Business in brief
Zaxby’s recently announced its multi-unit development agreement with Hoozax Foods, Inc. to open 32 Zaxby’s restaurants in the Norfolk and Richmond areas within the next seven years. The partnership will make Hoozax Foods, Inc. one of Zaxby’s largest franchisees. A southeast favorite for chicken fingers and buffalo wings, Zaxby’s features a quick-casual format providing services and amenities that fall somewhere between fast food and a sit-down restaurant. The chain operates more than 550 locations in 12 states; there are currently three locations in Virginia - Roanoke, Salem and Williamsburg. Of the 32, 15 restaurants are planned for Richmond.
Peter Trauernicht has joined Gavin Law Offices, PLC, located in western Henrico. Trauernicht graduated earlier this year from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he focused on intellectual property. He received his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2009. Trauernicht will assist with Gavin Law Offices’ newly formed Enterprise Division.
For the first time in the last three quarters, CEOs in central Virginia feel pessimistic about projected sales, capital spending and employment growth, according to the 2nd quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey. Top executives of small and mid-sized companies participating in the survey anticipate slow growth during the next six months, with only 50 percent saying they would increase staff, down from 58.1 percent last quarter. The results show that 14.4 percent of CEOs now expect decreased sales during the next two quarters, 4.3 percent more than last quarter. The Virginia Council of CEOs and University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business jointly conduct the quarterly survey; responses from 90 business owners and CEOs in central Virginia were collected.
Glen Allen based Mead & Hunt, Inc. recently acquired Barnard Dunkelberg & Company, a firm with offices in Tulsa and Denver. Both companies provide aviation planning and environmental services. Combined, the two firms employ about 450 employees from more than 20 offices in 15 states.
John B. Catlett has been elected incoming chairman of the St. Joseph’s Villa Board of Trustees. Catlett, a shareholder at the law firm Sands Anderson, PC, is a long-time trustee of the Villa and has served as chairman of the development committee and as an active member of the Golf Tournament Committee. As chairman, Catlett will be responsible for leading St. Joseph’s Villa in the implementation of its new strategic plan, now that renovations of the historic 82 acre campus are complete. He succeeds John C. Gentry as chairman. His term will begin July 1.
Barbara Dyke, an executive assistant at Capitol Financial Solutions in Henrico, recently was recognized for 15 years of service and for her passionate volunteerism with Moss on the James, an organization focused on assisting charities and fostering an appreciation of the art of P. Buckley Moss. Currently serving as president of Moss on the James, Dyke is focusing on expanding missions and growing the membership. The organization has supported existing programs including the Massey Cancer Center, Noah’s Children, The Riverside School and the Ronald McDonald House.
Jim Debiec, vice president of operations and asset management for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), has announced his retirement effective July 6 after 22 years with the not-for-profit wholesale electric generation-and-transmission provider. Debiec began his cooperative career in 1978. He joined ODEC in 1990 as project engineer for the Clover Power Station in Halifax, Va., and in 1999, Debiec became director of power production responsible for the oversight of both Clover and North Anna Power Stations and the design and construction of ODEC’s Rock Springs, Louisa, and Marsh Run Combustion Turbine generating stations. He has worked out of ODEC headquarters in Glen Allen for the past 13 years.
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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CalendarScience Pub RVA, an event that connects curious minds and creative scientists over a sip of some sort, will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 6:15 p.m. at Brookside Grille… Full text