Many thanks to you for sharing news about our county’s successful small businesses [The Rapp column, May 16]. I have known Robert and Joanie Ballard for years — Robert first started his rug and fine art business in the back of my former shop, Rare Finds. Every time I opened another shop I encouraged Robert to join me — and he was always a great sport and usually did it. It’s a joy to go into Ballard’s now and see how it has evolved and how much variety they have. Gail, also, always makes us (the customers) feel extremely welcome and has a way of finding just what we “need!”
Thank you again for providing information about our county businesses and helping us celebrate them. It’s such an honor for Ballard’s to have been recognized as one of the three finest shops in Virginia by Virginia Living magazine. It’s also great that they’re celebrating 16 years in business.