Mike Platania

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

Shuttered bank branch gets some shutter speed

From the outside, the former TowneBank building at 5011 Brook Road looks vacant and unused. But behind the blank façade, the nondescript building is serving as the home base for a military veteran and his ambitious photography project about the country’s national parks.