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Business

  • Carriage Hill celebrates two decades of service

    Carriage Hill marked 20 years in business this year.

    It came into being when Al Persinger, Tommy Reynolds and Don Rowe decided, back in the '80s, that there was a need for a modern assisted living facility in the Bedford area.

    " Most of the people were going to Lynchburg and Roanoke at that time," recalled Persinger.

    "We knew people around town that needed places to put family members," Reynolds added.

    Along with seeing a need, the three men knew each other well. They had worked together on other business ventures prior to this effort.

  • D. Reynolds celebrates 60 years

    D. Reynolds celebrated 60 years in business last week.

    The men's clothing store has been at the same location on South Bridge Street in Bedford since William Dawson Reynolds opened it on Nov. 14, 1947. It's a bit larger than it originally was.

    "It was two separate stores when I came here," said Ruth Crouch, the store's manager. Crouch has been there since 1963 and has managed the store for the past 33 years.

    Back in 1947, W. Dawson Reynolds' brother, Alex, opened a shoe store next door. A door connected the two businesses.

  • Duchess of Bedford's new owner tastes business ownership

    For Becky Turner owning your own business was something always in the back of her mind. She is now the new owner of The Duchess of Bedford, the town's popular bakery and breakfast and luncheon stop.

    As a child she never cooked. "Mama would never let us in the kitchen. We made such a mess," she explained. "I did Pampered Chef to stock my kitchen because I did enjoy cooking and it is much more enjoyable with the right tools."

  • Industrial park gets first resident

    The New London Business and Technology Center, located on U. S. 460, is getting its first resident.

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the Innovative Wireless Technologies new facility. The $5.6 million project is expected to create 50 new high tech jobs in the area over the next several years. According to Deputy Secretary of Trade David Smith, the high tech company could have gone to North Carolina or Pennsylvania.

  • Old fashioned barbering

    For more than 40 years, Tom Gentry has been running a barber shop the old fashioned way.

    "It's like the one I've had all my career," he said of his new shop.

    And he's not about to change. Take this sign that hangs in his shop as an example: "A haircut without a shave is like a hot fudge sundae without a cherry on top."

    Gentry, who recently moved to Forest with his wife Elizabeth, opened up Tom's Barber Shop last month in Bedford. The shop is located in the By-Pass Business Center at 800B Blue Ridge Avenue.