Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUCK

July 21, 1999

Tom G. Tay­lor, 43, is the new­est mem­ber of the Rap­pa­han­nock Na­tional Bank Board of Di­rec­tors. Tay­lor was elected by the board at the June 28 monthly meet­ing and took the oath of Na­tional Bank Di­rec­tor from Board Chair­per­son Bet Jones on July 8.

“We are de­lighted to have Tom. We think he is go­ing to make a fine di­rec­tor,” com­mented Ms. Jones.

A na­tive of the county, Tay­lor has an as­so­ciate’s de­gree from Fer­rum Col­lege in Vir­ginia and a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Berea Col­lege in Ken­tucky. Tom and his wife Cheryl started their own busi­ness, T. G. Tay­lor Con­struc­tion, 14 years ago.

Tay­lor serves on the board of Head­wa­ters and the Rap­pa­han­nock County Build­ing Of­fice Ap­peals Board. He is also a mem­ber of the Ma­sonic Lodge in Wash­ing­ton and is a trustee of Amissville United Methodist Church.

“I am ex­cited to be­come a mem­ber of the board, and to serve the bank and the com­mu­nity,” Tay­lor said.

Mike Leake, Vice Pres­i­dent of the bank and sec­re­tary of the board, said that “we are ex­tremely ex­cited. We think he’ll of­fer some new ideas and sug­ges­tions” for the bank.

Since 1988, Mary’s Lit­tle Shop has been firmly en­sconced in Woodville and is still go­ing strong. The shop is lo­cated in two build­ings right on Sper­ryville Pike, Route 522.

One of the build­ings used to be an old gas sta­tion. With an in­ter­est­ing ar­ray of prod­ucts, Mary Ni­chol­son caters to lo­cals and tourists as well.

These days you can stop at Mary’s for all kinds of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, salad dress­ings, bar­be­cue sauce, ap­ple cider, honey, hang­ing plants, an­nu­als, peren­ni­als, and all types of ce­ram­ics.

The ce­ram­ics are an­i­mals mostly — pigs, cows, cats and dogs. They are used mostly for dec­o­ra­tion, but some are piggy banks and some are pitch­ers and bowls.

The en­ter­prise be­gan when Mary was a young woman. She was at­tend­ing high school in Madi­son County and work­ing at her un­cle’s gro­cery store in Hay­wood. It was then that she be­gan to want a shop of her own. But be­fore that came about, Mary mar­ried her hus­band, Billy Ni­chol­son, and had three daugh­ters.

Her sales ex­pe­ri­ence comes from work­ing at the flea mar­ket in Front Royal. There she con­cen­trated on pro­duce and ce­ram­ics. She wanted to sell a wider ar­ray of prod­ucts, but she did not feel she could sell the jams, jel­lies and fruits as other ven­dors were al­ready sell­ing them.

Oct. 2, 2003

Speak­ing with Pam Owen, owner of the newly-opened Fly-By-Night Books, Etc., in Flint Hill, makes one see used book stores in a whole new light.

The joy in her eyes as she talks about the “trea­sure hunt” in­volved in search­ing for the per­fect item for her store makes one feel as though they have stepped into a pi­rate’s den. And the books and other items that fill the room be­come as in­trigu­ing as heaps of gold and ru­bies which have been ac­quired through count­less searches for loot.

Dur­ing her searches, which Owen said is by far the high­light of this new book store near Set­tle’s Gro­cery, she has found nu­mer­ous trea­sures in­clud­ing a book that had been a child­hood fa­vorite of a pro­fes­sor in New York, as well as a map of Shenan­doah Na­tional Park in its early days. It seems these trea­sures fly from Owen’s hands as quickly as she comes across them, as she said the map was pur­chased by the owner of a nearby bed and break­fast be­fore it was even ready to be sold.

But this does not bother Owen, as she gets just as much joy in search­ing for the items as their new own­ers do in pur­chas­ing them.

Own­ers of Sper­ryville’s new Tex-Mex restau­rant, Jennifer Gore and her hus­band, Jamie, a cousin of for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore, are among the ex­o­dus of ur­ban dwellers who are leav­ing be­hind the pres­sure and pave­ment of the city and head­ing for ru­ral Amer­ica.

And their new­est restau­rant, which she refers to as an “ev­ery­day” sort of eatery, is quite a change from the oth­ers the oth­ers the fam­ily ran while liv­ing in the city.

His fa­ther op­er­ated the famous Jockey Club in Wash­ing­ton D.C. Later, Gore fol­lowed in his foot­steps the Guards Restau­rant, Le Jardin and Coco Loco.

Her fam­ily also had the busi­ness in their blood and owned a Tex-Mex chain.

A lit­tle over a year ago the cou­ple moved from Old Town Alexan­dria to Fauquier County with their three chil­dren, a 14-year-old daugh­ter who is a part-time wait­ress at the new eatery, a 13-month-old baby and a four-week-old in­fant.

Af­ter the cou­ple left their D.C. restau­rants be­hind, Jennifer got the idea to start a Tex-Max restau­rant of her own, and felt their cur­rent lo­ca­tion would be per­fect.

While the Gores are aware that the build­ing has seen a va­ri­ety of own­ers in re­cent years, from a bar­be­cue joint to the more re­cent Blue Moon Cafe, Gore is cer­tain that his restau­rant is here to stay.

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