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Business

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge reopens

        Although the Peaks of Otter Lodge is operated by a private company — none of its staff or management are federal employees — it was closed by the Federal Government shutdown on Oct. 1. Va. 43, which uses a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, remained open, however, as did the Parkway itself.
        Now, the Lodge is open again.

  • 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.

  • HEBRUZ opens in Bedford

        The century-old bank building — the place with four white columns across Main Street from the County Administration building — is now the home of Bedford's newest coffee shop.

        Lorenza and Leah Coles opened Hebruz in the building last week, on Oct. 14. They plan a grand opening in November.

  • Master taxidermist opens shop in Moneta

        A desire to be near his aging parents induced Marty VandeLinde to move his taxidermy business from Charlottesville to Moneta.

  • Shop, café open in Bedford

        Looking for a walk down memory lane? Retro on Depot might be just the place for you.

  • National D-Day Memorial to Remain a Private Foundation

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is moving forward after news that the National Park Service will not be taking over the monument.  After four years of study, research, and conversations with numerous Park Service officials, the determination has been made that the Memorial does not meet NPS criteria.

  • Shearing day comes to local alpaca farm

        Otter Peaks Alpacas invited three other alpaca farms to join in as the farm brought in a professional shearing team to shear their alpacas.

        John and Cindy Ferrante, who own Otter Peaks, have 22 alpacas.
        Alpacas are domesticated camelids that were bred in the Andes Mountains for very thick, wooly coats. Alpaca wool is warmer than sheep’s wool and is not prickly. It is also hypoallergenic because it does not contain lanolin. Alpaca wool is flame resistant.