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

25 Jan 1

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

14 Jan 14

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

21 Dec HOUSES

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

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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.

Tuck Chiropractic- DBI Business Member of the Month

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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
540-951-4357

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

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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
540-552-5055

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

12 Sep BRAA MEMBERS

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.

MEMBERS

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
ICTAS VT Campus
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

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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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Virginia Tech 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 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.

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

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