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Meet the Merchant: Billy and Terry Frye with Fabric, Etc.


This week's "Meet the Merchant" featuring new business to Historic Downtown Bristol: Fabric, Etc.!

Fabric, Etc.
507 State Street
Bristol, VA 24201
276.644.4775
507Fabric@gmail.com

How did Fabric, Etc. come about?
We really wanted to have a name that represented what we were going to primarily have in our store, but also, that we had more than just fabric! We went through many, many names trying to be creative and crafty, (asking all of our friends and family too) but, none of the other names did the job of letting everyone know what we offer. Even though Fabric, Etc. is very basic, it let's everyone know what we primarily carry and that we carry much more than just fabric! We both love people, and that's really what it's all about for us. Making friends and being able to help them make their decorating dreams come true is reason that we are in business.

Are you a Bristol native? If not, what brought you to Bristol?
I am a native of Bristol, and my husband Billy is from Kingsport. We will be married 22 years this June 21st, and have lived here most of that time, but moved to SC for 5 years, making it back this past December. We both felt like that we wanted to open a store, and my dream has always been to open a store on State Street!

Tell us about your family! Kids? Dogs? Cats?
Billy and I did not get the privilege to have children, but we love our Niece and Nephews so much, we consider them our kids whether they know it or not, LOL! It's so great to live in the same town with them again, as well as the rest of our awesome family! We have a little Jack Russell named Rylie, and we spoil her rotten!

Outside of your business, what are your other passions?
Billy and I both love the outdoors and adore living on the Holston River. We love our church. We love to make little trips to Asheville and Boone to admire the culture and Mountains. We both love music, which makes living in our awesome town very fun! We both like to play golf, even though we haven't gotten to play since we've moved back, and Billy loves to fish, and a is gun enthusiast.

Bristol Favorites
Favorite Bristol Restaurant: Right now, Whiskey Rebellion...great food!
Outdoor/recreation spot: The Holston River
Lunch spot: Bank St.!
Sweet Tooth: It's a toss up between The Southern Churn and Blackbird!



Downtown Bristol Events

Comedy Night

May 31 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


East Tennessee Comedy and The Beer Run present the "New Comedians Showcase," an evening of comedy with up-and-coming new talent! This comedy event at Bristol Station showcases top contestants from the recent "Funniest Person in the Tri-Cities" competition: Bryan Morton, Cliff Andrews, James Byrd, Jenny McKinney, & Kris Bell.

Cover is only $5!

Bristol's Biggest Block Party

June 1 | Downtown Center


The City of Bristol, Tennessee is ready to kick off the summer season with an event that the whole family will enjoy. Bristol’s Biggest Block Party will take place on Thursday, June 1st beginning at 5:00 PM at the Downtown Center, and there is no cost for admission.

The block party coincides with the opening night of the Full Moon Jam summer concert series, now in its 21st year. Live music will be provided by local favorites Southern 76, who will take the stage at 5:00 with their signature blend of country and classic southern rock. Then, at 7:00, Entice will heat up with stage with a blend of hits from yesterday and today that will have the crowd dancing in the street.

While the adults enjoy the music, the kids will have plenty of fun activities as well, with inflatables to bounce in, clowns, balloon animals, bubble tables, face painting, sidewalk chalk, and hula hoop contests. All this fun is certain to stir up a few appetites, and fortunately, there will be plenty of options available on site from Food Truck Junction, featuring delicious fare from Caribbean Grill, Catering-4u, and Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ, plus some cold treats to beat the heat from Kona Ice and Jolly Wally Ice Cream. As an added bonus, a limited number of hot dogs will be available to the first few hundred guests in attendance.

Last, but certainly not least, once the sun goes down, the party will literally go out with a bang as the first fireworks of the season light up the night sky just after 9:00. All this, plus a few very special surprises, can be found at Bristol’s Biggest Block Party on Thursday, June 1st, starting at 5:00 PM at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street, Bristol, TN. This event is made possible by 98.5 WTFM, the Bristol Herald Courier, and Food City.

Motorists should be aware that this block of State Street will be closed to thru traffic on this day for stage setup.

For more information about the event, please contact Terrie Talbert, Community Relations Director, at 423-764-4171 or tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org.

Full Moon Jam: Southern 76

June 1 | Downtown Center


George Goode and his band Southern 76 have been entertaining crowds with country and classic rock for 30 years. They provide some of the best local talent around.

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The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 28th. Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Bella Bane

June 1 | Blackbird Bakery


Bella Bane will play Blackbird Bakery from 8-10pm.

Burst My Bubble Game Demo

June 2 | Bristol Public Library


Come have a unique experience at the library by joining us for the “Burst My Bubble” Game Demonstration on June 2 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet game designer Dan Crutchfield, learn about the tabletop game industry, and get a sneak peek demo of Purple Potato Games’ latest game, “Burst My Bubble.” For more information about this family-friendly game and Purple Potato Games’ upcoming event, check out the “Burst My Bubble” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Burstmybubblestrategycardgame.

