Lakeside businesses to host ‘Ladies’ Night Out’ July 22
Lakeside businesses will host their bi-annual "Ladies' Night Out" customer appreciation event on Friday, July 22, beginning at 5 p.m. Shoppers will be able to enjoy visiting a number of unique shops along Lakeside Avenue, each featuring special discounts, promotions or giveaways.
"Ladies' Night Out is a unique opportunity for the Lakeside Avenue businesses to give back and say thank you to their customers who support them all throughout the year," said Lakeside Business Association (LBA) President Tony Turner, who also is the co-owner of vintage-style home and garden store and tea shop Feathernesters on Lakeside Avenue. "It also provides a special evening of shopping when the shops are usually closed, which many of the patrons really appreciate!"
Participating shops include consignment and home decor shops; bookstores; food establishments; and others. "Our customers mark their calendars for this special evening," said LBA Vice President Betty Lewis Smith, the owner of Embellish, a specialty home decor and gift shop on Lakeside Avenue. "This is our chance to show our appreciation to our customers with a special night of special treats."
Participating businesses include: Chocolate Cravings; Church Mouse Books; Consignment Connection; Eclectic Stuff; Embellish; Ex Libris Books; Feathernesters Tea Room; Keep Good Company; Kids Grow; McAdoos' Vintage Thrift; My Closet - Your Treasures; Pass It On!; Robin's Nest Antiques; Save Recess! Toys and Games; Umami Coffee and Tea; Vintage Glass and Pottery; and Whispers of Time.
The event will occur again next February. For details about Lakeside businesses, visit http://www.lakesideavenue.net/page4.html or the LBA's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakeside-Business-Association/357619567622
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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