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Believe in Bristol relocation to enhance entrepreneurial development in Bristol VA/TN!

September 05, 2012
2012 been a very exciting year for Believe in Bristol! We are growing leaps and bounds and appreciate the communities support in helping us continue momentum. Believe in Bristol was recently awarded a grant from Virginia Enterprise Initiative in the amount of $20,000. The VEI grant is allowing Believe in Bristol to create a unique entrepreneurial experience right here in our downtown. Partnerships with both economic development departments for the cities, People Inc, SCORE, King & VI College, and the Bristol Business Resource Center (just to name a
few) are growing stronger with enhanced interaction and communication.

Believe in Bristol will also be establishing a new welcome/visitors center and a resource center while hosting a variety of educational seminars open to the public. The new space will house all Believe in Bristol board, committee and merchant gatherings just to name a few activities getting ready to begin in the space.

The new Believe in Bristol office will be located at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA 24201, at the corner of Moore and Cumberland Streets and directly beside BCMA's future Cultural Heritage Center. If you are interested in speaking with a trained representative about entrepreneurship or business re-location in Historic Downtown Bristol, please contact BIB at 276-644-9700 or stop by the new location.

For more information about Believe in Bristol and annual work plans, visit www.believeinbristol.org.

Memory Lane Cafe opens at the old Woolworth's lunch counter!


Credit: DAVID CRIGGER | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER
September 05, 2012
Check out this story by: Roger Brown | Bristol Herald Courier
Published: September 03, 2012 Updated: September 03, 2012 — 9:00 AM

Connie Swadley, co-owner of the just-opened Memory Lane Café at 616 State St, said there’s a simple reason why she and her husband co-owner Tom Swadley decided to bring new life to the downtown site – once the home of Bristol’s iconic Woolworth’s Co. store and luncheon counter.

“We thought it was important to do something that really represents and recalls our roots as a city,” Connie Swadley said. “And so many people who grew up in Bristol have such fond memories of coming into the old [Woolworth’s] with their parents. Those memories are still such a big part of Bristol’s character. ”

And they’re memories the Swadleys have worked hard to recreate in Memory Lane Café, which recently opened for business with numerous Bristol officials on hand to celebrate its arrival.

The café is currently open five days a week, closing Wednesdays and Sundays, and offers breakfast and lunch menus that feature largely homemade meals.

“We just had our first ‘blue-plate’ special meal, and we sold out all of the meatloaf we’d cooked for it,” Connie Swadley said with a proud chuckle. “And it’s been great to see the number of customers who have come in – they really feel like they can sit down, slow down and just enjoy being here.”

Swadley said the couple, which also owns Ballpark Corner Market on Randolph St. in Bristol, Va. , has made it a point to feature nostalgia-style décor in Memory Lane Café, the better to remain true to the spirit of the original downtown Woolworth’s.

Among the eye-catching décor are retro paint and chrome designs, booths named after 1950-era icons such as James Dean and Elvis Presley, and photos of early Bristol.

“We just shouldn’t forget what we used to be as a city,” Connie Swadley said. “We want Memory Lane Café’ to be someplace that people can make new memories just as wonderful as the ones Woolworth’s used to create.”

The Memory Lane Café’ is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and seats some 40 customers.

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(276) 645-2512

Bristol sign to be pink for breast cancer month!


Credit: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION DAVID CRIGGER | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER
September 05, 2012
By: Allie Robinson | TriCities.com
Published: September 03, 2012 Updated: September 03, 2012 — 7:00 AM

No, you won’t be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. Next month, State Street really will be bathed in a rosy glow.

The famous Bristol sign will light up pink Oct. 1 in honor of breast cancer patients and to support research and preventative methods to fight the disease. Proceeds from sponsoring the 1,300 pink bulbs and a concert slated to be held later in the month will be shared with the Wellmont Cancer Institute and the Tri-Cities affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“It seems somehow we’ve all been touched” by breast cancer, said Cheryl Youland, executive director of the affiliate. “[The lights will be] a great visual and a great statement. ... We very much appreciate the community coming together to raise money for breast cancer awareness.”

