Business in brief
Henrico Federal Credit Union has teamed with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to help local students learn to manage their money in a fun, real-world way. Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. Students are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay their bills and balance their budget, as well as how to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. Banzai also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more. The program is available to students and teachers for free. To learn more, call 888-8-BANZAI or visit http://henrico.teachbanzai.com .
Pamela Heflin Strieffler, of Richmond, has rejoined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as vice president in the firm’s Glen Allen office and will continue to specialize in retail sales and leasing. Strieffler started her commercial real estate career with Porter Realty in 1996 and originally joined Thalhimer in 1999. She spent several years with The Rebkee Company and was most recently with The Shopping Center Group. Strieffler graduated from James Madison University and lives with her husband, Kevin, and their three children.
Bon Secours Richmond Health System has been named to the “Working Mother” 100 Best Companies list for the 15th consecutive year. The list promotes the interests of working mothers by honoring companies that successfully help employees integrate home and work. Bon Secours Richmond offers family-friendly employee benefits such as flexible scheduling, three on-site child care centers and a wellness program which includes an on-site employee health clinic, pharmacy, health coaching and incentives for making healthy choices.
The restaurant Mooyah will open in the Short Pump area in early 2013. Location owners, brothers Gurpreet “P2” Sandhu and Gurbhagat “Gulu” Sandhu, are looking to open at least 25 more locations in the next 10 years, all in the Richmond/Maryland/D.C. Virginia area. Mooyah specializes in burgers, fries and milkshakes. For more information, visit http://www.mooyah.com .
Colonial Shooting Academy (CSA) has been recognized as a five-star shooting facility by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). This distinction makes CSA the first five-star range in Virginia, the fourth on the East Coast and one of only 25 nationwide. The NSSF’s rating system for target shooting facilities is based on an evaluation of six criteria: appearance, customer/member focus, customer/member development, management, community relations and amenities. CSA is located at 6020 W. Broad St. For details, visit http://www.colonialshooting.com .
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: FEMA – leased 18,325 square feet in Deep Run III at 9954 Mayland Dr.; Cannon’s Online Auctions, LLC – renewed its lease of 14,000 square feet in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center at 9125 W. Broad St.; Credit Union Service Company of Virginia, LLC – renewed its lease of 3,924 square feet in Fairfield Commons Mall on Nine Mile Rd.; Maya Mexican Grill and Tequila Lounge, LLC – leased 3,683 square feet in IceZone Retail Shops at Downtown Short Pump at 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd.; G’s Pizzeria & Grill – leased 3,400 square feet in Laburnum Square Shopping Center at 4730 Finlay St.; Virginia Health Care Association, Inc. – leased 1,250 square feet in Grove Park Square at 11541 Nuckols Rd.; The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia – renewed its lease of 7,547 square feet in Parham Professional Park at 2821 N. Parham Rd.; and Sarek Autowerke, Inc. – leased 6,900 square feet at 8401 Brook Rd.
Nancy Bagranoff, dean of the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, will lead a discussion on women in finance at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in Queally Hall’s Ukrop Auditorium. A panel of four women will explore the challenges of succeeding in the financial services industry and will discuss leadership, professional experience in the industry and achieving work/life balance. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required at http://tiny.cc/womeninfinance100312 .
Martin’s Food Markets’ A+ School Rewards will return Oct. 7 and continue through March 30, 2013. To participate in the program, customers must sign up and designate their chosen schools by visiting their local Martin’s or at http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus A+ S.chool Rewards are accrued with each purchase a customer makes using his or her BonusCard. There is no restriction on what schools can do with the cash they earn. Beginning in November, current school totals can be found on the A+ website.
The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to nonprofits based in central Virginia, including three in Henrico: Circle Center Adult Day Services – received a $50,000 grant to provide funding for full daycare for seniors with limited financial resources; The Society of St. Andrew – received a $30,000 grant to support the Food Recovery Operation in Virginia; and the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter – received a $15,000 grant to provide for respite care for seniors with dementia. In central Virginia, the ACECF has awarded 948 grants totaling $27.6 million in the last 11 years.
Kitchen Thyme is forming a supper club. Once a month, guest chefs will be featured for a fine dining experience at Kitchen Thyme with a once in a life time menu. Prices, times and menus will vary. The club’s first meal on Sunday, Sept. 30 will feature Chef Carly Herring, of C’est Le Vin. The four-course fine dining brunch is $45 (includes tax). The fare includes one alcoholic beverage with a cash bar available. Seating times are 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with 20 seats available per seating time. Cash only. Kitchen Thyme is located at 7801-25 W. Broad St. To register, call 396-COOK.
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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