Keeping Roanoke Homes Comfortable

The heating and air conditioning business is practically in Rick Woods’ DNA. Rick is the owner, along with his brother, Gary, of Woods Family Heating & Air Conditioning. The two, along with their father, Frank, founded the company in 1985.

The Virginia Room

Are you looking for information about your family’s genealogy? An old building in Roanoke? The Civil War? Victory Stadium? Or even famed horse Secretariat? The Virginia Room at the Roanoke’s Main Library has your answers.

A New Old Name in Banking

The newest name in Roanoke’s banking landscape is actually more than a century old. American National Bank, a 109-year-old community bank headquartered in Danville, entered the Roanoke market last December. The commercial team set up shop in December, according to Sherry Dillon, vice president and financial center manager. The branch—located on Ogden Road—opened by appointment only in January, and the…

Larry Davidson

The old saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” could very well apply to Davidsons. The venerable men’s clothier, headquartered in downtown Roanoke, has seen its share of both change and continuity in its 107-year history.

Lib & Amy Catering

Amy Lanham admits she didn’t really know what to do with her life. The Roanoke native graduated from Cave Spring High school and got a degree in dental assisting from Virginia Western Community College. She went into dentistry to follow in her family’s footsteps; her grandfather, two great-uncles and two cousins are in dentistry. Then she worked as a title…

Sammy Oakey at Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory

If you live in the Roanoke area or have in the past, chances are you have come in contact with Roanoke’s oldest still-operating business: Oakey’s Funeral Service and Crematory. Founded in 1866 by Civil War veteran John M. Oakey, the company is now run by his great-great-grandson, Samuel G. Oakey, III, better known as Sammy.

John Lugar and Virginia Varsity Companies

In the fall of 1987, during fall break of his freshman year at Radford University, John Lugar, and a friend moved a family to Jacksonville, Florida. They volunteered, he said, to earn a little money and see Florida. The following May, after school ended, they moved another family to Georgia and came back with the idea of starting a moving…

New Skin Care Line

When Michele Meinhart saw a problem, she created a solution. And in the process, created a new skin care line. Meinhart, a nurse practitioner and owner of Starkey Medical Esthetics, noticed that her patients did not have a reasonably priced product to use after a skin procedure. Some, she said, were going home and just using regular soap. So, drawing…


South Roanoke’s The River and Rail restaurant has become both a neighborhood favorite and a foodie destination since its opening in June 2012. And Chef Aaron Deal is one of the reasons why. Located in the former Lipes Pharmacy building on Crystal Spring Avenue, the restaurant is a prime example of the farm-to-table movement. “I like being able to stand…