• Business provides winter clothes for passers by

    By Peter Sawyer

  • Shoprite will soon become Farmer’s Foods

    Lewis Creasey will end half a century in the grocery business next month.

        Creasey, who owns Shoprite, located on Va. 122 near Smith Mountain Lake, will sell the store to Farmer’s Foods, located in Chase City, Virginia. Farmer’s currently has seven stores in Virginia and two in North Carolina. Shoprite will be the company’s 10th store.
        According to Creasey, he is currently working out the final language of the contract and he  expects the sale to be complete the first week of March.

  • Barbershop moves to new location

    A new year has meant a new location for Pat’s Barbershop.

        Formerly located on Franklin Street, Pat Johnson has moved to a larger, and more visible, location on West Main Street. While the location is new, Johnson has been barbering for quite some time.
        “Twenty-four years and three months I’ve been barbering,” she said.    

  • Book Nooky is latest offering at The Electric Company

    Since Patti Siehien and Al DeWeese purchased and renovated the old electric company building on Depot Street, they’ve looked for creative ways to fill the building with businesses.

  • Lago Pizza continues to grow

    By Peter Sawyer
    Intern writer

        Bedford County residents who like deep dish pizza can book a flight to Chicago, go without, or head to Lago Pizza in Moneta.
        Lago Pizza’s owner Esperanza Forero claims to have the only restaurant around that offers a Chicago style pizza.
        “We are the only ones who make Chicago around here, and the only ones who do the buffet,” Forero said.

  • Mill Iron Grill

    For nearly two years Candice Cooper and her husband Steve Schroeder poured their hearts, soul and sweat into renovating a building to open their restaurant.

  • Lodge will stay open

    An 11th hour deal will keep the Peaks of Otter Lodge—operated by Virginia Peaks of Otter Company under a contract with the National Park Service—open.

  • Skate shop opens in Bedford

    It’s cold up in Maine and Colin Franklin was looking for a milder climate. That brought him to Bedford.

        The timing couldn’t have been better.
        Bedford County is building a skateboard facility at Falling Creek Park. That led Franklin to start a new business, after moving to Bedford four months ago.
        Franklin opened Full Deck on East Main Street on Dec. 4, the day of the Christmas parade. The store is located next door to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation office.

  • Ann Wood named this year’s Athena recipient by Chamber

    Ann Wood received this year’s Athena Award at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women of Influence luncheon, Friday.

        According to Athena International’s Web site, the Bedford area is one of 500 communities around the world where this award is presented.
        The Bedford Area Chamber presents the award, but doesn’t choose the winner. A committee is set up for that purpose and chooses the winner from women who are nominated. The criteria for selecting the winner is that she must have:

  • Derrick Alexander’s Barber Shop opens

    A new barbershop, Derrick Alexander’s Barber Shop, just opened in Bedford. The shop first opened its doors on Oct. 20, next door to Jackson Hewitt on West Main Street.