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Believe in Bristol Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for Tourism Marketing

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Believe in Bristol received $10,000.00 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $852,000 for 46tourism marketing projects across the state tohelpincrease visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.

The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars, and will ultimately impact at least 195 other statewide tourism entities. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of 2:1 in order to support marketing projects. This funding cycle, the local partners will match the VTC grant dollars with more than $2.1 million, providing more than $3 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia.

Believe in Bristol received a $10,000.00 grant for their Digital Marketing Platform request. Believe in Bristol partnered with Birthplace of Country Music and the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau to supply $10,000.00 in matching funds for the project. Believe in Bristol has seen a significant increase in the interest in tourism and events happening in Downtown Bristol. Studying the Believe in Bristol website traffic, shows more than 20% of traffic in the last year has been from mobile devices, the majority of which is from the highly sought-after iPad and iPhone customer. Believe in Bristol’s goal is to centralize valuable information such as restaurant menus, shopping sales, and special events for the downtown consumer. The new Believe in Bristol mobile friendly website will be the fastest and most convenient way to browse possibilities while you are downtown, at the hotel, or even at home on the couch.

Not only will this serve to drive consumers to events, restaurants, and other downtown businesses, but it will also provide a compelling resource for the aspiring business person to learn about our districts resources. The Believe in Bristol website development and Electronic Marketing WILL make a difference for not only Believe in Bristol but the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau in also marketing all that Bristol has to offer and the Birthplace of County Music in marketing our music heritage to the country and the world. Visitors will browse several websites before making us a final destination and through this grant the three organizations are striving to be one of the best tourism destinations in Virginia.

"Tourism in downtown Bristol is expected to significantly increase in the near future" stated Matt Bolas, Executive Director of Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The VTC Marketing Leverage Program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing through partnerships by leveraging limited marketing dollars, resulting in increased visitor spending. A minimum of three entities must partner financially to apply and may consist of Virginia towns, cities, counties, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, other local or regional destination marketing organizations, private businesses, museums, attractions, cultural events, and other not-for-profit entities.

“These grants equip local tourism businesses with the tools they need to stay competitive,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Marketing Leverage Program grants help support and grow a robust and diversified New Virginia Economy and encourage strategic marketing of tourism products and businesses across the Commonwealth, generating revenue and jobs.”

“The grants are supporting businesses across the Commonwealth, contributing to the overall economic health of our communities,” said Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “The state’s investment maximizes local marketing funds, allowing for localities to double and sometimes triple their marketing power to attract more visitors. This is a powerful tool for small businesses across the state.”

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2013, tourism generated $21.5 billion in revenue, supported 213,000 jobs and provided $1.42 billion in state and local taxes. Dollars invested in tourism are proven to provide a 5:1 return in tax revenue for Virginia, and the grant awards and matching funds provide a stimulus to localities seeking to increase tourism visitation and revenue.

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Bristol Historical Association Publishes Historic Recipe Book

The Bristol Historical Association will be releasing a new publication the first of October, entitled, Past and Repast – A Fine Collection of Recipes. This is a unique collection of recipes from modern kitchens and old fashioned made-from-scratch potions from early Bristol families and eateries. This cookbook encompasses exciting recipes, historic images of Bristol, facts and trivia. The association has published numerous books on the history of the Twin-Cities but this is the first collection of recipes, which is in recognition of the thirty-fifth anniversary of the organization.

According to project chairwomen Christine Caldwell, “the entire community responded when asked to submit their favorite recipes”. There are 100+ year-old family recipes, including those from the Anderson, Reynolds, Susong and H.P. King families. Submissions also include Southern favorites, Spoon bread, Hoppin’ John, Charlotte Russe and Dandelion Wine. According to Caldwell, “This has been one of the most exciting projects she’s been involved in”. Members of the committee have enjoyed bringing long-forgotten recipes back to the family table.

