A downtown business is the
first of its kind in Staunton and leading the way in Virginia.
16 West by Virtually Sisters
is a place where entrepreneurs share a professional office by day and by night
it's a venue for all kinds of happenings. According to its website, 16 West is "a
shared space" that offers "affordable ways to work, collaborate and
showcase/sell products and services."
Now the forward-thinking
business is Virginia's first member of the Business Alliance for Local Living
Economies, or BALLE, network. It's an umbrella for enterprises working to
provide sustainability in the local economy.
services, promotional activities, a clearinghouse website where all this
information, the great initiatives, and the green movement, local food movement
and community capital opportunities for people in business," said Karen
Lawrence, co-owner of 16 West.
Owners say they hope to be
fully functional within the BALLE network in three months.