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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


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.


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 and use “keyword” 139 for the Carytown jobs.


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.


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.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Enjoy an evening of big band music featuring Joe Enroughty and His Royal Virginians at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Dinner and beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 to $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit Full text

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