Erika Howsare



JAUNT CEO Brad Sheffield is leading the paratransit organization into the 21st century, exploring new fixed-route services and 
other innovations. Photo: Amy and Jackson Smith

Steering the bus: JAUNT’s Brad Sheffield looks to the future

From its origins in 1975 as a public service corporation transporting elderly and disabled customers, JAUNT (that’s Jefferson Area United Transportation) has grown to cover a six-county, 2,600-square-mile service area while welcoming the general public onto its 85 vehicles. Recently, the organization has been expanding into commuter routes for areas underserved by public transit. JAUNT’s […]

Cville BioHub's Nikki Hastings. Photo: Sanjay Suchak

Bio builder: How to grow biotech right here at home

Charlottesville’s biotech industry—of which the University of Virginia is a major driver—is lively and growing, employing around 1,800 people. Nikki Hastings, formerly an executive at two of those companies, recently took the helm at CvilleBioHub, a local industry group with an ambitious vision: “to double the size of the biotech industry over the next 10 […]

Ma Belle Calligraphy. Photo: Courtesy Ma Belle

Letter perfect: Our favorite local calligraphers

Nothing says “instant keepsake” like a hand-lettered invitation, and plenty of local calligraphers are up to the challenge. Michelle Streeter of Ma Belle Calligraphy (above) works in a modern style and offers invitation suites along with fun extras, like a handwritten version of your vows, to display at the wedding and, later, in your home. mabellecalligraphy.com […]