Business in brief
A new one-of-a-kind store will open Saturday, March 31 in Towne Center West near Short Pump Town Center called The Olive Oil Taproom. The store is a full-service retail merchant offering fine extra Virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet cheeses and other fine products such as sauces, tapenades, dips and gifts. Guests will be able to sample specialty items such as naturally infused olive oils and vinegars that complement any type of gourmet food. The Olive Oil Taproom’s oils have more than the standard levels of polyphenol and oleic acids; higher levels of each have been proven to be a very high antioxidant associated with lowering the incidence of breast cancer and coronary diseases such as cholesterol.
The Virginia Innovators Network (VINE) recently was formed to support innovative Virginians who are looking to bring their unique products and service ideas to market. VINE, an independent nonprofit organization, enables inexperienced innovators to engage successful ones, and introduces them to resources with critical subject matter expertise for protecting, developing, licensing, manufacturing and selling their product or service. VINE is affiliated with the United Inventors Association and will hold its first public event on Monday, March 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Meeting Center, 2708 Enterprise Pkwy. VINE President Mike Bucci will speak on “Making the Jump from your Idea to Market Success.” VINE’s vision, goals and activities will also be discussed. To learn more and register, visit http://www.vainnovators.org .
Rent The Help, a new home and business labor assistance company, recently was formed in Henrico by CEO and founder Corey Divine. The company offers clients the extra hands to help accomplish any task or project they may need assistance completing, such as landscaping, moving, event setup/take down, holiday decoration or organization. Rent The Help’s associates are fully insured, bonded and background checked. Employees wear uniforms and personalized ID badges to verify their identities. For more information, call 249-9024 or visit http://www.rentthehelp.com .
Richmond-West LearningRx, an all-ages educational center, recently developed a continuing education online self-study course that teaches people to recognize cognitive deficiencies. The U.S. Department of Education recently indicated that weak cognitive skills are the source of 80% of learning problems. LearningRx’s course “Cognitive Skills – Understanding Learning Challenges” provides methods for detecting students with weak cognitive skills while also providing the tools needed to strengthen these skill deficiencies. Teachers and parents taking the class will receive a solid foundation in understanding cognitive skills, as well as video demonstrations of strategies and printable activities that can be used with students. The course is approved by Henrico County Public Schools. For more information, call 612-9959 or visit http://www.learningrx.com
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.
CAT Theatre will hold auditions for Book of Days on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. each day. Auditions will be held at CAT Theatre, 319 North Wilkinson Road in Henrico. Book of Days will run Jan. 23-Feb. 7 and is one of CAT’s submissions to the Acts of Faith Festival.
Book of Days, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson is an exploration of faith, justice, and corruption, amidst the backdrop of murder – and community theatre – in small town America. Book of Days was first written for and produced by Jeff Daniels Purple Rose Theatre Company of Michigan.
Director Leslie Cline is seeking five females between the ages of 20-65 and seven males between the ages of 24-65. > Read more.
CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run Oct. 24 through Nov. 8. The play is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and adapted by Steven Dietz, and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.
The story follows Holmes, whose career as the world’s greatest detective seems to have reached its end until he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer, Irene Adler, Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
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