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Thursday 04/23/2015
Fire temporarily closes Mac and Bob's in Salem
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 12:00 am

Mac and Bob's restaurant, a stalwart of downtown Salem, had to close yesterday after a fire in the building.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
New restaurant and bar coming to Roanoke City Market Building
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Downtown Roanoke's City Market Building is getting a new restaurant and bar.

Monday 04/20/2015
Construction begins on new Aldi grocery store
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 7:30 am

Aldi is getting closer to opening its first Roanoke location.

Sunday 04/19/2015
Lilly Pulitzer for Target is gone in hours
Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:04 pm

If anyone happened to see an unusually large crowd outside of Target this morning, the ladies there were not in line for orange juice.

Thursday 04/09/2015
No more FatBoy specials, Abbotts Restaurant closes after 20 years
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Fans have flooded the restaurant's Facebook page as word spread through the Garden City neighborhood this week — Abbotts Restaurant has closed.

Monday 03/30/2015
Hookah lounge opens up in downtown Roanoke
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 8:00 am

More than a year after the lease was signed, a new hookah lounge has opened the heart of downtown Roanoke.

Sunday 03/29/2015
Retail Roundup: New store for homebrewers
Posted: March 29, 2015 - 12:00 am

Interested in making your own beer? There’s a new store for you.

Friday 03/27/2015
Old Southwest Grill has closed
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 1:22 pm

Old Southwest Grill, which was formerly Fork in the City, has permanently closed in Roanoke.

Sunday 03/22/2015
Retail Roundup: New apartments open west of downtown
Posted: March 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

James Settle purchased the aging apartment building at 547 Campbell Ave. in 2012 with the intention of turning it into a hostel for backpackers. However, he couldn’t get financing. He didn’t let that deter him from renovating the five-unit building, though.

Sunday 03/15/2015
Retail Roundup: Wine bar opens in Daleville
Posted: March 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

A new restaurant has joined Daleville Town Center in Botetourt County.

Thursday 03/12/2015
Sorry, it's still just a Salem parking lot
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 3:35 pm

I've never written a blog post about a parking lot before. But because of the large number of emails I have received about ongoing construction of a visible space in downtown Salem, I thought this would be the best way to inform the masses.

Wednesday 03/11/2015
Kohl's is headed to New River Valley Mall
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Kohl’s department store has signed a lease with New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg.

Sunday 03/08/2015
Retail Roundup: Floyd couple hits their stride in kombucha market
Posted: March 08, 2015 - 12:00 am

Some people describe it as sour. Some call it tangy. It’s hard to find a consensus on the taste of kombucha, a fermented tea brewed with a mix of fruits and medicinal plants. But the popularity of the drink is skyrocketing, and a couple in Floyd is taking advantage of it.

Thursday 03/05/2015
Fork in the Alley hits the road
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 4:45 pm

The Roanoke Valley is getting a new food truck. This time it's courtesy of Fork in the Alley and Fork in the Market owner Dave Trinkle, who will debut the new truck on March 21. It will aptly be titled Fork in the Road.

Sunday 02/22/2015
Retail Roundup: Historic building converted into more downtown Roanoke apartments
Posted: February 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

Another apartment complex has sprung from a vacant historic building in downtown Roanoke.

Thursday 02/19/2015
Chocolatepaper expands its downtown shop, but closes in Roanoke County
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 11:15 am

Gift shop Chocolatepaper is going through some big changes.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Wal-Mart in Forest looking to hire 95 people
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 3:03 pm

Just as it did when it was in the process of opening three stores in Roanoke, Wal-Mart has now set up a temporary hiring center in Bedford County to fill 95 positions for its newest Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opening in Forest just off U.S. 221 on Regis Lane.

Wendy's new restaurant is almost completed
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 2:00 pm

The Wendy's fast-food restaurant being constructed near Tanglewood Mall is nearing completion.

Thursday 02/12/2015
Pine Ridge Nursery in Salem has moved, but what will go in its place?
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Rumors have been swirling over the large now-vacant lot near Lowe's Home Improvement store on West Main Street in Salem.

