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  • Biz Buzz: Five Below CEO says Richmond area is ripe for expansion

    Just ahead of the all-important holiday shopping season, Five Below has expanded its presence in the Richmond area with a new Chesterfield County store — its fifth in the region.

  • Biz Buzz: Carytown retailer Janet Brown Interiors expands

    Shortly after Janet Brown opened the Carytown store in 2002 that bears her name, she realized there was a problem: She was going to run out of space.

  • BUZZ: Phoenix store to move into new space nearby

    K McCarthy had a decision to make. After 34 years as the owner of Phoenix, the women's apparel retailer in Carytown, she was looking at her future with thoughts of selling the business and retiring.

  • Green Monkey offers parents an alternative

    Sisters cooking up healthy meals for students and special events

  • Biz Buzz: Mother and daughter open up Richmond needle point shop

    Mother and daughter team open up Richmond needle point shop

  • Biz Buzz: M. Kambourian Sons store is closing

    M. Kambourian Sons will close its Henrico County store early next year, but what will happen to the 100-year-old Richmond area company after that remains up in the air.

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week Rocketts Landing , the 45-acre development off Old Osborne Turnpike straddling Richmond and Henrico County, is welcoming two new tenants to its 210 Rock building, a six-story, mixed-used building in the development: The Art Department, an online art school, is leasing 2,200 square feet. The school is scheduled to move in May 31.

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week Several Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom businesses are joining forces to draw shoppers and create a more united front. To accomplish their goal, the businesses have created a series of cultural events called Shockoe Wide Open. The first is a "Second Fridays" art walk this Friday. The art walk, a takeoff on the First Fridays Art Walk along Broad Street, is designed to "showcase the combined area as a center for cultural growth and sustainability," organizers say. So far, six businesses have signed up to participate, though organizers expect more to join soon. The businesses are: Frame Nation, The Urban Farmhouse Market & Café, The Whitley Gallery, 17th Street Farmers' Market, Dransfield Jewelers and the Antique Boutique. Keep up with fresh Biz Buzz throughout the week on m. Keyword: Biz Buzz

  • Biz Buzz: New Balance store is UR grad's latest project

    Jeff Strojny is going from running track to running a shoe store. While the change might seem like a big one, it's really not. The 2009 University of Richmond grad is manager and part-owner of the new New Balance store in the Short Pump Station shopping center in western Henrico County. The 2,400-square-foot store was scheduled to open this past Saturday. The official grand opening is this coming Saturday. New Balance specializes in running shoes and apparel.

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week The owner of Chester's The Cordial Cricket has added another title to her résumé: children's book author. Elizabeth Howard has penned a book along with her 7-year-old son. The book is aptly titled "The Cordial Cricket." It follows the story of a young cricket who learns a lesson about being cordial as he plans a birthday party. The Cordial Cricket -- the store, not the book -- sells stationery, gifts, art and children's toys and clothing. The book is available at the store in Festival Park at Chester Village. Thalhimer Cushman & Wakefield real estate brokerage has been hired to represent Rutland Commons. The nearly 110,000-square-foot Hanover County shopping center already counts Kroger, Great Clips and Tropical Smoothie as its clients. The center at Chamberlayne Avenue and Atlee Road has about 19,000 square feet of space still available. Keep up with fresh Biz Buzz throughout the week on Keyword: Biz Buzz

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week Gulf Oil will be back in Virginia for the first time in 24 years and is making its way to the Richmond area. The company last week signed with Southwest Virginia gas station owner Milo C. Cockerham Inc. Cockerham will begin changing several of its Southwest Virginia stations over to Gulf. The stations were previously branded Chevron. Gulf is expanding beyond its core Northeast market after Chevron announced in December that it was pulling its name from about 1,100 service stations in Eastern states, including Virginia. Keep up with fresh Biz Buzz throughout the week on Keyword: Biz Buzz

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week 3Sports is relocating. The shop, which specializes in running, swimming and cycling gear, closed its store at the Tuckahoe Shopping Center on Saturday. It reopens tomorrow in the River Road Shopping Center. The new shop will be about twice as large and will allow 3Sports to carry a wider array of specialty bicycles. End Game Public Relations has been hired to create a website for a small North Carolina restaurant. Steve Mullen is president of the firm, which handles website design, public relations and social marketing campaigns for clients including Sheltering Arms and the Richmond Association of Realtors. The Crabby Oddwaters restaurant in Sunset Beach, N.C., has never had a web presence. The owners also are looking to sell the place. Keep up with fresh Biz Buzz throughout the week on Keyword: Biz Buzz

  • Biz Buzz: Short Pump retailer taking store online

    Four months after opening her first retail shop locally, Nancy Sharigian is expanding her offerings to the rest of the planet. Well, at least those on the planet who happen to click on her new Web site. Sharigian owns Jake & Friends in western Henrico County. The store, which opened in November, is in the Short Pump Station shopping center near Trader Joe's.

