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Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol

November 18, 2013
Ready or not, it’s time to GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 25, 2013, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Come celebrate the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, and music will be at several different locations for the entire family’s enjoyment!

The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

New this year — MedExpress, a full-service neighborhood medical center on West State Street in Bristol, TN, invites you to come out to BELIEVE in Bristol during the Downtown Open House. Stop by the MedExpress booth in front of Kil'n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio and collect your scavenger hunt card. Then visit the 7 participating downtown businesses to collect your B-E-L-I-E-V-E stamps. Once you have received all the letters that spell BELIEVE, come back to the MedExpress booth and fill out an "enter to win "card for a chance to win a fun prize. Believe in Bristol and MedExpress want you to Believe this Holiday Season!!

And attention parents! Also new this year is a partnership with the YWCA and Kil’n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio. Available for children 4 years old and up, you can drop your child off between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Kil’n Time and for $10 they can paint a holiday ornament ($5 each additional ornament). You can enjoy the open house and support your local economy for a few hours knowing that the YWCA and Kil’n Time will be watching your kiddos! You will need to fill in some paperwork when dropping your child off and you must pick them up by 8pm at the latest.

Sponsors for the 2013 Downtown Christmas Open House include:
* Alpha Natural Resources
* Bristol Herald Courier
* King University
* First Tennessee Foundation
* Wells Fargo
* MedExpress Urgent Care
* Bank of Tennessee
* Bill and Brenda Johnstone
* First Bank of Virginia
* Greg Fahn, Robert Hollo, Rita Kiscaden and Rob Sims: Edward Jones
* Karen Hester: Cranberry Lane
* Rush and Lea Powers: Burke, Powers & Harty
* Strongwell
* Tom and Barbara Smith: Merrill Lynch
* Birthplace of Country Music
* Child Study Club
* Citizens Bank
* Hugh Testerman: Blakley-Mitchell
* Joe Kerr: Kerr-Boswell
* Mary Landrum
* Mike Spiegler: Spiegler Blevins & Co.
* Sarah Hull: Serendipity

For more information about Downtown’s Annual Christmas Open House, please call 276-644-9700 or visit www.believeinbristol.org.

Downtown Bristol Welcomes Misty Mountain to our Community!

November 19, 2013
Historic Downtown Bristol welcomes a new store to our community: Misty Mountain Downtown! Many of you will already be fans of Misty Mountain (once located at the mall), a fun store selling jewelry, clothing, and gifts. Located in the 500 block of State Street, Misty Mountain is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-7pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm. From December 1st, they will also be open on Sundays from 12-7pm! And during November, Misty Mountain is offering 20% off storewide for the full month! They hope to see you downtown soon!

Small Business Saturday is coming soon — November 30th!

November 19, 2013
First came Black Friday. And then we got Cyber Monday. Now there's Small Business Saturday, a day for all the small businesses that fuel the economy and invigorate our community. So come on out and show your support by shopping small in Historic Downtown Bristol on Saturday, November 30.

Here's what you need to know about shopping small and shopping local: For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that same amount of money in a national chain, only $43 stays here, and if you spend it online, nothing comes home!

Remember Christmas is just over a month away! So make plans now to enjoy some time with us and CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS DOWNTOWN!

AiPP announces a second piece of permanent sculpture coming to Historic Downtown Bristol

November 19, 2013
Art in Public Places announced on Tuesday, November 19 at the Believe in Bristol office that the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation is sponsoring a bronze sculpture featuring two musicians playing their instruments standing behind a microphone. Named Take the Stage, the sculpture will be permanently placed in Cumberland Park across from the Birthplace of County Music Museum.

An $85,000 contribution on the part of the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation will fund the sculpture. “Marcia and I are long-time supporters of Bristol’s Art in Public Places (AiPP) and are delighted to have the opportunity to help them showcase Bristol’s status as the Birthplace of Country Music,” said Marvin Gilliam. “This permanent sculpture reminds us of scenes from the old country music shows on television that were so common when we were growing up in southwestern Virginia. We believe that the images of the musicians are a timeless one of a scene that could have been from 60 years ago, 30 years ago or even today. We hope that this piece will become a favorite of the people from this area and for tourists alike as they step up to the microphone, have their picture taken and share in the history of country music.”

