A-Way 2 Play property sold

July 28, 2015

After lying inoperable for close to six years, 59 acres of what used to be A-Way 2 Play Family Sports Center near Woodstock were sold by residents Chris and Pamela Wells.

County, EDA looking into workforce answers

July 27, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce are starting a project focused on enhancing the area’s workforce opportunities.

Building energy

Engineer Ottmar Dengel sits beside a wall sample for this home being built by ALP Development LLC off John Marshall Highway just east of Linden in Fauquier County. The German-engineered home will feature air-tight insulation that yields a typical heating or cooling bill of $20 to $30 a month.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 24, 2015

German engineering in home energy efficiency is coming to the U.S. in the form of a house off of John Marshall Highway near Linden.

Business Ledger

July 24, 2015

Bank of Clarke County
Kristina Reed has joined the investment/financial consultant team of Eagle Investment Group at the Bank of

Tractor Supply in talks for store

July 22, 2015

The Tractor Supply Company is in talks with Richmond-based real estate firm Thalhimer to lease building space in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center of Front Royal.

Chefs see food sources up close

Washington, D.C., metro area chefs and restaurant owners tour Pleasantdale Farm in Woodstock as part of several Shen Valley Beef Cooperative locations Monday during a  farm to table food networking tour. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 21, 2015

Chefs and restaurant owners from the D.C. area had a better glimpse at where the steaks they prepare and serve come from with a tour of Shenandoah Valley cattle farms and facilities on Monday.

Building atop success

Dennis A. Dysart stands outside First Bank's headquarters at the corner of King and Holliday Streets in Strasburg. Dysart was recently named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Bank.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 19, 2015

Valley native Dennis Dysart looking to help guide Strasburg-based First Bank into the future as its newly promoted president.

Business Ledger

July 17, 2015

Broker/owner Ronnie Ward and Realtor Bonnie Henry of RE/MAX Team Realty have been recognized by RE/MAX International for their 20 years of service with the RE/MAX Network. They each received a plaque honoring two decades of accomplishments, commitment and contributions.

Scrumptious Delights

New York native Chris Sclafani takes a board full of freshly baked  bagels out of the oven inside his new bakery,  Sclafani's New York Bagels and Bread, in Kernstown Commons.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 17, 2015

KERNSTOWN COMMONS — Chris Sclafani is bringing the taste of Little Italy to the Winchester area in his recently opened Sclafani’s New York Bagels and Bread bakery.

Making ‘Memories on a Spoon’

William Huck, owner of C & C Frozen Treats, delivers a banana split made of three kinds of ice cream and topped with fresh strawberries and pineapple. He finishes it off with hot fudge, caramel, butterscotch, sliced almonds, a cherry, and whipped cream.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 10, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — William Huck is a newcomer to Front Royal, but has already made himself a part of the community. Owner of the recently opened C & C Frozen Treats at 409 E. Main St., he is thrilled by the local response his homemade ice cream has received.

Merger’s impact on local stores uncertain

Richard Radi, of Middletown, walks outside the Strasburg Food Lion with grocery bags Wednesday afternoon. The parent companies of Food Lion and Martin's are merging to create a $29 billion grocer, putting it into a position to compete with Wal-Mart and other stores.   The merger is expected to be finalized next year. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 24, 2015

With the announcement of the merger of Royal Ahold NV and the Delhaize Group, the respective parent companies of Martin’s Food Markets and Food Lion, residents in areas where both chains are available are left to wonder what that will mean for their grocery shopping experience.

Fields of Gold aims to grow agritourism

June 19, 2015

Fields of Gold, the marketing group behind the Shenandoah Valley Farm Trail, is aiming to make the region a top destination in agritourism.

Classic country cooking comes to Strasburg

Sharon and Jackie Ferguson are the owners of the Queen Street Diner, which opened in Strasburg on May 13. Located at 728 E. Queen St., the restaurant is open seven days a week and boasts a menu of classic diner fare as well as breakfast all day. Hilary Legge/Daily

June 19, 2015

STRASBURG – When mother and daughter pair Sharon and Jackie Ferguson decided they were going to open a diner on East Queen Street in Strasburg, people told them it was too out of the way of the main strip. However, thanks to the power of social media, that hasn’t seemed to be an issue for them.

Annual business awards announced

June 19, 2015

The 2015 Business Excellence: Business Appreciation Awards presented by the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority have been announced.

Business Ledger

June 19, 2015

Kimberly L. McCray has been named the new executive director of the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg.
She was previously

Wayside Inn back on the market

George and Becky Reeves relax inside a dining room at the Wayside Inn in Middletown on Thursday. The couple purchased the inn in October 2013 and have listed the property for sale. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 18, 2015

At the ripe old age of 218, Wayside Inn is in need of prospective owners once more after almost two years of rejuvenation and care.

Community restores country store

Store operator Ann Heap slices a piece of her homemade strawberry pie that will be sold in the store. Heap says she uses a family recipe handed down generations ago. The store offers freshly made sandwiches and also has a dinner special in the evening.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 17, 2015

FORT VALLEY – After more than a year, residents of Fort Valley can once again patronize the Fort Valley Country Store.