Richmond is a rising star in the East Bay with a thriving business and residential community. Over three-dozen biotech companies are starting up or expanding in Joinn Innovation Park, which serves as a Biotechnology Accelerator. Manufacturing, always part of Richmond’s past, is resurging with coffee, food and pharma manufacturing. For example, besides having a wonderful coffee house, Catahoula Coffee’s award-winning roastery supplies restaurants and corporations with high quality fair-trade coffee, supporting farmers and a sustainable environment. Glass Onion Catering & Gourmet Foods prepares prepackaged healthy ‘Grab & Go’ fresh sandwiches, wraps, fruit & green salads, pasta bowls and more, sold at stores all over the SF Bay Area. And then there is Sangamo BioSciences who researches, develops and commercializes engineered DNA-binding proteins for the advancement of novel therapeutic strategies for unmet medical needs.
Bakeries thrive here because its Mediterranean climate is a little cooler than most cities in the East Bay, easing operation costs. Grace Baking Co. has been here since 1999 and Cassandra’s Dream Cakes & More, Galaxy Desserts, Gran Milan and Rubicon Bakery have become East Bay icons.
Many companies discovered that Richmond really is the perfect place for distribution in this transportation corridor. Located with easy access to I-80 and I-580, businesses like Amazon, Whole Foods and Williams Sonoma have distribution centers here.
Main Street Initiative is revitalizing Downtown Richmond with building refurbishments and new building creation, turning it into a big Chess Park to create community and inspire children with the game of strategy and logistics. The East Bay Center for Performing Arts is an anchor in this district. And innovation abounds in Richmond with companies like SMASHSolar creators of snap-together solar modules and Full Cycle Bioplastics who recycles organic waste into fully degradable bioplastics to replace plastic packaging materials.
Four wineries and a cidery (Riggers Loft Wine Co.) have transformed an old WWII ship building space into a wine and music venue on the water with fantastic views of the sunset and across the Bay to San Francisco. Three brewing companies supply their unique craft beer throughout the Bay Area and have wonderful beer-sipping venues at their breweries in Richmond.
23rd Street Merchants District includes some of Richmond’s oldest family owned Mexican restaurants, bakeries and gift shops, as well as today’s Taco Trucks. And the old Ford Assembly factory was transformed into a bustling development on the water with Assemble Restaurant, Craneway Pavilion – a concert and event venue, a light industrial space, shops, offices and the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Visitors & Education Center.
Pt. Richmond offers fun opportunities for antiquing, art viewing, wining and dining. In the summer on the last Fri. of the month music fills the street with their Summer Concert Series through September. The Hilltop Shopping Center is undergoing a transformation into a retail, restaurant and entertainment mecca reflecting the brick and mortar of today, with lots of lush landscaping. Lots going on!
All these amazing businesses comprise the spirit of Richmond today. And if you love the water, sailing or boating, you will lap up the fun in discovering Richmond. It’s on us!