November 2, 2017
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. Fred Focus keeps you up-to-date on upcoming Fredericksburg events and business news.
Here's what's coming up
Cowan Crossing nears completion

This week's edition of the "Freehling Finds" video series features the Cowan Crossing development, which will soon include a new eatery and office building.

What sold in Fredericksburg last month?

The deeds report from Fredericksburg in October shows commercial sales including properties at 1015 Prince Edward St., 1300 Thornton St., 608-612 Lafayette Blvd., Snowden Office Park and a parcel in Celebrate Virginia South.

See the full report
FLS honors 'difference makers'

Xavier Richardson, Joe Rowe, Charlie McDaniel, Adam Fried, Patti Lynch and Bill Garner are among the Fredericksburg leaders profiled in The Free Lance-Star's recent "Discover" publication.

Read On (
FRA selects new leaders

The Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington has announced the election of new officers and the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors.
Read On (Fredericksburg Today)
Frederick Street project coming before Planning Commission

A project to redevelop a former coffee and furniture warehouse property at the corner of Frederick and Charles streets in downtown Fredericksburg will be before the Planning Commission for several requested approvals Wednesday.

Read the public hearing notice
Pop-ups coming to Spencer Devon, James Monroe Museum

A restaurant will relaunch with a "Chopped" chef's menu, and an historic site will host a fundraiser to promote food equity during two pop-up dinners in downtown Fredericksburg this coming week.

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Downtown projects coming to ARB

Downtown businesses Fraser Woods Elements, Southern Accents Trading Company, Artful Dimensions, Mian Noodle House and Rappahannock IT will all seek approval from the Architectural Review Board on November 13 for sign projects and other matters.

Read the agenda (
CRE firm publishes Q3 reports

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has published third-quarter reports on the region's commercial real estate activity.

Read On (C&W|T)
Shop local this holiday season

It's almost the most wonderful time of the year, and here is a reminder about the importance of doing your holiday shopping locally.

Watch Shop Local video (YouTube)
Companies moving 'back to the center'

This Virginia Business article highlights the trend of companies increasingly choosing to move into walkable downtowns (Hint -- like Fredericksburg!).

Rising Sun Tavern home to a ghost?

The operator of what is known today as the historic Rising Sun Tavern in downtown Fredericksburg died there on Nov. 28, 1793. Some say John Frazer's spirit never left.

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Red Dragon ranked among top U.S. breweries

Red Dragon Brewery in Fredericksburg is ranked as one of the top breweries in the U.S. on the Untappd social-beer website.

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Property of the Week: Village Plaza - 449 Jefferson Davis Hwy.

Last space in busy retail center! Next to Fat Boys' Smokehouse and Burgers with various other retailers. Located on U.S. 1 just south of the Falmouth Bridge and near Mary Washington Hospital, the University of Mary Washington and James Monroe High School.

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