Habitat for Humanity-DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

12 May asp

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for May 2016-Habitat for Humanity.

bob bThis is Bob B. who is 80 years old and volunteers in the ReStore, full time. He has developed a wood working shop in the store where he utilizes donated parts and materials to build interesting furniture, shelves, toys and other things that we can sell. In fact, this summer the ReStore will have a booth at Steppin’ Out selling many of the things Bob built. He built custom log homes as his trade and fortunately for us he wants to serve our community in this way. He made some many beautiful things that last year, he was one of our top donors after they sold!

He enjoys teaching others who would like to learn to use wood working tools and make interesting and useful things.


Habitat builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.NewRiverValley_Hz_2clr  (1)

 Habitat works to eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Our core values

  • Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.
  • Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive.
  • With a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own.
  • Bold actions speak louder than words.
  • Working together, side by side, promotes understanding and self-reliance.

THE ReStore 
Our primary fundraiser receives donations of furniture, appliances, and all types of home improvement and construction material. We sell those donations to the public at our warehouse located at 1675 N Franklin St in Christiansburg. Shoppers range from crafters to builders, homeowners to rental property managers. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-6pm. We welcome volunteers and volunteer groups to assist in the process.

Our 30 Second Story
We partner with everyone to build or improve a place that can be called home. Habitat for Humanity builds homes and communities by focusing on 3 attributes:

A Habitat home is a strong foundation for a family, an opportunity on which they can build a better life. Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.asp

A Habitat home is a stabilizing force for a family. Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development and the ability and financial flexibility to make forward looking choices.

Self Reliance
Through shelter, we empower. A decent place to live and an affordable mortgage help homeowners save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity and have more financial stability.

Your financial support, your time and your voice will help bring independence to families in need of a decent place to live.

Your donation never stops giving. We use your dollar to build affordable homes and the homebuyer pays it back through their mortgage so we can build again, completing the cycle of giving.

To Volunteer
To Give
To Learn more visit HabitatNRV.org

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The University Club-DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for April 2016-The University Club

Genesis of the University Club
Condensed Version of Original Work by Harry D. Temple - May 31, 1993

 In the fall of 1925, three young faculty members, Daniel Cromer Heitshu, Ralph Harper Chestnut, and James Godkin, discussed their mundane life in Blacksburg’s public boarding houses, and the need of a faculty organization to broaden the life of the college community.  From that discussion, the idea of a university club was conceived, a faculty facility with “a gracious atmosphere and a fraternal bond among its members”.clubhouse Encouraged by the college community’s response, these men brought the matter to the attention of the Blacksburg Lions Club.  On October 13, 1925, sixty faculty members and V.P.I. alumni from the town, met and elected temporary officers to establish an organization, and various committees were appointed to work out the details.

The University Club enrolled sixty-five charter members on December 16, 1925.  Dr. Otto Cornelius Burkart was elected President, Henry Barksdale Redd was selected as Vice-President, Dr. Samuel Andrew Wingard was made Secretary, and James Godkin was appointed Treasurer.  Dr. Irl Donaker Wilson, Dr. Fred Denton Fromme, and Professor James Bernard Jones constituted the first Board of Directors.  “The University Club of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute” opened membership to V.P.I. faculty members and alumni, and to other college men of the community and state, and consisted of resident, social and honorary members.  The stated purpose of the club was to provide a house to be used as a gathering place for its members and their friends for social events.

3The University Club and the Dohee Country Club combined their efforts and held a joint social event for their members on April 22, 1926, in the German Hall, located on the V.P.I campus. Within a short time the University Club was a successful organization with a list of 125 members. The new University Club eventually was able to lease and move into a large brick house, known as the Hoge Property, at the corner of Clay and Water Streets on June 1, 1927. This location served the club well, and was first managed by Mrs. Frank Williams, who deserved much of the credit for the early success of the Club.