Sunday 02/08/2015
Retail Roundup: Piccadilly Square gets new ownership
Posted: February 08, 2015 - 12:00 am

Piccadilly Square shopping center on Franklin Road in Roanoke has changed hands for the first time since it was constructed.

Thursday 02/05/2015
Leonore restaurant in downtown Roanoke is going to get bigger
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 11:03 am

Leonore, the small, slightly cramped downtown Italian restaurant, is going to get some more breathing room.

Sunday 02/01/2015
Retail Roundup: Sam's Hot Dog Stand will stay open, just under new ownership
Posted: February 01, 2015 - 12:00 am

The four employees at Sam’s Hot Dog Stand on West Main Street in Salem were told the small restaurant was going to close at the end of the year.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
After 30 years — and with little fanfare — Deli Shoppe owners retire
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 3:00 pm

There wasn’t a formal announcement when The Deli Shoppe closed after 30 years, no big good-bye party to see off its customers. Owners Charles and Pat George quietly closed the Old Southwest establishment over the Christmas holiday with little fanfare.

The first of the Wal-mart Neighborhood Markets opened this morning
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 9:38 am

The first two Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets opened this morning. The stores at Dale Avenue and Plantation Avenue had formal ribbon-cuttings at 7:30 a.m. before opening up to the public. The store at Orange Avenue will open later this spring.

Monday 01/19/2015
Café Froth closes at The Forum
Posted: January 19, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Update: Lesleigh Strauss co-owner of the Forum confirmed that Froth closed Friday and the space is now up for lease. She said the restaurant's closure came as a surprise to her as well and she didn't have specifics on why the restaurant shut down suddenly. The Forum landlords are hoping to lease the 1,900-square-foot space to another restaurant. Mill Mountain Coffee had been in that spot before Froth for about 10 years and the owners plan on keeping that as a dining location.

Thursday 01/15/2015
Shoe Carnival closing two area stores
Posted: January 15, 2015 - 10:52 am

In case you hadn't seen it yet, Shoe Carnival has closed at Towne Square in Roanoke.

Wednesday 01/14/2015
Sephora plans for Valley View location
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Sephora, the popular cosmetic shop, is planning to put a new store inside of JCPenney at Valley View in Roanoke.

Saturday 01/10/2015
Rezoning Cabell Brand's house to come up at Salem City Council hearing
Posted: January 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

The controversy around rezoning the property owned by philanthropist Cabell Brand is likely to arise again Monday, when Salem City Council will hear about the issue during a public hearing at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
Wet Seal closes more than 300 stores, including Roanoke store
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 12:46 pm

Teenage clothing store Wet Seal is closing 338 stores today, including the store's Roanoke location in Valley View Mall.

Sunday 01/04/2015
Retail Roundup: J and J Fashions headed to The Forum
Posted: January 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

After 47 years in business, J and J Fashions in Rocky Mount is getting a second location.

Friday 01/02/2015
Aldi grocery store coming to Roanoke
Posted: January 02, 2015 - 8:59 am

Aldi Inc. has signed a lease to open a grocery store in the old Books-A-Million space on Hershberger Road.

The top retail and restaurant happenings of 2014
Posted: January 02, 2015 - 7:00 am

This year there were several big retail happenings across the Roanoke and New River Valleys.

Wednesday 12/31/2014
Holdren's Country Store closing in Vinton, leaving historic building for sale
Updated: December 31, 2014 - 5:17 pm

For years they came. Three generations of farming families would stop in routinely at Holdren’s Country Store in Vinton to pick up animal feed. The best-selling feed changed over the years from horses to pigs to house pets. But in the niche market of hard-to-find pet supplies and wild animal food, Holdren’s has been one of the best places to go.

Tuesday 12/30/2014
Jimmy John's is open in Salem
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Heads up, there is a new place to get a sandwich in Salem. Chain restaurant Jimmy John's has open its long-awaited Salem location over the holidays.

