In this issue...
For the Community: Goodbye to Caitlin, Valentine's Day Fun and Promotions, Announcing the Distrx App, Black History Month, Downtown in the News, River District Events

For River District Merchants: Add your business to the River District App, Tell Congress to Support Main Street, Pandemic Relief Stimulus Package Information, Main Street America Small Business Survey
We will miss you Caitlin!
This month all of us at River District Association send Caitlin Howell the best wishes possible as she embarks on a new adventure. January 25th, was her last day at RDA and we will miss her immensely. She has been with RDA since 2017 and has been an integral part of so many projects including Dream Launch, Partners in Preservation, Christmas on the Plaza and so much more. Don't be a stranger Caitlin! Please join us in wishing her the best!
Valentine's Day Fun and Promotions
Support Local Merchants this Valentine's Day - Join the Scavenger Hunt!
(Active February 7th-14th)
  • Walk downtown keeping your eyes open for #LoveLocalRiverCity posters in local merchant windows.

  • Take a selfie with the poster and tag River District Association and the merchant you visited on Facebook or Instagram.

  • Be entered to win a fun River District themed prize!
Local Valentine's Day Promotions and Sales
326 Main Street

Feb 1-13: 20% off all Ten Thousand Village Items
$15 Bracelets by Stoner Village Jewelry
More sales at the shop!
559 Main Street

Winter Clearance Now thru February 15th - All Fall/Winter Fashion to 90% Off - New Spring Arriving Daily
136 South Ridge Street

50% off wash and wax for Valentine's Day
600 Craghead Street

Valentines Day Bingo on February 12th at 7pm!

We will also be releasing 16oz cans of our Strawberry Cream Ale.
531 Main Street

20% off Sale
Smathers and Brason
Q-Squared Melamine
Capri Blue Valentines Candles

Golden Leaf Bistro has a special Valentine's Day Menu available on 2/13 and 2/14 from 4pm to close. Four course meal for $99 per couple.

See the menu HERE!
401 Wilson Street

Angela's has a special Valentine's Day menu. Orders must be in by February 10th to guarantee availability. Menu is available for pick-up or deliver (limited availability) on Saturday 2/13 by 5:30 pm.
Call (434) 251-8881 to order.

See the menu HERE!
215 Main Street

Love, Me's is a thank you to customers for their support. 3 weekly winners will be entered into a drawing to win a burger a month for a year.

Valentine's special Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th. $32.00 for an appetizer sampler, 2 entrees and a mixed berry trifle.
Announcing the River District Distrx App
Join us for the Distrx Launch on March 6th

You Otter be in the River District!
This fun interactive Scavenger Hunt will be LIVE on the Distrx App, March 6th from 10am-12pm, so DOWNLOAD the App and head down to the River District. Have some fun and win prizes!
February is Black History Month
If you are interested in supporting black owned businesses, check out the "Support Black Owned Businesses- Danville" group on Facebook.

This is a place for black owned businesses to network and support each other, and for consumers to find ways to support black owned businesses.
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Photo Credit:
Check out this article on the why and how to support black owned businesses.
Danville has a rich history of black owned businesses
Tune into our FB and Instagram this month to see some profiles of current black owned businesses, and some history about black owned businesses downtown!
Downtown News
Learn more, or sign up for a knitting group at The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History's website.
PATHS to provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics to established patients - Chatham Star Tribune

An App For The River District Visitor To Navigate - WDBJ7
Photo credit: River City TV
Danville's Farmers Market opens for winter. - WSET
Photo credit: City of Danville
Danville IDA forgives more than $100,000 in loans for local businesses - Danville Register and Bee
Photo Credit: The Bee Hotel Facebook page
Unique boutique hotel opens in Danville despite COVID-19 challenges - WSET
Photo Credit: City of Danville
Danville business owners in need of second round of COVID-19 relief
Photo credit: The City of Danville
2020 All-America City merchandise available at Danville Welcome Center - WFXR
Photo credit: Grizzly's Hatchet House
Danville celebrates new year with glow in the dark ax throwing - WSET
Danville Regional Foundation partnership recognized for bringing people together - Chatham Star Tribune
Photo credit John R. Crane Register and Bee
Photo Credit John R. Crane, Danville Register and Bee
More apartments coming to Danville's River District - Danville Register and Bee
Noblis donates $5,000 to Danville Public Schools Education Foundation - WFXR
Foundation awards more than $680,000 in grants - Danville Register and Bee
Photo Credit: John R. Crane, Danville Register and Bee
Work begins on new Airbnb project in downtown Danville to provide southern Virginia Experience - Danville Register and Bee
Caitlin Howell to resign from River District Association - Chatham Star Tribune
Image Credit: Danville Police Department
Danville Police to start 'Real Talk' meetings with community
Danville's River District to launch mobile app in March - Chatham Star Tribune
River District Events