Relay for Life Bristol

June 2 | Cumberland Square Park


Bristol's annual Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 2nd from 5pm to midnight in Cumberland Square Park.

Sign up today at relayforlife.org/bristoltn.

Questions? Contact Amy Hopson at 423-502-0207 or amy.hopson@cancer.org.

Border Bash: 49 Winchester

June 2 | Downtown Bristol


About 49 Winchester
49 Winchester's sound takes the poetic lyrics of singer/guitarist Isaac Gibson & combines influence from the roots of blues & rock music with modern day influences to create an energetic and melodic blend of high energy folk rock. This eclectic group of musicians take pride in the brotherhood that being in a band holds, and their closeness as a unit shines through their live performance.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its 18th anniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will rotate this year! The May 19th & July 21st events will be held in the Downtown Center, the June 2nd event will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street, the June 16th & August 4th events will be held in the Piedmont Intersection of State Street, and July 4th will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, and the Cities of Bristol. Sponsors include: Be.Ella Boutique, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Pediatric Associates, P.C., Brown Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Anne and Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Kil’n Time Ceramics Studio, Rob Nicar, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Serendipity Boutique, Tom and Barbara Smith/Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wellness Yoga of Bristol, Wells Fargo, Dr. and Mrs. Zaidi and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, WCYB-s, and WXBQ 96.9 FM .

Border Bash: Indighost

June 2 | Downtown Bristol


About Indighost
Indighost is a psychedelic rock band from the Appalachian Highlands area. The band is known for their stunning live visuals, dirty guitar tones, catchy melodies, and vocally driven concert experience. Indighost is electric-fuzz-magic; with heavy grooves and cosmic riffs conjured from the ether like a strange wind uncovering the spires of a forgotten temple.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its 18th anniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will rotate this year! The May 19th & July 21st events will be held in the Downtown Center, the June 2nd event will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street, the June 16th & August 4th events will be held in the Piedmont Intersection of State Street, and July 4th will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, and the Cities of Bristol. Sponsors include: Be.Ella Boutique, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Pediatric Associates, P.C., Brown Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Anne and Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Kil’n Time Ceramics Studio, Rob Nicar, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Serendipity Boutique, Tom and Barbara Smith/Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wellness Yoga of Bristol, Wells Fargo, Dr. and Mrs. Zaidi and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, WCYB-s, and WXBQ 96.9 FM .

Beer and Cheese Pairing

June 3 | Studio Brew


Michael Landis is coming to Studio Brew with some new incredible cheeses, two of which are Studio Brew's new signature cheeses made with two of their craft beers.

Just $30.00 per person which includes a Meet & Greet Beer before the event. The Pairing and fun time after the event.

Tickets at $30/ $25 for Followers Of Fermentation Members

Call to book your seat at 423-360-3258 or email pam@studiobrew.beer.

Derrick Ryan

June 3 | Studio Brew


Born in Bristol, Tennessee, and spending all of 2015 recording his debut album, 2016 holds nothing but promise for Derrick Ryan. A power house of heart and soul, a Derrick Ryan show will be a one of a kind experience.

USA v. Venezuela Viewing Party

June 3 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Join Bristol Station and the American Outlaws to watch the USA v. Venezuela soccer match this Saturday at 10. Wear your Red, White, & Blue and receive $1 OFF beer purchases during the game!

State Street String Band Bluegrass

June 5 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass June 5th at 7pm.

The Big Year

June 6 | Bristol Public Library


As part of its spectacular Summer Celebration, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free movie presentation of The Big Year (2011). Based on the bestselling book by Mark Obmascik, The Big Year is an American comedy film starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson, which features a hilarious competition between 3 birders (portrayed by Black, Martin, and Wilson) as they try to identify the most number of bird species in a year. Each man has his own crisis to surmount as they take on the “Big Year” to identify and discover as many birds as they can in this hilarious, globe-trotting adventure.

It all starts at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting room, so don’t be late! Popcorn and bottled water will be served to movie attendees.

Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley

June 6 | Downtown Center


One of the best bluegrass bands in the Tri-Cities. Come out and enjoy those old time sounds when the music started.

