Business

The Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce hopes to draw visitors to Pleasant Grove this Saturday, Oct. 1 for the BBQ, Bands, Brews and Wine Festival.
The Chamber combined two popular festivals into one big party, attracting wine and beer lovers as well as barbecue enthusiasts.

Chamber member Rudy Garcia said it was a conscious decision to bring the two together.

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James Collins, owner of Pantops Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, opened a new office at Lake Monticello on Sept. 20.

After serving Charlottesville and its surrounding counties for over 12 years, the physical therapist decided to expand into the Fluvanna community, setting up shop between the Lake and Sycamore Square beside KC’s Burgers.

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John and Theresa AtkinsWhere can you find fantastic barbecue in Fluvanna?  The answer lies in what BBQ Connection’s pitmaster and owner, John Atkins, calls “the best-kept secret in Fluvanna County.

As a member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and certified barbecue judge, Atkins is no stranger to good barbecue. Judging by the talent, passion and flavor that lies in a small building just past Fork Union, BBQ Connection and its award-winning barbecue will not stay a secret for very long.
There is no denying that you can usually find multiple barbecue joints in every town, but Fluco residents probably have no idea of the history and talent behind BBQ Connection and the husband and wife team who run it.

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Village StationTraffic zips by Village Station, located on Rt. 15 in the heart of Palmyra.
Rumored to have been a car dealership and a restaurant in the past, more recently it has been home to a church group, Avon, and a thrift shop. However, the building’s shabby and aging appearance has made it less than appealing to those driving by.
But now Corven Flynn of Akarion Realty and other young business people with imagination see something different. They want to rebuild Village Station into a destination – not a place people drive by on their way somewhere else.

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Alison Salanova, Walter Salanova, and Brittney Koczan beside the mobile kitchen.Walter and Alison Salanova, owners of Villa Nova’s Restaurant, learned about the devastating flood in West Virginia that killed 26 people and left scores homeless through news outlets and social media.

But when their daughter’s boyfriend told the family firsthand about the destruction and chaos he saw when he visited the flood-ravaged area, the Salanovas felt the need to help.  “We heard so many heartbreaking stories of people just losing everything,” Alison Salanova said.  “A lot of volunteers from our area were going to help with relief efforts, and we just felt we were called to go, too.” Add a comment

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