Datamation Inc., an Ashland-based business specializing in installing telephone systems and other communications networks, is calling up new leadership.

The founding partners have sold the business to three longtime employees — Chris Crown, Mark York and Aaron Casstevens.

“Chris over the last several years has moved into the office to mirror what I did as far as running the shop,” said Doug Sculthorpe, the last of the three founding partners to retire. He said business partner John Casstevens retired about 14 years ago, while partner Bob Carlson retired several years ago.

All three of the new owners have been with the business for more than 20 years. Crown and Aaron Casstevens came as untrained apprentices. York had some experience in the field and has been lead technician for the past 10 years.

“They were all relatively young and learned the business as field service technicians, doing whatever was required of them,” Sculthorpe said.

Sculthorpe, Carlson and John Casstevens started the company in 1991. They had met years earlier while working at the former C&P Telephone company. After watching their employer go through transitions and mergers, they decided to take fate into their own hands and start a business.

The company has 15 employees and has done work for such clients as SunTrust Bank and McGuireWoods.

Terms of the sale, which closed Jan. 4, were not disclosed.

Books, Beads & More store relocates in Mechanicsville

Books, Beads & More has moved to a larger space in Mechanicsville.

The business owned by sisters Erin Schilling and Dr. Kelly Hagan and Hagan’s husband, Greg, is now located at 8106 Mechanicsville Turnpike in space formerly occupied by DeGoff’s gun shop. The gun shop closed last year after 40 years in business.

The new owners purchased the building in April. The 3,056-square-foot location is at least a third larger than their previous storefront in a Food Lion-anchored shopping center on Bell Creek Road, Schilling said.

The shop carries used books, including children’s books, mysteries and other genres, as well as cookbooks, gardening books, CDs, DVDs and more.

“The only full-price books we carry are our very own local authors,” Schilling said.

All of the beaded jewelry and metal jewelry is handmade by Kelly Hagan, a cancer physician. Her husband hand makes marbles and beads. They work out of a studio at their home in Hanover County.

Schilling runs the shop’s day-to-day operations. In addition to books and beads, the store carries handmade items from other local artisans on consignment.

“We are proud to be able to support new crafters in our new enlarged space,” Schilling said. “We are always looking for new artists and local authors to showcase.”

Building permits and projects

Here are some recent building permits issued in the region. The dollar amounts do not necessarily reflect the entire cost of a project.

Henrico County

  • CSL Plasma Center, 5500 Lakeside Ave., $780,000, Freese Johnson LLC contractor, issued Jan. 17.
  • Godsey & Son Inc., 2342 Charles City Road, $1,045,841, Century Construction Co. Inc. contractor, issued Dec. 14.
  • Richmond International Airport Concourse A extension, 1 Richard E. Byrd Terminal Drive, $18.6 million, W.M. Schlosser Co. Inc. contractor, issued Dec. 3.
  • Bank of America, VEDC PH 3, 6050 White Oak Creek Drive, $3.2 million, Holder Construction Group LLC contractor, issued Jan. 8.
  • Westmont at Short Pump, 14399 North Gayton Road, $13.9 million, Bacova Texas LLC contractor, issued Jan. 15.
  • Regency mall’s third floor, 1420 N. Parham Road, $250,000, Capstone Contracting Co. contractor, issued Jan. 15.
  • Wawa, 9100 Three Chopt Road, $800,000, Rebkee Partners Three Chopt LLC, issued Dec. 19.
  • BetterMed, 12210 W. Broad St., $343,596, Commonwealth Construction Management, issued Dec. 26.

Chesterfield County

  • Hangar Clinic, tenant upfit, 1011 Johnston Willis Drive, $169,440, J.M. Scott Construction Inc. contractor, issued Jan. 9.
  • Arch Village Shopping Center, exterior renovation, 9201 Midlothian Turnpike, $100,000, Titan Construction Group Inc. contractor, issued Jan. 4.
  • Five-unit town-house building, 5101 Berkley Mill Drive, $572,800, NVR Inc. contractor, issued Jan. 3.
  • Virginia College Savings Plan, renovation of first and second floor at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, $320,273, Dallan Construction Inc. contractor, issued Dec. 21.
  • The Habit Burger Grill restaurant, tenant upfit 3,007 square feet in shell building at 11309 Midlothian Turnpike, $110,000, ITEK Construction & Consulting Inc. contractor, issued Dec. 13.

Richmond (plans submitted for review, not building permits)

  • Bad Axe, tenant upfit, 2035 W. Broad St., Dominion Construction Partners contractor.
  • Restaurant tenant upfit, 11 W. Broad St., owner SNP Properties LLC.
  • Kaleo Pharma’s tenant upfit, 111 Virginia St., Suite 200.
  • Family Dollar remodel, 624 W. Southside Plaza, Titan Contractors Inc. contractor.
  • Rick’s Pizza, tenant upfit, 913 W. Grace St.
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