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Congratulations to Brown Edwards on Winning the 2016 Merry Merchants Window Competition


Brown Edwards downtown Bristol has been voted first place in the window decorating contest! On Monday, November 21, during the annual Downtown Christmas Open House, Brown Edwards caught the eye of many and became the third recipient of the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Competition Award hosted by Believe in Bristol’s Design Committee. The merchants were challenged to make the most of their favorite Christmas movie and the winner was decided by judges from the Believe in Bristol Design Committee.

“Brown Edwards store front theme was very fitting and creative with their use of props to portray the Movie "Scrooge!" The creativity and the participation from all of the merchants was outstanding and helped to make downtown festive and ready for the holiday season,” stated Chris Chandler, Chair of the Believe in Bristol Design Committee.

The prize awarded was a certificate to showcase the win, features in Believe in Bristol’s e-news and social media pages, and, of course, bragging rights! The window display will remain up throughout the holiday season. Thank you to everyone that participated, we look forward to seeing what you come up with next year! Brown Edwards is located at 513 State Street, Bristol, VA 24201.



Downtown Bristol Events

Little Women: The Musical

November 18 – December 4 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol presents "Little Women, The Broadway Musical" November 18 through Thanksgiving weekend until December 4 at the ARTspace, 506 State Street, with tickets on sale now.

With book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, "Little Women, The Broadway Musical," follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo (Lorrie Anderson) longs to publish a novel. Meg (Emily Barnes) longs for a fiancé. Beth (Annika Burley) longs for a piano. Amy (Eden Phillips) longs to be admired. This timeless tale has been given new life as an exhilarating musical filled with glorious song, dance and a few tears. Author Louisa May Alcott's classic story celebrates personal discovery and coming of age in a time of challenge and transformation.

Little Women will run from November 18 to December 4 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace for nine shows over three weekends, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are $12, with students and seniors $10 each, available online at the Theatre Bristol website, www.TheatreBristol.org or by calling the reservation message line at 423-212-3625.

Real Life Heavies

November 25 | Studio Brew


The elusive soul-filled business suits are set to make their very first Bristol performance on Black Friday at Studio Brew on Moore Street. The Real Life Heavies pack an interesting punch live as they demonstrate a versatile 3 piece hammering of sleezy soul and groove music laced with hot undercover rock and roll! The show blends perfectly between fascinating original songs and features "surprises" from several genres and generations. These pencil-pushers are the real thing, carrying out a valiant mid-life crisis after the sun goes down. Check them out at www.reallifeheavies.com.

HB Beverly

November 25 | Bristol Brewery


Bristol Brewery is proud to welcome back HB Beverly to perform at the Brewery Friday, November 25, at 8:00 PM. Come out to Bristol Brewery for some good tunes and, of course, some good beer!

Small Business Saturday

November 26 | Downtown Bristol


Believe in Bristol announced its participation in the seventh annual Small Business Saturday on November 26th to support small businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Believe in Bristol is pleased to be part of Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the greater Bristol area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Saturday. Stop by to support small businesses and pick up some unique gifts for the holidays. Shoppers can also expect to receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons as well as special sales and promotions.

Participating Historic Downtown businesses include:

Misty Mountain Designs: Open at 10 am and will be offering several sales and discounts. All sales of $25.00 or more will receive discount. Credit card purchasers will receive 10 o/o and cash purchasers will receive 20 o/o

Cranberry Lane: Sale on Fall merchandise and offering tastings and food samplings of products throughout store that day. Also, offering warm spiced cider!

Southern Churn: Fudge Special: buy a pound, get 1/2 pound FREE; seasonal candies and ice cream flavors available for purchase.

A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts: 15% discount storewide on Small Business Saturday!

Serendipity & Be.Ella Boutiques: Both stores will offer 25% off EVERYTHING in the store. Plus, a free gift with purchase, while supplies last, to say "thank you" to all our loyal customers for shopping local.

Phyl’s of Bristol: 25% off storewide and will also have a table of 50% off items.

Shoozies: “Buy 2 and get 1 free,” includes all shoes, boots and accessories. (Birkenstock, Uggs and Brighton cannot be the free item). Giving away a Brighton tote, bracelet or jewelry box with any $100 purchase. Free gift wrapping available and, as always, great customer service! Refreshments will be provided.

Studio 6: BOGO 30% off entire store. Every sale over $100 gets a free gift (while supplies last).

LC King: 15% off in-store and a free limited edition t-shirt with purchase (while supplies last).

Mountain Empire Comics: "30 for 30" sale on recent comics — you buy 30 or more comics off sale wall, they are marked down to $1 each.

American Express created the Neighborhood Champion program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, The Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Small Business Saturday plays a key role in driving customer traffic and growing revenue for our Historic Downtown during the important holiday retail season,” says Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Associate Director. “By shopping local and small, the majority of the money stays within the community. We’re also encouraging consumers to ‘dine small’ by grabbing a bite at a local eatery.”

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on www.shopsmall.com. Consumers can also visit the site to find small businesses to shop at on Small Business Saturday. For questions or more information about Small Business Saturday, visit www.believeinbristol.org or call 276-644-9700.

The Ledgerwoods

November 26 | Bristol Brewery


The Ledgerwoods are an eclectic mix of original music, folk, gospel, Americana, and blues music!

David began learning to play guitar at age nine and played with a variety of groups including "East Street" and "Image." Ann grew up singing harmonies with her sisters Cathy and Carol. Their late mother was instrumental in bringing the love of music into their lives.

