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Downtown Blacksburg Passport Program

Start your Holiday shopping while supporting our local small businesses and enjoy special bargains, prize drawings and fun!
DBI Passport- the following business will be offering some special treats and deals when you show your Downtown passport. Passports will be available in downtown businesses starting one week before Small Business Saturday.

• 310 Rosemont
• Artful Gallery Store
• Cabo Fish Taco
• Capone’s Jewelry
• Fringe Benefit
• Gourmet Pantry
• Greenhouse Boardshop
• Heirloom Originals
• High Peak Sportswear
• Honeysuckle Studio
• John’s Cameras & Records
• Kent Jewelers
• Lyric Theatre
• Mad Dog
• Matrix Gallery
• Mish Mish
• Nice Dreams
• P. Buckley Moss Gallery
• t.r.collection
• Uncommonly Gifted
• YMCA Thrift Store

Visit our Facebook event here

Go Shopping Montgomery County

• Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce FREE RAFFLE- Each participating business will be giving shopper tickets to the first 50 customers. Those tickets will be placed into a drawing for a $100 gift card from the Chamber.- Stop in to participating businesses and sign up to win $100. No purchase required.
• Participating Downtown Blacksburg Businesses include- Artful Gallery Store, Fringe Benefit, Greenhouse Boardshop, Kent Jewelers, Mad Dog, Matrix Gallery, Mish Mish, P. Buckley Moss Gallery, t.r. collection, Uncommonly Gifted.

For full list of participating businesses visit: Go Shopping Montgomery County

Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation Gift Shop
10% off all Alexander Black House signature items including “Historic Buildings in Blacksburg” ornaments.


Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

1.  Local Character and Prosperity
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
2.  Community Well-Being
Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
3. Local Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
4.  Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
5.  Job and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
6.  Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
7.  Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
8.  Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
9.  Competition
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10.  Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

© Institute for Local Self-Reliance.


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Cabo Fish Taco- DBI Business Member of the Month


Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for November 2015- Cabo Fish Taco

Head over to Cabo Fish Taco this month to congratulate them on being selected as Downtown Blacksburg’s Business Member of the Month for November! Cabo Fish Taco treats guests to a Tequila Club, Bar Infusions, Taco Tuesday, as well as unique daily specials!

Tequila ClubCabo’s Tequila Club is perfect for tequila connoisseurs—if you want it, they’ve got it. Their tequila bar boasts one of the biggest selections in the state of Virginia. Make your way through all of their tequilas and become immortalized on the walls of Cabo Fish Taco.

Cabo Fish Taco also offers Bar Infusions by Bartender Jimmy Trent. Trent creates delicious infused flavored liquor behind the bar with fresh ingredients. His personal favorite—apple pie bourbon—combines Virginia apples, vanilla beans, and cinnamon to create a unique delicious bourbon. Other creations include a pineapple jalapeno tequila and cucumber gins. Come in and ask, as they always have something in the works!

Taco lovers everywhere, unite! Taco Tuesday at Cabo Fish Taco boasts $2.50 a la carte tacos. Guests choose between beer DISH2battered white fish, calamari, tofu, or grilled Serrano chicken tacos and may order as many as they can eat!

Interested in trying something new? Unique daily specials by Chef Matt and the kitchen crew have recently included the following:
• Curried Pineapple Jerked Swordfish Tacos
• Garlic Parmesan White Fish Tacos
• Honey Bourbon BBQ Shrimp Tacos
• Artichoke Lime Grouper Tacos
• Honey Mint Julep Shrimp Tacos

For those interested in Cabo’s Weekly Drink Specials, visit Cabo on any of the following days:
• Sit & Sip Sundays (12-9 p.m.)—$1 off margaritas, $2 off Jumbos, and $1 off Tequila Shots
• Margarita Mondays (3-9 p.m.)—$1 off margaritas and $2 off Jumbos
• Tequila Club Tuesdays (3-9 p.m.)—$1 off Tequila Shots
• Mexican Beer Wednesdays (3-9 p.m.)—All Mexican Beers and drafts for $2.75
• Thirsty Thursdays (3-9 p.m.)—$1 off Margaritas, $2 off Jumbos, $ 1.50 PBR, $2.50 Domestics, Rail Highballs, $2 singles, and $4 doubles

FUNIn honor of Blacksburg’s annual Summer Solstice Festival, Cabo Fish Taco brings the beach to Blacksburg! Cabo transforms their parking lot into a beach by dumping over 28 tons of sand. Guests can enjoy margaritas and relax all day with the reggae music.

