April 18, 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 .
Fredericksburg Farmers Market opening Saturday

It's springtime, and what is more seasonal than the idea of fresh local produce in our downtown open-air market? Starting on Saturday, you can find the Farmers Market open in Hurkamp Park. This year's market features 29 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh items from  7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday.

March was a good one for City housing market

The median sold price jumped more than 30 percent last month. Click below for the FAAR report. 

FAAR report
Walls coming down at Liberty Place

The exterior walls are being removed at the future site of the Liberty Place development in downtown Fredericksburg -- representing welcome progress for everyone who has been working on the project for five-plus years.  

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SlideFXBG returning in August

Last year's wildly successful and popular event, SlideFXBG, will be back in town on August 31st -- the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. This year's event will be held on William Street, with the start of the slide being set up a few feet below College Avenue and ending at Sunken Road.

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Fredericksburg Public Arts Survey

A George Mason University graduate student working with the City on a project involving a potential Fredericksburg Arts Trail has put together a survey on public art. Please weigh in!

Take survey
Governor announces Opportunity Zone initiative

Gov. Ralph Northam announced a new initiative last week that will bolster the goal of ensuring that every region, community, and household can participate and share in Virginia's economic progress through the federal Opportunity Zones program. About half of Fredericksburg has been designated for the program. 
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Read more about Fredericksburg OZ program
Leases signed for Fredericksburg space

The following leases were signed in March for commercial space in Fredericksburg, according to Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer:
  • Backdoor Gallery renewed its lease of 5,500 square feet at 922 Caroline St.
  • Once Upon A Child renewed its lease and relocated to 5,000 square feet within Central Park Marketplace at 3120-3140 Cowan Blvd.
  • Cell Phone Repair leased 1,273 square feet in Central Park Marketplace at 3120-3140 Cowan Blvd.
  • Ava Laurenne Bride leased the main floor and balcony at 1001 Princess Anne St.
Article details four new City restaurants

If you love Caribbean island dishes; Central American dishes; an array of mini burgers; or chef-driven customizable bowls, salads and pitas; you must visit Pimenta (open), Juan More Taco (open), Burgerim (open) and CAVA (opening Summer 2020).  Check out their menus below the recent FLS article.
Pimenta; Juan More Taco; Burgerim; CAVA
Earth Day in Fredericksburg on April 27, 2019
Freehling Finds Earth Day    

This week's episode features the upcoming annual Earth Day celebration in Old Mill Park. 

Barnes & Noble to run UMW's bookstore

Barnes & Noble has been awarded a contract to take over operation of the University of Mary Washington's bookstore.  

Naming contest still ongoing

People have until May 1 to suggest names for the Potomac Nationals when they relocate to Fredericksburg next year. The team has already received nearly 500 submissions.
City planning for water and sewer upgrades

The City is working with Spotsylvania to plan for the future on water and sewer needs.

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Property of the Week: 1014 Lafayette Blvd.

New construction for lease. First-floor retail use and second-floor office use. Floor plan offers 905 s.f., 1,524 s.f. and 2,249 s.f. Private on-site parking on busy city corridor leading into downtown Fredericksburg. 
City of Fredericksburg | Economic Development & Tourism | 
540.372.1216 |  FredericksburgVA.com

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