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DeWitt & Associates, Inc., a Henrico-based nonprofit consultancy firm, recently added interim management to its range of consulting services. The firm now offers interim leadership at the president and chief operating officer or executive director level and at the director level in finance, development, marketing and communications. The goals of a nonprofit organization can suffer when the organization is doing a national search for new leadership. The service that DeWitt & Associates now offer will place someone with the right skills and experience immediately until a permanent appointment is made. For more information, call Brydon DeWitt at 364-0145 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Richmond Custom Cars, a 22,000 square feet custom car dealership, recently opened in Glen Allen, next to Tom Leonard’s in Short Pump. The founder and owner is Brad Evans, who founded Richmond-headquartered Cavalier Telephone in 1998. RCC is a dealership for drivers who don’t want to drive standard vehicles. Custom modifications include: paint and graphics; performance tire and wheel packages; grilles and body panels; leather seats and interior trim; and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Buyers will have a selection of many vehicle styles including performance, exotic, luxury, family friendly SUV’s and sedans, muscle and eco-friendly. All customized cars are for sale and on-display in the large, indoor showroom.

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The Henrico Business Council’s Henrico Café for December will be on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Aloft Richmond West, 3939 Duckling Dr. in West Broad Village. Experience the “art of the mix” with a special demonstration by noted “mixologist” Bobby Kruger of Fanfare and learn how to make your own. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and one free adult beverage. For details, call Debbie Jackson at 783-9316 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The Board of Directors for Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) recently named Jane Helfrich as the organization’s chief executive officer, effective Dec. 1. In her new role, Helfrich will lead the day-to-day operations and fundraising efforts of the organization. Prior to joining RMHFH, Helfrich most recently served as the vice president of resource development and marketing for the Better Housing Coalition in Richmond. She has also served on several nonprofit boards including Communities in Schools of Richmond, Inc., Sacred Heart Center, Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia, Inc., and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A recipient of the Nina Abady award from the VAFP, Helfrich has continued her studies in nonprofit management and leadership through Nonprofit Learning Point, where she earned a certificate in 2007. Sheila Hill-Christian served as the interim CEO after the resignation of former CEO Leisha LaRiviere.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: El Tucanazo – leased 5,056 square feet at 6922 Staples Mill Rd.; County of Henrico – renewed its lease of 4,140 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; nTelos – leased 1,128 square feet at 7037-C Staples Mill Rd.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

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.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

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.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


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.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

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.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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