For more information about Cabo Fish Taco, follow them on Facebook and Instagram for daily specials and updates:
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/cabofishtacobburg
• Instagram: @cabobburg

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Tuck Chiropractic- DBI Business Member of the Month

18 Oct Chamber award 2011

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for September 2015 Tuck Chiropractic Clinic

Christmas Donation 2012Since 1979, Virginia residents have trusted Tuck Chiropractic Clinic for their dedication to make a positive impact on every life they touch. Their first location opened in Pulaski, Virginia, and they have since opened eleven Tuck clinics throughout the state. The Blacksburg location originally opened as Tuck Clinic of Chiropractic (Nathan Ray Tuck, D.C.), but changed its name to Tuck Chiropractic Clinic in November 2002.

Doctors Jennifer Rathmann and Logan Brooke have practiced as a team at Tuck Chiropractic Clinic in Blacksburg since 2009. Their goal is to work with you so that you can live a pain-free life. The team at Tuck Chiropractic Clinic strives to be advocates for your health!

Tuck Chiropractic Clinic loves being within walking distance of campus and so many of the other Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. member businesses that our patients frequent and support. We are especially excited for Downtown Trick-or-Treat at the end of this month!

Tuck Chiropractic Clinic in Blacksburg is active in annual food and toy drives to benefit local families during the holidays. The clinic supports many Blacksburg community activities, including the Mount Tabor Ruritan Club, Montgomery County of Chamber of Commerce, Valley Interfaith Child Care Center, Downtown Blacksburg Inc., the American Business Women’s Can D0 2013Association, Blacksburg Sports Club, The Virginia Tech Club Rugby team, and Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Rathmann has been a member of Rotary, a Board member for the American Red Cross, and a volunteer for the United Way. Dr. Rathmann is also an active member of several organizations, including the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Blacksburg Inc., the American Business Women’s Association as a membership chair and a member of its Leadership Board, the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center, the Blacksburg Sports Club, and the Virginia Chiropractic PAC as a member and treasurer.

Dr. Brooke has a passion for serving his community. Locally, he serves as president of the Mount Tabor Ruritan Club, the Official Chiropractor for the Virginia Tech Rugby Team, and provides professional support to the Office of Health Professions Advising through Virginia Tech. In the profession, Dr. Brooke serves as Public Relations Chair for the Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association.

Tuck Chiropractic Clinic is located at:

620 N. Main St.
Blacksburg, VA   24060

More information about our community involvement and clinic can be found at our website http://www.tuckclinic.com/blacksburg-chiropractor.

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Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad- DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

17 Oct

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for October 2015 Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad (BVRS).

trainingBVRS is 100% volunteer with no paid staff. Here at BVRS, we pride ourselves on being completely volunteer and having a community able to depend on us in their time of need and never thinking twice about calling 911. Our team of both community members and Virginia Tech students boasts 120 members, 90 of which are active members. BVRS is proud that over 90 percent of our membership has at least one additional training or certification. Moreover, in 2014 BVRS had three members certified as Life-Guard flight nurses or paramedics, which is more than any other rescue squad in the area. BVRS will also be opening a new station in 2016 on the corner of Progress Street and Patrick Henry Drive.

Members put in anywhere from 20-40 hours monthly depending on their membership category, which is in addition to our monthly training and business meetings. Our members also spend countless hours training for new medical equipment, rescue vehicles, Heavy Tactical Rescue (HTR), and much more.

