Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for 6.19.19


Ellwood Thompson’s will close its cafe at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the end of the month.

Charm School’s Forest Hill location will center on soft-serve ice cream. (Courtesy Charm School)

Hearth & Home Shoppe has relocated to 8151 Mechanicsville Turnpike. The shop had been at 8154 Mechanicsville Turnpike for over 30 years.

Circle Thrift & Art Space has opened at 400 W. Broad St. The shop was previously at 7 W. Broad St.

Page Stationery has rebranded to Biba Letterpress Studio.

Charm School announced that its Forest Hill location, which is set to open next year, will center on soft-serve ice cream. Charm School will begin offering soft serve at its 311 W. Broad St. location later this summer.

Toby Town RVA, a new dog daycare facility, is preparing to open at 2100 Maywill St.


VCU and GRTC reached a multi-year agreement for VCU and VCU Health students to use GRTC free of charge.


Gather has opened its Norfolk location.

Gather cut the ribbon on its Norfolk office. (Courtesy Gather)

Breweries & booze

Reservoir Distillery and Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches have collaborated for a bourbon-infused cherry ice cream sandwich.

Virago Spirits has begun distributing its liquors to Illinois.

Kindred Spirit Brewing has launched a mobile app, TapRewards, which is for a customer loyalty program.


John B. Levy & Co. is moving its office to 4510 Cox Road, Suite 105 in Glen Allen.


The Byrd Theatre has revealed a newly designed website at Local web development firm Antimatter Co. made the new site.


YMCA of Greater Richmond received a $15,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and the CareMore Foundation.

Kroger Mid-Atlantic donated shopping carts to a local senior living community. (Courtesy Kroger)

Kroger Mid-Atlantic recently donated 30 shopping carts to the 5100 Monument Condominium Association, a local senior living community.

The third Shockoe Showdown ping pong tournament was held May 30 and raised $1,400 for James River Association. GeoDecisions hosts the annual event, which this year included participation from Baskervill, Billy Jack’s Shack, CarMax, Commonwealth PR, Fulton Hill Properties, Hue & Cry, Outdoor Access, Randall Branding, Shiplock Brewing Co., Tilt Creative + Production and Torx Media.

Amazon donated $10,000 in resources to Petersburg High School for science, technology, engineering, arts and math courses.

GRTC won a marketing award. (Courtesy GRTC)


The founders of insurance startup Buddy: Charles Merritt, Jay Paul and David Vogeleer were named to Digital Insurance’s Innovators to Watch list.

Buddy also won the People’s Choice Award at the Plug and Play Summer Summit in Sunnyvale, California.

GRTC won a marketing award for its “GRTC Pulse: More Time For Life” ad campaign at the Virginia Transit Association’s annual awards on Portsmouth.

At the Virginia Public Relations Awards, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden won an Award of Merit for its Lewis Ginter Magazine and marketing director Beth Monroe received the Thomas Jefferson Award of Excellence.

Shamin Hotels won an award for its Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump. (Courtesy Shamin Hotels)

Shamin Hotels won a “Make It Right” Award from Hilton Hotels & Resorts for its Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump.

Regency Square won a Gold MAXI Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers for an art exhibit in its center court.

CarLotz co-founders Michael Bor, Aaron Montgomery and Will Boland received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Mid-Atlantic Award.

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