This publication will have its debut for the association’s public meeting on October 6, 6:30 at the Bristol Public Library. A presentation will be made by Dr. William Wade on “The Kearfott Legacy” preceded by a public reception. The meeting is free to the public.

The recipe book “Past and Repast” will retail for $25.00. The price includes sales tax and will be available at the following outlets; BoxWorks, Boxwood, The Bristol Chamber of Commerce, GlaMar Gallery, Gwen’s Herb Shop and Willow Creek.

This recipe book is a community project and the association thanks the many residents that made a submission for this project. For questions or finding outlets to purchase “Past and Repast” you may contact the association by e-mail Also find information on the association’s website,, or on Facebook, BRISTOL HISTORY.

King Univeristy's Family Weekend

Students, family, alumni, and friends are all invited to be a part of King’s Family Weekend 2014 celebration. The three-day event, which runs from Oct. 3-4, allows current students the opportunity to spend time with their families, gives prospective students a chance to tour the campus, and provides alumni the chance to reminisce and reconnect. “Family Weekend is a great time for parents and loved ones to come to campus and spend time with their student while enjoying an array of fun events and activities. We love having families on campus and look forward to Family Weekend, Oct. 3-5, 2014,” said Matt Peltier, dean of students. “Family support is a key part of student success, and Family Weekend represents a dedicated time where we invite families to visit the campus, enjoy fun events, and spend some quality time with their student.” The weekend will kick off with the women’s volleyball game Friday, Oct.3, at 7 p.m., against their rival Southern Wesleyan in the Student Center Complex. The following morning, Oct. 4, at 8 a.m., all are invited to have breakfast with King University Interim President, Dr. Richard Ray. Afternoon events include SLACK (Student Life Activities Committee at King) Roaming Performers, cookout on the lawn at the student Center, and women’s and men’s soccer taking on North Greenville University. Additionally,students and their families can to explore downtown Bristol and all it has to offer. “I am so excited to be working with Believe in Bristol to show King University students’ families what downtown has to offer,” said Emily Loudon, director of Student Life at King University. “We are so lucky to have so many great attractions as part of downtown Bristol we want to show them off to King University families. This will be a great opportunity for families to spend some time with their son/daughter and get to see the many attractions of Bristol.” “Historic Downtown Bristol is proud to welcome King University families to Bristol TN/VA,” said Christina Blevins, executive director of Believe in Bristol. “Bristol has a proud heritage going back more than 150 years of being both a fun place to visit and a ‘Good Place to Live.’ “With so much to do and enjoy, we encourage King students and their families to come downtown and visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum where you learn about Bristol's great music heritage, shop our unique State Street, and eat some good old fashion soul food at many of our eateries!” For more information contact the Office of Student Affairs at 423.652.4740. The full Family Weekend 2014 schedule can be viewed online at:

Mad Hatter Salon Closing Its Doors

From salon owner,Charity Corvin: It is with a heavy heart that I announce that the Mad Hatter Salon will be closing. I would like to thank everyone for the encouragement, love, and support over the past three years. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the downtown community and appreciate the generous hospitality we have received from other downtown businesses and organizations.The decision to close the salon was not an easy one. After much consideration and prayer, I believe that it is what is best for my family, as well as my clients. The upkeep of an aging building has proved to be very costly and time consuming. In order to keep from passing those costs on to my clients and to be able to spend more time with my family, it was my decision to close the salon.As of October 16, 2014, I will be at Hair Unlimited (1509 King College Rd, Bristol, TN 37620) and will be more than happy to serve you there! Please feel free to call me at 423-383-3512 to schedule appointments, for directions to the new salon, or for any further information!

If you are clients of Raymond Pace or Patty Aiello Williams, please refer to their personal Facebook pages for information on their future plans.Thank you again to all of The Mad Hatter’s loyal customers and to all the new friends we have made along the way. It has been a wonderful experience and we look forward to being able to serve you in our new locations!

