b'lake businessfocus onNew Mercantile Shop Offering Local Artisan Items, Antiques And More On Main Street Mineral New Businesses Said To Be ComingJust 200 feet from the stoplight in She chose the Mineral location overTo The BoardwalkMineral is a new shop, Mineral Mer- others because she felt like the timing chantile, Vintage & More. Owner Juliewas right.With the closing of Wake Edgers Smith opened the doors on Novem- It was meant to be for me to beat The Boardwalk At Lake Anna last ber 6th, 2019 with the goal to featurehere,andaddedthatiftheshopfall prime retail space became avail-a mix of artisan, antique, and retailmaintains the popularity she has seenable on Lake Anna this year.vendorsfeaturingfurniture,up-cy- in the last few months, she has roomFacility owner Gary Griffith told cledandvintagehomegoods,andon the lower level to expand. There isLife & Times he was hopeful a new gift items. potentialforcommunitygatherings,retailer would be in the space thisThe light and airy feel of the shop al- additional vendors or possibly eventsseason based on conversations he low visitors to easily peruse the mix- and workshops. was having in January.ture of items, old and new as Smith Raised in Montpellier, Smith andSources tell Life & Times this could describes, curated by about 15 localherfamilyhavelivedinthecountybe a new marine dealer specializing vendors in the building that was for- for over 20 years. Her three childrenin tower boats known as Mid-Atlan-merly Auto Plus Parts Store.attend Louisa County schools and cantic Watersports. With a steady stream of communitysometimes be seen in the shop after Another business is also rumored members and travelers stopping by,school.Sheconsideredotherloca- to be opening at The Boardwalk at Smith is excited to provide the oppor- tions, but decided to open her busi- Lake Anna, home to Tims at Lake tunity for people to gather. Julie Smith has opened Mineral Mercan- ness locally.Anna,MooThru,LakesideDeli, People were starving for somethingtile just a short drive from the lake.I dont know what it is, I just loveBoardwalk Mini Golf and Dockside like this, she added. Some of the lo- Mineral. It is a sweet little town and IRealty.cal shoppers stop by on their way toitems like lake or farm themed homewanted something positive for it.If sources are correct, a new boat get groceries to chat and see what isdecor, vintage glassware, jewelry or Follow Mineral Merchantile, Vintageand jet ski rental business will use new as many of the vendors bring inaccessories and handmade items like& More on Facebook and visit them atthe North Anna River location on different items weekly. Louisa Loins signs, soaps, lotions,226 Mineral Avenue. LKA Rt. 522 as their headquarters begin- Smith hopes that there is some- lip balms, candles, wooden furniture,ing this spring.LKAthingforeveryonewithretail-typehats, and scarfs.Providing Security At The Lake One Familys Mission And Business The Lake Anna community has grownlard Alarm began with a single vehiclewell as seeing the smiles of happy cus- to become one of Honeywells Autho-significantlyoverthepast10years.and a family room office, where Doro- tomers after knowing their homes andrizedPreferredDealers,wherethey Thatmeansmoreresidents,fullandthy answered the phone and handledbusinesses were safe. have been a Platinum performer and part time, more technological advance- contracts and bills while Jimmy took It was during this time that DillardreceivedHoneywellsNational Award ments and more homes and propertycare of installations and service calls.Alarmssimple,straight-forwardphi- in Community Service the last several thatneedsecuring.Luckily,alocalTheir son, Troy, began helping his fa- losophy began to take shape; Do whatyears.alarmcompanyhasdonetheirduether at the age of 12. He would spendyou say youre going to do, when you They were also a National Award win-diligence and kept up with the latesthis weekends and summer breaks tag- say youre going to do it. Their promptner in Commercial Sales and received a trendsandtechnologyinhomeandging along on installations and serviceservice and affordable, professionally- Circle of Excellence Award.The Dillard business security. In the peace of mind business since Dillard Alarm has growncalls, soaking up everything he couldmonitored alarm systems quickly wonteamregularlyattendsregionaland with the lake.while on the job. He enjoyed meetingcustomers over.national conventions, and are one of a Founded by Jimmy and Dorothy Dil- and speaking with different people, as In 2002, Dillard Alarm was selectedcontinued on page 21Your First Step To Lake Living.Lake Anna Life & TimesWinter 2020 Sales & Lake Anna Realty Can Help With All Your Lake Anna Real Estate Needs! 540.894.8888 Vacation JANE MERLE Rentals!R E A L T O RLocated across from New1425 New Bridge Rd.,804.516.4309 Bridge Landing Shopping Center Mineral, VA 23117www.neumanndunn.com/janemerlewww.lakeannarealty.comlakeanna@lakeannarealty.com16'