Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for 12.18.19

Daniels Sports Performance owner Nathan Daniels, center, with chamber of commerce members at the opening. (Courtesy Stewart Media)


Daniels Sports Performance opened a training facility at 2743 Oak Lake Blvd. in Midlothian.

Row House is preparing to open a location at Willow Lawn this spring.

Transitions Float Studio has signed on to open a second location at Sycamore Square in Midlothian.


John Tyler Community College held a grand opening for a pair of buildings on its Chester Campus: the Nicholas Center and the William H. Talley, III Center for Workforce Development.

JTCC dignitaries cut the ribbon on a new building on the college’s Chester Campus. (Courtesy John Tyler Community College)

VCU president Michael Rao and University of Richmond president Ronald Crutcher were elected to the American Council on Education’s board of directors.


Richbrau Brewing is launching its kitchen and food menu at the start of 2020. The Shockoe Bottom brewery is also bringing back the brewery’s retro logo from decades ago.

Richbrau will begin using the logo previous iterations of the brewery have used. (Courtesy Richbrau Brewing)


The Martin Agency joined Equality Virginia’s Virginia Competes program, a list of companies in Virginia that have policies and cultures that reflect the protections of LGBT employees.


Hai Ky My Gia, a new Vietnamese restaurant, has signed on to open at Willow Lawn.


Need Supply Co. is opening a pop-up shop at Common House’s original location in Charlottesville.

Cold Platform Rolled Ice Cream’s location at Short Pump Commons was sold to new ownership.

Women’s clothing retailer Happy Haven has opened at 4300 Pouncey Tract Road in Short Pump.


The local coworking company is preparing to open a Virginia Beach location. (Courtesy Gather)

Gather has signed on to open a location in Virginia Beach Town Center in June 2020.

CEO Curator has launched, offering a vetted directory for C-suite execs to find local advisors, consultants and other professionals.

The wooden sunglasses company recently added watches made of wood to its offerings. (Courtesy Plank Eyewear)

Plank Eyewear has added wood watches to its offerings, joining its collection of wood sunglasses.

Activation Capital awarded $1 million to local accelerator Lighthouse Labs.


Ellwood Thompson’s was named 2019 Retailer of the Year runner-up by WholeFoods Magazine.

Draper Aden’s Lee White received the 2019 President’s Award from the Hampton Roads Utility & Heavy Contractors Association.

Luck Companies’ Mark Williams won the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s 2019 Environmental Leadership Award.

The Richmond Association of Realtors named Dawn Bradley of Long & Foster Realtor of the Year.

Dawn Bradley of Long & Foster (Courtesy RAR)

Ed Lane of Lane Homes and Remodeling, Inc. was named Contractor of the Year by the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.


St. Joseph’s Villa received a $1.25 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund.

State Farm donated $10,000 to the Hanover Habitat for Humanity.

Kroger donated $7,500 to Feed More at its annual Thanksgiving Fueled By Kroger event.

Hanover Habitat for Humanity received $10,000 from State Farm. (Courtesy State Farm)

Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond received a $40,000 grant from the Genworth Foundation.


Northrop Grumman Corp. has laid off 41 local workers effective Feb. 2020 following the end of a contract with the U.S. Army.

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