Bath County sees business activity

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BATH COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) While the view in Hot Springs in dominated by the Homestead’s tower, there’s more to business in Bath County these days.

The Speyside Bourbon Stave Mill in Millboro announced a $114,000 expansion, the Omni/Homestead revealed plans to restore the Jefferson Baths by next summer, and on that main street in Hot Springs, a new microbrewery is doing business while a pizzeria prepares to open next door.

“It’s really an exciting time to be here,” said John Loeffler.

He and his wife took over the Inn at Gristmill Square eleven years ago
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“Yeah, you know, it’s been up and down," he said. "But there seems to be a lot going on in the county right now, and things just seem to be bubbling up.”

Perhaps anticipating the current trend, the Loefflers expanded into restaurants themselves a couple years ago.

“We saw the opportunity to provide a little bit more for our guests with the Les Cochons d’Or and Snead’s 1912 Steak," Loeffler explained. "And then some other people saw that there’s a great downtown in Hot Springs and opening the brewery, the pizza shop and all that, just more and more excitement. It keeps building.”

A development any business owner could only celebrate.

“Bath County keeps growing, and people are kind of coming here and realizing that they can make a living and contribute to the community and have fun doing it while living in a beautiful place,” Loeffler said.