Business

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 ...

Business Ledger with photo

    Medics USA Dr. Elizabeth Swallow has been named by Medics USA to lead its office in Winchester. Swallow is a board-certified OB/GYN, with experience in urgent care and occupational medicine. After receiving her bachelor and master degrees from Cornell University, ...

Warren County braces for consequences of Republican tax bill

FRONT ROYAL – Sandi McNinch, general counsel for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, discussed the impacts of the Republican tax bills working their way through Congress during her presentation at the Warren County Community Center Friday. McNinch expressed her concerns about the ...

Naughty Girls Donut Shop opens in Sterling

Nearly two years after its first store closed in Front Royal, Naughty Girls Donut Shop held a grand opening at its new Sterling location recently. The opening comes after the company tried twice to crowd-source funds to keep their business afloat on Kickstarter and GoFundMe, took ...

Foster care program partners with area organizations for Christmas gift drive

WINCHESTER – Area foster care program Embrace is collecting board games for foster children and teenagers in its second annual Christmas donation drive. This year’s drive is centered on board games, an idea thought up by foster parent recruitment coordinator Katharine McLeod. “The kind ...

Winchester café advances to quarterfinals for $50,000 grand prize

WINCHESTER – Hideaway Café has advanced to the quarterfinals in Independent We Stand’s Small Business of the Year Award, which carries a grand prize of $50,000. One of the three owners, Victoria Kidd, sees three advantages that set Hideaway apart from the pack: good product, charitable ...

Forbes names Virginia No. 5 best state for business

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Virginia ranked No. 5 in the Forbes.com 2017 Best States for Business. Virginia is no stranger to this list, clocking in as one of the top two states every year from 2006 through 2013. Forbes.com evaluates states based on six criteria, and this ...

Winchester café advances to quarterfinals for $50,000 grand prize

WINCHESTER – Hideaway Café has advanced to the quarterfinals in Independent We Stand’s Small Business of the Year Award, which carries a grand prize of $50,000. One of the three owners, Victoria Kidd, sees three advantages that set Hideaway apart from the pack: good product, charitable ...

Business Ledger Nov. 25

Dr. Stoner's Vodka Dr. Stoner’s Fresh Herb Vodka has been awarded a Double Gold Medal by The Fifty Best, a digital guide to wines and spirits. The Fifty Best recently hosted a flavored vodka tasting, where 34 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished "Best Flavored Vodka" awards for ...

Big box stores trounce local businesses on Black Friday

Annual deal-seekers flocked to Wal-Mart, Target and other big box stores Thanksgiving evening, six hours before calendars turned to Black Friday. Local businesses, on the other hand, rarely opened before 10 a.m. Friday, and saw only thin trickles of customers coming in. “Not much business ...

Business Ledger

Craig Zunka Front Royal dentist Craig Zunka has returned from attending the American Society for Dental Aesthetics 41st annual international conference on Oct. 25-28 in Austin, Texas. Community Foundation Katherine Morrison has been appointed to the board of directors of the Shenandoah ...

Entrepreneur shares start up-to-sale story with SU students

WINCHESTER – Geoff Johnson, founder of the tablet-based food and beverage ordering company Parametric, later acquired by Bypass, was the final entrepreneur to share his experience with students at the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University Thursday. Johnson offered not ...

TruckVault to bring 60 new jobs to Mount Jackson

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that TruckVault, Inc., is investing $1.5 million to open a manufacturing operation in Mount Jackson that will 60 jobs at full capacity. “From the town's perspective, we welcome them with open arms, and are certainly glad to have them here in Mount ...

Fashion designer stresses culture, conscience to SU students

WINCHESTER – Autumn Adeigbo, fashion designer and founder of MAKOKO, Inc., spoke Wednesday to students of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University about the harsh realities of launching a business. The tagline for Adeigbo’s collection is “Culture. Color. ...