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Heavener Hardware offers True Value!

26 Apr ??????????

Post written by Cyndy Graham

Heavener Hardware has a long history of serving the town of Blacksburg. Blacksburg Lumber Company started out in the Blacksburg library building on Draper Road before moving to 813 Kabrich Street in 1980. The company became Heavener Hardware and Lumber when David Heavener bought the business in 1983.  Current co-owner Charles Woerner starting working there four days later. Current store manager Ed brought Charles to work with him at Heavener. Previously, they were both employed by Basic Hardware (formerly Western Auto). Basic Hardware is no longer around, but used to be located on Main Street in downtown Blacksburg. Obviously, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience to be found at Heavener Hardware that you will not find at the “big box” stores. The prices are also comparable, and the great service adds to the value.

Charles, a 1982 Virginia Tech business management graduate, thinks that in addition to being a great place to have a business, Blacksburg’s overall quality of life can’t be beat!   Charles and his wife, a Blacksburg native, decided to stay in Blacksburg because of the great school system, temperate climate, and small town atmosphere; the same attributes that still attract people to the area. Despite the dearth of department store shopping, which has been helped in some respect by the addition of First and Main, Charles believes that the town does a good job helping businesses get noticed and keeping businesses informed of recent developments. New additions to Virginia Tech, such as the new arts center, and downtown improvements such as the College Avenue Promenade project, all contribute to making Blacksburg a progressive community, while still preserving the small town atmosphere that people love so much.

Heavener Hardware’s major affiliation is the True Value brand. True Value is one of the major co-ops in the hardware industry providing buying power while allowing local ownership and autonomy. The store employs 24 people with an average of 16 years of service. Some employees have been in the industry for over 40 years, guaranteeing that if you need expert advice on a project you are sure to get just what you need! The Rental Store offers equipment from hand tools all the way up to Bobcats. Rentals are available from 1 hr to as long as you need the equipment.

Charles Woerner is currently serving as the Board President for Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. He is in his second term on the DBI Board and is an extremely active member of the organization which Heavener joined about 4 years ago. Heavener Hardware has a cardboard compactor available for public use to recycle cardboard as part of the Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. GREEN Initiative.

Heavener Hardware was host to a Cash Mob on Saturday March 9, 2013. For more about our monthly downtown Cash Mobs please visit our facebook page.

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Take the Easy Way!

8 Mar

Easy Way Packaging Center

Post written by Cyndy Graham

Easy Way Packaging Center has been at 610 North Main Street since 1985, when Charlotte Joyce and her husband built the multi-space building and started their business. A fixture on Main Street, Cathy Taylor bought the business in 2005. ??????????
Today, Cathy, Charlotte, and long-time employee Daryl, operate the business, which offers mailbox rentals and notary services in addition to packaging and shipping. In fact, Easy Way is the only FedEx shipping location in Blacksburg. However, Cathy would like everyone to know that FedEx is not always the best option in terms of price and delivery time. UPS can offer comparable service and price depending on the destination, and UPS also offers overnight delivery. FedEx pick-up times are 4pm, 5pm, and 5:30pm during the week. An insider tip that might help you is that you do not need to rush to get your package to the store early! No matter how early in the day a package is dropped off at the store, the pick-up times stay the same.

??????????One of the many advantages of shipping with Easy Way, is the safety and security they provide. Each shipment is automatically insured. Although there are rarely problems, if a problem does arise, the team at Easy Way does the work for you to arrive at a solution. Cathy describes herself as a “people person,” and this fact is quite evident. She is warm and friendly, and this comes across in the way she does business. In fact, over the holidays a customer was so impressed when she informed him that he could ship his item at the post office for lower cost, he took to the blogosphere to commend her for her honesty.

Another advantage of shipping with Easy Way is parking. A hard-to-come-by luxury in downtown! There is ample parking available, and they can pull up to the curb to unload.  You can bring your package ready to ship, or the team at Easy Way can prepare it for you. They also have all of the supplies available if you choose to do-it-yourself. Operating hours are convenient (10-6 Monday-Friday and 10-2 on Saturdays). What can you ship? Almost anything! From tires to furniture to food, Cathy and her crew have seen it all. There are restrictions of course, and the knowledgeable staff is always there to assist you.??????????
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Easy Way Packaging Center is located at:

