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310 Rosemont- 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 2016-310 Rosemont

310 Rosemont is a contemporary boutique for men and women, specializing in premium denim and exceptional customer service.

The owners of 310 Rosemont are Bill Hodges, Kimberly Ward and Todd Spinello

We currently have 5 stores – three are in Virginia (Blacksburg, Roanoke & Richmond) and two are in Tennessee (Jackson & Trenton).

In the Blacksburg store Kelley Sparks is the manager and women’s buyer.  All other employees are Virginia Tech students who love fashion!

We always offer a 10% discount to students.  We recently launched a mobile app and with the download you get a 15% coupon as well.  We host trunk shows and events at the store as well as at sorority/fraternity houses, organizations, etc.

We open when you need us.

Fashion emergency?
We will open early or stay late to accommodate your busy schedule.

We host parties.
Gather your friends for a private shopping event. Refreshments on us!

We give advice.

Our employees are always happy to pull together the perfect look
for any occasion.

We always have the perfect gift.

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208 North Main Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: (540) 961 – 5326

Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 11:00- 7:00, Sun 12:00- 5:00

The Artful Lawyer- 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 August 2016-The Artful Lawyer, A Fine Gallery Inc.

When The Creekmore Law Firm moved to its new location on Main Street in September WYP Group2011, we recognized a unique opportunity to not only expand our business practice but to become a part of Blacksburg’s Creative Village. After a few months of gathering hanging materials, pulling art contacts together, creating a library space for Harding Avenue Elementary’s art, and becoming a Merchant Partner with the Blacksburg Regional Art Association, we debuted our first art exhibit in December of 2011 to a gathering of nearly 150 clients and friends.  We formed our not-for-profit gallery, The Artful Lawyer, A Fine Gallery Inc. in 2012 and continued our art parties, now dubbed Whet Your Palette receptions.  Since that first art reception, our walls have become an ever-changing canvas to our local artists’ imaginations–adults and children alike–and our halls have been filled by an ever-changing mix of friends, neighbors, clients and art patrons from all around. We’ve expanded our children’s gallery to include Blacksburg Middle School and Gilbert Linkous Elementary School and welcome more.  Indeed, we are dedicated to providing such a space as long as the creativity flows.

But more than an exhibition space, the Gallery offers diverse programs ranging from artist talks to our monthly Art & Law symposium, that draws on the strengths of the Law Firm to address various legal and business related issues for artists, particularly including the intellectual property rights attendant to the works they create.  We happily engage with any artist group or guild anywhere in Virginia who is interested in hearing more about intellectual property rights or business law as it pertains to their particular artistic field of endeavor.

PaintPartyUnder the Artful Lawyer umbrella are two projects, The Artful Place, A Fine Studio and The Gallery Store. 

In late 2012, a great number of New River Valley artists gathered for a critical exchange of ideas, needs, goals and desires, and what emerged was a resounding interest in an affordable, collaborative, creative environment within which artists could work together, exchange ideas and promote on another’s work.  Within weeks, our old office location at the corner of Faculty and Progress Streets in the heart of the newly minted Arts Overlay District of Blacksburg was transformed into just such a collaborative working studio environment for artists.  With that, The Artful Place, A Fine Studio was born as a Studio Project of The Artful Lawyer, A Fine Gallery Inc. The Artful Place currently claims 15 artists in residence. At The Artful Place, emerging and well-established artists alike work side by side, collaborating and creating in an artfully inspired and thought-stimulating environment.

The Artful Place hosts monthly Paint Parties and Figure Drawing classes.  Registration for all events is available online at our Calendar of Events .  Though we have scheduled Paint Parties, private parties may be scheduled as well – either at our place or offsite!   We look to see what themes others come up with to paint!  Other studio artists hold workshops, classes or special events from time to time, so always check back with us on our Calendar and keep up to date on our social media platforms as well!

The Gallery Store, adjacent to The Gallery is the proud home to local vendors who sell a variety of original art, jewelry, candles, stained glass, cards, knitwear, tea, baby clothes and books.

The Artful Lawyer also holds two signature events per year for clients, friends, artists, and the community at large, Blacksburg en Blanc in the summer and New River en Noir in the winter. BenB Wave

Blacksburg en Blanc is a Blacksburg en Blanc builds on the tradition started in Paris 27 years ago by François Pasquier who invited a few friends to the Bois de Boulogne one day in June for an impromptu picnic. To find each other quickly in the park, they all wore white. The dinner was such a success that they decided that the next year each person would invite new friends.  Over the years, and throughout many countries, this impromptu picnic has become an annual tradition, with over 11,000 people attending in the bigger cities.  Friends gather together, dressed in white, for a spontaneous night out — for the location is not disclosed until the morning of the event!  In our small town, attendance is slightly smaller but just as fun!

New River en Noir builds on our popular Blacksburg en Blanc, with a holiday twist.  Like Blacksburg en Blanc, the venue is a surprise.  Like Blacksburg en Blanc, the attire is set.  Unlike Blacksburg en Blanc, however, you need not bring anything but your holiday spirit and your dancing shoes!  We provide your transportation, your meal, and your entertainment. Registration HERE!

In 2014, The Artful Lawyer, A Fine Gallery Inc. was honored by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce as its Outstanding New Member of the Year.

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Mish Mish- DBI Business Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for July 2016-Mish Mish
Imagine the many artists and art students in Blacksburg searching the streets of
downtown for supplies. Where will they go? Of course they will head straight to
Mish Mish.
Steve and Debbie Miller opened Mish Mish in 1970 to fill a need in the local market.
As architecture students at Virginia Tech, the Millers realized the town needed a
shop with architectural supplies. Over the years the business has grown and settled
into their current location at 125 N. Main Street.
Steve and Debbie Miller are among the founding members of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and Steppin’ Out. Steve is currently serving as a member of the DBI Board.
Mish Mish carries supplies for all types of art and all skill levels and offers printing
and framing services. The shop also stocks school and office supplies. Why fight the crowds and traffic to the big-box and chain stores? All your needs can be taken
care of in town at Mish Mish.
Not only does Mish Mish help keep Blacksburg stocked with art supplies but they
also go to great lengths to support the local art community. Every Friday in July the
shop hosted live demonstrations of various types of work. Mish Mish sponsored the children’s art activities at Art At The Market and is also a regular participant in Downtown Blacksburg’s Art Walk events. Stop by to see their current gallery exhibition today.
Summer Hours
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday- Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

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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
www.uclub.vt.edu
100 Otey St. SW Blacksburg, VA 24061

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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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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 Center for the Arts- DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

9 Dec Moss Arts Center, at dusk.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for December 2015  the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech

The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech is the university’s professional presenting organization, bringing everything from classical and contemporary music to live theatre and dance to Blacksburg. The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech presents renowned performing and visual artists from around the globe and from close to home at the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall. With a special focus on connecting our communities to artists through experiences that will expand cultural awareness and deepen understanding. The Center for the Arts is creating a thriving creative community fueled by inspiration where patrons have meaningful experiences enjoying arts of the highest caliber in a wide variety of forms.

For instance, coming up soon at the Moss Arts Center is a large-scale puppetry version of “Moby Dick” from Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater on Friday, February 5. Catch a special performance from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, perfect for a belated Valentine’s Day date night on Tuesday, February 16. And don’t miss acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham with The Knights orchestra on Friday, February 26.

For more information on these and other upcoming performances and events, please visit http://www.artscenter.vt.edu or call the Center for the Arts box office at (540) 231-5300.

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

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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!

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.

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