By 1928, the leased clubhouse was found to be of insufficient size and arrangement for the growing membership and activities of the club. A building committee, headed by Professor Clinton Harriman Cowgill, head of the V.P.I. Department of Architectural Engineering, proposed a design for a three story brick clubhouse, with basement. It was to be erected on land leased from V.P.I, where the house currently stands, to this day. The Club board approved the proposed design on March 13, 1929, and committees were established to coordinate the financing and construction of the new clubhouse.4

The Colonial Georgian style house plans and specifications were drawn up by three young faculty members:  Daniel Cromer Heitshu, Patrick Herndon Barnes, and William Forest Harrington. It was determined that $40,000 would be required to finance the project.  The Board of Visitors loaned the Club the first 15,000.00, and the members of the club raised the remaining $25,000 through the sale of first mortgage bonds. The upper floors of the house were designated and built with 28 resident rooms for the single male faculty members on campus. The house plans also included venues on the main floor and lower level for various kinds of entertainment for the Club members, such as dances and bridge parties several times each month.

A ground breaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 19, 1929.  College dignitaries: President Julian Ashby Burruss, Dean John Edward Williams, Dean Harvey Lee Price, and Dr. Samuel Andrew Wingard, Club President, all participated in the momentous occasion. Construction on the clubhouse was completed in October of 1929. The permanent home of the University Club was celebrated by the members on December 6, 1929, with an informal housewarming.

Your Venue of Distinction………. the University Club offers the ambiance and character of its’ historical Georgian architecture.  Its’ double French doors are a true compliment to the venue, opening out to the upper veranda and patio, to create a lovely interactive space for your guests.

7Your special day can be your “own”, with many options to choose from. Our upper veranda and brick patios are perfect for the outside reception. The main floor offers a more formal atmosphere, and the lower level, known as the Emerald Lounge, with its’ “night club style”, is the perfect location for music and dancing.

The UClub venue allows you to choose the caterer you desire. There are no restrictions on how you cater your event, you may even cater the reception yourselves, if you so wish. We truly are your venue of….. endless possibilities!

The University Club serves the community as a social and cultural center, as well as a residence for 25 individuals affiliated with Virginia Tech. Resident members come from all over the world, as graduate students, visiting scholars and faculty.

The University Club offers the only true “gathering place” for both the “Town & Gown” members of our community. The Club’s history and tradition have held a stellar presence on VT campus since 1925, and continues to serve its members from Virginia Tech as well as professionals in the area.

UClub members enjoy a diverse schedule of events throughout the year, offering Theme Parties, Happy Hour Gatherings, and Cultural events. Other member benefits include our convenient, on-campus parking, and the ability to rent the facility for social or business functions.

The historical elegance of the Club house offers a variety of venues, inside and out, which may vary by size, and fit the needs of a casual or a more formal event. Whether it’s a meeting, reception, wedding or birthday, the UClub has the ambiance and space to fit your needs.

The University Club is currently offering potential members our newest Membership Drive program, as well as a waiver on the one time initiation fee of $50.00 per member. For more information about UClub Membership, please contact: UClub Manager, Leslie Whiting for details, 231-3872, uclub@vt.edu and check out our website at www.uclub.vt.edu.

For further details or to arrange a tour:
Contact: Manager, Leslie Whiting
540-231-3872    or     uclub@vt.edu
100 Otey St. SW Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Positive Radio- DBI Business Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for March 2016-Positive Radio Group

Positive Radio Group is locally owned and operated by the Baker family, who are native to Blacksburg.

Our staff:


Paul enjoying life as a show host at ESPN Blacksburg

Paul VanWagoner Came to Blacksburg in January of 2016.  Prior to coming to Virginia Paul was the Morning host on Eagle 95.1 in Sault Ste. Marie MI.  He spent 18 years in “The Soo” in radio.  Paul and his wife Nicole have grown to love Blacksburg in their short time here.  In his free time Paul and Nicole love to watch hockey, and spend time with their two dogs.  Paul spends his mornings doing radio sales, and his afternoons talking sports on ESPN Blacksburg


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Alison & Earnie

Earnie Taylor grew up in the New River Valley and, after studying Business Management, he hit the road as a salesman in the furniture industry.  After several years Earnie decided he was tired of being a “road warrior” and looked for a company that would allow him to stay closer to home in the NRV.  Earnie joined Positive Radio Group in March of 2010 and quickly proved his strong ability to build marketing strategies that puts clients advertising dollars to work and achieves positive results.


