• Bella Finds,  Featured

    Virginia Made

    Meet Lora Cartrett of Tater Tot Trends Written by Faith Jones, Hill City Handmade Tribe. Sisterhood. Movement. All things that today’s woman longs for and needs as she battles the day to day of balancing family, career, life, and self. Lora Cartrett, the founder of Tater Tots Trends, is no different. They are words that she never expected to use to describe the business. Yet, it has become everything the 35-year-old founder wanted her Concord, VA based trendy jewelry line to represent.  Tater Tots Trends began as a creative outlet for Lora as she transitioned from working outside of the home as the director of a daycare to a stay at…

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    Take Me to Piccadilly

    meet magnolia  Written by Cassandra Kuhn  In 2009, magnolia found its roots at a little booth in Black Dog Salvage. Starting just as a small-scale home décor and furnishings company, owners Jessica Durham and Lori Noonkester envisioned a broader future for magnolia and opened their first storefront in Abingdon, Virginia. Soon after the store saw increasing popularity, its Roanoke location opened at The Forum Shopping Center in 2013 to serve more customers and provide a unique alternative to interior furnishings and designs to the valley.  In October of 2017, magnolia moved to Piccadilly Square and obtained a location that offered a larger space to open a Visual Comfort lighting gallery,…

  • Featured

    Young Female Writers Club

    Better on Paper: An Introverted Teen Writer  Written by K.L. Kranes Hannah stands in the middle of the hall and pulls out a notebook, fumbling for a pen. She can’t wait. She has to write it down now.  Pressing the notebook against the wall, she begins to write. The idea flows out as her hand scribbles fast across the paper. When she’s done, her shoulders relax.  She stuffs the notebook back in her bag and sets off to class. At 16-years-old, Hannah Mullen of Mechanicsville, Virginia often feels this grip of an idea and the compulsive need to get it out on paper. On paper she can be herself. On paper is…

  • Featured

    Save Smarter – Financial Fitness for Youth

    6 Tips to Guide Children through a Healthy Relationship with Money Presented by Member One Federal Credit Union With school out for the summer, the kids are likely hanging around the house more than usual. Your little audience is watching and probably soaking in more than you realize—which includes how you manage finances. Healthy financial habits begin at a young age, so what better time to teach responsible spending and saving than during a break from the daily grind of school? Here are a few ways to help your kids get started on the path to financial success. Set an example.  Parents who make poor financial decisions like impulse purchases, excessive…

  • Area Happenings

    Local Festivals

    Opportunities to enjoy music, art, and fun in the coming months! Written by Hayleigh Worgan Festival season is here, and we couldn’t be more excited! There is nothing better than spending a long weekend enjoying the warm weather, scenic mountain views, live music, and local food in the company of good friends and family. In addition to FloydFest, there are several festivals within driving distance happening in the next few months that we hope you will support! Check out our favorites below, and let us know your favorites on our Facebook page. The 14th Annual Horse & Hound Wine Festival takes place on July 14 from 11am-6pm at Johnson’s Orchards &…

  • Bella Finds

    Take Us to Piccadilly

    ‘Tis the season to uphaul your winter closet because summer is in full swing! The shops at Piccadilly Square on Franklin Road in Roanoke are stocked with perfect essentials sure to fit every plan on your list. Punch Boutique Featuring a fun and classy atmosphere with a “punch” of bright summer colors, Punch offers a variety of clothes and accessories to fit every personality. Quirky and sophisticated patterns are a popular trend this season and these blue lemon and lime shorts will sure to add some charisma to your closet. Pair these shorts with a classic white shirt and these geranium and gold tasseled earrings for a casual day on…

  • Bella Finds,  Eats+Sips,  Featured

    Flavors of Summer

    Our new favorite local, handcrafted hot sauce! Written by Hayleigh Worgan Ryan and Chrissi Scherer, the husband and wife team behind Zen Pepper Company, are making waves in the local agricultural community. Born in Texas, Ryan has always loved hot foods. He began growing and experimenting with different hot peppers in his early 20s. Through this experimentation, he was able to discern how their flavors came to life once blended with other ingredients. In 2010, he began small-scale farming Virginia Tech’s sustainability center in Catawba, researching forms of organic crop management and environmentally-friendly irrigation methods.  “Virginia Tech owns the Catawba Sustainability Center,” Chrissi explains. “They have great land that they…

  • Area Happenings,  Bella Outdoors

    Get Wild at FloydFest!

    Follow us up the mountain for fun, music, and an experience you will never forget! Written by Hayleigh Worgan It’s no secret, we believe FloydFest is one of the most magical places on earth. The 2018 “Wild” theme encourages visitors to be part of the magic and enjoy the beauty of the mountains around them. This year, FloydFest has new features to keep things fresh for returning festival-goers, in addition to the amenities we all know and love! Entertainment will be divided among eight stages for FloydFest 18. Dreaming Creek Main Stage, the signature stage located in the main field, remains a familiar landmark. Additionally, Hill Holler Stage, the Ferrum…