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Business in brief


Exit First International recently announced that The Marc Austin Highfill Team of Exit First Realty in Glen Allen, has been ranked fourth out of more than 40,000 Exit Realty Agents worldwide for closed sales in 2012. The team was ranked first out of 500 Exit First agents in Virginia for total sales volume and listings in 2012. In addition, Richmond Association of Realtors named The Marc Austin Highfill Team in the top 10 for sales and listings among all real estate brokerages in the Richmond area.

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Entrepreneurs Scott Wagner and Gil Grattan have launched their newest project, MosquitoGO, an innovative new approach in the growing exterior pest control market. The company will primarily serve residential customers, though it will also offer services geared towards businesses and special events. MosquitoGO’s offerings include barrier sprays, natural alternative mosquito treatments and tick control protocols aimed at controlling pest populations around homes. For more information, visit http://www.gomosquitogo.com .

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Richmond area resident Matt Whitely, customer service manager at Allegra in Richmond, recently was recognized with a Gold Milestone Award by the Allegra Network franchise system for his outstanding sales achievement in 2012. This annual award is based on sales volume and achieving an outstanding level of customer service. Allegra in Richmond is a full-service marketing communications provider.

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Les Davis, a native and resident of Richmond, and his wife Claudia have opened the only TCBY self-service frozen yogurt franchise in Henrico at 9468 W. Broad St. They chose to open the store primarily because it is an established brand and also because their location is a storefront on West Broad Street. The Davises used BoeFly for their start-up SBA loan. The Davises have an entrepreneurial background; before retiring in the early 2000s, they sold the company they founded, Focus Packaging, which produced packaging for products such as Irish Spring soap and Crest and Colgate toothpaste.

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Virginia Interventional Psychiatry, Richmond’s first outpatient TMS therapy treatment center for depression, opened in Glen Allen this month. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for depression of patients who have not found relief from antidepressants, are unable to or do not want to take typical antidepressants. Rather than electroconvulsive therapy, which requires anesthesia and a longer treatment regimen, TMS therapy has very little side effects; the patient remains awake and cognizant of the entire procedure. For more information, call 464-8471 or visit http://www.viptms.com .

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Costen Floors, located in western Henrico, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in the flooring business. A family-run business, it was founded in 1948 as Costen Lumber Company by Ralph L. Costen, Sr. Now serving at the head of the reins is Ralph (Tripp) L. Costen, III, while Ralph L. Costen, Jr. presides as CEO. The company will be celebrating their 65-year history with various sales throughout 2013.
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Anthem ‘LemonAid’ registration opens


Last summer, hundreds of Anthem LemonAid stands dotted Central Virginia and raised more than $100,000 in support of cancer treatment and research at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). This July 17-19, Anthem is inviting community members to host an Anthem LemonAid stand in support of the children who are battling the disease. During the past 13 summers, Anthem LemonAid has raised more than $1 million. All funds raised support the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Anthem LemonAid is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ signature summer event. It’s free to participate and is designed for children, families, community groups and businesses alike. > Read more.

Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


There are several fun events this weekend taking place outside including the third annual Virginia Firefighter Games at Short Pump Town Center; Twin Hickory Park’s “April Showers: A Celebration of Spring” event; the Young Life Richmond West 5k in Innsbrook; and the Gold Festival on Broad which benefits Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. Fingers crossed for no rain! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The University of Richmond will host its annual Global Family Concert this weekend – a free, family friendly concert featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances. Country music fans can head to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for “An Evening of Country” featuring The Honky Tonk Experience. Enjoy the spring weather at Meadow Farm for “Sheep to Shawl” or join the Henrico Hiking Club at James River Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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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