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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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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Invention and Play with PEV Labs

Invention and Play with PEV Labs

The first pressing question upon arriving at PEV Labs in Waynesboro is obvious:  Would you like to ride the Dork Pod? An inviting yet slightly terrifying brainchild of Brian Williford, the Dork Pod boasts a zero degree turning radius and one-thumb navigation controls. But it is only one of many…

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Back to the Basics: brewing beer and sharing history with Basic City Beer Co.

Back to the Basics: brewing beer and sharing history with Basic City Beer Co.

Boom Town to Brewery Basic City once sat at the crossroads of two railroads and the coming industrial boom. Founded in 1890, the town experienced a three-year rally of manufacturing investments in the “basic” process of turning pig iron into steal. For its moment, prior to a national depression beginning…

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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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