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Fresh Coat Painters has expanded into Virginia and the franchise is owned by Christy Cooper and based out of Glen Allen. After more than a decade in pharmaceutical sales, Cooper sought a business opportunity that better suited her creative spirit and busy lifestyle as a minister’s wife and mother of four. Fresh Coat has connections to national accounts such as Sherwin-Williams and professional painters are hired as employees, not subcontractors. For more information, call 335-0556 or visit http://www.freshcoatrichmond.com .

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CARF International has accredited Greater Richmond ARC and ARC Industrial Services for a period of three years for the following programs: Community Employment Services – Job Development, Job Supports and Job-site Training; Employee Development Services; and Organizational Employment Services. The latest accreditation is the fourth consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to The Greater Richmond ARC and represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded. The Greater Richmond ARC is a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families at locations throughout greater Richmond.

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The Fresh Market will hold a career open house on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Westin Richmond Hotel, 6631 W. Broad St., to staff their new store in Carytown. Approximately 80-90 jobs are expected to be filled at the open house and include assistant grocery managers and specialists, bakers, meat cutters and seafood specialists. For more information or to apply online, visit http://tinyurl.com/cjp9rv6 and use “keyword” 139 for the Carytown jobs.

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Loth Accounting Services has been acquired by Valderas & Fishel, PC. Located in Innsbrook, V&F opened their doors in 2005 and specialize in corporate, tax and personal accounting.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: The Little Gym – leased 4,950 square feet in The Shoppes at Staples Mill at 8330 Staples Mill Rd.; Stephen Gould Corporation – renewed its lease and expanded into a total of 4,902 square feet in Grove Park I at Wyndham at 11551 Nuckols Rd.; Moorehead Communications, LLC (doing business as Verizon Wireless) – leased 3,573 square feet in Staples Mill Retail Center at 7300 Staples Mill Rd.; and Atlantic Coast Consulting – leased 1,977 square feet in the Banks Bros. Building at 4461 Cox Rd.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

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.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

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.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


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.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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