Tinnell's Finer Foods celebrates 80th birthday

A south Roanoke grocery store is celebrating a special birthday this weekend.
Tinnell's Finer Foods has been in business for 80 years - it opened in the late 1930's.

The independent store sells specialty items like local meats, cheeses, and craft beers.

Owner Rett Ward bought the store from his grandmother 17 years ago. He says the store's traditions have been passed down from generation to generation.

"Gosh, when i was a young child, probably in 3rd grade, i would get out of school and come down and sweep the sidewalks and my grandmother would pay me in doughnuts," Ward said. "We did the same thing with our kids as they've been growing up."

The store will be having special tastings from local vendors for its birthday celebration until Saturday.


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