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What 109 Years of Memories are Made of 

March 26, 2018 by Guest

Within the first few minutes of visiting Gitchell's Photography, several individuals pass by the business' large windows with only their smiling faces and waving hands showing over the front window displays of vintage cameras. It's as if each individual knows, from daily experience, that Christa Gitchell, her husband, Bruce, and her son, Jon, will be there to return their smile. As she and I sit down together to chat in the lobby area, it feels as though I'm back in Southern Virginia, having a glass of iced tea with a wise neighbor. Christa's nature is one which makes you forget that you might have only known her for minutes. She leans in when she talks to others; she calls people by their name and looks them straight in the eyes. "Integrity is everything," Christa says. She believes that every business, and individual, must possess this attribute in order to survive and thrive, especially in today's world. more

Urgie’s Cheesesteaks Brings Brotherly Love to the ‘Burg

March 6, 2018 by Guest

Still celebrating their hallowed team’s Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, brothers Steve and Tommy Urglavitch make it clear with the hanging banners at their new location at 245 Water Street that Philadelphia is deeply rooted in their new business, Urgie’s Cheesesteaks. Growing up just outside of Philadelphia in Levittown, PA the Urglavitch’s experienced all that the City of Brotherly Love had to offer. This included the world-renowned cheesesteaks that Urgie’s will readily serve up in Downtown Harrisonburg as part of the ever-growing culinary district that continues to impress residents, tourists, and entrepreneurs seeking to start their own businesses. more