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By Bill Freehling
Bella Hair Salon named best window
Bella Hair Salon won a contest involving holiday window displays in a Christmas-time promotion aimed at getting people to downtown Fredericksburg last month.
Whittingham's famous holiday window was once again the top vote-getter in the city's Window Wonderland competition, but because it won last year it was ineligible to receive a cash prize.
A Place in Time, The Cats Closet and The Toy Store received the next-most votes for their window displays, in that order.
All of the businesses are on Caroline Street.
Subdivision proposed in Stafford County
Stafford County-based Hour Homes Inc. is proposing a 25-home cluster subdivision on 68 acres at the southeast corner of Shelton Shop and Courthouse roads in Stafford.
Company owner Michael Stonehill recently submitted the application for the project, called Kings Crossing, to Stafford planning officials.
The company hopes to get approval in the next couple of years and start building luxury homes on lots ranging from one to four acres.
The project is across Courthouse Road from McLean-based Elm Street Development's proposed 95-home Woods at Augustine community.
Elm Street is seeking to have the 69 acres for that development rezoned from agricultural to suburban residential.
It's expected to be before the Stafford Planning Commission next month.
Numerous other residential developments are also in the works along Courthouse Road in Stafford, including the large Embrey Mill and Colonial Forge projects.
Former bank building will be dental office
A building off State Route 3 in Spotsylvania County that formerly housed a StellarOne Bank branch will become a dental practice.
A newly formed dental practice has leased the 2,800-square-foot building at 5996 Plank Road, said Michael Colangelo of Johnson Realty Advisors, who brokered the deal.
W&G Construction Co. has started preliminary work converting the branch into a dental practice that is expected to open in the next several months.
StellarOne closed the branch in 2011 and directed customers to its other locations on Route 3 in Orange and Spotsylvania counties.
Spotsy senior-living community to hold grand opening today
Greenfield Senior Living of Spotsylvania will hold its grand opening at 3 p.m. today at 9300 Onyx Court.
There will be a wine bar, compliments of Lake Anna Winery.
The facility is in the former MicAnd Assisted Living building off U.S. 1 near Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.
Greenfield Senior Living Inc. purchased the property last year and renovated it.
Greenfield Senior Living of Spotsylvania has 66 beds in 48 rooms.
All of the beds will be for private-pay residents, rather than those who receive funding from the federal/state Medicaid program.
Virginia Barbeque CEO appears on TV
Rick Ivey, founder and CEO of Virginia Barbeque, recently demonstrated how to make North Carolina pulled pork at the PA Live Studio in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
To watch his appearance, go to pahomepage.com/palive-details?nxd_id= 309842.
Virginia Barbeque has nine locations in Virginia, including one at 451 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg, as well as one in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania.
Ivey, who formerly lived in Spotsylvania County, now lives in Hanover County.