Business in brief
Exit First International recently announced that The Marc Austin Highfill Team of Exit First Realty in Glen Allen, has been ranked fourth out of more than 40,000 Exit Realty Agents worldwide for closed sales in 2012. The team was ranked first out of 500 Exit First agents in Virginia for total sales volume and listings in 2012. In addition, Richmond Association of Realtors named The Marc Austin Highfill Team in the top 10 for sales and listings among all real estate brokerages in the Richmond area.
Entrepreneurs Scott Wagner and Gil Grattan have launched their newest project, MosquitoGO, an innovative new approach in the growing exterior pest control market. The company will primarily serve residential customers, though it will also offer services geared towards businesses and special events. MosquitoGO’s offerings include barrier sprays, natural alternative mosquito treatments and tick control protocols aimed at controlling pest populations around homes. For more information, visit http://www.gomosquitogo.com .
Richmond area resident Matt Whitely, customer service manager at Allegra in Richmond, recently was recognized with a Gold Milestone Award by the Allegra Network franchise system for his outstanding sales achievement in 2012. This annual award is based on sales volume and achieving an outstanding level of customer service. Allegra in Richmond is a full-service marketing communications provider.
Les Davis, a native and resident of Richmond, and his wife Claudia have opened the only TCBY self-service frozen yogurt franchise in Henrico at 9468 W. Broad St. They chose to open the store primarily because it is an established brand and also because their location is a storefront on West Broad Street. The Davises used BoeFly for their start-up SBA loan. The Davises have an entrepreneurial background; before retiring in the early 2000s, they sold the company they founded, Focus Packaging, which produced packaging for products such as Irish Spring soap and Crest and Colgate toothpaste.
Virginia Interventional Psychiatry, Richmond’s first outpatient TMS therapy treatment center for depression, opened in Glen Allen this month. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for depression of patients who have not found relief from antidepressants, are unable to or do not want to take typical antidepressants. Rather than electroconvulsive therapy, which requires anesthesia and a longer treatment regimen, TMS therapy has very little side effects; the patient remains awake and cognizant of the entire procedure. For more information, call 464-8471 or visit http://www.viptms.com .
Costen Floors, located in western Henrico, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in the flooring business. A family-run business, it was founded in 1948 as Costen Lumber Company by Ralph L. Costen, Sr. Now serving at the head of the reins is Ralph (Tripp) L. Costen, III, while Ralph L. Costen, Jr. presides as CEO. The company will be celebrating their 65-year history with various sales throughout 2013.
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.
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