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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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.
Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.
To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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