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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

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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

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.

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