Business in brief
Blue Ridge Exteriors, LLC, a Henrico-based home improvement company, is the 2013 recipient of a Service Excellence Award presented by Replacement Contractor Magazine. The award recognizes contractors who deliver an exceptional customer service experience. Blue Ridge Exteriors, LLC was one of three companies nationally recognized in the under $10 million category as chosen by Guild Quality and Hanley Wood publishing.
Virginia Eye Institute doctors performed nearly two dozen free cataract surgeries as part of VEI's 20th annual Cataract Mission on Feb. 23. The 2013 Cataract Mission included 80 VEI volunteers, from the front desk staff to physicians, serving central Virginians who lack insurance and a way to pay for the life-altering surgery. To date, VEI’s Cataract Mission program has donated more than 800 eye exams and 240 surgeries in the program’s 19-year history. Patients are provided with post-op follow-up at no charge and a new temporary lens for eyeglasses. More than $5,000 worth of services is provided at no charge to each patient undergoing cataract surgery.
First Capital Bank has launched a free mobile banking app for customers to view their account balance and history, transfer funds and find branches and ATMs that are closest to their current location. The mobile app is free and available for both Android devices and Apple iPhones or iPads. Included as part of the app are Mobile Purchase Rewards, which lets customers turn their smartphone into a savings tool. Using the app, customers can receive and activate customized merchant-funded discounts or rewards that are based on their personal buying habits. Customers simply swipe their bank debit card to redeem and save money. The savings are automatically deposited back in the customer’s checking account at the end of each month. Other features include direct access to customer service emails and phone numbers in case questions or help is needed with the users account or mobile banking.
Weichert Realtors – Baron & Snipes Co., located in Glen Allen, has awarded Greg Baron and Keith Smith the WREA 2012 Sales Achievement Award. The awards are based on minimum requirement per award category in gross commission income or units earned in 2012. These agents earned their recognition from among associates in 35 states at year’s end. Also honored is Christy Kitchens who was named Rookie of the Year by the Weichert Virginia and E. West Virginia Broker Council.
SyCom Technologies has been named to CRN’s third annual list of the Tech Elite 250. Companies on the 2013 Tech Elite 250 list represent an elite group of IT solution providers that have invested in the training and education needed to earn the most advanced technical certifications in the IT Channel for data center or cloud.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Robert Half International – leased 4,716 square feet at 4880 Cox Rd.; Diamedix Healthcare, LLC – renewed its lease of 2,538 square feet in the Technology Park II Building at 4959 Cox Rd.; and Eagle Energy Solutions – expanded in their current space and now lease a total of 3,000 square feet in Interair Center at 5371 Glen Alden Dr.
Scents of Serenity Organic Spa has expanded into a new retail space to accompany their treatment rooms. The spa is housed in a historic farmhouse in Olde Glen Allen located at 3016-C Mountain Rd. Scents of Serenity features the Eminence Organic skincare line along with great local names such as Mac’s Smack. For more information, call 426-2799.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.
The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.
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