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The Southern Churn Opens Its Doors!

August 19, 2014
City leaders approved $25,000 Tuesday to assist a business owner reinvest in the downtown area and open a new ice cream shop on State Street.
Cranberry Lane owner Karen Hester joined members of City Council and the Industrial Development Authority in the opening of her new store, The Southern Churn Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe on State Street.

Hester said she intentionally crafted the business out of her own childhood and used memories of the old days of downtown to go with a personal investment of over $100,000.

"I delivered ice cream growing up in Marion, so this is truly a dream come true," Hester said. "You cannot manufacture the reaction of someone getting an ice cream. It's like being a kid again and this is something I wanted to help make the downtown area better."
The new shop will also create up to 10 new jobs and Hester told city planners that she anticipates revenues of up to $500,000 annually within the next four years.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's Green Pack is looking for volunteers

August 19, 2014
During Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, you will see Green Heroes walking the streets. Our mission? To make the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion greener each year!

Our main focus is to recycle as much as possible. There will be 30 recycle stations scattered throughout the festival footprint where people can recycle plastic, aluminum, and paper. We also help our vendors to recycle cardboard and to dispose of waste water, and for the first time we have asked our food vendors to only use recyclable materials for their cutlery, dishes, etc.

If you’d like to be part of the Green Pack this year, please go to to fill out a volunteer application – be sure and check Recycle / Green Pack as your preference.

529 State Street is Available!

August 19, 2014
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY!!! Own a swank residential loft as well as prime retail space that brings in over $32,000 per year in current income with expectations to boom with city development projects, etc.!
There is just something different about loft living~ walking to the local café, strolling over to the park, listening to music from the streets in your comfy chair by your window, browsing unique boutiques right around the corner... the list can go on and on!
We are looking to sell our wonderful building, which hosts a 2400 sq ft residential loft apartment and a 1600 sq ft retail space. Here are details about each space:

Loft Area:
There is custom iron railing from the beginning of this space starting with the back deck and displayed throughout. You are welcomed into the loft by a view of the beautiful original brick and hardwood floors. The exposed duct work and wood joist add to the unique industrial yet homey feel of the loft. The master suite is located at the back which includes a custom walk-through closet with granite counter tops. The master suite bathroom eludes to a spa-like setting, to include a 100 square foot steam shower with bench and 3 different shower heads. Continuing down the hallway, you will pass a laundry closet and full guest bathroom. Next, you step into a chef kitchen equipped with a gas stove and stainless steel appliances, wine rack around the refrigerator and granite counter tops. The space is an open concept with the dining and living areas all open with 24 foot ceilings. This space includes a gas fireplace and beautiful wood mantel which matches the exposed wood beams. The living space overlooks the 500 black of Historic Downtown Bristol, across from The Paramount. Continue up the custom spiral staircase into the second bedroom/office. Keep in mind that the "third floor" overlooks the second floor space. Walk across the 18 foot long catwalk into the third bedroom. The skylight dome gives the entire center space natural light. The residential loft includes approximately 600 feet of storage space, not included in the 2,400 square feet of living space.

Retail Area:
One of the buildings most appealing features is its unique curvature window display, one of the only of its kind left in the United States. The retail space includes 1,600 sq ft of original hardwood floors, a functional 100 sq ft vaulted safe and recessed ceiling design. This space has hosted many successful businesses, currently a local arts gallery and studio space. Included in the retail space is a bathroom and storage closet.

This is a unique opportunity for the right person! Historic Downtown Bristol has been on the rise for several years now and it really about to EXPLODE with major developments. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum has opened which will draw tens of thousands of people, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival is one of the fastest growing festivals in the country, local colleges and both cities are investing in State Street- why not you!
Contact Tim Cater with Evans & Evans Realty for viewings and/or more information:
Phone: 423.967.2626. Email:

Food City Family Race Night

August 19, 2014
Before the August NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway, visit Food City Family Race Night in Historic Downtown Bristol from 1-9pm on August 21. Fans have a chance to meet drivers and their teams, take photos with show vehicles and enjoy live entertainment. Proceeds from Food City Family Race Night benefit Birthplace of Country Music®.
Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased at selected Food City locations.
Tickets will be $6 the day of the event with children 12 and under being admitted free of charge.


Downtown Center Stage
1:00-3:00pm Kids Our Age
3:00-5:00pm Southern 76 (porch)
5:00-6:40pm Shooter
7:00-9:00pm James Meadows

Pepsi Stage
2:00-2:45pm Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad
3:00-3:45pm Kaitlyn Baker
4:00-5:15pm Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
5:30-6:20pm Welcome Ceremonies
NASCAR President Mike Helton
MC — Larry McReynolds
Honoree — Heath Calhoun
Medal of Honor Recipients — Ron Rosser, Sammy L. Davis, Harold A. Fritz & James Allen Taylor

Richard Petty and Paralyzed Veterans of America Mission:Able Campaign Check Presentation
Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Check Presentation
6:40-8:15pm Daniel Johnson/Charee & Southern Edge
8:15-9:00pm Cadillac Blue

Shuttle service to and from Food City Race Night
will be provided from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM at these locations:

Bruton Smith Building — Front Entrance
BMS Tower C — Speedway Blvd.
HWY 11E & Whitetop Rd
HWY 394 & Whitetop Rd
HWY 394 & Copperhead Rd
Bristol Mall — Exit 1 off of Interstate 81

Wing It Every Tuesday at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 19, 2014
Every Tuesday at Quaker Steak & Lube is All You Can Eat wing day! For $12.99 you can mix and match your choice of bone-in wings, boneless wings, grilled boneless chicken, or crispy tail on shrimp. Be sure to stop in!

L.C. King Introduces New Skirts

August 19, 2014
L.C. King is pleased to introduce its new line of denim skirts with 5 looks to choose from. Styles include: Indigo Denim with Hickory Stripe Trim, Brown Duck with Camo Trim, White Drill with Camo Trim, Denim Button Up, and Hickory Stripe with Indigo Trim. Visit to check out this great new item!

Bristol Office Supply Back to School Savings! Don't Be Tardy!

August 19, 2014
Bristol Office Supply has loads of great Back to School savings right now! Don't miss your chance to save big on items such as scissors, pens, pencils, and even cleaning supplies. To view the ad click here.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Pickin' Porch with Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band

August 25, 2014
The Pickin' Porch Show will feature the Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band on Monday, August 25th at 7pm. The Pickin Porch is located at The Foundation Event Facility on the 2nd floor.

State Street Farmers Market

August 23, 2014
State Street Farmers Market was opened in 1999 with the support of 4 different governmental agencies: the City of Bristol Tennessee, the City of Bristol Virginia, Sullivan County Tennessee and Washington County Virginia. The market is open on Saturdays from May through October each year. Additionally, the market opens mid-week on Wednesdays July through September. The market is located at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street. The market's operations are overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department. There is a Market Supervisor on sight each time the market is open to answer any questions the public may have or to assist vendors participating in the market. Learn about our Farmer's Market Board.

10th Annual Watauga Lake Triathlon

August 23, 2014
The Tenth Annual Watauga Lake Triathlon will be held in Butler, TN, on Saturday, August 23, beginning at 8am. The USA Triathlon-sanctioned event includes a 1000 meter swim, a 35 kilometer bike ride and a 8 kilometer run. The event also features aseparate race, the Appalachian Challenge Stand Up Paddleboard Race, to be held at 9am. There will be prizes and awards for all participants and a BBQ lunch. The event is open to spectators. This event is affiliated with TriSup, a Stand Up Paddleboard store located in Downtown Bristol. Good luck to everyone that participates!

Birthplace of Country Music Museum and The Barter Theatre partner!

August 22, 2014
Make Your Music Getaway Legendary!
Click here to read more.

The Purse Lady Returns to The Mad Hatter

August 20, 2014
"The Purse Lady" returns to The Mad Hatter on Wednesday, August 20th! Tell your friends, your moms, and your sisters! The largest selection of designer wallets, purses, and more. Sale begins at 9:00am at The Mad Hatter Salon, located at 14 Piedmont Ave., Historic Downtown Bristol. Don't miss it!!

Bristol Public Library Upcoming Meetings

August 19, 2014
The August meeting of the Bristol Public Library Finance Committee will meet at 12 pm on August 20 in the Frances Kegley Conference Room in the main Library at 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia 24201.The August meeting of the Bristol Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:30 pm on August 21 in the United Way office located at 315 8th St, Bristol, TN 37620. On the agenda will be a discussion of parking issues around the BPL. The public is invited to attend.

Upcoming Events

Food City Family Race Night

August 21, 2014

Plan Z playing at O'Mainnin's Pub & Grille

August 21, 2014

Jason Ritchie 150 at Stateline Bar

August 22, 2014

Annie Robinette at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 22, 2014

10th Annual Watauga Lake Triathlon

August 23, 2014

Chris Smith at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 23, 2014

Pickin' Porch with Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band

August 25, 2014

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 25, 2014

Full Moon Jam — Catfish Frye Band at Downtown Center

August 28, 2014

Theatre Bristol Going Back in Time with a Totally Awesome Musical!

August 29, 2014

Shooter at State Line Bar & Grille

August 29, 2014

Mark Larkins at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 29, 2014

Cumberplunge in downtown Bristol

August 30, 2014

Birthplace of Country Music presents RTE 23 Music Festival in Wise

August 30, 2014

Farmhouse Ghost at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 30, 2014

M Cochran at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 04, 2014

Full Moon Jam — Billy Crawford at the Downtown Center

September 04, 2014

Melanie Reed

September 05, 2014

Pickin Porch with Boots on the Ground

September 08, 2014

Paramount hosting fundraiser "Puttin' on the Ritz...60s Style"

September 12, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 12, 2014

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion!

September 19 - 21, 2014

Annie Robinette at Quaker Steak & Lube

September 27, 2014

Bristol Recovery Road for Women

October 02, 2014

More Upcoming Events »