Family brings first soul food carry out and only beauty supply store to Bedford

Susan S. Johnson

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ) – A new family-owned business in Bedford is taking two unique passions and bringing them together as the perfect recipe for success.

”It’s just like a dream come true,” Barbara Mays said standing in a room full of wigs and hair extensions.

This dream is located behind the AutoZone and Little Caesar’s Pizza in Bedford, right off the Lynchburg Salem Turnpike.

But Mays didn’t think her 10-year-old dream to own a hair supply shop would also include a carry-out restaurant.

“No, I didn’t envision a cafeteria or carry-out but it all worked out,” she laughed.

The idea

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Taja Jacobs Leads the Charge for Celebrity’s Soul Food Expansion in North America

Susan S. Johnson

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33 Best Soul Food Recipes

Susan S. Johnson

Black History Month is celebrated the entire month of February, so it’s only right to help honor and celebrate the month with these 33 amazing soul food recipes that pay homage to the culture. Each year is another opportunity to shine a national spotlight on the food of the black diaspora. Even though most of these recipes have already become staples in many households around the world, Black History Month is an opportunity to highlight them.

A lot of the black cuisine originated from the Spanish and French decedents, which later intertwined with the South. This cuisine then took on

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Healthy soul food? You bet, says Meik Meals creator

Susan S. Johnson

Like many successful entrepreneurs, Femeika Elliott started her business — Meik Meals — because of a product she herself needed. 

Meik Meals providing a healthy alternative

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Elliott, who is a probation officer in the County Mayor’s office, says that when she was in college at MTSU, she was always the one throwing the party. “I’d be the one grilling the barbecue, feeding everyone on Sundays after church. Food has always been a big part of my life. I love to eat. In fact, it’s my favorite thing!” 



a man holding a sign: Femeika Elliott of Meik Meals poses for a photo outside Real Good Kitchen on Magnolia Avenue, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.


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