Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for 4.26.17


Awaken Massage RVA opened a second location in Humble Haven Yoga’s studio at 13 S. 13th St. The massage and wellness company opened its first location in the Fan at 8 S. Plum St. last fall.


Six-Eight Creative was unveiled as a new graphics and design company under Dominion Service Co. Six-Eight specializes in vinyl graphics for vehicles, signs, banners and more.

Mobelux won the Webby Award for Best Mobile Site and App – Food and Drink for its work on

Sycamore Vet Hospital opened at 13217 Midlothian Turnpike. (Madison+Main PR)

Sycamore Vet Hospital opened at 13217 Midlothian Turnpike. (Madison+Main PR)

Healthcare / Insurance

Dietitians on Demand was certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council as a woman-owned company. Dietitians on Demand was featured on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies.

James River Insurance Agency Inc. changed company name to Sumser Insurance Professionals Inc.

Sycamore Veterinary Hospital cut the ribbon on its new location at 13217 Midlothian Turnpike earlier this month.


Markel was announced as the title sponsor of Sports Backers’ Richmond half-marathon. The race is a part of the Anthem Richmond Marathon weekend on Nov. 11.

Dominion Payroll was announced as the title sponsor of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation’s SpeakUp5k race. The race will be held Sept. 9.

The Partnership for Housing Affordability is hosting its 10th annual Affordable Housing Awareness Week. The nonprofit is hosting several volunteer projects through the city in collaboration with 17 other local nonprofits.

The Alzheimer’s Association is working with local advocate Katy Reed to introduce End Alzheimer’s license plates in the state of Virginia. Plates are being pre-sold and are pending DMV approval.

Buskey Cider and Center of the Universe Brewing collaborated on a gluten-reduced brew. (COTU)

Buskey Cider and Center of the Universe Brewing collaborated on a gluten-reduced brew. (COTU)


Origin Beer Lab and Buskey Cider collaborated to brew a gluten-reduced beer/cider hybrid. Origin is a satellite taproom of Center of the Universe that opened in downtown Ashland in February.

Courthouse Creek Cider re-opened last weekend after its home and tasting room sustained fire damage at the end of March.


The Richmond Association of Realtors received a Community Outreach Award from the National Association of Realtors for its work supporting Project Homeless Connect.

Local engineering firm Draper Aden Associates received the Golden Shovel certification. Gold Shovel Standard is a national nonprofit which recognizes contractors using “industry-best safety practices.”

Draper Aden also recently acquired Solutions-IES, a Raleigh-based consulting firm.

Local house-painting company Widespread Solutions received a Top Job Award from American Painting Contractor Magazine.

United Real Estate recognized its Richmond franchise with its Leadership Excellence Award. United Real Estate | Richmond is owned by John and Jeff Finn.

Liz Doerr of investing firm New Richmond Ventures and the Richmond School Board received YWCA Richmond’s first ever Rising Outstanding Woman Award.

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