Danville Public Library February Events

The Write Stuff, February 4th, 6pm

Procraftinators, February 8th, 6pm

Hearts and Crafts, February 9th, 6pm

Pal-entines Day, February 10th, 5pm

The Pigeon Says Happy Birthday!, February 11th, 5pm

Grimm Readers Book Club, Zoom, February 11, 6pm

Dungeons and Dragons for Teens, February 13th, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Night Under the Stars, February 16th, 5:30pm

Tween Craft Night, February 17th, 5:30pm

Dumbledore's Army, February 18th,5:30pm

Page and Screen, February 20th, 10:30am-1:30pm

Pet-tastic Fun at the Library, February 22nd, 5pm

Library Scouts, February 23rd, 4:30pm

Cozy Parlor Games, February 25th, 6pm
Real Talk, Danville Police Department, February 3rd, 2021, 5-6pm
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” and see if we can
resolve these issues.
Cybersecurity Awareness Training, Longwood SBDC Online, February 10th, 12 pm and 4 pm
Cyber Awareness training for small businesses. Businesses are encouraged to invite members of their team to learn about the basics of cyber awareness and training. This webinar is presented twice: One session at Noon and one at 4 PM.
Snowman Painting, Main Street Art Collective, February 13th, 2021, 11 am
Call Main Street Art Collective to register.
Implicit Bias with Petrina Carter, Online, hosted by Middle Border Forward, February 16th, 2021, 5:30-7 pm
Recent events have given us many teachable moments, but are we learning anything? Implicit bias is the silent destroyer of good intentions. If left unattended, it will show up in hiring practices, employee evaluations and even in your ideas. Come learn what it is and how it can be diminished in your workplace and community at MBF's next Leadership Academy.
Mike Warren at Golden Leaf Bistro, February 19thm 2021
7 PM - 10 PM
Mike Warren performing with a special guest at Golden Leaf Bistro on Feb 19, 2021, 7-10. Get ready!
Funky Confusion Band at Golden Leaf Bistro, February 20th 7-10pm
We play a variety of music from beach, oldies, 70's, 80's, rock and country.
Building the Foundation for Your New Business, Virginia Small Business Center (SBDC), Online, February 25th, 6pm
Some of the most popular reasons to start a business include-having a unique business idea, designing a career that has the flexibility to grow with you, working toward financial independence, and investing in yourself. Prepare to start a successful business: evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities, marketing strategies, financial resources, legal form of organization and more.
Ring Making Class, Main Street Art Collective, February 27th, 2021, 11am
Call Main Street Art Collective for more information and to register.

For The River District Merchant Community
Sign up for the Distrx App
The River District Association is excited to announce the new Distrx mobile app for the River District. FREE listings for River District businesses.

  1. Go to, and click "sign-up" in the upper right corner. Follow the prompts. 
  2. When you have done that you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address. 
  3. Once you've done that, you will receive another email with your username and password.
  4. Go again to and click "login" in the upper right corner. 
  5. Login
  6. On the left hand toolbar you will see "business info" just enter all the fields and save, and you will be ready to go! Be sure to choose a business category and upload a photo.  
  7. To change your password go to the upper right corner and click profile. 
Need assistance signing-up?
Email or call 434-791-0210
(please note that RDA is moving offices soon, and phone service may be temporarily interrupted. If you are unable to get through, email and we will call back)
For additional information you can also watch an orientation zoom call with the Distrx developer. See video link below.
Tell Congress to Support Main Street
Main Street America is seeking support for a $100 million dollar competitive grant program to support coordinating programs, local programs and Main Street businesses. Complete this form to send a letter to your representatives in the House and Senate and speak up for Main Street.
Pandemic Relief Stimulus Package Information
This page from the Virginia Small Business Development Center is a good overview of the information included in the Pandemic Relief Bill passed by congress in December of 2020.

Check the Small Business Administration website frequently for information on application openings and deadlines.
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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