Business in brief
James River Air Conditioning and owner Hugh Joyce recently announced the installation of its Level 2 electric vehicle charger and the delivery of its first all-electric vehicle, the 2011 Nissan Leaf. The Nissan Leaf is used as a corporate vehicle and to establish trends and operational data for deployment of electric vehicles in the larger James River fleet. The Level 2 charger, listed on the nationwide register of publicly available electric car charging stations, will be available to the public when not being used by James River corporate vehicles. Much of the energy used by the GE watt station electric charger is generated by the 10kW solar system installed at the James River Air Conditioning company headquarters, 1905 Westmoreland St. For details, visit http://www.jamesriverair.com .
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Meleasia Murchison was recently promoted to the position of rehabilitation services coordinator within the Greater Richmond ARC’s Industrial Services division. She was formerly respite program coordinator at ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield. In her new position, Murchison will oversee programs at ARC’s Westwood location, including its Vocational Community Program that is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities whose interest and stamina prevents working full-time. She joined Greater Richmond ARC in 2006.
Marilyn West, CEO of MH West & Co, Inc., will chair the American Heart Association’s 2011-2012 Go Red for Women campaign, culminating in a luncheon on Feb. 17 at the Jefferson Hotel. Members of the Executive Leadership Team include: 2009-10 Chair Karen Higgins, Wells Fargo Advisors; 2010-11 Chair Toni Ardabell, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital; Adrienne Whitaker, SunTrust Bank; Tonya Mallory, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; Tuesday Stott, Owens & Minor; Deborah Cassidy, Mondial Assistance USA; Deborah Armstrong, M&T Bank; Mary Malone, Hancock Daniel Johnson Nagle; Stephanie Sulmer, Sheltering Arms; Fran Orphan, Kroger; Dr. Jill Bussey Harris, Beautiful Smiles; Mary Doswell, Dominion Resources; Mary Anne Graf, Bon Secours; and Collette Bernard, Tracy Retchin and Shannon Finley, UPS Mid-Atlantic. The Go Red for Women campaign was created in 2004 to bring awareness to the number one killer of women, heart disease. For details, visit http://www.heart.org/richmondvagoredluncheon .
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New Yung Wah Trading, LLC, a New York-based retailer, recently acquired the industrial building at 5700 Lewis Rd. in Sandston for $2.7 million. The property totals 145,706 square feet on about 11.9 acres. Agents with Porter Realty Co., Inc. handled the sale.
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Jessica Hornedo, “The Home Décor Physician,” recently relocated her practice from Maryland to Henrico. Hornedo specializes in home décor consulting and services. Her motto is “Your Stress Free Cure to Decorating Disorders.” For details, call 551-9043 or visit http://www.hdprichmond.com .
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Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7. During this three-day period, eligible items will be exempt from Virginia sales tax. To be eligible, school supply items must be $20 or less and clothing and footwear must be $100 or less. There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies. Lists of eligible items, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions for both consumers and retailers , can be viewed at http://www.tax.virginia.gov .
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Genesis Electrical Services, Inc., located at 9601 Gayton Rd. in Henrico, recently partnered with Renewable Engineered Systems (RES) to offer solar panels in an initiative to provide green options in electrical systems. The solar systems can supply partial or total energy supply. Solar energy provides pollution-free, clean electricity that can lower or eliminate electrical bills. It is a great alternative to generators because it doesn’t rely on outside fuel sources to operate. As an additional benefit, there is a 30% federal tax credit currently offered. For details, visit http://www.genesiselectricalva.com .
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Triple Play Services recently renewed its lease of 49,817 square feet in the Interport Business Center, Building A, 4800 Eubank Rd. Kennedy & Lee Consulting, LLC recently leased 4,720 square feet in Virginia Center Station, 1070 Virginia Center Pkwy. Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled both negotiations.
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The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from Asian Pacific American businesses for the upcoming Asian Business Awards Program, to be held at the third annual Asian Chamber Gala on Dec. 7. The Asian Chamber will recognize Asian-owned Virginia companies of all sizes, industry sectors and geographical locations that are examples of business accomplishments and product/service; business process or service innovation. Nominations are sought for the Asian Vanguard Business Award, the Emerging Asian Business Award and the Business of the Year Award of 2011. The application deadline is Sept. 30. For details, visit http://www.asianchambergala.org .
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The Stratford University/Thalhimer Center conversion was recently honored as Best Reuse Project of the Year at the Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate’s 10th annual awards ceremony. The project, completed by MGT Construction, included interior and exterior renovation of the existing 75,000 square foot warehouse previously used for distribution (Stratford University) and interior and exterior renovation of the existing 28,000 square foot office space (Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer). The facility was previously owned and operated by S&K. The project was also a finalist for the overall Project of the Year award.
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More than 400 area children recently received new shoes from Saxon Shoes, located in the Short Pump Town Center, as part of the YMCA Bright Beginnings program. Now in its 20th year, Bright Beginnings takes low-income families on back-to-school shopping trips, outfitting them with two fall outfits, shoes, socks and underwear. The children who benefit from the Saxon Shoes donation spend the money that they would have spent on shoes on other clothing. For details, visit http://www.ymcarichmond.org/brightbeginnings .
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Matthew L. Curtis recently joined the Healthcare Practice Group at Sands Anderson PC. Curtis began his legal career in Norfolk and most recently handled general insurance defense litigation with a focus on medical malpractice and auto accident litigation for Goodman, Allen & Filetti, PLLC. He served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer in the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns after graduating from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary Law School.
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All three Richmond-area locations of Moe’s Southwest Grill will donate 15 percent of total profits to the Central Virginia Food Bank on Aug. 13. Liberty 98.9 will be broadcasting live from Moe’s in Glen Allen, 10839 W. Broad St., from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. For donations of five items or more, 98.9 will provide a choice of tickets to the Flying Squirrels or passes to Theatre IV. Moe’s will also host a nonperishable food drive Aug. 13-20. For every donation, Moe’s will offer a $2 off coupon to be used on the customer’s next visit. For details, visit the Richmond Moe’s page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MoesRichmond .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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