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China Inn Asian Grill- DBI Business Member of the Month

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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
540.552.0871

 

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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:

PARTY ON THE PROMENADE: A DOWNTOWN TAILGATE
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

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. presents A summer full of fun- the ultimate “staycation”!

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Join us downtown for a variety of family fun filled events throughout the summer.

Updated: June 6, 2015

And here’s a little sweetener from the Town of Blacksburg!
During these events, metered parking will be FREE in the downtown area:
Saturday, June 20 – Summer Solstice Fest
Saturday, July 11 – Summertime Small Business Saturday
July 11-18 – Blacksburg Restaurant Week
Saturday, July 18 – Art at the Market
August 7 & 8 – Steppin’ Out

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Saturday, June 20, 1pm-11:30pm- Summer Solstice Fest. Free and open to all. Featuring live music, Dog Parade, Petting Zoo, Beer & Wine Garden, Water Wars, festival foods, craft vendors, games and activities for the whole family.

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Saturday July 4, 5-10pm- Dr. Elvis on the Roof. Featuring live music with Dr. Elvis & The Pink Caddy Daddies, and Guilty Pleasures, beer and wine, festival foods and the best view of the fabulous Town of Blacksburg fireworks. Bring your own chair. No pets allowed. Donations to the Special Olympics of the New River Valley.

 

Saturday, July 11 Summertime Small Business Saturday- featuring special deals at participating downtown stores. PLUS the chance to win $500 in gift cards and gift certificates when you shop at local stores in partnership with Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Buy. Eat. Live. Local.

July 11- July 18Blacksburg Restaurant Week. One Town. Seven Days. 20+ Delicious Deals.4

Saturday, July 18, 9am-2pm- Art at the Market with Breakfast at the Farmers Market. A juried art show and sidewalk sale, with a fabulous breakfast at the Blacksburg Farmers Market.

August 7-8, 10am-10pm- 35th annual Steppin’ Out Festival. Three stages of live entertainment, more than 200 craft vendors, merchant’s sidewalk sales and your favorite restaurants providing great festival foods.

Monday, September 7, 3-6pm- Party on the Promenade. A pre-game tailgate open to all ages on College Avenue.

2Downtown Blacksburg. It’s not on your way, it’s where you are going!

For more information visit our website:DowntownBlacksburg.com

Modern + Idea = Modea

6 May Company photo before heading out to Steppin’ Out 2014

Written by Taylor Martin & Emily Pote

Modea has been in the Blacksburg’s community for almost nine years after two Virginia Tech graduates named David Catalano and Aaron Herrington decided to use their entrepreneurial spirit to start the company in 2006. The company has been in several locations throughout Blacksburg and currently has its headquarters in Kent Square.

Company photo before heading out to Steppin’ Out 2014

Company photo before heading out to Steppin’ Out 2014

Modea, which is a combination of the words modern + ideas, was originally started as an advertising agency, but over the past few years has transformed into a digital consultancy and product studio. On the consultancy side, the company does website strategy and redesign for various clients, including nTelos and Duke Medicine. On the digital product side, Modea creates simulators and emulators for cell phone companies including Verizon and Telus, a Canadian company.

The office space is very modern, but also very inviting. It consists of two floors separated by a spiral staircase. The top floor, where the consultancy sits, is where website design happens, while the bottom floor is where the digital simulators and emulators are made. Both floors have their own distinct features, but everything still ties together. Whiteboard paint is on just about every wall of the office space, and sticky notes cover many the regular walls left. There are two big kitchens in the facility, each packed with complimentary drinks and snacks for the employees to munch on while getting work done. On Fridays, employees enjoy what’s known as FLF, Free Lunch Friday, where the company caters lunch for everyone in the office. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty popular day at Modea and it’s all to show employee appreciation.

Employees enjoying Buffalo Wild Wings for Free Lunch Friday (FLF)

Employees enjoying Buffalo Wild Wings for Free Lunch Friday (FLF)

One of the most popular spaces in the office is the two game rooms. These rooms were designed with the employees in mind. While on lunch or when they need a break, several employees can join together for a game of foosball or to battle on every game system imaginable from Xbox One to PS4.

