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What is the longest continuously licensed business in Henrico County?
The Henrico County Division of Finance began keeping business records in 1953. There are currently three active, licensable businesses located in Henrico County that reported being in existence in Henrico prior to that time.

The first is Southern States Cooperative. Originally called the Virginia Seed Service (VSS), this business was created by approximately 150 farmers who were dissatisfied with their inability to buy seed that was guaranteed to grow in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The farmers met in Richmond in 1923 and decided to pool resources in order to procure seeds that were better suited to Virginia’s growing conditions; the distribution of these seeds began in 1925. By the 1930s, the business was beginning to look beyond the state lines of Virginia and consequently changed its name to Southern States Cooperative. Having maintained the same name since then, Southern State Cooperative is currently one of the largest farmer cooperatives in the nation.

The second is The Westwood Club, which originated in the late 1920s as the Westwood Golf Club. Several name changes followed: in the 1930s it became the Westwood Supper Club and in the 1940s it was known as The Officer’s Club of Virginia. Finally, on Sept. 20, 1994, the Board of Directors voted to officially change the country club’s name to The Westwood Club.

The third is Bill’s Barbecue, which was founded on June 2, 1930 by William Stevens Richardson in Norfolk. The following year, 1931, Bill’s moved to Henrico County and has since remained a one-family owned and operated business. Today, Richardson’s daughter, Rhonda R. Elliott, runs the restaurant. Bill’s “claim to fame” is the minced pork barbecue, along with the freshly squeezed limeade and homemade chocolate pie.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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