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Kitchen Thyme, Richmond’s first commercial kitchen for rent by the hour, recently opened its first location at 7801-25 W. Broad St. Kitchen Thyme is two commercial kitchen spaces under one roof and will be made available to food trucks and carts, caterers, chefs, and farmers’ market vendors and bakers. For the home-based chef, Kitchen Thyme offers a dream kitchen as well as a space to host parties including a full range of top-of-the-line equipment featuring Sub-Zero™ and Wolf™ appliances. Both kitchens are certified under the VDH and VDACS. Cold and frozen storage is also available for rent. Kitchen Thyme’s kitchens will be available for rent 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its front office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.kitchenthymerva.com .

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The University of Richmond recently was awarded a four-star rating from the Campus Climate Index, a division of Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization promoting LGBT-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride cited new initiatives, such as the LGBT resource center, in raising the university’s rating from a three-star score in 2010. Richmond received the maximum five-star rating in the areas of support and institutional commitment to LGBT students, their student life and campus safety. For more information on the university’s efforts in promoting awareness, visit http://commonground.richmond.edu/queer-ur/index.html.

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Genworth’s recent acquisition of the hotel adjacent to its headquarters has resulted in Genworth making the largest in-kind donation in company history to the CARITAS Furniture Bank. Genworth purchased not only the former Ramada Richmond West property, which was in the process of foreclosure, but also purchased the hotel’s contents, including furniture and equipment from 372 rooms, conference rooms and banquet center, kitchens and offices. With the help of Hilldrup Moving and Storage, Genworth and CARITAS have moved more than 40 trailer tractor loads of inventory, adding up to more than 55,000 items worth an estimated $1.5 million. Genworth’s partner school in Henrico County, Johnson Elementary School, also received a baby grand piano. The school was without one and the donation will have a huge impact for the music department. Genworth is also making the nearly-empty hotel available to the Henrico Fire Training Academy for training over the next few weeks. Henrico’s special weapons and tactical unit (S.W.A.T) is also scheduled to spend several days training in the hotel. The hotel is scheduled for demolition in the spring.

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently announced the sale of the former Graphic Packaging Building, located at 4500 Sarellen Rd. Direct Mail Solutions purchased the approximately 130,000 square feet industrial property situated on 7.2 acres from GPI, Inc. for $2.4 million and will move their operations to this facility.

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M&T Bank recently won a total of 14 Greenwich Excellence Awards for Small Business Banking —12 national wins and two regional honors — garnering the most total awards among any of the 750 banks in the nation as rated by businesses with sales of $1 -$10 million in Greenwich Associates’ 2011 Small Business Banking Study. M&T is also the sixth largest Small Business Association lender in the U.S.

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RelayFoods.com recently announced it has closed a $3 million funding round from return investor Battery Ventures and a group of other undisclosed investors bringing the total amount of funding Relay has raised to $5.5 million. RelayFoods.com sells local products and goods from more than 100 unique local merchants, vendors and stores that partner with the company as an alternative distribution channel to expand the availability of their products. Customers choose from among the 20,000 or so local, organic and conventional product offerings online and then pick them up from one of Relay’s sixty convenient locations. For a small fee, Relay will deliver to the customer’s doorstep. Henrico-based merchants selling through RelayFoods.com include Mediterranean Bakery and Café, Good Foods Grocery, Cavanna Pasta, Flour Garden Bakery, European Deli and Bodega Latina. There are eight Henrico County pick-up locations: Monday – Innsbrook, 4470 Cox Rd., and Topeka Steakhouse, 1776 N. Parham Rd.; Tuesday – Richmond Montessori School, 501 N. Parham Rd., and Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave.; Wednesday – Walgreens, 11300 Nuckols Rd.; Thursday – Innsbrook, 4880 Cox Rd., and University of Richmond, Crenshaw Way; and Friday – Cobb Technologies, 8827 Staples Mill Rd.

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The University of Richmond’s ensemble-in-residence, eighth blackbird, recently captured its second Grammy Award Feb. 12. The group won in the category Best Small Ensemble Performance for a recording of Steven Mackey’s “Lonely Motels – Music from Slide.” The piece also was nominated for a Grammy in the contemporary classical composition category. Based in Chicago, eighth blackbird has been affiliated with Richmond since 2004. In addition to performing on campus at the Modlin Center for the Arts, the six-member group regularly instructs classes, conducts master classes, lectures and coaches music students. The ensemble has scheduled its next Modlin Center performance, “Less is More,” for March 14.

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Henrico native Mary Burton recently debuted her latest novel “BEFORE SHE DIES” on USA Today’s February 9th Best-Selling Books list after just a partial week on sale. Burton’s latest novel of romance, murder and suspense features the return of Charlotte Wellington and Daniel Rakov, who readers met in Burton’s Alexandria-set novels, “Senseless” and “Mericless.” “BEFORE SHE DIES” is currently #131 on the USA Today list, which reflects sales nationally from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4.

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently promoted Heather M. Long, CAM to director, off campus student and single family housing. Long started her career with Thalhimer in 2000 on-site and came to their Richmond corporate office in 2003 as the residential property management coordinator. In 2005, she was promoted to her current role as portfolio manager for single family housing. Long has her CAM certification and has been a licensed real estate agent since 2004.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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