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Business

  • Duchess of Bedford's new owner tastes business ownership

    For Becky Turner owning your own business was something always in the back of her mind. She is now the new owner of The Duchess of Bedford, the town's popular bakery and breakfast and luncheon stop.

    As a child she never cooked. "Mama would never let us in the kitchen. We made such a mess," she explained. "I did Pampered Chef to stock my kitchen because I did enjoy cooking and it is much more enjoyable with the right tools."

  • Industrial park gets first resident

    The New London Business and Technology Center, located on U. S. 460, is getting its first resident.

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the Innovative Wireless Technologies new facility. The $5.6 million project is expected to create 50 new high tech jobs in the area over the next several years. According to Deputy Secretary of Trade David Smith, the high tech company could have gone to North Carolina or Pennsylvania.

  • Old fashioned barbering

    For more than 40 years, Tom Gentry has been running a barber shop the old fashioned way.

    "It's like the one I've had all my career," he said of his new shop.

    And he's not about to change. Take this sign that hangs in his shop as an example: "A haircut without a shave is like a hot fudge sundae without a cherry on top."

    Gentry, who recently moved to Forest with his wife Elizabeth, opened up Tom's Barber Shop last month in Bedford. The shop is located in the By-Pass Business Center at 800B Blue Ridge Avenue.