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Henrico resident John Testement recently developed an iPhone app that is in use internationally and has been featured on the iTunes “What’s Hot” page. Available as a free download from the iTunes store, ThankYouPro combines the convenience and speed of mobile technology with the personal touch of a handwritten card by enabling users to create and mail a paper thank-you note in less than a minute. A real card is printed and mailed with a first class stamp with guaranteed mailing within 24 business hours. Users can choose from more than 20 card designs and a variety of handwriting font styles and colors. A company logo or other photo can also be used on the inside of the card, and the app allows users to handwrite their own signature on the phone. For more information, visit http://www.ThankYouPro.com .

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Krispy Kreme Richmond, 4910 W. Broad St., will reopen after a 40-day interior renovation project at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4. The store closed its shop to interior store sales, but continued to serve its customers via the drive-through as the 13-year old location underwent its first major remodel since opening in 1999. Guests will notice a fresher, brighter color scheme with new floors, paint and décor that highlights its popular doughnut theatre and product display case based on the designs Krispy Kreme is incorporating into all of its newly built shops. The first 100 guests on April 4 will receive a punch card good for one free dozen original glazed doughnuts each month for a year. For details, call 355-9111.

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Entrust Financial Credit Union in Richmond recently was honored with a Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. Entrust Financial CU won the Complete Campaign category for its entry entitled “Knock Down Your High Rate.” For the promotion, Entrust Financial CU offered to beat your vehicle loan rate – if they couldn’t beat it, you received a $50 Visa gift card. The refinancing campaign yielded the credit union triple the amount of vehicle loans from the previous year and since then has yet to give out a gift card. The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council, a national network comprised of nearly 1,000 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 33 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Deanna Cooke, Attorney at Law – leased 4,212 square feet in Highwoods Centre at 4101 Cox Rd.; Initiatives of Change – renewed its lease of 3,200 square feet at 2201 W. Broad St.; Once and Again – leased 2,700 square feet in Laburnum Square Shopping Center at 4758 Finlay St.; Metropolitan Driving School – renewed its lease of 2,320 square feet in Parham One at 827 Parham Rd.; The Natural Path Meditation Center – leased 2,000 square feet at 6010 W. Broad St.; Title Max of Virginia, Inc. – leased 2,508 square feet in Parham One at Parham/Brook Roads; Mooyah Burgers – leased 2,250 square feet in The Corner at Short Pump at W. Broad Street/Lauderdale Dr.; Randstad General Partners – leased 1,862 square feet in Colonnades West Shopping Center at 10901-10973 W. Broad St.; and Medifast Weight Control Systems – leased 1,470 square feet in The Shoppes at Westgate at 11753 W. Broad St.

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Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy-Richmond will host a graduate school information session on Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 N. Parham Rd., Suite 300. The session will discuss the Center’s two part-time, evening programs: the Master of Public Administration and the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree intended to train early and mid-career individuals with the skills needed for positions involving policy, management, or executive responsibilities in public and not-for-profit settings. The Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management is meant to be the first step in an ongoing process to ensure that there are master’s level courses available to prepare the next generation of local government managers in the Commonwealth. A flyer for the information session is available at http://tinyurl.com/89nhkbz
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

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.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

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.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


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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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > 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.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as 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 faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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