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Meet the Merchant: Kellie & David Crowe of Tri-Cities Escape Game


This week's "Meet the Merchant" featuring Historic Downtown Bristol business: Tri-Cities Escape Game!

Tri-Cities Escape Game
642 State Street
Bristol, TN 37620
423.573.2114
www.tricitiesescapegame.com

How did Tri-Cities Escape Game come about?
We had been part of an escape game business in Morgantown, West Virginia, and had a desire to relocate to the Tri-Cities to be closer to family (in Atlanta, Chattanooga and Knoxville). Because we had lived in Abingdon 20 years ago, we were familiar with Bristol. In December of 2015, we visited the area, praying about where we wanted to open an escape game. After driving down State Street, we KNEW it had to be Bristol! We fell in love with downtown Bristol and have not been disappointed! We are so thankful to the Lord for the way He worked out every single detail, from our location to the folks He lined up to help us. Believe in Bristol has been a tremendous blessing — and all of the downtown merchants have been more than helpful and so welcoming.

Are you a Bristol native? If not, what brought you to Bristol?
No, we are both Georgia natives. I, Kellie, am from the metro-Atlanta area. David is from Dalton, Georgia. We lived in Abingdon from 1995 to 1999 when David was associate pastor/youth minister of Abingdon Baptist Church and I worked with Jon Lundberg of The Corporate Image doing marketing and public relations. We moved away in 1999 and are so thankful that the Lord brought us back to the area.

Tell us about your family! Kids? Dogs? Cats?
We have four children. We also have a dog named Maggie and a cat named Shadow.

Outside of your business, what are your other passions?
David is a bi-vocational minister and pastors a small church in Abingdon called Grace Christian Fellowship — and we LOVE it! We also really enjoy camping and playing escape games (of course!)

Bristol Favorites
Favorite Bristol Restaurant: That’s a tough one! We’ve never eaten anywhere that we didn’t love indowntownBristol! The "1/2 as Much”combo at Burger Bar, fried asparagus at Stateline, the lunch counter at Broad Street on State, quiche’s at Bank Street, home cooking at Eatz, pizza at Little Italy, steaks at Whiskey Rebellion! You can’t go wrong when dining local!
Outdoor/recreation spot: Steele Creek Park
Lunch spot: Anywhere that we find GREAT sweet tea!‚Äč
Sweet Tooth: Our kidshaveblazed a trail between the escape game and The Southern Churn! My personal favorite dessert is the brownie tower at Blackbird. David loves milkshakes from The Burger Bar.



Downtown Bristol Events

Redleg Husky

June 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Redleg Husky is a country, bluegrass, and blues duo based in Asheville, North Carolina. Since its inception in 2012, the band has been performing its unique blend of American music in barrooms, theaters, and festivals throughout the Southeast and beyond.

Dave Mason: Alone Together Again

June 29–30 | Paramount Center for the Arts


In a special two-night event June 29th & 30th at the Paramount, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason will revisit his classic 1970 masterpiece Alone Together on his new Alone Together Again US tour. As one of America’s most beloved classic rock albums, Alone Together – Mason’s debut solo album – is represented on eight timeless tracks that are as satisfying and inspiring now as they were when they were released 46 years ago.

The Alone Together Again show will include fan favorites like “All Along the Watchtower” and “Feelin’ Alright,” in addition to the album’s classic songs. Photos and firsthand autobiographical commentary will complement the guest experience, making this series of performances by a living classic rock legend of one of rock n roll history’s most significant albums a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist with sold-out shows all over the world. His career spans several important rock eras, and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter, and consummate guitarist. A quintessential rock star, Mason has collaborated with numerous members of music elite, including Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and many more.

June 29, 2017 – 8pm (doors open at 7)
Buy tickets for the June 29 show

June 30, 2017 – 8pm (doors open at 7)
Buy tickets for the June 30 show

The Birds

June 29 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce a brand new summer program: Classic Movie Corner! On the last Thursday of each month, BPL celebrates film with a special look back at classic movies.

The June feature is Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds (1963). Starring Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedrin, The Birds starts off in an innocuous neighborhood in San Francisco. Wealthy socialite Melanie Daniels (Hendren) travels to a tiny fishing village in Northern California, a spur-of-the-moment trip to play an innocent trick on her not-quite-boyfriend Mitch Brenner (Taylor). But shortly after she arrives, Melanie finds herself caught in a bizarre and frightening disaster when local birds suddenly begin attacking people.

The show begins at 5:30 on June 29 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.

Rated PG-13. 120 minutes.

Full Moon Jam: Hillbilly Bad

June 29 | Downtown Center


Hillbilly Bad is a professional five-piece band playing original and cover music focusing on providing high-quality entertainment. It is a mixture of Country and Rock or Crock, if you prefer. We will throw in a little Blues for some songs, making these some of our most enjoyable tunes. Combine these unique styles and you'll get some of the best Hillbilly Bad Blue Crock Music you've ever heard.

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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.

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

June 29 | Blackbird Bakery


Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.

AACA Antique Car Show — Patriotic

June 30 | Downtown Bristol


Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, June 30th from 6 – 9pm for the AACA Antique Car Show in the HomeTrust Bank parking lot. Show you patriotism and join in on the fun!

Admission to the event is $10. Entitles you to vote for Top 10 vehicle awards.

Bluesman & the Blues Essentials

June 30 | Studio Brew


Bluesman and the Blues essentials is a group playing original music and personal interpretations of blues classics.

