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Meet the Merchant: Justin Brown with The Bristol Tattoo Company


This week's "Meet the Merchant" featuring Historic Downtown Bristol business: The Bristol Tattoo Company!

The Bristol Tattoo Company
504 State Street
Bristol, TN 37620
423.573.7804
www.facebook.com/bristoltattooco

How did The Bristol Tattoo Company come about?
After moving to Bristol, I decided to leave the shop I worked at in Johnson City. My family and I had to figure out what the next step was. I traveled for a bit, tattooing at friends' shops and at conventions, while figuring out what I was going to do to provide for my family. I knew exactly what I was looking for in a shop, but I couldn't find it. So I thought: Why not create it? Opening The Bristol Tattoo Company was the biggest risk we have ever taken, but we couldn't be happier with the path we're on.

Are you a Bristol native? If not, what brought you to Bristol?
I consider myself a Mobile, Alabama native. My father was in the Coast Guard, so we lived all over, but Mobile was where I did most of my growing up. I met my wife, Lisa, while living in Florida. We were looking for a change, so we moved to Johnson City, TN from Port Charlotte, FL. While looking for a home to buy, our Realtor suggested we check into Bristol. We found a wonderful house for our family here and decided this was the place we wanted to call “home” for many years to come.

Tell us about your family! Kids? Dogs? Cats?
My wife and I have two spunky, rambunctious children. My son, Jackson, is almost seven, and my daughter, Peyton, just turned three. We also have a four month old Yorkie mix named Milo, and six chickens (yet to be named) who should start laying eggs very soon!

Outside of your business, what are your other passions?
Small business owners have passions outside of work? News to me! I kid, I kid! I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family when I have a day off. We love to go hiking and discovering new places to explore in the area. We especially love to try out different local eats! My wife and I are also very passionate about music and love to go to concerts and shows any chance we get.

Bristol Favorites
Favorite Bristol Restaurant: The Whiskey Rebellion
Outdoor/recreation spot: Steele Creek Park & Damascus, VA
Lunch spot: Eatz on Moore
Sweet Tooth: I'm trying to watch my figure...



Studio Brew wins awards at 2017 ´╗┐Virginia Craft Beer Cup


The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild held the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Awards Ceremony Monday, June 5, 2017, at WestRock in Richmond, Virginia. There were more than 240 brewers in attendance to celebrate excellence in craft beer this year. The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition was managed by master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge Tom Cannon and 40 judges. The competition also benefits from the continued counsel of Bill Butcher, Port City Brewing, and Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing. This year 356 beers in 24 categories were entered into the competition. The judging took place Saturday, May 13th at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton, Virginia.

The Virginia Craft Beer Cup continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The VCBG is committed to giving its members the opportunity to compete in VA, obtain critical feedback from certified judges and get noticed statewide. "The Virginia Craft Beer Cup recognizes brilliant independent craft beer and the creativity of the brewers that make it all happen," said Brett Vassey, President & CEO, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. "Congratulations to all the teams that competed in this year's Cup."

Downtown Bristol brewery Studio Brew picked up two awards at this year's Craft Beer Cup:

Dark British Ale – First Place for Ferguson
Wood Aged and Smoked Beers – First Place for Bourbon Barrel Ferguson

Congratulations, Studio Brew!



Entry Resumes for Teens

Looking for a job or volunteer opportunity this summer? Need a good way of keeping track of your skills and accomplishments? Try a resume! As part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Bristol Public Library, TJ DeWitt from the Jones Creativity Center will show teens how to craft an entry level resume, discuss what employers value, and explore creative ways to shape and use yournew resume. This program is free and open to all teens and will take place in the Teen Space at the main branch of the Bristol Public Library on Friday, June 9 from 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop orflash drive. For more information call Teen Services at 276-821-6192.



Downtown Bristol Events

Dale Carnegie Class: Networking to Build Your Personal Brand

June 8 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


Personal branding is the message you send and the message that others receive about you. How do you want to stand out from the crowd and have people remember you? Do you want to be known as a problem solver, an outstanding team member, a diplomatic change agent? Do you want to be perceived as polished, professional, and friendly? For others to receive your intended message, it must be genuine and authentic.

In this module, you will look at how to strengthen your first impression, develop a Personal Branding Statement, and build your relationship skills to add to your personal and business network. This workshop is designed to benefit all professions and experience levels.

Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Complimentary for Bristol Chamber Gold Club Members.

Click here to register.

Full Moon Jam: Retroville

June 8 | Downtown Center


A mixed bag of musicians that come from different backgrounds gives Retroville a blend for any age group. Want 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's? They've got it. From country to rock to dance to pop, they play it all! Retroville knows what to play and when to play it with over 100 years of combined experience.
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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.

Farm & Fun Time: The Royal Hounds and Lillie Mae

June 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time hosts The Royal Hounds and Lillie Mae on Thursday, June 8 in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Click here to purchase tickets.

