Retailers rally for online tax bill

Packed into Senate Room 2 were brick-and-mortar retailers wearing campaign style buttons with slogans like, “Stop Internet Tax Evasion;” absent was Amazon, or any other major target of the bill, which according to Nancy Thomas, president and CEO of the Retail Merchants Association, is precisely the reason for the bill’s necessity. “Virginia retailers give back… Read more »

Chesterfield property values expected to decline next year

This article originally appeared in the Chesterfield Observer, an RBS news partner. Tax revenues in Chesterfield County are likely to continue declining next year because existing residential assessments are projected to drop 2 percent while commercial assessments fall another 8 percent. That was the sobering news presented last week by Allan Carmody, the county’s budget… Read more »

Foreclosures 2.23.10

Two properties in particular should attract some attention: the home at 4511 W Cary St., which RealtyTrac estimates at $379,629, defaulted on its $648,000 loan, and the restaurant space at 814 W Grace, currently occupied by the Hyperlink CAfe, defaulted on a $675,000 loan.

Monday Q&A: Is the pet industry really recession-proof?

Thousands of pet stores around the country, including several around Richmond, have one thing in common. They order their inventory of toys, leashes, collars and accessories from

Remodeling Carytown

Carytown is getting a face lift. You might not have noticed yet, because most of the work is still to come. But by summer, streetscape improvements should be quite noticeable, said Bob Broomfield, president of the Carytown Merchants Association. Broomfield is owner of the Play N Trade video game store. In September, the city paved… Read more »

Home and garden shows join forces during slow economy

This weekend’s Maymont Flower & Garden Show is an anticipated mid-winter event in Richmond, signaling that spring is on its way. This year’s show at the Greater Richmond Convention Center is combined with the MAC Events Home Show, giving attendees an opportunity to find items for inside the house, as well as out. While it’s… Read more »

State receives $24 million for digital records

When Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Bill Hazel’s mother had her gallbladder removed she saw 13 doctors before having the operation. Each one required new forms, and each one required a new test. Over the next few years, as Virginia physicians adopt electronic health record systems, medical inefficiency may become a thing of… Read more »