Applications holding steady at private schools

Richmond private school officials will be holding their breath Tuesday, March 17, when acceptance letters go out to high school students. They are optimistic about enrollment for the 2009-10 school year despite the economic downturn. But directors at almost all of the local private schools are braced for more requests for financial aid.

Richmond consumers shopping less but still dining out

Shoppers in Richmond cut back spending at a surprising clip in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to recently released tax data. But restaurants, long thought to bear the brunt of new-found thriftiness, didn’t see an across-the-board hit to their revenue.

The lonesome Toad’s Place blues

Like the main character in a country music song, Toad’s Place just got the boot from its landlord. It’s not clear exactly how much back rent the Shockoe Slip venue owes, but it typically takes at least three or four months of missed rent before a commercial property owner evicts a tenant. Sources familiar with… Read more »

Survey says companies are cutting pay

This may not be the year to ask for a raise. More than 62 percent of companies in Richmond have reduced staff costs in response to the economic downturn, according to a recent survey.

Fee dispute at West Broad Village resolved

West Broad Village developer Unicorp and Henrico County officials have reached a resolution to their dispute about the cost of water and sewer connections at the development.

Car-title lenders dodge regulations

The General Assembly continued to tighten the reins on payday lenders this session, while car-title lenders eluded all legislative efforts to regulate their industry.

On Your Right, Foreclosure No. 3

For four weeks now, Brick Smith has been driving investors or other bargain-hunters to look at foreclosed homes. It’s a new niche for the 25-year veteran Realtor. On a cold Saturday last month, Brick had an investor in his 30s sitting shotgun in his Lincoln. This particular investor, who did not give Richmond BizSense permission… Read more »

The Monday Q&A: Why a new insurance company chose Richmond

Wales-based auto insurer Admiral announced last week that it was locating its U.S. headquarters in Richmond. The company was founded in 1993 and is third largest insurer in the United Kingdom. Andrew Rose, president and chief executive of Admiral Americas, is a Virginia Tech engineering graduate. Several years ago, he got married and made his… Read more »

Cleaning up in foreclosures’ wake

Matt Paxton parks his logo-wrapped Saturn Vue in front of a vinyl-sided home in Hanover County. No one lives here any more. All that’s left is a backyard play gym and an overturned Fisher-Price basketball hoop. As the founder and owner of Clutter Cleaners, Paxton has found a niche inspecting and cleaning homes as they… Read more »

Guest Opinion: Is that a martini in that Facebook photo?

The views expressed in Guest Opinions represent only those of the author and are in no way endorsed by Richmond BizSense or any BizSense staff member. It’s the classic post-college job hunting question: If you’re applying for a gig and you happen to have a few public Facebook photos of yourself sipping on a jigger… Read more »