Henrico County VA

Businesses collect, donate sports equipment

Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected nearly 1,000 pieces of sports equipment thanks to donations from the public, as well as from staff members and community partners, during the third annual AdvanceItUp! community initiative in June. AIU is designed to help combat childhood obesity in the metro Richmond community by increasing recreation options and active living at home and school for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment.

The physicians and staff from Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call, along with volunteers from Fit4Kids, helped organize and clean the collected equipment before distribution.

Faison autism residence to break ground next week at Henrico site

The Faison Centers of Excellence will break ground Sept. 26 on The Faison Residence, a new state-of the-art residential community in Henrico’s Near West End tailored to meet the challenges of young adults with autism.

The facility, to be located at the corner of West Broad Street and Byrd Avenue, will be the first residential community of its kind on the eastern seaboard. (An artist’s rendering appears at right.)

HFCU opens new branch at Holman MS

Holman Middle School and Henrico Federal Credit Union recently teamed to open the “Huskie Branch,” a student HFCU branch in the school. The branch allows students to work with teachers and parents to develop financial responsibility as well as important money management skills.

sweetFrog donates to ‘No Kid Hungry’ campaign

In support of Share Our Strength’s "No Kid Hungry" campaign, and to commemorate the opening of its 300th location, sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt recently launched its 300 For 300,000 campaign to help connect children around the country with the food they need to learn and grow.

The chain declared Sunday, Sept. 22 as its “No Kid Hungry Day.”

Business in brief

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014” guide has ranked University of Richmond No. 25 on its list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Richmond tied with The College of the Holy Cross, Oberlin, Scripps and the Air Force Academy. Within the category, the annual guidebook ranks Richmond tied for No. 2 on its list of “Up and Comers” — schools that recently have made the “most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.” Also, Richmond is No.14 among “Great Schools at Great Prices” — those offering the best balance of academic quality and need-based financial aid.

Athleta women’s apparel store coming to Short Pump mall

Athleta, a California-based fitness and lifestyle apparel brand for women, will open a store at Short Pump Town Center next month, according to company officials. An official opening date was not announced.

The store will feature performance apparel and gear for running, yoga, Pilates, training, swimming and other activities. It also will offer free fitness classes, a personalized styling service and in-store discounts for fitness professionals.

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions receives grant from Capital One

Henrico-based ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (CCCS) has received a grant from Capital One, Inc. to support its mission of consumer health through financial education. ClearPoint will utilize the $304,250 to provide support for the delivery of consumer education through the provision of its one-on-one credit, budget and debt management counseling sessions. Sessions will be provided to clients across ClearPoint's national footprint, which includes 40 branch offices in 12 states and the availability of telephone counseling nationwide.

Business in brief

Beginning October 6, Martin’s Food Markets customers can earn money for their local schools when they grocery shop through Martin’s simple school fundraiser, A+ School Rewards. To participate in the program, customers must sign up each year and designate up to two schools by visiting their local Martin’s or at http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus A+ S.chool Rewards are accrued with each purchase made using one’s BonusCard beginning October 6 and continuing through March 22, 2014. There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning cash for school programs, technology, scholarships, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs.

Kroger to set up grocery store on site at RIR

Fans looking to stock up on tailgating items this weekend at Richmond International Raceway can visit a new, on-site Kroger store for their race day needs.

Kroger is setting up a temporary "store" in Parking Lot D Friday and Saturday at RIR from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

The list of items available for purchase include hot dogs and hamburgers, Coca-Cola products, Gatorade, bagged ice, charcoal grills and other tailgating staples.

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