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New River Stage-DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

15 Sep


Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for September 2016-New River Stage

Informally launched in 2004, New River Stage (NRS), formerly named Trisoul, has become dedicated to offering core theatrical opportunities to the New River Valley. Opportunities such as adult community theatre productions, children’s theatre productions, and performance workshops for children, as well as classes for adults, are offered.

Board Members:

AJ Brightman Moose, President

Dan Leary, VP Artistic Development

Sarah Tuthill, VP Planning & Development

Dave Mann, Past-President

Brenna Bowyer, Student/College Outreach Liason

Betty Shideler, Treasurer

Mark Curtis

Elsie McCombs

More information:

NRS provides youth (K-5th) programs, youth (6th-12th) programs, and adult programs. Their upcoming events consists of:

Late September: auditions for the last show of 2016 “The Game’s Afoot” by Ken Ludwig

October 29th at 10:20am at Village Center on campus of Warm Hearth: Youth Fall 2016 showcase

October: Fall fundraiser

Opening Second Act Class information can be found: opening-second-act-classes-fall-2016.

We can be found online at or follow us on FACEBOOK for up to the minute notices of shows, events, and audition opportunities.


Tried to come up with a theatre pun… but then it’d just be a play on words.


Champs Sportsbar & Cafe- DBI Business Member of the Month

31 May Champs Downtown

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for May 2016-Champs Sportsbar & Cafe

Written by Megan Brillheart

Blacksburg has its fair share of bars. Most are scattered throughout downtown. At any one of them you are almost certainly going to find burgers, wings, and fries on the menu, yet each establishment has built their own personality and relationship with the community. Among them everyone has a favorite but for me, I keep coming back to Champs.

I feel like I grew up in Champs. I lived in Dublin and in high school, my best friends and I lived for music. At the time Champs could still allow underage kids to come in the café (downstairs) for live music. Several of our friends were playing in a band and going to see them at Champs was a big deal. Over the years I watched the same kids grow up on the Champs stage.

After I turned 21 I ventured upstairs to the bar. It’s brighter, usually filled with overlapping conversations & music, with burst of cheers and laughter. While I’ve always found everyone to be friendly at the bar, I still find myself gravitating to the café. Even when there’s no band booked for the night I still enter through the café door. It’s more than habit; stopping in that room is like saying hello to an old friend.

MikeMike Soriano has owned Champs for 18 years on September 1. He started as a bouncer 7/5/97, and purchased the bar on  9/1/98.

Stop by Champs Sports Bar & Café today. Check out their menu and daily specials online at: 

Pool ~ Darts ~ Skee-Ball ~ Shuffleboard ~Hoop Dreams Basketball
20 TV’s Including 70″ & 63″ Widescreen HD
11 Digital Satellites

Bar: (540) 951-2222
Cafe: (540) 552-2233
Bar Hours:
11am – 2am  Daily
Cafe Hours:
4pm – 2am  Daily


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Modea-DBI Business Member of the Month

5 Feb

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for February 2016- Modea

Modea is a digital consultancy focused on providing softwaAAAModea at Kent Square-1re solutions in industries where consumers lack control, transparency and choice. The company’s innovative work in the health system space, for clients like Duke Medicine, and the telecom space, for clients like nTelos Wireless, has enabled positive, transformational change in consumer engagement through the adoption of user-focused digital platforms.

One of Modea’s beliefs is that software has transformative power over our lives. Yet software alone isn’t enough. The digital consultancy assists clients in uncovering the underlying issues that get in the way of the customer experience. These aren’t just software and user experience issues, but oftentimes issues within the client organizations themselves. They ensure that the solutions developed are ready for the organizations that will own them.

Holiday Party 2014Creating these solutions take a very diverse group of 24 team members, also known as “Modeans”. They hail from all over the world and represent a range of cultures, backgrounds, and trades. They are a mix of young and not-so-young. However, there is one simple truth that unites them: they’re all family. Whether discussing digital strategies or sharing lunch together on a hike, their people synergize in a way that they feel is special. And that forms a great foundation to do remarkable things together.

This foundation was also built right here in Blacksburg, Virginia. As the company has grown and changed over the years, the town has been a key part of their story. From the vibrant Virginia Tech community to the region’s innovative technology industry to the fresh mountain air, this town runs through their veins. They decided to set up shop in downtown Blacksburg’s Kent Square building, because of the many benefits provided, and are committed to supporting the community through events such as 100 Girls of Code.

