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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 .
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 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.
It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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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