Henrico County VA

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Chris Hillabrant recently was appointed first vice president general manager for the Mid-Atlantic region by T-Mobile USA, Inc. The region consists primarily of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Hillabrant will be responsible for sales across all T-Mobile retail properties, customer growth and loyalty efforts. He joined T-Mobile in 1998 after gaining sales and operations leadership experience with Verizon Wireless (PCS PrimeCo) and Columbia Spectrum Management.

Capital Ale House recently announced the opening of the company’s fifth restaurant, to be located in Harrisonburg, Va. The location will employ 70 staff members and will feature more than 100 fine ales and lager beers from Virginia and around the world on draught, two dining areas, banquet spaces, darts and billiards and a rooftop deck. Capital Ale House also has locations in downtown Richmond, Midlothian, Fredericksburg and Innsbrook. The projected opening is in October 2011.

Richmond business owners and web designers Sharif Ewees and Brian Forrester recently joined forces to give Richmond’s ugliest small business website a free makeover. The winner will receive $10,000 worth of design, development and programming, as well as monthly maintenance for a year. The contest is open to companies with 2-20 employees and runs until Sept. 1. Sites can be submitted through http://www.richmondsugliestwebsite.com .

Salon Debonaire, located at 8514 Patterson Ave. in Henrico, recently was named a salon of distinction in the nationally acclaimed “Salons of the Year” interior design competition sponsored by Salon Today, the leading business publication for the professional salon industry. Competing salons were either newly constructed or remodeled in 2010; Salon Debonaire invested $250,000 in new flooring, lighting and salon equipment. Only 20 salons were awarded nation-wide and this is the first time in six years that a Virginia-based salon has been recognized. Deborah Lee established the salon in 1990 at the age of 17 with just a $25,000 loan.
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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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