Business in brief
The Greater Richmond Chamber has announced the finalists for the 25th annual Impact Awards. This year for the first time, two companies will win an Impact Award, one each in the small and large business categories. Finalists are: large business - Care Advantage, Inc., Dominion Digital and Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; and small business – Holiday Barn Pet Resorts, Midas of Richmond and Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Impact Award recognizes local businesses that have made an impact on the Richmond area economy and community, as well as its employees and industry. Winners will be announced at a celebration dinner on Nov. 7 at the Richmond Marriott. The event is open to the public. Learn more and register at http://www.grcc.com .
Wawa, Inc. recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Richmond store located at 8851 Staples Mill Rd. During a celebration Sept. 12, Wawa recognized the VCU Massey Cancer Center with a donation of $19,524.26
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. has opened its 14th store in the Richmond area at 1532 N. Parham Rd. near Regency Square Mall. Nicholas Fetty, a 12-year veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, will be the new general manager. He has been with Advance Auto Parts for nine years and he will work with 10 other team members. The store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 747-1232.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Escape Nail & Day Spa – leased 3,129 square feet in The Corner at Short Pump, W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive; Strategy Café – renewed its lease of 3,000 square feet at 2421 Westwood Ave.; Boston National Title Agency, LLC – leased 2,802 square feet at 7200 Glen Forest Dr.; Millennium Investment Solutions, LLC – leased 1,959 square feet in the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.; Fox’s Pizza Den – leased 1,215 square feet in Brook Run Shopping Center at 5646 Brook Rd.; and Anytime Fitness – expanded in their current space and now leases 5,920 square feet in Virginia Center Station at 1070 Virginia Center Pkwy.
LeClairRyan has announced that 85 attorneys in 57 practice areas were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Selected attorneys from Glen Allen include: James Patrick Guy, II – administrative/regulatory law, communications law and energy law; Michael L. Hern – energy law; and John A. Pirko – administrative/regulatory law and energy law.
IZON Global Media, a media agency specializing in outdoor advertising, has announced a new franchise at 6802 Paragon Pl. in western Henrico under the ownership of local resident Rhonda Pellicano. IZON acts as a consultant to their clients, in order to determine the best media campaign to fit each client’s goals and budgets. Out-of-home advertising includes billboards, bus shelters, transit, taxis, cinema, mall kiosks, mobile billboards, airport displays, sports stadiums and more. For more information about IZON Global Media in Richmond, call Pellicano at 476-0352.
Roy E. Lee has been named manager at Southern States Cooperative, Inc., - West Broad Street Service, located at 8718 West Broad St. Lee is a graduate of Freeman High School and started his career at Builders Square, a local hardware store. He has been with Southern States since 1994, most recently as the assistant manager at West Broad. For more information, call 747-9315.
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.
Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.
To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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