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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 .

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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