Best friends and business partners Nate Foutz and Michael Walker have operated F&W Heating and Cooling in Appomattox since August 2019.

Although the main office activity currently takes place at Walker’s home, the pair took over the commercial building at 1778 Church Street that was previously owned by Garriss Flower Shop when the florist relocated to the Triangle Plaza. 

The building needed some renovations, for which Foutz and Walker were willing to invest. Walker said that the original plat (map) from 1917 showed the building was home to Appomattox Hardware. The main F&W office will eventually be moved there.

“It was in pretty bad shape,” Walker said. “Tearing it down would’ve been cheaper, but we like saving the old buildings — you know, a 100-year-old building.”

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