Kevin calling a guest for “The Drive”

Kevin Grischow is our part-time board operator/producer, helping Paul VanWagoner turn out an excellent show every day.  Kevin came to Positive Radio Group in January, after moving from Ohio to Blacksburg when his wife took a job at Virginia Tech.  His background in telecommunications allowed him to hit the ground running.




Alison Baker is the Station Manager at Positive Radio Group and is a native of Blacksburg.  After getting into radio in 1998, Alison’s learned nearly every aspect of the radio business by starting in the front office and learning something new every day.  She has a deep appreciation of her hometown and knows the many challenges and opportunities our community has.  When not involved in the many aspects of radio, Alison likes to hike, read and play a few video games.



Diane Baker is Alison’s twin sister!  She joined Positive Radio Group in 2006 and helps with Traffic (commercial scheduling), Billing and many other office duties that keep the rest of the staff on track and up to date.  In her free time she loves to spend time with her kitties and singing with the Blacksburg Master Chorale.

Our stations include:

1-ESPN Blacksburg
Blacksburg’s local ESPN Affiliate of the #1 sports radio network in the nation with 24/7 talk and live sports, from Mike & Mike, to Russillo & Kanell, plus “The Drive” with Paul VanWagoner, ESPN Blacksburg’s local talk show highlighting the sports scene of the New River Valley with extensive coverage of Virginia Tech, Radford and area high schools, while tackling national topics from an informed and unique point of view.  ESPN Blacksburg provides compelling 24/7 talk and live sports content that resonates with our dedicated listeners, primarily men 18+.

2-Classic Hits 101.3 FM
For fans of the music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and bands like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, Z101.3 does it right.  It’s mass appeal, energy and proven hits attract men and women listeners 35+

3- Joy-AM / Today’s Southern Gospel Music & Ministry Station (890AM & FM 93.1)
WKNV broadcasts today’s popular Southern Gospel Music as well as Christian teaching and preaching programs and features well-known national ministries along with a number of local and regional ministries.  National programs such as Grace to You, Love Worth Finding, and Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyers along with many others minister to the Body of Christ.  Women 35+ make up a good portion of listeners with men not far behind.  Quite often their radio’s stay on and tuned in all day.

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High Peak Sportswear- DBI Business Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for March 2016- High Peak Sportswear.

LaurenLocated at 209 College Avenue, right next to Greenhouse Boardshop and Souvlaki, and just a few steps away from Virginia Tech campus,  High Peak Sportswear is your best source for t-shirts, golf shirts, hats, and all types of imprinted apparel and gift items! We are recognized as a national leader in the screen printing and embroidery industry. We also provide a full selection of promotional products including calendars, bags, pens, cups, mugs, and magnets just to name a few.

FamilyManaged by Travis Bishop, with a little assistance from his two young daughters  when school is out, High Peak Sportswear offers a family friendly convenient shopping environment. Travis is the proud father of Emily (10yrs old), and Erin (8 yrs old). The girls are an integral part of the store and can be seen helping to shovel the sidewalk after a snowstorm; cleaning up the stock area or helping customers to feel at home while they visit the store. Travis and the girls share a love of soccer and he is now serving his 16th season as an Assistant Coach for Blacksburg High School Boys Soccer Team.

High Peak Sportswear is responsible for printing and producing a number of special lines of t-shirts each year including the Steppin’ Out t-shirt, Help Save the Next Girl t-shirt, the Big Event t-shirt and t-shirts for numerous sporting teams throughout the New River Valley.High Peak Sportswear also print for VT Athletics, Student Organizations, businesses, VT Departments, youth sports team, Montgomery Co. Schools, as well as Radford University Student Organizations and departments.

