May 2, 2019
Your Weekly Updates
The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to bring you Fred Focus, an e-newsletter that goes out every Thursday and keeps you up-to-date on Fredericksburg events and business news.
Here's what's coming up in Fredericksburg  
To add your event to, contact Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Danelle Rose .
City launches Fredanthropist program

The City of Fredericksburg has launched a philanthropic program to partner with businesses and individuals to make a positive impact in our community through financial contributions.  
News release on program
City businesses honored at annual event

Four Fredericksburg businesses were honored last night at the Economic Development Authority's annual Business Appreciation Event at the Courtyard by Marriott downtown. Curitiba Art Café, Virginia Partners Bank and ILM Corporation received Excellence in Business awards. The fourth, Roxbury Farm & Garden Center, received a Lifetime Achievement award.
Fredericksburg region pursuing data centers 

Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties are positioning themselves to attract a slice of the fast-growing data center market.    

Read FLS article
What sold last month?

Below is a link to the monthly deed transfer report for April. Check it out to see what changed hands.

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FAM unveils Sounds of Summer schedule

The summer concert series in Market Square will kick off June 7 and run through September 27. Check out the schedule below.

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Dominion Public Market announces vendors

Balo Kitchen and Brass Bullet Coffee Co. are the most recently announced vendors for the planned Dominion Public Market at 1010 Caroline Street downtown (the former Tim's Mart space).   

Fredericksburg Christmas Parade seeks 2019 sponsors

The Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events Department is issuing a call for Christmas Parade Sponsorship proposals through May 20.

Work to begin soon on rink

Businesses that are interested in advertising on the soon-to-be-constructed roller-hockey rink in Dixon Park are encouraged to contact us now to secure your space on the rink-side dasher boards. (Limited number of boards will be available.) The rink is a collaboration between the City of Fredericksburg and the Washington Capitals.

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What's on the ARB agenda?

Click below to see the list of projects coming before the City's Architectural Review Board in May.

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'Freehling Finds' features Juan More Taco

On this week's episode of "Freehling Finds," we tell you about the new restaurant at 826 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

Opportunity Zones featured in Virginia Business

About half of the City of Fredericksburg is included in this program, which can provide tax benefits for people investing in designated zones.   
Read Virginia Business article
Read about Fredericksburg's OZ program
Read FLS editorial about OZ zones
City launches archaeological resource

A new and interactive story map entitled "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Archaeological Resources in Fredericksburg, Virginia" has been launched by the City of Fredericksburg. It is a resource for those seeking to understand the value of our buried history and the City's plan to protect these finite historic resources.   

SlideFXBG returning in August

Last year's wildly successful and popular event, SlideFXBG, will be back in town on August 31st -- the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. This year's event will be held on William Street, with the start of the slide being set up a few feet below College Avenue and ending at Sunken Road.

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Inaugural Eagle Innovation contest held

On April 20, the Fredericksburg small business community, local economic development offices, and banks came together in a big show of support for student entrepreneurship at UMW and Germanna.

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Teacher-supply store to reopen

The Chalk N More teacher supply store has been sold, and the new owners will reopen it July 15 next door to the current location in the Central Park shopping center.

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Skin+Touch Therapy Spa opens Culpeper location

Congratulations to Brian Lam and Will Mackintosh on the opening of their second location -- this one in downtown Culpeper. The downtown Fredericksburg location is at 714 Caroline St.

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Children's museum celebrates five years

Fredericksburg's Children's Museum is turning 5, and the folks there are inviting all to celebrate with them Saturday.

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UMW publication features 'cheap eats' downtown

Good article in UMW student newspaper about downtown restaurants that feature offer "good, decently proportioned food for less than ten dollars."  
City steel business changes name

Fredericksburg Machine & Steel, which is on Airport Avenue near the fairgrounds, has changed its name to Viking Steel Fabricators.

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Property of the Week: 317 William St. ~ MillQuarters Building

500 s.f. of office space for lease on second floor (no elevator) in downtown Fredericksburg. Suite includes two private offices, a reception area and a common-area bathroom shared with one other tenant. Hand-hewn beams, exposed brick and decorative fireplaces give the property loads of character. On-street parking only. Modified gross lease -- tenant pays janitorial and telecom. 
City of Fredericksburg | Economic Development & Tourism | 
540.372.1216 |

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