Business in brief
Martin’s Food Markets has completed three-month remodels of its stores located at 3460 Pump Road and at 10150 Brook Road, both in Henrico. Short Pump and Virginia Center customers will find key departments such as produce, deli, meat, and bakery have been freshened with new décor and fixtures along with an increased variety of product. Key areas such as grocery, dairy, frozen foods and beer/wine have been expanded as well. With an eye on energy conservation, LED lighting was newly installed in many areas of the store, including overhead track lights, spotlights on specialty areas & displays, exterior store signs and in the frozen food cases.
Glen Allen-based KSA Interiors has announced several promotions. Karen Burton, a KSA Facilities team leader, is promoted to associate. She joined KSA in 2005 with nearly 20 years of industry experience. Melissa Moseley, a KSA design team leader, is promoted to associate. Her work at KSA has received recognition by the Virginia chapter of ASID and the Virginia/West Virginia chapter of IIDA. Sara Lasseter, a KSA design team leader, is promoted to associate. She has over 12 years’ experience with KSA and has a diversified background in design specializing in higher education and environmental graphic design.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has completed two deals totaling 32,158 square feet of office space in the newly named Lakeview Center in Innsbrook, 4800 Cox Rd. Major capital improvements are already underway on this lakefront four-story 63,000 square foot building, formerly the headquarters location for Owens & Minor. Wine wholesaler and importer, The Country Vintner, Inc., has leased 17,866 square feet for its company headquarters. Free Agents Marketing, LLC has taken the entire first floor (14,292 square feet) for the relocation of their marketing, public relations and advertising agency.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 74.76 acres of land situated along W. Broad Street in Henrico. Markel|Eagle Advisors, LLC purchased the Nuckols Farm land assemblage from Oscar N. Nuckols Family Trust (68.91 acres) and Sheila and Hugh A. Worcester (5.85 acres) for a total of $8.5 million. Located near Route 288 at the intersection of W. Broad Street and the new Gayton Road extension, this assemblage represents one of the few remaining available large block sites in Henrico County along W. Broad Street. Markel|Eagle plans on rezoning this new 75-acre site to a mixed use development to include office, medical, retail and residential housing.
Patricia Green has been promoted to the position of executive director for the John Rolfe Family YMCA. She previously served as operations director since 2010. In her new role, Green will be responsible for providing strong leadership in board development and fiscal integrity to the John Rolfe branch, as well as increasing community awareness through program delivery, fundraising efforts and services offered.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Charter One Mortgage – renewed its lease of 117,142 square feet in One Colonial Place at 10561 Telegraph Rd.; Presidio – leased 3,391 square feet in the Hillcrest Building at 1801 Bayberry Ct.; Velocitel – renewed its lease of 2,518 square feet in the Park III Building at 4164 Park Place Ct.; Crestwood Associates, LLC – leased 2,500 square feet at 6010 N. Crestwood Ave.; and Supercuts – renewed its lease of 1,540 square feet in Colonnades West Shopping Center at 10901-10973 W. Broad St.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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CalendarLavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd., will host its Christmas Open House event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28-29. There will be classes, demos, fresh herbal tastings… Full text