The first, sadly, was the death of the owner of the Republic of Floyd store, Tom Ryan. Ryan suffered a massive heart attack Saturday. Ryan was a strong supporter of the Floyd community, and devoted his store to selling touristy items – T-shirts, hats, bumperstickers- that promoted the town. You can read more about Ryan and his store in this story by reporter Zach Crizer.
Another story covered the last of Goodwill’s bi-weekly auctions at the Salem store. The store’s managers decided they would make more money by doing away with the auctions and opening an outlet store, where they’ll sell all the items cleared from the store’s shelves individually or by the pound. You can read reporter Ralph Berrier’s lively account of the last auction, and learn more about the outlet store, here.
Lastly, yours truly attended the Greater Roanoke Home and Garden show on Sunday. I reported that consumer confidence in the valley seems to be on the upswing, at least according to the businesses who were at the event to sell their services and products. That story is here.