Valley Homes & Style Magazine | August & September 2018 Edition
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Valley Homes & Style Magazine | August & September 2018 Edition

August & September 2018 Edition

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Bella Salon and Spa
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Bella Salon and Spa

By Karen Gardner Walking into Bella Salon and Spa in Hagerstown, located behind a bank and across busy Dual Highway from a pharmacy, feels like walking into another world. Tammy Shindle opened Bella Salon in 2001 with four hairstyling stations. By then, she had 20 years of experience cutting and styling hair in Hagerstown, and she was ready to move to the next step of owning her own salon. Her father-in-law suggested she choose a name near the beginning of the alphabet, to help the salon’s visibility in the Yellow Pages. “That shows you how much things have changed since then,” she said with a smile. Since then, Shindle has been slowly adding services. She’s added a full range of color, toner and foil options. Brow tints. Color fusion. Texturizing and straightening. Hair extensions. Manicures and pedicures came next. Then came skin treatments, eye rescue, lip renewal and hand renewal. Manicures for men. Nail art. Paraffin treatment for hands and feet. Waxing, from basic bikini to Brazilian. Eyelash extensions and makeup applications. More recently, massage has joined the list of spa treatments at Bella Salon and Spa. Traditional, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal and reflexology are all available at Bella. “As we grew, we decided to offer spa services,” Shindle said. “It’s something our customers were asking for.” When Bella Salon and Spa opened, the business occupied one-third of a building that housed three separate businesses. Shindle’s father-in-law owned the building and suggested she open her own salon. Shindle graduated from Washington County Career and Technical High School in 1982 as a licensed cosmetologist, and had worked her way up to salon manager at another salon. Located on the other side of the building was her sister-in-law’s travel agency. A year after Shindle opened her salon, the third tenant moved out, and Shindle decided to expand into the middle area, allowing her to expand her offerings. As her business grew, she added more services. About six years after her first expansion, Bella added a second story to the salon, with a locker area and offices for employees. Two years ago, Shindle’s sister-in-law decided to move her travel business to her home, and Shindle and her husband Keith decided that was the perfect time to expand the salon and spa business even more. They now own the building, and Keith served as the general contractor for the expansion. “It was a very long process from planning to execution,” Shindle said. The salon is a Redken Elite salon, and Shindle worked with Redken to plan a new color bar for hair coloring. She worked with Peter and Tess Millard, salon designers...

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Berkeley Pottery
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Berkeley Pottery

Written by Cami Coulter Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV houses a variety of businesses from restaurants and tattoo parlors to salons and fabric shops but a new kind of business just renovated a space on the busy street and put up their “We’re Open!” sign in June. The bright yellow and orange colored storefront of Berkeley Pottery, that can’t be missed, adds a different kind of business to the heart of Martinsburg. Walking into Berkeley Pottery customers can first see tables and chairs for painting, with abstract art designs on the walls, but also shelves holding more than a hundred pre-fired ceramics they can chose from to paint and glaze. All through out the space, the store has friendly, colorful lighting and fun music playing in the background. Continuing further into the space is a cute and quaint social bar and then several pottery wheels held in the back where owner, David Carroll, might be teaching a class to beginner potters. Originally from Greenbrier County, David and his business partner, Mark Thompson, moved to Martinsburg in hopes of their big dream to lift off. They chose Martinsburg because it is very well situated geographically between three major interstates. “It’s a cultural hub for the Potomac highlands,” David explained. He says the surrounding areas like the Eastern Panhandle and Winchester look toward Martinsburg for leadership and cultural affairs. After waiting seven years, they settled down in Berkeley County. Finding an awesome deal on a house from fore closure, they bought and restored it into a place they could call home. David did the same for the thriving Berkeley Pottery. The building had been vacant for thirty years and was in need of some definite TLC. “We renovated it and put our heart and soul into it. I spent six weeks on my hands and knees scrubbing the floors down because they were covered with shag carpet,” David said. The flooring under that shag carpet is hardwood flooring from the original building as well as the plaster on the walls and the ceiling. The brick on the walls were made right in Martinsburg at the Continental Brick Company and many of them show the Continental stamps on the sides. The owners also replaced the stark, florescent lighting with warmer, softer lights to create a more cozy and inviting space. Berkeley Pottery holds three lines of business. Customers are able to paint their own pottery by choosing a ceramic on the shelves provided. Then you can paint and add designs on your chosen ceramic any way you would like. After that, the employees will glaze it in a kiln, which makes the...

