Well as we kept struggling to find a safe time to open The Cafe this past year, a new option has appeared. We were contacted by a west end restaurant (to be named soon) in October that was unhappy where they were located and interested in partnering with us at our location. Our Board met and we have decided to accept their offer, as long as our Training Program would continue at the location. Of course, our nonprofit mission was always focused on providing training for young adults with disabilities and that will continue. We look forward to this partnership and wanted to let everyone know the good news. The name of the restaurant and more details to follow. Stay tuned….
The Positive Vibe Café (2825 Hathaway Road) has been providing hands-on training & meaningful employment in food services to individuals with physical and developmental disabilities for the past. Founded in 2002, since 2004, Positive Vibe Café has trained over 1500 students, all with scholarships.
Fatal Accident at Dillard’s in Stony Point Fashion Park
The victim was a maintenance tech working on the escalator.
Details from Richmond Fire Department
WORKING INCIDENT: At approx. 9:52a, crews responded to the Dillard’s store at 9208 Stony Point Pkwy for the report of a man who fell down the escalator shaft. Once on scene, they found the victim unresponsive. He was pronounced dead by medics with the @RAAEMS. pic.twitter.com/85RLNIsfLk
— Richmond Fire Department (@RFDVA) January 19, 2022
Venture Richmond Offering Up 10k Broad Street Tenant Recruitment Grants
Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022.
Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022. Venture Richmond is partnering with the Metropolitan Business League (MBL) to help recruit existing small, women, and minority (SWaM) and immigrant-owned businesses to fill street-level vacancies in the area.
The new businesses will join many galleries, retailers, restaurants, and small businesses who already call Broad Street home, as well as businesses that attract thousands of out of town visitors annually like Quirk Hotel, Richmond Marriott, the Hilton Hotel, and the Convention Center. Gather, co-working space, has a location in the area. A popular neighborhood happening is RVA First Fridays Artwalk which is a monthly celebration of the arts and galleries along and around Broad St. This section of Broad Street is also a part of Richmond’s Arts District and adjacent to Jackson Ward, near the VCU Monroe Park Campus and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to the west and City and State offices and VCU Health to the east.
THE CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Eligible once the business has moved into the space and opened for business by May 15, 2022.
- Verified 1-year minimum lease
- Lease street-level space on Broad Street between Belvidere and 5th streets
- New business to Downtown, not the relocation of an existing business in the General District/BID.
- Existing businesses in the General District, who want to open an additional location on Broad Street.
- Existing businesses located outside of the General District, who want to open another location/outpost on Broad Street.
- Types of qualifying businesses include retailers, restaurants, makers, entrepreneurs, startups, and other creative businesses.
- One $10,000 reimbursement grant per storefront, if a group of small businesses wanted to share space there would only be one grant available for the group.
- Only eligible once
- Availability based on first come first served
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE, CONTACT:
The Confusing Conundrums of COVID-19: Vaccines, Viruses, and Human Behavior – Virtual Lunch Discussion
The Science Museum of Virginia’s very own Life Scientist Dr. Catherine Franssen will be covering a variety of pandemic subjects.
The Science Museum of Virginia has a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn more about the maze of living in pandemic times.
Over the past two years, Dr. Catherine Franssen, Life Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, has become well-known as a reliable resource for data driven information regarding the pandemic, neuroscience and much more. Dr. Franssen has helped the Science Museum cover many topics related to the pandemic, subjects ranging from serious statistics on the virus to even personal and helpful parenting tips during this difficult time.
Don’t miss this chance to engage an expert! Dr. Franssen will be presenting live, answering your questions, and discussing some of the most interesting facts we’ve learned so far, from virus science, vaccines, and even intriguing human behavioral patterns.
- What: “The Confusing Conundrums of COVID-19: Vaccines, Viruses, and Human Behavior,” presented by Catherine Franssen, Ph.D. Neurobiology from University of Chicago, Life Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia
- When: Wednesday, January 19, 12 – 12:45 p.m.
- Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home
How to Attend
This digital Lunch Break Science is FREE to attend, but registration is required. Registration will be open until 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
You will be sent a link and password to access the talk at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.