Sunday 12/28/2014
Retail Roundup: Famous Anthony's to close its flagship restaurant
Posted: December 28, 2014 - 12:00 am

Famous Anthony’s, the locally owned restaurant chain with nine locations scattered across the region, will close its flagship restaurant near Tanglewood Mall on Jan. 5. It has been open there since 1986.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
Carilion Clinic renames its athletic clubs
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 10:45 am

Carilion Clinic has renamed its fitness facilities and wellness programs.

Sunday 12/21/2014
Retail Roundup: Thompson's Men's Clothing Store tries it again
Posted: December 21, 2014 - 12:00 am

Not even a year after Frank Thompson decided to retire and close Thompson’s Men’s Clothing Store, the shop he’d operated for more than 45 years, he decided to open back up.

Monday 12/15/2014
Retail Roundup: Details emerge of a new fitness club
Posted: December 15, 2014 - 12:00 am

Amid all the construction for the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Grocery that is going in at Orange Avenue and King Street, it is kind of easy to look past the other work going on in that area. Near the Wal-Mart, next to the new Rescue Mission thrift store, a 35,000-sqaure-foot building is being constructed for a Planet Fitness and additional retail spaces.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Salem residents protest turning Cabell Brand's West Main Street mansion into a bed and breakfast
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Plans to turn a sprawling Salem estate into a potential bed and breakfast have caused a stir in one neighborhood.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Breakfast restaurant now open in City Market Building
Posted: December 04, 2014 - 10:22 am

There is a new place to get some eggs in the Roanoke City Market Building.

Thursday 11/27/2014
Controlling the chaos: Police watch over Black Friday shoppers
Posted: November 27, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Joey and Amanda Smith pulled into Toys R Us at 9:30 a.m.

Friday 11/21/2014
Kirk Avenue Music Hall is now a co-working space
Posted: November 21, 2014 - 5:00 pm

The property at 22 Kirk Avenue in Roanoke, which used to house Kirk Avenue Music Hall, is now  a new space for the CoLab — at least for the next year.

Monday 11/17/2014
Black Friday store hours coming Sunday
Posted: November 17, 2014 - 11:19 am

It's that time of year again. Black Friday, the Super Bowl of retail chains, is just around the corner. There will undoubtedly be people waiting en masse in parking lots Thanksgiving Day as they prepare to take advantage of those shopping deals.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Mission BBQ scheduled to open soon at Towers
Posted: November 13, 2014 - 11:33 am

Mission BBQ, the newest restaurant going into Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke, is scheduled to open in just over a week.

Tuesday 11/11/2014
Dozens wait overnight for Krispy Kreme's early Tuesday opening in Roanoke
Posted: November 11, 2014 - 8:25 am

Even as temperatures plunged into the 30s Monday night, dozens of people camped outside Krispy Kreme’s new Roanoke store, relying on fantasies of warm, glazed doughnuts and the promise of the neon hot lights as their motivation for staying.

Monday 11/10/2014
Roanoke craft beer tours are now available
Posted: November 10, 2014 - 7:30 am

After being in the works for several months, the Roanoke Craft Beer Tour is fully up and running.

Monday 11/03/2014
Wal-mart plans to hire 285 people in its 3 new stores coming to Roanoke
Posted: November 03, 2014 - 9:41 am

Wal-mart has set up a temporary hiring center as it gears up to employ 285 associates to work in its three new stores coming to the Roanoke Valley.

Roanoke's new Krispy Kreme to open Nov. 11
Posted: November 03, 2014 - 7:00 am

The wait is almost for those double chocolate eclairs. The new Krispy Kreme on Hershberger Road is opening on Nov. 11.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
New breakfast restaurant headed to Roanoke City Market Building
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Anybody have a craving for breakfast in the mid-afternoon? Tired of just grabbing pizza after the bars close on the weekends? The Roanoke City Market Building is getting a new restaurant that can possibly fix all that.

Monday 10/27/2014
Versona opens up in Valley View Mall
Posted: October 27, 2014 - 11:30 am

A new clothing store has opened up in Valley View Mall.

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