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.

Grand opening of DICK’S Sporting Goods this weekend

June 17, 2015

DICK’S Sporting Goods is holding a grand opening celebration this weekend for its new location at 1675 S. Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester. Beginning Friday, there will be three days of giveaways, product demonstrations, activities for attendees and a appearance by a former Washington Redskins player.

Refreshment on tap

Bartender James Montgomery pours a beer during the grand opening of the Escutcheon Brewing Company, at 142 W. Commercial St. in Winchester. Hilary Legge/Daily

June 12, 2015

WINCHESTER – The craft beer market in Winchester continues to expand with the opening of Escutcheon Brewing Company at 142

Business Ledger

May 29, 2015

First National Corp., the parent company of First Bank has announced that Norman C. (Butch) Smiley III has joined the

Diverse agribusinesses gear up for the season

Kitty Hockman-Nicholas walks with her pair of dogs and lamb past a log cabin at The Herds Inn   on Hedgebrook Farm. The 1950-square-foot cabin can be rented out overnight for an experience of life on the farm.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 28, 2015

In the Winchester-Frederick County region, visitors can enjoy a diverse and plentiful array of agritourism-based operations from farmers markets to all-you-need mercantile shops.

Ink and Clouds

LiBeau Omens Vape Co. and Artisan Trail Tattoo shop co-owner Beau Morgan reviews his e-liquid selection.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 22, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Although the combined storefront for LiBeau Omens Vape Co. and Artisan Trail Tattoo opened on Woodstock’s Main Street in March, plans to expand with new vape store locations are already in motion.

Trex appoints new president and CEO

May 15, 2015

Trex Industry Inc. has announced that senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer James Cline will take over as president

Business Ledger

May 15, 2015

Gloria Huffman has been named Employee of the Year for 2014 by First Bank.

Gamma Broadcasting to sell radio station

May 8, 2015

Gamma Broadcasting LLC confirmed on Thursday the upcoming sale of radio station Classic Country WSIG (Real Country 96.9 WSIG) in Mount Jackson to Saga Communications.