​They released ​their first CD in 2009 recorded in ​ their home studio "Tripod Recording". "Face the Wind" is a collection of 12 original songs of a variety of styles.

Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting

November 28 | Cumberland Square Park


Bristol’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event showcases the site’s nearly 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and its younger counterpart, a 25-foot Douglas Fir decorated with thousands of warm-white Christmas lights – about 30,000 of them – for a dramatic and joyous display. This event is sponsored by McCall Capital: The Bristol Hotel, J.A. Street & Associates, and Believe in Bristol.

State Street String Band

November 28 | Blackbird Bakery


Clap along to the bluegrass sounds of State Street String Band.

Relay for Life Leadership Committee After Hours

November 29 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Bristol Relay for Life 2017 is quickly approaching...and we need YOUR ideas! Do you have a passion to join the American Cancer Society’s mission, but don’t know where to start? Then this meeting is for YOU! Join us for an evening of wine and refreshments, as you get to know your local ACS and learn ways that you can become involved.

This event is open to the community. Relay participants, teams, survivors, caregivers, sponsors and anyone interested in learning more about how they can make a difference is encouraged to come. There will be great information about the impact of the Relay for Life movement here in our community as well as some exciting announcements about plans for this upcoming year.

Please RSVP to Amy Hopson at amy.hopson@cancer.org before the 28th! For more information about Relay for Life of Bristol – visit www.RelayforLife.org/BristolTN.

Bristol Christmas Parade

December 1 | Downtown Bristol


One of Bristol’s most anticipated celebrations, the 34th Annual Downtown Bristol Christmas parade, takes place Dec. 1 this year.

Helping usher in the holiday season, the parade, which starts on Bob Morrison Blvd. and travels down State Street to the historic Bristol Train Station, brings out thousands of area residents who can’t wait to see the beautifully decorated floats, as well as the jolly old man himself. Yes, that’s right, Santa will be part of the parade too, watching to see who’s been naughty or nice!

Local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands, schools, neighborhood groups and beauty contestants are all invited to participate in the parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Lineup will be at 5 p.m. near the Bristol Herald Courier on Morrison Blvd.

There is a cost associated with entering floats/vehicles (starting at $25 per vehicle). Vehicles without the appropriate passes will be charged upon arrival. Please note that the deadline for entry is Friday, Nov. 18.

We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate the holiday season in Bristol!

For more information and an application, please call Bristol Chamber of Commerce at 423-989-4850.

Adults' Paint Pouring Class

December 2 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts


You will create your own masterpiece in this two-hour paint pouring class with artist Laura King at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts on State Street in Downtown Bristol! This class will contain an overview of the basics of paint pouring with acrylics, the difference in artistic styles, and all class members will come home with their own work of art. All supplies are included in the cost of the class. Make sure you wear clothing you won’t mind getting a little messy — just in case! Class limit is 10 students. Registration closes November 30. To find out more information, contact the gallery via Facebook, or email info@aworkofartgallery.com. To register, visit the gallery.

Instructor: Laura King
Cost: $30
Time: 6-8pm

Radio Bristol Premieres: Dylan LeBlanc

December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol Premieres: Dylan LeBlancat the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Friday, December 2.Radio Bristol Premieresfocuses on new recordings debuted before a live audience, as well as a live broadcast and webcast on Radio Bristol. The artistwill highlight music from the new release Cautionary Tale.

Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself.

In between the moments of clarity and a few familiar falls, he also wrote a new album, Cautionary Tale: a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity.

Also Coming Up

Little Women: The Musical
November 18 – December 4 | Theatre Bristol
James Meadows
November 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Real Life Heavies
November 25 | Studio Brew
HB Beverly
November 25 | Bristol Brewery
Small Business Saturday
November 26 | Downtown Bristol
The Ledgerwoods
November 26 | Bristol Brewery
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 28 | Cumberland Square Park
State Street String Band
November 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Relay for Life Leadership Committee After Hours
November 29 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 1 | Downtown Bristol
Laura Thurston
December 1 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Adults' Paint Pouring Class
December 2 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
2016 Holiday Scentsy Open House
December 2 | Bristol Brewery
Radio Bristol Premieres: Dylan LeBlanc
December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ryan Ward
December 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Kids' Painting Class: Flowers
December 9 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Farm & Fun Time Christmas Spectacular with Larry Sparks
December 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 9–10 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Breakfast with Santa
December 10 | Bank Street
Yoga Nidra Workshop
December 10 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Below 7
December 16 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Open House Holiday & LuLaRoe Party
December 17 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Journey's End
December 20 | Downtown Bristol

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

Blackbird Bakery Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Week

Blackbird Bakery announces their Thanksgiving week schedule:

Wednesday, 11/23 – Close at 4pm
Thursday, 11/24 – Closed. Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, 11/25 – Open at 6am

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through November 25


Click here to view specials.

Holiday Happenings at the Haberdashery

Through the holidays | Wm. King Clothiers


It is hard to believe, but this holiday season marks Wm. King Clothiers' 36th year in their same historic Downtown Bristol location. The Wm. King team have assembled a highly curated collection of tasty clothing and accoutrements for your shopping needs. With a change of seasons comes a change in hours, and they will now be OPEN each Wednesday until 5:30 and each Saturday until 5:00 pm through the holidays.

Wm. King Clothiers would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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