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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.

Sunday 10/26/2014
Furniture shop goes into the Woolworth building
Posted: October 26, 2014 - 12:45 am

After some renovations earlier this year, the Woolworth building has a new tenant. Susan Adams Interiors, a home furnishings store, opened up this week in the historic building.

Leatherhous opens Tanglewood Mall store
Posted: October 26, 2014 - 12:30 am

Leatherhous, a leather goods store that has made its home at Valley View Mall for the past decade, is getting a second location at Roanoke’s other mall. Owner Andy Cohen has opened Leatherhous at Tanglewood Mall on the ground floor next to Perrywinkle, the toy store, in the old Radio Shack location.

Salem jewelry store back in business
Posted: October 26, 2014 - 12:15 am

R.M. Johnson & Sons Jewelers has reopened in its previous location. The jewelry shop moved to a small temporary location in June while the main store on College Avenue went through some major renovations.

Friday 10/24/2014
Work starts on new apartment complex near Hanging Rock exit in Roanoke County
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Work began this week on a new luxury apartment complex in Roanoke County.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Downtown Roanoke to mark Halloween over two weekends
Posted: October 23, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Downtown Roanoke is lively on a typical Friday night. But combine the usual weekend shenanigans with a holiday that encourages people to dress as zombies, mimic “Game of Thrones” characters or wear risque attire resembling an animal, and it becomes a much bigger deal.

The Inn on Campbell goes on the market for nearly $1 million
Posted: October 23, 2014 - 1:03 am

As developers and business owners have been gobbling up aging downtown buildings for renovations and redevelopments, one business is planning to leave its historic building in Roanoke’s core. After three years, the owners of The Inn on Campbell have put the property up for sale.

Sunday 10/19/2014
Retail Roundup: Downtown Roanoke gets a new yoga studio
Posted: October 19, 2014 - 12:00 am

A new yoga studio has made its way into downtown Roanoke. City employee Priscilla Cygielnik was frustrated with the lack of yoga options after regular working hours, but instead of rearranging her schedule she decided to fix the problem herself.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Hunting Hills gets a new Mexican restaurant
Posted: October 16, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Another Mexican restaurant has arrived in Roanoke. El Rio Mexican Grill and Cantina has opened up in Hunting Hills Shopping Center near Kohl's.

Monday 10/06/2014
South Jefferson Street is getting a Starbucks
Posted: October 06, 2014 - 11:26 am

Starbucks will be adding another location in Roanoke.

Thursday 10/02/2014
Blue 5 will begin to brew its own beer
Posted: October 02, 2014 - 2:16 pm

In case you missed it, music reporter Tad Dickens wrote that downtown restaurant Blue 5 has purchased equipment to make its own beer. They are going to do a build-out to accommodate this so there may be some construction there in the coming months.

Wednesday 10/01/2014
New restaurant in The Patrick Henry is set to open in November
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Today the owners of Henry's Public House described some new details about the restaurant and bar coming to downtown Roanoke.

Tuesday 09/23/2014
Fireball explodes onto Southwest Va. drinking scene
Posted: September 23, 2014 - 10:44 am

It’s sweet. It’s spicy. It’s best served cold, two ounces at a time.

Sunday 09/21/2014
Campbell Avenue property to be redeveloped for artists
Posted: September 21, 2014 - 12:30 am

Four local businessmen have teamed up to purchase and renovate a decaying Roanoke property with plans to turn it into apartments and studios for artists.

Cafe Froth coffee shop in Roanoke Co. adds new chefs, alcohol
Posted: September 21, 2014 - 12:25 am

Froth was on the brink of closing this past winter, but its new owner has made some changes to the Roanoke County coffee shop to help business.

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