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Bill Freehling is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and Fredericksburg.com. This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Bill Freehling.

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Business Notes, Sept. 10

Here are some business news items from around the Fredericksburg area for the past week:

  • Olde Towne Carriage Tours of Fredericksburg has started a new five-hour tour of downtown Fredericksburg that includes stops at the Huge Mercer Apothecary Shop, Rising Sun Tavern, Kenmore Plantation, Mary Washington House and James Monroe Museum as well as a lunch break at a restaurant of the group’s choice. Up to six people can do the carriage tour together. The company also runs a shorter tour focused on the city’s colonial and Civil War history, as well as a ghost tour and seasonal offerings.
  • Banker’s Life and Casualty Inc. has leased 1,377 square feet of office space in The Shoppes at Westwood at 1931 Plank Road in Fredericksburg, according to a news release from Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer.
  • An entity related to Monica and Doug Cook’s Fredericksburg Asphalt & Paving Inc. recently purchased an 8,100-square-foot office and warehouse property on 1.12 acres at 7419 Commerce Way in Ruther Glen that will serve as the company’s headquarters. The seller was Degen-Gallahan LLC, and the price was $550,000. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer brokers handled the sale.
  • Nate Van Epp, who was formerly involved with Newland Real Estate Group’s Ladysmith Village project, has taken a job at Eagle Construction of Va., LLC  and its affiliate, Markel | Eagle Partners, LLC, in the Richmond area. He will work on acquiring new residential real estate projects for the companies.
  • Sleep Number mattress store has opened in Fredericksburg’s Central Park shopping center. The 5,000-square-foot store is along Carl D. Silver Parkway in a strip shopping center that also includes Firehouse Subs.

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