About the Royal Hounds
Nashville headliners, The Royal Hounds, are a high energy roots rock ‘n’ roll trio. They have been wowing and entertaining audiences across the globe for years with their unique approach to live music. Known for their on-stage antics and humorous approach to music, The Royal Hounds offer a live show that is unlike anything on the scene now. Not content to merely stand there and play, The Royal Hounds successfully marry quality musicianship with stellar showmanship. No wonder they have shared the stage with Johnny Cash’s band, The Tennessee Three, Travis Tritt, Wanda Jackson, and Big Sandy.

About Lillie Mae
Discovered by the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement when playing with her family band The Rische’s, Lillie Mae has also spent considerable time as a member of Jack White’s crack touring and recording combo, playing fiddle and mandolin while also lending vocals to such tracks as “Temporary Ground,” from 2014’s Grammy-winning Lazaretto. She also joined White on fiddle and backing vocals for a special acoustic performance on A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile last October.

The Diamonds

June 8 | Blackbird Bakery


From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

7 Mile Mushroom

June 9 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


7 Mile Mushroom is a true Southern Rock band. Drawing from blues, country, bluegrass, jazz and traditional Appalachian sounds.

They build memorable songs that twang, groove and move the soul.

Book Signing: Kathleen Jacobs

June 10 | Blackbird Bakery


Local author Kathleen M. Jacobs will visit Blackbird Bakery for a book signing June 10th at 11am. Jacobs is the author of Honeysuckle Holiday, and her latest release is Marble Town.

Visit www.kathleenmjacobs.com to learn more.

Summer Citrus Essential Yoga

June 10 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol


Let go and open to life! This practice is inspired by fresh, summer citrus essential oils. Their crisp and uplifting aromas combined with circular energy of movement in this practice go hand in hand for a summer vinyasa flow. The class will focus on breath work throughout the practice as mandala salutations lead to exploration on the mat, and stretch beyond limiting beliefs. Step outside the linear world and open up to all the wonderful things life has to offer.

Cost: $25

To register, contact Wellness Yoga of Bristol at (276)644-3086.

Mama Said String Band

June 10 | Mountain Rose Vineyard


The Birthplace of Country Music presents the RTE 23 Listening Room concert series featuring Mama Said String Band Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Mountain Rose Vineyard in Wise, Virginia.

Mama Said String Band is a five-piece group based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Their combined musical backgrounds, spanning multiple cultures, styles and genres, with a strong focus on vocal harmony, create a unique medley of sound. They gather influence from bluegrass, folk, alternative, gospel, and R&B. Before they called themselves a band, they shared a love for campfire jams and traveling together playing music wherever they found themselves. Now, as a band, they hope to explore and expand their sound and wanderlust, while hanging on to the campfire roots.

Steele Cookin Band

June 10 | Studio Brew


The Steele Cookin’ Band is a tribute to all the great jam bands circa August 15, 1969 to the present. If you would like to hear Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Tedeschi Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Black Keys, Janis Joplin, Grace Potter, ZZ Top (early years), The Alabama Shakes, Jimi Hendrix, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, then you need to see the New Steele Cookin’ Band.

Ballads Workshop

June 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


As part of the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host a ballads workshop on Sunday, June 11 at 2pm. Moderated by Museum Director Jessica Turner, this workshop will explore English-language balladry, an influential music tradition dating back hundreds of years.

Three prominent ballad singers — Archie Fisher of Scotland, Sheila Kay Adams of Western North Carolina, and Elizabeth LaPrelle of Southwest Virginia — will discuss balladry’s emergence in the Old World and the tradition’s re-emergence in the New World. The three singers will describe where and how they learned ballads and what those ballads mean to them and to their audiences. Additionally, this workshop will present attendees with a rare opportunity to ask master ballad singers for insights regarding ways to effectively interpret traditional as well as contemporary ballads.

This event is free and open to the public. However, registration of your place is recommended.

The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Twin City Camera Club

June 13 | Blackbird Bakery


It's that time again! New art has been hatched in "The Nest at Blackbird Bakery." The Nest features art from up-and-coming local artists. Additionally, 25% of sales goes to a local non-profit agency.

Come meet this month's artist: Twin City Camera Club.

Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends

June 13 | Downtown Center


These guys can play it all from rock to pop to country to blues and everything in between. Very entertaining.

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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.

Gardening with a Master

June 13 | Bristol Public Library


Phil Blevins will be at the Bristol Public Library on June 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. He will present a special program on summer gardening and horticulture with the Master Gardeners of Virginia.

Blevins, Unit Coordinator for the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Office, is the Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. He also oversees Master Gardening Programs in Washington County, Virginia. His department focuses on livestock, forages, row crops, horticulture, and pesticide training, as well as resource conservation.

For more information on the VCE Office and their work, check out their website.

Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol

June 16–25 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Theatre Bristol will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Performances will be June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton, Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth, and Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

ANNIE and DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.

