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Business

  • Making college work

        Markel Bonds, a Bedford native and 2015 Liberty High School graduate, has found an opportunity that he believes could pay his way through college.

        Although Bonds was extensively involved in sports in high school, it’s not an athletic scholarship that could let him graduate from Christopher Newport University in Newport News debt free.
        Bonds is majoring in communications and business and will run his own business this spring and summer as part of College Works Painting.

  • New taquería opens in Bedford

    Bedford’s newest restaurant is named Azul.

        This means “Blue” in Spanish and the main color used in its interior and exterior decoration is blue. Michael Siehien who, along with his wife, Lauren, own the restaurant, explained his choice.
        “Blue is my favorite color,” he said.
        He also wanted something short and easy to remember.
        “Michael played with a lot of names,” Lauren commented.

  • The White Brick House

    By Patricia C Held
    Contributing Writer
     

  • Support local small businesses

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to shop small this Saturday, Nov. 28. 
        Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to help small business owners with their most pressing need—getting more customers, according to the Chamber.

  • GP Bucket Brigade makes donation

        The Big Island Fire Department received an $8,000 Georgia Pacific Bucket Brigade Grant to buy turnout gear. The Bucket Brigade Grants are a national program to help fire departments buy critical firefighter safety gear. This grant was one of 45 grants Georgia Pacific made nationwide.

  • Reynolds’ legacy lives on at Peoples

        Mike Reynolds first opened the doors of Peoples Furniture on the first business day in January, 1935 — in the depth of the Great Depression. Businesses had failed all over the place, but Peoples thrived.

        The business is still in the Reynolds family. Brian Reynolds, Mike’s grandson, and his wife, Kim, represent the second generation of the Reynolds family to run the store. Brian inherited the store after Mike died in 2012 at the age of 99.

  • It’s been peachy!

        Walter Gross has been growing peaches in Bedford County for 61 years.

        A. J. Gross and sons — Walter, who turns 81 this fall is one of the sons — planted its first block of peach trees in 1954, the year after Gross graduated from Bedford High School.
        A lot has changed over those years. Walter recalls that his senior class took a class trip to New York in 1953. The teens raised their own money and rented a Trailways bus for $500.

  • New antique shop opens in Bedford

        Rob and Linda Kuczmarski have been collecting antiques for 35 years.

        The hobby grew and the couple turned it into a business. At first, they sold from spaces in antique malls, but now they have their own shop. It’s called Needful Things Antiques and they opened their doors for the first time on March 1. The shop is located in Bedford at the corner of North Bridge Street and Depot Street.
        “We try to have a little bit of everything for everybody,” Linda said.

  • Vape shop opens on Lawyers Row

    Bedford has two vape shops in one town. Appalachian Vapors opened its doors on Lawyers Row in April.

        “Vaping allowed me to quit dipping and smoking,” commented Daniel Cyrlin, the shop’s owner.
        “I stopped dipping and smoking within two days,” he added. “I had no urge to dip or smoke.”

  • Dr. Fogsmith’s opens in Bedford

        Dr. Fogsmith’s Vaporium opened on the corner of West Main Street and North Bridge Street at the beginning of this month. It’s one of two vape shops to open in Bedford this month. Ron Hubert and his wife, Sandy, own and operate it.

        “We sat down and decided to start the business,” Hubert said.
        Hubert said he’s seen a lot of vape shops and he and his wife decided to go with an old-timey feel rather than the neon style most have. That’s where Dr. Fogsmith came from.