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Business

Strasburg can taste the tropics at Yeica’s Kitchen

Yessica Acosta has always dreamed of selling her homemade food. Today, her dream becomes reality with the grand opening of Yeica’s Kitchen in Strasburg. “When I was a child, I would play like I was selling my own food,” Acosta said. “I always had this dream…so right now I see it ...

Downtown Front Royal changes receive mixed reviews

FRONT ROYAL—Front Royal’s downtown facelift is making waves and splitting the attitudes of businesses on Main Street. Craig Laird's tea and coffee shop, Vine and Leaf, closed at 124 E. Main St. when its lease ended on Aug. 31, and reopened two and a half week later at 477 South St., a move ...

Edinburg Planning Commission struggles to complete business

For two months in a row, the Edinburg Planning Commission has not been able to hold a formal meeting. Commissioners met Tuesday evening but could not establish a quorum. Stephen Van Stee, chairman of the commission, lamented the lack of interest and involvement from commissioners. “We ...

Shenandoah County IDA appoints counsel

The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority met on Monday afternoon to appoint an IDA attorney and bond counsel. After approving the agenda and previous meeting’s minutes, the authority moved into a closed session. While the IDA website has a copy of the agenda stating the ...

Business News & Events

First Bank On Sept. 7, First Bank broke ground on the renovation and expansion of its branch at 860 S. Main St., Woodstock. The 2,000 square-foot facility will double in size and feature a community services room open to the community and non-profit organizations to utilize for meetings. ...

Millions of dollars in aid for Virginia farmers is expected

Trade wars and bad weather have crushed farmers this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates project a 12-year low in net farm income in 2018. The USDA releases projections for a range of farm data every February. Data is updated twice a year, once at the end of August and again at ...

Virginia Inland Port won’t suffer setbacks from Florence

The Virginia Inland Port was ready for the worst and is ready to withstand whatever effects may be felt by the remnants of Hurricane Florence in the coming days. Thanks to a plan of action in the face of what has been billed as the worst storm the Mid-Atlantic has seen in decades, VIP remains ...

Economic Development Council announces its second annual breakfast

The Shenandoah County Chamber’s Economic Development Council will host its second annual breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.   Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, are co-hosting the breakfast. Last year’s breakfast wasn’t announced to the public. ...

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 ...

Business News & Events

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 ...