Candy Snodgrass, president of AiPP said “As an organization, Art in Public Places is thrilled to announce the second permanent piece of sculpture for Bristol. To have the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation see AiPP’s vision of permanent art and agree to sponsor such a wonderful piece makes all our hard work worthwhile. The idea for the sculpture came from our board member Mary Jane Miller, a local interior designer. She worked with well-known Bristol sculptor, Val Lyle, to bring her idea to life. Val is an extremely talented artist and we are so lucky she has chosen to work with Art in Public Places in the design and creation of this piece of sculpture.”

“We are most appreciative of this additional gift of permanent art to the City of Bristol, Virginia. Art plays a central role in the life of every vibrant city, serving as a catalyst for expression and conversation. The permanent works of art that can be found in Bristol’s public spaces provide a unique and creative trail that draws people to, and through, our city.” said Tabitha Crowder, Interim City Manager for the city of Bristol, Virginia.

An engraved granite base will support the cast bronze life-size figures of a male and a female musician playing guitar and fiddle respectively. Between the figures will be a microphone complete with footprints in the granite affording photo opportunities galore.

The second piece of permanent sculpture will be dedicated on Friday, August 1, 2014.

About Art in Public Places
Art in Public Places (AiPP) is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. The Art in Public Places project began in 2006 with the installation of six sculptures in the downtown area. The public response to the original exhibit was immediate and lively, drawing interest and debate from numerous sections of the community. The project has continued to build on its initial success, bringing new sculptures to downtown Bristol each year. It is the goal of AiPP to place permanent sculpture in downtown Bristol.

Bristol Dentist First To Use Omni-Cam Imaging To Create Same Day Crowns

November 18, 2013
Dr. Janet Hatcher Rice, Rice Dental Arts, is the first dentist in Bristol to install the Sirona, Omni-Cam imaging technology system, which allows the Bristol dentist to fit crowns with more accuracy in a single office visit.

Using an image taken by Omni-Cam’s, high-resolution video streaming camera, Dr. Hatcher Rice gets a precise optical impression, and then is able to design a crown that will fit in perfectly with the patient’s smile. An on-site milling machine is then used to physically create the metal free crown.

According Rice, before the new 3D Omni-Cam technology, receiving a dental crown at her practice required various mouth impressions and involved a dental lab to fabricate — - a process that usually took two to three weeks for completion. During those two to three weeks, patients had to wear a temporary crown and return for a second appointment.

With 3D Omni-Cam restorations, Dr. Rice is in complete control of the final product. With the ability to make same day, creative ceramic teeth, based on the look of the patient’s surrounding natural teeth, the system’s computer generates a proposal that Dr. Hatcher Rice uses as a basis for each patient’s individual restoration design.

According to Dr. Hatcher Rice, staying ahead of the technology curve is vital to her dental practice.

“We have always been at the forefront of dental technology, especially when it truly benefits the patient’s overall dental experience. We were the first in the region to incorporate lasers into our practice and now the ability to do same day crowns will improve the quality, comfort and delivery of this service, too. We always say your smile is our top priority, and that holds true now more than ever with our new system,” Rice said.

According to Sirona, the company that manufactures the technology, the Omni-Cam system not only saves the patient time and money, but the patient is also able to see the quality of the work being produced. With the computer rendering, the patient is able to see a preview of what the final product will look like when the design is complete. The patient is able to voice any concerns and work with Dr. Rice to create a solution that exceeds the patient’s expectations, all within one dental visit.

Dr. Hatcher Rice graduated from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in 1985. Her practice, Rice Dental Arts, is located in historic downtown Bristol, TN. Her innovative approach to dental care, delivered around the concept of Spa Dentistry, incorporates advancements in dental technology and techniques into a spa atmosphere centered on the individual.

