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Business

  • 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.

  • Bedford Weaving drops lawsuit against Water Authority

    The lawsuit filed against the Bedford Regional Water Authority is now in the process of being dropped.  On Friday, February 21 Bedford Weaving filed a motion for a non-suit at the Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • LiteSheet Solutions LLC to locate to Bedford County

    Bedford County’s Office of Economic Development announced today that LiteSheet Solutions LLC, a privately held light-emitting diode (LED) company, will be moving its manufacturing operations immediately to Bedford County and invest up to $2 million over the next three years.

     

  • Dirt Road Treasures

        West Main Street isn’t the Yellow Brick Road, but there is a tin man on a ladder painting a post in front of Dirt Road Treasures.

  • Bedford County Farm Bureau celebrates 60 years

        Bedford County Farm Bureau celebrated its 60th anniversary at the annual dinner this month. The Farm Bureau presented its 2013 Distinguished Service Award to Roger Grant, one of the local organization’s original members. Grant was born on his family’s farm, graduated from Montvale High School in 1950 and started his own dairy farm in 1952.

  • 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.

  • 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.