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New Fishersville deli; kombucha company in biz contest — The buzz

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A new Fishersville deli and market is set to open and an area kombucha company is in the running for a small business championship — here’s the buzz.

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The building which housed the Long Meadow Cheese Shoppe has found new tenants.

David Bartley and his family started Long Meadow Tree Farm in 1979. Now, he’s tackling a new business venture — a deli and farm market. 

Fishersville Lunch Box and Farm Market is set to open in mid-March, Bartley said. 

Originally the farm started out as Bartley’s school agricultural project. At that time there was only two acres of white pines. In the early 1980s, the varieties started to grow and by the late 1980s trees were ready to sell.

“As the business grew handmade wreaths and table arrangements were added,” he said. “In 2017 we added a new wreath shop and market to better display our products and offer other seasonal farm items. The farm serves as a popular spot for photographers and anyone just wanting to come to the country.”

The new deli and market will give the farm and other local products more exposure, Bartley said. He also has previous experience in leasing New Hope Grocery from 2006 to 2008.

The deli and market will offer breakfast and lunch sandwiches, rag bologna, cheeses, deli meats, local bakery items, McNett Angus Beef,  jams, jellies, salsas, relish, bagged and stick candy and selections of wines and local craft beers. The store will also feature fresh seasonal produce and Bageladies bagels.

Store and deli hours will be Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The store will be closed Sunday and Monday.

The Long Meadow Cheese Shop closed last spring after nearly six years. According to Bartley, the new deli has no connection with the former cheese shop.

But Bartley said he’s excited for the new venture and wants to bring back some of Fishersville’s history.

“The old building allows us to revive some of the past history of Fishersville and give back to the community,” he said. “The new location is in a high traffic area that will allow us to offer our seasonal produce and Christmas items. Offering the deli and more exposure for local bakery, meat and wines and craft beer.”

He hopes the market will offer a good, fair price while showcasing local, fresh brands.

 

Kombucha

Blue Ridge Bucha is contending for SCORE’s American Small Business Championship, which is out to find and support the country’s most successful and innovative small businesses. 

The company was founded back in 2010 in a 500-square-foot former wood shop at the home of Kate and Ethan Zuckerman in Afton. Now the the company is expanding and taking its business to Waynesboro with a larger space of 1,800 square feet. The new spot is at 1809 E. Main St. in what used to house Perfect Flavor, an organic ice-cream shop about five years ago. The Zuckermans said they expect the taproom to open in the spring 2018. 

Three grand champions will receive $15,000 to continue growing their business and a year of training from SCORE, a release said.

Blue Ridge Bucha is now in the public support phase of the contest and in order to advance to the next round, the company must get online support from the community, the release said. They have currently received more than 1,500 votes and are in the hunt for advancing to the next round.

In September, ​SCORE will recognize a number of small businesses from across the country that have demonstrated ​unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of America’s economy and small business community​, the release said.

“We are excited about this opportunity to highlight what has made our business so successful over the years. From the beginning, we’ve had a deep commitment to sustainability,” said co-owner Kate Zuckerman. “Our refillable bottles and innovative draft systems have now ​saved over 750,000 bottles from landfills​. 

“We actively coach and mentor our team and provide a full range of benefits (medical, dental, and Simple IRAs … etc) and competitive living wages,” she added. “This has allowed us to attract and develop some great people who want to do great work in the community.”

Zuckerman said that winning the championship will make​ ​a big impact for the company and for the City of Waynesboro,.

“We are excited to have Blue Ridge Bucha as one of the anchors on the 250 entrance corridor as this part of East Main Street develops ​with businesses and attractions that capture the traffic off of Interstate 64, Skyline Drive, and the Blue Ridge Parkway,” said Courtney Cranor, Waynesboro’s​ assistant director of Economic Development and Tourism, in a release. “Their business model pairs well with the interests of visitors who have come to enjoy natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and have an interest in craft food and beverage.”

Once open, the tasting room will provide a variety of locally sourced and sustainably shared products. There is also a plan for an open air market, which will be used to host workshops, tours and other programs, the release said. 

The American Small Business Championship comes just over a year after Blue Ridge Bucha went through rebrand prompted by a trademark infringement lawsuit with Gallo Wines.

​“It’s great to have a chance to showcase our new brand at a national level and celebrate the great work our company has been doing to raise awareness around sustainability issues,” Zuckerman said in a release. “​We are excited about the economic and social impact this Championship can make for our company and our community. Its right in line with our motto: ​Big flavor. Small Footprint​.”

To vote visit Championship.score.org/contest_entries/645531.

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The buzz is a short recap of area business trends. Send ideas to reporter Laura Peters at lpeters@newsleader.com or follow her @peterslaura and @peterpants

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