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Henrico Citizen’s parent company launches DiscoverHenrico.com

T3 Media, LLC acquires, rebrands Henrico Advantage Card program
T3 Media, LLC, the parent company of the Henrico Citizen newspaper, today announces its acquisition of the Henrico Advantage Card program, which it has rebranded into a multi-faceted program known as DiscoverHenrico.com.

The new program includes a website – www.DiscoverHenrico.com – that launched today; a glossy printed guide that will publish annually in early June; and a soon-to-be-released smartphone app and keycard.

"We're thrilled to be able to build upon the foundation laid through the Henrico Advantage Card program," T3 Media, LLC Publisher/Owner Tom Lappas said. "Incorporating a program focused solely on Henrico County into our media family was a natural fit. We look forward to helping more Henrico businesses connect with local residents, through our growing platform of outlets."

The DiscoverHenrico.com program is designed to provide an all-encompassing view of all things Henrico.

In addition to incorporating the primary element of the Henrico Advantage Card program – providing Henrico businesses with an opportunity to promote special offers to local shoppers – DiscoverHenrico.com also will serve as an information resource for county residents, businesses and visitors.

The site includes comprehensive lists and details about a variety of topics, including shopping, entertainment, recreation, business, government, education and health. It also features a list of county-based community organizations and nonprofit organizations.

The annual printed guide will incorporate information from the website and also will include a variety of additional content, articles and features about the people, places and events that make Henrico County so unique.

Consumers soon will be able to pick up free DiscoverHenrico.com keycards and download a free DiscoverHenrico.com smartphone app, both of which may be used to redeem special offers from participating businesses. A complete list of participating businesses and current special offers is available at www.DiscoverHenrico.com/shop.

As part of the program, a percentage of its annual profits will be donated to one or several nonprofit organizations based in Henrico. In 2012, the company will donate $5,000 to the Hilliard House, a program based in Eastern Henrico that serves homeless women and their children.

"Henrico County is one of the most historic, progressive and unique localities in the nation, and this program provides us with an opportunity through which to highlight the county's many attributes," Lappas said.

The Henrico Advantage Card program was created in 2010 by three Henrico business associations – the Eastern Henrico Business Association, Lakeside Business Association and Henrico Business Leaders – as a way to celebrate the county's 400th anniversary in 2011, promote local business, encourage local residents to do business in Henrico County and reward those who did so. The program offered free Henrico Advantage Cards to consumers, who could then redeem special offers at participating businesses by showing the cards. (Businesses will continue to accept the cards while the new program is phased in.)

Businesses can join the DiscoverHenrico.com program as members (with annual plans beginning at $100) or sponsors (with annual plans beginning at $1,000). Each participating business receives:

• its own individual page on the website, through which to promote special offers;

• inclusion in a weekly e-mail newsletter distributed to more than 14,000 recipients (featuring the business name and a link directly to its page on DiscoverHenrico.com);

• inclusion of its logo along with other members and sponsors in 26 half-page DiscoverHenrico.com print advertisements in the Henrico Citizen newspaper (published twice monthly);

• a full-color advertisement in the DiscoverHenrico.com glossy printed guide;

• DiscoverHenrico.com posters and stickers to display at its business location to increase awareness about the program;

• a specified number of DiscoverHenrico.com keycards for distribution to customers (number varies by participation level);

• a specified number of DiscoverHenrico.com glossy printed guides for distribution (number varies by participation level; guide published annually in June);

For details about the program, visit www.DiscoverHenrico.com, call (804) 262-1700 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

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.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

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.

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