Business

Mall cops: Alleged kidnaper escorted, not reported
Published on Nov 27th, 2012
12 comments That a two-year-old child may have been briefly kidnapped by a stranger at a shopping mall is shocking enough. That police weren't notified until six hours after the private security force at...
High water? Autumn Hill residents question $180 bill
Published on Nov 20th, 2012
18 comments Tara Stankovic and Scott Lester have lived in Autumn Hill apartment complex for three years and say their water and sewer bill for their two-bedroom apartment would typically run between $70 to $80...
Movie wars II: Carmike fights back with $1.50 flicks
Published on Nov 19th, 2012
28 comments The recent opening of the Stonefield Regal 14 has hit Charlottesville movie theaters like a tidal wave, with the 4-screen Regal Seminole already closed and the downtown Regal becoming an arthouse. In...
Seed-ville: Grow-local op grows Carpe Donut
Published on Nov 13th, 2012
12 comments What if you take the concept of the local food movement, add a grassroots element, and apply it to the world of finance? It might look something like Seed-ville, which just launched a campaign to...
Good-bye, Carmello's; Hello Mex... and meals tax hike?
Published on Nov 5th, 2012
25 comments Last February, Carmello's, the venerable Italian restaurant that was located for 19 years at its familiar Emmet Street location next to the EconoLodge, moved to Fontaine Avenue into the former site...
Let the mural-making begin
Published on Oct 11th, 2012
1 comments After finally getting approval from the Board of Architectural Review, which rejected his first boldly-colored design, Ross McDermott, director of the Charlottesville Mural Project, starts painting...
Greenwood: EPA leaves Superfund site 27 years after fatal disaster
Published on Oct 10th, 2012
11 comments The most obvious disturbance to the bucolic setting of Mt. Zion Baptist Church is the sound of constant traffic zooming from Interstate 64. Less obvious, but way more disturbing about the location of...
Less hazardous: Acme Visible Records gets cleaned
Published on Oct 10th, 2012
0 comments For more than 10 years, a prime commercial/light industrial site in designated-growth-area Crozet has been empty. It turns out there's a reason for that: it's polluted. Related: Greenwood: EPA...
Broken condos: Barracks West complex sold short
Published on Oct 2nd, 2012
6 comments The condo-craze bubble is officially popped. Developer Hunter Craig was part of a team that paid $32 million in 2007 to turn student-apartment complex Old Salem into a condo-plex renamed Barracks...
Barnes Lumber: Mystery buyer revealed-- sorta
Published on Sep 29th, 2012
10 comments At a highly publicized foreclosure auction of J. Bruce Barnes Lumber in the heart of Crozet in June, the winning bid of $1.9 million bid came from an unidentified man who refused to say who he was....
New trend? Ramsay goes on absolute-auction block
Published on Sep 22nd, 2012
9 comments It turns out the rich are as hesitant to buy real estate in a down market as the not-so-rich, and high-end properties have languished since the bubble burst. That's why Harry and Susan Lankenau are...
Civil Kickstarter: Film on Julian Bond needs $24K
Published on Sep 21st, 2012
6 comments A documentary on noted civil rights leader and retired UVA professor Julian Bond has received no support from any of the institutions with which Bond, former chair of the NAACP, is associated....
More coffee: And more hand-tamping at Milli Joe
Published on Jul 25th, 2012
0 comments When you walk into Milli Joe, a new caffeinery at the foot of Vinegar Hill, you know you’re among coffee people. Glass doors open up into a wide-open shop with a dark mocha-colored ceiling that...
Route 29 exits: Calypso, Olivaté close shop
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
17 comments July saw the closing of two restaurants on 29 North, including one that opened less than four months ago. Over at Albemarle Square, Olivaté, the family-owned Italian restaurant that opened in the old...
Semantics: The meaning of Thane Kerner's Silverchair success
Published on Jul 9th, 2012
8 comments Last year, Inc. magazine ranked Silverchair as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. Locally, the technical publishing company, while employing 240 people, has a lower profile....
Emergency coffee: Mudhouse serves sans power
Published on Jul 2nd, 2012
2 comments One bright spot for the coffee-deprived on an otherwise  power-less Saturday morning in Crozet was the open door at Mudhouse. Inside, "Build Me Up Buttercup" played with the baristas dancing and...
Mystery bidder: Barnes Lumber sells to unidentified buyer
Published on Jun 27th, 2012
14 comments Three bidders put up $50,000 to have a chance to buy J. Bruce Barnes Lumber, an institution in the heart of Crozet that had been touted as a future downtown mall before it skidded to the foreclosure...
Ix to NYC: Starlight finds its sweet spot
Published on Jun 20th, 2012
3 comments Two weeks ago, the Hook reported that the Starlight Express was ready to expand its popular bus route to New York with more frequent service, cheaper fares, and daily service to Dunn Loring Metro...
Connections: Who are the BOV's Kington and Craig?
Published on Jun 18th, 2012
17 comments On a Sunday at a hastily convened meeting, three members of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors' executive committee voted to accept the resignation of President Teresa Sullivan, and a...
Claudius Place: Crozet skybar nears ground breaking
Published on Jun 8th, 2012
11 comments While plans for a downtown mall in Crozet may have stalled due to the foreclosure on the J. Bruce Barnes Lumber site, another urban infill project moves closer to construction: Claudius Place, which...