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Sunset Shopping Begins in Historic Downtown Bristol on Thursday, April 3 — Come out and shop local!

March 27, 2014
The Sunset Shopping Downtown initiative will kick off on Thursday, April 3rd and run every Thursday night from 5:00 – 8:00 pm until October 2, 2014! The purpose of this is to give customers and visitors extended hours to shop in our unique downtown — so come on out and enjoy the shopping!

Participating retailers include 606 State Street Gallery, Be.Ella, Benjamin Walls Gallery, blowfish emporium, Cranberry Lane, LC King/Pointer Brand, Misty Mountain Designs, Mountain Empire Comics, One of a Kind Gallery, Pen’s Floral, Phyl’s of Bristol, Pretty Girl Station, Serendipity, Shoozies, Studio 6 Apparel, and Wm. King Clothiers.

Get your Sunset Shopping Downtown restaurant rewards card at participating restaurants as a thank you for shopping local. An array of various discounts from our very own 620 State Street, Blackbird Bakery, Burger Bar, KP, Little Italy, Macado’s, and Machiavelli’s.

For the big kick-off on Thursday, April 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., we will be giving a free Sunset Shopping Downtown large shopping bag to the first 50 retail customers with a valid receipt as a thank you from us!

For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700, info@believeinbristol.org.

Remember to keep voting for Believe in Bristol on First Tennessee Foundation's 150 Days of Giving!

March 27, 2014
Believe in Bristol is one of the non-profits on First Tennessee Foundation's 150 Days of Giving site — and we need your vote! This is your chance to help us receive $5,000, which will go towards supporting downtown revitalization and the Main Street program!

Voting for the First Tennessee Foundation’s 150 Days of Giving is open now and will accumulate throughout the 150 Days of Giving. Beginning on March 25 — First Tennessee’s 150th anniversary — their foundation will grant $5,000 to a different nonprofit each day for 150 days. To vote for up to 10 nonprofits each day, visit www.150DaysofGiving.com.

So go to the site, search for Believe in Bristol, and start voting — every day from now to the end of the 150 Days of Giving (through August 21)! We need your support!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Three Award-winning Poets Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Week at the Bristol Public Library

April 13, 2014
Three regional award-winning poets will appear at the Bristol Public Library on April 13th at 2:00 PM. As part of the celebration of April as National Poetry Month and National Library Week, poets Janice Hornburg, Gretchen McCroskey, and Jane Bird will perform readings of their works and discuss the poetic process from their perspectives. This program is free and open to the public. For more information please call the Library at (276) 645-8780.
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Health Educations Series Returns to the Bristol Public Library for a Look at New Guidelines for Hypertension and Cholesterol.

April 10, 2014
The very popular Health Education Series presentations will return to the Bristol Public Library on April 10th at 6:30 PM. Part of an ongoing partnership between the Library, The Bristol Family Residency Program of The Quillen College of Medicine and the Wellmont Health Systems, the Health Education Series takes a wide-ranging look at public health issues in our region. Previous presentations have been on dementia, anxiety and depression, Obamacare, cancer treatment, and end-of-life ethical issues and directives. The April 10th presentation, given by Dr. Robin Feierabend is “New Guidelines on Hypertension and Cholesterol: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Dr. Feierabend also coordinates the Health Education Series. Please call (276) 645-8780 for more information.
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"Dealing with Irate Customers" at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

April 08, 2014
The Bristol Entrepreneurial Center will be presenting "Dealing with Irate Customers" on Tuesday, April 8 at 8:30am at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. This one-hour training session will teach practical ways to help your employees remain calm and turn an irate customer into a satisfied one. Please RSVP by April 4 by calling 423-989-4850. All classes are free to Chamber members, while the cost for non-members is $35.

