BizSense Pics

Window shopping downtown

These commercial buildings along East Broad Street downtown are getting some much needed improvements. D.C.-based developer Douglas Jemal owns these, as well as the Central National Bank building and the Interbake factory on the Boulevard. Could they be next in line for a makeover?

Mucho Mexican

There certainly is no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Richmond. A new one, Margarita’s Cantina, is taking over the old Zuppa space in Shockoe Bottom. It happens to be right across the street from La Bamba Mexican Restaurant.

SpottsFain gets name on building

Local law firm Spotts Fain joined the club of law firms with their names on buildings. The firm, which has an office on East Franklin Street downtown, lists 32 lawyers on its website.

Will coupon sites be around in 2 years?

Do the fast-growing email coupon sites like LivingSocial and Groupon have legs? I’m curious to hear if local retailers find selling their services at 50 to 90 percent discount good for business. Is it a helpful marketing tool to introduce the business to new clients? Or does it erode the perception of value?

DMV not amused by this license plate

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles revoked a local resident’s license plate that displayed “EATTHE” on a Kids First license plate. The license plate read “Eat the kids first,” which was meant as a joke, but was considered “offensive” by the DMV. The owner first posted his side of the story on He applied… Read more »

Big box closing on West Broad

The fate of this big box retail space on West Broad  is unknown after the parent company of A.J. Wright said it is eliminating the chain nationwide. The parent company, Massachusetts-based TJX, is closing most of the stores permanently and converting others into its other brands, T.J. Maxx or Marshalls. In addition to the A.J. Wright… Read more »

New colors for Thalhimer

Thalhimer signs have a new look this year. Several of these red and white real estate signs have gone up in the West End recently, quite a different look from their previous yellow and black look.

Hospitals keep expanding

Bon Secours broke ground recently on a $30 million facility in Chesterfield, which the company says will bring 150 new jobs to the area.

From bank branch to pancake house

This disco-era bank branch will soon reopen, as an International House of Pancakes. Thalhimer announced the sale of the property at 4840 S. Laburnum Avenue near the airport by Wachovia to SS Acquisition, LLC for $625,000. According to a plan of development filed with Henrico County, its going to be an I.H.O.P.

Innovation on the football field

The New York Times had an exceptional magazine story on Oregon Football, which runs a chaotic and fun-to-watch offense that never stops moving. It’s a good read for business people who find stories of leadership inspiring. Plus Oregon is playing in the national championship.