BizSense Pics

Marketing gone wrong

This photo was sent in by a BizSense reader who was on an airplane and saw a ridiculous ad in SkyMall. A company has designed a new hearing aid to look like a Bluetooth earpiece. So now you can hear better and lose your dignity.

Capital Trail moving ahead

The Jamestown Trailhead, the eastern section of the Virginia Capital Trail, was dedicated on Friday. Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell was there along with State Senator Thomas K. Norment Jr. (center) and Paul D. Koonce, Chief Executive Officer, Dominion Virginia Power. It’ll be interesting to see how the trail affects tourism and apartment rental/condo sales in Shockoe Bottom once it’s fully completed.

Chimborazo up close

After several business meetings in Ecuador, I hiked to see the mountain for which a Church Hill park was named … Chimborazo. It’s the tallest in Ecuador.

Watching construction work

It’s great to see repairs to streets and sidewalks. But I counted 9 workers on the corner of Cary Street and Three Chopt. Don’t they start to get in each other’s way?

Euro market changes its name

The European Market at Meadow and Main streets is now Olio. Owner Jason Savedoff still owns the specialty food store that also has carryout and dine in eating. In addition to the name change, Olio also has a food cart located at the VCU campus.

And the beat goes on

This club on West Grace Street was the Hyperlink Cafe, but has been rebranded by owner Charles Lambert as Xscape Ultra Premium Lounge. “We were Hyperlink for three or four years, so it was just time for change,” Lambert said. A few weeks ago the club was facing foreclosure but Lambert said that problem has… Read more »

Art or vandalism?

The front of these vacant and dilapidated retail buildings on East Grace Street have for some time now been used as an impromptu art gallery. About 10 or pieces adorn the boarded up windows of the burned out shops at 3rd and Grace Street, sometimes jokingly referred to as Little Baghdad. The absentee landlord has… Read more »

Baby water

I just got back from a trip to Ecuador. I’ve had lots of business-related thoughts/insights while I was down there. Here’s one: seeing a baby on the label of bottled-water does not make me want to buy it. It seems to me more appropriate for baby food, or formula.

Change that scoreboard

The Flying Squirrels are nearly a finished product, as workers assemble the team’s logo above the scoreboard at The Diamond on Monday.