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Monday, November 4th, 2019

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.’

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Monday, November 4th, 2019

Third Generation NRV Farm Radiates the Christmas Spirit

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...

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Monday, November 4th, 2019

Shopping Mall Transformation

Most shopping malls across the country parade such a similar line-up of stores that you barely need to go inside to know what you’ll find there. Hallmark? Victoria’s Secret? Bath & Body Works? Check, check and check....

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Monday, November 4th, 2019

Jane Bonomo

When Jane Bonomo opened her first boutique shop in 1973, it was in a small building on Church Street just off Main Street in downtown Blacksburg. Now she owns a whole plaza across town on University City...

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Monday, November 4th, 2019

A Toy Story

The annual U.S. market for the toy industry is $28 billion, so there’s a lot to know about something that seems as elementary as toys. Research shows that learning through play is an important part of children’s...

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Monday, November 4th, 2019

How Wood You Heat Your Home?

The glow of the flame…the roar of the fire…the muscle feel of splitting logs. These – and more – are reasons folks use wood to heat their homes. The biggest driver of wood stove sales, according to...

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Monday, September 16th, 2019

The Gobbler Get Up

If your favorite color is not Burnt Orange or Chicago Maroon or the unusual combination of both, and you visit the Virginia Tech campus during Hokie football season, you might just change your mind. The Virginia Tech...

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Monday, September 16th, 2019

How Virginia Tech revolutionized helmet construction for concussion prevention

Now a beacon for branding and sparkly nuance, the American football helmet was once made of nothing but hardened leather. It is inarguably the most important part of the uniform yet, shockingly, after the leap from leather...

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Monday, September 16th, 2019

Mercedes AMG Gullwing

Mickey Hayes’s first hotrod was a 1934 Ford sedan with a Chrysler hemi engine. His most recent hotrod came off the factory line fully optimized, with no improvements necessary: a 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG 6.3 Gullwing. Capable...

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Monday, September 16th, 2019

There’s No Place Like Home

Growing old gracefully certainly has a delightful ring to it. Perhaps we picture ourselves flitting about our homes, doing much of the same things we’ve always done, living out the days surrounded by family, friends and the...

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