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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
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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