The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Round Up for 6.26.09

Dr. Laura Regan, doing business as James River Dermatology, purchased the 3,000 square feet office condo at 1316 Alverser Drive in Chesterfield from Village Bank for $575,000.Synergy Systems, Inc. leased 9,000 square feet at 4510 Cox Road in Henrico.

French bistro coming to the Slip

Dubbed Bouchon, the restaurant will dish up Provençal cuisine from chef Francis Devilliers. Bouchon, which is French for “traffic jam”, is being retrofitted at 1209 E. Cary St. in the space previously occupied by Pomegranate Euro Bistro. The owners, who met while on vacation in the Caribbean, hope to open at by the end of July for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

ARC to the rescue? Probably not

Several small business owners have contacted BizSense and said all the local banks they called were either not interested in the ARC program, or still trying to figure out how it works. Local bankers say the loans don’t offer enough payoff for the effort.

Wrecking ball takes aim at former hotel

One of Richmond’s first modernist hotels might soon be demolished to make way for a mixed-use center, including residences for adults with developmental disabilities.

Carytown after hours

Carytown merchants have organized their version of the First Fridays Art Walk, which brings an after-work crowd to downtown Broad Street.

New Richmond university set to open in fall

South University, a private institution with six campuses across the southeast United States, is opening a Short Pump location, hopefully by October.

Tech Review: Aviary (Photoshop for kindergarteners)

A free, web-based photo editor can handle some graphics work for small businesses without Photoshop. It’s refreshingly easy to use and probably a great fit for business owners who need a quick fix.

Hello: My name is …

First Market Bank and Union Bankshares Corp., which merged at the end of March, have this week started brainstorming different names for the combined company.

VCU retail struggles to take hold on Broad

The rapid growth of VCU attracted a number of new businesses hoping to cash in on the expanding student body. But apparently students are a fickle bunch: Several businesses around campus have shuttered their doors in recent months, including Cuppa Tea and Common Groundz.

Monday Q&A: Tact never loses value

Jacquelyn Small Thomas, owner of the Etiquette and Protocol School, says that recession be damned: Always reach for the bill when you invite someone, and if you drive a luxury car, don’t fret – it’s still okay to have nice things.