Business owners, managers, family, friends and supporters gathered at The Shoppes at West Village on Friday, May 27, to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremonies for Pino Gelato and Chocolatepaper.
Chocolatepaper relocated to West Village, and owners Melissa Palmer and Matt Burkett opened its doors for business on Friday, May 20.
Pino Gelato, which opened for business in October of last year, received a level two Cool Green Biz award from the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“The award shows we want to be environmentally friendly,” said owner Greg Gerhart.
In addition to a commitment to recycling, the Gerharts use biodegradable containers and unbleached paper products at Pino Gelato, and they have outfitted the store with compact florescent lighting and flooring made from recycled tires, according to owner Kristi Gerhart.