The company has several uniquely named conference rooms throughout the office. Upstairs, room names range from THIS ROOM and THAT ROOM, while downstairs, the rooms boast names such as CONFIDENTIAL and TOP SECRET.

Downtown Blacksburg was chosen as Modea’s home for several reasons according to Emily Pote, the company’s Office Manager. “Blacksburg offers a great quality of life and has been rated one of the best places to raise a family.” Emily’s favorite thing about living and working in Blacksburg is “the view of the mountains every day. I’ve been here about seven months and I love that I haven’t gotten used to the gorgeous views yet.”

Employees of Modea, known as Modeans, have a relaxed environment allowing them to get work done in a non-stressful atmosphere. You often find employees sitting in plush chairs throughout the office instead of at their desk. The dress code is casual and varied with folks wearing everything from t-shirts and jeans to dresses and button up shirts. Educationally, Modea hires candidates from the “techy” fields, such as computer science, arts and design, and software engineering. Virginia Tech is a great recruiting source that Modea uses often as seen by the fact that several of their part-time employees are students there.

Modeans at the 2014 company holiday party, themed Masquerade

Modeans at the 2014 company holiday party, themed Masquerade

Modea and its 90 employees love being a part of the Downtown Blacksburg Community. “People are always asking me what Modea does and I’m happy to answer their questions,” Emily said. Modea also enjoys giving back to its home community in various ways including hosting and maintaining the Lyric Theatre’s website. As a member of Downtown Blacksburg, Modea supports the towns’ businesses by shopping and buying locally. In 2014, during Downtown Blacksburg Inc.’s annual Steppin’ Out, Modea made it a point to give each employee $10, of the company’s money, to spend at the festival. Modea loves to be a part of this community and strongly encourages every person and business to support each other.

Modea is a great business to have in our community. It is the type of company you expect to find in Silicon Valley, but instead it is right where it belongs, in the heart of Virginia, in Downtown Blacksburg.

Showing off our shirts and supporting fellow Modean, Gary Lowery's son Kam to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness

Showing off our shirts and supporting fellow Modean, Gary Lowery’s son Kam to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness

Modea is a member of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

Taylor Martin is a Junior at Virginia Tech. She is Public Relations Major. Taylor is currently working as a part time work study Intern for Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

Valentine’s Day in Downtown Blacksburg

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With just a week to go until Valentine’s Day we thought you might enjoy a round-up of some of the great deals downtown to make the day extra sweet for your special someone! And don’t forget to Love your Community by shopping small for Valentine’s Day this year!

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Gifts Galore

Valentines-Day-background_mainAureus Jewelry
Stop by Aureus Jewelry and register to win a heart shaped garnet pendant necklace to be given away on Valentine’s Day! We are offering 60% off all in stock jewelry from now until Valentine’s Day

Fringe Benefit
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Come in to see our beautiful jewelry just in from Brighton! There is a wonderful selection to choose from!

Heirloom Originals
First 10 customers on February 14th receive free gift
Vintage Valentine displays and beautiful costume jewelry
Free Valentines day gift wrap
20% off any red or pink item in store…

Mad Dog
Serving Hershey’s kisses and a 14% discount on selected items. Beautiful heart necklaces and earrings in stock for that special day

Matrix Gallery
American made pottery, glass, jewelry, wood, leather goods, and more. Offering you the very best in Valentine’s Day treats!

P Buckley Moss Gallery
The gallery has released a new print especially for Valentine’s Day. They also have a collection of many other subjects suitable for valentine gifts.

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Send your heart this Valentine’s day with a polished gift basket. Call us at 904-6868 to order your baskets by February 12th!

Uncommonly Gifted
Valentine’s Day is nearly here so stop in to browse the very best selection of cards and unique & unusual gifts for your sweetie! Blacksburg is for Lovers t’s, hoodies and totes make the perfect Valentine Gift!

