Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for 10.16.19


The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and the Virginia Department of Transportation have launched an “Adopt-A-Trail” program aimed at reducing little along the 52-mile trail. Individuals and organizations can adopt a 1-mile section of the trail by cleaning up litter along it four times per year in exchange for a designated sign.

The Science Museum of Virginia received a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to assess and guide improvements to air quality in Richmond neighborhoods over the next three years.

Virginia Mentoring Partnership has rebranded to MENTOR Virginia.

Equality Virginia announced that more than 1,000 small businesses throughout the state have signed its Equality Means Business pledge to say they will not discriminate against customers or employees because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Breweries & booze

Buskey Cider has begun distributing to Northern Virginia.

Intermission Beer Co.’s building at 10089 Brook Road sold to new ownership, however the change will not affect the brewery.


The Shed, an online platform that lets users list and rent personal items such as tools and travel gear, is preparing to launch this fall.

Gather opened its Newport News location this month. (Courtesy Gather)

Activation Capital awarded $500,000 to Startup Virginia and $225,000 to VCU’s Health Innovation Consortium.

Gather opened its Newport News location in Tech Center Research Park.

D.C.-based meal delivery startup Territory Foods has launched in Richmond.


The Williamsburg Premium Outlets are getting two new tenants this fall in shoemakers Adidas and Rainbow.

Jennifer Whichello (NSTO)

NSTO, the parent company of Need Supply Co., has launched a new Female Leadership Initiative Program to improve diversity leadership. CFO Jennifer Whichello is leading the program.

Mod & Soul, a women’s clothing boutique at 323 W. Broad St., is opening a second location in Selden Market in downtown Norfolk. Its Richmond location will remain open.

Mod & Soul’s local shop will remain open. (Courtesy Mod & Soul)

Image Business Interiors, a Virginia Beach-based office furniture dealership, is preparing to open a Richmond location at 201 W. 7th St. in Manchester.


VCU’s School of Business has named the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as its 2019-20 artist-in-residence.


South State Bank has collected about 3,500 pounds of school supplies to benefit local school systems including the Chesterfield Education Foundation, Henrico Public Schools, Market Ashland Partnership, St. Joseph’s Villa, and Richmond Public Schools.

The local bank collected over 3,500 pounds of school supplies as part of its “Stuff the Bus” Campaign. (Courtesy South State Bank)

The Great Big Everything, a local consulting firm for nonprofits, and Linchpin Real Estate Group and Ambrose Chiropractic are donating 1,000 paper towel rolls to local shelter HomeAgain.


John O’Reilly of the Richmond Association of Realtors received the Virginia Housing Development Authority Service to Virginia Award at Virginia REALTORS’ annual convention in September.

Deputy Director of General Services for the State of Virginia Sandra Gill has received the National Association of State Chief Administrators’ Distinguished Deputy Award.

Native Collaboration has won an LA Emmy for “Best Sports Promo” at the LA Area Emmys for its video series on the Los Angeles Kings.

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