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Kroger recently opened a new fuel center location at its store at 4816 South Laburnum Avenue. The new site brings the number of centers to 53 in Kroger's Mid-Atlantic region. 
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Martin's Food Markets recently named Vicki L. Kiger as its community relations coordinator for the company’s south region, which encompasses the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities. Kroger formerly served as the director of marketing at SportsQuest and has more than 20 years of marketing and special events experience.
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The Henrico Business Council cabinet voted Nov. 17 to approve a resolution supporting the establishment of a Defense Manufacturing Zone. One of the legislative requests that Henrico County has proposed for the General Assembly session, the Defense Manufacturing Zone legislation may expand in scope to become a regional or statewide initiative. 
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Century 21 Option 1 Realty recently sent Jeff Tuck as a representative to the annual Century 21 Leadership Conference, held by Century 21 Real Estate LLC to provide its brokers, owners and managers the chance to learn about relevant real estate industry trends and new system resources. 
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Keith L. Smith, broker associate of Weichert Realtors in Glen Allen, recently was ordained as a deacon at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond.  Smith has been a member of the church since 2003. 
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Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc. (EVB), which is commemorating 100 years of banking at its 25 branches across Eastern Virginia in 2010,  recently donated 20 new computer systems to the public libraries in Henrico and other localities in eastern Virginia. Each of the new PCs includes a widescreen monitor and will enable local libraries to help their patrons with Internet research and more.
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Richmond-based design firm H&A Architects & Engineers donated 4,237 pounds of food for the Central Virginia FoodBank. H&A encouraged its 250 employees to donate by organizing the departments into competing teams. The electrical department in the Richmond office donated more than 2000 pounds, contributing close to half the total amount of donations. 
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Virginia Commonwealth University recently leased 3,420 square feet in the 3600 Centre, 3600 West Broad Street in Henrico County. N. Dean Meyer of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations. 
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Snipes Preferred Properties recently leased 3,196 square feet in the Daniel Building, 3805 Cutshaw Avenue in Henrico County.  Brian K. Berkey and Mac Wilson of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations. 
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Kipling Financial Services, LLC recently leased 3,132 square feet at 4300 South Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County.  Austin H. Newman of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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