Town of Shenandoah Sees Influx of New Businesses

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

SHENANDOAH, Va.---The Town of Shenandoah has seen an influx of new businesses since January.

Council Member Russel Comer Jr. said 13 new businesses have opened in the town just in six months.

"This is probably more that we've had in the past 10 years," said Comer.

Comer said the town has been targeting small businesses since 2007 when a Virginia Technical Institute study revealed the town needed small businesses that hired few employees.

"The number of employees is not always as important as the type that we get because we feel that these businesses that just located, are paying top dollar salary," said Comer.

He said Shenandoah has attracted new business because it is a HUBZone, a federal distinction to bring economic development to struggling areas.

"I think that economic conditions have improved and businesses have enough start up money," said Comer.

Luci Comer owns Luci's Cafe and Coffee Shoppe, a new business that opened a month ago.

"It has always been a dream. I just never knew it would come true," said Lucy Comer.

She said business is booming since she opened its doors.

"It's doing very well. I feel very blessed for any customer, even if it's just one but we have steadily increase. We have a lot of repeat customers. But we also have customers that we have never seen here before," said Lucy Comer.

For Lucy Comer, there's no better place for her kitchen than her town.

"I live in Shenandoah. It's a very small town. a small community so we are all like family," said Comer.

The town also applied to become an enterprise zone. That distinction would allow it to give more incentives to new businesses.

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