610 N.Main St

Blacksburg, VA 24060

Tel: 951-4351

Lia’s Hairstyling

8 Feb ??????????

Post written by Cyndy Graham
Lia’s Hairstyling has been at 107 North Main St. for 15 years. Lia and her daughter Luanda always keep their customer’s convenience in mind by scheduling walk-ins as well as appointments. Lia came to the US because she had family here. ??????????
First to upstate New York, and then, when Luanda was 5 years old, they moved to Blacksburg where her uncle was a student at Virginia Tech. Lured here by the small town atmosphere and good schools where Lia could raise her family, she started the business in 2003. Lia has been doing hair for many years, first in her native Brazil, and now in Blacksburg. After Luanda graduated from Blacksburg High School she joined her Mom. The salon also employs two other stylists.
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They believe that what sets Lia’s apart from other salons is the décor, the quality of their work, and their inclusive mentality. I was struck by the large space that was decorated in a modern, but homey style. There are beautiful wood floors, and brightly colored oil paintings by Luanda’s brother line the walls. They told me they always strive to make sure the customer is happy with the salon experience. They are so warm and likeable, I’m sure this is the case. They told me they don’t cater to one specific kind of hair, and are very adept at doing all kinds, which adds an international element to the business. I felt very comfortable walking in and sitting down and talking, very much as I would in someone’s home.??????????

Most of their clientele find Lia’s from referrals from other satisfied customers. I first heard of Lia’s when a friend had a pink streak put in her hair for breast cancer awareness. This is the third year that Lia’s has participated in the event, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Relay for Life. Luanda was approached by a member of the Relay for Life team with the hair streaking idea, which also happened to occur at time where she was dealing with the recent death of her fiancé to cancer. Of course, Luanda and Lia were onboard and they tell me the response has been overwhelming. People who were not interested in getting their hair done have also used the event as an opportunity to donate. In order to raise awareness for autism, one client requested a blue streak! Lia and Luanda plan to participate twice a year, once in March and once in October.
Lia’s is more than just a hair salon. It is a home away from home, a way to contribute to a cause you believe in, and a place to meet new friends!?????????? ??????????

Small Town, Small Law Firm, Big Service

3 Dec Creekmore

Post Written by Nancy Mosely

Small Town, Small Law Firm, Big Service

I knew it was going to be an interesting interview when James Creekmore didn’t miss a beat after I asked my first question geared toward establishing his personal connection to Blacksburg.

“Oh, I hated Blacksburg. Prior to 2000 you wouldn’t have caught me dead in this town.”

Well… at least he’s honest. And as far as lawyer stereotypes go, that’s a pretty good start. James grew up in the Chesapeake area of Virginia, attended UVA for his undergraduate work (no surprises there) and William & Mary for law school. In 2006 he opened The Creekmore Law Firm in the Roanoke Valley and two years later he bought space in Blacksburg for a second branch. In 2011 he decided to merge the Roanoke and Blacksburg offices together to form one location in downtown Blacksburg. The draw of our small college town life was just too much to resist.

The office building itself, an old house that sits between Chipotle and Hokie House on North Main Street, dates back to the late 1800s and was a rooming house during the war. For the past 20-30 years it belonged to a real estate company and now, after extensive renovations that include exposing the original hardwood floors, belongs to Creekmore.

The small firm operates with just four attorneys and four administrative staff, so the everyday work environment is socially tight-knit and family-friendly, naturally leading to time spent together during off hours. They attend Salem Red Sox games, events at The Lyric, festivals around town and statewide and often celebrate holidays at the office.

“We turned the building into a Victorian Christmas party last year and a haunted house for Halloween this year and usually prepare a big meal and have everyone over for the downtown Christmas parade.  Playing together after work is also part of what makes coming to work fun.”

There are also quarterly local art & wine nights with live music and monthly “Shark Bite Luncheons” that are free to the public and include discussions on topics like trademarking and Internet privacy best practices. Creating fun, informative networking opportunities, James states, means you end up with a tremendous amount of friends in the area; friends that are either clients or potential clients.

“I love the business energy of the downtown community and the vitality of this corner in particular…. the retail, the restaurants. The accessibility of our office means we have a revolving door of visitors every day.”

The firm devotes a lot of attention to Intellectual Property Law, Small Business Litigation, Business Counseling and Corporate Law with a primary focus on technology. A majority of their clients come from New River Valley start-ups and young companies with ten or fewer employees, but they also offer services worldwide. Creekmore is a perfect fit for a town that includes the Corporate Research Center and tends to crank out college graduates who start local businesses so they can, quite frankly, stay local. The Blacksburg business community operates in harmony with Virginia Tech and vice versa.

