Business

Unique video simulator helps train heavy equipment operators

Zachary Bowen was sitting in front of three huge Vortex simulator screens excavating a narrow trench when he accidentally dislodged the bucket from the excavating machine's arm. As three fellow students taking Virginia’s first ever two-month-long heavy machinery college class watched, ...

Area business owner came to America with just $150 in his pocket

WINCHESTER – Even though starting a business is a symbolic of the American Dream, it’s no less significant to Sumit Sanjel that a decade after he came to America with just $150 in his pocket, he’s now running and operating his own company. Sanjel, 28, owns My Vacuums, a vacuum retailer ...

Edinburg Mill Restaurant celebrates grand opening

EDINBURG – With long hair, strong beards and an aversion to the traditional chef’s jacket, Jason Burns, 36, and Dennis Stickley, 28, don’t match the typical chef archetype. But, the two long-time friends are now co-owners of the Edinburg Mill Restaurant that celebrated its grand opening ...

Carmeuse clarifies confusion over expansion news

Confusion arose Friday when Carmeuse Lime & Stone officials stated the company no longer intended to carry out an $8.7 million expansion of the company’s operations in Strasburg. County officials blamed a misunderstanding between state officials and themselves for an erroneous ...

Citizen of Year named at Chamber awards party

WOODSTOCK – “Usually I’m not lost for words,” a Tuxedo-clad Mike Ashley said while clutching his golden award for Citizen of the Year at the Woodstock Community Theatre on Tuesday evening. Ashley, owner and director of Commonwealth Investigation Services, was awarded for his ongoing ...

Shenandoah County leads area in tourism revenue

In one of his final news releases, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism industry had grown by $2.2 billion since he took office in 2014. Shenandoah County, on its own, has reported growth. Jenna French, director of tourism and economic development, said the county ...

New Shentel trucks to cut fuel consumption by at least 25 percent

Shentel will soon be adding three hybrid bucket trucks to its fleet. The trucks still run on diesel engines, but the buckets' electric lift system could cut fuel costs anywhere from 25 to 33 percent, according to Shentel director of facilities management Bill Sibert. The new trucks are a ...

Carmeuse denies $8.7 million expansion in Shenandoah County

Carmeuse Lime & Stone denied Friday that it had plans to expand its operations in Shenandoah County. Basing its information on a news release from Shenandoah County Administrator Mary Beth Price issued Dec. 22, the Northern Virginia Daily reported Friday that Carmeuse was planning an ...

Public Meetings

The following public meetings are scheduled: Shenandoah County The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the government center, 600 N. Main St., Woodstock. Edinburg Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the town hall, 101 Town Hall Ave. New Market Town ...

County chamber set to announce annual awards

WOODSTOCK – And the award for the best business in Shenandoah County goes to… The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will roll out the red carpet Tuesday for its Oscar-themed annual awards party, announcing awards for the large and small businesses, nonprofit and citizen of the ...

Cold snap a boon for area propane dealer

After weathering a "bomb cyclone" and what appears to have been the coldest December in the area since 2010, demand for heating oil has soared. For Holtzman Propane, this has meant high sales and long hours. “We haven't had any winter to speak of in three years,” said Todd Holtzman, ...

Year in review: Prize money flowed to area businesses in 2017

Shenandoah Valley businesses had their fair share of victories and failures in 2017. Several shops won thousands of dollars in marketing grants, downtown revitalization was a common concern for small towns, and area business leaders even thrust their voices into local politics. Six Shenandoah ...

Spirits Trail hosts beer, wine and spirits garden in D.C.

STRASBURG – The Shenandoah Spirits Trail sponsored the DC MetroCooking Show’s beer, wine and spirits garden in early December, and the Shenandoah County Tourism Council said Tuesday it was a success. “There was a line to get into the pavilion to taste all of the beer, wine and spirits ...

Shenandoah County hires consulting firm to attract businesses

WOODSTOCK – After months of deliberation, the Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority  hired consulting engineering firm Draper Aden Associates on Monday to help attract businesses to the county. The consulting firm will perform land surveys, wetlands planning, due diligence ...

Net neutrality debate stirs little interest in area

(Information on our data-gathering methodology is included at the end of this article.) The Federal Communications Commission voted to end net neutrality Thursday. In the days leading up to the vote, politicians and advocates on either side of the debate loudly voiced their stances on the ...

Three French Hens celebrates 14 years of business

WOODSTOCK – The gift shop at 143 Main St. more closely resembles the residential home it was adapted from rather than a traditional business. The front door opens to a staircase leading up to private quarters, with a bedroom-turned-merchandise display room on the left and the rest of the ...

Locals use crafting skills to create holiday gifts

Shopping malls and big box stores aren’t the only place in the valley to buy great holiday gifts. A lot of people looking for unique or homemade gifts head to local bazaars and craft shows where they find artists and crafters offering up custom-made wreaths, ornaments and even holiday ...

Winchester café moves to final round for $50,000 grand prize

The sponsoring organization of the Independent Small Business of the Year Award, aka “The Indie,” announced Monday that the Hideaway Café in Winchester and nine other small businesses from across the country have advanced to the competition’s final 10. The winner will be announced ...