Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co. announced it will host the U.S. Coffee Championships Preliminaries, where coffee professionals from around the country will compete in the Barista, Brewers Cup and Coffee in Good Spirits categories.
Riddle Me This Escape Rooms opened last month in Regency Mall. The business was formerly Room Escape USA on Gaskins Road.
Mamie’s Apothecary opened at 3020 W. Cary St. The shop is owned by Lex’s of Carytown owner Lisa McSherry.
Lumber Liquidators Flooring Co. opened its Williamsburg store earlier this month.
7-Eleven broke ground for a new store at 1301 N. Laburnum Ave.
Walmart announced that it’s now accepting EBT payments for pick-up groceries at all of its 13 locations in the Richmond region.
VCU’s approved a policy to make its campus smoke- and tobacco-free, including e-cigarettes. The policy went into effect July 1 and applies to students, faculty, staff, contractors and campus visitors.
The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded $57,250 in scholarships to 24 accounting students attending varying Virginia colleges.
VCU School of Education professor Christine Lee Bae received a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to strengthen science learning in urban middle schools by focusing on the scientific discourse that occurs in the classroom.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer donated $2,125 to The First Tee of Greater Richmond through its Thalhimer Gives initiative.
Kroger Mid-Atlantic donated $40,000 to 13 of Feed More’s agencies to help the hunger-relief organizations purchase items like new refrigeration and freezer units, electrical work and signage.
Breweries and booze
Stone Brewing Co. announced details for its third annual Stone’s Throw Down in RVA festival, to be held Sept. 21 on Brown’s Island. J Roddy Walston and The Business is headlining the show.
Local PBS and NPR affiliate WCVE won three Regional Emmy awards at the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ awards gala last month. The station was recognized for its productions “Charlottesville”, “Survivors Who Empower; Art of the Journey” and “Blackbird: Legacy of Innovation”.
Fareva Richmond Inc. at 2248 Darbytown Road was named this year’s recipient of Henrico County’s Clean Business Award. The award is one of several presented annually by the Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee to recognize home and business properties that are attractively landscaped, well-maintained and litter-free.
The Greater Richmond Transit Company was awarded a Bronze Standard rating for The Pulse BRT from The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy.
VCU’s Cabell First Novelist Award went to Ling Ma for her debut book “Severance”.