DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG NEWSLETTER-  JANUARY 2020
Congratulations to  Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. 
Members of the Month-February 2020

Business of the Month -  Snyder & Associates
Nonprofit of the Month -  South Main Merchants Association
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. News
NEW DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHT



It is with great excitement that the Board of Directors welcomes Casey Jenkins to Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. as our new Director.  

Casey graduated Virginia Tech in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and a double minor in English and Philosophy. For several years after graduating, he worked in leadership roles in museums and cultural institutions before returning to the area to work for the Town of Christiansburg. In Christiansburg, he oversaw the planning and management of all special events and worked to revitalize Downtown and Cambria by facilitating an entrepreneurial-minded culture and promoting creative placemaking. Currently, he is pursuing an online graduate certificate in Public Administration from the University of Virginia. 
 
"Blacksburg has held a special place in my heart since I graduated and I relish the opportunity to give back to this community," Casey says.  "My wife and I are thrilled to live, work and play in Blacksburg and I intend to take that passion and energy to the street as I work on behalf of Downtown Blacksburg Inc. I am most excited about meeting and working with all the members and merchants associated with downtown. Downtown has so much to offer and continues to be the beating heart of Blacksburg and the New River Valley. Downtown has something for everyone and I'm so excited to work with the variety of stakeholders and merchants that make this place a home!"

As he takes his passion to this position, Casey would like to increase  the organization's financial stability by increasing fundraising and growing the operating budget; increase membership among downtown businesses; develop new programming; examine the organization's role of community development and engagement; facilitate  professional development opportunities, including workshops, webinars and training sessions for merchants.  
 
In his free time, Casey and his wife  hike with their dog every chance they get and in doing so, have explored much of the New River Valley.  He and his wife also enjoy cooking together and have started a new tradition of cooking around the world once a week, selecting different countries' dishes. Casey is  an avid sports fan and particularly enjoys watching college football and playing soccer.  He has also grown up playing music his whole life and always enjoys a good concert!  

Casey will start his new position on  February 17 and we will d edicate time at the end of our membership meeting on February 26 for you to meet Casey.  We encourage everyone to attend and welcome him to our organization!
 



Rewards for Receipts is back!! Beginning February 1 and running through March 31, get rewards for your receipts when you shop, dine, and stay in Downtown Blacksburg at participating merchants. Save your receipt and bring it to a participating merchant to receive a discount on your same day purchase.

Participating Merchants (and more to follow):
- Blacksburg Farmers Market-- $5 off a Market T-shirt (redeemed only on market days)
- Boudreaux's Restaurant -- 10% off lunch Tuesday- Friday
- Cabo Fish Taco -- 10% off lunch Monday-Friday
- Champs Sportsbar and Cafe-- 15% off food
- Gourmet Pantry-- 15% off any purchase
- Fringe Benefit -- 15% off any purchase
- High Peak Sportswear - Blacksburg-- 20% off your purchase
- Kent Jewelers-- 15% off all in store jewelry
(excludes special orders & loose diamonds)
- Main Street Pharmacy- 10% off your purchase
- Matrix Gallery Fine Crafts - 10% discount on one non-consignment item
- P Buckley Moss Gallery of Blacksburg -- 10% discount on one item EXCLUDING original paintings
- Sugar Magnolia-- 15% off any food or gift purchase
- T.R. Collection-- 15% off total purchase  



Downtown Businesses
Clay Corner Inn

Murder Mystery Dinner
Saturday, February 8, 6 PM
Join us for our first murder mystery dinner in the historic Clay Corner Inn main house circa 1929. This is an interactive murder mystery event, where you will ask questions, solve clues, and buy or sell information using fake money. You will laugh, talk, eat, and drink. In the end, you will decide who committed the crime using your detective skills. Tickets include a four course dinner and non alcoholic drinks. We will also be offering cocktail service. Space limited and small groups welcome.  
TICKETS


401 Clay St., Blacksburg, VA 24060
Clay Corner Inn
Gillies

February 14


153 College Ave., Blacksburg, VA 24060
Gillies
Gourmet Pantry
 
Main Street Inn



205 S. Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060
Main Street Inn
New River Art & Fiber

New River Art & Fiber is OPEN! Downtown Blacksburg's new art supply store has enjoyed a busy first two weeks open. With new product arriving every week, their selection is constantly growing. Be sure to stop by this month and let them know if there is anything you'd like them to carry that isn't yet on the shelves. 