Celebrate Bristol presents Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration

July 4 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrate Bristol along with Border Bash invites you to enjoy a Star-Spangled 4th of July celebration! Event to be held rain or shine!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 Schedule:

3:00 PM: Parade Line-up on Morrison Blvd.

5:00 PM: Bristol's Independence Day Parade — State Street

6:00 PM: Events in Cumberland Square Park including:

  • Special Recognition of all Veterans
    Presented by Danny Hill
  • Family Fun Events in the Park
    Inflatables, “Eating Contests”, and much more.
    Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available for Purchase
  • Free Watermelon
    Sponsored by Kroger
  • Free Bag of Potato Chips
    Sponsored by Shearers

6:30 PM: Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race
Cumberland Square Park/Beaver Creek Basin

Border Bash Concert

  • 7:00 PM: Fritz & Co.
  • 8:30 PM: Virginia Ground

Fireworks begin at 10pm! Bring and blanket and enjoy the show!

Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek

July 4 | Downtown Center


The Turkey Creek String Band is an exciting seven-person acoustic ensemble centered in Southern Middle Tennessee. Their repertoire consists of traditional fiddle tunes, folk, western swing, waltzes, bluegrass, and Irish jigs. Their unique triple and quadruple fiddle tunes add a flavor rarely seen in string bands.

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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.

Border Bash: Fritz & Co.

July 4 | Downtown Bristol


Fritz & Co. is a four-piece nostalgic rock n' roll band from the border of Tennessee and Virginia. Logan Fritz has been writing and playing music for the past three years in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With an eclectic blend of archaic structure and modern liberation, Logan Fritz & Company captures the essence of American rock'n'roll with a modern twist.

About Border Bash
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: Virginia Ground

July 4 | Cumberland Square Park


Virginia Ground is an eclectic acoustic band comprised of talents from Glade Spring, Abingdon and Bristol, Virginia. Band members include lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jamen Denton and brother Justin Denton on the drums. Vocalists Jon McGlocklin, Ben Smith with harmonica, and Joshua Young playing the double bass round out the energetic show performed by this unique quintet. The band strives to appeal to a wide variety of music lovers. Their musical style encompasses original songs to timeless favorites by renowned artists in blue grass, rock, blues, country and folk ballads. Virginia Ground's music is influenced by the likes of Dylan, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Old Crow Medicine Show to name a few. Audiences explode with enthusiasm when the band performs songs with Appalachian interests.

About Border Bash
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 .

Community Notice Board

Serendipity's 4th of July Sale

Through July 3


Now through July 3rd (closed July 4th), receive 20% off your entire purchase of in stock merchandise at Serendipity Boutique. (This excludes TOMS, Sorel, LipSense, special order items,and jewelry, but includes our sale and clearance priced merchandise.)

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through June 30


Click here to view specials.

Also Coming Up

Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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
AACA Antique Car Show — Patriotic
June 30 | Downtown Bristol
Bluesman & the Blues Essentials
June 30 | Studio Brew
Celebrate Bristol presents Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
July 4 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Fritz & Co.
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 4 | Boyce Cox Field
Border Bash: Virginia Ground
July 4 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 5 | Boyce Cox Field
Beginning Genealogy Class
July 6 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Music Memories
July 6 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 6 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: World Turning Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
July 7 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 7 | Boyce Cox Field
The Farmhouse Ghost
July 7 | Studio Brew
"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop
July 8 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 10 | Boyce Cox Field
Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story
July 11 | Bristol Public Library
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
Honoring Life Changes: Yoga for Menopause
July 15 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 15 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 16 | Boyce Cox Field
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 17 | Boyce Cox Field
Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club
July 18
Full Moon Jam: Appalachian Trail
July 18 | Downtown Center
Canvas Class
July 19 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club
July 20 | Bristol Public Library
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
Christmas in July: Snowflake Paper Quilling Class
July 23 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
An Acoustic Evening with Patty Griffin & Lee Ann Womack
July 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 24 | Boyce Cox Field
Wm. King Museum presents Art in Appalachia
July 25 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Matt Ledbetter Band
July 25 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 25 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 26 | Boyce Cox Field
To Kill a Mockingbird
July 27 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart
July 27 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
July 27 | Boyce Cox Field
The Importance of Being Earnest
July 28–30 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
July 28 | Boyce Cox Field
Below 7
July 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Rob-Con 2017
July 29–30 | Viking Hall
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
July 29 | Boyce Cox Field
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
Border Bash: Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul
August 4 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 6 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 7 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley
August 8 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Purple Masquerade Prince Tribute Band
August 10 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 10 | Boyce Cox Field
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 11 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 11 | Boyce Cox Field
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
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 17 | Boyce Cox Field
Shake it Like a Caveman
August 17 | Studio Brew
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 18 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 19 | Boyce Cox Field
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
Steele Cookin Band
August 25 | Studio Brew
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 26 | Boyce Cox Field
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
August 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 27 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 28 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
August 29 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 29 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 30 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Old School Revue
August 31 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 31 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen
September 7 | Downtown Center
Friends of 1927 Concert Series: Mike Farris
September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hundred Acres
September 8 | Studio Brew
Sugar Lime Blue
September 9 | Studio Brew
The Jaystorm Project BRRR After Party
September 16 | Studio Brew
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
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band
September 29 | Studio Brew
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

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