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Little Green Hive arrives in Grandin Village

Little Green Hive has opened a new location in Grandin Village in a familiar spot for coffee drinkers.

Last week, it took over the spot held for years by Cups Coffee &Tea. Little Green Hive is a small cafe that has operated at 16 West Marketplace in downtown Roanoke for several years. Sharon Ponce and her husband bought the shop from its original owners in June 2016; that location will remain as Little Green Hive expands.

Ponce said she’d been looking for a place to open a second location for a while when she talked to Cups’ owners about selling it.

Olivia Byrd, who owns Rockfish Food &Wine next to Cups, and a business partner took over the Cups space about two years ago from its original owner. The eclectic coffee shop has been in Grandin Village for seven years.

Ponce said the name of the shop has changed to Little Green Hive. The new owners will also take over the small Cups location at Roanoke College in Salem.

Renovations are in the works including fresh paint and new seating, but the owners do not plan to close the shop in the process. Ponce said she will keep a lot of Cups’ small menu items and its trivia nights and will add some new events and food to its offerings. Little Green Hive’s fruit smoothies will be added to the menu. The shop will continue to use Red Rooster Coffee, as Cups did, in its drinks.

Ponce asks patrons to be patient during the renovations and the ownership transition. She wants to keep Little Green Hive as a community coffee shop and have it involved in a lot of neighborhood events.

Home furnishings shop heads to Piccadilly Square

A home furnishings shop has made its way into a new spot in Roanoke.

Magnolia, an interior design and home decor shop owned by Jessica Durham and her mother, Lori Noonkester, recently relocated to Piccadilly Square at 3117-3 Franklin Road. It had had a home at The Forum Shopping Center in southwest Roanoke County for four years, after getting its start in Roanoke about eight years ago in a booth at Black Dog Salvage. Its new spot, the former site of The Library restaurant, is about three times the size of its previous location, according to general manager Kathleen Jennings.

Magnolia carries upholstery, rugs, furnishings, accessories and jewelry lines. It also features a lighting space, called the visual comfort showroom, where customers can see how lighting would look in their home. The store carries numerous floor coverings, wall coverings and bedding, plus a rotating display of local art. In addition to its retail, it offers interior design services and custom-made options.

The shop is now open Monday through Saturday.

New Roanoke Starbucks opens

The latest Starbucks coffee shop has opened in Roanoke.

It’s at the corner of Orange Avenue and Williamson Road.

National development company Verdad Real Estate purchased the property this spring and began construction. The new store is 2,100 square feet and will employ 25 people, according to the company. As with Starbucks’ other locations, this spot will serve as a roaster, marketer and retailer of coffee and Starbucks products. A drive-through is in place, and there are about 40 seats inside with 20 more outside on a patio space. It also offers nitro cold brews on draft, which have been a popular addition in stores.

The store held its grand opening Tuesday. It is the fifth Starbucks in Roanoke.





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