BVRS proudly provides 24/7 coverage 365 days a year and was the first rescue squad in the state to have a female paramedic (Louisa Gay). Moreover, BVRS has different forms of Heavy Technical Rescue (HTR) teams, which include swiftwater technicians, cave rescue, trench rescue, Search and Rescue (SAR), Big Rig Rescue, and the dive team. BVRS is also part of the Regional Swiftwater and Dive Rescue team and has been breaking the way for the Rescue Task Force (RTF), which is training our members to enter into warm zones with active shooters, provide patient care and to bring thefuneral patient to safety. In 2014, BVRS was featured in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) for an article entitled Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Partners with Police to Create Rescue Task Force written by member Will Bulloss. This article details why community members can rely on our training and how we are now training to “enter the warm zone” with law enforcement. Full article at http://www.jems.com/article/major-incidents/blacksburg-volunteer-rescue-squad-partne

Blacksburg Stories

A few examples of the emergencies we respond to in Blacksburg and the surrounding area are as follows.

On February 16, 2015, Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad (BVRS) responded to an ice rescue at the Foxridge Pond. pond rescue 2Crews were dispatched at 2:02 p.m. for two children who had reportedly fallen through ice while walking across the pond. EMS, technical rescue, and water rescue crews immediately responded to the scene. Mutual Aid was also requested from Longshop-McCoy Fire/Rescue of the New River Valley Water Rescue Association. A witness getting off a bus saw two children playing on the pond and witnessed one fall though the ice.

Upon arriving at the scene, crews made contact with Blacksburg Police and Fire units who were in contact with the victims. Water Rescue Technicians donned protective equipment and worked across the ice to reach the victims on a small island in the middle of the pond. The crew began warming the patients and transported them one at a time across the ice using a rope system and stokes basket. Each patient was transported individually to LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery.

On April 12, 2013, BVR responded to a man who had shot two victims at the New River Valley Mall. One patient was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial, and the other was treated and transported. BVRS was able to assist and transport of the injured.

In 2010, BVRS was awarded with the Carilion Life-Guard Winged S Award for a call on Craig’s Creek Road for an over turned SUV with six Virginia Tech students trapped in the vehicle. The SUV had rolled over many times and the occupants had critical injuries. Four of the six victims were airlifted out, and the other two were treated and transported via ground.


BVRS does not bill the patients that we treat and transport. Instead, we are funded through the budgets of the Town of Blacksburg and Montgomery County, the United Way, and the generous donations of those that we serve. While we have an annual fund drive in the spring, donations are appreciated throughout the year. BVRS is a 501c3 corporation and your donations are therefore tax exempt. You can donate today mailing a check to our station.

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SGA & DBI bring 10 Days of Downtown fun to students!

9 Oct SGA-Logo-new

Post by Erin Fischer
with input from
Andrew O’Sullivan, SGA Director of Community Initiatives &
Laureen Blakemore, Director of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

With Halloween and 10 Days of Downtown quickly approaching, we have you covered on the latest happenings Downtown.SGA-Logo-new Once again Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the Virginia Tech Student Government (SGA) are working together to get students more involved in the Downtown community- their new home way from home! During the 10 Days of Downtown, students can receive 10% off at stores and restaurants on the calendar by showing their Hokie Passport. At the same time, they can visit shops/restaurants participating in the Loyalty Program, and if they collect 5 stamps by Halloween, they earn a free Blacksburg “Love Where You Live” t-shirt.

Monday, October 12th
SGA will be on Drillfield distributing the following in preparation for 10 Days of Downtown:
• Punch cards with flyer attached to explain program
• $2 off Farmers Market Tokens
• Maroon Effect Buttons

Thursday, October 22nd
Kickoff of 10 Days of Downtown
Pretty in Pink
• Various activities throughout the downtown area to raise money for the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF). Details available at www.downtownblacksburg.com
PIP logo FH (2)• Pink Cupcakes with Gemstones and chance to win a diamond sponsored by Next Door Bake Shop & Kent Jewelers
• BUY & EAT DOWNTOWN ALL DAY to support VBCF! Participating Downtown Merchants will be donating a percentage of their proceeds for the day – look for the PINK ribbon! See www.downtownblacksburg.com for a list of participating merchants!