Recently, Modea successfully completed a spin-out of a new company, called Ozmo. This new company that is working with clients like Verizon and Telus will focus exclusively on the development of digital device support tools for mobile operators, helping telecom service agents and their customers troubleshoot device issues with ease and confidence.

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To learn more about Modea, check out our website, watch this short video, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 To learn more about Ozmo, check out the website, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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

Virginia Tech Foundation- DBI Non-profit Member of the Month

8 Jul

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Non-profit Member of the Month for June -July 2015
Virginia Tech Foundation
Located at 902 Prices Fork Road, Suite 145 in Downtown Blacksburg

The foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit nonstock corporation established in 1948, and provides private financial support to enable the forward progress of Virginia Tech.


North End is a newly renovated 227,000 square foot mixed-use development that offers retail, restaurant, and office space in a pedestrian friendly setting with outdoor seating areas that will draw you in and make you want to visit again.  North End provides convenient parking for customers in the surface lot or the newly constructed 800-car parking garage and offers some of the finest businesses in Blacksburg including:

Five Guys                                            Tivon Salon & Spa

Buffalo Wild Wings                            New Image Barber Shop

Starbucks                                            Velocity Care/Carilion Clinic

Next Door Bake Shop                        Hokie Centric

Wicked Taco                                      Palm Beach Tan

NuSpark                                              Kaplan

Center of Dance                                P. Buckley Moss Gallery

Carilion Clinic Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

North End is located on the edge of campus at the intersection of Prices Fork Road and Turner Street in beautiful downtown Blacksburg, Virginia; one of the top ranked best performing small cities in the country.

If you haven’t been to North End, come shop, dine and enjoy…

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Palm Beach Tan, Next door Bake Shop, The Center of Dance, Wicked Taco and the P Buckley Moss Gallery are also members of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

Dogs of Downtown- meet Keefer Dogg

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Post written by Erin Jenkins and Laureen Blakemore

The dogs of downtown are fancy and enjoy “the finer things in life”, but they want you to know they are just like all the other dogs out there. The Sister dogs of Clay Corner Inn Minkie and Caly enjoy lawn games with their parents and guests. Caly is an expert cornhole player, frisbee golfer, and both sisters love their tennis balls. Bella, the greeter and Fine Jewelry Expert at Capone’s Fine Jewelry  enjoys visits to the Farmers Market and sitting on laps in the store while visitors work with her mom and “brother” to design beautiful pieces of jewelry.  While Keith R. Dogg (“Keefer Dogg”), the  assistant curator at Matrix Gallery, enjoys long walks and seeing all his friends at doggy daycare.  When Keefer is not working at the gallery he can be found relaxing or helping his dad around the house, talking nice long walks, attending daycare  at Flying Fur  and taking training  classes with his humans.

While visiting I saw Mr. Dogg knock over a small book with his tail and he told me that often his big fluffy tail is too cumbersome for his mom’s gallery, so he gets to go on a car ride with his dad. Since he does spend a good amount of time “off the job” he really tries to soak up the attention from his customers at the gallery when he’s there.  Keefer Dogg  really does enhance your shopping experience, as he is such a smiley beautiful English Shepard. Keefer is very well trained, and getting even better as he grows.  His treat of choice is cubed Colby cheese, but we are pretty sure he would not turn down any kind of treat.
I asked Keefer a few important questions to get to know him better.
Q: So Keefer, are you a big Hokie fan?
A: I loooove turkey!

Q: What do you want people to know about you?
A: My bark is worse than my bite, and I wanna be loved!

Q: What is your main gripe about Downtown Blacksburg?
A: Not enough fire hydrants

Q: Do you get bored at the store with no other pets around?
A: I get walks with Dad lots , and I get a lot of treats. Of course I do want some more friends–furry and not– to come on over and visit me in Matrix Gallery!

Keefer is very excited that his store will be celebrating its 25th birthday on November 16, although he is a little concerned that mom may not let him come to the party. (Something to do with fluffy waggy tails and too much cheese which is supposed to be for the guests and not for him!) The big celebration takes place on November 16, 4:00-8:00pm. All non doggies are welcome to join the fun which will take place in Matrix Gallery!

Matrix Gallery is located at
115 North Main Street

Coming in our next installment of the Dogs of Downtown; meet Minkie and Caly, the innkeepers of Clay Corner Inn.

