• Kelly Rowland patiently waits until Nov. 1 to secretly begin listening to Christmas music in her car and pull out her decorations. “The first week of November, I unpack and place the decorations on tables in a storage area,” she reveals, strategizing a plan for the coming decorating occasion. She does not wish to interfere […]

  • Jon Coburn

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    Jon Coburn

    As a medical device rep, Jon Coburn traveled all over the United States. “I would visit breweries and eat in awesome restaurants, places where young professionals would hang out. When I wanted to take a physician out for a meal around here, I would drive to Roanoke. We had little that wasn’t a chain or […]

  • When asked if she has ever been to see the storied holiday windows in New York City, self-proclaimed toy lady Paula Bolte beams: “That’s on my bucket list!” Bolte, the owner of Imaginations Toy & Furniture on South Main Street in Blacksburg for 22 years, hasn’t let the lack of big city inspiration stop her […]

  • Kevin Meredith

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    Kevin Meredith

    The path to owning a hair salon wasn’t an obvious one for Kevin Meredith of Meredith’s Salon in Christiansburg. After graduating from Radford High School and dabbling in the “real” working world, Meredith decided to go to cosmetology school. “I cut one of my roommates hair once and he said, ‘You should be a hairdresser.’ […]

  • Like most serious Christmas decorators, Nancy Wilmina Alexander begins placing out her Christmas collection the day after Thanksgiving. Her daughter, Kay, always comes from North Carolina to assist, and together they lovingly unwrap special ornaments, angels, Santas and manger scenes collected or received across decades. Her late sister Clara started giving her Hallmark Santas about […]