Richmond-based Catahoula Coffee and Galaxy Desserts have just entered the Shops at Hilltop.
And soon, the delicious sliders from Kim’s Louisiana Fried Turkey & Stuff — another Richmond-born delight — will find their way in.
Tuesday marked the first day of business for R&R Coffee, an all-local pop-up at the mall launched by Phillip Mitchell, co-owner of Kim’s Louisiana Fried Turkey & Stuff, a popular local food truck business.
R&R stands for Richmond-born, Richmond-grown — and for good reason. Mitchell personally picked up his shop’s pastry offerings Tuesday morning from the Oprah-famous Galaxy Desserts at 1100 Marina Way S. When discussing his choice to serve Catahoula Coffee, he stated emphatically, “Timber is a great guy; love him to death,” referring to the San Pablo Avenue-based coffee roaster’s founder, Tim Manhart.
Open but developing, R&R Coffee aims to be an inviting place to sit with locally-produced food and drink while capitalizing on the mall’s free WiFi connection.
It is also the latest locally-focused addition to The Shops at Hilltop, formerly known as Hilltop Mall, which is undergoing a revitalization project under new owners LBG Real Estate Cos. The mall recently welcomed a locally-produced pop-up children’s bookstore, along with free Selfie with Santa opportunities with its holiday display. Last weekend, the mall’s parking lot successfully welcomed the large Cars with Coffee event.
Phillips said he launched in the mall after Janet Johnson, Economic Development Administrator for the Richmond City Manager’s Office, connected him to LBG.
“The mall, I feel, is headed in the right direction,” Phillips said. “The new owners are invested in the community of Richmond. They want local residents to be in here and be part of the revitalization.”
LBG has said that its near-term plans are to revitalize the long-declining mall as a shopping center, adding security and modern features to entice new retailers and restaurants and increased foot traffic. In the longterm, the new owners hope to launch a development with mixed uses including retail, housing, office space, and a hotel.