Why not visit some of the Dogs of Downtown:
Calypso the Golden Retriever and Minkie the Jack Russell mix, Dog-keepers at Clay Corner Inn
Keith R. Dogg “Keefer Dogg”, Assistant Curator at Matrix Gallery
Molly and Minnie the mini-Schnauzers, Sales Assistants at Mad Dog
Goliath the Bulldog, Marketing Team Member at Nest Realty
Bella the Bischon Freis, Diamond and Fine Jewelry Expert at Capones Fine Jewelry
Barkley, Antique Collector at Heirloom Originals
Xena, the receptionist at The Laser Clinic
Milo, the greeter at 130 Jackson, who can often be found stationed outside Bollo’s

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Dog friendly downtown locations:
Fringe Benefit
Greenhouse Boardshop
Heirloom Originals
Huckleberry Trail
High Peak Sportswear
Heavener Hardware Lumber and Rental
Mad Dog
Market Square Park
Matrix Gallery
Nest Realty
The Community Arts Information Office
The Henderson Lawn

PLEASE be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your dogs.

So you want to own a restaurant……

26 Oct

Being the owner/manager of a small  restaurant business can be a fun and  rewarding experience– OR it can be a  difficult and demanding job! And, the  current economic environment makes  everything more challenging. Find out how to set the stage to make your business an exciting one– for you and your customers. This FREE workshop will expose you to the steps to launching and managing a  successful restaurant business.

Entrepreneur Express:
The Business of Restaurants
A Workshop on Starting and Managing a Successful Restaurant
November 21, 2011   8:00 am-  12:00 pm
Holiday Inn Christiansburg–  NRV Mall
99 Bradley Dr. Christiansburg, VA 24073

Register for FREE at
Advanced Registration Required
Questions? Contact:
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce: 540-552-2636
Virginia Department of Business Assistance: 276-676-3768

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8:00am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am  Sponsor ~     Phillip Vaught

8:40am  Introductions – Catherine Sutton/MCCC

8:55am   Reasons Why Restaurants Fail- Kitty Barker/VTC

9:15am   Steps & Resources for Starting/Operating  a Successful Business in Virginia- Sandy Ratliff/VDBA

9:35am   Business Plans- David Shanks/Radford University College of  Business

9:50am  Financially Sustaining a Restaurant-Joe Rollison/Wells Fargo, People Source Inc.

10:00am  Tax Requirements-Alice Jones/Montgomery County   Commissioner of Revenue

10:15am  Liability Insurance-Tripp Godsey/Farmers Insurance

10:35am  Testimonial- Kevin Shaw/Domino’s Pizza

10:45am  Break & Networking

10:55am  Marketing, Promotion, Customer Service- Randy Rose/VTS

11:15am  Testimonial- Patrick Dobbins/Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

11:25am  Building Codes– Blacksburg/Christiansburg, Health Department guidelines,  Q&A- Cathy Cook,(Town of Blacksburg Building Official),  Jerry Heinline, (Town of Christiansburg, Building Official)

12:15am  Evaluations & Adjournment

Featured Vendors: US Food Group, Hethwood Market, PME Comp

Restaurant Seminar brought to you by: Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., The Blacksburg Partnership, Montgomery County Chamber of CommerceMontgomery County Economic Development,Virginia Department of Business Assistance, and the  Virginia Tourism Corporation. With sponsorship from and Wells Fargo.

Summer Fun…here it comes!

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. presents:
4th Annual Summer Solstice Fest

Saturday June 18, 2-11pm in Downtown Blacksburg, Main Street & Lee Street

Alberti Flea Circus
Alexander Black House Activities
Beer Garden- sponsored by Modea
Bike Rodeo- East Coasters, Blacksburg Police Dept. &; Blacksburg Rescue Squad
Blacksburg Recycling & Sustainable Blacksburg- Recycling Activities
Blacksburg Contra Dance Group
Blacksburg Fire Dept
Carriage Rides- MacArthur Inn
Chef Demos- sponsored by Gourmet Pantry
Dog Contests and activities- sponsored by NRV Varmints Pet Sitting
Downtown Sundown 5K race- to benefit BHS Field & Track Club
Fire Performers
Hula Hooping with Wild Earth Hoops
Midway Games and activities
Oyster Eating Contest- sponsored by Awful Arthur’s
Plant Sale- Hahn Horticulture Garden
South West Virginia Social Dance Group
Smithfield Plantation
Spa & Relaxation Tent- Beauti Control, Tuck Chiropractic and In Balance Yoga Studio offering yoga and massage therapy
Street performers including poi spinning, juggling, unicycles and more
VT Surf Club- Tarp Surfing
Sand Beach Activities- sponsored by Cabo Fish Taco
Sidewalk/Graffiti Art- interactive
Zumba- sponsored by New Tech Fitness