Hartley Announces "Meet the Candidate" Event


Bill Hartley
April 06, 2014
Bill Hartley will host a “Meet the Candidate” event in the Henry J. Kegley meeting room of the Bristol Public Library on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM.
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The Clothesline Project at the Downtown Center (Farmers' Market)

April 05, 2014
The Clothesline Project will be held on Saturday, April, 5, 12 — 3pm at the Downtown Center (810 State Street, Bristol, TN — the Farmers' Market site). This project works to create awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence; it celebrates those who have survived and remembers those who lost their lives due to such violence. Representatives from agencies that help women who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, supportive businesses, artisans, and various performers who are committed to the cause will be at the event — so come join them, enjoy local music and vendors, and make t-shirts that reflect your experience or the experience of a loved one. The event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. For further information, contact Della McGuire, Crisis Center, 276-466-2218, dmcguire@crisiscenterinc.org.

Bristol Ballet presents "Coppelia" at the Paramount

April 05, 2014
The Bristol Ballet will be performing "Coppelia” on Saturday, April 5 at 7pm and Sunday, April 6 at 2pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Coppelia is a charming, funny ballet full of humor, classical ballet, lively character dancing, and ballet mime. Franz falls in love with Coppelia, not realizing that she is really a doll built by Dr. Coppelius. Franz’s fiancé, Swanhilda, becomes jealous of the attention Franz gives Coppelia, and sneaks into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop to meet Coppelia. Upon discovering that she is really a doll, Swanhilda plays a trick on Dr. Coppelius to make him think his doll has really come to life. This ballet is lively and fun, and appropriate for all ages. Partially funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. For further information, contact the Paramount at 423-274-8920.

Theatre Bristol presents "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

April 04, 2014
Theatre Bristol announces its first show of 2014, raising the curtain on its 49th season, with the fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Performances of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will open Friday, March 28 at the ARTspace Theatre at 506 State Street, Bristol, and run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Sunday, April 13th. The Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees will be at 2:30 pm. Adult tickets are $12.00. Senior (60+), student and children’s tickets are $10.00. Reserve your tickets in advance by calling 423-383-5979. For more information, visit www.theatrebristol.org or visit the Theatre Bristol facebook page.
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2nd Local Talent Showcase at 606 State Street Gallery

April 04, 2014
On Friday, April 4 from 6 — 10pm, join us at 606 State Street Gallery for the second Local Talent Showcase! With musicians rotating every 50 minutes, you'll want to make sure to join us for this exciting music event! Come out and support the local music & art scene. Refreshments will be served. A $5 cover will give event attendees access to the following lineup in the gallery: * Rich Allen 6:00 — 6:40pm * Gerald Sheppard 6:50 — 7:30pm * Tony Malone 7:40 — 8:20pm * Cherokee Road 8:30 — 9:10pm * Beth Snapp 9:20 — 10:00pm. For more about this event, check out the Facebook listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/47399525270182 or the website: www.606statestreetgallery.com.
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House concert with Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys at Downtown Loft!

April 04, 2014
Con and Nancy Sauls will be hosting a bluegrass house concert on Friday, April 4, at 7:30pm — featuring Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys! Donna was an IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee in 2012 and 2013, and has been described as "one of the most commanding voices in bluegrass music" by Edward Morris on CMT.com. The concert will be held in Con and Nancy's loft at 505 State Street. There is a suggested donation of $25 and refreshments are included. To reserve a spot (limited capacity) or for further information, call 423-361-9470 or email cwsauls07@yahoo.com.

Up to 60% off on Local Art at our 4th Anniversary Celebration at 606 State Street Gallery

April 03, 2014
One day only! Benefiting the gallery AND your wallet! 606 State Street Gallery is celebrating its 4th Anniversary, but you can celebrate too, when you get some great art for a discounted price (up to 60% off!). Salted caramel cupcakes and other refreshments will be provided for all visitors on this ONE DAY ONLY event: Thursday, April 3 from 12 — 8pm at 606 State Street Gallery in Downtown Bristol. Our silent auction of works created by our local artists ends at 7pm, when winners of the items will be announced. For more information, check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/262584117236049/ or website: www.606statestreetgallery.com. You can also contact the gallery at info@606statestreetgallery.com, or 423.573.2438.
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The Mad Hatter Salon is ready for Spring!

April 03, 2014
Spring is here and so is a new shipment of Michael Kors sandals, purses, and much more at The Mad Hatter Salon! Bring a friend and shop early for the best selection. The Mad Hatter Salon is located at 14 Piedmont Ave. Bristol, VA, just beside The Burger Bar in downtown Bristol. Come this Thursday & Friday, 10:00 am until.... For more information please call(276) 466-1010.

