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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

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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