Business in brief
The Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC) at United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) will open a new four bed cottage on Feb. 4. The new cottage, named the Generosity Cottage, will be used by children currently in the CFHC program who are one to three months away from successfully completing the program and are beginning to prepare to return to their communities. The cottage will be gender-specific and the space used flexibly dependent on the needs of the program. The CFHC is an intensive residential treatment program for girls ages 11 to 18 with emotional and behavioral problems and for boys ages 11 to 18 who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviors.
The board of directors for Central Virginia’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) has elected the following officers to serve in 2013: chair - Roderick W. Simmons, Hirschler Fleischer; vice chair - Matthew Neels, Capital One Financial Corp; secretary - Isabelle Hilliard, Old Dominion Home Health Services; treasurer - Harry Garmon, The Bookkeeping Department; general counsel - John Adams, McGuire Woods LLP; president & CEO: Thomas J. Gallagher; and senior vice president - Barbara Homiller. The following individuals were elected to three-year terms on the BBB’s board of directors: Deborah Kurdts-Peery, Primrose School of Midlothian Village; Barry Moore, Haley Buick GMC; Daniel Moskowitz, SunTrust Bank; J. Quintin Mullins, Mullins Investment Services; and Thomas Winfree, Village Bank.
Several professionals affiliated with Capitol Financial Solutions recently were recognized as top performers by qualifying for membership into the Million Dollar Roundtable. They are Matthew D. Brotherton, Catherine L. Danford, Kappy Gross, J. Cory Hoffer, Kenny Kapinskis, Kristopher T. Olexy and Robert E. Snidow, of Richmond.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Hedrick Insurance and Financial – leased 3,000 square feet at 2724 W. Broad St.; and CLS Casualwear – leased 2,019 square feet in Laburnum Square Shopping Center at 4816 S. Laburnum Ave.
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.
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.
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.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
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