Author: Shelley Basinger

La Villa Italian Restaurant

The Experience If anyone can say they run a true Italian restaurant in Lynchburg, it’s Michele DiGiovanni. “Our cooks are all Italians. They come straight from Italy and make 90 percent of our food right when you order it,” he explains. Not only that, but serving authentic Italian food is in his blood. DiGiovanni was born and raised in Italy—most of his family still lives there. He moved to the United States when he was 16 and met his wife in Delaware, where they owned a couple of restaurants before turning their sights to piece of property in Lynchburg....

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Isabella’s Italian Trattoria

What to Expect: House made Italian favorites, sophisticated setting, no detail overlooked The Experience: Anyone in the restaurant business will tell you—starting your own, and keeping it afloat, is tough work. The locally-owned places come and go in the Hill City, but there are some with true staying power. Isabella’s, now in its 18th year, is one of them. “Our first 9.5 years were on Old Forest Road, and we have spent 8.5 in the Boonsboro Shopping Center,” says owner Cheri Barauskas. The restaurant’s incredible attention to detail is one big reason Lynchburg locals have been faithful—little touches such...

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Editor’s Letter August/September 2017

A glimpse behind-the-scenes: As we worked to create guidelines for our 2017 Millennials on the Move campaign, I sat in front of my computer one day to determine the appropriate age cutoff for this generation (which became the largest generation in the workforce in 2015). It wasn’t a simple Google search. Here are just a few dates I found: Pew Research Center – born after 1980 The Center for Generational Kinetics – born between 1977-1995 Iconoclast (consumer research firm) – born after 1978 Surprised that someone as old as 40 could technically be considered a part of the millennial generation? I was too. That goes against the typical “mental picture” or stereotype of a millennial (an entitled 20-something, standing in line at Starbucks, sending a selfie on Snapchat). Another interesting piece of information that goes against what you may have assumed about millennials is, according to The Center for Generational Kinetics, their biggest strength is passion. Meaning, they don’t want to just clock in and out—they want to make a difference. You’ll find just a hint of that passion starting on page 31 when you read about our 2017 Millennials on the Move. Due to the differing dates you saw above, we decided anyone under 40 could be nominated for this honor. Then, a panel of judges helped choose this year’s exceptional group of 25 young professionals. You won’t...

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Fire and Hops Taphouse

What to Expect Elevated pub fare in a bright and airy neighborhood restaurant The Experience Fire and Hops Taphouse opened its doors in April, adding another dining spot to the Wyndhurst community. This area boasts a unique downtown-like vibe; street parking is available within walking distance of the restaurant’s front doors, and you’ll see people strolling by on the spacious sidewalks. Inside, the exposed ductwork and modern furniture and decor choices set a classy, but comfortable, tone for your visit. There are lots of windows letting in natural light, which is refreshing for your lunch hour. “We’re kind of...

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Trio Brick Oven Eatery

What to Expect Your favorite comfort foods in a casual atmosphere (with a modern twist) The Experience Located in the heart of Forest on Route 221, Trio Brick Oven Eatery is one of the newer restaurants to join the up-and-coming area. And since it opened in May 2015, the place has stayed busy from lunchtime through Happy Hour and beyond. While on the outside, you may dismiss Trio for being “just another business” in a strip mall, once inside, you will be truly impressed. From the hardwood floors to the modern décor, you will feel like you are in...

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Editor’s Letter Feb/March 2017

I love a good underdog story—it’s such an uplifting feeling to root for “the little guy” as he goes up against the odds, wins the big fight or beats the undefeated team. In our economy, small businesses are the underdogs. Their founders and owners are, many times, putting everything on the line to pursue their life-long dream. And it’s a tough road to take. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) says about half will survive five years or longer and only a third will make it past the 10-year mark. But small businesses are worth rooting for. The SBA also says between 1992 until the third quarter of 2013, small businesses accounted for 63.3 percent of net new jobs. In this issue, we are honored to bring you our 3rd Annual Small Businesses on the Rise feature. The nine, local small businesses we chose are unique, offering different services, products and skills to our local community. But they have one thing in common—a passion that, so far, is setting their business apart from the rest. From building expansions to major new contracts, read about their successes starting on page 24. Also, in our Legal department on page 35, two attorneys from Woods Rogers highlight a legal checklist every potential owner should use before launching their small business. While it’s easy for businesses to focus on staying out of the...

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Editor’s Letter Dec/Jan 2017

For a very fleeting moment during my college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I wanted to be a lawyer. Although I fell more in love with journalism, I’ve always had an admiration for the legal profession. And after working for a decade as news reporter in this area (and being inside the courtroom for plenty of cases), I gained a lot of respect for lawyers too. More often than not, when you need to find a lawyer, it’s not for something good. From divorce to bankruptcy, lawyers are there to help people and businesses through some of their most difficult times by navigating through a very complex system of paperwork and/or court appearances. If that time comes for you, who do you call? Do you Google “lawyers in Lynchburg” or just rely on your friend’s experience with his or her lawyer? Lynchburg Business is kicking of a brand new campaign to help you get a jump start: Top Lawyers of Greater Lynchburg 2016. Lynchburg Business contracted a company called DataJoe to do a peer-to-peer survey; lawyers in the region were asked to nominate each other for this contest. Starting on page 21, find out who received the most nominations to become this year’s Top Lawyer and see the full list of lawyers in over 30 specialties. This section also includes an in-depth look at...

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The Briar Patch

What to Expect: A homemade meal, cozy setting, friendly service. The Experience: If you always stay on the beaten path of Lynchburg’s restaurant scene, you may want to consider veering off to The Briar Patch in Amherst, located 15-20 minutes from downtown. This family-owned establishment has been a place “Where Friends Meet” for decades. The restaurant was built in 1948; Joan Lingerfelt bought it in 1986. “It’s just comfortable. People love the décor…the wood makes it feel cozy,” said Lingerfelt. Also adding to the comfortable experience—the Briar Patch servers and staff. “I get a lot of great comments on...

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