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Sunday, April 21, 2013
A bicycle rental, repair and retail shop is moving from one portion of the Roanoke River Greenway to another.
UnderDog Bikes has made its home at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke since opening a little more than a year ago. The small shop sits near the greenway at Vic Thomas Park in the Mountain View area.
The spot has served the shop well, appealing to families and others who like to rent bicycles and ride the greenway.
Owner Chris Heslin decided to move because the business, which started as a rental and repair shop, has grown to include the sale of bicycles, and Heslin has run out of room.
In May, Heslin hopes to open next to HIT's Frozen Treats in southeast Roanoke at the base of Mill Mountain and next to the greenway.
He had looked at the space before opening at Black Dog last year but said that at the time the rent was out of his price range.
The new location, which formerly housed an upholstery shop but has been vacant for about 18 months, is more than twice the size of the 540-square-foot space at Black Dog, Heslin said.
The new space also appealed to Heslin because he said it will allow him to work with mountain bikers who are headed up to Mill Mountain as well as road bikers. He is also excited about the development plans for the Riverside project, a 20-acre riverfront community with retail, office space and housing. The development is planned for the former scrap yard and mill sites on South Jefferson and adjacent sites under the Walnut Avenue bridge.
Wine Gourmet buys Staunton business
Wine Gourmet is expanding its business with the addition of a second store.
The Roanoke County wine and beer store has purchased The Wine Cellar in Staunton.
Wine Gourmet owner Brian Powell said in a statement that he had been looking to expand the business. When a real estate broker approached Powell about purchasing the Staunton business, he acted quickly, he said.
The sale was completed a few weeks ago. Powell kept the three employees who work in the Staunton store, which is about the same size as Wine Gourmet.
Having two stores will allow the business to increase its purchasing power and expose the business to different distributors, Roanoke store manager Mike Harper said. That potentially will allow both stores to carry wines and beers they haven't been able to bring into the area.
Harper declined to disclose terms of the sale, including the purchase price.
The Wine Cellar will continue to operate under its original name.
Garage door business expands to Salem
A family-owned garage door business in Christiansburg has expanded to Salem.
Hall's Garage Doors recently opened its second showroom on Wildwood Road.
Terry Millirons, who owns the business with his father, said the expansion has been in the company's plans for years, but the recession forced them to wait.
Hall's had an office in the Roanoke area about 10 years ago and intended to open a showroom here. But the recession slowed new home sales, which affected the sale of garage doors.
The company contracted back to Christiansburg, where it's been in business since the 1980s.
It made it through the recession by focusing on commercial installations, existing residences and repairs, Millirons said.
Business has picked up again, Millirons said.
"Everybody is more confident," he said. "Builders are going to start building more homes this year, and homeowners are looking to spruce up their homes."
The Salem showroom has several garage door displays, and in time Millirons hopes to add a service department and do installations from the Salem store.
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