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Federal Realty Investment Trust has announced the addition of seven new retailers and restaurants at The Shops at Willow Lawn – American Tap Room, Ashley Stewart, Claire’s, Crazy 8, Red Nail 2, Tropical Smoothie Café and Yapple Yogurt. Federal Realty Investment Trust recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation to transform The Shops at Willow Lawn into an open-air lifestyle center with a full range of amenities including a community gathering space with central stage and children’s play area, new retail store fronts, inviting sidewalks and centralized parking. For more information, visit http://www.willowlawn.com .

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Phoebe Hall and Julie Cillo, partners at Hall & Hall, PLC, have been named to the Virginia “Super Lawyers” list as two of the top attorneys in Virginia for 2012. Partner Melissa VanZile was named a Rising Star. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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Catherine Marquis has opened Marathon Therapeutics of Richmond in the Libbie Medical Center, 5700 Old Richmond Ave., Suite D18. Marquis is a licensed acupuncturist with experience in treating conditions such as gynecological and digestive disorders, knee and low back pain, headaches, stress, weight management, smoking cessation and stroke. Also a licensed massage therapist, her experience includes assisting in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of orthopedic, sports, work and occupational injuries. Hours are by appointment only, Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 573-9654 or visit http://www.marathontherapeutics.com .

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Allianz Global Assistance USA has announced that Chairman Jon Ansell and CEO Beth Godlin will join Fusion Company, a new technology venture being launched by Allianz on July 1. Incorporating the staff and resources of the former AGA Interactive Company, Fusion Company has been renamed and spun off from Allianz Global Assistance as a separate entity with Allianz as an investor. Also on July 1, AGA will welcome a new CEO, Mike Nelson. Nelson has spent over 11 years at Orbitz Worldwide and was part of the management team that launched the business. He most recently served as its president of partner services and prior to that was the global chief operating officer.

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Annemarie Young, of Henrico, recently became an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. Young can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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West Cary Group, a marketing communications and advertising agency headquartered in Richmond, has been honored with a 2012 Summit Creative Award (SCA) by the Summit International Awards (SIA) organization. The firm received a silver award in the Government Website category for its redesign work on the Henrico Economic Development Authority (EDA) website, Henrico.com. Improvements were made to the site’s architecture, content and navigation so that the most sought-after information became easier for visitors to access. Additional site upgrades included an interactive map on the home page, as well as design elements that visually complemented the EDA’s new marketing materials and its digital newsletter Henrico Now—both designed by West Cary Group.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Gexpro – leased 37,180 square feet at 2522 Hermitage Rd.; Legacy Foodservice Alliance, LLC – leased 5,527 square feet in West Shore III at Wyndham at 301 Concourse Blvd.; Cingular Wireless – renewed its lease of 4,745 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Phyzique, Inc. – leased 4,370 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Roanoke Engineering Sales Co., Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,325 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Title Max of Virginia, Inc. – leased 4,000 square feet in Audubon Crossing at 4720 S. Laburnum Ave.; Marcellus Wright Cox Architects, PC – leased 3,000 square feet in Shrader Commons at 7818 Shrader Rd.; and Marriott Coach, Inc. – leased 1,040 square feet at 2506 Westwood Ave.

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Customers at MARTIN’S Food Markets have donated $12,324 through the stores’ annual Support Our Troops in-store campaign to benefit USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. From May 6 through May 19, customers were invited to donate $1 at the checkout toward their regional USO. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities involved or supporting civilian communities. Since the inception of Support Our Troops in 2005, MARTIN’S customers have donated over $1.5 million.

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A.C. Moore will offer free craft projects for kids ages four and older from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, June 27 to August 15. No reservations are necessary. The program will kick-off June 27 with personalized cards for U.S. military veterans and active troops receiving treatment at V.A. hospitals. A.C. Moore is hoping to make 10,000 cards in a single day throughout all 140 locations. The store is also offering more than 220 creative crafts, keepsake treasures and summertime projects available for $1 each. Suitable for rainy days, camps or car trips, DIY projects include masks, Nicole™ Kids fun kits, camp memory books and glow necklaces. A.C. Moore locations in Henrico are: 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. (288-2430); 8524 Patterson Ave. (740-7306); and 3500 Pump Rd. (364-2852). For details, visit http://www.acmoore.com
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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