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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced that Ellen M. Drake has joined the Residential Services Group as a residential portfolio manager in its Glen Allen office. She will manage a portfolio of residential multi-family properties in the metro Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. Drake graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and served as the director of property management for Monroe Properties in downtown Richmond. Drake holds the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation from the National Apartment Association and is currently enrolled in the Certified Property Manager (CPM) curriculum through the Institute of Real Estate Management.

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The Retail Merchants Association has announced the three finalists for the 2012 Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award: Paul Carr, CEO of Car Pool Car Washes; Pat and Bobbi Heaney, owners of Mango Salon; and Richard Fowlkes, owner of Peter-Blair, Inc. Car Pool, with locations throughout Richmond, including Henrico, won Richmond Magazine’s “Best Car Wash in Richmond” 2009-2012. The business opened a new store location in 2011 and has installed a new point of sale system and undergone major renovations of other key store locations. Mango Salon, whose second location is in Short Pump, has shown exponential growth since 2003. The business has been listed in Salon Today Magazine’s “Top 200” seven consecutive years. It was also named “Best Hair Salon” in Virginia Living’s “Best of Virginia 2012.” The three finalists were selected for their outstanding success in areas of their businesses and community involvement. The winner will be announced Dec. 7.

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Jumpology has leased 17,451 square feet at 10087 Brook Rd. near Virginia Center Commons. Morgan Trible with Commonwealth Commercial Partners, Inc. represented the tenant in this transaction.

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Henrico resident Amanda Jonas recently was inducted as the 2013 president of the Central Virginia Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI). She also received the 2012 Chapter Award, which honors a member who has made outstanding contributions to achieving the Chapter's goals. Jonas currently serves as the regional director of community management for Genesis Community Management, the internal association management company for HHHunt, and handles the day-to-day operations of several of the Community Associations established by HHHunt. In her work with HHHunt Communities, Jonas coordinates the drafting of the start-up documents for new Community Associations and assists with the entitlement process.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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