Business in brief
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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