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Business

  • 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.

  • Roadside Market becomes new community post office

        There was a time in the past when post offices in rural communities were often in general stores. Now, in an effort to expand its services, the Postal Service is going back to that concept with community post offices. Roadside Market (the BP station in Montvale) recently became the third such post office in Southwestern Virginia.

  • Bedford Antique Mall has a new home

        If you’ve driven past the former Golden Corral building on U. S. 460, on the west end of Bedford, you’ve probably noticed cars parked out front. Nobody’s coming there for lunch anymore, but rather to buy antiques. Bedford Antique Mall moved into the building on March 1.

        Valerie Almond, who, along with her husband John, owns the business, said the move was preceded by a major cleanup as the building had been vacant for eight years. However, it offered them plenty of space in a high visibility location.

  • Bedford Chamber honors local business

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce honored local businesses at its annual awards dinner,  held at Trivium, Thursday evening.

        GruvenCat Bakery won the Home-Based Business Award.

  • Elks open their home to the community

        After more than a century of serving only members of the Elks, the  Elks National Home has opened its doors to the general public.

        The Elks National Home first came to Bedford in 1903. The current facility opened in 1916, with additions built in later years. Up until last year it was a retirement facility for Elks only.    “We are now open to people other than Elks,” said Pamala Mutter, the Elks Home administrator. “We want to share with the public now.”

  • Furniture store buys Taylor Brothers building; plans to open this summer

        A Franklin County furniture business plans to expand into the Bedford market, following its purchase last week of the former Taylor Brothers building off Independence Boulevard.
        Virginia Furniture Market announced its expansion into this market this week, moving into the building at 1052 Independence Blvd, adjacent to the major retail center anchored by Wal-Mart and a variety of other businesses.

  • Bedford business recycles cooking oil from restaurants

        When brothers Tony and Daryl Hubbard saw the home renovation market begin to slow down, they decided to go in a different direction.

  • A passion for local history

        A love of local history led Karla Powell to open American Vintage, a new antique shop, in Bedford. The new shop, located on East Main Street in the space formerly occupied by the Bedford Barbershop, first opened its doors in December.

        “We specialize in advertising signs,” she said.
        The store is filled with advertising signs, some nearly 100 years old. It also contains a wide variety of other promotional material, including working outdoor thermometers.

  • Project off US 460 progressing for development, Reserve Center and road

        If you drive into the west side of Bedford on U.S. 460, you’ve noticed a lot of earth moving going on just off the south side of the highway.

        That’s Harmony, the new planned commercial and residential development being built by George Aznavorian. You’ve also noticed a large, two-story building that’s rising out of the sea of red earth. That’s the new Army Reserve Center.

  • New family practice opens in Bedford

        The doctor who opened Bedford’s newest family practice medical office isn’t new to Bedford.

         Dr. Kurt Hubach was first introduced to Bedford in 1991 when he did his hospital residency. He spent time working nights at Bedford Memorial’s emergency room.
        “That’s how I met Bedford,” he said.