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Mikey’s Mini Donuts, family-owned for the whole family
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Mikey’s Mini Donuts, family-owned for the whole family

By Karen Gardner Mini doughnuts can be a mouth-watering treat, without the guilt of eating a whole doughnut. To get some mini doughnuts, head over to Mikey’s Mini Donuts at the Premium Outlets Food Court in Hagerstown. Mikey’s Mini Donuts are the perfect complement to a shopping trip at the outlet mall. Michael Rosario opened Mikey’s Mini Donuts eight months ago in Hagerstown, where he lives with his wife and 1-year-old child. “It’s a family-owned business,” he said. His wife helps him out, when she’s not working at her job, and his cousin is a business partner. His doughnuts appeal to children and adults alike. “My doughnuts taste like funnel cakes,” he said. That funnel cake taste is baked into the tiny, 2-inch diameter treats, which come with one topping. Many people add a second topping for an extra 50 cents. Toppings include powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, Nutella, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, jelly, marshmallow, marshmallow syrup, strawberry syrup, chopped bacon, chopped peanut, chopped almonds, chocolate chip, Fruity Pebbles and M&Ms. A clear container of tiny, colorful marshmallows sits on a counter waiting to be added to the doughnuts. Other jars contain chopped nuts, Fruity Pebbles and chocolate chips. Syrup containers sit ready to squiggle their contents onto the doughnut treats. A Kitchen Aid sits ready to mix up the dough for the doughnuts. “I make the doughnuts fresh from scratch,” Rosario said. “I make one or two pounds of dough at a time.” The dough is then shaped into the doughnuts and slipped into the fryer. Rosario churns out five orders per batch of dough, and mixes new batches repeatedly to keep up with demand. The tiny doughnuts have even smaller holes, and are similar to doughnut holes, except each one is actually a tiny doughnut. “Kids like to watch me make them,” Rosario said. Besides doughnuts, Rosario offers Waffle Pops, which are strips of Belgian waffle dough on a kebab stick. He also makes these fresh to order. Waffle Pops come with toppings, just like the doughnuts. The whole process of frying dough into a Mini Donut or Waffle Pop takes about two minutes, complete with toppings. Mini Donuts come in bags of eight or 12. Or you can order The Mikey, four Mini Donuts and a scoop of ice cream. Rosario, 34, is a native of Puerto Rico. He and his wife have lived in Hagerstown for about eight years. Rosario has worked as a bank teller, in a warehouse and as a dishwasher, but, he said, “I never found my niche.”  He added, “I’ve always daydreamed about being a business owner.” Rosario learned about the mini...

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Adoring the Views of Harpers Ferry at River Level
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Adoring the Views of Harpers Ferry at River Level

To experience the Harpers Ferry natural environment was ‘worth a voyage across the Atlantic’ to Thomas Jefferson. Don’t miss it. By Bonnie Williamson In 1783, Thomas Jefferson once stood on Jefferson Rock, now part of the Harpers Ferry National Park in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. He wrote, “The passage of the Patowmac [Potomac] through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature…On your right comes up the Shenandoah, having ranged along the foot of the mountain a hundred miles to seek a vent. On your left approaches the Patowmac in quest of a passage also. In the moment of their junction they rush together against the mountain, rend it asunder and pass off to the sea… This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic.” The beautiful and majestic environment along the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, and the rivers themselves helped a local business, designed for those with a sense of adventure and love of nature, expand far beyond its original offering of white water rafting. River Riders Family Adventure Resort has the experienced personnel and attention to detail to give its customers an unforgettable experience from the challenge of white water rafting to the joy of seeing Mother Nature’s treasures. “We have listened to our customers over the years and give them the kinds of adventures they wanted,” says Tyler Tummolo, River Riders general manager. “We are the premier outfitters year round.” Tummolo says River Riders started out concentrating on white water raftering. The organization began in the early 1970s as Shenandoah River Rafters. More property in the area was purchased over the years with construction of the current facility at 408 Alstadts Hill Rd. beginning in 2003. River Riders is owned by Matt and Laura Knott. White water rafting is still part of River Riders, but now the company offers tubing, aerial forest adventure parks, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, lodging options, fishing canopy and tour/zip lining. “We were the first in the area to have zip lining,” Tummolo says. “It really is a thrilling experience. We had one couple do zip lining and other activities for their honeymoon They thought all of it was phenomenal. Something they would remember for the rest of their lives.” A zip line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, mounted on a slope. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable by holding on to, or attaching to, the freely moving pulley. For those who might be a little nervous about this adventure, Tummolo says the...

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