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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

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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