Business

Inland port doing swell, officials say

FRONT ROYAL -- The Virginia Inland Port is driving commerce, employment and setting record numbers of shipments, officials with the Port of Virginia said Thursday afternoon. Port officials met with leaders of Warren County and Front Royal to share the progress of the port, its economic ...

Local chip company recognized by media

Bon Appétit, a food magazine, and MSN.com recognized Route 11 Chips, in Mount Jackson, as a premier potato chip in the month of January. The company’s dill pickle flavored chip was named one of the best “regional chips worth paying shipping for” by Bon Appétit on Jan. 26 and its ...

EDA director receives award

The executive director of the Frederick County Economic Development Authority was selected for an award in economic development, recognizing young talent in the profession. Patrick Barker, 39, was selected as a winner of the “40 Under 40” award out of a pool of 157 candidates across the ...

Service provides green options

Ed Kelly and Steve Van Stee seek to do the opposite of an old business adage. They want to reduce demand before creating the supply. This backwards-sounding mantra is indicative of the customer service-first mentality behind the business they have helped to craft in Shenandoah Energy ...

Customer connection

FRONT ROYAL — Sitting in their chairs behind the gun counter at Main Street Pawn, Mike Waller and his uncle Ralph, self-described “West Virginian hucksters,” tell the story about how they started their pawn shop 21 years ago. “He [Ralph] calls me up and asks, ‘Are tired you of ...

Couple purchases fitness facility, makes new start

STRASBURG — For years, Alice Mullerweiss and Kevin Watson lived in the hustle and bustle of Alexandria. The married couple, both formerly in the U.S. Army — he a retired officer and teacher of tactics, resilience and leadership at Fort Belvoir and she a retired Army private working in ...

A dream fulfilled

FRONT ROYAL — When Satya “Hope” Ben emigrated from Cambodia to the United States, the only family she had was her husband. Twenty years later, she’s standing in her Ben’s Family Cuisine, fulfilling her lifelong dream of coming to America and opening a restaurant. Since December ...

What goes down, must come up

After enjoying months of falling gasoline prices, motorists across the commonwealth saw gas priceS rise 10 to 20 cents a gallon this week, with the average price settling at around $2.04. The rise in the average price, about 4 cents from Wednesday, is still 30 cents less than a month ago and ...

U.S. House OKs small business bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill 260-163 this week that requires federal agencies to assess the impact of regulations on small businesses. House bill 527, known as the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015, was passed Thursday on a vote roughly along ...

Hearing for planned store draws critics

TOMS BROOK — A public hearing on two items directly impacting the fate of the town's proposed Dollar General store brought plenty of critics and few supporters Thursday night. The proposed Dollar General would be built at 3224 S. Main St., next to the old school, and would amass 9,100 ...

First Bank rates as top workplace

First National Corporation announced that “Virginia Business Magazine” has recognized Strasburg-based First Bank as one of the “2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia.” For five years, Virginia Business Magazine has conducted a survey among Virginia employees to rate their company on ...

Shentel closes fourth quarter strong

Edinburg-based Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, commonly known as Shentel, saw an across the board rise in subscription rates in 2014, according to its latest quarterly report. The fourth quarter report saw year-end postpaid cell phone service subscriptions, which are done in ...

Business ledger

Lawrence P. Vance of the Winchester law firm Buchbauer & McGuire, P.C., spoke on the impact of the decision allowing same-sex marriage on family law cases involving divorce, custody, visitation, adoption and child support at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association annual divorce practice ...

SVP to have new executive director

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership executive committee announced its new executive director for the organization Wednesday. Carrie Hileman Chenery was named the new executive director and will be leaving her position as assistant secretary of agriculture and forestry of Virginia for her new ...

Port Authority enjoys record performance

Port of Virginia has completed its sixth consecutive month of profitable operation. The Virginia Port Authority operates the Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County, and leases the Virginia ...

Business ledger

Wendy Thrane has joined Coldwell Banker Premier Properties in Front Royal as a sales associate. Previously affiliated with Weichert, she has 10 years of industry experience and has earned numerous awards as well as the Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource designation. Thrane ranks among ...

Shenandoah chamber elects new board

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce elected new members to its board of directors and honored members for their service to the community at its annual meeting this month. The new members include Mike Ashley, owner and operator of Ashley Laundromats and Car Washes; Linda Kurtz, ...

Cafe offers recovering addicts new skills

BASYE — At the foot of the mountain on Orkney Grade, across from the Bryce Ski Resort, residents and visitors can now treat themselves to a hot cup of coffee in a café environment. Redeeming Beans Café opened Jan. 16, offering locally roasted coffee by Lucas Roasting in Broadway, ...

Business forum to be held Thursday

FRONT ROYAL-- The Town of Front Royal will hold a business forum for local business owners and operators on Thursday. The Front Royal business forum is an opportunity for business owners to meet with town staff to discuss issues facing entrepreneurs in the town and how the town staff can ...

Hiring firm to add new jobs in valley

A technology company plans to expand into Frederick County and add 100-300 jobs for the area. Seattle-based TalentWise Inc. picked Fort Collier Industrial Park, north of Winchester, for its new East Coast operations center, the Frederick County Economic Development Authority announced ...