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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.

Matrix Gallery- DBI Business Member of the Month

14 Dec

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for December 2015- Matrix Gallery

The Beginnings
Lana Juarez majored in Fine Arts at Virginia Tech, and it did not take her long at all to fall in love with the town of Blacksburg, Virginia. She’s always loved small towns and always felt at home with the independently-owned shops and businesses here. With her degree in hand, she applied to any arts-related job in the area that she could find, although most were commercial arts oriented, and that was not her training. Thus, her first job out of college was scooping ice cream at Gillies Confectionery!

Ten Years after Graduating College
Lana made a living gypsy style, traveling the East Coast and Midwest doing juried craft fairs. She met an amazing family of fellow artists and craftspeople, and over the years she was exposed to an incredible variety of top of the line creations including jewelry, pottery, woodwork, blown glass, and leatherwork—in fact, most all of the things she carries in the gallery to this day. She used to wish and wish that someone would open a crafts gallery so she could work there. That never happened, so she did it herself!

1987
A little space on Main Street became available, and although she had traveled to some Colorado ski towns and even considered the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the gallery, starting here at home made the most sense. Matrix Gallery started as a three person partnership (Lana, her talented ex, Gil Roberts, and the visionary local builder, Phil Louer). The doors never would have opened with out the hard work of each of them, and Lana is so grateful they made such a great team. Time marched on, and she ended up buying out each of her partners, and with nerves of steel and a great miniature staff (of one, occasionally one and a half), she continues to run Matrix Gallery.

Today
Lana loves the little gallery now as much as she ever did and still gets excited when she finds new work, and she is so grateful for the support of this community. It has been such a pleasure for her to share her love of beautifully crafted, functional art to live with and art to use and enjoy every day. She has always loved the care and energy put into something that is made by hand, and it has always been important to her to support American artists who are brave and driven enough to continue this important tradition.

 

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#ShopSmallBburg

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY- NOVEMBER 28

Downtown Blacksburg Passport Program

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

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

Visit our Facebook event here

Go Shopping Montgomery County

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

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

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

 

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

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

© Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

https://ilsr.org/why-support-locally-owned-businesses/


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

9 Oct SGA-Logo-new

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

 

Home for the Holidays

13 Dec Downtown Blacksburg, Inc Christmas Tree!
FREE FAMILY FILM FEST

Stop…..then Shop!POLAR
A great way to spend a Saturday with the family enjoy a free movie on us and then stop in for lunch at one of our wonderful downtown restaurants or do some shopping in one of our fabulous downtown stores! Or stop by Blacksburg Farmers Market for some wonderful local fresh produce, meats, baked goods and more! Open 10am-2pm

FREE FAMILY FILM FEST dates:
December 20- “Polar Express”

January 10, 2015- TBA
February 7, 2015- TBA
March 7, 2015- TBA

Brought to you by:
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. & The Lyric Theatre

TREEGENTS LATE NIGHT HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Thursday Dec 18, 4-7pm

Including free gift wrap, personal shopping assistance, special discounts, refreshments and more.

Mad Dog- store wide SALE along with Hot Cider and refreshments.

Beliveau Estate Wineries Store- “Buy Two Bottles, get 3rd Bottle at 50% off”

Uncommonly Gifted- Join us for a fun evening of holiday shopping! Wish Lists,Light refreshments, door prizes, Holiday Raffle!

The Gallery Store-Come shop with us and enjoy coffee and treats, free gift wrap and more!

polished by claire v- complimentary refreshments and an extra $10 for every $50 gift card.

Main Street Inn-  “Calling all Shoppers to enjoys fresh-baked cookies and hot cider by with fireplace”& Make a Night of It with 10% off your stay tonight!

P.Buckley Moss Gallery-a small black-and-white print valued at $40 with every purchase of $100 one per customer

Fringe Benefit- Special discounts and more

FREE PARKING DOWNTOWN!

Enjoy a gift from the Town of Blacksburg……..freeparking

FREE PARKING beginning Saturday, December 20 and ending Sunday, January 4.

HOLIDAY TREES & GINGERBREAD HOUSES AT KENT SQUARE

Kent Square lobby has been transformed to a Winter Wonderland with decorated trees provided by downtown merchants and non-profit groups.Nest Realty is hosting their 3rd annual Gingerbread House Contest to benefit Micah’s Backpack at this location. Park in Kent Square Parking Garage and bring the family to enjoy this spectacular new addition to the holidays in Downtown Blacksburg.
Voting for your favorite tree and Gingerbread House takes place from December 5-20HTREE

To vote for your Favorite Tree
• Collect your FREE ballot from participating stores or Kent Jewelers, & Uncommonly Gifted.(Only 1 ballot per person)
• Visit the trees in Kent Square and choose your favorite
• Return your completed ballot to Kent Jewelers of Uncommonly Gifted & be entered to win PRIZES
• The winning tree will be announced Saturday Dec 20 at 2:30pm at a special reception with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Kent Square. “Cookies, Candy Canes & Cocoa” provided.
Prize Drawing will take place – random voters will win Downtown Gift Certificates!

 

HOUSETo vote for your favorite Gingerbread House
Purchase a ticket from Kent Jewelers for $1 or a food donation (Chicken Noodle Soup or Pasta)
Put your ticket in the tin in front of your favorite house
All proceeds go to Micah’s Backpack

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