Special Experiences

Clay Corner Inn
Great Valentine’s special and any weekend stay at the Clay Corner Inn.dsa
Weekend Healing Retreat Package- 2 nights, 2 people plus a Reiki Session each- $447 plus tax

Eucalyptus Massage Therapy
Free Olive Oil & Aloe Vera foot massage with any service purchased in February!

Isn’t it Romantic? A Dinner Concert
Saturday, February 14
Dinner Buffet & Musical Revue with Catherine Breske & Quartet
The Village Center, Warm Hearth Drive
Reservations- contact mbaker@warmhearth.org

Lyric Theatre
February 14- The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies invites you to a free screening of Young Mr. Lincoln 1:00–4:30 p.m. The afternoon will include a post-screening Q & A with VT Department of History professors Kimberly Kutz and Paul Quigley.

 Regular Movie for Saturday Night- showing- The Imitation Game at 7pm & 9:15pm 

Main Street Inn
Make A Night Of It- 10% discount on room rate for Valentine’s Day
Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Wine!
Call 540-552-6246 to reserve your room today

NRV Pilates, Personal Training & Massage
Valentines special – buy 1 hot stone massage for $55 and get a free Pilates Personal Training session.

Say it with Food

Beliveau Estate Winery
February 14- Chocolate inspired “Wine and Dinner Pairing”, 6:30pm. $65 per person, reservations required: 540-315-5674

Ceritano’s
Valentines Day dinner special
Appetizer or salad
Grupper al limone or
Assagini di pasta
Dessert
Bottle Motepulciano or Trebbiano
$65 plus tax and gratuity

Café de Bangkok
February 14 features a Thai style Valentine special menu.

Gobble Cakes
Cupcakes with flowers for Valentine’s Day! $4 each

Gourmet Pantry
Saturday Feb. 14: A special Valentine’s Wine tasting from 12 – 4pm.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Gourmet Pantry with an evening of romance in the kitchen, featuring a menu of decadent recipes you’re both sure to enjoy! We select the highest quality meats available and the freshest ingredients, with a different wine specially paired to perfectly compliment each dish. Join us for this exquisite evening of sumptuous food, fine wine, and romance! $110 per person. Limited space, so book your reservation early! Saturday February 14, 6:00pm.

Next Door Bake Shop
Make your Valentine’s Day Gifts count twice! Order from us on February 9th and 10% of sales will be donated to the Price’s Fork Elementary School!
What’s that? You’ve got it covered?! Don’t need help making your valentine feel special? That’s okay!
Come in and join us for lunch, dinner, coffee, or your choice of treat and we’ll donate 10% of our daily sales!

Social House
Busy on Valentine’s Day? Join us at Social House, on February 10th, for lunch or an early Valentine’s Day Dinner and 10% of sales will go to Price’s Fork Elementary School.

Travel in Style  

Take the Hooptie Ride!

To schedule a pick-up, call:
(540) 449-DRIV(3748)
Our drivers are on-call daily morning to late night. Other times are available by appointment.
Call ahead for best service!

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A student’s eye view…

20 Jan

By: Abigail Rausch

Being a Virginia Tech student, I’m not as creative as I tend to think when it comes to some things. When I want to shop, I look online; when I want a cup of coffee, I go to Starbucks; and when I’m hungry, I eat Chipotle or Panera Bread. I’m sure a lot of students can agree with me, we get caught up in the rush of life and stick with what we know, what we’re used to. So what’s wrong with shopping on the same websites and eating the same foods if we know that 9 times out of 10, we’ll like our results? I never used to think there was anything “wrong” with that, and I think most students feel the same as I did. Truthfully, this is only because most people don’t know the many possibilities and options Downtown Blacksburg has to offer, and I am just now recognizing them.

In the Downtown Blacksburg area, there are tons of options for shopping and dining that a lot of students seem to overlook, at least, I know I did. We all know that Blacksburg isn’t the most “eventful” place, so in our leisure time we might stay in, order a pizza, and surf the web. We do all this while a lively and exciting downtown sits less than a mile away, perfectly stocked with the means to fulfill all of our wants and needs.

