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VMFA to host Ability Job Fair featuring state agencies, companies from across state

There will be more than 16 participating employers, along with resource tables, to welcome and connect with job seekers. In attendance are state agencies, higher education institutions and companies, including Dominion Energy, Capital One, The Martin Agency and Ulta Beauty.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will host an Ability Job Fair on October 30th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM in the museum’s Atrium, it was announced late last week. This is the second job fair hosted by VMFA, which plans to hold job fairs every two years.

There will be more than 16 participating employers, along with resource tables, to welcome and connect with job seekers. In attendance are state agencies, higher education institutions and companies, including Dominion Energy, Capital One, The Martin Agency and Ulta Beauty. VMFA encourages persons with different abilities, as well as veterans, to attend the job fair, but all job seekers are welcome to attend.

“We welcome job seekers of all abilities. VMFA is an active participant in helping people to find work,” says Kimberly Wilson, Deputy Director for Human Resources, Volunteers and Community Service. “All Americans deserve to be given equal access to jobs and the right to work.”

VMFA is committed to opening the museum’s doors to people from different backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and abilities. The museum’s goal is to create a welcoming world-class cultural destination for visitors, volunteers, and staff where inspiration, community, and wonder are possible for everyone.

“Diversity and inclusivity are an important part of the hiring practices at VMFA,” says Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “We welcome employees of all backgrounds and know the important contributions they make to the museum. And through the Ability Job Fair, VMFA is proactively seeking an array of job candidates.”

The following employers will be present at the Ability Job Fair:

  • Department of Human Resource Management
  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • Science Museum of Virginia
  • Department of Military Affairs
  • Department of Veterans Services
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Virginia Community College System
  • Virginia Hispanic Chamber
  • Dominion Energy
  • Capital One
  • Sodexo at HCA Healthcare System
  • Goodwill Central and Coastal Virginia
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Resource Table)
  • ABLEnow (Resource Table)
  • The Martin Agency
  • Soar365 (Formerly Greater Richmond ARC)

Learn more about the job fair here.

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Venture Richmond teams up with city for “Picnic in a Parklet” program to assist businesses during reopening phases

“We acknowledge the difficulty Richmond businesses face when trying to safely reopen and want to do what we can to make that easier on them,” said Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking for Venture Richmond. “Parklets have the potential to offer an attractive, comfortable space for customers to physically-distance adjacent to the business, which may be needed for a smoother reopening. We look forward to working with any business in the city that submits a request.”

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Venture Richmond has announced a new initiative, “Picnic in a Parklet,” a program designed to assist Richmond restaurants and other businesses with Phase 2 and 3 of Forward Virginia. Through this new partnership with the City of Richmond, business owners can receive design and permitting assistance for their requests for more outdoor space, particularly parklets.

Parklets are outdoor patio spaces constructed in the on-street parking lane of the street in front of a business that can function as an area for customers to gather and/or take to-go orders and eat outside in a physically-distanced environment. Parklets are, by definition, public space; but, restaurants can offer lightly packaged to-go orders for people who simply want to dine in the parklet in front of the restaurant.

“Transforming our use of public space innovatively and sustainably requires partnerships just like this one,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “By linking the business and design communities, this program will expand the city’s growing network of creatively designed public spaces.”

Business-owners who are interested in temporarily converting an on-street parking space adjacent to their storefront into a parklet will be connected with Venture Richmond to better assess their needs. If a parklet will be helpful and appropriate, Venture Richmond will work with the American Institute of Architects Richmond Chapter (AIA Richmond) to connect businesses with a certified architect for pro-bono parklet design services. Venture Richmond will assist the applicant through the steps needed to obtain a permit from the City of Richmond.

“We acknowledge the difficulty Richmond businesses face when trying to safely reopen and want to do what we can to make that easier on them,” said Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking for Venture Richmond. “Parklets have the potential to offer an attractive, comfortable space for customers to physically-distance adjacent to the business, which may be needed for a smoother reopening. We look forward to working with any business in the city that submits a request.”

Unless otherwise specified or revoked, parklet permits are valid for three years. All requests within Richmond City limits will be considered.

Requests for parklets can be submitted through the RVA Strong website. General information about parklets can be found here, and more information about the City of Richmond’s Parklet Program can be found here.

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Former staff from Julep’s, Pasture, Comfort launch Richmond’s first “ghost kitchen”

Their business, Dunharrow Concepts, launched its first restaurant concept on Thursday, June 25th with a limited menu. Garden Party is a strictly vegetarian and vegan concept featuring indulgent snacks, sandwiches, and salads. 

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Jon Martin, formerly of Julep’s and Pasture, and Liz Clifford, formerly of Comfort, have opened Richmond’s first ghost kitchen.

A ghost kitchen is a delivery-only restaurant that allows the parent business to operate multiple concepts from one commercial kitchen.

Their business, Dunharrow Concepts, launched its first restaurant concept on Thursday, June 25th with a limited menu. Garden Party is a strictly vegetarian and vegan concept featuring indulgent snacks, sandwiches, and salads.

With no brick and mortar, Clifford and Martin can keep the focus on the food.

“We’ve spent our entire professional careers feeding people,” Clifford said. “The ghost kitchen concept allows us to keep overhead low. We don’t have to worry about the expenses that come with running a traditional restaurant including designing, maintaining, and staffing a physical space.”

Dunharrow Concepts operates out of Hatch Kitchen RVA, a food and beverage incubator and commercial kitchen located at Clopton Siteworks in Manchester. They have partnered with UberEats with plans to add other delivery services in the coming weeks.

The husband-wife duo, who moved from DC two years ago, is passionate about ensuring those with food restrictions don’t have to miss out on experiencing a good meal.

“Cooking for vegans with a nut allergy makes you push boundaries,” says Clifford. “With all ordering online, items can be easily customized to accommodate most dietary restrictions and food preferences.”

Menu items range from a BBQ Tofu Bahn Mi, crispy green beans, a Tex Mex Salad to homemade fudgy brownies.

Next month, Clifford and Martin plan to launch two additional concepts, Fat Kid Sandwiches which will feature overstuffed subs and clubs, and Victory Garden which focuses on made-to-order salads.

For more information on Dunharrow Concepts and Garden Party, visit gardenpartyrva.com or follow @gardenpartyrva on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Carytown Panera closes permanently, joins Stony Point location’s announced closure last week

The Carytown Panera has shuttered permanently, according to Richmond BizSense. The announcement follows another last week indicating the Stony Point location will be shut down for good, too.

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The Carytown Panera has shuttered permanently, according to Richmond BizSense. The announcement follows another last week indicating the Stony Point location will be shut down for good, too.

From Richmond BizSense:

Another local outpost of Panera Bread has hit the chopping block, this time in Carytown.

The restaurant chain’s location at 10 N. Nansemond St. in the Carytown Place shopping center is permanently closed. The closure follows that of the Panera outpost in Stony Point Fashion Park.

It’s unclear when or why the Carytown Panera permanently closed. The restaurant didn’t alert Maryland Financial Investors, which manages the center, about the closing, property manager Scott Cherry said.

“We found out about it the same way the community did,” Cherry said.

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