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Here are some odds and ends from the world of Fredericksburg-area business over the past week:
Lloyd Harrison, president and chief operating officer of Virginia Partners Bank, has joined the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance's board of directors. He replaces BB&T executive Drew Shambarger, who recently moved to Alabama for a new assignment with the bank.
The National Civil War Life Museum at 829 Caroline St. in Fredericksburg is holding a sale as it prepares to close at the end of the month. The broker handling leasing efforts, Virgil Nelson of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, said there is serious interest in the space but no signed lease yet.
Greenbrier Music is offering to give away percussion instruments to area high schools and music therapy programs. The instruments are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the company's warehouse and store at 1117 Tyler St. in Fredericksburg.
The Cheesecake Factory will open its new restaurant at Potomac Mills on Sunday. The opening was pushed back a few days due to Hurricane Sandy.
Atlantic Builders last month purchased seven finished lots in Stafford County from Alex McCallister's Eastern Virginia Land Co. for $854,930. The three-acre lots are in the Belle Haven and Belle Haven Overlook neighborhoods at the eastern end of Courthouse Road.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company, will speak at the Fredericksburg Forum on Saturday. The lecture will be at 8 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium on the University of Mary Washington's Fredericksburg campus.
A new dance fitness class called Dance Trance Fredericksburg has started at Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive in Fredericksburg.
Two office condominiums in the Courthouse Square development at 2124 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford County's courthouse area recently sold. Yellow Cat LLC bought the 2,035-square-foot space from R. Dare Clifton for $200,000 as an investment.
Arkansas-based Murphy Oil Corp. wants to build a service station near the Walmart at the Washington Square Plaza shopping center along State Route 3 in Stafford County. The company submitted a request for a conditional use permit to build a "Murphy Express" service station with six fuel pumps and a 1,200-square-foot convenience store.
Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405