New bussinesses find homes near Radford


By: Sam Wall

A few new businesses are happy to be calling Radford and Fairlawn home.

Rocas Mexican Grill, Peacocks and Hollyhocks, and Federal One Credit Union have all recently opened up in Radford and Fairlawn. The area has seen a high turnover rate for some businesses in the past. However, these recent additions to the community might be here for the long haul.

Rocas Mexican Grill, located on Lee Highway just across the bridge, recently opened its second location; opening right here in Radford. The first restaurant is located in Nitro, WV, which is about four hours from Radford. The restaurant has been open for just over a week, and according to manager Juan Aguirre, business has been fantastic. Aguirre also said that business has been a good mix of students and local residents.

The menu has typical lunch and dinner combination plates that can be found at most Mexican restaurants. They also have a wide variety of burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and quesadillas. The food is reasonably priced, although some things are a bit pricier than the other Mexican restaurants in town. There isn’t a happy hour but the alcohol prices are inexpensive compared to most places in town.

The building is brand new and took about a year to finish. It is clean on the inside yet still has a casual feel to it. That is a change of pace compared to other restaurants options in Radford. Aguirre said that they chose Radford because they felt they had a quality product that   could benefit the community. There are only a few restaurants in Radford that can offer the ambiance that Rocas does.

Peacocks and Hollyhocks, located on 237 West Main St., is a one of a kind store that is owned by local resident Anita Quesenberry. The shop has been open since late November.  Queensberry’s shop sells old, new, and refurbished furniture as well as clothes and antiques. She also does altered clothing. According to her, the best sellers are her painted furniture and altered clothing. Quesenberry and her husband Dale own the Taco Inn as well, which is also located on Main Street.

Peacocks and Hollyhocks has a wide range of merchandise to help you decorate a home.

“We have primitive, we have shabby chic, what I call Texas glam, and French country home décor),” Quesenberry said.

Students have come in, but it’s not as many as she used to have at her old store on the east end of town. She does get parents coming in to buy stuff for their kids apartments around move in time. Quesenberry has a loyal clientele following and says the business has been doing well.

Member One Federal Credit Union has also just recently come to the area, located in the building where Bank of America used to be in Fairlawn. The bank is the 13th branch for the Credit Union, all of which are located in Virginia. The central office for the bank is located in Roanoke. Since it is a credit union, you must live, attend school, work or worship in Virginia. They offer standard banking services.

Radford has seen a high turnover rate for businesses. In recent months Burger King, Long John Silver’s and RePlay Games have all left the area. These new businesses will be looking to bring something unique to prosper  and sustain themselves here in the community.