“Here there is a different mentality about working for someone else. People worry less about finding a job, more about how to create one. We’re in place to support the entrepreneurs.”

Even though James has embraced (and even learned to love) the warm, friendly, energetic business and social community of Blacksburg, he still admits to only stepping foot in Lane Stadium when UVA is in town.

“Otherwise, I can wear an orange shirt of course. And I just recently started wearing a plain burgundy hat as well.”

I laughed and told him an outfit consisting of maroon and orange worn together is the first sign of total conversion. I bet it’s only a matter of time until he’s able to answer, “What’s a Hokie?” with complete conviction.

The Creekmore Law Firm
318 N.Main St.
Blacksburg, VA   24060
540-443-9350

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Back on Track

14 Nov Dr Logan Brooke

Post written by Nancy Moseley

Dr. Logan Brooke is not only a practicing chiropractor, he is also a patient.

“It’s the best kept secret in healthcare,” Dr. Brooke of the downtown Blacksburg location of Tuck Chiropractic admits, “I get adjusted once a week for prevention.”

Dr. Brooke received his chiropractic license in 2005 and moved to Blacksburg from Ohio when Tuck Chiropractic recruited him in 2009.  He decided to pursue the profession after having a positive childhood experience with a chiropractor. A Biochemistry major from Bowling Green State University, he took classes in college that would allow him to transition easily into chiropractic school, allowing him to evolve his childhood passion into a career.

Chiropractic medicine is typically used as a complement to traditional healthcare treatments and benefits people who suffer bodily discomfort due to any number of factors, both physical and mental. This type of therapy concentrates on using manual techniques to adjust the spine, joints and other soft tissues.

“People who come to see us can generally be grouped into three categories, those with physical, emotional or biochemical issues.”

These issues can include any number of health situations from chronic headaches and scoliosis to digestive problems or even unresolved financial stress. The practice attracts a lot of families and 1/3 of Dr. Brooke’s patients are under the age of 24.

“Usually one member of the family starts to see us for a specific reason and then the entire family starts to come. It ends up being a positive experience for everyone.”

The office itself is located on North Main Street on the same block as the new Waffle House and next door to 622 North. All Tuck Chiropractic locations, twelve in total stretching from Galax to Bedford, support a “green” healthcare initiative, believing that making a dedicated effort to benefit the environment will ultimately benefit the patient.

Dr. Brooke’s office has switched to a digital system of record keeping and note taking, nearly eliminating all paper waste. Energy consumption is also kept to a minimum by turning off all electronics and therapy machines when they are not in use. I went by for this interview while the office was closed for lunch and noticed that the waiting room lights and all interior office lights were also turned off. Just that one hour a day of saving energy can make a significant annual impact.

As with most businesses located in the Downtown Blacksburg community, maintaining a strong liaison to Virginia Tech is vital to the success of the practice. However, to depend on a revolving tidal wave of students 8 months of the year, Dr. Brooke admits, is not a sustainable way of doing business. It’s a challenge, but a welcome one, to find a way to stay connected to the local population as well.

“I love the small town feel of Blacksburg. I think we all do a good job of supporting each other by patronizing local businesses as much as possible. I also love running into my patients in the grocery store. It gives me a unique opportunity to grow relationships outside of the office.”

One of Dr. Brooke’s favorite parts of his job is helping build an overall wellness foundation for his patients. It is so rewarding, he notes, to watch them achieve their personal health goals. Dr. Brooke is also an avid triathlete with lofty health goals of his own. He participates in at least two triathlons a month and this summer completed seven total throughout the state of Virginia.

Still, this all begs the question, shouldn’t we be trying to avoid needing a chiropractor at all? There is a misconception surrounding chiropractic therapy, as Dr. Brooke candidly said at the beginning. It’s not always used as a reactive form of alternative medicine, but a preventative one as well. It’s not all careless cracks and pops, but an intentional regimen of procedures that are tailored to each individual’s needs.

“People have to learn to overwhelm their body with good stress, while simultaneously decreasing negative stress. Simply understanding the difference is a huge lesson.”

At the end of the day, it’s all about improving the patient’s quality of life. By being aware of simple things like hydration, sun exposure, regular exercise, correct posture and a general positive mental attitude, we can be in control of our own health journey. But when real life happens, as it tends to do, places like Tuck Chiropractic are at the ready to steer us gently back on course.

