Business

Blockbuster busts: Score one for the little guys
Published on Dec 18th, 2009
17 comments Could its pullout help the indies? LOGO Struggling movie rental business Blockbuster Inc. will close all three of its Charlottesville stores as of January 3, according to a clerk at the Barracks Road...
Auto wash open: Clean design, clean cars
Published on Dec 18th, 2009
6 comments University Car Wash on Ivy Road reminds us of something. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE The University Car Wash on Ivy Road, which has enthralled Hook shutterbugs since it started going up, officially turned...
Food for thought: Restaurants lose, foodies win in '09
Published on Dec 17th, 2009
11 comments After 32 years, Martha's  Caf© on the Corner closed, and the site became Cantina. FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Last year, Dish predicted it would be a rough year economically for restaurants, a call...
Free Peter: Fenwick rallies support for recycler
Published on Dec 16th, 2009
52 comments Betty Mooney and Bob Fenwick called on the community to support recycler Peter Van der Linde in his legal fight with the Waste Authority PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR At the Downtown Mall’s Free Speech...
As expected, Minor refiles against Danielson
Published on Dec 16th, 2009
4 comments At least some of it isn't redacted. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER As expected, internet titan Halsey Minor has refiled his lawsuit against Lee Danielson, the developer of the stalled Landmark hotel, and...
BAR to demolisher: "Put back what you took out..."
Published on Dec 15th, 2009
17 comments Downtown Mall property owner Joe Gieck, who demolished the historic store front of the former Victory Shoe Store at 219 West Main Street without a permit or BAR review, appeared The store front at...
Captain Frank's: The sea comes to downtown Palmyra
Published on Dec 15th, 2009
15 comments Frank Winer, owner of Captain Frank's Seafood Restaurant in Palmyra. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Touring downtown Palmyra recently (which doesn’t take long), Dish spotted a huge yellow Hummer parked...
It's baaak: Restaurant Week returns for seconds
Published on Dec 8th, 2009
0 comments Since the Hookââ?¬â?¢s inaugural Restaurant Week back in July was such a smashing success, another one was planned for January 25 through 31.Since the Hook’s inaugural Restaurant Week back in July...
Driver on trial: Waste authority witness faces extortion charge
Published on Dec 8th, 2009
15 comments Richard W. Kendrick seen here in a January 1993 inmate photo. PHOTO COURTESY VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS The star witness in the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority lawsuit against recycling...
Down and out: Un-development to claim old sawmill
Published on Dec 8th, 2009
20 comments This building adjacent to the Belmont Bridge, once home to Charlottesville Lumber at the turn of the century, is scheduled for demolition. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR After over a hundred years, a familiar...
Glenmoregate: Grand jury indicts Comer
Published on Dec 8th, 2009
4 comments Will former country club prez Mike Comer plead guilty? NELSONCOUNTYLIFE.COM/ALBEMARLE POLICE An Albemarle grand jury indicted Michael D. Comer, the former Glenmore homeowners treasurer who...
Smokeless Tuesday: Gov. Kaine kicks off smoking ban
Published on Dec 1st, 2009
68 comments Dr. Thomas Eppes, Governor Tim Kaine, and Hamiltons' co-owner Kate Hamilton Tuesday. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR For 400 years, smokers in Virginia have been able to light up in bars and restaurants, but...
Courthouse steps: Minor facing million-dollar foreclosure
Published on Dec 1st, 2009
41 comments "This may be a squeeze-play to get him out of the farm," says real estate expert Gibson, "but I don't think he's gonna be homeless." FARM PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER; FILE PHOTO JAY KUHLMANN Halsey Minor...
Indictment day? Comer faces grand jury
Published on Dec 1st, 2009
5 comments Mike Comer, before his July 1 disappearance, and after his July 27 arrest. Michael D. Comer, 45, the former treasurer of Glenmore Community Association who disappeared on the day of an audit last...
Uniroyal/Hyosung closing...
Published on Nov 25th, 2009
13 comments As the Progress reports, the Tuesday announcement that the venerable tire cord factory near Scottsville is closing in January ruins the holidays for 106 employees. The shutdown also offers another...
BizBrief: T&N Printing gets forestry certification
Published on Nov 24th, 2009
2 comments T&N Printing has just earned certification from the Forest Stewardship Council, the leading non-profit watchdogs for the sustainable forest movement. T&N owner Lynwood Napier says the...
Big time: Charlottesville company heeds Call of Duty
Published on Nov 23rd, 2009
9 comments Inktree Inc. owners Eric Braun and John Keefe were a part of the largest launch in entertainment history: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 FILE PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO Since launching their Shredhed...
Trinity�s trinity: location, atmosphere, and an infamous chef
Published on Nov 20th, 2009
4 comments Goodbye O'Neill's; hello Trinity. The upscale Irish pub on The Corner opened in October and it's already making a name for itself. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER After months of renovation, the former O'...
The Southern: not just another music hall
Published on Nov 19th, 2009
0 comments The Southern's Andy Gems and Lauren McRaven hope the music hall will also be known for its cuisine. FILE PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Back in 2005, when Lauren McRaven opened The Flat on Water Street, she...
Wachovia Bank robbery today
Published on Nov 17th, 2009
4 comments At around 12:00pm today the little Wachovia Bank on 10th Street, across from Martha Jefferson Hospital, was robbed. City spokesperson Ric Barrick says that a 6-foot tall white male with “scruffy”...