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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.

Patient First to offer free Halloween candy x-rays

Patient First will offer free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy at all neighborhood medical centers from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.

While an adult should always inspect candy before allowing a child to enjoy their trick-or-treating rewards, the free X-ray offer gives parents an additional precaution to consider and to provide peace of mind. X-rays may detect objects such as glass, metal or plastic; however, parents still need to provide supervision, since some foreign materials may not appear in x-rays. > Read more.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Richmond native Jimmy Fitch will present an evening of country music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Halligan Bar & Grill, 2451 Old Brick Rd. in West Broad Village. Full text

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