Roanoke Bagel Co. is gearing up for a move that will more than double the size of its bakery, allowing the company to take on new business.
Currently housed at Southwest Plaza at the intersection of Electric and Grandin roads in Roanoke County, the bagel’s retail operations will move across the street into Oak Grove Plaza.
There, customers will find a dining area in the front with open seating and a place for children to play. In the back of the shop will be a room with a conference table and audiovisual equipment that the company will rent out to businesses for meetings.
The bakery will set up in a 2,000-square-foot building on Thirlane Road near the intersection with Peters Creek Road.
The bakery, which will be slightly larger than the bagel company’s current retail space and bakery combined, will allow the company to take on new business, said Gary Goldacker, who owns the business with his wife, Amelia.
They currently wholesale to about 40 business within a 60-mile radius. Kitchen space is the only thing holding them back from taking on more accounts, Gary Goldacker said.
Also in the column, a Salem brewery will join the craft beer scene in the Roanoke Valley this fall.
Parkway Brewing Co., headed up by husband-and-wife team Mike “Keno” Snyder and Lezlie Snyder, will join two other craft breweries in the valley, Big Daddy’s Brewing Co. and Roanoke Railhouse Brewery.
The Snyders are in the process of outfitting an old warehouse on Kessler Mill Road with a 30-barrel brewing system.
They’ve hired former Roanoke Railhouse master brewer Ryan Worthington to produce Belgian-style ales and a West Coast-style India Pale Ale, as well as other types of beer.
The Snyders started planning the brewery a year and a half ago, after Lezlie was laid off from her marketing job and Mike was working at Roanoke Railhouse under Worthington.
“We knew we wanted to manufacture, and beer has been something we’ve enjoyed our whole lives,” Lezlie said.
They found investors to pay for more than $1 million in startup costs, which includes outfitting the building with more plumbing, and purchasing and installing the brewing system and a smaller pilot system to make test batches.
By October or November, the Snyders hope to begin kegging beer to be distributed at restaurants in the area.
They expect the beer to be on shelves in December.