The bulbs will be available for sponsorship through Sept. 21, and there’s already been a positive response from the community about the project, said Jennifer Wilson, director of communications for the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

“At Food City Family Race Night, we sold quite a few bulbs,” she said. “Businesses are sponsoring 50 and 60 bulbs at a time, because an employee has breast cancer, and every employee has sponsored a bulb. It’s been very heartwarming and overwhelming.”

Both Bristol Virginia Utilities and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, which alternate years maintaining the sign, will work to change the normal white bulbs to pink ones at the end of September, Wilson said. The sign will be dark for a few days before the grand reveal Oct. 1.

“It’s going to make such a powerful statement when the light is flipped,” she said.

Sue Lindenbusch, vice president of Wellmont Cancer Institute, said she hopes the blush of pink on State Street will serve as a reminder of the importance of early screenings and early breast cancer detection. The funds gathered from the breast cancer events in Bristol will go to the cancer center’s patient care fund, she said, which helps patients with everything from their care to their electric bills.

“This allows us to be a resource,” she said. “Some ... things aren’t covered by insurance. Not every patient has the money. We want to take one ... worry away from our patients. We want to make sure we identify resources for our patients. We don’t want a lot of barriers in the way.”

The local Komen affiliate will use the money as part of its funds to help patients, too, Youland said. She said 75 percent of the money will stay locally in the 23 counties the Komen affiliate serves. In the past six years, since the affiliate was founded, more than 9,000 women received mammograms because of the Komen group, she said. And 110 breast cancers were identified out of that group.

“We tend to think of things in terms of mammograms,” Youland said, explaining the group’s fundraising and expenditure process. “Through a grant program, a mammogram costs about $150.”

The changing of the sign is the first of a month-long list of events geared toward raising money to combat breast cancer, Wilson said. An all-women concert series will be held downtown Oct. 20. Details about the concert are expected to be released later this week.

The events are planned around reaching younger women, who might not be as concerned about their risk for breast cancer, Wilson said.

“With the whole event, we’re trying to reach that younger audience, who think they’re invincible,” she said. “They don’t take the time to do all the self-checks.”

Youland said she can’t wait to see the newly pink sign next month.

“I think just the lights and turning them on will remind everybody [about breast cancer] and help them to stop it in its tracks,” she said.

arobinson@bristolnews.com

(276) 645-2531

Downtown Bristol Blog

TWIN CITY PHOTO CLUB will be hosting its 5th Annual Rhythm and Roots Photography Competition during the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival — get your entries in this Saturday!

September 08, 2012
Entries will be accepted at 41 Piedmont Avenue — Bristol, VA on Saturday September 8th from 10:00 – 2:00, this is a free exhibition . This is the only day that entries will be accepted. The gallery exhibit will be open during the Festival at the same location. This competition is open to amateur photographers only. An “amateur” is defined as someone that makes less than 25 % of his/her income from the sale of his/her photography. All images should reflect life in our Mountain Empire. In the categories of Rhythm and Roots and Rhythm and Roots Altered Image the images may be from prior festivals or from Bristol Border Bash events. All entries must be 8x10 images matted to 11x14 or, 8x12 matted to 12x16 with white, cream, gray or black rectangular mats only. There is no size restriction for the OPEN entries. For further information and rules, visit our website, www.twincityphotoclub.com, or, contact twincityphotoclub811@hotmail.com.
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Junior League of Bristol White Party at Foundation Event Facility

September 08, 2012
White Party (with Guest DJ and surprise entertainer) at The Foundation Event Facility 620 State Street – 2nd Floor Bristol, TN 37620, September 8 – 7:00 pm. White attire is encouraged, but don’t let that deter you! If you would prefer to wear a different color, that is OK. Tickets: General Admission tickets are $25.00. VIP Tables are $500.00. Tables are for 8 people. The VIP Tables will be set with a bottle of red wine, a bottle of white wine, hors d’eouvres on the table and table service. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. You can go to the website https://www.xorbia.com/e/foundation/whiteparty, please contact The Foundation at 423-279-0400 and you can make arrangements to buy tickets there.

