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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.

Slinging Bling: Car accessory shops diversify

A young man no more than 14 greets customers at the Williams Plaza and Auto Center on Richmond’s South Side. He sizes up one customer’s car, and by association its driver. So does everyone else at the combination workshop / parking lot. “What do you need?” he asks. But then he finds out the driver… Read more »

Blue Chips: Local business helps coaches keep track of recruits

As owner of Game On Recruiting Systems, Julie Lewis helps college coaches at smaller schools stay organized. Most Americans retire when they are 65 – or at least hope to. Julie Lewis contemplated retirement at 30. Of course that was before Lewis put aside retirement plans in favor of a small business venture aimed at… Read more »

FBI nabs Virginia movie uploader

A Virginia man is facing 10 years in prison for posting movies online. His website once released the latest Star Wars movie six hours before it hit theaters nationwide. Investigations by the FBI, including the field office in Richmond, VA, have led to the conviction of Daniel Dove, 26, on counts of conspiracy and felony… Read more »

Which Richmond Starbucks might go?

Yesterday Starbucks said it is going to close 600 stores around the country. There are at least 10 in Richmond. Click here for a map. The company said it will close relatively new stores that have only been open since the beginning of fiscal 2006. Starbucks identified stores that were either not profitable or not… Read more »