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The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 28th. Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Also Coming Up

Comedy Night
May 31 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Bristol's Biggest Block Party
June 1 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
June 1 | Downtown Center
Bella Bane
June 1 | Blackbird Bakery
Burst My Bubble Game Demo
June 2 | Bristol Public Library
Relay for Life Bristol
June 2 | Cumberland Square Park
Border Bash: 49 Winchester
June 2 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Indighost
June 2 | Downtown Bristol
Beer and Cheese Pairing
June 3 | Studio Brew
Derrick Ryan
June 3 | Studio Brew
USA v. Venezuela Viewing Party
June 3 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
State Street String Band Bluegrass
June 5 | Blackbird Bakery
The Big Year
June 6 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley
June 6 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Retroville
June 8 | Downtown Center
Farm & Fun Time: The Royal Hounds and Lillie Mae
June 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
June 8 | Blackbird Bakery
7 Mile Mushroom
June 9 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Summer Citrus Essential Yoga
June 10 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Mama Said String Band
June 10 | Mountain Rose Vineyard
Steele Cookin Band
June 10 | Studio Brew
Ballads Workshop
June 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends
June 13 | Downtown Center
Gardening with a Master
June 13 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club
June 15
Full Moon Jam: Thomas Taylor
June 15 | Downtown Center
Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol
June 16–25 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash: If Birds Could Fly
June 16 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Josh Daniel
June 16 | Downtown Bristol
Faded Travelers
June 16 | Studio Brew
State Street String Band Bluegrass
June 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Casual Word Community Type-In
June 20 | Bristol Public Library
Steele Creek Park: Poisonous Flora and Fauna
June 20 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Duty Free
June 20 | Downtown Center
Hope Griffin
June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Full Moon Jam: Borderline
June 22 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
June 22 | Blackbird Bakery
Ryan Ward
June 22 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Whiskey Sticks
June 23 | Studio Brew
Indighost
June 23 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Before the Storm
June 24 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Birdwatching for Beginners
June 27 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
June 27 | Downtown Center
Redleg Husky
June 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Dave Mason: Alone Together Again
June 29–30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Birds
June 29 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Hillbilly Bad
June 29 | Downtown Center
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
June 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Bluesman & the Blues Essentials
June 30 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
July 4 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Fritz & Co.
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Virginia Ground
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Full Moon Jam: Music Memories
July 6 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: World Turning Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
July 7 | Downtown Center
The Farmhouse Ghost
July 7 | Studio Brew
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Ken Morrell Family
July 11 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: James Meadows
July 13 | Downtown Center
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
July 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Appalachian Trail
July 18 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Shooter
July 20 | Downtown Center
Dean Dillon
July 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash: This Mountain
July 21 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Annabelle's Curse
July 21 | Downtown Bristol
The Grand Ole Uproar
July 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Country Cool Comedy Show
July 22 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Full Moon Jam: Matt Ledbetter Band
July 25 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart
July 27 | Downtown Center
Below 7
July 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Full Moon Jam: Duty Free
August 1 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Marcus Boyd
August 3 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: My New Favorites
August 4 | Downtown Bristol
Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley
August 8 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Purple Masquerade Prince Tribute Band
August 10 | Downtown Center
Hundred Acres
August 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends
August 15 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Thomas Taylor, Wyldeheart, Shooter
August 17 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
August 22 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Billy Crawford
August 24 | Downtown Center
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
August 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
August 29 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Old School Revue
August 31 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen
September 7 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Nightrain Guns n Roses Tribute Band
September 21 | Downtown Center
Comedian Henry Cho
September 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 28 | Downtown Center
Black Jacket Symphone: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
October 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

Summer Book Clubs for Teens

Mondays & Wednesdays | Bristol Public Library


Summer book clubs for tweens and teens will begin the first week of June at the main branch of the Bristol Public Library.

Tween Book Club, suggested for ages 10-14, will meet Mondays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm during the summer. On June 5 and 12, tweens will read The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, an award-winning sci-fi adventure novel about a Mexican boy who discovers he is a clone of a powerful crime lord. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the book choice for June 19 and 26. This bestselling novel reimagines Cinderella as a cyborg, and is set in a future China that is at war with the moon. For the final two summer book club meetings on July 3 and 10, tweens will be reading The Riverman by Aaron Starmer. This novel tells the story of a girl who discovers a portal into another world. In this new world she has almost complete control over reality, but must beware of a mysterious creature who may be stealing children’s souls.

Teen Book Club, suggested for ages 14-19, will meet Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. On June 7 and 14 Teens will read This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee, a retelling of Frankenstein that imagines that the classic novel was based on actual experiences in author Mary Shelley’s life. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab is the book for June 21 and 28. This fantasy novel is about an ambassador who travels between magic worlds. When he finds a powerful magical object, he teams up with a thief to keep that object from destroying his world. The last summer teen book will be Partials by Dan Wells on July 5 and 12. This dystopian novel follows a remnant of people that must learn to survive after created super beings rebel and destroy 99% of humanity.

These programs are open to all tweens and teens and are free of charge. Registration and attendance at each meeting are not required. The Teen Librarian will read the book aloud at each meeting, starting at the beginning of the book and reading as much as possible in the two weeks the book clubs will spend with each book. At the end of those two weeks, all participants will receive a copy of the book to keep free of charge. These summer book clubs are part of the Teen Summer Reading Program, which runs June 2 – July 14. The library will have programs and events for teens every day during this six weeks beginning after The Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off on Friday, June 2 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. The Fall Book Clubs will begin in August. For more information call Teen Services at 276-821-6192.

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