Sensitive Santa to visit Regency Square

Regency Square will host Sensitive Santa Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event gives children on the autism spectrum an opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with Santa this Christmas during the first Sensitive Santa event. Families can experience Santa without the common hustle and bustle and sensory overload.

Families also may book during certain times, easing the experience of standing in long lines. Children can be photographed with Santa in an autism-friendly setting.

Cross Grain Brewhouse to open at RIC this week

The new Cross Grain Brewhouse restaurant and bar will open at Richmond International Airport this week. The location will hold its grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 24. The restaurant, operated by Delaware North Travel Hospitality Services, will feature a menu with house-made items and a focus on local craft beers.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to participate in National Kidney Registry program

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s Virginia Transplant Center recently was recognized as one of 12 hospitals across the country that has agreed to participate in the National Kidney Registry’s Advanced Donation Program.

The ADP is a paired exchange separated in time that allows a medically and psychosocially acceptable donor to donate their kidney before their intended recipient receives a kidney. Some ADP donors have donated only weeks before their intended recipient was transplanted and others may be donating now, while they are healthy enough to donate, to secure a future transplant for a loved one who may not yet need a transplant (or another transplant).

Metro Diner to open first Virginia location in Short Pump

Metro Diner, a restaurant chain known for serving “comfort food with flair,” is opening a location in Henrico.

The restaurant will be situated in a 3,500-square-foot space at Short Pump Shoppes, 11525 West Broad Street.

Metro Diner is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and the new Henrico location will be its only Virginia restaurant. The company operates 12 restaurants in its home state and one in Indiana, with several other locations to open soon there, in Georgia and in Pennsylvania.

UFC Gym to open in West End

UFC Gym, a fitness franchise that emphasizes training “like a fighter,” is opening a location in Henrico.

The gym will occupy 11,455 square feet in Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 West Broad Street.

UFC Gym, created as a result of the specialized routines of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), is designed for members to participate in similar rigorous workouts. The gyms include punching bags, free weights and an Octagon (the ring in which UFC fighters compete).

Business in brief

David Posner, president of Royal Productions, has announced the sale of three Richmond-area home shows – the Richmond Home Show (October 8-9, RIR Complex), the Virginia Home Show (January 28-29, 2017, Meadow Event Park), and the Richmond Home & Garden Show (March 3-5, 2017, RIR Complex) – to Marketplace Events, LLC effective immediately. Royal Productions has purchased the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show which was held recently at the Richmond Raceway Complex and also produces the Greater Philadelphia Boat Show.

HBL to supply students with classroom essentials

The Henrico Business Leaders organization is conducting its annual school supply drive to benefit its partner school of the last three years, Hermitage High School.

HBL members are collecting pens, pencils, highlighters, index cards and other typical classroom materials for students who cannot afford to buy their own items, so that those students will be properly equipped when the school year begins next month.

The drive is taking place through the end of August, and supplies will be distributed to Hermitage Aug. 22.

Business in brief

Insurance producers reveal their top carrier choices and Glen Allen based Markel Insurance has been given a five-star rating for its excellent service. Insurance Business America surveyed hundreds of producers last month to determine which aspects of carrier performance are most important to them. These ranged from competitive rates to technology and automation capabilities, claims processing efficiency, and more. The producers were then asked to rate their primary carrier’s performance across 10 criteria. Out of the hundreds of responses, only 18 carriers scored a 5 or higher rating in at least one category. These companies were awarded five-star ratings and featured in the latest issue of Insurance Business America. Of the 18 carriers that made this year’s list, Markel Insurance received five-star marks in five out of the 10 categories, specifically: Carrier reputation and financial stability; competitive rates; underwriting expertise; technology and automation capabilities; and range of products.

Wegmans opens in Short Pump

Wegmans employees prepped last week for the Aug. 7 grand opening of the chain's new Short Pump store. The new location, in the West Broad Marketplace west of Short Pump Town Center just off West Broad Street, employs about 550 people, most of whom were hired locally. It is the second Wegmans to open in the Richmond region, joining the Midlothian store, which opened in the spring.

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