Travis tells us, “We do almost all the shirts for Help Save the Next Girl and their individual chapters.”

High Peak Sportswear also injects a sense of fun into the Hokie Spirit.The top sellers in the store are the “You Had Me a Let’s Go”, “Horse on a Treadmill” and the”Gobble Gobble” t-shirts. The store provides you with a quality product- from Hokie Baby clothes to team t-shirts; from seasonal themed shirts to fundraising or special cause awareness; from Steppin’ Out t-shirts to Football Fun; you can find it all in High Peak Sportswear!

High Peak Sportswear is a member of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

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Warm Hearth Village- DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for March 2016-Warm Hearth Village.

Warm Hearth Village was founded in 1974 by Wybe and Marietje Kroontje, Dutch immigrants who wanted to give something back to the American people for liberating their country during WWII.  They envisioned a community where seniors of all walks of life would come together in an environment of incomparable beauty and value and their vision kroontjesand influence guide our plans and decisions still today.

We are the New River Valley’s only comprehensive, nonprofit retirement community and our mission further sets us apart as we are driven to serve seniors of all socioeconomic backgrounds through a wide range of choices in housing, services and care.  The Warm Hearth Foundation aids in our ability to take care of seniors who do not have the means to pay for housing and health care.  As an organization we constantly seek innovative approaches to care and services as well as new offerings to  meet the changing needs of seniors over time.Village Center outside-1

Warm Hearth Village is currently home to more than 550 seniors in living options that include active adult, independent living (which includes 144 subsidized apartments for seniors on low, fixed incomes), assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, long-term nursing care and home health care.  We are staffed with a team of dedicated professionals and a volunteer board of directors who are guided by a strong set of values that put residents first!  The average tenure of our 11-person leadership team is an impressive 15 years.

Warm Hearth Village endeavors to be a good corporate partner and citizen by being actively engaged in the community around us.  Our staff serves on the board of many community organizations such as The United Way, Good Samaritan Hospice, The Women’s Resource Center, The Agency on Aging, just to name a few.  We give of our time in volunteerism and our support through partnerships and sponsorships.  We are proud to be a part of Blacksburg and the New River Valley and equally proud to watch this community grow and thrive alongside us.

Nestled in Virginia’s historic New River Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll discover that Warm Hearth Village is a different kind of community. Visit our website for more information: http://www.warmhearth.org/

SEEDS- DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

18 Feb

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for February 2016-SEEDS Nature Center.

SEEDS – Blacksburg Nature Center

Located at Blacksburg’s historic Price House, 107 Wharton St. SE

It’s 9 in the morning when the volunteers get into the Nature center. Julian and Hailey rush to put up the “OPEN” sign on the front of the building and to take the covers off of our exhibits. The cloth covers prevent the light from degrading the insects. Julian is the intern and is responsible for animal care during the week and for making sure everything goes smoothly. He got involved with SEEDS after having Dr. Mike as a professor freshman year. Hailey is an avid wildlife researcher who got involved with SEEDS to learn more about environmental education and teaching kids.


Intern- Julian Drabner, Artist- Robin Scully Boucher. During “Art in Nature” Thursday afternoons


When the first visitors start showing up, the volunteers are eager to engage with the kids, showing them a variety of live snakes, turtles, fish, and lizards, most being native to Virginia. Playful exploration and curiosity are encouraged at the nature center. Throughout the rest of the day other volunteers start showing up. Kelly, a Blacksburg native, got involved with the Nature center because her siblings attended camp when they were younger. JoHannah, a high school senior, originally got involved with SEEDS to fulfill volunteering requirement for a school project and after seeing the importance of teaching children about the natural worlds has been with the Saturday crew ever since.

Discovery Learning for Everyone


Visitors checking out the turtles.


