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Fresh Coat Painters has expanded into Virginia and the franchise is owned by Christy Cooper and based out of Glen Allen. After more than a decade in pharmaceutical sales, Cooper sought a business opportunity that better suited her creative spirit and busy lifestyle as a minister’s wife and mother of four. Fresh Coat has connections to national accounts such as Sherwin-Williams and professional painters are hired as employees, not subcontractors. For more information, call 335-0556 or visit http://www.freshcoatrichmond.com .

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CARF International has accredited Greater Richmond ARC and ARC Industrial Services for a period of three years for the following programs: Community Employment Services – Job Development, Job Supports and Job-site Training; Employee Development Services; and Organizational Employment Services. The latest accreditation is the fourth consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to The Greater Richmond ARC and represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded. The Greater Richmond ARC is a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families at locations throughout greater Richmond.

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The Fresh Market will hold a career open house on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Westin Richmond Hotel, 6631 W. Broad St., to staff their new store in Carytown. Approximately 80-90 jobs are expected to be filled at the open house and include assistant grocery managers and specialists, bakers, meat cutters and seafood specialists. For more information or to apply online, visit http://tinyurl.com/cjp9rv6 and use “keyword” 139 for the Carytown jobs.

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Loth Accounting Services has been acquired by Valderas & Fishel, PC. Located in Innsbrook, V&F opened their doors in 2005 and specialize in corporate, tax and personal accounting.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: The Little Gym – leased 4,950 square feet in The Shoppes at Staples Mill at 8330 Staples Mill Rd.; Stephen Gould Corporation – renewed its lease and expanded into a total of 4,902 square feet in Grove Park I at Wyndham at 11551 Nuckols Rd.; Moorehead Communications, LLC (doing business as Verizon Wireless) – leased 3,573 square feet in Staples Mill Retail Center at 7300 Staples Mill Rd.; and Atlantic Coast Consulting – leased 1,977 square feet in the Banks Bros. Building at 4461 Cox Rd.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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