Wednesday, October 28th
Cash Mob
• Meet in Squires Lobby at 5:30 p.m.
• Get Goodie bag for attending
o Random SGA goodies
o Handful of Farmers Market Tokens
o Raffle tickets for free t-shirts
• “Storm” as a group to two stores
• Then “storm” a local restaurant for dinner

Saturday, October 31st
Downtown Trick-or-Treat  from 1-4 p.m.
• Featuring downtown Trick or Treat, Costume Contest at the Lyric, fun-filled activities on College Avenue with Blacksburg Police Department, Virginia Tech Student SGA, and more!
• SGA will have a table for students who received 5 punches to collect their free T-Shirts

The 10 Days of Downtown runs through Oct 22-31 and is a great time for students to get to know and love our local businesses- DBI_benchlogotry out somewhere new and enjoy 10% off while you shop and dine! For more information about the 10 Days of Downtown keep an eye open for the Table Cards in the VT Dining Halls, the SGA website and Facebook.

BUY. EAT. LIVE. WATCH. LOCAL. in downtown Blacksburg!

First Bank of Virginia- DBI Business Member of the Month

25 Sep Pictured above (L to R): Todd Murray, Area Executive; Tammy Baldwin-Boboli, Assistant Branch Manager; Wade Shearer, Teller CSR

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for September 2015 First Bank of Virginia.

 The team at First Bank is honored to be DBI’s Member of the Month. Although we’ve only been in Blacksburg for two years, it very much feels like home.
It’s a community we’re proud of, and it’s been a pleasure to partner with businesses like Community Housing Partners on tailored lending products designed specifically for their Solarize Montgomery program. It’s also been a joy to give back by volunteering for local chapters of the United Way, YMCA, and the Christmas Store.
Pictured above (L to R): Todd Murray, Area Executive; Tammy Baldwin-Boboli, Assistant Branch Manager; Wade Shearer, Teller CSR

Pictured above (L to R): Todd Murray, Area Executive; Tammy Baldwin-Boboli, Assistant Branch Manager; Wade Shearer, Teller CSR

We’d love the opportunity to partner with you too. Recently rated one of the best small business lending banks in the nation by Entrepreneur.com, First Bank offers business owners flexible terms and competitive rates. We can help expand your customers’ payment options, simplify your cash flow with First Bank Merchant Services.
And on the personal side, we offer innovative products and services, such as our variety of checking accounts (including mobile check deposit), conventional and general mortgage service, and even wealth management. We take great pride in being someone you can depend on to help you achieve your dreams. Stop in, chat with us, and enjoy fresh baked cookies and coffee with your local community banking team.
If you can’t make it to our Blacksburg, Hokie-loving branch, we have 2 other locations in Montgomery County, with another 4 in the surrounding towns in Virginia, and 80 spread throughout North Carolina as well as parts of South Carolina.
If you prefer to check us out online, visit http://www.localfirstbank.com for more information. First Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and a Member FDIC.220 South Main St
Blacksburg, VA   24060

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Blacksburg Regional Arts Association- DBI- Non-profit Member of the Month


Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Non-profit Member of the Month for September 2015 Blacksburg Regional Arts Association

Mission: Our aims are to make quality art events affordable,attractive and accessible to our members and the public; and to encourage and support one another while fostering creativity and joyfully exploring the arts.

The Blacksburg Regional Art Association is a group of artists in Blacksburg, Va., and the surrounding area.  The association is dedicated to the pursuit and enjoyment of art both personally and in the community. Established in 1950, the association has continued through the all-volunteer efforts of creative people of all ages and styles of art, the enthusiastic support of the community and the ever-present urge to see, create and enjoy beauty in the world around us.


Mina Hejazi,Lois Stephens, Gerri Young, Teri Hoover

BRAA member, and current President of the organization Gerri Young shares what makes this organization so important to her.

“I moved to Blacksburg in early 2010, knowing only a handful of people.  I joined BRAA two weeks after I arrived.  It is quite clear to me that art was my passport to the town and to many new and wonderful friends.  In the last two years, BRAA has made great strides in re-making itself with totally new branding designed to give the organization a new look and feel with a new logo, new webpage, the first Facebook page, new luncheon venue and many new and different events.  All that has paid off with an increased membership from about 80 to around 120 and a greatly improved reputation in the Blacksburg art scene. We have many excellent artists working in a variety of media and it is heartwarming to know that a number of those new artists came to us with the same story of being new in town.  Many of them found out about BRAA through information in the Community Art Information Office, (149 College Avenue) followed the trail to our monthly luncheon and our webpage and are now active members enjoying our assortment of events and networking among themselves.  The enthusiasm and energy that is clearly part of our organization, founded in 1950, is something of which we all are proud.  It took a serious team effort  to create the organization we are today.”

