In this issue...
River District Stories: Angie's Hats and Boutique; River District Business and Promotions Updates; Distrx: Walking Tours; RIDE Solutions in the River District; River District News; April Events
River District Stories
Mrs. Frances Brayboy: Angie's Hats and Boutique
Mrs. Frances Brayboy, owner of Angie’s Hats and Boutique at 125 North Union Street, Danville, VA, began working as a manager there in 1984. In May of 1989 she had the opportunity to purchase the business and has been doing it ever since! She sells a wide array of beautiful custom designed hats and women’s apparel with the goal of providing any and every woman who enters her store with conversation, camaraderie and attire that makes them feel beautiful.  
“Angie’s is a friendly place. A little watering hole. Some ladies come and talk for several hours. It is a place where people can unwind, feel good, and help each other. We congregate and you can feel free to be yourself. You can take time to choose your attire and shop without a crowd or pressure”

Mrs. Brayboy has seen many changes in the River District, from when it was a bustling downtown with many department stores, to when it was struggling to thrive, to now when new businesses are starting to blossom. Throughout all the changes she focused on having quality and unique products, and providing a friendly supportive shopping experience. She continues to have loyal customers ranging from Raleigh to Lynchburg, Martinsville to South Boston and beyond. Mrs. Brayboy has built the business on friendship and repeat customers.  

When asked what advice she has for new business owners just starting out she says “Follow your dreams no matter how hard it may be. Especially for minority business owners. Be prayerful. When things get tough don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself.”

Due to the pandemic Angie’s Hats and Boutique is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, however you can call for a shopping appointment on other days.  Mrs. Brayboy can be reached at 434-792-0739. Angie’s Hats and Boutique is located at 125 N. Union Street, Danville, VA.
River District Business Updates and Promotions

 530 Main Street, Suite 207
Now Open! - Blue Moon Tattoo

401 Bridge Street, Suite 200

543 Main Street

Lifestyle Apparel
Moved - Firefly Yoga will begin classes in their new brick and mortar location in April.

415 Main Street
Community Builders Fund Applications Open - Middle Border Forward announces the Community Builders Fund program. If you have an idea to create positive impact in your community, apply online. Sponsorship recipients will receive financial and technical resources, and coaching.

217 Lynn Street

Specializing in services related to personal injury, criminal defense, domestic relations, and real estate.
April Promotion - Dry Fork Fruit Distillery -

543 Bridge Street

All veterans visiting the distillery store will receive 2 free tastings or a cocktail. Just show your Military or Veteran's ID.

549 Main Street

Welcome to Sarah Holmes Crumpton, Associate Attorney

530 Main Street, Suite 307

Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation
Coming soon! -Impotter Clayworx
River District App: Distrx
Offers Self-guided Walking Tours
Two tours are currently available.
  1. A Civil Rights/Black History Tour (put together by Karice Luck-Brimmer of Our History Matters (
  2. A Downtown Revitalization Tour organized by the Danville Office of Economic Development.

To access the tours download the Distrx app by visiting your app store and search Distrx. Choose "Danville River District" as your district when you sign in. Click the "Tour" button on the top of the page, and then choose what tour you would like to take, and follow the prompts.
Civil Rights/Black History Tour

Welcome to this walking tour that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to the Civil Rights movement, of Danville's historical African American business district. To start the tour, park at the Danville Transit Center parking lot at 515 Spring Street, then turn left to walk up Spring Street.  

This tour was put together in partnership with Karice Luck-Brimmer, local historian and owner of Our History Matters. You can find more about her work celebrating and teaching about Danville's Black History through tours and genealogy work by visiting her website:

Downtown Revitalization Tour

Welcome to Danville's Downtown Revitalization Tour! The tour starts at the iconic HOME sign at the pocket park on the corner of N. Union St and Main St. Parking is available on the street, in the public parking lot just up the hill from the HOME sign, or at the Danville Transit center just down N. Union Street. 

