Roanoke Fire and EMS Station 7 back in service after more than six years of planning
ROANOKE, Va – After more than six years of planning and construction, Roanoke Fire and EMS Station 7 officially reopened Wednesday. The new station works to preserve Grandin Village’s history while expanding services in the city. While the new Station 7 works to preserve the history of the old station. Chief David Hoback hopes the new station preserves its predecessor’s legacy while setting the tone for the future. The department hopes to host an open house for the community once it’s safe to do so after the pandemic.
Iconic ‘Trojan Dog’ makes its way home to Grandin Village
ROANOKE, Va. – A beloved fixture of Grandin Village is back home. The iconic “Trojan Dog” is now standing guard at Roanoke’s new Fire Station 7. On Saturday, crews transported the oversized dalmatian with a homecoming parade of fire trucks. It was relocated due to construction back in 2018 and had been sitting outside the Raleigh Court Library. The “Trojan Dog” has lived in the Grandin area since 2010.
Man steals hundreds of dollars from Roanoke business recovering from fire, COVID-19 restrictions
ROANOKE, Va. – It’s no secret how much restaurants and small businesses have struggled to survive as coronavirus cases and restrictions from the state have fluctuated. One restaurant in the Grandin Village area of Roanoke has dealt with even more and need your help after a recent theft. “They seem to be going after the gambling machine money,” speculated Morrow. The thief was able to get away with hundreds of dollars, said Morrow. If you have any information about this incident, you’re asked to call Roanoke Police.
Roanoke’s Grandin Village welcomes holiday season with community Christmas tree
ROANOKE, Va. – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Grandin Village. Though the annual Christmas Parade in the area is out this year, the holiday spirit is not. Business owners started hanging decorations Friday on the Christmas tree in the courtyard of the Heights Community Church. “You can come and put the decorations on whenever it suits you so you don’t have to worry about crowds. It’s not a parade but it’s the best thing we can come up with,” Grandin Village Business Association volunteer Don Wilson said.
Roanoke Fire-EMS Station 7 in Grandin Village almost complete
ROANOKE, Va – Work is almost complete on Roanoke Fire-EMS Station 7 in Grandin Village. The newly redone station will stand where the former station stood for 94 years. Crews have been working around the clock this year to finish construction on the building. Chief David Hoback says the new station will offer a more inclusive experience for his staff members. Hoback hopes that fire crews can start moving into the station shortly after the new year.
TASTY TUESDAY: Grace’s Place adds grace to authentic Italian food
The story is no different when it comes to Grace’s Place in Grandin Village. Owner Grace Niday kindly said to us, “I hope you’re hungry,” as she welcomed us back into the kitchen. It’s kind of hard to pick, I know.”We let Niday do the picking for us, and we’re thankful she did. You open the pizza box to a work of art, with so many colors popping out of the pie. Niday is originally from Venezuela, and we were surprised to find out that Italian food was and is part of the culture there.
Roanoke restaurant voluntarily closes for cleaning after employee tests positive for the coronavirus
ROANOKE, Va. – A Grandin Village staple is temporarily closed after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The restaurant learned of the positive test on Thursday, and while it’s not VDH mandated, decided to close while the staff is tested. The employee who tested positive had not been to the restaurant since June 27 and is now quarantined at home. While closed, the restaurant will be cleaned and sanitized. Last year, the restaurant was closed for eight months after a fire.
West End Walk connects kids with Roanoke law enforcement, resources
ROANOKE, Va – Children from the West End Center for Youth got the chance to connect with local law enforcement Tuesday. The West End Walk started in 2016 as a partnership between the Grandin Theatre and the West End Center in hopes of introducing children at the center to resources in their community and connect the two neighborhoods. “Exposing kids to new opportunities is just really important to use and something we value,” West End Center for Youth executive director Amanda Nastiuk said. Run About Sports provides the children with shoes for the one mile walk from the center to the theater. “We’re really a place where kids can come and build resilience so that kids can be successful in the future,” Nastiuk said.
Community Inn’s owner, father of family business dies at 85
ROANOKE, Va. – The Grandin Village community is mourning the loss of a beloved restaurant owner. Bruce Morrow, the owner of the Community Inn, died last week after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Morrow is survived by his children including his son Mont, who says his father always wanted the Community Inn to live true to its name. The family held a private service for family and friends to honor Morrow’s legacy over the weekend. Morrow was 85 years old when he died.
‘We need to do our part to open their eyes’: Family-oriented Black Lives Matter march strolls through Grandin Village
ROANOKE, Va. – A Black Lives Matter demonstration marched through the heart of Grandin Village Saturday afternoon, but this protest focused on families first. “This is about the whole family structure coming out in unison with black lives and being able to do that peacefully on a beautiful morning,” said Roanoke activist Jordan Bell, who helped lead Roanoke’s first Black Lives Matter march after George Floyd’s death. “As hard as it can be to have these discussions with the kids, we need to do our part to open their eyes,” Shires said. “This is just a small step in that process.”Bell says the Black Lives Matter movement has come a long way since the initial march at the end of May, and demonstrations like this are signs progress is still being made. “A lot of conversations are happening, but we hope those conversations turn into action and substance,” Bell said.
Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre will remain closed for the foreseeable future
ROANOKE, Va – Even though many national movie chains have announced plans to reopen, Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre will be keeping its doors shut. Phase 3 allows cinemas to open at 50% capacity starting July 1. The president of the Grandin Theatre Foundation Board said they want to make sure everyone can stay safe before allowing movie lovers back inside. While the theater remains closed, there are a variety of ways people can still help. Some of these options include:
Grandin Village restaurants stick to carryout as coronavirus restrictions continue
ROANOKE, Va As the restrictions placed on restaurants because of the coronavirus could soon be lifted, some Roanoke business owners said the demand for dine-in meals remains low. Phase 2 allows dining at 50% indoor capacity, but some restaurants in Roanokes Grandin Village are sticking to takeout only. This week, she decided her restaurant would be doing carry-out only. Both restaurant owners agree they want to do everything they can to keep their costumers, staff and themselves safe. Both restaurants said they plan on staying carryout only for the foreseeable future but are taking direction from the governors office.
’It’s time for change’: Church members speak out for racial justice
ROANOKE, Va. – Church members in Grandin Village spent Sunday afternoon speaking out for racial justice. About a dozen people with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke held a demonstration. We think that our country has often acted as if black lives don't matter and they do,” said Dotsy Clifton, member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke. “We need to be more public in the way that we believe and the things that we believe and to influence our fellow citizens,” said Bob Egbert, president of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke board of directors. The church has partnered with Williams Memorial Baptist Church for a pledge to end racism.
New businesses set to open in Grandin Village, despite coronavirus concerns
ROANOKE, Va. – A plethora of businesses across Virginia have struggled due to the impact of the coronavirus, but two new businesses are set to open soon in Roanoke’s Grandin Village neighborhood. Jolly Grape, a wine shop, could open its doors as soon as Friday. Owner Jimmy Muscaro said his store has pivoted to wine deliveries amid the crisis, but he is excited to welcome customers inside after years of planning. The Grey Goose is occupying the old Cardinal Bicycle space; that business still has plans to expand inside of the old Mick-Or-Mack grocery store in the neighborhood. Both Curtis and Muscaro believe Grandin Village’s love of local businesses will help them through the crisis.
Power restored to more than 1,200 in Roanoke
Published: May 19, 2020, 3:49 pm Updated: May 19, 2020, 8:41 pmROANOKE, Va. – The outage has been fixed, according to Appalachian Power. More than 1,200 Appalachian Power customers in Roanoke are without power on Tuesday afternoon. The estimated restoration time for these customers is 7:30 p.m., according to Appalachian Power. As of 5:14 p.m., there were 1,227 customers with outages. The outage map includes (but is not limited to) areas from Grandin Village to Wasena to downtown Roanoke.
‘We haven’t lost hope or faith’: Roanoke family uses rocks to spread kindness
ROANOKE, Va. – A Roanoke woman is getting creative to spread some joy. Bess Platt and her children are painting rocks with hearts, sunshine and messages like "Be kind" and "Spread love." At night, they go place the rocks throughout Grandin Village at homes of friends and strangers and along trails and sidewalks. We're all alone because we're all stuck in our houses, but we're not alone and we haven't lost hope or faith,” Platt said. They’ve painted about 150 rocks so far, but Platt said they have a lot of rocks and a lot of paint left, so this is far from over.
FarmBurguesa holds Grandin Village soft opening
ROANOKE, Va. – After months of delay, there’s now a new restaurant open in Grandin Village! FarmBurguesa held its soft opening on Friday. The Grandin Village location offers three times as many seats as the original Vinton restaurant. We had a warming welcome into the neighborhood,” said FarmBurguesa co-owner Jimmy Delgado. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open during the summer but had setbacks with permits and contractors.
Bike tour of Grandin Village holiday lights returns
ROANOKE, Va. – A special way to see some of the Star City's best holiday lights is back. The third annual RIDE Solutions Holiday Lights Tour through Grandin Village is happening Wednesday night. The tour is a bike ride starting at the Roanoke Co+op, traveling from Arlington Avenue to Westover Avenue and everything in between. “In a car, you’re going fast, you’re kind of slowing, you’re blocking traffic. The Holiday Lights Tour is happening Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Click here for more information.
Grandin Village Holiday Children’s Parade cancelled due to rain
ROANOKE, Va. – A popular holiday parade has been cancelled in Roanoke due to a rain forecast. Organizers of the Grandin Village Holiday Children’s Parade, originally scheduled for Saturday, said it was not an easy decision to cancel the event. There is no rain date scheduled.