Founded in 1995, SEEDS has a mission to inspire a natural curiosity and love for the environment in children and the young at heart through discovery learning, nature education, teacher support, and civic awareness.

Visit the Nature Center

SEEDS – Blacksburg Nature Center located at Blacksburg’s historic Price House and gardens. Rain or shine…nature discovery right in town. It’s a museum and more for children and the young at heart!

Tuesday: 9am-12noon
Thursday: 2pm-5pm
Friday: 9am-1pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

…and by appointment for special visits & field trips.

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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.

The Montgomery County Educational Foundation- DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for January 2016 –The Montgomery County Educational Foundation

The Montgomery County Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on enhancing educational opportunities for students in Montgomery County Public Schools. Our mission is to provide financial support to enable students, teachers, and administrators to discover, advance, and enhance educational opportunities. We believe an investment in our schools is an investment in this community and the development of productive global citizens.

Over the last five years, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has sustained nearly $7 million dollars in budget cuts. As a result of these cuts, now more than ever, the students and faculty of this county need the support of the Montgomery County Educational Foundation (MCEF). The MCEF would like to not only minimize the devastating effects of these budget cuts, but to also provide opportunities beyond the scope of the available public resources for students and staff in Preschool through 12th grade.

In December, MCEF held its 4th annual grant award reception honoring 16 teachers from 10 schools who submitted grant proposals that went above and beyond the curriculum to enhance student learning.

Since its inception of the grant program, MCEF has awarded over $75,000 to 98 programs that involve the subject areas of reading, math, science, technology, afterschool programs, teacher development, student leadership, physical education, music, and life skills. If you would like to learn more about the foundation, please visit http://www.montcoef.org . If you are a supporter of education and would like to be part of this foundation’s effort, please contact Megan at info@montcoef.org or 540-315-2156.

The MCEF will be announcing the topic for its annual poetry contest for MCPS students in 2nd-12th grade later this month. The poetry contest was started to encourage creative writing and continues to be something students look forward to each year.

Here are a few quotes on the impact of MCEF.

“I want to personally thank the MCEF for its support of this project and for allowing me to use my skills as a teacher to bring some ‘outside the box’ learning activities for my students. Without the resources provided [by the MCEF], none of these opportunities could have benefitted our students in the ways they have. Thank you for truly believing in teachers across the county!” – Jackie Hodge

Tess Brooke from Gilbert Linkous Elementary says,

“Hatching season is the most EGG-citing time of the year in kindergarten! Each spring, we put 20 eggs into our incubator to kick off our adventure. Our Kinder Chicks project is cross-curricular, SOL aligned, and extremely engaging–and that’s no yoke! We study the life cycle, make hatching predictions, count backwards to hatch day, and (most challenging of all) practice being patient. Once the chicks hatch, we say that the chicks actually teach us math and reading! We use tally marks to collect data while we observe them. We read books to them, watch how they grow and write all about them too. Some of my favorite writing samples that the students create are their chicken writing. Thank you MCEF for this EGG-cellent opportunity!”

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Fringe Benefit- DBI Business Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for January 2016- Fringe Benefit

Owned and operated by Nancyne Willoughby, a Virginia Tech graduate, Fringe Benefit is proud to have served the community for 42 years.

In March 1972 the original owner, local entrepreneur Beverly Patterson, opened Fringe Benefit in the old Mill building, later to move it down to street-front at 217 College Avenue. It was an all natural fiber store, to combat the evil polyester of the 1970’s! Nancyne remembers shopping there when she was at Tech in the late 70’s. This very successful women’s clothing and accessories shop was there for more than two decades.

Beverly moved to Texas in the early 80’s and the store needed some attention. Nancyne had managed a few other boutiques in town after college and decided to ask Bev if she would ever sell the store; a few years later Bev was ready to sell. Judy Murray and Nancyne bought the store from Beverly in September 1987. They updated the business and worked together as co-owners until Judy left the business in 1997. The original store was 900 sq feet. Nancyne decided she wanted a fresher look and a bigger space so she moved into the current location, the old spot where Davidson’s men’s clothing shop had been at 117 N. Main St. in June of 2004.

