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Business

  • An American dream

        If you visit Bella Italia and ask to speak to the owner you will get a surprise. A young man will come out of the kitchen wearing an apron and you may think he’s a waiter. He’s not. That’s Giovanni Baiada and he is the owner.

        Actually, he and his aunt, Lori Giambanco, co-own the restaurant. Giambanco owns Lori’s Italian Grill, in Forest, and she helped Baiada get financing for Bella Italia.
        “I used to work for her,” Baiada said.

  • Joppy’s opens where ‘Duchess’ used to be

        You’ve probably noticed that building that used to house the Duchess of Bedford has a different name on it – Joppy’s.

  • Bedford company expanding workforce

    Bedford County’s Office of Economic Development has announced that The Matrixx Group, a Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. company, is growing and expanding its workforce to meet increased customer demands. The company is located in the Bedford Center for Business (1660 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA 24523) and is a leading manufacturer of thermoplastic compounds for various industries.

    The Matrixx Group/Citadel Plastics has moved to a four-shift, 24/7 operation and currently has nine open positions including:

  • Tibbs says there will be changes coming to BMH

        For Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs, Centra’s upcoming purchase of Carilion’s interest in Bedford Memorial Hospital “is really a homecoming.”

        “The people there are a lot of my own family, my neighbors, my friends – people I see daily,” Tibbs said. “This is deeply personal.”

  • Forest company gets visit from Goodlatte

        Moore & Giles is an 80-year-old company that has been doing business in Bedford’s Lake Vista Center for the last 10 years.

        According to Donald Moore Giles, chairman of the company’s board of directors, the company was founded by his grandfather, Donald Moore.
        “My grandfather was the youngest of eight children,” Giles said.
        Donald Moore went to work for the Craddock Terry Shoe Company.

  • Self-published

        Self-publishing has always been a tough road for authors. There are large up-front costs.

        The author has to pay for a press run, then he has to have a place to store the copies of his work, as well as transport them to his storage area. Furthermore, he has to market his work himself.
        George Roland Wills found an easier, less financially risky way to do this.

  • A peek upstairs

        While many are familiar with the first floor interiors of many of the buildings in Bedford’s Centertown, the upper floors of these old buildings aren’t as well known. That’s because many of these second floors haven’t been used for a long time, some haven’t been used in decades.

  • Some Elks not happy with sale

        The recent sale of the Elks National Home is not sitting well with some long-time Elks who currently live at the Home.

        Bill McGuiness, who hails from Massachusetts, was the exalted ruler of the Elks Home Lodge. “Was” is the word.
        “We are closing down the Home Lodge,” said McGuiness. “If you don’t have a Home, you don’t have a Home Lodge.”

  • Bedford manufacturer wins Tayloe Murphy Resilience award

        A Bedford manufacturer has won the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award. This award is sponsored by the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. The award recognizes small businesses.

         Blue Ridge Optics was selected from one of 13 finalists.

  • Big plans in store at Peaks of Otter Lodge

        Robert Peters, the general manager of the Peaks of Otter Lodge, took charge on Aug. 19.