Craft Food Meets Craft Beer

Craft Food Meets Craft Beer

Hops Kitchen’s vibrant menus bring a fresh beat to the culinary scene When Chef Michael Pustai opened Hops Kitchen at Basic City Beer Co in 2017, it was the first business he’d ever launched. With open air kitchens and no employees, he was propelled by a vision and a love…

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Reclaiming Wood, Reimagining Industry with the Urban Garden Workshop

Reclaiming Wood, Reimagining Industry with the Urban Garden Workshop

Cael Kendall’s lifelong sustainability journey has landed under the soaring beams of a heavy-timber warehouse in Waynesboro, Virginia. But once, it began in the mists of the coastal Rocky Mountains, in the old growth forests of British Columbia. Born into an era of clearcutting booms, Cael spent his childhood watching…

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A Better World on the Rise: Exploring the Science of Business & Baking with the Bageladies

A Better World on the Rise: Exploring the Science of Business & Baking with the Bageladies

Inventing the Perfect Bagel When Janet Dob wanted to invent a bagel that could build a better world, she had a few things in mind: healthy and nutritious food, a worthy business plan, and a winning strategy to avoid the up-before-the-sun hours of traditional bakeries. Fortunately, Janet loves a good…

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From Initial Inspiration to Sustaining Success

From Initial Inspiration to Sustaining Success

Initial Inspiration runs what founder and owner Jennifer Ledford calls an “Idea Factory.”  Curious customers with t-shirt concepts, costume ideas, Pinterest images, embroidery designs, and more are welcomed into the business’s production studio for collaborative and personalized fabric and design creations. “If you’ve seen it on the Internet,” she says,…

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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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