Local Hotspots Receive National Recognition, Helping the Economy

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HARRISONBURG, Va. Several stores and restaurants around the Valley are receiving national recognition.

The Little Grill Collective, in Harrisonburg is one restaurant just voted one of the best breakfast and best vegetarian spots in the Valley.

Part-Owner, Kenny Shifflett said, it is a tradition which has been going on for more than 70 years. Now, because of the recognition, he said this local gem is becoming a hotspot for tourists.

"We will get people who are like 'Yeah, I worked here at the Grill 30 years ago. It's nice to see that nothing has changed and still taste great,'" said Shifflett.

In fact, on some weekends, he said there are about 100 tourists, stopping to eat on their way through the area.

"I've had family members in New York or driving up Pennsylvania say, 'That's a Little Grill bumper sticker, that's really cool,'" said Shifflett.

And they aren't the only ones feeling the impact.

Scott Wotten works at the Shenandoah Bicycle Company, a shop just voted one of the best bike shops by The Active Times. He said, this national recognition has a large economic impact.

"We might not be able to compete with some of the bargain online retailers, but they can't compete with us when it comes to customer service and having that genuine local knowledge," said Wotten.

Like The Little Grill, he said the money spent in the community, goes right back into the community and helps Harrisonburg grow.


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