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Business

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge a shutdown casualty

        It wasn’t open for long.
        After reopening with a new company late this summer, the Peaks of Otter Lodge was just starting to head in the right direction and get its feet back on track.
        Now the shutdown.
        The Lodge is operated by a private company, Delaware North, and none of its employees are federal employees. Nevertheless, it was forced to close when the federal government began a partial shutdown on Oct. 1. Of the Lodge’s 88 employees, only two are working right now.

  • Alpaca by Jaca finds a new home

        A growing business led the owners of Alpaca by Jaca to look for a new home earlier this year. They found it at The Forum at Westlake.

        The shop first opened on the Bedford County side of the Smith Mountain Lake in March, 2012. Jack and Sally Hutslar, retired educators, moved to Bedford County in 2004 because Jack thought this would be a good area to set up a business selling log homes, which he proceeded to do. Sally planned to sell real estate.

  • New location offers benefits

        Bob and Jann Sloper are excited about Floors and More’s new location.

        The business moved to Burks Hill Road on Aug. 1 and now occupies the upper level of the large building across the street from The Duchess of Bedford. The Blue Ridge Fitness Center is in the building’s lower level.
        “I think more exposure,” was Jan Sloper’s comment when asked about the advantages the new location provides.

  • Glenwood marks 60 years

        Glennwood Oil and Automotive marks 60 years in business this year and its owner, Curry Martin, has been around for all of it.

        He was a small child when his father, Wilbur Martin, started an Esso station on Va. 24 in 1953 and Martin has a photo of himself, in a little Esso uniform, standing beside his father on the gasoline pump island.

  • It's fresh and Va. grown

        Pete Hancock greeted a group of children from the Little Light Early Learning Center with a big “hello”—and a slice of cantaloupe.

        Several came back for seconds. One of the young girls wanted thirds.
        It was a Friday morning at the Bedford Farmers’ Market and the vendors there were staying busy.
        Hancock and his partner, Bob Stohr, were doing their fair share of business as well.

  • Ivy Bridge Frozen Yogurt

        People who love frozen yogurt don’t have to leave Bedford to get it. Ivy Bridge Frozen Yogurt is now open on the corner of Main and North Bridge streets.

        Ivy Bridge Cafe and Ivy Bridge Yogurt are one business. Joe Marino runs the cafe and his wife, Sherrie, runs the frozen yogurt shop. An interior door connects the two and customers can walk from one to the other. They can bring food from the cafe into the yogurt shop and frozen yogurt into the cafe.

  • Manufacturer sets up in old Winn-Dixie building

        Two men, Dave Hanowitz and Chris Markham, have years of experience at various levels in sheet metal fabrication.

        Markham has been in the sheet metal industry for 20 years after spending six years working in the electrical trades. Hanowitz has been involved in machine shop and sheet metal fabrication for 27 years, including seven years in sales.
        “Both of us have been working for other people for a long time,” said Markham.
        Finally a thought came to both men.

  • Dissecting ObamaCare

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce gave local businesses a chance to hear from someone who has actually read President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge reopens

        The Peaks of Otter Lodge is open again after being closed for six months. The restaurant began serving meals on July 15.

        “The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Marcus Story, the Lodge’s interim manager. “They are just happy to see the Lodge open.”

  • Local building owners receive assistance

        Three of Bedford’s downtown building owners will be receiving special professional design services from Frazier Associates of Staunton, as part of the Design Assistance program offered by Virginia Main Street. 

        The three local property owners, who were attendees at the April 22 Property Owners’ meeting, made application through Bedford Main Street, Inc. and were recipients of the free design assistance.