Shipper departs Richmond

The Port of Richmond will lose its main carrier at the end of March.  Belgium-based Independent Container Lines said last week that it would stop using Richmond to load and unload mid-Atlantic cargo and instead set up in Wilmington, N.C.  ICL accounts for about 75 percent of the traffic at the port, which employs about… Read more »

Shockoe Slip gift card

Retailers and restaurants in Shockoe Slip have joined forces to lure more shoppers to the downtown destination. Starting now and running through the end of March, people who spend $100 at participating stores will receive two River District Canal Cruise tickets and two vouchers good for $5 off meals at nearby restaurants. But wait, there’s… Read more »

Smoking bills advance in Senate

Smoking is a hot topic in this year’s General Assembly. Several bills were introduced in the Senate that either ban or regulate smoking in Virginia. The Senate Education and Health Committee voted last week to allow five of those bills to move forward and appear before the full Senate.

Monday Q&A: Richmond biz broker Rick Hayden

If you keep seeing “Under New Management” signs all over the place, you’re not imagining things. Rick Hayden, founder of Richmond-based ABBN Business Brokerage, says he has seen a boom in the number of people looking to buy an existing business.

Foster’s Grille Closed, New Irish Pub To Take Place

Burger joint Foster’s Grille at the Shoppes At Innsbrook has closed. Open for only about a year, the Innsbrook location had a big lunchtime crowd, but didn’t seem to have many customers for dinner.  The spot won’t stay vacant for long, though.

Guest opinion: Business is like dating

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. “What time will you be home.”  It’s a sentence, not a question: She knows very well I’ll be home at nine, if not way later. “Uh,” I hesitate, “nine?” … Read more »

Richmond hotels still offering freebies

As hotels across the country downsize their staffs and cut back on freebies such as cookies at the front desk and 24-hour coffee, a handful of Richmond’s high-end hotels are dishing out the complimentary goodies.

Lawmakers seek to close lending loophole

It’s déjà vu all over again for payday lenders. Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg) on Thursday introduced a bill that would tighten controls on car-title lenders and prevent payday lenders from evading regulations imposed in 2008.