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Tuck Chiropractic is located at:
620 N. Main St.
Blacksburg,
540-951-4357

Patient Hours:
Monday 8-12 & 2-6
Tuesday 8-12 & 2-6
Wednesday 8-12 & 2-6
Thursday 8-12 & 2-6
Friday 8-12 & 2-6
Saturday 8-10

Pita Vera-Made from Scratch with a Lebanese Flair

2 Nov pitat11

Post written by Cyndy Graham

Yes, you heard correctly. The food at Pita Vera is made fresh and baked fresh. From gyros to kabobs, Pita Vera prepares your food to order with the finest and freshest products. Owner Sam Makoley knew he wanted to open his restaurant in Blacksburg after working in the hotel and restaurant industry in LA and Phoenix. It didn’t take many trips to Southwest Virginia before he was won over by the beauty of the area, sense of community, peace and quiet, and most of all, the people. When he would visit his cousin in Roanoke, he enjoyed the slower pace of life compared with big city life. After the economy took a downturn in 2008, he decided to sell his restaurant in Phoenix, and head to Blacksburg.

Pita Vera is in the former “More than Coffee” location at 235 North Main St. Also, the former site of Mr. Fooz Sub Shop (1981), a favorite location of Hokie alums, including myself, the name was changed in June 2010 to more accurately reflect the food and the atmosphere. Sam bought the restaurant in May 2009. The food is a combination of Mediterranean, Lebanese, Greek, and Italian, using recipes passed down through Sam’s family and new dishes that the owner puts together on his own. Menu items are continually updated, and include fresh fish and homemade pasta. A $100,000 building renovation is in the works, which will include new seating. The focus of the menu is on fresh, healthy options using ingredients such as olive oil, and menu items are cholesterol free. Sam always “treats the customer the way I would want to be treated.”

The downtown location has many plusses, and a few minuses. Having such a visible location is a great advantage, but there is a lot of competition. New restaurants are opening all of the time and there are more dining options on campus. The location also does not allow for outdoor seating, at a time when College Avenue is being upgraded for more outdoor seating options. Pita Vera does have a lot of loyal, local customers, as well as customers from Roanoke, Winchester, and even Boston, who make sure to stop by when they are in town.

Sam Makoley brought his passion for ethnic foods to Blacksburg along with his philosophy of being true to the customer (vera is Latin for “true”).  Sam and his staff at Pita Vera simply “try to do our best.” Evidently his customers agree. I urge you to check it out!
Take in a little art with your meal- Pita Vera carries a rotating display of art by members of Blacksburg Regional Arts Association.

Pita Vera
235 N. Main St.
Blacksburg, VA   24060
Tel: 540-552-9222

Hours of operation:
Monday through Thursday 11:00 to 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 9:30pm.

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Sharkey’s-Fun and Friendly

26 Oct CM2

Post written by Cyndy Graham

The management team at Sharkey’s focuses on three different and equally important things:  their happy, friendly staff, the good value you receive for your money, and the opportunity to participate in daily activities or specials. They host bingo games and trivia contests. There is a special every day like “free burger Monday” and “kids eat free” on Tuesday. Their famous salad bar is open 7 days a week, and it is not only delicious, but it is extra healthy with an organic salad mix. They always try to use locally grown ingredients. Sharkey’s is the only restaurant in Blacksburg to offer buffalo (bison) burgers, my personal favorite.

October 8, 2012 was the 20th anniversary of Sharkey’s in Blacksburg. In a place where competition is high, their longevity is a testament to their commitment to quality, and most of all, fun!

Originally from New York, Steph and her business partners came to Blacksburg from Florida in the early 90’s. With thoughts of Miami Vice still swirling in their heads, they decided to give their restaurant a cool, beach theme. And the shark logo isn’t a vicious shark, but Sharkey, the friendly shark, which speaks more to who they are and to their slogan, “Where Good Friends Go!” Steph was looking to open a restaurant in a college town where their customers would be a combination of both students and people from the surrounding area. Sharkey’s was originally called Sharkey’s Bar & Grille and was located in the building next door which had been known as Cricket’s.  In 2005, Sharkey’s became Sharkey’s Wing & Rib Joint and moved to its current location at 220 N. Main Street which was formally home to Woody’s, Preston’s, and Arnold’s.

Sharkey’s is continually improving in all areas, and Steph attributes this to their incredible staff who have a direct influence on how they do business. The management team’s philosophy is to empower their staff, a get-better philosophy that can change people’s lives. They also listen to their customers, who are always referred to as guests. Due to guest feedback, on free burger Monday you don’t need to use your coupon that day, but can come back anytime and the coupon does not expire! They are “cool like that.”