One day last semester I was put in a situation where I had to enter each and every business in the downtown area, and it was then that I realized I was missing out on so many wonderful aspects of downtown Blacksburg. Since that eye opening experience, whenever I want to hang out with friends or family, I love to spend the evening downtown. Throughout my many recent adventures downtown, I was surprised by the diverse food options a lot of restaurants offered, as well as the fun, interactive environments.

The restaurants aren’t the only great things about the downtown area, and with one walk down Main Street, anyone would agree. The local shops downtown carry unique items that you couldn’t find just anywhere else. Remarkably, they carry practically anything a college student or any other customer could want for all occasions. Exploring each and every store in the downtown area was a great experience and left me stunned with what I found, and happy I took the time to do it.

My new go to place for shopping and dining is downtown Blacksburg. Why don’t you join me? I think you’ll be surprised and excited at what you find.

 

Abigail Rausch is a Sophomore at Virginia Tech. She is double majoring in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising & Design. Abigail is currently working as a part time work study Intern for Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

 

Here comes the sun…here comes the FUN!!!

7 Apr 19

April showers bring May flowers, spring has truly arrived!! And with spring our thoughts turn to sunshine, to social time to FUN!! Summer is a fun-filled busy time in downtown Blacksburg so we think you need to mark your calendars now and SAVE THE DATES!

Saturday, May 3, 5-10pm- 2nd annual Horseshoes & Hats: A Kentucky Derby Casino Night
In Kent Square
Tickets available NOW online only at: http://www.downtownblacksburg.com/casino_night.aspx
The event will include viewing the Kentucky Derby, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a Fancy Hat contest and Casino games- Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold ’em, and River City Horse Racing. Must be 21 or older to attend.

 
Tuesday May 27, 6:02pm- CASH MOB for Mental Health America
Meeting place To Be Announced

We meet, the secret locally owned businesses to target are announced and off we go!
Rules:
1) Spend up to $20
2) Meet 3 new people
3) HAVE FUN!

Tuesday June 17, 5:48pm Cash Mob
Meeting place to be announced

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Saturday, June 21, 1pm-11:30pm- Summer Solstice Fest
Main Street and Lee Street
Featuring Burnt Creative Craft & Vintage Market, Downtown Sundown 5k® Race, carnival, sand beach, live music, dog parade, petting zoo, and so much more.

Tuesday July 15, 6:12pm Cash Mob
Meeting place to be announced

Saturday July 19, 8am-2pm Art at the Market with Breakfast at the Farmers Market
Juried Art show and sidewalk sale featuring at least 30 local artists.
Take in a little breakfast with your art, as well as enjoying a bustling day at the Farmers Market. Live music included!

Friday-Saturday August 1-2, 10am-10pm STEPPIN’ OUT!
Crafters, art, sidewalk sales, live music and entertainment, family, food FUN!!!

Monday, August 18, 6:06pm Cash Mob
Meeting place to be announced

We have a few more activities and events up our sleeves so keep watching our website: http://www.downtownblacksburg.com/events.aspxor our facebook https://www.facebook.com/DowntownBlacksburg

Top 5 reasons for attending Horseshoes & Hats

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With the 2nd Annual Horseshoes & Hats, Kentucky Derby Casino Night fast approaching we thought it would be fun to give you our Top Five reasons why you should attend. So in true David Letterman style here we go…..

#5- Fabulous Prizes
We have a fantastic variety of prizes ready for you to win including hotel packages, beautiful jewelry, massages, wine baskets and so much more.Holly

 

#4- Fancy Hat Contest
Dust off your best hat, buy a new one or create your own. Entry in the Fancy Hat Contest is included in the incredible reasonable ticket price ($35 single or $60 couple). For the men there is also a Best Dressed Gent contest. You will have your work cut out to beat last year’s winners who intend to make it a double!hh1

 

#3- Casino Games
Casino Games provided by Massino’s Casinos including Black Jack, Texas Hold ’em, Roulette, and the ever popular Craps. A fun favorite of the evening is the River City Horse Racing.

 

#2- Watching the Kentucky Derby on the big screen
While dhh2rinking a Mint Julip with 200 of the most fun people in Blacksburg…..what more do we need to say?!!!

