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Local coworking community goes digital in response to the stay at home movement

Local coworking community, Work & Friends, has launched a solution to bring the business community together despite social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Local coworking community, Work & Friends, has launched a solution to bring the business community together despite social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. The new initiative was launched under a non-profit organization called the Good Work Society which has been gaining momentum as an online community designed to bring freelancers, artisans, makers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, transitioning employees, non-profit professionals, and business leaders together to share work, do good work, and work for good:

  • Share knowledge through online webinars and digital guidebooks
  • Connect members through online message boards, job boards, and weekly group tea times
  • Encourage social good through the creation of the “Work for Good” task forces focused on good work, good health, and good community

“It is going to be a very long road and it is so important that we work together through this process,” says Good Work Society Founder Larkin Garbee. “Many people that are employed are on very limited travel from their homes and need the connectivity that an online community can provide. Also, many people will lose their businesses and jobs through this experience, so it is critical that we provide a space for people to connect, learn, and share information. As an organization that holds space for people to come together, we know that space does not always have to be a physical space.”

“As we continue to serve the community in a time when we are encouraged to practice social distancing and we know that there will be many unknowns through this experience, we launched this online space and we have already seen very positive results from the connectivity learnings across geographical boundaries with members joining from Texas, South Carolina, New York, Florida and everywhere in between. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the goal is to make the information and network as accessible as possible to the community.”

In a short amount of time, the organization has been able to curate #GoodBusiness virtual webinars from national industry experts sharing COVID information and thought leadership, they’ve brought their daily “Tea Times” into digital format for members to share successes and challenges.  The online community is something Garbee has always wanted to launch, but had not previously had the bandwidth to launch. “This was the perfect time to bring this idea into fruition,” says Garbee.

In addition to the launch of the Good Business Task Force, Good Work Society has also launched the Good Health Taskforce as a way to support the needs of our healthcare workers by partnering with communities that are interested in locally producing face shields to protect their communities.

The initiatives were piloted in Richmond with the #RVAProjectShield team in collaboration with RVAMakers, BUILD RVA, and VCU’s Health Innovation Sprint with Master’s of Product Innovation students from the daVinci program.  This initiative has already produced 15,200 face shields for health care workers in the Richmond region with a second initiative well underway in North Carolina for another 14,000 face shields.

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Fat Kid Sandwiches launches as new overstuffed sub concept from “ghost kitchen” operation

Fat Kid Sandwiches boasts exactly what you think it does. Overstuffed, indulgent subs, grilled cheeses, and sky-high clubs flank the menu. You won’t go hungry as most sandwiches are two hearty servings.

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Richmond’s first ghost kitchen has launched a new concept that you’ll want to have “get in your belly!” Fat Kid Sandwiches launched in late July; the newest concept from Jon Martin and Liz Clifford of Dunharrow Concepts, Richmond’s first ghost kitchen.

Fat Kid Sandwiches boasts exactly what you think it does. Overstuffed, indulgent subs, grilled cheeses, and sky-high clubs flank the menu. You won’t go hungry as most sandwiches are two hearty servings.

After launching Garden Party last month, Fat Kid Sandwiches is Dunharrow’s second delivery-only restaurant – which is what a “ghost kitchen” essentially is. With the success of the vegan and vegetarian concept, they hope Richmond receives their sandwich concept with the same excitement.

“We’ve had a really great response so far,” said Clifford.

The pair have already hosted a preview event and a pop-up at The Veil Brewing Co. as part of the concept’s launch.

The Bangin’ Grilled Cheese boasts American, Provolone, and Cheddar on a homemade sandwich loaf. His grandmother’s recipe, Martin makes this bread himself, and it truly makes the sandwich. Add tomato, avocado, or bacon if you’d like and you’ve got yourself a grilled cheese your childhood-self would be pleased with.

If you like to be in control, you can also “choose your own adventure” and build a sub exactly to your liking. Have no fear, vegans, and vegetarians – they’ve got you covered as well.

Fat Kid Sandwiches can be ordered online for delivery Wednesday through Saturday from 5 – 9 p.m. You can find them on UberEats, GrubHub, and most recently on Richmond-based food delivery service, ChopChop.

For more information on Dunharrow Concepts and Fat Kid Sandwiches, visit fatkidsandwiches.com.

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New orchid store set to bloom in West End this September

“Our West End clients have been asking us to open a store near them for years and plants are experiencing a surge in popularity right now because so many people are working from home,” the company said in a news release.

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A local orchid grower is putting down roots in the West End due to customer demand.

Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc has announced it is opening a new orchid store in the West End in the Gaskins Place Shopping Center. The new space should be ready by September 1st.

The company, based in Powhatan, says the new location fills the need for Chadwick’s many West End clients and helps to meet the increased demand for plants in general. Chadwick’s existing store in the Museum District was recently renovated and will remain.

“Our West End clients have been asking us to open a store near them for years and plants are experiencing a surge in popularity right now because so many people are working from home,” the company said in a news release.

Chadwick & Son has 11 greenhouses in Powhatan and specializes in a service called ‘orchid boarding’ in which clients pay to have their plants taken care of. There are currently over 13,000 plants in production.

“Orchids, in various forms, have been in vogue for over a century – first as corsages, then as collector’s items, now as everyday houseplants,” a company representative concluded.

Chadwick & Son Orchids was founded in 1989 by Art Chadwick and his son, Arthur.

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Home Team Grill’s Glen Allen outpost rebranded as Twin Hickory Tavern

After 14 years in business in Glen Allen, local restaurant Home Team Grill has traded the sports moniker for one that shares the name of its community.

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After 14 years in business in Glen Allen, local restaurant Home Team Grill has traded the sports moniker for one that shares the name of its community. After some interior renovations and a revamp of the menu, owner Garland Taylor reopened the neighborhood restaurant as Twin Hickory Tavern.

The new restaurant has been totally renovated and features an expanded bar lineup with 20 beers on tap and a more upscale menu featuring appetizers like seared tuna, buffalo cauliflower, and chicken satay; sliders, a selection of tacos, and soups and salads; dinner entrees include burgers, premium sandwiches, and a shrimp bowl. See the full menu here.

Twin Hickory Tavern is located at 11351 Nuckols Road in the Twin Hickory Town Center and is open Monday – Friday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM and 5:00 – 10:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 5:00 – 10:00 PM.

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