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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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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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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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 bales 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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Grow Waynesboro Announces Start-Up Grant Awards

Grow Waynesboro Announces Start-Up Grant Awards

Grow Waynesboro Announces Start-Up Grant Awards $51,000 will help four new Waynesboro businesses open in 2017 Grow Waynesboro is pleased to announce the final grant awards for four new local businesses, helping them to create jobs and build a culture of entrepreneurship in Waynesboro. This marks the second year of…

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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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From Start-Up to Success: New Businesses Show Lasting Impact

From Start-Up to Success: New Businesses Show Lasting Impact

While 2017 Grow Waynesboro Entrepreneurs are working on new and expanding business plans, it is always satisfying to reflect on the amazing growth of our 2016 start-up businesses. They are already reporting new jobs, significant buildouts, and a growing impact on the local economy. We are pround to release updates…

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