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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Laureen Blakemore ~ a roundabout journey

Staying in a job for 10 years must mean there is an affinity between employee and position, which is certainly the case with Laureen Blakemore. She has been the director of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. (DBI), since 2008, and in a full-time capacity since 2015. DBI is the association of merchants, property owners and downtown advocates

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Wine ~ and the End of the World

When John and Elena Leshyn moved into their Blacksburg house in 2001, John was intrigued by some vacant space on the other side of a 6-inch thick, concrete, basement wall. There was a rectangular, horizontal window up...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Kathy’s Rescue Cats

Animal rescue has always been a part of Jim and Kathy Chadwick’s long relationship. Over the years, they have rescued many cats, dogs, birds and even horses. “If they’re sick or broken and come into our life,...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

The Mama Movement

In October 2014, a group of inspired moms led by musician and budding social media entrepreneur Marci Craig circled around a table at Blacksburg’s Next Door Bake Shop. With coffee mugs in hands and big dreams in...

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Finding the Story is the Heart of Marketing

Text by Nancy S. Moseley  |  Photos by Silver Pebble Photography   It almost sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: What do a police officer and CEO of a marketing company have in common? For...

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

One in a Million Man . . . Danny Yopp

“Danny Yopp is one in a million,” says Neal Turner, emergency services coordinator for Montgomery County and lifelong friend of Danny Yopp. “The man is just always there. When the call goes off, you are waiting on...

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Community-Centered and Customer-Focused

While the Corner Market Country Store looks like your typical gas-and-go food mart, a closer look reveals a locavore’s dream. Colorful fresh produce is abundant, along with gourmet items such as Amish butter and eggs and local...

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

BT’s: Food, Fun & Friends since 1983

“You can’t beat Wanda’s soups!” says Diane Whitehead, wife of BT’s founder Tom Whitehead. “Every morning I come in here, Wanda is in the kitchen chopping like mad. She makes all her soups from scratch.” Wanda Rigney...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Opening the Oyster

Pearl is the item associated with a 30th anniversary, and that is exactly what the Interfaith Food Pantry is to Blacksburg with its three decades of quiet service. “For 30 years the Pantry has been fortunate to...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Over the Hill and Making Hay

Horses are amazing creatures. They are not only imposing and powerful, but also quite fragile. They actually have delicate constitutions that make them sensitive to poor diet. Hay that contains mold or noxious weeds that do not...

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