On The Rise reopens in Grandin Village seven months after devastating fire
ROANOKE, Va. – A restaurant in the heart of Roanoke’s Grandin Village damaged by fire is now open again. On The Rise Bakery reopened Thursday morning after seven months of repairs. The restaurant had been shut down ever since a fire gutted its neighboring restaurant, The Community Inn, overnight Easter Sunday. She says she’s happy to be back in the community after waiting and working for so long to reopen. "The cooking wasn’t nearly as much of a struggle as it was to get the building ready for the reopening.
Police searching for suspect in Grandin Village bank robbery
ROANOKE, Va. Roanoke police are investigating a reported bank robbery that happened in Grandin Village on Monday afternoon. The call came in at 1:15 p.m. for a robbery at Pinnacle Bank on Grandin Road. Police say a man came into the bank, displayed a gun, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of money. Police say no one was hurt during the robbery. The hold and secure has been lifted for these schools.
Roanoke Fire EMS gives away bricks from demolished Fire Station 7
ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke’s Fire Station 7 was recently demolished after nearly a century of serving Grandin Village, but people got to take a piece of its history home for free this weekend. Roanoke Fire EMS gave away more than 1,000 bricks salvaged from the historic structure, which had stood since 1922. Many people sought after the free bricks to complement their own memories and experiences of the “Old No. I felt like it was so woven into the fabric of the neighborhood.”Roanoke Fire EMS saved some Fire Station 7 bricks for itself as well. One of the walls of the new fire station, which is estimated to be completed in about a year, will be consturcted with bricks from the old station.
Neighbors, Grandin Village try to get ‘back to normal’ after manhunt
ROANOKE, Va. – On Friday, neighbors, shoppers and businesses in Grandin Village tried to return to their normal routines after Thursday’s manhunt for Michael Brown. "It’s back to normal now, I guess,” said Scott Sisler, who lives on Tillett Road“It’s been a lot calmer, quieter," said Erin Lloyd, another neighbor who lives on Tillett. Thursday, police swarmed the Roanoke neighborhood where Michael Brown, the Marine wanted for allegedly murdering his mother’s boyfriend, was spotted tapping on his grandmother’s window. Locals said Grandin Village was like a ghost town during the manhunt with stores either closing early or locking their doors altogether. “I think the best thing to do is go about your normal business and hope for the best," Sisler said.
'He made the word neighbor a verb': 'Angel of Grandin' remembered at funeral
James Tarpley, a beloved figure in Roanoke's Grandin Village neighborhood, died Tuesday at 86. Hundreds of loved ones came to Heights Community Church on Saturday afternoon to say their final goodbyes. Tarpley was remembered as a selfless man who became the eyes and ears of Grandin Village for more than three decades. "He took the word 'neighbor' and moved it from a noun to a verb," said Heights Community Church Pastor Nelson Harris. "His spirit will be in the hearts of all of those who he touched, and I know that was everybody in Grandin Village," Reynolds said.
Grandin Village restaurants damaged by fire could reopen by Thanksgiving
ROANOKE, Va. - Two restaurants in Grandin Village are nearly ready for their grand reopening. Community Inn and On the Rise have both been closed since a massive fire that happened early Easter Sunday. The owners of both restaurants now say they may be ready to open together by Thanksgiving. "I can't wait to see everybody back in here," Community Inn owner Mont Morrow said. "I've got customers asking me every day and blowing up my (Facebook) messenger," said On the Rise owner Jeff Batson.
Grandin Village business, community members honor James Tarpley
ROANOKE, Va. - The Grandin Village community is mourning the loss of James Tarpley, the 86-year-old "Angel of Grandin Road" who passed away in his sleep over the weekend. In his honor, Village Grille donated 35% of all food sales from Taco Tuesday to maintain Tarpley's park. Steadman met Tarpley when she moved into her bookstore in Grandin Village in 1999. Bryant recalled that Tarpley would frequently sit outside on the benches around town and talk with people in the area. Tarpley's friends described him as a Korean War veteran, a selfless neighbor, a friend -- and an angel-- watching over everyone in Grandin.
FarmBurguesa's opening in Grandin Village delayed again
ROANOKE, Va. - Burger lovers will have to wait a bit longer for a new option in Roanoke's Grandin Village. FarmBurguesa (pronounced farm bur-guess-ah) currently has a location in downtown Vinton. The burger joint prides itself on being a part of the farm-to-table movement by using fresh local ingredients. A Facebook event was scheduled for Saturday; however, the restaurant's opening has been delayed. The grand opening was initially scheduled for July 20 but, there have been delays in the process.
Renovations underway at local restaurant destroyed by fire
ROANOKE, Va. - After months of setbacks, renovations have finally started at a local Roanoke restaurant destroyed in a fire. Flames tore through the Community Inn restaurant in Grandin Village in April. When the Community Inn finally started work to rebuild, they discovered asbestos and had to wait for permits to safely remove it. You have been missed and we're just ready to have you back and come back to the normal Grandin," Prickitt said. The hope is to open Community Inn by October.