To schedule an appointment with Rice Dental Arts, patients can either call (423) 989-7733 or email ricedds@ricedentalarts.com. To learn more about Dr. Rice, her staff or any of the services, including lasers, implants and the new Omni-Cam technology, patients can visit her website at www.ricedentalarts.com.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Tuesday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Winter Scene

November 26, 2013
On Tuesday, November 26, 6 – 8:30PM, blowfish emporium is hosting their Tuesday Night Painting pARTy! This event is open to whomever signs up...$32 per person. Join us for a fun night and bring a friend or 2! We provide it all, just show up and get ready to have some fun. You may BYOB (supply your own drinking/eating materials). MUST PREREGISTER. Event may be cancelled due to no sign ups. For more information or to register, please contact blowfish emporium at 276-644-1428.

MedExpress offering fun "scavenger" hunt during Downtown Christmas Open House!

November 25, 2013
MedExpress invites you to come out to BELIEVE in Bristol during the Downtown Christmas Open House on Monday, November 25, 5-9pm. Stop by the MedExpress booth in front of Kil'n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio and collect your scavenger hunt card. Then visit the 7 participating downtown businesses to collect your B-E-L-I-E-V-E stamps. Once you have received all the letters that spell BELIEVE, come back to the MedExpress booth and fill out an "enter to win "card for a chance to win a fun prize. Believe in Bristol and MedExpress want you to Believe this Holiday Season!! As a full-service, neighborhood medical center on West State Street in Bristol, TN, MedExpress provides a convenient option for high-quality, affordable health care for all ages. We have an unwavering commitment to exceeding patient expectations with customer service that is second to none. MedExpress treats illnesses and injuries, offers preventative services such as flu shots and sports physicals, performs X-rays, labs, and stitches, and partners with employers to maximize employees’ health and medical care. We’re open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. Most insurance is accepted, but not required. Visit medexpress.com for more information.

Guy Penrod performing at the Paramount

November 23, 2013
Breathe deep, isn’t that what everyone is doing right now? After a long hot summer, after all the depressing economic news, after getting the kids back in school, everyone is probably breathing a little deeper. What better way to celebrate and remember the good in our lives than to spend an evening with one of the premiere artists of today performing live on stage at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 7PM. Guy Penrod is in every sense of the word a man cut from the cloth of rugged individualism. Never is it more evident than in his latest album consisting of thirteen new songs. The project, Breathe Deep, reflects a thumbprint of a man with strong values and a positive worldview that harkens back to deep roots in faith and family. His well publicized departure in recent months after 14 years as the centerpiece of Bill Gaither’s celebrated “Vocal Band” was not a move for the faint of heart — nor for a man less sure that he’s tracking on the right course set for new horizons. Never is it more evident than in this first solo country project. Tickets are on sale now at the Paramount Center for the Arts located at 518 State Street or the Viking Hall Civic Center Box Office at 1100 Edgemont Avenue. Tickets may be purchased on-line at E-Tix.com or by phone at the Paramount Box Office at (423) 274-8920 or at the Viking Hall Box Office at (423) 764-4171. For more information please contact Darlene Cole (423)-764-4171 or by email dcole@bristoltn.org.
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"Uncork the Spirit" of Giving with Junior League of Bristol at the Foundation Event Facility

November 22, 2013
Junior League of Bristol will be hosting “Uncork the Spirit”, a wine tasting event, Friday, November 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Foundation Event Facility in Historic Downtown Bristol. Join Junior League of Bristol as we sample wines and craft beers. Hors d' oeuvres from JLB's signature cookbook, Start Your Ovens, Cooking the Way It Ought'a Be, will be paired with the wines and craft beers. Chef Martin Bagwell will prepare the selections. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Raffle tickets will be available at the event for $1 or in exchange for an item for the Bristol, Tennessee School System's Emergency Food Pantry. Suggested items are peanut butter, canned soup and/or laundry detergent. To purchase tickets contact any Junior League of Bristol member or email jlbwinetasting@gmail.com.
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Little Italy offering a Happy Hour (or three) for the holidays!

November 22, 2013
Starting on Friday, November 22, Little Italy will be offering Happy Hour from 11pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays through the holidays! During this Happy Hour event, you can buy any pizza and get any pitcher of beer for only $6.00. And remember Little Italy is also now serving three different kinds of pasta, every day of the week! For more information, call Little Italy on 423-878-7492.

