Business

Year in review: The best and worst of 2011
Published on Dec 22nd, 2011
2 comments December 22, 2011 Since the Hook started doing a year-in-review issue 10 years ago, we've always wanted to say that this is the best year ever: The economy is on a roll, employers are hiring as fast...
Hungry for stories: The 2011 food round-up
Published on Dec 18th, 2011
6 comments The past year was a rough one economically, but that didn't stop some brave souls from opening up restaurants and eateries. We counted 28 new places that opened this past year, while 15 places closed...
Saturday sadness
Published on Dec 11th, 2011
0 comments Diners at the Tavern on the morning of December 10 check out the breakfast fare. The Tavern plans to close on December 24.
Saturday sadness: Staff and diners prepare for Tavern closing
Published on Dec 11th, 2011
23 comments We sent photographer Tom Daly to the Tavern, the Emmet Street breakfast place where "students, tourists, and townpeople meet," to try to capture some flavor as the venerable diner prepares to close...
Market & Meade district? Lunchbox the latest star
Published on Dec 6th, 2011
13 comments At first sight, Market Street and Meade Avenue would seem an unlikely location for a growing restaurant district, flanked as they are by a cemetery headstone shop, a auto junkyard, and an industrial...
Unhappy New Year: Local Sperry HQ to shut down as layoffs loom
Published on Dec 2nd, 2011
10 comments Northrop Grumman announced plans Friday to shut down its Charlottesville-based Sperry Marine U.S. headquarters, leaving its 37 employee with uncertain futures. While a spokesperson for the company...
Huguely mistake: Dabbling dad lost cash on Morgantown
Published on Dec 2nd, 2011
10 comments It's been said that nobody ever lost money buying property in Albemarle County. George Huguely IV may have found a way. Related story: Arrest, foreclosure: As trial nears, woes swarm elder Huguely...
Snap: The new Martha Jefferson
Published on Nov 27th, 2011
3 comments The new 84-acre campus of Martha Jefferson Hospital gleams in the morning light of a recent autumn day, as captured by pilot-photographer Skip Degan. A year after a major merger, the venerable...
Biscuit burden: Cuccinelli demands cash from Craig
Published on Nov 22nd, 2011
26 comments In his response to a speculator's controversial lawsuit seeking nearly $20 million from taxpayers in the form of conservation tax credits, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has fired back by accusing...
Biscuit backstory: Flips would have rewarded Craig's fees
Published on Nov 18th, 2011
14 comments In its first two years in the hands of speculators, doomed housing development Biscuit Run rang up over $7 million in expenses, including nearly a quarter million dollars paid to lead investor Hunter...
By the Wayside: Busted bridge burns businesses
Published on Nov 17th, 2011
86 comments Back in May, just a month into a planned 18-month project, owners of several business located next to the Jefferson Park Avenue bridge replacement complained that the construction was hurting their...
The flip that flopped: Biscuit Run men want $20 million more from taxpayers
Published on Nov 9th, 2011
56 comments Biscuit Run is the gift that keeps on… taking. Initially sold to the public as a $10 million state park, the nearly 1,200-acre tract has actually extracted more than $21 million from state taxpayers...
Fired up: Snow falls on Wintergreen, sticks at Snowshoe
Published on Oct 31st, 2011
1 comments It may be hard to see in this photograph shot from downtown Charlottesville on Halloween afternoon; but even two days after a rare October snowfall, the slopes of Wintergreen Resort still gleam. The...
Snap: Goat Busters and their defenders
Published on Oct 27th, 2011
6 comments A bunch of goats employed by Goat Busters (for meal tickets and not paychecks) practice their eco-friendly land-clearing craft in a Western Albemarle neighborhood on a recent Saturday afternoon. (The...
Sperry Marine prepares to cut local jobs, again
Published on Oct 26th, 2011
25 comments It appears that employees at Charlottesville-based Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine will be facing another round of layoffs. According to company officials, employees were notified on October 19 of...
Management 101: Handle your conflict, your staff, your life
Published on Oct 20th, 2011
0 comments All managers have one shared goal: get a promotion. But many times, a manager's job is so multifaceted and detail-laden that the manager loses sight of that big picture. Here are five jobs of a...
Trump hasn't actually gotten the chapel yet
Published on Oct 14th, 2011
2 comments The story about the grand opening of Donald Trump's new winery and vineyard, "'The wind': Donald Trump lifts spirits at winery," erroneously listed a chapel as among Trump's holdings. According to...
Top dogs: Chase fund ranks #1 among mutuals
Published on Oct 10th, 2011
7 comments A Charlottesville-based investment firm has the top "mid-cap" mutual fund in America, according to the Lipper ranking agency and the Wall Street Journal, which made the revelation last week. The fund...
'The wind': Donald Trump lifts spirits at winery
Published on Oct 5th, 2011
40 comments The hottest ticket in Virginia last week was the grand opening of Trump Vineyard Estates, with scores of public officials among 500 wine-happy citizens clamoring for a peek at the relaunched vineyard...
Oh, Snap! Halfaday gym ownership claim refuted
Published on Sep 12th, 2011
64 comments Back in the spring, after James Halfaday announced a run for City Council, he met with a reporter at Snap Fitness and acted like he owned the place, and, actually, claimed he did. Halfaday's ...
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