June 6, 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 VisitFred.com, contact Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Danelle Rose .
Commercial properties change hands in May

Numerous commercial properties sold in Fredericksburg last month, including two buildings in Central Park and three properties along the William Street gateway into downtown. Check out our real estate database below to see sales from May and prior.

Real Estate Data Resource
Sounds of Summer concert series kicking off June 7 in Fredericksburg's Market Square
Freehling finds Sounds of Summer concert series

Join Bill as he talks with FAM's Sara Poore about what is new for this year's Sounds of Summer free Friday-evening concert series in downtown Fredericksburg.   

Fredericksburg an attractive alternative for data centers

High land costs in Northern Virginia have encouraged distribution and data-center developers to look for better deals elsewhere, says Curry Roberts, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. They're finding those opportunities here. 

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Farm and Garden Center to close June 29

Roxbury will be open on a limited basis until June 29, when it closes for good. We bid Andy and his team a fond farewell. Thank you for your many years of service to our community.

FLS editorial praises Fredanthropist program

The Fredanthropist program, a partnership between the City and the local business community, is a way to help fund cultural events and community facilities that are not covered in the City's annual budget. Any money raised by the program will be used solely for projects in the nice-to-have-but-can't-really-afford-it category.

Read FLS editorial
New restaurant opens on Fauquier Street

Dark Star Saloon & Cafe opened recently at 303 Fauquier St. The restaurant will be serving meats from Olde Towne Butcher downtown. Go check them out!   

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FOR announces new executive director

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has a new executive director! Daria Christian first joined FOR in 2010 as the Education Director and has since grown the environmental-education program by leaps and bounds. Congratulations, Daria, on your new role!  

Downtown ice cream/coffee shop opens
The Abner B's Ice Cream/Xquizit Coffee Roasters shop at 821 Caroline St. opened this past weekend inside a beautifully renovated space. Welcome to downtown!   

How will Amazon HQ2 impact the Fredericksburg area?

Amazon's planned second headquarters in Arlington will have a major impact on the Fredericksburg area -- but it won't be due to an influx of residents. Only about 300 of the 25,000 people that the company plans to hire over a 10- to 15-year period are expected to move here, according to a study by the Stephen S. Fuller Institute at George Mason University.

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2019 Business Appreciation Winner

The Department of Economic Development & Tourism honored Hirschler during Business Appreciation month. The 2019 theme is inspired by "Businesses who give Back!"  The Hirschler law firm and individual attorneys at Hirschler's Fredericksburg office have supported the Community Foundation for many years. We thank Hirschler for their investment in our City and giving back to our community!

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Good news sprouting for Food Co-op

FLS: Among meaningful local initiatives that promise to improve people's lives, the planned Fredericksburg Food Co-op is taking its place atop the list. Having sprouted from a 2015 conversation among friends interested in bringing a locally controlled, locally stocked grocery store to the area, the idea is nearing physical reality as the group sets its sights on an actual bricks-and-mortar location.

Read FLS editorial
University grows and changes but keeps its focus
The University of Mary Washington isn't a very big school, and it doesn't really want to be. The university has about 4,400 undergraduates. The approach seems to work. That's not to say the school is static -- it grows, rebuilds and adjusts academic programs pretty much every year. UMW just has its own vision about the undergraduate experience.
'Fort to Go' opening this Fall downtown

Jodie Vaughn, owner of "Fort Pure Play" at 202 Herndon St., will be locating a retail store -- "Fort to Go" -- at 900 Caroline St. We welcome Jodie to downtown!

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City Council Town Hall June 18

The public is invited to a Town Hall with the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at James Monroe High School. Topics will be:
  • Update on "2036 Vision Statement, Desired Future States"
  • Report on the City's two-year progress on 35 Priorities
  • Introduce Council's updated set of 34 priorities for the next two years 
Everyone is welcome. Please contact the City Manager's office with questions at 540-372-1010.

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Learn about Fredericksburg's Public Sculpture Project

On June 22, the Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism Department is hosting a FREE walking tour of two of the sculptures, guided by Preston Thayer, who has been involved with the project since its inception. Meet at 10 a.m. at the pocket park at the triangle intersection of Wolfe Street, Prince Edward Street and Kenmore Avenue.

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Property of the Week: 557 Lafayette Blvd.

1,750 s.f. of first-floor retail space located near Downtown Fredericksburg in the Arts & Cultural District. Former beauty salon with large storefront windows and new wood flooring. Gas heat and window unit AC. Off-street parking with 11,000 vehicles per day. Minutes from the VRE and the University of Mary Washington. Convenient to Route 3, Route 1 and I-95.
City of Fredericksburg | Economic Development & Tourism | 
540.372.1216 |  FredericksburgVA.com

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