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Greg Cuenin, of Midlothian, recently joined MetLife Bank as a reverse mortgage consultant for the Richmond region. Prior to joining MetLife Bank, Cuenin worked as an area director at MetLife Home Loans for 13 years. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Education and is currently president of the Richmond Mortgage Bankers Association.
Local nonprofit organization Shop RVA will host the Local Moguls Social from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 23 at The Tobacco Company, 1201 E. Cary St. The gathering was created to give thanks to Richmond’s local business owners for bringing creativity and uniqueness to the city. The celebration will include guest speakers from the area, networking opportunities with other business owners and learning more about Shop RVA. All of this and more will be offered in an informal environment with hors d’oeuvres provided by The Tobacco Company. For more information, visit http://www.weshoprva.com .
Riad Moroccan Grill recently leased 9,959 square feet in Gold’s Gym Plaza, 8902 W. Broad St. in Henrico. ABC Board – Property Management Services has renewed its lease of 4,473 square feet in Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, 1370 Gaskins Rd. in Henrico. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations.
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center recently partnered with Organizational Wide Leadership Solutions (OWLS) to expand its offerings to corporate and association clients in Central Virginia OWLS’ corporate development and team building programs are designed to help employees, managers and executives develop and hone important business-related skills, such as motivating others, goal alignment, taking calculated risks and communicating within a group while enjoying a guaranteed return on investment. The facility also recently appointed Chris Moore as guest service manager. Moore will be responsible for overseeing the hotel’s front office, including day-to-day management of Wyndham ByRequest®, the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand’s guest recognition program. He brings more than seven years of operations experience to his new position.
The Jeanette and Harry Snipes Team, along with Greg Baron at Weichert Realtors – Baron & Snipes in Glen Allen, recently were honored with the Richmond Association of Realtors' distinguished achiever silver award for 2010. In addition, Jeanette Snipes was recognized with an award for her 20 consecutive years as a Distinguished Achiever.
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.
Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.
To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Midlothian Junior Women’s Club will again host the Cinderella Dreams Prom Dress Project in Westchester Commons from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.… Full text