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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, 12/19/13

Here is some news regarding Fredericksburg-area businesses over the past week:

  • The Hudson family is holding a ribbon-cutting and grand opening starting at 5 p.m. Friday for their new Moving Meadows Farm store at 254 E. Davis St. in Culpeper. The store sells items including grass-fed beef and goat, pastured chicken and pork, free-range eggs, whole-grain breads and cinnamon buns.
  • The local Military Affairs Council, which is part of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently presented its second-annual “Military Friendly” Business of the Year Award to the Jimmy the Greek Family Restaurant in North Stafford.
  • Marstel-Day President and CEO Rebecca Rubin recently interviewed artist and filmmaker Chris Jordan about how plastic trash in oceans is killing many birds, including Laysan Albatrosses. The interview is part of Marstel-Day’s ongoing series, “Vital Voices of the Environment.” Click here for the interview.
  • The first Fredericksburg Health and Wellness Expo will be March 29 at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center at 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway in Fredericksburg. The event will feature health screenings, educational information, lectures on health and wellness, guest speakers, food samplings, children’s activities and more. Mary Washington Healthcare and Healthy Life Virginia are sponsoring the event.
  • Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity is now an approved 501(c)(3) through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, which allows organization donors to get state tax credits equal to 65 percent of the donation’s value.
  • Longtime area Realtor Mary Kulesa has joined the residential team at Vakos Real Estate.
  • Pennie Rose Massage Therapy will relocate early next year to an office at 414 Pelham St. in downtown Fredericksburg.
  • Spencer Devon Brewing, which is opening a microbrewery this coming spring at 106 George St. in downtown Fredericksburg, is holding a contest to help name its brown ale. The company is taking suggestions on its Facebook page through Dec. 30.
  • Emily Webb has joined Spaces Design Studio in downtown Fredericksburg as a junior designer.
  • CParker Consulting Inc. has started a “C-Series” training package geared toward C-level or equivalent executives at the firm’s Princess Anne Street office in downtown Fredericksburg.
  • Mike Vanderpool, an attorney with Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” list for business law.
  • M&A Advisor this week recognized Richmond-based Hirschler Fleischer as its “Law Firm of the Year.”

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