BCM Presents: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present An Intimate Evening with Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 6:30 the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. A well-known, American singer-songwriter, Hicks’ sound combines folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop and a bit of gypsy music. He has a keen sense of rhythm, lyrical styling, laid-back vocalizing, and witty on-stage presence. The evening offers a unique opportunity to dine and socialize with special friends and our featured performer. Always intimate and never predictable, house concerts make lasting memories for those in attendance. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Reservations are $75 plus a 5% Bristol, VA admissions tax fee. Call 423-573-1927to reserve your seat, seating is limited.

Special thanks to Bank of Tennessee for making this event possible.

YWCA Poverty Simulation

Allow yourself the adventure of this powerful and helpful experience of role-playing what it is like to live on the margins. You WILL be touched! The Poverty Simulation is a 3-hour experience during which participants role-play being part of families living on food stamps, dealing with public transportation, losing jobs—living on the edge. Unless-until-we walk in the shoes of another, we simply cannot understand what personal poverty is like. The Poverty Simulation is a safe place to have this eye-opening experience.


The event will be held at the YWCA Bristol 106 State Street, on Thursday, October 23 from 1:30 to4:30 pm. It is designed to help participants understand what it is like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from week to week. It is a simulation, not a game. The goal is for participants to experience life in poverty. In the simulation participants assume the roles of families facing poverty. Some families are newly unemployed, some are recently deserted by the “breadwinner,” some are homeless, and others are recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Still others are senior citizens receiving Disability or Retirement or grandparents raising their grandchildren. The task of the “families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” This model simulation is used in communities across the nation. Participation is important for anyone who cares about their community.

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The Pickin' Porch at The Foundation Event Facility

The Pickin' Porch will feature Ivy Road and The SouthEast Sisters on Monday, October 6 at 7pm.

POLO Ralph Lauren Fall 2014 Trunk Show

The gents from POLO Ralph Lauren will be rolling into Downtown Bristol on Thursday for the Wm. King trunk show. From 12pm to 8pm they will be showcasing the new fall and winter made to measure collection. You are invited to come see the extensive selection of fabrics, silhouettes, and precise finishing touches that express the creative sophistication and refined style of the POLO gentleman.

Bristol Office Supply — A Promise of Hope for Breast Cancer Research

Join Bristol Office Supply in their fight against breast cancer! A portion of all sales of pink merchandise will go to breast cancer research, awareness, and treatment. Follow this link to view the ad.

Upcoming Computer Classes at Northeast State at Bristol

Office 2013 TransitionDescription:This course covers those features of Microsoft Office 2013 that are new to the Office system since Office 2007/2010. This course includes discussion of new consistent “metro” styling across platforms, level of Office 2013 integration with social networking platforms and tools, “cloud” access, and “touch” capabilities (under Windows 8).

Upcoming Events

Hanging Judges at O'Mainnin's Pub

October 1

Sunset Shopping

October 2

Bristol Recovery Road for Women Fall Fundraiser

October 2

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

October 2

King University Family Weekend

October 3–5

St. Francis Concert to Benefit Holly Help

October 4

Wade to Present "The Kearfott Legacy" at Bristol Public Library

October 6

George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

October 10–12


October 25

The Paramount Chamber Players Tenth Anniversary: An American Celebration

October 25

Believe in Bristol's 10th Annual Downtown Loft Tour!

November 1

Believe in Bristol's Masquerade Progressive Loft Dinner

November 1

Marty Stewart & the Fabulous Superlatives

November 1

Vetertans Day Parade in Downtown Bristol!

November 8

YWCA Turkey Trot & Gobbler's Gait 5K

November 15

The Bristol Music Club will A Scholarship Benefit and Anniversary Gala at the Paramount Center for the Arts

November 22

Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

November 24

Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

November 24

Downtown Bristol Christmas Open House

November 24

Downtown Bristol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 1

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