New location offers benefits

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By John Barnhart

    Bob and Jann Sloper are excited about Floors and More’s new location.

    The business moved to Burks Hill Road on Aug. 1 and now occupies the upper level of the large building across the street from The Duchess of Bedford. The Blue Ridge Fitness Center is in the building’s lower level.
    “I think more exposure,” was Jan Sloper’s comment when asked about the advantages the new location provides.
    “We have noticed a terrific increase in traffic alone, especially from Lake people,” added her husband.
    They noted that this is a heavily traveled route and they are now in a location where they are visible from traffic coming from both directions. They’ve also had people who have stopped at the Duchess to eat, and then come over to their gift shop.
    Floors and More’s main business is selling, and installing, flooring for both residential and commercial customers. The business' offerings include low-maintenance flooring products. The Slopers said they endeavor to keep up with the latest products that come out.
    “We have our own in-house installer who does impeccable work,” Bob said.
    Floors and More is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon. In addition to the regular hours, after-hours appointments for customers are also available.
    “We work with people,” Jann said.
    The other side of the business is Jann’s gift and home decor shop, which she has named The Hive.
    “I’ve added a lot to the gift shop,” Jann said.
    She has extended her line of home accessories, which includes a variety of braided jute rugs, and primitive and country home decor. In addition to the rugs she has on display, Jann will special order items according to customer request. The Hive also carries quilts.
    Gifts include a wide variety of candles, cook books, silk florals, wreaths, rice fairies and inspirational gifts. The Hive also carries a variety of Virginia Diner peanuts. Jann said she tries to carry American made items, and the Virginia Diner peanuts are Virginia peanuts.
    She’s open to special ordering gift items, if she can find them.
    “I’ll do my best to try to find [what customers request] for them,” Jann said.
    The interior of the building is still a work in progress. They’ve already installed some new flooring — they know where to get it — and plan to install more through the gift shop. They are also going to redo the walls in a way to highlight the displays.
    “It just takes a little time,” Bob noted.
    The internal decor includes their antique buggy. The buggy was built in the late 19th century and is all original, including its solid rubber tires, and they found a spot for it near the entrance.