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Now open: Gloria’s Cafe
For: Small Business Growth in Caroline
From: Caroline County Board of Supervisors
Percy Ashcraft, County Administrator
Date: August 26, 2009
Gloria’s Café opened its doors officially today with a ribbon cutting attended by Reedy Church District Supervisor Maxie Rozell, the County Economic Development Department and the Caroline Chamber of Commerce. Gloria’s Café (the old Dyson’s Store), located in Dawn near the corner of Rts. 30 and 301 is positioned to reap the State Fair of Virginia traffic when that facility opens on September 24. The Café is one of several new small business openings in Caroline in 2009, showing that the local economy can still grow even in the midst of the international economic slump.
Among the small businesses investing in Caroline so far in 2009 have been People’s Income Tax; Hands of Faith; Feedlot Restaurant; Caroline Reality; HCC Personal Care; and soon, Control Technologies and Wisdom Ride, Inc., private transportation service.
The surge in small business growth in Caroline is a hopeful sign of economic life in a difficult marketplace. Even when firms employ three or four workers, the cumulative effect is job growth and an erosion of the Caroline unemployment rate which was 8.4% in July. Resulting sales and real estate taxes also serve to ease the pressure on the County budget and help to fund needed services.
Small business growth has been steady. Larger investments are anticipated opening in Caroline later in the year.
Gloria’s Café is operated by Tom and Gloria Bareford. They have renewed their successful restaurant formula previously used to operate Kountry Korner in Carmel Church. The Café is already enjoying crowds of loyal customers from their previous business.
Gloria’s Café is also the first business venture to start in Dawn, in part, due to the location of the State Fair of Virginia locating in Caroline. The Rt. 301/30 location of the Café has additional space for rent.
Gloria’s Café will be listed in the new Tourism Guide being published by the Department of Economic Development & Tourism and expected out in Autumn. Gloria’s Café’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner: Tuesday through Saturday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., closed Monday.
Gary Wilson, Director
Caroline County Department
Economic Development & Tourism