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.
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.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
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.
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.
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