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Business

  • Chocolate and coffee get together

        What goes better with coffee than chocolate? That’s the thought that ran through Malori Bennett’s mind when she asked Carl and Mary Matice, owners of Cao Artisan Chocolate to join her in her new business. The new business is Parallel Cafe, a coffee shop that opened its doors on North Bridge Street on Dec. 1.

  • Elks Home now open to public

        After more than 100 years of serving only Elk members, the Elks National Home in Bedford is now offering its services to the public.
        And the phones are ringing off the hook.

  • Bedford House temporarily suspends operations

    Bedford Hospice House, Inc. opened Bedford House off Falling Creek Road in the fall of 2011.

         After 15 months of providing care and comfort to many residents and their families, the organization will temporarily suspend operations at the end of December and explore several new operating models with its goal to provide opportunities for long-term success,  according   to   volunteer  Board  President Jeffrey Fulgham.

  • More space for Floors and More

    Floors and More moved from its original West Main Street location to the 6C’s Shopping Center this past summer. The move has provided more space and better customer parking for the business of Bob and Jann Sloper.

        The showroom is more than double the size of what it had. One side of the showroom, a space the same size as the Main Street store, is dedicated to samples of the flooring the business has to offer, and it also now has expanded flooring lines.

  • Dealing with coyotes in the county

        A coyote lottery is now in progress.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge closes

    By Ralph Berrier Jr.

    Landmark News Service

         Carole Edwards and Jackie Werb drove to the Peaks of Otter on a gorgeous fall morning last week to take one last trip around Abbott Lake and have a final meal at the restaurant.
        The Peaks of Otter Lodge at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway shut down this week. Last Thursday's Thanksgiving meal was the last large-scale event at the lodge, whose final guests checked out Monday morning.

  • Signs of the times

        Customers of Lyons Jewelers who showed up at the Bedford store the day after Election Day got a surprise.

  • Lago Pizza is still open at Moneta plaza

        Shoprite is no more, but the plaza is not entirely vacant. The gas station and car wash are still operating and Lago Pizza is still open    The pizza place and Italian restaurant is operated by Júlio Ortiz and Esperanza Forero.

        “We started just with a take-out,” said Forero.

  • Restaurant move provides real-world project

        When Original Italian Pizza (OIP) moved from its longtime home at the west end of Bedford to its new home in the old Wal-Mart Plaza, Domenica LoPiccolo wanted to commission Leslie Padgett to do a mural.

  • Harman Eye Center adds optometrist to its staff

        Harman Eye Center’s newest addition is Dr. Tracy Scheibe.

        A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Dr. Scheibe has lived in Beford County for six years, five of them in the Five Forks area. She earned her doctor of optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1999.
        She’s a baseball fan.
        “I like the Cubs, the Chicago Cubs,” she said.
        That choice was not influenced by the fact that Illinois College of Optometry is located in Chicago.