Business in brief
The University of Richmond police department recently purchased the university’s first hybrid vehicle, an unmarked 2011 Ford Fusion. Hybrid vehicles are being introduced in police departments throughout the nation but few college police departments have made the change. The University Police fleet consists of 10 cars, five golf carts and a Segway, as well as several bicycles. The department has plans to reduce the fleet over time but will continue to replace one car per year to meet current needs. As cars are replaced, the goal is to purchase only vehicles that get 35 or more miles per gallon and runs on six, rather than eight, cylinders. The next purchase will likely be another Ford Fusion, but a marked one with traditional police lights. It is also looking at alternative forms of deployment, including a Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicle, a three-wheeled vehicle that police could use while on duty at large campus events. While the police hybrid is the newest fuel-efficient vehicle on campus, other departments are looking at sustainability in their fleets as well. University Facilities uses electric carts and Information Services and the library have purchased Segways.
Citi Trends, Inc. recently opened a store in Henrico, located at 7580 W. Broad St. in the Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center at the intersection of West Broad Street and Sunnybrook Road. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Citi Trends operates over 490 stores in 28 states. Citi Trends offers a selection of urban brand and fashion apparel for the entire family in Juniors, Plus, Mens, Boys, Girls, Kids and Accessories.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: URS Corp. – leased 8,900 square feet in Wilton Park II at 4905 Dickens Rd.; Whatever It Takes – leased 6,050 square feet in Interair Center at 5371-5393 Glen Alden Dr.; Agents Licensing, LLC – leased 3,253 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.; Bill Andrews Insurance Co. – leased 2,691 square feet at 2715 Enterprise Pkwy.; and Original Gravity – leased 1,000 square feet in Lakeside Town Center at 6920 Lakeside Ave.
Lorrie Jones Gore, general manager and an owner of Gundlach Plumbing and Heating Co., recently was honored as the 2011 PHCC “HVAC Contractor of the Year” during CONNECT2011, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association’s annual conference. In order to be named a PHCC “HVAC Contractor of the Year,” candidates were evaluated by a committee of PHCC members who judged accomplishments in six areas: professionalism, merchandising skills, management skills, innovative HVAC practices, trade involvement and community service. Gore has been an active member of PHCC and PHCC of Virginia for more than 25 years. Each year, Gore offers her home and the Gundlach office as staging areas for “Welcome Back to the Assembly” events that the state association hosts at the Virginia General Assembly. Gundlach Plumbing and Heating Co. has been a family-run business for more than 82 years.
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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