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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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Cunningham Creek WineryThe idea for Cunningham Creek Winery began with a conversation and ended with a glass of wine. This is how Sara Hernandez, an old friend of Debbie and Bruce Deal, describes the journey they took to reach their goal. Rick Hernandez cultivated a vineyard in California, where both couples are from. Sara, who is very gracious, tells the story.

 

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A group of friends enjoyed a meal at the Hole in One Café. With construction of the new cart barn and club house at the Lake Monticello golf course and a season of unending rainy days, it has been a slow start for the Hole in One Café. However, Manager Frank Hedderich is optimistic and determined to build it into a successful business.

Hedderich, along with partners Mark Moser and Len Poulin, are the owners and operators of HIO Golf Management, LLC. Hedderich, PGA general manager, has been overseeing the transformation of the Eagle’s Nest food service operation since February and has been making headway. He has been pleased with what they have accomplished so far.

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