The Mad Hatter is having a 1st Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 8, from 3-8pm.

September 08, 2012
1st Anniversary Celebration at The Mad Hatter, 14 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol VA- 276-466-1010. Client Appreciation: Existing clients stop in and receive a gift bag from your stylist! Free face painting!BOGO Hour: 3-4pm — For every paid haircut, bring a friend to receive a haircut for free! $1 Happy Hour: 7-8pm — Purchase 1 full-priced product, receive another product for $1 (on select products)! Xtreme Makeover — Mad Hatter Edition: Think you need or deserve a makeover? Go to our facebook page to post a picture and tell us why! The 2 people with the most votes will receive a free makeover from 6-7! (Hair cut / color, style and makeup: must be able to be at The Mad Hatter on September 8th, from approximately 5:30-7pm.

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series presents HELLS/BELLS- A Tribute to AC/DC at the mural at the Downtown Center, State Street. Starts at 7pm, no charge!

September 06, 2012
For 15 years and counting, HELLS/BELLS has been touring extensively, performing shows in every state of the U.S.A. and many countries throughout the world. The band salutes the driving force of AC/DC in a manner surpassed only by the real AC/DC. “HELLS/BELLS played for us last year as the closing act of the tribute series season and the response was over-whelming. We had fans call during the winter to make sure we were going to bring back this crazy and energetic band,” said Darlene Cole, Venue Manager for the Community Relations Office which oversees the city’s entertainment venues. For more information call 423-764-4171.
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Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery!

September 06, 2012
The 606 State Street Gallery will present The Beaver Creek Storytellers, telling tales with music from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the 606 State Street Gallery in Bristol, TN. Admission: $5.00. Refreshments are provided and included in cost. The event is free to members. Ask about joining the Beaver Creek Storytellers.
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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR CREATIVE COMMUNITY SUMMITS

September 05, 2012
Registration is now open for the Tennessee Main Street and Tennessee Downtowns Creative Community Summits to be held in September in Jackson, Franklin and Greeneville, TN. Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and USDA Rural Development, the summits will focus on innovative solutions and strategies to generate economic growth in rural communities. The summits are free of charge; however, seating is limited. Please visit www.tennesseemainstreet.org/workshop.html to register.
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ATTN Merchants — Downtown Window Deco Contest

September 05, 2012
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Loafer will offer free advertising and cash prizes to winners of the Up Against the Wall Gallery Rockin' Stroll window decorating contest. Merchants in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA are being asked to sign-up and compete by decorating their storefronts in a music theme in celebration of Bristol Rhythm and the cities' music heritage. This year judging will take place during the festival and fans will get to vote on their favorite window for a People's Choice award. O'Mainnin's Pub & Grille are 2011's Best in Show Winners, Eatz on Moore St. and Office Machines & Supply Co. For more information contact the BRRR office at 423-573-4898.

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature "Roots & Sprouts" Exhibit in September


Doris Crusenberry — 2010
September 05, 2012
During the month of September, the “Roots & Sprouts” exhibit will hang in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery featuring local artist’s work. The group “Roots & Sprouts” was formed in 2009, but includes artists that have been working together for close to 15 years. The ‘roots’ are the teachers of the group and the ‘sprouts’, well, they are the students. This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the Slater Center in Bristol, TN. Their efforts do not simply concentrate on watercolors. They’re known to do acrylics, pastels, drawings on stone and wood, and take a few day trips to pick up art supplies in North Carolina. They also visit the Bristol Public Library as a group to see the monthly exhibits in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery.
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Learn something new by taking a workshop at your local CityMac!