In 2007 they decided to expand by opening a second location in Radford. Sharkey’s has been voted“Best Bar,” “Best Place to Watch Sports,” and “Best Happy Hour” (7 years in a row) by the readers of the Virginia Tech Collegiate Times.

Did you know???

  • Sharkey’s partnered with Cafe de Bangkok to produce a one of a kind special  barbecue sauce for the Summer Solstice Fest Wing Eating Contest in June 2012. Apparently the wings and sauce were delicious and competition was fierce! Everyone came out a winner- they all got to eat bucket loads of wings! Prizes were also awarded to those who ate the most in the time allocated.
  • Sharkey’s also hosted the Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. Cash Mob on August 21, 2012. The Mob visited John’s Camera Corner to shop and then enjoyed a delicious meal on the delightful patio behind Sharkey’s- best of all- because it was a Tuesday all the kids ate FREE! Showing true community spirit and appreciation for the Cash Mob participants, Sharkey’s even provided some great FREE appetizers for the whole group!

Sharkey’s Wing & Rib Joint
220 N. Main St.
Blacksburg, VA   24060
540-552-2030

www.sharkeyswingandribjoint.com

Daily Specials

Sharkey’s offer something special every day of the week! Click the links below to find out more

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Sharkey’s Host regular Wing Eating Challenges- have you ever participated? Share with us in the comments below about your favorite Sharkey’s experience and you could win a Downtown Gift certificate …to use at Sharkey’s!

The vital Importance of Being Earnest

19 Sep Logo Courtesy of Bold Print Design Studio

Post written by Erin Jenkins

Jack- “Algy, you’re always talking nonsense.”
Algy-  “It’s better than listening to it.”

“This play is a classic comedy,” Amanda Snediker told me while we stood in the hall of the Christiansburg Library. She was dressed in full 19th century garb and continued, “it’s a story about love and mistaken identity.” I asked her what made this play so iconic and classic she noted, “this play is full of physical humor, and the cast we have accumulated is extraordinary.” HaeBo Productions is kicking off their 2012-‘13 season with the hilarious and iconic play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

Logo Courtesy of Bold Print Design Studio

I met up with the director, cast and some of the crew on a Sunday night in the Christiansburg Library, where they have been rehearsing the play since mid-August. When I arrived, the director Sarah Klingbeil, was going over the script, while wigs and peacock hair-pieces were being placed, and lines were being memorized by the cast. It was a lively scene. I asked Sarah what she felt was the most challenging aspect of this play, and she told me “most things in theatre are a challenge: advertising, costuming, budgeting…but the easiest thing has been rehearsing.” She then went on to mention the challenge of community theatre in general, one being that all the people involved have other jobs, family, friends. The amazing thing about community theatre is that the actors, directors, and technical crew are doing what they do out of love for the theater and it shows!

Amanda Snediker, pictured left, is performing a few roles, spending part of the time as costume mistress and the other time she is playing Gwendolen Fairfax, the love interest of the notorious flip-flopper, Ernest–I mean John Worthing, or maybe Jack, however you want to look at it. She told me one of the most difficult things about being part of a community theater is that often the hopes of having a “brick-and-mortar” building is just not going to happen. I watched the rehearsal, and I do not think it matters where these actors are acting, whether it’s at the Christiansburg Library for rehearsal, or at Prices Fork Elementary theatre, you will be entertained!

Come on out and watch these incredible acting talents perform “The Importance of Being Earnest”. All performances will be held at Prices Fork Elementary School.

The Importance of Being Earnest is running:
September 27-29 and October 4th-6th at 7:30pm
September 30th and October 7th at 3:00pm.
Tickets and Reservations:
$10.00 for General Admission
$8.00 for Seniors and Students (please bring your ID).

Book your tickets online today!

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To your Health!

14 Sep staff

Post written by Cyndy Graham

After an auto accident, Dr. Chris Belluzzo was helped by a chiropractor. That positive experience led him to his life’s vocation. A Virginia Tech sociology major from Herndon, VA, Chris graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1997. He then attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota where he earned his chiropractic degree.
Familiarity with the New River Valley area was his main motivation to start his business in Blacksburg. After a stint at Foot Levelers in Roanoke, Chris brought his expertise to Blacksburg, along with experience prescribing custom orthotics, which he still employs in his business. After scouting out several locations, he chose to locate his office in Clay Court, which was just being finished at the time. The fact that he could design the space himself was a big advantage, as well as the visibility along Main Street. As Blacksburg grows, South Main Street isn’t on the outskirts anymore!

