BizSense Pics

Lower prices, lower quality?

I noticed that the discounts were steeper than anything I’ve ever seen. Everything was 50 percent off at Banana Republic. The shoe store Bass had a sale, buy one, get two free. How can stores make money at these discounts?

Pimp my Meter-maid-mobile?

The WSJ had a great story about people who buy three-wheeled meter-maid vehicles and then trick them out. We spotted one outside BizSense World Headquarters here in Richmond.

Have signs will travel

Forced out of their shop space by a fire, the FastSigns store at Horsepen and Broad did the next best thing. They moved the operation inside this rented RV parked outside the store while things get fixed up.

Brilliant marketing?

A few months ago a source asked me to meet for lunch at Jason’s Deli at Willow Lawn. Now I go at least once a month. Why? FREE soft serve ice cream. Does anyone else find this irresistible, and also a brilliant marketing strategy? It’s probably not too expensive, and it’s the only reason I… Read more »

Is this a cursed location now?

Justin French’s former headquarters on Cary Street in Shockoe Slip is for sale. The listing agent — Shockoe Company — told RBS that the asking price is $640,000 for the  6,144 s.f. building. In May BizSense ran a story about cursed locations. Is this now one of them?

BioTaxi adds another cab

BioTaxi, a local cab startup run by two brothers from Chesterfield, has added another diesel burning rig. This one is  VW Jetta, and now the company has two vehicles. You can read more about the business in an RBS story here.

Third times the charm?

This sign for a new restaurant coming to the corner of Cary and Addison streets in The Fan plays off other restaurants that came and went in the same space. The restaurant, Fresca, is a venture between Jimmy Sneed (you may remember the Frog and the Redneck) and his daughter, and will have a vegetarian… Read more »

Are there any good deals at this store?

I’ve popped into Foremost Sales on Midlothian Turnpike on occasion, hoping to score a sweet deal on something. The store sells stuff that was damaged in the shipping process, although most of it looks OK. Has anyone ever found something good there? The prices seem exorbitant. I’d rather cruised the thrift store and see if… Read more »

The $5 million car

The Very Light Car was on display this week at the Governor’s Conference on Energy. The vehicle recently won a $5 million prize for its ability to travel more than a 100 miles on a single tank of gas. The car was designed by Lynchburg-based company Edison2. The Lynchburg News & Advance has a pretty… Read more »

Off the Hook

You don’t see many locally owned cell phone shops, but I love the name of this one near the corner of Laburnum and Nine Mile Road in Eastern Henrico.