Business in brief
Thomas Fredell has joined Glen Allen-based Snagajob as the company’s chief technology officer. Fredell will oversee Snagajob’s engineering and product departments and is charged with enhancing and expanding the company’s product offerings and support architecture. Prior to joining Snagajob, Fredell served as chief technology officer at IntraLinks for 10 years. He is also the founder of Membly.com, a social sharing site that helps users capture, contribute and share memories, and serves as a board member for the Knowledge Is Power Program in Massachusetts, which prepares students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.
Simply FIT has acquired a new fitness facility at 2830 Ackley Ave. in Henrico. Simply FIT offers individualized fitness options including personal training, group fitness classes and boot camp style workouts. A grand opening will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy free food, classes, giveaways and more. For more information, call 262-7777 or visit http://www.livesimplyfit.com .
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Advance Trailer Systems, Inc. – renewed its lease of 67,968 square feet at 4207-4209 Eubank Rd.; Baby Jogger – leased 20,800 square feet in Windsor Business Park at 8575 Magellan Pkwy.; Belfor USA Group, Inc. – leased 12,150 square feet in Dabney IV at 2161 Tomlynn St.; Agents Licensing, LLC – renewed its lease of 3,253 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.; Approved Cash Advance Centers, LLC – renewed its lease of 1,500 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd.; Children’s Place – leased 3,400 square feet in The Shops at White Oak Village at 4531 S. Laburnum Ave.; Aikido of Richmond – leased 2,315 square feet in Wistar Center at 8101-8157 Staples Mill Rd.; Staffmark – leased 1,879 square feet in The Arrington Building at 1802 Bayberry Ct.; and Jackson Summer & Associates – leased 1,152 square feet in Glenburnie Office Park at 5401-5413 Patterson Ave.
Billy Casper Golf, the largest domestic owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts, has been selected to manage the public-access The Crossings Golf Club in Glen Allen. BCG will provide turnkey management of The Crossings’ operations, golf course and property maintenance, sales, marketing and public relations, staffing and training, merchandising, restaurant and banquet activities, special events and financial management. BCG will also introduce a membership option which includes reciprocal playing privileges at Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. In addition, BCG will enact its proprietary “BCGreen” initiative at The Crossings to conserve, protect and enhance the environment.
Charlottesville-based search engine marketing firm Search Mojo has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America, ranking at 1153. Revenue growth over the past three years has allowed Search Mojo to double its staff in that same time period and facilitated the opening of an additional office in Charleston, SC. Search Mojo was founded by Godwin High School alumna Janet Driscoll Miller.
Henrico-based Safe Harbor has received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Foundation awarded grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million. Without emergency shelters, many survivors face the unimaginable choice of either becoming homeless or returning to their abuser. During their stay, families participate in intensive counseling and support services. In FY12, Safe Harbor provided over 2,600 nights of safe shelter.
Truven Health Analytics, an industry leader in health care data, has named St. Mary’s Hospital as one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation and the only one in central Virginia for inpatient cardiovascular services. This is the fourth year in a row that St. Mary’s has been included. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual, quantitative study that identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular service. Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, these winners provide top-notch care and set new standards for the health care industry.
In honor of International Credit Union Day on Oct. 18, RF&P Federal Credit Union will celebrate with week-long activities for members and nonmembers. Monday, Oct. 15 is child IDs, Tuesday is the Enterprise Used Car event, Wednesday is member appreciation day and Thursday is a Red Cross blood drive. RF&P FCU is located at 6011 Staples Mill Rd. As a not-for-profit financial institution, RF&P is open to employees of CSX, RF&P employees and retirees, Amtrak, UNK Machine Manufacturing and Virginia Millworks.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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CalendarCharacterWorks, Inc., an after-school youth theater program, will present “Shrek The Musical” Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 28-30 at the Robins Theatre at Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. “Shrek The Musical”… Full text