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Halligan Bar & Grill closes Short Pump location at West Broad Village over the weekend

Owner Shawn Gregory and his wife Cynthia closed the restaurant on Sunday evening as they look forward to their plans for retirement.

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The Halligan Bar & Grill’s Short Pump location has been extinguished. Owner Shawn Gregory decided to close the doors of the firefighting-themed barbecue restaurant in the West Broad Village shopping center as he and his wife Cynthia look forward to retirement.

Gregory took to Facebook late last week to announce the news:

This is the most difficult post I have ever had to make. It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the Halligan Short Pump will close its doors forever on Sunday 11/5. It has been a great run and we are so proud of the Halligan and all of the wonderful good things it did over the years. We have met some of the greatest people and friends along the way, but it’s time for Cynthia and I to finally retire. Come on down and help us “Rescue the Fun” one more time as we wind down this weekend. It has been our pleasure to serve up Richmond’s best BBQ to the best people in this city for over a decade.

The restaurant’s last day in business was Sunday, November 5th. The original location in Shockoe Bottom closed back in August; a third (and now the sole) restaurant remains open in Ashland.

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Starbucks adding new location at Libbie Mill development

Starbucks Corporation leased 2,490 square feet of retail space at 2363 Roux Street, according to leasing agents Pete Waldbauer and Nicki Jassy of Thalhimer, who represented the tenant.

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Starbucks is adding a location at the growing Libbie Mill Midtown development at Staples Mill and Bethlehem Roads in the Near West End.

Starbucks Corporation leased 2,490 square feet of retail space at 2363 Roux Street, according to leasing agents Pete Waldbauer and Nicki Jassy of Thalhimer, who represented the tenant.

The address places the new location near existing restaurant Shagbark.

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Scott’s Addition dance studio pivots to online streaming classes during pandemic

“The bulk of our members have stayed with us, owner Sandi Cauley says. “Former clients have returned and some friends from as far away as Australia are now jumping into classes, some of them trying us for the first time. If there’s a silver lining – that might be it.”

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On March 30th, Governor Ralph Northam issued an executive order that shuttered all Virginia gyms and studios and mandated all residents stay home to “flatten the curve” of COVID- 19 cases. So, what are you supposed to do when your whole business is based on the in-person group experience and it gets shut down? You go virtual.

Although virtual fitness and on-demand classes have been out there for a while, most boutique fitness studios were not set up to do it and a lot of small studios have been scrambling.

“I’ve learned something new about executing it every day,” said Sandi Cauley, owner of TURN Cardio Jam Studio, “I’m sitting in webinars, grabbing online help videos and testing out new products daily hoping to deliver quality audio and video via our streaming provider. And then on top of it, l am like an air traffic controller coordinating with instructors, scheduling the class, streaming the class and then making sure the client got a great experience. It’s a lot harder than you think.”

TURN has been trying to stay true to its studio schedule providing clients with 15 various classes 7-days a week; everything from dance fitness and dance instruction to yoga and HIIT strength classes. They have even added family classes to incorporate workouts with teens and children. Members are given the added bonus of On-Demand classes to watch at a later time.

The business also rented out its equipment to members and clients; allowing them to take home weights, bands, BOSUS, and whatever else needed for an effective home workout. Next week, the studio will launch private lessons. Allowing anyone to book time with instructors to again get that one on one interaction and attention.

“Initially, we thought this could be a steep challenge, but we have gotten a lot of support,” explained Cauley. “The bulk of our members have stayed with us. Former clients have returned and some friends from as far away as Australia are now jumping into classes, some of them trying us for the first time. If there’s a silver lining – that might be it.”

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‘We’re Open’ sign program helps local restaurants signal takeout, delivery options

The “We’re Open” signs are a part of Richmond Region Tourism’s #TakeoutRVA campaign to help local businesses promote their takeout and delivery offerings during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 500 have been distributed.

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New green “We’re Open” signs are on display in the windows of local restaurants and craft beverage producers around the region to signal takeout and delivery options for customers.

The “We’re Open” signs are a part of Richmond Region Tourism’s #TakeoutRVA campaign to help local businesses promote their takeout and delivery offerings during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 500 signs have been distributed. Dining and craft beverage partners can also download graphics for social media at Richmond Region Tourism’s website.

Richmond Region Tourism is maintaining a list of restaurants and craft beverage purveyors offering takeout and delivery options at www.takeoutrva.com. Businesses can request a sign for their establishment by emailing Michael Spurlock at [email protected].

“Many of your favorite local restaurants and craft beverage purveyors are open for business and offering takeout, delivery or curbside pickup options,” said Jack Berry, President & CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “These establishments are a vital part of Richmond’s vibrant culture and we’re hoping those who can, will continue to support these businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.”

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