Also Coming Up

Dale Carnegie Class: Networking to Build Your Personal Brand
June 8 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
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
Book Signing: Kathleen Jacobs
June 10 | Blackbird Bakery
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
The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Twin City Camera Club
June 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends
June 13 | Downtown Center
Gardening with a Master
June 13 | Bristol Public Library
Book Signing: Sarah Kincaid
June 14 | Blackbird Bakery
BPL Book Club
June 15
Full Moon Jam: Thomas Taylor
June 15 | Downtown Center
Birthday Bash & Benefit for Ben Brock
June 15 | Whiskey Rebellion
Gerald Sheppard
June 15 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Theatre Bristol's 2017 Gala
June 16 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash: Josh Daniel
June 16 | Downtown Bristol
Ballroom & Latin Dance Lesson
June 16 | Bristol Ballet
Faded Travelers
June 16 | Studio Brew
Shape Note Sing
June 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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
Celebrate Bristol presents Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol's Independence Day Parade
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | Cumberland Square Park
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
July 4 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Fritz & Co.
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Virginia Ground
July 4 | Cumberland Square Park
Border Bash: Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul
July 4 | Cumberland Square Park
4th of July Fireworks
July 4 | Cumberland Square Park
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
"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop
July 8 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
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
An Acoustic Evening with Patty Griffin & Lee Ann Womack
July 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Full Moon Jam: Matt Ledbetter Band
July 25 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart
July 27 | Downtown Center
The Importance of Being Earnest
July 28–30 | Theatre Bristol
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
Tom Sawyer
August 25 – September 10 | Theatre Bristol
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 Symphony: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
October 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

Kids Art Camp

June 5-9 & 12-16 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts


Summer is here! Artist Jean Ann Poore will offer kids art classes at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts for the next two weeks. Supplies included and discount offered for more than one student. Come join in the fun! Cost is $30/day or $150/week ($20/day or $100/week for additional siblings).

During this art camp, every day will be loads of fun working on a new project! Class instructor Jean Ann Poore, an artist at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts on State Street in Downtown Bristol, will make sure all students will come home with their own works of art – whether they attend one day or all five days in the session. All supplies are included in the cost of the class. To find out more information, contact the gallery via Facebook or email info@aworkofartgallery.com. Register by contacting the gallery at 423-797-0089.

June 5-9 & June 12-16
9am – 12pm

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through June 9

Click here to view specials.

FREE Yoga in the Park

Saturdays, June – August | Cumberland Square Park


Do you like spending time outside? Do you like listening to bird songs? Join Wellness Yoga of Bristol for Free Yoga in The Park! Classes will be held every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting, in June, July and August. The first class will be led by Rita on June 17.

Enjoy your free yoga practice in the midst of beautiful nature! See you on the mat! Please be sure to bring your own mat. For any questions, call (276) 644-3086, email wellnessyogabristol@hotmail.com, or contact Wellness Yoga on Facebook.

Tom Sawyer Auditions

June 19, 20, 24 & 26 | Theatre Bristol

"Tom Sawyer" takes us on an adventure at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, weekends August 25 through September 10. Auditions are June 19, 20, 24 and 26. Times and details available atwww.theatrebristol/audition.

Theatre Bristol Summer Camp

July 17-21 | Theatre Bristol


heatre Bristol proudly announces its 2017 children’s summer camp The Start of Adventure 2017, running July 17-21 at 512 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee.

Campers will explore theatre and acting skills from talented and highly respected teachers and theatre veterans in the area. “We’re really excited to be able to continue our camp program,” said Seth Gilstrap, camp co-coordinator. “We’re also very thankful to the professionals who will be teaching the campers valuable theatrical skills and knowledge,” added co-coordinator Emma Kennedy. Guided by the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board, campers will spend the week learning acting skills, creative movement, music, costuming, makeup design, set design, props, and more.

At the end of the week, campers will perform three classic tales from Aesop’s Fables on the ARTspace stage.

Friday evening, the Youth Service Board will open their production of The Importance of Being Earnest, which campers and their families are also invited to attend.

The Start of Adventure 2017 is organized by the YSB, with guidance and counsel from the Theatre Bristol Board of Directors. “I see camp as a great way for the YSB to learn leadership, organization, planning, and responsibility,” said James Altman, the Youth Service Board president, “We have all had wonderful opportunities on and off stage, and now we get a chance to offer our experience and knowledge to the next generation of young actors. I know our founder, Cathy DeCaterina would be proud.”

Camp will run Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with early drop-off and late pick-up times available. Theatre Bristol will provide a healthy snack in the afternoon, however campers will need to pack a lunch each day. Registration is available online. The cost per camper is $150, with a family discount of each additional child reduced to $75. Extra charges apply for early drop off and late pick up options. Financial assistance applications are also available. Space is limited so register soon!

Register online.

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