J. Elias O'Neal

J. Elias O'Neal was a BizSense reporter from 2016 through early 2020. Please send current news tips on the real estate and restaurant beats to BizSense reporter Mike Platania at [email protected] or call 804-554-6872.

Online startup brings some style to Jackson Ward

Native Richmond songstress Kaneik Ferguson is in the self-esteem business. So it came as no surprise to her husband, Trevor, that nearly five years ago Kaneik had an idea to launch a business specializing in personal style. After developing a business plan and securing a few vendors, in 2014, Kaneik launched Richmond-based Styletress – an… Read more »

New restaurant in the works in Woodland Heights

Laura Lee's

A seasoned Richmond restaurateur is diving into the Southside for her fifth eatery. Kendra Feather, owner of the Roosevelt, Garnett’s Café and Ipanema, is preparing to open Laura Lee’s at 3410 Semmes Ave. in the Woodland Heights neighborhood. Still mulling over menu options and bar concepts, Feather hopes to open Laura Lee’s in the former… Read more »

Covenant Woods granted $34 million bond financing

Covenant Woods model

A massive expansion planned for a large-scale retirement community in Mechanicsville is moving forward with the help of tens of millions of dollars in bond financing from Hanover County. The Hanover County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 Wednesday evening to grant Covenant Woods $34 million in bond financing to help fund dozens of new units… Read more »

Former donut shop turning Vietnamese

Dixie Donuts exterior

A hole left in the Carytown food scene is set to be filled by a new restaurant. The former Dixie Donuts shop at 2901 W. Cary St. is being converted into the neighborhood’s newest Vietnamese restaurant. Sen Organic-Small Plate plans to open this summer in the 1,345-square-foot space, which was left vacant when Dixie shut… Read more »

Broad Street Indian eatery makes push into D.C.

Lemon Cuisine

A four-year-old Richmond Indian restaurant is serving up an expansion plan in the nation’s capital. Lemon Cuisine of India at 3215 W. Broad St. recently signed a lease to open a new location in Washington, D.C.’s rapidly growing Dupont Circle neighborhood. Owner Gurjeet Singh said Tuesday that he and his family hope to open the… Read more »

Local startup to relocate HQ to Va. Beach

Sanyal Marioneaux, Caffrey, Carroll

A lack of much needed specialty lab space and the offer of enticing incentives are sending a Richmond biotech company packing for the beach. Sanyal Biotechnology plans to move its Chesterfield County headquarters to the commonwealth’s largest city: Virginia Beach – a move its CEO says will better position the company for faster growth. “I… Read more »