Business

Iconic haberdashery returns downtown
Published on May 21st, 2008
4 comments The Young Men's Shop, formerly YMS Clothiers Ltd. (and even more formerly the Young Men's Shop), has quietly returned to its former stomping grounds, the Downtown Mall. A venerable gentleman's...
French connection: Petit Bebe takes Les Yeux spot
Published on May 20th, 2008
2 comments In Charlottesville's recently roiled art world, one more change is on the horizon: posh gallery Les Yeux du Monde will vacate its corner space in the Terraces for posh baby-things shop Petit BébÃ...
Bonnaroo to be televised live
Published on May 19th, 2008
0 comments To Coran Capshaw's many sources of income for his music empire, perhaps he can now add "television revenues." Today, organizers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival–- of which Capshaw is a...
Early withdrawals mark VNB's Pantops opening
Published on May 19th, 2008
0 comments Virginia National Bank, the Charlottesville-based "community" banking company, opened its fourth Charlottesville branch today, a grand brick enormity alongside Route 250 in Pantops. VNB President...
Sparks fly as CPC buy-out extended to July
Published on May 16th, 2008
9 comments Shareholders in a colorful downtown parking company were recently told that the April 1 deadline for purchase offers has been extended to July 1. But before the May 9 letter announcing that decision...
Hook columnist sparks AG lawsuit
Published on May 8th, 2008
1 comments Attorney General Bob McDonnell has filed suit against Nicholas J. Gianakos, proprietor of Instant Cash Title Loans in Charlottesville, for violating Virginia's Consumer Finance Act. According to a...
All wet? Barracks Road plan strips canopy
Published on May 2nd, 2008
12 comments The latest plans to update the area's oldest shopping center have riled some of its merchants, who contend that Barracks Road Shopping Center's owner is more interested in a trendy look than...
News flash: Big Jim's last day
Published on Apr 30th, 2008
14 comments The folks at Big Jim's BBQ on Route 29 tell us that, after over 27 years, today is their last day. Big Jim's has been a local institution for years, and a favorite hang out of former Senator George...
Order from Horder closing shop
Published on Apr 29th, 2008
4 comments When Staples opened a downtown store in 2004, Order from Horder owners Carole and Fred Wells vowed to fight the office supply giant. Four years later, the Wells are pulling the plug on their...
NBC29 goes HD
Published on Apr 22nd, 2008
5 comments NBC29 has upgraded its newscasts to High Definition format over the weekend.
Snap o' the day: NAPA snap-a
Published on Apr 18th, 2008
0 comments NAPA Auto Parts on Preston Ave. has gone, leaving behind an eye-popping blue 13,000-square-foot building for rent. NAPA bought out API Parts in February, and the Preston landmark has moved to the...
Lexis lay-offs come true... in Dayton
Published on Apr 15th, 2008
1 comments Nearly 300 Lexis Nexis employees will soon be looking for work, but it appears that despite recent fears, most of Charlottesville's Lexis workers are safe–- at least for now. The layoffs,...
Local station sells gas for $3.09
Published on Apr 13th, 2008
1 comments The Woco gas station in Hogwaller is selling gasoline for just $3.09 per gallon according to virginiagasprices.com. That's 20 cents below the state averageand one of the cheapest prices in the state...
Snap o' the day: Lady Liberty grooves
Published on Apr 11th, 2008
1 comments April 15 is just days away, and Lady Liberty– Keith Groomes– reminds those folks who have not yet filed to swing on in to Liberty Income Tax on Cherry Ave. Lady L's Staunton counterpart...
Sale talk, data dispute enliven meeting
Published on Mar 27th, 2008
15 comments Downtown's biggest parking company reports that fewer downtown concerts, along with a pair of business shuffles, conspired to reduce cars in its lots by 18 percent in 2007, according to a fireworks-...
Lexis reacts
Published on Mar 27th, 2008
4 comments One day after the Hook's first article about possible lay-offs at LexisNexis was posted online, the company reacted by sending a soothing mass email to each of its 300 Charlottesville employees,...
Sons Of Bill sign with Capshaw
Published on Mar 26th, 2008
7 comments Local country rock outfit Sons Of Bill has become the latest band to sign with Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management, joining a clientele that includes the likes of such heavy music biz hitters as...
‘Occurrence’ worries– Lexis lay-offs?
Published on Mar 25th, 2008
10 comments Is Lexis Nexis about to give a bunch of its employees the boot? In the past two years, the company that anchors the east end of the Downtown Mall has reduced its Charlottesville workforce from 600...
Localvores get flawed analysis in Progress
Published on Mar 20th, 2008
7 comments Local produce travels 60 miles while grocery produce averages 1,600. Too bad the latter is more fuel-efficient. That's what the Boston Globe revealed last year in "The localvores dilemma." Such...
April 1 deadline nears for parking firm offers
Published on Mar 17th, 2008
0 comments Signals are piling up that the City government wants to buy something from the private company with the one-acre lot adjacent to the Downtown Mall, while the sought-after company has set April 1 as...