Mike Platania

Mike Platania joined BizSense in December 2016. He covers startups, retail, breweries, nonprofits and other beats. He graduated from Virginia Tech. Reach him at [email protected] or (804)554-6872.

Plans for Broad Street brewery scrapped

former suntrust building

After hitting tax credit roadblocks for a historic Scott’s Addition building, two restaurateurs are exploring options for the property and looking at other locations for a new beer company.

Regional chain lands in Carytown for third location

An electronics and IT shop has powered up in Carytown. UpTech opened Feb. 1 at 3455 W. Cary St. It’s the company’s third location, joining spots in Midlothian and Farmville. The 5-year-old company offers electronics repair, IT services and sells refurbished electronics. Owner Marsh Whaling describes it as a jack of all trades for electronics… Read more »

Golf belt maker tees up new line of products

A local company known for making belts for golfers has turned its attention to dressing up the clubs in their bags. J.T. Spencer is adding golf club head covers to its line of products. The company, headquartered at 7921 W. Broad St., specializes in golf belts and is a licensed producer for clothing retailer Peter… Read more »