September 05, 2012
CityMac invites you to attend one of our upcoming seminars. See how easy it is to introduce Mac®into your business environment and get the most from your technology investment. Plus, learn some surprising ways that Mac can increase productivity in the workplace. Join us and discover how you can boost productivity and promote your business with Mac solutions.View all upcoming events and register now — click here for more details visit http://citymac.com/classes/ — CityMac Training Room, 629 State St. Bristol, VA or call (276)644-4321

ATTN: Downtown Merchants, Property Owners & Residents — Believe in Bristol is hosting an informational meeting about several upcoming events!

September 05, 2012
Believe in Bristol is hosting two informational meetings about Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, "Real Women Pick Pink," and other downtown events. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 2:00pm or 6:00pm, CityMac (learning lab), 629 State Street, Bristol, VA. Questions — contact Christina Blevins, Main Street Executive Director for Believe in Bristol, 276-644-9700. Refreshments will be served!

Machiavelli's is hosting a Guest Bartender Fundraiser for the Junior League of Bristol!

September 05, 2012
Machiavelli's is hosting a Guest Bartender Fundraiser for the Junior League of Bristol on Wednesday, September 5 from 5-8 p.m. Members of the JLB will serve as bartenders, and all tips they receive will be donated to the League, as well as any other donations made during that time. Come have a drink, and help support us in our efforts to build better communities through our community projects!

Cool clothes, great art and a moving tribute at Wm. King Clothiers

September 05, 2012
Wm. King Clothiers cordially invites you to a very special event on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 at our Historic Downtown Bristol store. Our good friend Scott MacMorran will be sharing his first public showing of his "Friends and Family Series" portraits. Scott has only been painting for four years and is self-taught, and his unique style is quickly gaining in popularity.
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Upcoming Events

Nevermore Book Club at Bristol Public Library

September 01 - 30, 2012

Bristol Public Library Young Adult Book Club

September 01 - 30, 2012

Bristol Public Library Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature "Roots & Sprouts" Exhibit in September

September 01 - 30, 2012

City Mac Workshops Every Day!

September 01 - 30, 2012

Briana Morris and Petty Shepard: 606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists

September 01 - 30, 2012

Bristol Public Library Tween & Teen Book Clubs

September 01 - 30, 2012

Bristol Public Library Children's Library Events

September 01 - 30, 2012

Call for Photo Competition Entries!

September 04 - 08, 2012

Believe in Bristol is hosting an informational meeting about upcoming events!

September 05, 2012

The Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's

September 05, 2012

Guest Bartending Event at Machiavelli's

September 05, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 05, 2012

Cool clothes, great art and a moving tribute at Wm. King Clothiers

September 06, 2012

Hells / Bells — A Tribute to AC/DC at Full Moon Jam

September 06, 2012

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 06, 2012

Mark White at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 06, 2012

BCMA / Mountain Stage Press Conference

September 06, 2012

Heritage TV's Spotlight on Music featuring J P Parsons at Theatre Bristol

September 06, 2012

Paul Burch at 620 State

September 07, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 07, 2012

Antique car show

September 07, 2012

Watercolor Painting Class by Claudia Rutherford at 606 State Street Gallery

September 08, 2012

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

September 08, 2012

1st Anniversary Celebration at The Mad Hatter

September 08, 2012

5th Annual Rhythm and Roots Photography Competition

September 08, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 08, 2012

Aaron Woody Wood at 620 State

September 08, 2012

Wolf Creek at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 08, 2012

Junior League of Bristol White Party at Foundation Event Facility

September 08, 2012

606 State Street Gallery Presents the 606 Jam Band

September 10, 2012

Holston Mnt. Boys at Full Moon Jam

September 11, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 12, 2012

Your Business On A Mac Seminar at CityMac

September 12, 2012

Bristol Public Library closed over R&R weekend

September 14 - 16, 2012

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

September 14 - 16, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 14, 2012

Antique car show

September 14, 2012

Free Yoga in the Park for Rhythm & Roots

September 15 - 16, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 15, 2012

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 15, 2012

606 State Street Gallery Presents the 606 Jam Band

September 17, 2012

Music Memories at Full Moon Jam

September 18, 2012

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