The BRAA keep busy and use Facebook as one of their ways of communicating with each other and the public.

Members frequently hold workshops such as the upcoming Eco- Printing and Mark Making workshop. Oct. 16-18, 2015 at
Hahn Horticultural Garden Pavilion led by BRAA member Becca Imbur.  Eco-Print Workshop Flier

The BRAA also shares information about upcoming art exhibitions and juried shows such as the upcoming  New River Art 2015 13th Juried Biennial Exhibition Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley Pulaski, Va. Oct. 9 -­‐ Nov. 20. Call for Entry New River Art 2015 – july28 edition

The artwork of approved BRAA exhibiting members can always be found in Blacksburg. Various businesses in the area support us through an agreement which welcomes 2D and/or 3D artworks to be exhibited in their establishments on a quarterly or longer schedule.

Those community galleries are:
Community Arts Information Office
Brown Insurance
Main Street Inn
Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea
Real Life Dental Care
See Mark Optical
VTLS, Inc.
Zeppoli’s Restaurant
VT Women’s Center
Pointe West Management
Blue Ridge Cancer Care


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China Inn Asian Grill- DBI Business Member of the Month

28 Aug 26 china inn window

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for August 2015
China Inn Asian Grill

Located on Draper Rd right across from the Town Library, with it’s own parking lot the China Inn Asian Grill is a hidden gemdining1 in downtown Blacksburg.  Offering traditional Chinese food as well as American Chinese, Japanese, Asian and Thai food with full service dine in, carry out and delivery options available you are certainly given plenty to choose from. As an added bonus you can even use your Downtown Gift Certificates for Dine-in or carry out  service.

“The fried rice that comes with the lunches is surprisingly good.”

“Easy to find and park, or they deliver if you feel like staying in.”

123“This was hands down the best Chinese food I have ever had. Everyone was really friendly and the food came out in a timely fashion. This was authentic Chinese food and you would be remiss if you didn’t dine here at least once.”

China Inn
403 Draper Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24060


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Blacksburg Contra Dance- DBI Non-profit Member of the Month

27 Aug
 Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Non-profit Member of the Month for August 2015
We have held a monthly dance for a number of years.
Contra dance is social dance done to live music and a caller who leads the figures.  No partner necessary, no experience necessary,  no fancy footwork. It’s about enjoying the music and connecting with your partner and the other dancers in the room.
Usually folks switch partners every dance, and it’s normal to dance with folks one has not met before.  It’s a lot of fun, good exercise, and a great social opportunity.
Dances are held 3rd Saturday nights at the YMCA, 1000 North Main St.  All ages welcome.  All experience levels welcome.  non-drinking non-smoking environment.  Admission of $8 pays the band and callers and expenses.
Bands usually include a fiddle and the music is a wide variety of Irish, Canadian, old-time and other genres.  We’d love for more Blacksburgians to join us!

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Party on the Promenade!

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Downtown Blacksburg Inc. and Up on the Roof invite you to:

Join us on Monday, 7 September at the Party on the Promenade before the Virginia Tech/ Ohio State Game!

 3:00pm- 6pm on College Avenue Promenade

The event will take place on College Avenue Promenade and will feature live music by “Train Wreck”, a performance by the Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers, food, beer and wine, activities for the kids and plenty of pre-game fun for the whole family!

  A welcome for all fans – VT and Ohio State will be found downtown!

Supporting Sponsors: Cabo Fish Taco, Gobble Cakes
Beer Sponsored by Valley Distribution
Wine Sponsored by Beliveau Estate
Proud Porta Potty Sponsors: Pointe West Management, Champs Sports Bar & Grill

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Monday September 7, 3:00pm- 6pm on College Avenue Promenade


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