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Business News & Events Sept. 8

Realtors The Blue Ridge Association of Realtors will begin classes Thursday for new real estate licensees at 181 Garber Lane, Winchester. Information: 540-667-2606.   Workforce Center The Workforce Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Monday at 419 N. Cameron St., ...

Economic Development Authority elects new chairman

FRONT ROYAL —The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority elected Gray Blantion as its new chairman at a special meeting Friday morning. The board unanimously elected Blanton before going into a closed session. Greg Drescher stepped down as chairman of the EDA last month. He ...

Tourism brings billions of dollars to Virginia, millions to Shenandoah County

Tourism dollars flooded into Virginia last year to the tune of $25 billion, according to data released by the United States Travel Association. Every region in the state thrived, posting increases in tourism revenues across the board. Shenandoah County enjoyed a 5 percent increase from 2016, ...

Shenandoah County job board goes live online

Shenandoah County job-seekers have a new resource at their fingertips – an online job board sponsored by the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce. The board, located at www.shenandoahcountychamber.com/Jobs, has been available for Chamber of Commerce members to post to for a couple of weeks ...

Sugar Creek scoops up sweets: Fair favorite to open store in Strasburg

Fairgoers have dozens of foods to choose from – every delicacy imaginable, from chili-cheese dogs to deep-fried Oreos. This week, as the sun blazes down, Melissa Hooser stands alone as a Strasburg business owner offering sweet relief from the heat. Hooser's Sugar Creek Snowy and Sweet Co. is ...

Strasburg is primed for Primo Gaming

Strasburg Chamber of Commerce celebrated its newest member with a unique grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony recently in the BB&T parking lot. Primo Gaming — the brainchild of Dusty Hillyard — is his second trailer business. “This all started [when] my 5-year-old drew a ...

RevUp ShenCo kickoff draws county-wide interest

WOODSTOCK – About 25 men and women who own or manage businesses in Shenandoah County came to hear Dr. Vincent Magnini, a professor at Virginia Tech and veteran of the hospitality business, deliver tips and tricks for interacting with customers. “We were very pleased with how the event went ...

Businesses set to kick off RevUp ShenCo competition

Business owners of the present and future will come together Wednesday evening for a night of interactive training, kicking off this year’s RevUp ShenCo competition. In 2016, the Town of Strasburg partnered with the Department of Housing and Community Development and People Inc. to apply for ...

Breweries open in Shenandoah Valley amid statewide boom

FRONT ROYAL — By the time Jerry Welcome became an owner and managing partner for the Front Royal Brewing Co., his plans toward owning a brewery had been years in the making. By 2012, his son had left the restaurant business in Morgantown and moved back home, telling Jerry that he wanted to ...

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RevUp ShenCo The Department of Housing and Community Development is partnering with RevUp ShenCo to bring local business owners training on maximizing long-term profitability with efficient and friendly interactions at every single touch point. "Delivering Memorable Experiences Downtown" ...

The tale behind Soul Mountain’s critically acclaimed Doc’s BBQ sauce

FRONT ROYAL - When Gary Kearney, executive chef and owner of Soul Mountain on Main Street, was a little boy he once told his grandfather, James 'Doc" Kearney, he had a dream of putting his name in lights. Not only was Kearney's grandfather an intricate part of his childhood but he was the ...

Shenandoah Bowling Lanes reopens, offering a door to the past

MOUNT JACKSON - Duckpin bowling - a version of bowling with smaller balls and pins - has returned to town as Shenandoah Bowling Lanes is reopening. The alley, located at 5904 Main St. will hold its soft opening today from noon to 10 p.m. Mount Jackson native Tina Bowman, the alley's new ...

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Global Connections Employment Global Connections to Employment, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, has expanded operations by acquiring Able Forces Inc., creating job opportunities for people with disabilities. Started by two veterans to provide employment opportunities to military veterans ...

Art makes you happy: Suzanne’s Studio opens in Woodstock

Woodstock residents are supporting art in their community. That is the word fr0m Suzanne Soliday who, along with her husband Ted, a natural with pottery who is good with the kiln, opened up Suzanne's Studio on March 9 on West Court Street in Woodstock. “This is a very artistic ...

Business Ledger

Workforce Center The Workforce Center in Winchester is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Monday to provide flexibility to job seekers. The resource room has computers for job searches and staff will be available to discuss local labor market information and current employment ...

Sales tax holiday set for upcoming weekend

Apple Blossom Mall is set to celebrate Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday this weekend. On Saturday, the mall will have a back-to-school indoor carnival between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and a craft and vendor show between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tara Highland-McInturff, director of mall marketing for ...

New ice cream shop seeks to be positive force in the community

WOODSTOCK - Elizabeth Keegan moved to Woodstock about four years ago because she absolutely loved the town. Just one thing, however, was missing: ice cream.  Keegan and her kids were unsuccessful in their search for an ice cream shop selling hand-dipped as opposed to soft-serve. So she ...

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Graze 300 The Graze 300 Team of Virginia Cooperative Extension has released a new educational video series focusing on livestock and forage management. Each short video in the series highlights one aspect of forage and livestock production, from stockpiling forage for winter grazing, ...

Business News & Events: July 21

Book signing Jan Croon will sign copies of her first book “The War Outside My Window: the Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865” from 2 to 4 p.m. July 28 at the Winchester Book Gallery, 185 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.   LFCC For the seventh straight year, Lord ...

Business News & Events: July 14

Book signing The Curtain Call Coffeehouse Cafe in Mount Jackson will host Steve Strosnider, author of “Tales from the Bandstand” and “Tales from the Track” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. His books recount events in the Shenandoah Valley during the 1950s and 60s.   Weichert ...