SPIA graduate student and urban planner Valeria Gelman is launching “The Local Shop” on WERA 96.7 FM, featuring oral histories from legacy businesses in Arlington.
Arlington is home to many independent businesses and a few have become true community staples by offering their services for over 30 years. These “mom and pop shops” are a part of Arlington’s identity that has changed so much in recent decades. “The Local Shop” delves into conversations with these local entrepreneurs who share their stories, explain what it is like to run a small business in Arlington, and propose ideas for improvements to make the area more attractive to residents and visitors. “The Local Shop” brings you stories of local businesses that shape communities in Arlington, VA and make them vibrant and unique.
The 10-episode show launches on December 16, 2017 at 9 am Eastern Standard Time, on WERA-LP Arlington, Virginia 96.7FM, and will be on the air every Saturday for 20 weeks.
The schedule for “The Local Shop” episodes is available below:
December 16: About Lebanese Taverna
December 30: About New Forest Valet Dry Cleaning Service
January 13: About Moore’s Barber Shop and A&J and Beauty Salon
January 27: About Friendly Cab and Chinn’s Funeral Service
February 10: About Star Barber Shop
February 24: About Heidelberg Bakery
March 10: About KH Framing and Glebe Radio
March 24: About Lyon Village and BMC Properties
April 7: About Sterling Framing and Arlington Brown’s Honda
April 21: About Preston’s Pharmacy
Tune in to WERA 96.7 on Saturdays at 9am to listen to the program live.
Each episode is broadcasted two times. If you miss the episode the day it was aired, you can hear it the following Saturday.
This project builds on the work of planning students at Virginia Tech (Northern Virginia Campus) that examined “Legacy Businesses” in Arlington in spring 2017.
All original interviews can be found at the Arlington Center for Local History https://library.arlingtonva.us/center-for-local-history/
For any information please contact Dr. Elizabeth Morton, SPIA Faculty at firstname.lastname@example.org.