Mitzi Mock

Art Behind Doors

Sculpting our bedroom lives. Turning gas tanks into robots. Finding beauty in roadkill. Four artists open their homes to Richmond Confidential.

Why few grocery stores come to Richmond

When Safeway closed its Macdonald Avenue store and opened a new branch in El Cerrito in August, it brought the number of full-service grocers in Richmond down to three — three supermarkets in a city of more than 100,000 people.

Rockets blast off: team wins first game of the season

This was a night for the underdogs. The Richmond Rockets, the city’s new American Basketball Association team, defeated reigning conference champs the Bay Area Matrix 78-71 in their debut game. “I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed,” said owner Eric Marquis just seconds before the end of the game. When the final buzzer went off he yelled, “I do believe we just won,” before running off to high-five his staff. For the Rockets, the win comes after a week of uncertainties. How many…

It’s game time: Richmond Rockets debut Thursday

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. the Rockets will make their American Basketball Association debut at Richmond’s Civic Center Memorial Auditorium against the Pacific North Conference defending champion Bay Area Matrix. It’s a night owner Eric Marquis has been looking forward to for more than a year, and he’s doing everything he can at the last minute to make sure Richmond residents are in the stands to greet his team.

New Brazilian café: from family crisis to family business

Three years ago Angelica Lima started getting sick. So sick that the 24-year-old single mother suddenly found herself in a wheelchair. Her condition left her doctors stumped, and after a few months they suggested she seek a second opinion in Brazil, her native country.

Richmond, meet your new basketball team

Fourteen-year-old Abdul Black loves basketball, but he’s not worried about the NBA lockout. He’s following a different league this season, and he’s already got a favorite player. “I’m here to see ‘Little Pat,” he says, pointing toward a group of young men gathering at the bar at the Boiler House Restaurant Tuesday night. You can’t miss them – since, for one thing, they’re taller than everyone in the room. They’re the Richmond Rockets, the city’s new American Basketball Association professional…

Local teens escape to new video game store

It’s 2:45 p.m. and Benita Kapoor keeps checking the time on her laptop. In 15 minutes they’ll be here—ready to choose their weapons, hijack cars and blow up buildings. She goes behind the counter to prepare herself. The clock strikes three. It’s time. School’s out. A few minutes later Deontae Mark and Dashun Buffun walk into Gamers-Audio World and More, a new shop that opened up on Macdonald Avenue at 23rd Street this July. It’s a trading post for video…

Kennedy Eagles overwhelm St. Patrick-St. Vincent Bruins

Kennedy’s teamwork and speed proved too much for visiting St. Patrick-St. Vincent on Saturday in 43-27 Eagles victory. Senior quarterback Octavious Holley threw three touchdown passes to three different players, sophomore running back Jordan Whitley ran for another, and senior wide receiver Kenneth Walker provided a spark on both ends of the ball with touchdowns on an 82-yard run and a 40-yard fumble recovery. The Eagles ability to spread the ball around overwhelmed the Bruins. “It’s by design and opportunity,”…

Richmond youth shine at star-studded concert

Last Saturday, local music fans strutted down the red carpet at Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion for a star-studded concert. The show, called The Red Carpet Experience, featured Robin Thicke, El Debarge, Faith Evans, Ginuwine, Sydney Nicole and Jermaine Dupri. But the artists weren’t the only stars for the night. Young men and women from several East Bay community organizations, including Richmond’s Police Activities League, participated in a fashion show, working the catwalk in between music sets. Oakland clothiers K&G Fashion Superstore…

New professional basketball team has a game plan, on and off the court

After labor talks between NBA players and team owners failed to break a lockout last week, some basketball fans may be wondering if they’re in for a dry winter. But for those living in Richmond, there will be a new game in town this season. Starting in November, the Richmond Rockets, of the American Basketball Association, will be playing regular games at the Civic Center Memorial Auditorium. The Rockets will be the first professional basketball team in the city, and…

City’s economic future takes center stage at summit

Business owners, entrepreneurs and city leaders crowded the floor of the Civic Center Memorial Auditorium Tuesday morning to swap business cards, study up on market trends and discuss Richmond’s economic future–one that’s looking bright, if you ask organizers of the city’s second annual economic summit. The event, presented by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, featured a half-day series of workshops, mostly tailored for small- and medium-sized businesses, ranging in topics from company branding to business loans. But the summit’s overarching…

Economic summit to spotlight Richmond’s future

Business owners, investors and local leaders will gather to network and talk through local retail trends, marketing technologies, and the possibility of a game-changing lab coming to Richmond at the second annual Economic Summit on Tuesday at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium.