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COVID-19 Update

The response to the coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly changing situation that has already begun to have an impact on the small business community. Believe in Bristol will closely watch for updated recommendations and restrictions regarding businesses at the federal, state, and local levels.

You can support local businesses from home!We recognize and respect that many people are still not comfortable with or able to go out in public. Click Here for a list of downtown businesses that offer gift certificates (which can be purchased now and used later). Below you will find online shopping, and other special services such as delivery and curbside pickup. Note that this list will be updated as new information becomes available.

Emergency Loan Funds available to downtown businesses through the Downtown Bristol Redevelopment Loan Fund and People, Incorporated. $5000 in the form of a 0% interest, no payments for 6 months term loan. Send Application, along with 2 years tax returns, to Shane Simmons and/or Jeremy Repass with People, Incorporated.

Business Updates:

The Believe in Bristol office is currently operating on appointment only visitation. Please contact info@believeinbristol.org or call 423-573-2201 if you need assistance or would like to make an appointment.

Bristol Public Library – Drive through services currently available. The Bristol Public Library and Avoca Branch Library are excited to announce plans for reopening on July 6th. To ensure the health and safety of all patrons and staff, the libraries will initiate social distancing precautions upon reopening that must be adhered to within the buildings. In addition to social distancing precautions, they will be operating on reduced hours and the Avoca Branch Library will have reduced capacity. Curbside service will still be available for patrons that request it.

• Patrons are limited to one hour for library resources, services, computer use, and transactions.
• We ask that you maintain a distance of 6 feet from other library users and library staff when possible.
• You may check out resources at the circulation desk or by using the self-checkouts.
• For your safety, all library staff will be wearing PPE, and patrons are encouraged to wear face masks when inside the building.
• All meeting rooms and study rooms will be closed.
• There will be limited seating available.
• There will be no on-site programs.
• There will be no Children’s gaming computers.

Please visit their website at bristol-library.org for complete information about our reopening policies and procedures. The staff greatly appreciates your cooperation and understanding, and is very happy to be able to serve you.

Bristol, Tennessee – All City offices, including those in City Hall and the Municipal Annex, reopened to the public. All visitors to city buildings will be subject to a health screening, which includes a temperature scan and questions related to potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms. This mirrors the same screening process that all city employees have completed daily since facilities first closed in late March. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when entering city buildings, and they will be available for individuals who do not have their own. Members of the public are encouraged to continue utilizing electronic or other alternate methods of conducting business with the city whenever possible. For additional information or assistance with these and other services provided by the City, please call (423) 989-5500. Concerns and requests for help also can be submitted online after regular business hours using the Request Tracker button on the City’s web page at www.bristoltn.org. The City will continue to provide up-to-date information on its website at www.bristoltn.org/covid19.

Bristol, VA City Hall and other city buildings remain closed to the public at this time. All business will be facilitate by telephone and email, or an appointment will be made if an in-person visit is required. A full directory of city department contact information is available on our website at https://www.bristolva.org/directory.aspx, or by calling (276) 645-7300. For more information, please contact citymanager@bristolva.org or 276-645-7333.

Arts & Entertainment Updates:

Birthplace of Country Music Museum — REOPENED and following normal hours of operation.To learn more about some of the new procedures in place for the safety of BCMM guests and staff clickHERE.

Also, as a way of saying “thank you” for their bravery and compassion in the wake of COVID-19,BCMM is offering healthcare workers and a guest a free pass to tour the museum when they visit through Sunday, August 30. They ask healthcare workers to show their medical badge at the museum front desk to receive a free pass for themselves and a guest..

BCM is also excited to announce the return of the Bristol Sessions Super Raffle, an event that benefits the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and supports its mission and work – plusit's one of our most fun and successful fundraisers to date!
Prizes include new vehicles, fabulous vacations, jewelry, a motorcycle, lots of CA$H, and much more! Only 5,000 tickets are available for purchase, and eachticket gives participants two chances to win! The Raffle will be held Sunday, September 13 from noon to 4:00pm with prize winners to be announced every 5 minutes! Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. Learn more and purchase your ticketshere.

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion update:Please let BCM know what you would like to do with your 2020 Festival Tickets by August 14, 2020. Every effort is being made to reach out to you personally, but they need to know by the deadline whether you want to exchange your wristbands for new ones in 2021, donate them to our Festival Recovery Fund and become a 2020 Festival Hero, or wish to receive a refund.
Please note, this year's wristbands and tickets will not work if you keep them for next year, as we will require new 2021 wristbands. Visit this link to let them know how you'd like to proceed.
And, THANK YOU to everyone who has already notified BCM of your decision. They've heard from about half of ticket buyers so far! They will be in touch very soon to let you know we have processed your ticket request.

You can also enjoy the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from home by clicking here.

Bristol Academy of Music — Re-open for socially distanced in-person piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons! Still enrolling for summer and for camps!

Bristol Ballet — Because the safety of dancers and instructors is of the utmost importance, we have established guidelines for operation in accordance with the CDC and with Governor Northam’s mandates and guidelines. Studio floors are clearly marked to assist with the required ten foot distancing for dancers and instructors as they move at the barre and in the centre and across the floor. Places for dance bags are also marked in waiting areas, and protocols for opening and preparing the building each day are in place to make the studios as safe as they can be for dancers and instructors. All dancers and instructors will be screened with temperature checks and screening questions. Masks will be worn by instructors in the studio during classes; masks should be worn by dancers as they enter the building for their screening, but at this time are optional during class. Instructors will maintain the ten foot distance from students and therefore can only give verbal instruction and corrections. High traffic surfaces (barres, door handles, bathrooms) will be disinfected regularly. We want to assure everyone that our studios are safe and that our students can continue learning and training without additional fear when they return to our studios.

Fall registration is now open and will be a bit different this season. We’re asking everyone to register online through our website, or by calling 276-669-6051. Due to safety measures for preventing the spread of Covid-19, we will contact all registrants to schedule individual appointments for shoe fittings and to finish the process. More information can be found on our website about class procedures and safety measures due to the pandemic.Classes begin August 17!

If you have questions about our operation and COVID-19 preparedness, please feel free to contact us atinfo@bristolballet.org, through the Contact Us link on this website, or at 276-669-6051.

Champion Striking and Fitness — Online training is on the website as well as the daily workout which is also available on the member app.

Japan Karate-Do Organization — In-person and zoom classes available! Gift certificates are available by appointment.

Paramount Bristol has rescheduled a series of events. New dates will be announced on their website on a show-by-show basis, so please check back often.

Theatre Bristol — Full list of COVID-19 updates concerning new show and audition dates can be found HERE. Everything is subject to change, so keeping up with Theatre Bristol on Facebook is encouraged.

Restaurants — Curbside, To-Go, or Delivery

620 StateDining Room Open. Limited seating available, reservations required, call (423) 652 — 0314. Call for Curbside to go pick up! (423) 652 — 0314 OR use our online ordering or app through ChowNow.

The Angry ItalianOpen for Dine In and Take Out with curbside pickup and delivery service available. Call ahead or use online order to assist in minimizing the people in the dining room waiting. Adjusted hours: T-F 11AM until 9PM with the last order taken at 8:30 (Deep dish orders must be in by 8:15). Saturday hours: 1PM until 9PM with last orders in by 8:30.

Bank Street BristolTemporarily Closed.

Blackbird Bakery — Outdoor dining and Carry Out Only. Monday — Saturday, 6:00am — 10:00pm.

Bristol Bagel & BakeryOpen Wednesday — Sunday, 7:30am — 3:00pm! If you are interested in bulk orders of bagels (24+ of a single variety), cupcakes (12+), soup (8 quarts+) or other catering options, please contact us at 423-652-2216 or bristolbagelandbakery@gmail.com

Broad Street on State Retro DinerOpen! Monday 11:30am — 4:00pm, Tuesday 11:30am — 3:00pm, Closed Wednesdays, Thursday & Friday 11:30am — 3:00pm, Saturday 11:30am — 4:00pm, Closed Sundays.

Burger BarOutdoor dining only. Curbside Pickup and delivery to the immediate downtown area! Call 276-466-6200 or order online!

Cootie BrownsDining Room Open. Curbside Carryout Available. 11:00am-10:00pm Daily.

Delta Blues BBQNew Merch available! Carryout and Curbside service available. Dining Room and Patio Now Open! Call 423-573-3382 or order online!

Eatz on Moore StreetOpen! Current Hours: Lunch 11:30am — 3:00pm and Dinner 4:00pm — 8:00pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Lumac Rooftop BarOpen! Limited seating, reservations required. Call(276) 696-3535.

Machiavelli'sOpen Tuesday — Saturday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm for Dine in,Carry Out and Curbside Pick Up. Please make reservations for parties of 6 or more.

Quaker Steak & LubeDining room and patio open. Back to normal hours.

ShanghaiBuffet Service currently available. Online ordering available. Customers in Bristol will have the option to opt for contactless deliveries. Customers can request where the food is delivered and receive an alert when it's ready for pick-up. Order online here or call us at 276-669-9000!

Stateline Bar & GrilleDining room open! Curbside pick up and delivery also available!

Southern ChurnReopened! Following social distancing guidelines.

Southern Craft BBQ BristolDining Room and Patio open, following distancing guidelines. Bulk Smoked Meats TOGO. Curbside Pickup Available. Call 276-285-5044.

Vivian’s TableOpen for breakfast from 7:00am-10:30am Monday-Saturday, lunch 11:00am — 2:00pm Saturday ONLY, and brunch from 7am — 2pm on Sundays. Carry out, Curbside Pick-up or Delivery still available via Door Dash.


AR WorkshopDIY Kits To Go, Curbside Pickup Available

A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts — Open Sunday — Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Blakley Mitchell — Open to shoppers! Monday-Friday 10:00am to 5:00 pm

Cranberry LaneOpen to shoppers!

Fabric ETCOpen Tuesday — Saturday 10:00am — 5:00pm or call 423-967-1230 to schedule for private appointment.

LC King Manufacturing — Factory Store Now Open! Monday — Friday, 10:00am — 3:30pmClosed for the Lake on Saturday and for Church on Sunday

Mini Corner Mart — NOW OPEN at 527 State Street!! A new convenient store right in the heart of State Street.

Misty MountainOpen to shoppers!

Mountain Empire ComicsOpen to shoppers!

Rug Man & Antiques — NOW OPEN at 511 State Street!! Specialties include Persian and Oriental rugs (both antique and new).

Salon Bristol (Merle Norman)Reopened for appointments with new guidelines! Curbside Pickup / Local Delivery Available for Products

Serendipity — Open to shoppers! Curbside pick-up available

Sidetrack TobaccoOpen to shoppers! Curbside Pickup / Local Delivery Available

Studio 6Open to shoppers! Curbside Pickup / Local Delivery (10 mile radius)

Team Shear ObsessionReopened for appointments with new guidelines! Curbside Pickup for Products.

The AnswerOpen to shoppers! Monday — Friday, 11am — 6pm and Saturday, 11am — 5pm. Sunday closed. Curbside Pickup Available.

The Trading Shoppees — Help us welcome a new business to Downtown Bristol! Trading Shoppees on the Line is located at 625 State Street right between Cranberry Lane and Southern Churn and is now open!!

Uncle Sam's Loan Office — Open! Tuesday — Friday, 9am — 5pm and Saturday, 9am — 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Practicing 6 ft social distancing and all employees wear gloves and masks.

Wm. King ClothiersBack to Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, open from 10:00am to 5:30pm. Saturday open 10:00am-2:00pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. For private appointments please call 423-968-9383

Online Shopping

LC King Manufacturing
Pen’s Floral
Salon Bristol (Merle Norman)(Free Shipping on orders over $50)
Studio 6
The Answer (Free Priority Shipping on online orders over $50)

Visit by Appointment Option Available

AR WorkshopOffering private workshops of up to 8 people just email www.arworkshop.com/bristol.

Bristol Tattoo CompanyReopen!! Now accepting appointments. Call 423-573-7804 (New guidelines for appointments will be in place). Gift certificates also available.

Golden Rule TattooReopen!! Now accepting appointments. (New guidelines for appointments will be in place). If you are interested in obtaining a private session tattoo, contact directly at 423-573-8222 to discuss available options. Please come to your appointment alone with with no pending ailments.

Salon 525 — Reopen for appointments only. New guidelines must be followed. Call 276-644-1510 to schedule.

Salon Bristol — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10-6 & Saturday 10-2 (other hours by appointment). Closed Wednesdays and Sundays. Offering curbside pickup, free local delivery and free shipping for Merle Norman and hair products. Accepting new clients and appointments and encouraging everyone to support the stylists during this time. Schedule by phone by calling 276-644-4944 or online.

Salon Remington — Open for Appointments Only, No Walk-Ins. New guidelines must be followed for appointments. Call 423-217-7995. Curbside Pick-up Available for Products.

Team Shear ObsessionReopen for appointments only. New guidelines must be followed. Call (276) 696-9795 to schedule.

Tri-Cities Escape Game — Now booking PRIVATE games for up to 8 people.Book Now.

R&R MedicineAppointments conducted via phone, video, and telehealth conferencing. Not currently taking appointments for direct contact services.

Virginia Vintage InteriorsAppointment only services. If you have custom furniture to drop off or pick up, please schedule an appointment. Current inventory on Facebook and Instagram pages, set up an appointment to see any item in store. Call 276-644-3240 to make appointment.

Brewery & Distillery Updates

Bristol Station Brews & Taproom— Patio and taproom open! Adjusted hours: Wednesday-Thursday 5-10 PM / Friday 5-11 PM / Saturday 12 PM-11 PM

Cascade Draft House— Open Daily at 2:00 PM. Online Ordering, Curbside Pickup by Appointment, Delivery on Orders Over $25

Elderbrew—eGift Cards through Square. Curbside Pickup available on select dates.Place your order atelderbrew.online

Lost State Distilling—Currently operating under normal business hours, curbside pickup available. No cocktails sales in the tasting room until further notice, but bottle and merchandise sales available. Buy Any Bottle and Save 10% |Buy 3 or More and Save 15% | Buy 6 Bottles and Pay For 5! Now available: 6oz bottles of hand sanitizer for $6!

O'mainnin's Pub—Reopened Friday June 12th! 50% Capacity, Regular Hours Monday — Sunday 4:00pm — 2:00am

State Street Brewing—Tap Room Open!! Curbside Pick-Up available. Currently offering core beers and some select small batch beers to-go in cans.

Gift Cards Available

Buy Now, Spend Later! Grab a Gift Card from a variety of different downtown Bristol merchants. Full list found on our community notice board HERE.

Other Shopping Specials

Wm. King ClothiersBack to Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, open from 10:00am to 5:30pm. Saturday open 10:00am-2:00pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. For private appointments please call 423-968-9383

Only have 2 sales a year at the haberdashery, and the summer sale starts today, August 3rd. The sale will last for ONE WEEK until 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 8th. If you are familiar with Wm. King's twice yearly sales, you know that they don’t mess around. Merchandise is priced to MOVE and the more you buy, the more you save! Their highly curated collections for fall will be arriving soon, so now is the time to take advantage of our summer offerings at substantial savings.
It’s time to dress up again.

Other Business Updates

Bloom Cafe & Listening RoomTemporarily closed with plans to reopen

Borderline BilliardsSledgehammer Open Pro Event postponed to August 20-23rd

Kil'n Time Contemporary Ceramics Studio — Temporarily closed with plans to reopen

Macado'sClosed Permanently

Piedmont Station Market — Temporarily closed with plans to reopen