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Contemporary Trees

November 21, 2013
On Thursday, November 21, 6 – 8:30PM, blowfish emporium will be hosting their Thursday Night Painting pARTy! This event is open to whomever signs up...$32 per person. Join us for a fun night and bring a friend or 2! We provide it all, just show up and get ready to have some fun. You may BYOB (supply your own drinking/eating materials). MUST PREREGISTER. Event may be cancelled due to no sign ups. For more information or to register, contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428.

Benjamin Walls Gallery holiday schedule for fulfilling your shopping needs!

November 20, 2013
As we approach the holidays, it's time to start thinking about your gift list — and what better present for someone special than an original Benjamin Walls image! Here are a few dates to keep in mind if you want a photograph from the gallery: * November 30 — Last day to order custom-made images for guaranteed Christmas delivery *December 17 — Last day to order in-stock images for courier delivery *December 20 — Last day to order in-stock images for local delivery *December 22 — Last day to order WALLS gift certificate w/ overnight delivery (order must be in by noon) *December 23 — OPEN LATE so if you're last minute, this is the night for you! For more information, contact the Benjamin Walls Gallery on 877-989-2557.

The Jewel Box announces a BIG SALE!


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November 20, 2013
The Jewel Box has been in downtown Bristol since 1939, enjoying 74 years of serving the greater Bristol area with fine-quality jewelry at very competitive prices. We value our faithful customers and wish to thank them for their continued support, but the decision has been made to close the store and enjoy the fruits of retirement. But you can enjoy some great savings with this change! We are cleaning out all of the inventory, all specially priced to sell and give our customers great values — up to 60% off! We are located at 523 State Street, open Monday through Saturday, 10-6. For more information, call 276-669-1136.

Support restoration of the Confederate Soldier statue through cookbook purchase!

November 20, 2013
The Ann Carter Lee Chapter #1967, United Daughters of the Confederacy, is continuing efforts to preserve our history through restoration of the Confederate Soldier statue located near the Bristol Virginia Fire Hall. The statue is currently being restored and cleaned, but funds still need to be raised by December 31st to help cover the costs of restoration. You can support the chapter by buying copies of their "Dixie Delights" cookbook, sold at The Boxwood on State Street. At only $12 and full of recipes and history, this is a great choice for Christmas presents! For more information, please contact Joyce Kistner (276-669-2448) or Anna Horne (423-878-5946).

The 17th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes is coming soon — so get your tickets downtown!

November 20, 2013
Usher in the Christmas Season with an enchanting tour of historic homes! The 17th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes will take place Sunday, December 8, 1:30 to 6:30 pm — so get your tickets now! The tour includes homes that are on both the Tennessee side as well as the Virginia side of Bristol. The featured homes in Tennessee are 361 Blountville Hwy., 1714 Windsor Ave., 100 Belvedere Heights, 822 Georgia Ave., 621 Pennsylvania Ave., and 207 Lynwood St.. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 700 Cumberland Ave., and the other home in Bristol, Virginia is 1006 Chester St. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $12 per person in advance or $15 the day of the tour — and you can get tickets from several downtown merchants! Tickets are available at Country Gallery Florist, 193 Old Airport Road, Bristol, VA (276) 669-8099, Grand Antiques, 615 State St., Bristol, VA (276) 591-3443, One of a Kind Gallery, 604 State St., Bristol, TN,(423) 652-2648, Cranberry Lane, 623 State St., Bristol, VA (276) 669-9899, and Southern States Bristol Co-op, 9 Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA (276) 669-8101. For more information, call Jewell Williams (423) 652-0163.
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Reserve your place for breakfast with Santa at KP's Bank Street location!

