Business in brief
Glen Allen-based The Wine Loft is celebrating Virginia Wine Month by donating a backpack of food to FeedMore for every bottle of Virginia wine purchased in October. The backpacks The Wine Loft is donating are part of FeedMore’s Backpack Program which feeds children in need. The Wine Loft carries around two dozen different Virginia wines from wineries such as Barboursville Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Stinson Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Jefferson Vineyards and more. The Wine Loft opened in 2010 and is located in West Broad Village. For more information, visit http://www.wineloftrichmond.com .
University of Richmond’s Office of Alumni and Career Services has hired Bonnie Graham as project manager of career and recruitment events and Lynn Busby McMullin as assistant director for regional initiatives, focused on alumni events. Graham is responsible for planning and managing all student career events, including Spider Road Trips and Career Expos. McMullin works with regional alumni volunteers to coordinate programs, including networking events, Spider athletic pre-game and game watch parties, receptions with university speakers, and other social and cultural activities.
BCWH Architects have promoted Charles W. Tilley to principal. Tilley, a resident of Henrico, has over 17 years of experience in the planning and design of educational, cultural and civic facilities for public and private clients. He earned a bachelor of science degree in design and a masters of architecture at Clemson University. BCWH recently completed Henrico’s Gayton Library renovation and is currently working on renovations at Dumbartion and Varina libraries.
Stephanie Quinby, owner of RVA Massage and Wellness, LLC in Henrico, recently was appointed to Virginia’s Advisory Board on Massage Therapy by Gov. Bob McDonnell. Quinby is also a massage instructor at the American Institute of Massage and a yoga instructor at Project Yoga in Richmond.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 9220 Brook Rd. Dana’s Habitat, Inc. purchased the approximately 1,982 square foot property from VanHuss Holding, LC for $387,000 to be used for an adult daycare facility. Isaac DeRegibus of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Big Lots – renewed its lease of 36,900 square feet in Parham One at 8191 Brook Rd.; AMEC Environment & Infrastructure – leased 2,400 square feet in Dabney Corporate Center at 2028 Dabney Rd.; Little House Green Grocery – leased 1,625 square feet at 1227 Bellevue Ave.; and Jackson Summer & Associates – leased 1,152 square feet in Glenburnie Office Park at 5413 Patterson Ave.
Eisenman & Associates, Inc., located in Glen Allen, has named Cathy Drewry Grieve as vice president of business development. Grieve will serve as a key contact, establishing, cultivating, and maintaining client relationships. Grieve has been in hospitality sales for over 22 years. In 2001 she helped open the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and most recently served as the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University.
For the fifth consecutive year, Innsbrook-based Snagajob has been named one of the best companies to work for in America on the Great Place to Work annual ranking published recently by Fortune magazine. Snagajob ranks 12th on the list of 25 best medium-sized companies. Snagajob, which was named the No. 1 Best Small Company to Work for in America last year, graduated to the medium category this year as the company experienced significant growth in 2012. Companies were judged according to employee surveys, an in-depth culture questionnaire and factors such as credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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