New Christiansburg retailer tries to generate a postitive vibe

A new Christiansburg shop carries gifts that distribute happiness, according to its house owners.

Michael Najem and Mercedes Safford opened Happi Hippie in April to live from and make a optimistic vibe. The retail store carries fragrant goods, artwork, baggage, clothes, crystals, house decor, jewellery, vegetation and other items. On the internet sales are prepared.

Najem known as the keep “a present day working day hippie cultural mix” relevant to today’s fashionable hippies as nicely as the hippies of the 1960s and 1970s, besides very little to do with medication. Buyer activity is on the lookout superior for the a few-month issue, he reported. The new retail store is not rewarding however, but was not anticipated to be this before long, he claimed.

Najem, 33, said he is from Syria and relocated from Europe to the United States 10 decades in the past. He has managed and co-owned retail retailers, he mentioned. Safford, 30, is a Radford native who graduated from Ferrum University and later labored in animal treatment, she stated. They are a pair and hope to marry, he said.

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Dental hygienists be successful

Twenty-eight dental cleanliness students in Roanoke and Danville handed their licensing exams and are prepared for work that pays $35 to $43 an hour. The information comes from Virginia Western Community Faculty, which claimed it is celebrating that the students handed their examinations on the first consider.

This is not unparalleled. The faculty has observed pupils in the dental cleanliness method all pass on the to start with check out before. But this year’s achievement felt significant simply because previous calendar year, 81.5% of college students handed on the 1st try. This year’s cohort “are all ready to promptly serve their communities,” Marty Sullivan, Virginia Western’s dean of wellness professions, claimed in a prepared release.

Pupils with all the stipulations less than their belt can finish the dental cleanliness system in two many years, earning an associate of applied science diploma. Tuition is about $12,600, plus instruments and provides. Instruction is also obtainable by way of Danville Community Faculty. The plan began in 1970 and expanded it to Danville in 1995.

The pupils designed their capabilities by treating sufferers in dental clinics primarily based at the neighborhood colleges. Appropriate supervision is offered, according to Sullivan, who explained the company is free of charge to the community. Information is offered at (540) 857-7221.

Amtrak ridership jumps

Many more persons are using Amtrak out of and into Roanoke now that there are two day by day trains. The second practice commenced to run in July 2022.

I transpired to have details for April 2022 showing that 2,859 riders boarded the outbound practice, while 2,872 arrived on the incoming coach, for a whole of additional than 5,731 outings. This June, 4,196 riders boarded outbound, when 4,259 arrived, for a overall of 8,455, an boost of 48% around April 2022, according to the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority.

Cox cellphone company turned on

Cox is providing cellphone service and cellphones to subscribers of its residence online or amusement products and services.

Cox Cellular expenses $45 every month. The least home support required is an world wide web strategy, the cheapest of which is $50 a thirty day period.

Contractors scrutinized

The Virginia Board for Contractors produced a summary of 384 disciplinary circumstances processed in 2022, which confirmed the revocation of 112 licenses out of universe of about 87,000 licensees.

The company also levied fines totaling $840,232 past yr. Right after retaining 3.5% of the fines gathered for administrative expenditures, the company sent the rest of the income to the Virginia Literary Fund, which supports education and learning.

Agency spokeswoman Kerri O’Brien, who released the figures, the agency recommends buyers go on the web and check out any licensed contractor remaining considered. This web-site offers license status and particulars of any past disciplinary action:

The Virginia Board for Contractors assists shoppers who contact for steerage at (804) 367-2785.

The agency also publishes a range of guides, together with 1 titled, “What to Search for (and Seem OUT For) in a Contractor and another identified as “TOP Ten Strategies for Creating Positive Your Contractor Steps Up.”

Jeff Sturgeon (540) 981-3251

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