The tour will take you through downtown Danville highlighting recent revitalization projects. The tour ends at the Crossing at the Dan, and you can walk back the way you came, or walk along the Dan River back to downtown, and your car. Enjoy, and be sure to stop in a visit some of our great restaurants, retail, and coffee shops as you pass them.
RIDE Solutions in the River District
RIDE Solutions is a free commuter assistance program in Southwest Virginia that offers local and national awards for driving less and biking, carpooling, taking the bus, and teleworking instead. We at RIDE Solutions believe that many who reside in Danville’s River District stand to benefit greatly from our program.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 – 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) revealed that at least 42 percent of the renter-occupied housing units within the area encompassing the River District did not have access to a vehicle. Therefore, it is likely that many residents bike, walk, or use transit as means of local travel; many likely telework as well. RIDE Solutions operates a free app by which members can log such trips and earn points toward great shopping, dining, and entertainment rewards. Residents will earn points for their bike ride to work or school at Averett University or SOVAH Danville, or even their stroll to a local restaurant. Please learn more about RIDE Solutions at
River District Association has moved to 208 N. Union Street Suite 101

River District News
A bend in the river: Danville's economy rushes from a trickle to a flow.
Learn about progress being made in the River District, as well as the greater Dan River Region.
Middle Border Forward - Community Builders Fund
Sponsorship recipients will receive financial & technical resources as well as project coaching from MBF! MBF cannot wait to help you bring your awesome ideas to life!
Veronica Jackson - The Burden of Invisibility

New Exhibit at Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History Gallery at 536 Craghead Street
"Veronica Jackson’s work is autobiographical, stems from her position as a black woman marking space, and responds to the travails of her ancestors. She has a multidisciplinary visual-art practice based on an interpretive exhibit design, and architecture career spanning more than three decades. Jackson tells stories using quotidian objects such as felt-lined bulletin boards, clothing, hair, handmade paper, timecards, and text. Her work addresses several internal queries arising from her plight as a black woman in America: What does it mean to be invisible? How does the designation of invisibility affect her identity and sense of self?"

River District Events

Danville Public Library March Events
Take & Make Kits: Magical Lands Series: April 1st

Mad Scientists: April 1, 5:30 p.m.

The Write Stuff: April 1, 6 p.m.

Tween Craft Night: April 7th, 5:30 p.m.

Party Like a Unicorn: April 8th, 5 p.m.

Bean There, Done That: April 8th, 6 p.m.

Pro-craft-inators: April 12th, 6 p.m.

Raise the Woof with Dog Man: April 13th, 5:30 p.m.

Teen Takeover: March 16th, 5:30 p.m.

Toy Story at the Library and Beyond: April 19th, 5:30 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration: April 22nd, 5:30 p.m.

Tinker Tots: April 26th, 4:30 p.m.

Cross Stitch for Kids: April 27th, 5 p.m.
April Kids Classes at Main Street Art Collective
Come out and join me for my first show of the year. Hoping to have a few surprises. Going to be a lot of don't want to miss it!
Do you have concerns about what's happening in the world today? Your City? Your Neighborhood? Let’s come together and have a "Real Talk."

These events are usually every Wednesday. Keep an eye on the Danville Police Department Facebook Page for info on upcoming events.

The next "Real Talk" on is on April 7th at Camp Grove Baptist Church. Time TBD.
Think and Drink Trivia - Ballad Brewing - April 8th, 7 p.m.
A night of fun for all featuring free trivia!!
Join us for great beer, good company, and the opportunity to win a prize from Ballad Brewing! Hosted by Erica with Think and Drink Trivia
Mike Warren performing with Gina Pulliam at Golden Leaf Bistro 7-10. Get ready!
SPRING TIME ROCKS - Main Street Art Collective - April 13th, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Come safely enjoy decorating rocks for SPRING! Class is free to all in attendance. SPACE IS LIMITED to 10 people, so be sure to come early and secure your spot!
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021 AT 6:30 PM EDT – 9:30 PM EDT
We're bringing the "Dave & Tim" duo back to the Golden Leaf Bistro!! Live and Live stream!
Conflict Transformation with Mark Molitor - Online with Middle Border Forward- April 20th, 5:30 p.m.
Can we do better than simply managing conflict? If you’re dealing with important issues, conflict is inevitable but also necessary!

Conflict Transformation will develop the two critical skills you need build constructive solutions in complex times.
We play a variety of music from beach, oldies, 70's, 80's, rock and country. Our guitarist has performed with Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett to name a few.

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 AT 7 PM EDT – 10 PM EDT
Friday evening at Golden Leaf Bistro with Ray Martin. Come for dinner and stay for drinks and music.
What is the River District Association?
Do you want to be a part of a thriving River District? RDA takes Board of Directors applications all year long. Fill out an interest form to be considered for the next board opening!
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