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Sell some peanuts and Cracker Jack

Editor’s Note: Every once in a while we like to lighten things up and look at the subplots, and the underpinnings of the working world. In this piece, reporter Alec Depcrynksi tags along with a vendor at a Richmond Braves game. We start at the Flamingo Joe’s base camp, the snow cone stand near the… Read more »

Starbucks closing 5 VA stores…none in Richmond

Starbucks announced the locations of the first round of store closings, and none are in Richmond. Five are in Virginia. The Seattle-based company will close 600 stores nationwide. Last week BizSense reported that baristas at three different locations said their managers told them that the Richmond locations are not on the chopping block. Many said… Read more »

Kaine Expands Telework Policy

Now bloggers and stay-at-home moms aren’t the only ones who can work in their pajamas. Virginia’s existing Kaine Expands Telework Policy has just been expanded to include about 120 employees who work for Governor Timothy Kaine’s Office and Cabinet.

This Bud’s for Belgium

By now you’ve likely heard about Belgian brewer InBev’s successful takeover of Anheuser-Busch. How this deal will affect local businesses is still unknown, but two sectors that will likely experience the effects come directly to mind: local distributors who sell Anheuser-Busch products, and local properties owned by the brewing giant including Busch Gardens and Kings… Read more »

VCU study: Mergers and acquisitions disrupt management

When companies merge, key top executives are often pushed out, according to a recently published study by a Virginia Commonwealth University business professor. Jeffrey Krug, associate professor of strategic management at the VCU School of Business, and Walt Shill, managing director at Accenture, followed the careers of more than 23,000 executives in more than 1,000… Read more »

A lathery business opens on Main Street

Row House Soaps, which sells natural herbal soaps, opened on E. Main street downtown, according to the local Monroe Ward blog. The owners, Michael and Sharon Walsh had been making soaps in their Arizona home for years before moving to Richmond and hitting the festival circuit. In response to the many requests from their customers… Read more »

Will car-sharing work in Richmond?

If you’re looking to take a Zipcar on a test drive for yourself, you’ll have to leave Richmond’s city limits, In fact, the closest locations to Richmond are in Washington, D.C. and Chapel Hill, N.C. The company, which is not yet profitable, is adding new customers at a 4% or 5% monthly clip, mostly because… Read more »

Coming spring 09: Boulevard Movie Theater

A new movie theater on North Boulevard in Richmond will be showing flicks in early 2009, according to a mondo banner that went up this week. Bow Tie Partners, the NY-based developer, is calling the project Boulevard Square. The theater is slated to be called Movieland. It will be the only theater in the City… Read more »

Lumber Layoffs

Roper Brothers Lumber has laid off dozens of workers due to a slowdown in the housing sector. The Petersburg-based company, which had operations around Virginia and North Carolina, closed a plant in Raleigh, let go of around 22 workers at a Newport News Truss plant, and cut the size of the workforce at showrooms in… Read more »

Richmond Starbucks Safe…for now

Starbucks won’t close many of its Richmond locations, if any, according to several local employees who asked that their names not be used because they are not allowed to speak on behalf of the company. ast week, BizSense reported that Starbucks announced plans to close 600 stores and cut 12,000 jobs.