Nancyne was born in Massachusetts, grew up mostly in Northern VA, came to Blacksburg to go to Virginia Tech, and never left. She earned a BA in Art, with a minor in History at VT. She joined DBI, formerly the Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg, in 1987 and has served as President of the Organization for a total of 16 years since joining. She is currently serving a second term on the Board. Nancyne was instrumental in the renovation of the Lyric Theatre and was a member of the original Lyric Board for 10 years. She has also served on the Friends of the Farmers Market Board for 10 years.

Nancyne says: “I love being downtown, you get a real sense of community. I love interacting with my customers!”

Special Features of shopping local at Fringe Benefit
Fashion Shows- Fringe Benefit has provided clothing and accessories for Fashion Shows over the years for the Blacksburg Newcomers Club & the Blue Ridge Cancer Center

If you like expert assistance, we will be glad to provide it with our personal service. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a gift for someone else, we have unique items that are sure to please anyone.

Speaking of gifts, we provide free gift wrapping, reward you with 20% off on your birthday and enjoy the benefits of our frequent buyers club. Come in today to find out more details of these benefits!

Gifts Galore-Looking for that perfect gift? Find it in our gift selection of Ten Thousand Villages, bath products from Caswell-Massey, local hand crafted soaps, cards from Palm Press and Local Wisdom.

Accolades Include:
Roanoke Times- Best of the NRV- Best Place to buy Women’s Fashions, Best Hidden Gem
Collegiate Times- Best of Blacksburg- Best Clothing Store

Downtown Blacksburg Inc- 2nd Best decorated Holiday Tree- 2014

Check out our website: www.fringebenefitva.com/index.html
Follow us on Face Book: www.facebook.com/Fringe-Benefit-97924721561/?fref=ts

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The Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation- DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month


Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for November 2015 The Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation


The Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation’s (BMCF) builds community through Blacksburg’s arts, history and cultural heritage with a wide variety of exhibits, activities and events. The BMCF operates and programs the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center and St Luke & Odd Fellows Hall (SLOFH).

The Alexander Black House & Cultural Center is more home than history, presenting engaging programs and a venue for people to gather in a casual atmosphere where comfort meets culture. It’s a place where you can take pride in the heritage of the community without pretense. The Alexander Black House is a place for everyone, regardless of age or interests.
The museum’s free Holiday Open House was a huge hit this year. The Alexander Black House was dressed to the nines in traditional Victorian Style holiday décor, and great music by Dan Warren, Christian and Renee Rippe, and the Southwest Virginia Harp Society completed the holiday experience. Larry Bechtel also held a lecture where he discussed his Nativity Sculpture collected, titled ‘A Christmas Story’.

St Luke & Odd Fellows Hall is a museum of Blacksburg’s African American Culture and preserves the memories of the many families who lived in the neighborhood of New Town. Yearly festivals are held to build on the traditions of the Hall as a performance venue. Blues, Brews & BBQ held at SLOFH more than doubled its offerings and attendance this year. With two stages, eight bands, over 400 community members and several business and University partners, this event has become a much anticipated yearly event.

For those looking for a formal event, the annual Alexander Black Tie Gala happens in the fall which features a champagne reception, silent auction, specially created dinner, live music, dancing, and entertainment. This year’s gala boasted exceptional food, great music, and perfect weather! If you missed this year’s Gala, they hope to see you next year! You can purchase tickets and reserve tables by calling the Alexander Black House.

The Alexander Black House is the perfect place to book a rental. Have an event you want to hold? Events in 2015 included the Horseshoes and Hats Kentucky Derby Casino Night, weddings, baby showers, and more!

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For more information about events hosted by BMCF, visit their website at www.blacksburghistory.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blacksburghistory/timeline?ref=page_internal.