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  • Owen seeks to rescue Centertown building

        Don Owen is committed to saving Bedford’s history.

        One rescue was the building where American National Bank has its Bedford Branch on North Bridge Street. The building had been gutted by fire before Owen purchased and restored it.
        Now, he’s working on the empty building on 122 South Bridge Street, most recently the home of a book store.
        “The city was going to condemn it,” said Owen.

  • 2nd Friday shuttle offered

        This Friday, Friday the 13th, Bedford’s 2nd Fridays will have a new feature. According to Sue Montgomery, Bedford Main Street’s director, a shuttle will make a circuit of 2nd Friday attractions, providing transportation for people who desire it.
        “They will see all the special events we have going on,” Montgomery said.

  • BBB warns against price gouging

        Some people have noted how many folks pitched in to help others during the recent widespread power outage.
        “Everybody’s there helping,” commented Kris Angstadt, who moved to Bedford from Pennsylvania.
        “And like, for free,” she added. You don’t have to hire people to do it.”    
        Angstadt said that she is accustomed to people profiting from an emergency.

  • Counseling practice gets new office

    Janie Mantooth, a licensed clinical social worker, has run her counseling practice at the foot of Turkey Mountain Road for several years. Now she’s moved to town.

        Mantooth acquired the 1936 vintage house one East Main Street, in Bedford. The house most recently was home to Hamilton’s, a shop operated by the late Peter Viemeister, which included vintage books and antique toys among its merchandise, providing a good retirement business for a former rocket scientist and aerospace executive.

  • Bedford Country Store to offer organic foods

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A fixture of Bedford Main Street is planning to add a green section to its variety of offered services.
        The Bedford Country Store LLC, located at 115 North Bridge St., will soon open an organic whole foods market as part of an initiative to offer affordable, all natural sustenance to the Bedford community.

  • Gallery 2000 director hopes to support, encourage local artists

    By Tyler Flynn

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com
        
        A new fines arts center is set to bring added culture and creativity to the Bedford area. 
        Gallery 2000, located at 318 W. Washington St., is an innovative arts hub that opened this month, allowing local artisans to display their craftsmanship. Run by director Diane Gallant, the gallery, a non-profit venture, is intended to be “an incubator for the Bedford art community.”

  • Trident Seafoods to lease Brooks Food facility

        Some local workers got good news this week.
        Trident Seafoods Corporation, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., has entered into a transaction with Capital Recovery Group to lease the former Golden West Foods, Inc., Bedford, facility and equipment for a period of about one year.
        “We’re pleased that it’s going to restart production,” Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski said. “At least some of the employees (from Brooks Food Group) will retain their employment.”

  • Local artisans hope Trail will lead to Bedford

        Bedford continues to look for ways to promote its artisan community.

        Close to 50 people turned out for a presentation on establishing an Artisan Trail in the Bedford area.
        “Bedford is ready for this,” said Brigitte Peterson, who introduced the program. Peterson works for Bedford County.
        “I am the procurement department,” she said when asked what her job is. “Right now I am trying to procure an Artisan Trail.”

  • Brooks Food Group announces setbacks; Mail America plans expansion

        While one area business was announcing this week that its local plant could close as the business restructures, another was announcing plans for expansion.
        Brooks Food Group, based out of Bedford, has closed its North Carolina plant and could do the same in Bedford. Meanwhile Mail America, based out of Forest, has announced plans to add 75 jobs over the next three years.

    Brooks Food Group

  • Artisan Cafe under new management

        The timing was perfect for Ron and Jennifer Siver.

        The couple were relocating to the area and were looking for a business opportunity. Karen Gorneau, meanwhile, was looking for a buyer for the Artisan Cafe. Gorneau has rheumatoid arthritis and needed to spend less time on her feet than running the business would allow.
        “We came here, walked in the door and we were sold,” Ron commented, noting that their first impression of the place was how bright and cheerful it was.