New River Art & Fiber
The Arts
The Artful Lawyer, A Fine Gallery Inc.

February 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Figure Drawing
Bi-weekly drawing class at the Gallery.  REGISTER

February 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Figure Drawing 
Bi-weekly drawing class at the Gallery.  REGISTER





318 N. Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060
The Artful Lawyer, A Fine Gallery Inc.
Hahn Horticulture Garden

Meet the Artist - Pippi Miller
Wednesday February 5th 12:00-1:00pm

Please join us for a discussion with Pippi Miller regarding her beautiful photography, which is on display in the pavilion for the months of January and February. 











200 Garden Lane, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Hahn Horticulture Garden
Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation
The Lyric Theatre

February Movies

February 1-6
Knives Out

February 7-13
Bombshell

February 14-20
Uncut Gems

February 21-27
Little Women


February 6
"We Make Antiques!" (USO HAPPYAKU) - JAPANESE FILM FEST
This Japanese Film Festival movie is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Department of Japanese Studies. Free and open to the public.

February 8
"Shoplifters" (MANBIKI KAZOKU - ORIGINAL TITLE) 
JAPANESE FILM FEST
This Japanese Film Festival movie is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Department of Japanese Studies. Free and open to the public.

February 9
Oscar Ballot Competition

The Simmons Law Firm is sponsoring a 2020 Oscar Ballot Competition for the 92nd Academy Awards. Pick up your ballot at the theatre and return by February 9 at 3pm.  Win up to $500! 




135 College Ave., Blacksburg, VA 24060
The Lyric Theatre
Moss Arts Center



February 15, 7:30pm
Brooklyn Dance Company

February 21, 7:30pm
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

February 29, 7:30pm
Renee Fleming 

More information can be found at  www.artscenter.vt.edu

190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Moss Arts Center
P Buckley Moss Gallery 



216 South Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060
P Buckley Moss Gallery
DBI Community Partners
Blacksburg Junior Women's Club

The BJWC Run for the Roses will last longer than 2 minutes, so gather your friends, don your best hat or bow tie, order a mint julep and They're Off!

Beer and Wine tasting, live and silent auction, DJ, dancing, and great food await the attendees of this wonderful fundraiser!

Proceeds support all of the wonderful service projects that BJWC does each year for our community such as: Project Linus, Women's Resource Center, Last Minute Angels, the Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke, and many, many more!

TICKETS


Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation

February 22
The 6th annual Soul Food Sampling will include generous portions of traditional soul foods, a brief overview of the history and traditions of soul food, and the recollections of residents of the former New Town neighborhood where the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall is located!

TICKETS   

204 Draper Rd., Blacksburg, VA 24060
Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation
Hacksburg

With CNC milling, you can create complex, durable parts which are time consuming to make manually. Design and machine operation will be discussed. Attendees will make their own machined piece. Free for members and $5 for non-members. RSVP at rsvp@hacksburg.org.


1872 Pratt Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24060
Hacksburg Makerspace
YMCA at VT
 
Eat at downtown Blacksburg Sharkey's all day on Thursday, February 13, and 10% of all your food & non-alcoholic beverage purchases will be donated to the YMCA at Virginia Tech.

The YMCA works with the community, the town, the county, and the public school system to identify needs and incorporate volunteers into programs to address those needs.

The YMCA currently serves over 27,000 community members through our various programs.

For more details about what the YMCA at VT does for this community please visit our website
 or 
Facebook Event  

More details at our  website  and  Facebook Event
YMCA at VT
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