Sunset Shopping Restaurant Discounts

April 03, 2014
Check out the awesome promotions from our downtown restaurants for Sunset Shopping in Downtown! Come downtown Thursday night from 5-8 PM for some great food and shopping! Special thanks to Machiavelli's, Macado's, Little Italy, KP, Burger Bar, Blackbird Bakery, and 620 State Street Restaurant! For more info visit and like the facebook page -http://www.facebook.com/SunsetShoppingDowntown!

Sunset Shopping Retail Discounts

April 03, 2014
We're very excited about all the retailers who will be opening their doors for after-hours shoppers on Thursday nights beginning TOMORROW NIGHT! Check out their special offers and take your receipt to a downtown restaurant for awesome promotions! Thank you 606 State Street Gallery, Be.Ella, Benjamin Walls Gallery, Cranberry Lane, Pointer Brand, Misty Mountain Designs, One of a Kind Gallery, Pen's Floral, Pretty Girl Station, Serendipity, blowfish emporium, Shoozies, Studio 6, Wm. King Clothiers, Phyl's of Bristol, and Mountain Empire Comics!!! Like and share this post with your friends and meet them downtown! Check out and like our facebook page for upcoming promotions and discounts — http://www.facebook.com/SunsetShoppingDowntown.

Upcoming Events

Theatre Bristol presents "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

March 28 - April 13, 2014

Up to 60% off on Local Art at our 4th Anniversary Celebration at 606 State Street Gallery

April 03, 2014

House concert with Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys at Downtown Loft!

April 04, 2014

Roots of a Rebellion at 620 State

April 04, 2014

2nd Local Talent Showcase at 606 State Street Gallery

April 04, 2014

Bristol Ballet presents "Coppelia" at the Paramount

April 05 - 06, 2014

The Clothesline Project at the Downtown Center (Farmers' Market)

April 05, 2014

The Grand Ole Uproar at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 05, 2014

Hartley Announces "Meet the Candidate" Event

April 06, 2014

ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time & Country Bands at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

April 07, 2014

"Dealing with Irate Customers" at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

April 08, 2014

Health Educations Series Returns to the Bristol Public Library for a Look at New Guidelines for Hypertension and Cholesterol.

April 10, 2014

Russell Howard performing live at 606 State Street Gallery

April 11, 2014

The Paramount Chamber Players to present Trout, Ghost & Tchaikovsky at the Paramount, along with performances in Kingsport and Abingdon

April 12, 2014

Bristol Half & Half Marathon

April 12, 2014

Three Award-winning Poets Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Week at the Bristol Public Library

April 13, 2014

David & Valerie Mayfield and Daniel Sage at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

April 14, 2014

Chase & Melissa Johner and Ronnie Williams at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

April 21, 2014

Kristi Wilkins at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

April 28, 2014

Corey Ippolito Winery wine tasting at 606 State Street Gallery

May 01, 2014

Save the date for Girls Inc.'s "An Evening of Musical Entertainment, Inspiration and Leadership" with special guest Louise Mandrell at the Paramount Center for the Arts

May 02, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 02, 2014

Northeast State Foundation's Derby Day at the Foundation Event Facility

May 03, 2014

George Johnson & The Survivors at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 05, 2014

"Quickbooks for Beginners" at the Bristol YWCA

May 07, 2014

Pinterest Party: Mother's Day "Reasons I Love Mommy" Flower Pot at 606 State Street Gallery

May 08, 2014

3rd Local Talent Showcase at 606 State Street Gallery

May 09, 2014

Healing Hands Health Center's "Diamonds and Ice" Luncheon at the Bristol Train Station

May 16, 2014

Poetry and Spoken Word Open Mic Night at 606 State Street Gallery

May 16, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 16, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 06, 2014

Fourth Annual State of the Arts Weekend in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 20 - 22, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 20, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 20, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 23 - 27, 2014

Border Bash — and 4th of July Celebration — in Cumberland Square Park

July 04, 2014

Border Bash in Cumberland Square Park

July 18, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

July 21 - 25, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 01, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 15, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 12, 2014

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