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Country Style Donuts to open West End location

The “King of the Doughnuts” is expanding his territory. Zouhair Nasserddine, owner of Country Style Donuts in Eastern Henrico, has announced the opening of a new store in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower, 8900 W. Broad Street.

Nasserddine, a native of Lebanon, earned the regal nickname while working for Dunkin’ Donuts in the 1970s.

“The owner saw him making doughnuts one day and called him the King of the Doughnuts,” said Nasserddine’s wife, Waswa. She says that the owner declared, “We can’t ever let this guy go!’”

Business in brief


Virginia Credit Union will be honored in the annual CIO100 list in CIO Magazine, published by the International Data Group. Given to organizations for excellence in information technology, the award will be presented to Chris Saneda, the credit union’s senior vice president and chief information officer. Virginia Credit Union was recognized for an innovative system it developed to analyze data in real time and enable staff to identify and prevent external fraud attempts. The CIO 100 list is available online and will be published in CIO Magazine’s August 1 issue. Virginia Credit Union was named to the CIO100 list in 2010.

Kruszewski wins 3 national awards

Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won three awards in the 2014 National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) communications contest after four of her first-place state entries advanced to nationwide competition.

Kruszewski took third place nationally in news stories for her coverage of the Distracted Driving Summit held at the Westin Richmond in September.

St. Mary’s Hospital guest house opens

Out-of-town families visiting Henrico to care for loved ones being treated at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital now have comfortable overnight accommodations in the spacious Bon Secours Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, located adjacent to the hospital campus. Situated along Libbie Avenue on property owned by Bon Secours, the 14,000-square-foot guest house opened last month.

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Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing has been named one of three finalists in the Small Business category of the 2014 IMPACT Awards by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Two winners will be announced – one in the Small Business category and one in the Large Business category – at a banquet Nov. 12. The IMPACT Awards have honored regional businesses since 1988. Finalists are selected by a committee composed of volunteers from Chamber member companies.

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Innsbrook based Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners has announced the acquisition of the 242-room Richmond Marriott West hotel in Glen Allen. CommonWealth Lodging, an affiliate of Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, has entered into a franchise agreement with Marriott International to manage the full-service hotel and oversee a comprehensive, multi-million dollar renovation. New features will include Marriott’s Greatroom lobby concept and re-invented guest rooms. The hotel will remain open during the planned renovations, which are scheduled to begin in the fall and be complete by summer 2015. The executive team at CommonWealth Lodging will welcome input on the scope of the renovation from key customers of Richmond Marriott West including Capital One, Markel, Altria, Wells Fargo and the University of Richmond, among others.

High five

Pie Five, which opened its first Virginia location last month in Glen Allen, held a ribbon-cutting May 23 with representatives from the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, the school system and PTAs. As part of its grand opening celebration, Pie Five donated 20 percent of proceeds from opening week dinner sales – a total of more than $10,000 – to local PTAs. Pictured at right are franchise owners Jeff and Deborah Percey and their children Leah, 5, and Alex, 8.

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The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond has announced the appointment of Julie Adams-Buchanan as its new executive director. For the past six years, Adams-Buchanan has served as the Center’s coordinator of volunteer services, interviewing prospective clients and overseeing the hundreds of volunteers who provide transportation and other help for seniors. In addition to her experience with The Shepherd’s Center, Adams-Buchanan has coordinated services in the business office of a senior living facility and has served as an office manager for a family construction firm. She becomes the fifth executive director of the Shepherd’s Center, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. She succeeds Linda Frank who served in the position for ten years before moving to Radford to pursue other interests.

Top to Bottom

Becky Hammond, head brewmaster at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Short Pump Town Center, shows off one of the ten craft beers she is brewing in-house at the newly opened pub. In addition to serving Rock Bottom signature beers and standards, Hammond also prepares some of her own recipes for the restaurant, including a Citra Pale Ale, Cascade Hop Amber Ale and Sweet Nut Brown.

Hammond previously served in Nashville as brew assistant to Brad Mortensen, who got his start at Legend Brewing in Richmond.

With the June 2 opening of Rock Bottom, and the 2013 opening of Strangeways Brewing on Dabney Road, the county now boasts two breweries with unique, brewed-only-in-Henrico products.

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