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Richmond-based Elephant Insurance first to offer work from home auto discount

Policyholders and spouses working from home and driving less are eligible to receive the new discount, depending on the number of days driven to work and the customer’s occupation.

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Elephant Insurance announced last week that they will be the first insurer to offer a discounted rate to customers working from home.

Policyholders and spouses working from home and driving less are eligible to receive the new discount, depending on the number of days driven to work and the customer’s occupation. To apply, customers can fill out an online quote form or speak directly with an agent. Elephant’s Work from Home Discount does not require any tracking device to be used by the customer.

“We understand customers are seeking flexible ways to manage their car insurance,” said Alberto Schiavon, Elephant CEO. “This discount was created to acknowledge the change that has occurred to many jobs today. If you are currently working from home and driving less, we want to help you save even more on your car insurance.”

Discount eligibility began August 19, 2020 in Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Current customers will have it available for policy renewals starting in these states October 19, 2020. The Work from Home discount will be available in Indiana and Tennessee on October 14, 2020.

To learn more or apply, click here.

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Gourmet popcorn shop Lammar Marie’s reopens renovated tasting room in Short Pump

The business, which closed its retail store during COVID-19, is back open for in-person shopping and has renovated their storefront.

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Short Pump gourmet snack shop Lammar Marie’s closed its doors as covid-19 settled into the US this March. Business never stopped, however. The gourmet popcorn shop continued to brighten days and elevate snack time as families quarantined.

“It was exceptional to be a part of something larger and bring people together,” says owner Rialand Lammar. “We all appreciate the little things so much more now.”

Through the summer, the popcorn shop’s action-packed flavors arrived on doorsteps across the country, including the blogging family behind Young House Love. Back in the shop, the brand underwent renovations and curated its growing collection of wines.

“We’re so excited about our partnership with Prince Michel, the winery behind our label,” Lammar says. “Each variety has tasting notes to pair with our popcorn flavors.”

The tasting room features new COVID precautions, including floor decals, sneeze guards, and seating arrangements. Fresh merch is speckled throughout, including blankets, hoodies, punny popcorn greeting cards, bowls, and more.

The tasting room reopened on Thursday, October 22. New popcorn flavors of the month are on the way, including Chicken & Waffles and S’mores. The VIP Popcorn Club continues to grow, and they are preparing for holiday orders–they can customize any flavor or bag for businesses and events.

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Foodē is a new food delivery service hoping to shake up the game in Richmond

While other services charge 30 percent on delivery orders, Foodē only charges 10 percent. As a bonus, ordering take out has zero additional fees.

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A Richmond entrepreneur is aiming to create a new food delivery service without the hefty fees at a time when every penny counts and many restaurants are struggling. Foodē, a new app launching next month, is a user-friendly service that delivers great food without crazy fees.

The pandemic has been especially challenging for restaurant owners. While delivery services may be necessary to keep doors open, the fees associated may be causing restaurants to lose money. Foodē aims to solve that problem by offering food delivery services that won’t destroy profits for small mom and pop restaurants. While other services charge 30 percent on delivery orders, Foodē only charges 10 percent. As a bonus, ordering take out has zero additional fees.

Restaurants can test the service for 60 days free of charge. The hardware necessary to use the app is free and Foodē is offering to enter the full menu for the first restaurants that sign up. From there, restaurants can manage inventory, add discounts, and make changes to the menu and hours.

Much like other delivery services in the market, consumers can download an app or use a web browser to view restaurants and place an order. However, the difference lies in the savings. Whether one chooses takeout or delivery, they will pay exactly what the merchant charges, never more. Contactless dine-in and curbside pickup is included as features for no additional fee.

With family in the restaurant industry as both owners and employees, Foodē founders Phu and Anna Nguyen know from experience how challenging fees can be for restaurants first hand. They wanted to create a service that would help, not hinder, a restaurant’s growth.

With no investors to answer to, they don’t have to worry about the pressure to increase profits.

“The goal is to create a platform that is more socially responsible. It’s not about making money as the end goal,” said Phu.

The service is expected to launch next month. Restaurants and grocery stores interested in registering should contact [email protected].

For more information on how to join as a business or consumer, visit go-foode.com.

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Lamplighter co-owner cooking up new Chipotle-style breakfast concept in West End

Zach Archibald, co-owner of Lamplighter Coffee Roasters, is betting on a new Chipotle-style breakfast concept near Freeman High School.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Zach Archibald is betting there’s a place in the West End for his style of breakfast.

The co-founder and co-owner of Lamplighter Coffee Roasters will launch Surrounding Counties Specialty Coffee Explorers Club, a quick-serve breakfast concept on Nov. 1 at 8801-A Three Chopt Road.

The 1,500-square-foot spot in the Westbury Shopping Center will sell coffee drinks and breakfast food in a to-go format with a cafeteria-line format similar to the Chipotle experience.

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