Briefs May June 2013
Rich’s Stitches 25th Anniversary
Gala Raises $4,025 For Two Causes
On Saturday April 20 from seven to midnight, more than a hundred people turned out to wish Chris and Cecilia Rich a happy 25th anniversary for their well-known local business Rich’s Stitches. There were victuals and spirits and goodwill and merriment and music and more than a little laughter. Food was provided by the mill on MacArthur and the beer and wine came from Once Upon A Vine.
The twins utterly transformed the cavernous Samis Grotto into a perfect space for a catered party, which may cause the owners to consider better uses for this old movie theatre in the heart of Bellevue, which has been sadly neglected for years.
The Bellevue Merchants Association presented Chris and Cecilia with a plaque recognizing their 25 years in business. Mike LaBelle, president of the Bellevue Civic Association, helped make the event a success, according to Rich twins.
Cecilia and Chris even as they celebrated their own success with friends and family, were giving back to the community. The Rich girls held auctions—silent and vocal—that raised more than $4,000, half of which went to Fetch A Cure in honor of their golden retriever, Cody, who died not long ago. The other half was presented to Samis Grotto. Individual Bellevue merchants donated gift certificates that were later auctioned off as packages.
Lakeside Avenue recently got two signs at either end of this blossoming commercial corridor. The signs are constructed of one-inch thick plate aluminum and cut by laser and painted jet black so they resemble cast iron. It’s estimated they cost about $10,000 each. More than 15 years ago the original design appeared on a pamphlet outlining proposals of what was then called the Lakeside Enhancement Plan, which ultimately led to the rebirth of this business district. Three years ago the Lakeside Business Association had the design refined and were preparing to have the signs made on their own, when Henrico County stepped in and funded the entire project.
Outdoor Dining Coming
Soon To Dot’s Back Inn
Work has begun on Dot’s Back Inn new patio dining area, which should be completed in mid-June just in time for summer and outdoor dining. It’s yet another improvement along MacArthur Avenue, and will help accommodate the ever-burgeoning crowds who, whether they live in the neighborhood or not, have come to make this dining destination their neighborhood cantina. Outdoor dining will be available at Dot’s throughout the year—when the weather gets too cold, clear vinyl shades will be lowered and heaters fired up. “You know this is something a lot of people have asked about and it’s a project that I’ve been working on for close to four years—outdoor dining,” says Jimmy Tsamouras. “It’s about fixing up MacArthur Avenue and making the whole strip look nicer. We have this huge concrete slab in front of our restaurant so why not utilize it.”