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  • Early Learning Center opens in Moneta

    Neal and Jennifer Hoback, who own Mayberry Early Learning Center, like children. They have three of their own, ages 3, 10 and 13.

    They also noticed that there was an unfilled daycare market in the Moneta area. Most daycare facilities are open only a few hours a day. Mayberry Early Learning Center, which opened for business on Aug. 25, can take children at 6:30 a.m and keep them until 6 p.m. They can take in babies as young as 6-weeks-old or children as old as 12. They currently have 18 young children enrolled.

  • New business offers pedicures, manicures and facials

    Although you would never guess it to look at her, Michelle Carter used to be a long-haul truck driver. She spent eight years driving 18-wheelers.

    "It's a rough job, but it's an interesting job," she commented.

    Now, she owns her own business, which provides pedicures, manicures and facials, among other things. It opened last month on Crenshaw Avenue, in the same building that houses Blue Ridge Fitness, across the street from the Duchess of Bedford.

    "I always kept my nails done while I was in the truck," Carter said, explaining why she started this sort of business.

  • Little Caesars moves to new location

    Bedford's Little Caesars is now cooking up pizzas at its new location directly across U. S. 460 from Bedford's Wal-Mart.

    The pizza restaurant had been in the old Winn/Dixie shopping center at the west end of Bedford for 16 years. The new location, according to Patrick O'Connell, is part of a new strategy to get the restaurants out of strip malls and into bright, visible, stand-alone facilities.

    Actually, O'Connell owns more than the Bedford Little Caesars. He owns a multi-restaurant franchise. He opened his 20th restaurant in Roanoke in April.

  • American National Bank opens in Centertown

    Instead of serving up Chinese food, a late-19th century building on North Bridge Street now offers banking services.

    American National Bank opened in Bedford in the building that formerly housed Hunan Restaurant. The restaurant did not reopen after a fire heavily damaged the interior.

  • Bicycle peddler

    Tim Deaton and his friend, Matt Shaw, both bicycle enthusiasts, got tired of having to go to Lynchburg to buy bicycle parts. Deaton talked to other bike enthusiasts in the area that had the same problem.

    This looked like a business opportunity to Deaton and he decided to open a bicycle shop here. As a result, Liberty Bikes and Boards will open for business on May 29.

  • Okuley Group moves to Centertown

    A new independent full service investment firm has opened in Bedford.

    Although the Okuley Group, located at the corner of East Main Street and North Bridge Street in Bedford, held a grand opening a few weeks ago, the firm actually opened for business in January. It's not brand new, either. It's been around for 10 years.

    "We like it here," commented Mike Okuley, the firm's owner. "Our kids go to school here, they play sports here."

  • Bringing bagels to Bedford

    Their name is Pizza, but their business is bagels.

    Michael and Beverly Pizza opened Blue Ridge Bagels in the old Fisher's Restaurant building in Bedford, across 4th Street from Smyth, formerly Piedmont Label. The couple came here from a rural area in Central Florida where Michael had a construction company.

    "I worked construction all my life," said Michael, now 37, "so this is a new venture for me."

    Most of that construction experience involved running his own company, so business is not new to him.

    "When I was 19, I started my company," he said.

  • Fitness with a personal touch

    A new business has opened at in the Smith Mountain Lake area that offers a personal touch to fitness.

    "It's our passion," commented Dwight Ward who, with Rob Jordan, opened Smith Mountain Lake Wellness and Fitness this month.

    The business, located on U. S. 122, a short distance from Hales Ford Bridge on the Bedford County side of the lake, offers personal fitness training. The goal is to help people develop healthy lifestyles.

  • Run over by The Bus

    Sebastiano Stia has been run over by "The Bus."

    Stia currently lives on Scruggs Road on the Franklin County side of Smith Mountain Lake. A few years ago, he was working on a freelance photo assignment which took him to a Pittsburgh Steelers-Philadelphia Eagles game. This work gets a man on the sidelines of pro football games. A sports photographer needs to be alert and quick as more than getting good shots is at stake. At one point during this game, Stia was just not quick enough.

    "Jerome Bettis is running with the ball," Stia recalled.