Rising Bread and Raising Love: On Local Food & Family with BlueOregano

Rising Bread and Raising Love: On Local Food & Family with BlueOregano

When BlueOregano opened its doors on June 7, 2017, owners Caitie and Nathan Maharg had just received a Grow Waynesboro small business start-up grant that allowed Caitie to leave her job and move full-time into launching a local food business, complete with catering options, pop-up dinners, and customized cooking classes.…

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Grow Waynesboro Announces Start-Up Grant Awards; $22,000 will help four new Waynesboro businesses open in 2019

Grow Waynesboro is pleased to announce the final grant awards for four local businesses, helping them to create jobs and build a culture of entrepreneurship in Waynesboro. This marks the third year of the Grow Waynesboro initiative and the first year the program was funded through local sponsorship with funding…

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Grow Waynesboro to Award $20,000 in Small Business Grants

  This September, the City of Waynesboro’s Small Business Development initiative, Grow Waynesboro, will award $20,000 in grants for start-up businesses in Waynesboro. The awards will be announced at a celebration and presentation symposium, dubbed Pitch Night, on September 6, 2018 at 6:00pm at Shenandoah Valley Art Center’s 416 Gallery…

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Outfitting Every Style of Exploration

Outfitting Every Style of Exploration

Rockfish Gap is in the business of outfitting smiles on rivers, bicycles, and trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chuck Walker is a 40-year veteran of the outdoor business, but he still insists that the joy and satisfaction of his customers is his number-one priority.  “The people who shop here…

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Community, Curation, Connection….and Coffee The Farmhaus on Main shares the entrepreneurial passions and histories that brought them to Waynesboro

Community, Curation, Connection….and Coffee The Farmhaus on Main shares the entrepreneurial passions and histories that brought them to Waynesboro

The Farmhaus on Main might be ringing in its one year anniversary this winter, but its roots and connections to Waynesboro run much deeper. “We knew we wanted to be a coffee shop that functioned as a gathering place,” says Bethany Mallory, who co-owns the business with her husband Aaron.…

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Forged in Fire: The craft and the wisdom of blacksmithing in Waynesboro

Forged in Fire: The craft and the wisdom of blacksmithing in Waynesboro

On the first Friday of every month, an eclectic band of hammer wielders descend on the South River Complex in Waynesboro. They come from many corners – one man moved to Virginia from Texas for the certificate program in Artistic Blacksmithing, others hope to become historic reenactors, independent blacksmiths, industrial…

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A Formula for Fun: Start-up energy meets a love of place with Skylark Hammocks

A Formula for Fun: Start-up energy meets a love of place with Skylark Hammocks

Chatting with the co-founders of Skylark Hammocks and Apparel is a bit like meeting with fraternal twins. High school friends, college roommates, and vocational peers who have both found their home in social work, Jonathan and Seth finish each other’s sentences, delight in each other’s company, and seem compelled to…

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Handmade Home with Make Waynesboro

Handmade Home with Make Waynesboro

Finding Home The pottery wheels weren’t the only thing spinning in Jake Johnson’s life. He’d been “always on the move,” from Illinois to Pennsylvania, from outdoor art fairs to new gallery placements. But several years ago, Jake and his wife Katie decided to make Waynesboro their home. Today, Make Waynesboro…

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Feeling the Love with The Faded Poppy

Feeling the Love with The Faded Poppy

Grounded in Love, Growth Flourishes The story of The Faded Poppy reads like an unexpected love affair, perhaps not unfamiliar to the many brides and grooms who have walked down aisles bedecked in the business’s flowers. Asked to tell the story of its beginning, Jason Kite, who handles the logistics…

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