Chain Reaction 

"We live in an age of increasing ubiquity, in which the quirks and eccentricities of local businesses are being overshadowed by the blandness of national retailers and service providers."

Another Padow’s restaurant shut its doors last month. Roughly three years ago, Ukrop’s Super Markets sold out to Giant-Carlisle. And late last year, Bill’s Barbecue closed shop after nearly a century of doing business in Richmond. Some Richmonders probably were amused…

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