One characteristic of his business that he is very proud of is his dedication to spending all the extra time with his clients that he needs to in order to offer the quality of care he feels is necessary. How often do you hear of a doctor who tries to spend more time with their patients! At South Main Chiropractic, Dr. Belluzzo and Dr. Jacquie Keats are assisted by a staff of five. Each doctor brings their own specialties. With more modalities, there are more opportunities to cure their patients. His specializations focus on extremities; her focus is on sports injuries, family wellness, and education. Through the discount program ChiroHealth USA, they are able to provide discounted rates. They also do insurance billing and participate in Medicare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

South Main Chiropractic is also involved in our community.  Dr. Belluzzo volunteers with “Up on the Roof,” a creative professionals event that caters to young professionals and locals of Blacksburg. He is also active in the Rotary Club of Blacksburg, recently chairing the annual Rotary Yard Sale which raised over $1300.00 for local projects.  Dr. Keats is the team chiropractor and manual therapist for the Virginia Tech Track and Field Team and is married to Associate Head Track and Field Coach Greg Jack.

South Main Chiropractic is located in Clay Court and is neighbors with In Balance Yoga, Alligator Alley and Gourmet Pantry!
401 S. Main St.
Blacksburg, VA   24060
540-552-5202

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A Business in Balance

13 Aug

Post written by Nancy Moseley

When someone mentions yoga, perhaps you immediately think of sitting cross-legged on a mat, middle fingertip to thumb touching lightly, the familiar “ohm” sound droning in the background. By definition, yoga is all of those things, but it is also a series of physical, mental and spiritual exercises designed so that individuals can attain bodily and mental well-being. Now that sounds a little more like it.

So how do you turn something that – in practice – is a person’s journey inward, into a business that can only grow and succeed by expanding outward? Well, Becky Crigger, owner of In Balance Yoga in downtown Blacksburg, has managed to do just that.

“I wanted to somehow continue to spread and share what changed my life in hopes of inspiring others,” Crigger explained.

As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, Crigger suffered from mild panic attacks, but because of a minor in religious studies became aware of the practice of meditation as a way to deepen spiritual seeking and healing.

“Meditation helped with the attacks, so I just decided to stay on that path. I became very interested in Eastern religion.”

After college she started supplementing her meditation work with conventional yoga, the notion of using a series of postures and poses as a form of exercise. Originating in ancient India, yoga is one of the six orthodox schools in Hindu philosophy. It came to the west in the mid 19th century and has soared in popularity since the 1980s, when teachers began to evangelize it less as a religious practice and more as a form of healthy exercise.

But, Crigger notes, it’s finding the balance of both that is her favorite part of running the studio.

“I like it when people begin a yoga practice for the physical benefits and end up finding a spiritual awakening. When they find a way, through the exercises, to reunite with their true selves.”

In Balance Yoga trains and employs 12 instructors who teach a variety of classes including Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and even meditation. It’s the first studio in Southwest Virginia to offer hot yoga classes – yoga practiced in a heated room so that your muscles stay warm for deeper stretches and toxin release. The studio offers massage, yoga therapy, and a variety of workshops which have included classes in nutrition.

“I ultimately want this to grow into a holistic wellness center,” Crigger admits.

Additionally, the studio offers Restorative and Prenatal Yoga classes, the conditioning and flexibility a natural preparation for labor. Crigger is dedicated to this idea of connecting people to yoga as a form of therapy, basing the lessons on the individuals’ needs.

“Recently my focus has been service oriented. I work with the residents at Warm Hearth leading chair yoga. I also offer classes for children with autism and I work with Blue Ridge Cancer Care. It has become a very meaningful path for me.”

After considering Christiansburg as a home for her studio, Crigger opened the business in 2009 in Clay Court, which was, as she admits, the perfect time. Blacksburg and the New River Valley were ready to accept and embrace yoga, where even 10 years earlier, simply due to unfamiliarity, it would have been too much of a struggle.

So what is the best advice for someone who has never taken a yoga class before?

“Honor your body,” Crigger offers, “take things slowly. Don’t expect your body to do what others are doing. Too often the focus is outer and yoga is about keeping the attention inward.”

Thankfully Becky Crigger has built her business around sharing the spiritual and physical benefits of yoga outward to the local community. She connects with us so that we might connect with ourselves. She wakes up every day with a passion and devotion to keep things, appropriately, in balance.

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In Balance Yoga is located at:

401 S. Main St.
Blacksburg, VA   24060
540-961-1030

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