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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Unambiguous Joy: Minh Martin talks craft and vocation in Waynesboro

Unambiguous Joy:  Minh Martin talks craft and vocation in Waynesboro

Huge north windows frame the glass-blowing furnace behind Minh Martin. It’s an overcast and rainy day, but he’s in shorts and a t-shirt as the cold air blows in from the open warehouse door. He’s intent on his work, and smiling. “Honestly, I can’t image a better life,” he says.…

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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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Old Dominion Hemp: a product with a past, a vision for the future

Old Dominion Hemp: a product with a past, a vision for the future

It All Began Here Standing in front of hundreds of bails of hemp, housed in a Waynesboro warehouse on a rainy winter day, it doesn’t take Marty Phipps long to arrive at his favorite Thomas Jefferson quote: “Hemp is the necessity for the wealth of our nation.” Growing up in…

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The Art of Innovation with E-N Computers

The Art of Innovation with E-N Computers

Unexpected Beginnings The information technology field is full of unexpected beginnings, from Bill Gates dropping out of college to launch Microsoft, to Mark Zuckerberg inventing Facebook while living in the hallways of Harvard. Ian MacRae’s journey began in its own unexpected way, right here in the Valley, in a local…

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The Glow of Good Health

The Glow of Good Health

Freda’s Skin Studio talks wellness, entrepreneurship, and the local economy in Waynesboro Barely minutes into a conversation about entrepreneurship, Freda Jackson’s passion for people-centered economics shines through. “I wanted to go into business as an entrepreneur because corporate America was looking out for the dollar, not for the customer.” Freda’s…

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Reclaiming the Food Chain with New Country Organics

Reclaiming the Food Chain with New Country Organics

Difference Made Obvious New Country Organics has a fast-track approach for sharing their business mission. In my one hand, they place a bag of a competitor’s organic, animal feed product. A uniform grind of grains and unnamed ingredients, it is a pelletized collection of nutrients and looks like every bag…

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Walking through History with Graham’s Shoe Service

Walking through History with Graham’s Shoe Service

  The Art of Preserving the Useful Over the years, many folks have told Dave Young, owner and cobbler at Graham’s Shoe Service in Waynesboro, a small business self-proclaimed as the most eccentric shop in America, that he is the guardian of a dying art. Surrounded by tools from the…

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Birdseed Yoga Grows Peace and Goodwill in Waynesboro

Birdseed Yoga Grows Peace and Goodwill in Waynesboro

Paula Figgatt and Zoe Berg, respectively the owner and lead instructor at Birdseed Yoga, make clear  what they want to grow in Waynesboro:  “If you don’t have peace in your life, you don’t have anything,” says Paula. “Yoga forces you to sit with yourself,” echoes Zoe. “It invites you to…

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Waynesboro Receives $60,000 For Small Business Development

Waynesboro Receives $60,000 For Small Business Development

Award Part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Community Business Launch Grants WAYNESBORO – Community Business Launch (CBL) awards were announced this week by Governor McAuliffe, totaling $300,000 for five projects in the Commonwealth. The City of Waynesboro secured $60,000 in funding for its Grow Waynesboro program, which will provide resources to…

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