September 21, 2017
Your Weekly Updates
The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism is excited to bring you Fred Focus, a weekly newsletter that will go out every Thursday. Fred Focus will keep you up-to-date on upcoming Fredericksburg events as well as business information. Enjoy!
Events abound in city
Update on Lofts at Frederick Street project

Plans continue to move forward for the redevelopment of the 133-year-old Janney-Marshall Co. warehouse near the corner of Charles and Frederick streets in downtown Fredericksburg. 

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Open House planned Saturday at UMW

Get a look at what life is like on campus and off. You'll find out about UMW academics, athletics, student life and more.

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Downtown boutiques use personal service to thrive

Fredericksburg business owners get to know their customers and offer a personalized shopping experience that many people are craving as more services go online.  

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Fredericksburg hosting German sister-city delegation

German and American flags have been flying along city streets this week to welcome visitors from Fredericksburg's sister city of Schwetzingen. The German visitors' itinerary has included a welcome reception at the Courtyard by Marriott downtown, a variety of tours of the region, dinner with Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, a panel discussion and a trip to Monticello. 

Freehling finds The Workshop 

This week's edition of "Freehling Finds" features a visit to The Workshop, a membership-based woodworking shop in the Battlefield Industrial Park. 
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Locals honored for conservation efforts

Johnny Mitchell and Bill and Cessie Howell were honored this past Friday at the 2017 Scenic Awards, which recognize excellence in the field of scenic conservation.

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Survey under way for Creative Maker District

The City of Fredericksburg and Fredericksburg VA Main Street Inc. are partnering to explore a Creative Maker District along the portion of the Princess Anne Street corridor between the Rappahannock Canal and U.S. 1. The below survey will help the Fredericksburg Planning Department and Main Street calibrate land-use controls and programming to best foster the type of revitalization envisioned for the district. 

Super Rico chicken restaurant opens

Super Rico, a Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken chain, opened last week in the Gateway Shopping Center where an Arby's once stood.  

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UMW will renovate damaged dormitory

The University of Mary Washington plans to renovate Willard Hall, the residence hall that has been uninhabitable since July due to a ruptured steam tunnel under the building, at a cost of $24.5 million. 

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City to host forum on Slave Auction Block

City Council is holding a forum Saturday to hear public comments on the two options for the future of the slave auction block located at the corner of William and Charles streets. The public forum will take place at James Monroe High School and will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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Report looks at Fredericksburg demographics, housing

The Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors helped put together this informative report on Fredericksburg's demographics, housing stock, economy and more.

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Irish Independent highlights Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg was featured last month in an article in the Irish Independent regarding the Civil War.

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Game store opens downtown

The Sourcery has moved to 1009 Princess Anne Street, the former location of vintage shop Hooked.

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Historicon had large economic impact

Historicon, a miniature-gaming society that has been convening at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center since 2012, used 1,039 local room nights for the event held this past July 13-16. The economic impact of the event was about $1.17 million.

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Property of the Week: Liberty Place

Liberty Place is an exciting new downtown project in the block enclosed by William, Amelia, Winchester and Douglas streets in downtown Fredericksburg. Liberty Place will have about 86,000 square feet of
commercial space and a 303-space above-ground parking garage. 

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