bank branch gets some shutter speed

From the outside, the former TowneBank building at 5011 Brook Road looks vacant and unused. But behind the blank façade, the nondescript building is serving as the home base for an ambitious photography project about the country’s national parks. Photographer Frank Lee Ruggles this summer leased the 2,300-square-foot building to be a workspace for “79 Years,” a project he’s working on to re-create 150 photos taken by the late Ansel Adams throughout the U.S. park system in 1941.
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Kabana vs. Graduate: A tale of two rooftops

So much so that a debate arose in recent weeks between two of Richmond’s rooftop spots, as they disagreed on which venue is the highest. The beef was between the ventures atop The Graduate Richmond at 301 W. Franklin St. and the Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites at 700 E. Upon opening its rooftop restaurant and bar, The Byrd House, The Graduate claimed to the media and in an ad campaign it had the tallest such establishment among its peers in the city, sitting atop the hotel’s 16 floors.
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You don't know Jack

It doesn’t take long to realize the kind of impression Jack Tyler leaves on people.
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