After working and traveling around the world, Jon Henry ‘12 decided that he wanted to have a stable career and ended up staying in the Shenandoah Valley. 

“By luck, I was able to buy a historic limestone structure at the heart of Downtown New Market, VA; the Abbie Henkel home was completed in 1802 and coincidentally served the community as a general store into the Civil War. I decided to re-open up a general store in the building...It's been an exciting experience to curate the shop's inventory over the past two years,” Henry said. 

Every year, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce gives out an award to a young professional who is making an impact in the Valley through their business and involvement with the community. This year, Henry won the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Young Professional for his work in New Market, VA. 

“I hope to build upon this momentum and continue to honor everyone's appraisal of my work,” said Henry. 

We are so proud of our Spiders who continue to make contributions and impacts wherever they go after their time at UR. Congratulations, Jon!