November 20, 2013
Ho ho ho! Bring your family and have breakfast with Santa at KP's Bank Street location on Saturday, December 7th. First seating is at 9:00 am and is by reservation only. Spots are filling up quickly, so call today to make your reservation! RSVP at 423-764-3889.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 Attendance Up %10

November 20, 2013
Despite getting several inches of rain on the music festival's biggest day, Birthplace of Country Music®, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, reports a 10% increase in attendance from their 2012 event. More than 55,000 visitors, artists, vendors, and volunteers converged onto Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN for the annual, three-day festival. Visitors from 45 states and 4 foreign countries were represented. Folks from as far away as the U.K., Scotland, Australia, the Middle East, and South America watched the event's live stream from their computers.
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BRRR 2014 discount weekend passes on sale December 1-31, 2013

November 20, 2013
Discount Weekend Passes to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 will be offered for $40, December 1-31, 2013, just in time for holiday gift giving. Online buyers will receive a uniquely coded, high security RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) wristband 90 days in advance of the festival. Every wristband will be scanned as you enter and exit the site, no waiting in line! Go to www.BristolRhythm.com to order on December 1. Shopping in person? Starting Monday, December 3, 2013, discount Weekend Passes, in the form of paper tickets, will be sold at the Birthplace of Country Music® office (416 State Street, Suite A, Bristol, TN), Bristol Mall Customer Service desk (upper level, 500 Gate City Hwy., Bristol, VA), and Bristol Chamber of Commerce (20 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN). Paper Weekend Pass holders will have the opportunity to exchange for RFID wristbands at the BCM office from June 15 to August 15, 2014 to avoid lines at festival gates. Paper Weekend Pass holders may also wait until the festival for wristband exchange at designated entry gates. Visit www.BristolRhythm.com for more information.

Bristol Named Best Music Town!

November 20, 2013
Voters designated Bristol "Best Music Town" in an online poll by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. The result is part of the periodical's Best Mountain Towns readers poll gone viral over summer. Around 34,000 people took part in the voting, with Floyd and Charlottesville, Virginia listed in second and third place for music. Knoxville and Nashville were also listed in the poll. "I think it says more than just the quality of music that comes out of this town. It's more about the quality of people because it does take a town to support an industry," BRO travel editor Jess Daddio told the Bristol Herald Courier. "Music is really important and there is a rich history of music in this town. It's because of the people that have supported that industry that Bristol has really taken off. Bristol is a great music town." Check out Blue Ridge Outdoors online to read the article!

Upcoming Events

November Featured Artists at 606 State Street Gallery: Virginia Hiss and June Henry

November 01 - 30, 2013

JP Parsons Band at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 20, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Contemporary Trees

November 21, 2013

The Twang Bangers at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 22, 2013

"Uncork the Spirit" of Giving with Junior League of Bristol at the Foundation Event Facility

November 22, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

November 22, 2013

Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 23, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

November 23, 2013

Guy Penrod performing at the Paramount

November 23, 2013

Sunday Funday with DJ B-Digital

November 24, 2013

Open Band Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 25, 2013

Historic Downtown Bristol Christmas Open House

November 25, 2013

The bands from the ETSU Bluegrass Program at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

November 25, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

November 25, 2013

Guido Au'Some & the Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 26, 2013

Tuesday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Winter Scene

November 26, 2013

"Miracle on 34th Street" at Theatre Bristol

November 29 - December 01, 2013

Hundred Acres at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 29, 2013

Small Business Saturday — Shop Small in Downtown Bristol!

November 30, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

November 30, 2013

Featured artists at 606 State Street Gallery for December: Kaylynn Wilster and Lisa Boardwine

December 01 - 31, 2013

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Cumberland Square Park

December 02, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

December 03, 2013

32nd Annual Bristol Christmas Parade

December 05, 2013

"Miracle on 34th Street" at Theatre Bristol

December 06 - 08, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

December 06, 2013

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver at the Paramount Center for the Arts

December 07, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

December 07, 2013

It's time for the 17th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes — get your tickets downtown!

December 08, 2013

Come join in with the 606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

December 09, 2013

"Miracle on 34th Street" at Theatre Bristol

December 13 - 15, 2013

Sugar plum fairies, snow, surprises, and magic mix for a favorite Bristol Ballet, "The Nutcracker" at the Paramount

December 13 - 15, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

December 13, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

December 13, 2013

ArtSmart at the Bristol Public Library

December 14, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

December 14, 2013

Come join in with the 606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

December 16, 2013

Journey's End in Historic Downtown Bristol

December 17, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

December 20, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

December 21, 2013

Come join in with the 606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

December 23, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

December 28, 2013

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