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week Chat & Play Café in Chesterfield County has closed. Chat & Play, which opened in late 2007, wasn't able to gain traction in a tough economy, owner Louise Sutton said. She said in an e-mail last week that "the recession hit us and stay-at-home moms hard." Chat & Play was a café with a large play are for children. Sutton had tried to find a buyer to take over the shop on Hull Street Road, but the deal feel through at the last minute. On the shop's Web site, Sutton bemoaned the closing and described the café as a "special place where moms came in alone and left with friends, advice from new friends and a breather in a busy day." Keep up with fresh Biz Buzz throughout the week on Keyword: Biz Buzz

  • New brew: Coffee shop opens in Petersburg

    Dave McCormack's already-long résumé grew by one item recently when he added coffee-shop owner to a work history that includes musician, writer and landlord. McCormack and partner Kris Haase own Demolition Coffee on East Bank Street in Old Towne Petersburg. The shop opened last month. Trying to label McCormack with a single title is a bit disingenuous.

  • Biz Buzz: Two financial advisers got push from tough times

    As the financial system teetered on the brink of destruction in late 2008, two Richmond financial advisers found themselves at a crossroads. Like many in the industry, they watched as some of the nation's biggest banks struggled to stay afloat and the government looked for a way to prop them up. At the time, the stock market dropped, wiping away the fortunes of many.

  • Wine-bar owners set up in Short Pump

    It's not often that the words urban chic and Short Pump go together, but the owners of a new wine bar in the area are trying to change that. "This is not the kind of place you usually see around here, but we're trying to bring cool to Short Pump," said Jeff Ottaviano, who owns The Wine Loft wine bar along with his wife, Christy.

  • Monkee's idea perfect fit for Henrico retailer

    After years away from the fashion industry, Lynne Butz is back in the business but in a much different way. Butz owns Monkee's of Richmond in The Shoppes at Westgate in western Henrico County, across from Short Pump Town Center. The shop opened this month. Monkee's marks Butz's return to the industry but puts her in the owner's seat as opposed to a corporate office.

  • Couple establishing SportClips across Va.

    When most guys imagine sitting back watching a little SportsCenter and getting pampered, chances are they aren't picturing themselves sitting in a hair salon. SportClips is trying to change that. "We're really all about getting guys through the doors," said Linda Kostek. Kostek, along with her husband, Keith, owns the franchise rights to SportClips in Virginia.

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week Nordstrom will open two of its off-price stores in Northern Virginia in August. A Nordstrom Rack will be in the Fair Lakes Promenade shopping center off West Ox Road in Fairfax. The other Nordstrom Rack will be at Pentagon Centre, located across the street from the Nordstrom store at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. The chain already has two other discount stores in Northern Virginia - at Potomac Mills and at Dulles Town Crossing in Sterling. Nordstrom Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores, but substantially discounted. Keep up with fresh Biz Buzz throughout the week on Keyword: Biz Buzz

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week The owners of Italian Kitchen West have shut the restaurant down temporarily as they wait for a new roof. Last month, the landlord of the property at 8115 W. Broad St. was replacing the roof to make it more energy-efficient when heavy rains caused it to collapse. "It just came flying in," said Judy Montecalvo, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Vinny. She said the floor is saturated, and phone lines aren't working. The restaurant will remain closed until the repairs are completed in April. Four other businesses that share a shopping center with Italian Kitchen are also closed. As the work on a new roof continues, the Montecalvos' 10 employees are out of work. "I hope the staff can come back as a family again," she said. Italian Kitchen has been in the space for 46 years. Keep up with fresh Biz Buzz throughout the week on Keyword: Biz Buzz

  • Biz Buzz: Carytown merchants aim to boost district

    Merchants in Carytown, long regarded as one of the Richmond area's more unique shopping areas, are looking to sell the district's hometown feel. "The whole idea about retail is to get feet in the stores. In Carytown, we're looking to get feet on the street," said Bob Broomfield, the new president of the Carytown Merchants Association.

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    Posted on the Biz Buzz Blog last week Circuit City has put off a hearing on its plan of reorganization -- again. It's the third time that it's been pushed back. It originally was scheduled for Nov. 23 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, but that was rescheduled for Dec. 21. The matter was then supposed to be heard Jan. 28, but lawyers asked that it be pushed back until Thursday. Some of the lawyers involved in the case say the complexity of the plan and working with creditors are most likely the reasons for the repeated delays. The plan, if approved by the court as originally filed, calls for unsecured creditors to get as much as 13.5 cents on each dollar owed. There are $1.8 billion to $2 billion in unsecured claims. Secured creditors, who are owed between $5 million and $20 million, would recover 100 percent of what they are owed. Priority claim-holders, who are owed as much as $95 million, also would get the full amount owed to them. Donate your old blankets at a local Sears and the company will pass them on to homeless military veterans in Virginia. Sears began the program last week. It runs through Feb. 18. Sears has partnered with AMVETS, a veterans support group, which will distribute the blankets. For their donations, shoppers will get a coupon for 20 percent off home décor or a coupon for 10 percent off a houseware, luggage or furniture item. Sears also will donate $5,000 to AMVETS. Keep up with fresh Biz Buzz throughout the week on Keyword: Biz Buzz

  • Biz Buzz: Old wedding gift inspires product

    Awedding gift nearly 30 years ago has inspired a Richmond-based branding and design firm to start a new company and create its first product line. The gift, an anniversary box, was given to Susan Hogg, president and managing partner of circle S studio, at her rehearsal dinner. The box contained handwritten notes from friends and family that were to be opened over the years at the corresponding anniversaries.

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