Main Stage Schedule
2:00- 3:00pm PanJammers
3:00- 3:30pm South West Virginia Social Dance Society
3:30- 5:00pm Badunkafunk
5:00-5:30pm Oyster slurping contest
5:45-7:15pm Alliens
7:15- 7:45pm Blacksburg Contra Dance Group
7:45-10:00pm Key West Band
10:00pm Awesomesauce in the beer garden
10:30pm Fire Show in the beer garden

Bike Rodeo Registration form: Bike_Rodeo_flyer

Downtown Sundown 5K Race registration form: 5Kreg form 2011

Participating Non-Profit Groups:
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Alexander Black House, Auburn UMC Women’s Group, Blacksburg Fire Dept, Blacksburg Live Music, Blacksburg Rescue Squad, Children’s Museum for Blacksburg, Hahn Horticulture Garden, MC Friends of Animal Care & Control, Mental Health Association, MOMS Club, New Life Christian Fellowship, New River Bicycle Association,New River Valley Apartment Council, NRV Macaroni Kids, NRV Roller Girls, Planned Parenthood, Rita’s- Alex’s Leomonade Charity, SEEDS, Smithfield Plantation, Special Olympics- Area 9, Sustainable Blacksburg, Virginia Interfaith Child Care Center

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A Virginia Green Event

Main Stage Sponsor: Freedom First Credit Union
Beer Garden Sponsor: Modea

Media Partners:
Comcast Spotlight
Mix 100.7
The Bear 105.3

For specific information on Downtown Blacksburg Events please contact:
Laureen Blakemore, Director of Special Events
Tel: 540-951-0454
For regular updates please visit our website:

Wedding Fever!

26 Mar

Friday April 1st

In Kent Square Lobby

Royal Wedding- craft stations
Condo Tours- Pointe West Management offering tours of the Kent Square Condos
Next Door Bake Shop- Wedding Cupcakes and more
Hahn Horticulture Garden – Information about a delightful & desirable wedding venue
Calligraphy with Elizabeth Foster
Beauti Control- Spa hand treatments on the spot!
Body Harmony Massage- Chair Massages
Smithfield Plantation- destination wedding!
Mobile Town Hall with 4:30-6:00pm Don Langrehr & Krisha Chachra
The War Memorial Chapel at Virginia Tech- “Experience the Tradition.”

Round Town

Town Criers- announcing a special invitation to you!
FREE Wine & Cheese Tasting at Gourmet Pantry 5-7pm
Clay Corner Inn- free cookie bar 2-8 p.m.
Main street Inn- free refreshments 4-7pm
16 Squares Historical walking tour -starting 4 pm at the Old Town Hall, located at the intersection of Church and Jackson Streets. Call 540-558-0746 or email to reserve a space. The tour is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited.
In Balance Yoga Studio 20% off class packages and 25% off retail
Look out for Retail Specials all arround the downtown area
Collect a coupon card for downtown dining discounts!
Bike and Build in front of The Lyric 4-7pm

ART CRAWL with Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt forms to be collected at any of the participating galleries on April 1st from 4-7pm. All forms must be turned in by 7pm in the Kent Square Lobby. The winner will be the person with the most correct answers. Scavenger Hunt clues will be found in ALL participating galleries.

Exhibit TBA
Armory Art Gallery

Custom Designed works of art
Capone’s Fine Jewelry

The work of Christy Mackie and Cedric Rudisill
Clay Corner Inn

Weddings by the Blacksburg Regional Arts Association
Community Arts Information Office

Exhibit TBA
Experiential Gallery for Creative Technologies

The paintings of Knic Umstead
Gillie’s Gallery

Artwork by Amity Dewey
Kent Square Lobby

“Three Painters and a Potter”, featuring four talented young artists in the MFA program at Radford University
Main-Lee Gallery

Bimbur Books & Wedding albums with Becca Imbur, Annie’s Photo Fun- photography by David Hilgendorff
Main Street Inn Gallery

Featuring the Artwork & Jewelry of Blacksburg Artist Greta Panciera
Matrix Gallery

Paintings by Gemma Clasing
Next Door Bake Shop

Photo display of houses in central Blacksburg that have historically been owned by black families, narrated by Beatrice Walker, and a small display of town-owned historic sites in the Office/Visitor Center.
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall

Simone Paterson – professor in the School of Visual Arts at Tech
The Gallery at Mish Mish

The fun doesn’t need to end when the curtain closes.
Main Street Inn is offering a
Wedding Frenzy Honeymoon Package.
A special gift for all Honeymooners waiting in their room.
Reservations suggested
Coupon required for special rate