Beautification Award Press Release



Date: August 10, 2016


Contact: Sara Smith

Phone: 540-586-2148



Bedford Main Street Recognizes Commitment to

Preservation at Location of New Business

BEDFORD – Bedford Main Street awarded its August Beautification Award to property owner Michael Oakley and business owners John Varca and Jimmy Sandoval for their work located at 104 N. Bridge Street, now home to happycoffee. The designation recognizes the rehabilitation and preservation of the building and the Centertown Bedford area. The location played a vital role in Bedford’s history as part of the original Green’s Drug Store and home to the teletype machine that brought in Western Union telegraphs of the D-DAY losses.

“This award isn’t just about beautification, it’s also about preservation. This particular shop front played an important role in Bedford history and we are grateful that it will continue to be a hub of positive activity in our town, ” Bryan Schley, chairman of the Bedford Main Street, Design Committee said.

The Bedford Beautification Award recognizes investments in renovations to buildings and outdoor spaces in the historic Centertown area. Anyone who owns or manages space in the Bedford Main Street district and who conducts renovation, rehabilitation, and/or beautification to their space is eligible for the award. Awards are presented monthly at Bedford Town Council meetings. To nominate a property owner/manager, contact the Bedford Main Street office at 540-586-2148 or

Bedford has been a designated Main Street Community since 1985. Bedford Main Street works to re-energize economic development of our Centertown district while utilizing our cultural assets and character.  This is further accomplished by pooling the resources of local civic and business leaders who are determined to bring our Main Street community back to life. The innovative Four-Point Approach © program uses design, promotion, economic vitality and organization to reach our goal to help us all build a better community.  Bedford Main Street is one of 25 designated communities throughout Virginia.