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.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.
The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.
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