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Business

A gathering place: Cinema-themed coffee shop to open soon in Mount Jackson

MOUNT JACKSON – John Boor grew up in a town so small that the barber was also a policeman, a firefighter, and a mailman — and from that upbringing, he built an appreciation for community and face-to-face conversations. When he saw that Mount Jackson had the community aspect but not a ...

Winchester Toys R Us employees learn of store’s closing

Toy store chain Toys R Us announced Wednesday it was closing all 735 of its U.S. stores, including the store located near Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.  Employees at that store were notified Thursday, a store employee said. The closing timeline for the Winchester store as well as for ...

Job seekers and employers congregate at Woodstock job fair

WOODSTOCK – Employers and job seekers traded business cards and resumes Tuesday morning in the National Guard Armory in Woodstock. The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce’s annual job fair comes amid a climate of unusually low unemployment rates. In December 2017, according to the ...

Established 2018: Local artist starts general store in New Market

NEW MARKET – To help pay for his armload of $300–400 full-color art textbooks back in college, Jon Henry started a produce stand with crops from his family’s farm, Jumpin Run Farm in Mount Jackson. For him, the stand was a side hustle to fund his art career, like how artisans in Germany ...

Business Ledger

Our Health The Our Health Board of Directors has named the conference room in the SNAPP Foundry building of the Our Health Kendall Community Campus in honor of business partners Danny McKee, KEE Construction Services Inc. and John Willingham-Stoneridge Companies. John Willingham served as a ...

Area clinches four of 56 Virginia tourism grants

The Northern Shenandoah Valley reaped a large chunk of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s annual grant money Tuesday, clinching four of the 56 tourism program awards for more than $80,000. The largest grant, for $50,000, went to Shenandoah County’s “This is Our Rush Hour” campaign in ...

Supervisor moves to capitalize on ‘hot’ housing market

MOUNT JACKSON – Board of Supervisors member Dennis Morris bought nearly 9 acres of land on Caverns Road in Quicksburg in 2005, and couldn’t flip the property before the Great Recession struck in 2008. Thirteen years later, on Monday night, Morris went before the Mount Jackson Planning ...

Visiting FCC commissioner questions legality of net neutrality laws

WOODSTOCK ­– Flying in the face of the Federal Communication Commission's December decision to remove net neutrality requirements from internet providers, Washington state became the first state Monday to pass legislation re-instating the previous protections statewide. During his visit to ...

Shentel, FCC commissioner discuss cutting red tape

WOODSTOCK – Brendan Carr, one of the Federal Communications Commission’s five voting members, visited Central High School and Shentel headquarters Tuesday to discuss the merits of slashing red tape. Carr arrived just a week before a critical vote in the Virginia Assembly. Shentel ...

IDA considers lowering loan minimum to small businesses

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority contemplated reducing the threshold for lending money to small businesses during its annual meeting Monday. The loans come from a cash pool awarded to the IDA as a rural business enterprise grant from the U.S. Department of ...

Chamber to host free ‘Starting a New Business’ seminar

After a break of approximately 10 years, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will host its “Starting a New Business” seminar from 8:30 a.m.–noon Thursday. There is no fee to attend. The intention, said the chamber’s Executive Director Sharon Baroncelli, is to impart a ...

Business Ledger

Stover Funeral Home Stover Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., of Strasburg, is celebrating its 140th anniversary. Established in 1878, it had been owned by the Stover family until being purchased by Stanley and Patsy Morehead in 1985.   Dr. Craig Zunka Front Royal dentist Dr. ...

Winchester office solutions company forgoes cheap prices for service

WOODSTOCK – Miller’s Supplies At Work sprang out of a beauty shop in Lorton, Virginia, growing and swallowing up competitors until it bought BK Office Supply, Inc., in Winchester in 2016. With the acquisition, Miller’s kept on Jody Dorsey from BK. He now serves as an account executive ...

Polymath restauranteur opens Clawdad’s Seafood Boil in Winchester

WINCHESTER ­– Anna Chen, 37, has never been able to stick to one style of cooking. The cuisine at her first restaurant, Ginger Asian in Stephens City, hearkened back to the meals her family cooked in China, plus sushi. About five years ago, she opened the hibachi steakhouse-style Okinawa ...

Selah Theatre Project leases EDA-owned property

The Warren County Economic Development Authority has revealed the tenant moving into the former Avtex Administration Building in Front Royal on Feb. 21. The company, the Selah Theatre Project, will offer drama classes and produce two original theater productions and two community theater ...

First National announces 43 percent dividend spike

First National Corporation, the parent company of the Strasburg-based First Bank, announced a 43 percent increase in monthly cash dividends per share Tuesday. Shareholders will receive a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share starting March 16. First National Corporation President and CEO ...

Front Royal funeral home to close after 96 years

FRONT ROYAL ­– After 96 years in the business, Turner Robertshaw Funeral Home will close its doors March 2, leaving the 110-year-old Maddox Funeral Home as the only other provider in town. Having both operated in Front Royal for about a century, the two companies had come to know each ...

Strasburg leads Shenandoah County’s 2018 tourism efforts

NEW MARKET – As the Shenandoah County Tourism Council starts revving its engine for the summer season, Strasburg has emerged as the early frontrunner of 2018. “Things are bumping in Strasburg,” said Michelle Bixler, Strasburg economic development and marketing manager. “The Marriott ...