Business in brief
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.
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
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