Richmond’s $11,000 coffee maker

Ellwood Thompson’s, the specialty grocery store in Carytown, scooped up a Clover just before the rights were sold. The Clover is the most expensive, with a price tag of $11,000. It’s hailed by coffee lovers as producing the most delicious cup of java. This is not satire. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was so impressed by… Read more »

Discounts for laid off workers

Tax preparing businesses are competing to offer the best discount to formerly laid-off workers. Jackson Hewitt is slashing its fees 50% for laid-off Circuit City workers. Liberty Tax is letting Qimonda employees file for free. Qimonda announced Tuesday it was shutting its plant, laying off 1,500 workers. And People’s Income tax is offering 50% to… Read more »

Bedtime stories you shouldn’t read at night …

Entrepreneur turned author Dave Ingram has a new blog about the entrepreneur’s life. It’s called Bedtime Stories That Keep Entrepreneurs Awake At Night.  Each post answers a sort of question a child might ask – if the child dreamed of starting a business.

Ballpark debate heats up in cyberspace

The debate over a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom has hit the World Wide Web. Charlie Diradour, president of Lion’s Paw Development Company, recently launched the site Baseball on the Boulevard as place for the Richmond community to discuss the many different sides of the prospect of a downtown stadium.

Virginia bank acquires 4 branches in Md.

Another failed bank is just another opportunity for Tappahannock-based Bank of Essex. On Saturday, the Bank of Essex assumed operations of Suburban Federal Savings Bank in Crofton Md. after it was seized by federal regulators on Friday. The Bank of Essex, which is owned by Community Bankers Trust Corporation in Glen Allen, purchased all $312… Read more »

Glen Allen man charged in Fannie Mae plot

Computer programmer and Henrico resident Rajendrasinh B. Makwana pleaded not guilty Friday to a federal charge that he planted a virus on Fannie Mae’s computer system that was designed to wipe out all of the company’s data nationwide.

Discounts for Circuit City employees

While Circuit City is stingy with the liquidation specials – offering a measly 10% off MSRP –  at least one local business is trying to lure Circuit City employees by offering a better discount.

Launch, baby, launch

We interrupt your regularly scheduled BizSense reading to bring you this update.  For those of you who maybe didn’t notice the difference, we relaunched the website this morning.  And, boy, are my arms tired.

Real estate lawyer leaves Richmond firm for North Carolina

Elaine R. Jordan, a shareholder of the law firm Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, has left Richmond for a job with the Coastal Companies of North Carolina. In a news release, Jordan said, “This opportunity developed from the close working relationship that I and the firm have built with Coastal over the past years.” “I… Read more »