Business in brief
Virginia Credit Union will open its newest branch at 9498 W. Broad St. on Jan. 17. Located in a former restaurant near the intersection with Springfield Road, the 6,166 square foot structure was extensively renovated and enhanced to serve the needs of credit union members. The West Broad Branch has four drive-through lanes. Two ATMs provide members with images of deposited checks as well as an itemized tally of cash deposits. The large interior space provides additional offices for personal assistance. Safe deposit boxes are also available. The new office is the credit union’s sixteenth branch and the thirteenth in the Richmond area. For details, visit http://www.vacu.org .
Olive Garden will open its newest restaurant at 11829 W. Broad St. on Monday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. — creating 170 new jobs. The 7,441 square foot restaurant can host up to 246 guests. The restaurant will feature a number of sustainable design elements, including recycled building materials, enlarged windows to increase natural light, low-water landscaping and energy-efficient equipment. Cyndi Coupland has been named general manager. Coupland has been with the company for 21 years, serving most recently as general manager of the location on West Broad Street and Glenside Drive. The restaurant will serve dinner only from Jan. 23-27. Lunch will be served starting Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. daily. Olive Garden is now accepting applications for employment. Those interested in applying for a position should apply online at http://www.OliveGarden.com/Careers .
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Yukon Group, Inc. – leased 4,203 square feet in Highwoods I at 10900 Nuckols Rd.; and Dog and Cat’s World – leased 1,400 square feet in Three Chopt Center at 11000 Three Chopt Rd.
Peoples Income Tax, Inc. founder and CEO, Chuck McCabe, recently announced that his firm is relocating the Peoples Tax office formerly at Cox Road and West Broad Street to The Forum Office Park, 10120-C W. Broad St. in Glen Allen. The new office location, which is adjacent to Peoples new corporate offices, will operate year-round providing individual and small business tax preparation, as well as small business bookkeeping and payroll services. The grand opening will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, the first day IRS will accept e-filed tax returns. During the tax season, The Forum office will be open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Service will be provided throughout the off-season during normal business hours. Appointments may be arranged by calling 204-1040. Walk-ins are also welcome.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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