Henrico County VA

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Taylor Long Properties recently reported the following transactions: Newlook Eyebrows – leased 2,100 square feet at Laburnum Park at 4346 S. Laburnum Ave.; Wee Sure Care – leased 3,000 square feet at Hungarybrook Shopping Center at 1200-1300 Concord Ave., Suite 10; Country Style Donuts – leased 2,218 square feet at Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower, 8902 W. Broad St., Suite B; Speedylink – leased 1,489 square feet at Hungarybrook Shopping Center at 1200-1300 Concord Ave., Suite 12; and Quilting Adventures – leased 3,600 square feet at Hub Shopping Center at 6943 Lakeside Ave.

Business in brief

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.

Six Henrico students graduate from Project SEARCH

Six Henrico County high school seniors were among 24 high school seniors with autism spectrum disorders from Virginia recognized this week by the Bon Secours Virginia Health System for their completion of Project SEARCH, a national school-to-work program, at four Bon Secours facilities.

Henrico seniors Gabe Brown, Jessica Brown, Alonte Burrell, James Lockett, Sean Perkins and Shyheim White were honored during a ceremony June 3 at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital. The Project SEARCH program provides hands-on training to students with disabilities through internships at health care facilities and other businesses, with a goal of full-time employment upon completion. Bon Secours Virginia is the only Project SEARCH program targeting students with autism and participating in clinical research.

Physicians announce initiative to help in the fight against childhood obesity

Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call to partner with Fit4Kids and collect sports equipment that will provide area children with the resources they need to get up and be active.

Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call will kick off their second annual AdvanceItUp! (AIU!) collection June 2. AIU! is a community initiative designed to increase recreation options and active living at home and school for area children who do not have access to usable sports equipment.

Close-out auction at Rocketts landing generates $7.3M in sales

A May 20 close-out auction of 29 remaining residences at Rocketts Landing generated $7.3 million in sales in 45 minutes, according to Rocketts Landing developer The WVS Companies. The one- and two-bedroom units ranged in price from $150,000 to $476,000. They were among the last remaining units in Phase 1 of development at the site.

“The goal of the auction at Rocketts Landing was to close out Phase I of the development by creating an opportunity for the market to speak and set the prices,” said Jason Vickers-Smith, president of The WVS Companies.

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