BizSense Pics

Interbake condemned

A BizSense reader spotted Richmond Police plastering a blaze-orange condemnation notice on the former Interbake factory near Broad and Boulevard. The site is owned by D.C.-developer Douglas Jemal and is appraised by the city at more than $5.4 million. BizSense is looking into the violations so check back for more later. BizSense does not know… Read more »

Convicted schemer’s house goes on the block

While convicted local Ponzi schemer Donald Lacey does his time in the big house, his $1 million big house in Mechanicsville is up for auction later this week.

Shockoe barbershop closes

A high-end Shockoe Slip barbershop closed this week after more than four years in business. Check RBS on Monday for the full story.

New Chester restaurant

A new restaurant is hopping into the Shops at Whistle Stop Junction on Chester Road. Two Frogs Grill is expected to open soon according to the website, but no exact date is set. The restaurant will join Heith’s Ice Cream Factory, a hair salon, and a number of empty spaces in the Chester shopping center.

An impressive array

Northern Virginia-based Versar Inc. recently completed this large photovoltaic system for the United States courthouse in Richmond. The 115 kw system consists of 500 panels and covers 21,000 square feet. The company said that is the largest installation in the Richmond metro area.

Soliciting investors?

Lawyers and other advisers are always counseling startups not to be too public about the details of any equity raising. This small engine repair shop on East Main Street doesn’t seem too concerned. Think he’ll get any nibbles?

New apartments take shape

This 160-unit apartment complex at 8 1/2 Canal St is pushing into the later stages of construction. Providence, Rhode Island-based Gilbane started the project last year and plan to start leasing in time for the Fall Semester 2011.

LaDiff spiffs up

The owners and staff of local furniture retailer La Difference prep their new store at West Broad Village.

Mexican makeover

Renovations are underway at the former La Siesta restaurant on Midlothian Turnpike. No word yet if the place will be serving Mexican food or something different.

Unionizing Martin’s?

The United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 launched their effort to unionize Martin’s employees with a rally yesterday outside of the Carytown store. Speakers railed against Martin’s employment practices, including Rev. Dr. Lester Frye (pictured in foreground).