Business

Wheels of fortune: Carpe Donut seizes the day
Published on Apr 15th, 2010
6 comments Matt Rhodie and his family hope to put "Carpe Donuts" on your grocery list. FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER Since rolling out Carpe Donut and  “gypsy," his mobile donut factory, a little over two years...
Shorn: Three Esthetics stripped
Published on Apr 15th, 2010
22 comments Last fall, the biggest problem facing upscale salon Three Esthetics in the Glass Building was protesters blocking the parking lot the shop shares with Congressman Tom Perriello's office. This week,...
Chang watch: The chef has landed
Published on Apr 15th, 2010
7 comments We know you’re all just sitting at your computers waiting for the latest Peter Chang update. Well, here it is: according to Chang’s “consultant and translator,” Gen Lee, the quixotic chef has found a...
Snap: Creative branding
Published on Apr 15th, 2010
1 comments A car showing a creative branding strategy was parked yesterday, April 14, near the Downtown Mall on Second Street NW. The car touts a beer called Shock Top Belgian White, part of the Michelob line...
Bizbrief: BuilderFish rises from real estate ruin
Published on Apr 14th, 2010
9 comments BuilderFish's director of client happiness Todd Hawkins and captain of construction Jonathan Fishbeck want to modernize your house. PHOTO BY KIM VEILLON The last time the Hook caught up with Todd...
Guilty plea: Comer goes directly to jail
Published on Apr 13th, 2010
36 comments A remorseful Mike Comer, unaccompanied by family members, pleads guilty to five counts. NELSONCOUNTYLIFE.COM/ALBEMARLE POLICE Michael D. Comer, the former treasurer of the Glenmore Community...
Penne Lane comes to West Main
Published on Apr 12th, 2010
10 comments A New York-style deli called Penne Lane Deli is scheduled to open up in part of the old Si Tapas/Starr Hill Brewery space on West Main Street this Thursday, April 15. It’s the brainchild of Elizabeth...
Cassis has closed
Published on Apr 10th, 2010
32 comments The patio at Cassis during the first Restaurant Week. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Cassis, one of downtown Charlottesville's poshest eateries and one of the original participants in Charlottesville...
BizBrief: Horse & Buggy adds boxes
Published on Apr 9th, 2010
1 comments Horse & Buggy Produce, the area's largest exclusively local food purveyor, is giving time-conscious customers something new this season: pre-boxed produce. "A certain segment of our subscribers...
Controversial windmills to be erected this summer
Published on Apr 9th, 2010
12 comments The controversial-but-approved windmill farm headed to Highland County will finish construction this summer, say the owners in a Roanoke Times story. The project–- which has been accused of...
Brixx nixes Brix: Decade-old eatery forced to change name
Published on Apr 9th, 2010
57 comments “I’ve spent all these years building my name in Charlottesville," says former "Brix" Terrace Caf© owner Karen Laetare, "and then this franchise just shows up out of nowhere.” FILE PHOTO BY WILL...
RE III hooks up with Better Homes & Gardens
Published on Apr 8th, 2010
6 comments The area's largest real estate firm, which closed two offices in 2008, has joined the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate franchise, the companies announced today.  The new entity will be known as...
Snap: One Ice Park for sale
Published on Apr 3rd, 2010
8 comments Wanna buy a struggling Ice Park for $4.1 million? Call Bob Kahn at 245-5050.
Kohl's digging for October
Published on Apr 2nd, 2010
22 comments In mid-January, the Kohl's site, left foreground, still had the look of a moonscape. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Upscale discounter Kohl's appears to have broken ground on its planned Charlottesville...
Georgia has Chang on its mind
Published on Mar 29th, 2010
10 comments Media reports had Georgia foodies reclaiming Chang, but it was not to be. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO It seems that chef Peter Chang, the subject of the Hook's March 25 cover story, can’t even go on a...
Art-deco ditched: Mauled facade to get historic treatment
Published on Mar 29th, 2010
22 comments The approved design for the faÃ?§ade of the former Victory Shoe store is a victory for the circa 1921 original facade. PHOTO COURTESY GALVIN ARCHITECTS The approved design for the fa§ade of the...
White Spot owner to open Mykonos Caf�©
Published on Mar 25th, 2010
3 comments Last week we told you that a place called the Mykonos Caf© was opening up in the Seminole Square Shopping Center in the old Old Grounds Caf© space near Cici’s Pizza. Today, we can confirm that the...
Fewer parkers: CPC reveals third straight drop
Published on Mar 25th, 2010
44 comments Company president Jim Berry, left, praised general manager Bob Stroh, right, as someone who "lives, breathes, and loves" downtown. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER For the third straight year, the number of...
Former Boar�s Head chef lands at Homestead
Published on Mar 25th, 2010
0 comments Our former Kitchen Confidential confidant Mark Gallaudet, who once wooed palates at the Boar’s Head Inn, has been named executive chef at the famed  Homestead in Hot Springs, according to the AP. The...
Labor of love: Top chef tackles BBQ
Published on Mar 23rd, 2010
8 comments Chef Hartman works the smoker. PHOTO COURTESY BBQ EXCHANGE Craig Hartman, well-known as the executive chef at Fossett’s, the AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant at Keswick Hall, not to...