Business in brief
Local entrepreneur and Henrico resident Barbara Bennett is currently competing to “Get on the Shelf” at Wal-Mart. Bennett launched her company, The Mineral Case, in 2009. A passionate fan of the mineral makeup trend – but not of the mess and hassle of various jars and loose powders – Bennett launched The Mineral Case because it clears bathroom counters and makes cosmetics easily accessible at home or while traveling. If her company receives enough votes, her product will be available at every Wal-Mart location across the country. Fans can vote once a day through April 24 at http://www.getontheshelf.com/product/5505/The-Mineral-Case To v.iew Bennett’s contest entry, visit http://youtube/Miq5hdFxMG8 .
LOGO Dynamics, a distributor of promotional products in Henrico, recently received the All Star award from Constant Contact®, Inc. Each year, a select group of Constant Contact customers are honored with the All Star award for their exemplary marketing results. LOGO Dynamics’ results ranked among the top 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer base. Owner Matt Davidson has been a partner with Constant Contact since 2010 and offers email marketing and social media seminars on a regular basis in Central Virginia. Constant Contact customers using any combination of the company’s email marketing, event marketing and online survey tools are eligible for the award.
U-Turn Sports Performance Academy and Cap City Ballerz recently announced a new partnership between two of Richmond’s most successful youth developmental AAU basketball programs. The partnership between U-Turn and Cap City Ballerz will focus on combining the best from both organizations to better position athletes and teams to compete at the highest level of basketball and to help provide youth with the support they need to be champions in the classroom, community and life.
The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently hired Richard Gordon as conference planner and Christopher Murphy as marketing specialist. Gordon comes to the VSCPA from Benchmark Hospitality International at Capital One in Richmond, where he worked as an operations and learning events manager. He has 20 years of experience in telecommunications, accounting and finance, operations management and event planning. Prior to joining the VSCPA, Murphy worked at SunTrust Bank as a mortgage relationship specialist and did freelance graphic design and copywriting. He has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, communications and graphic design. In his role on the VSCPA Education Team, Gordon will plan, manage and implement VSCPA conferences and work on other educational programs and events. As part of the VSCPA Marketing Team, Murphy will develop and execute marketing plans for VSCPA membership recruitment and retention, VSCPA Educational Foundation fundraising and CPA PAC of Virginia fundraising.
Raymond Rudolph, Southern States Cooperative, Inc. – Williamsburg Road Service, recently attended a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify employees as “Certified FeedMaster Specialists” for Southern States Cooperative, Inc. The rigorous training program is tied to the Southern States’ FeedMaster program and is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals. The program provides new and updated information and qualifies for continuing education units (CEUs) by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS), a national organization that certifies animal scientists through examination.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store recently opened a new location at Merchant’s Walk, 7504 W. Broad St. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 501-2356.
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.
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Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress
The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.
Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.
On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.
‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.
Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.
In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.
So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.
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