 

 

And the #1 reason to attend the event….An AWESOME great time!!!
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Did we miss anything? Tell us your Top Reason for coming to Horseshoes & Hats. We’ll even give away a FREE ticket to the event for the best answer!

For more information about the event please visit

http://www.downtownblacksburg.com/casino_night.aspx

Student gallery showcased in monthly Art Walk

17 Oct

Though Blacksburg has a multitude of art galleries downtown, only one is soley managed by students.

 

 XYZ Art Gallery is the student-run gallery located on Main Street. It was founded by Studio Art students 20 years ago as a way to showcase their talent.

 

 “It’s kind of like a safe haven for studio artists to show their work in a public setting,” said Carson Bendel, president of XYZ Art Gallery.

 

 Students control every aspect of the gallery. Faculty advisors give some guidance, but students decide the shows, contact artists and organize events.

 

 “It’s a lot of fun because anything that anyone wants to do, we make it happen,” Bendel said.

 
Students who wish to submit work do not need to be art majors, and they are also encouraged to participate in running the gallery.
 
All artists, students or community members, are welcome to submit their work to the gallery for display at any time. The only requirements for a piece of work are for them to be finished and either matted or framed for display.
 
XYZ displays a variety of art mediums from paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics to new media. Animations have been shown using projectors, and performance art has been showcased occasionally as well.
 
In addition to displaying visual art, XYZ hosts musical performances, open mic nights, poetry readings and movie nights. The space is transformative, however, and is open to for other types of events as well.
 
“We had a meditation last semester,” Bendel said. “We’re gonna start doing yoga in the gallery.”
 
Intermediate yoga classes will be held at the gallery every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for anyone to participate.
 
The current show in the gallery is Capital Vices Collection by Meggalif. It was the first show this semester and will be on display during today’s First Friday Art Walk.
 
“XYZ hadn’t been involved in this event a whole lot in the past,” Bendel said. “But it’s definitely something we’re looking forward to being involved in.”
 
The first Friday of each month, art galleries in Blacksburg hold an opening for a new artist or exhibit. Laureen Blakemore, director of Events in Downtown Blacksburg, helped organize it into a larger event known as the First Friday Art Walk.
 
The Art Walk starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 pm.
 
“The idea was to make it more public, let people know what was going on, and to bring people down into the galleries and stores so they could find out about these great art galleries,” Blakemore said.
 
Recently the Art Walk changed its format to a self-guided tour. The idea was modeled after a gallery in Ashville, N.C. that Blakemore visited as a part of the Downtown Revitalization Committee.
 
Brochures for the tour include information about each gallery participating, as well as a map of where each gallery can be found.
 
“We came back and worked with the Blacksburg Partnership and modeled our brochure on that idea. People can pick that up at any time and know where the galleries are,” Blakemore said.
 
Brochures are available in downtown stores, the Virginia Tech Visitor’s Center and participating galleries.
 
Not every participating location is a traditional gallery. Other venues include the Blacksburg Public Library, Bollo’s Café & Bakery, Eucalyptus Massage Center, Mish Mish, Inc., Gillie’s Vegetarian Restaurant, Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea and Pita Vera.
 
Groups of attendees range from families with young children to students to senior citizens.
 
“It fosters being local and enjoying your downtown,” Blakemore said.
 
Gallery owners and managers want more people to see and experience the downtown art culture.
 
“It’s definitely our goal to promote art in the community,” Bendel said. “I just want people to know that XYZ exists and that we’re doing really cool things.”
 
On Oct. 10, XYZ will open their Sci-Fi and Fantasy show with a reception running from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
 

A version of this article appeared in the Oct 4 issue of the Collegiate Times.

First Friday Art Walks
Take a self-guided Tour of all of the Gallery Spaces in Blacksburg anytime you like but on the following First Fridays participating Galleries will remain open until 8pm.
Friday October 4
Friday December 6
Gallery Guide & Art Walk brochures available in downtown stores, the Virginia Tech Visitor’s Center and participating galleries. Get details here: http://www.downtownblacksburg.com/art_at_market.aspx

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