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Go See the Great New Releases at Benjamin Walls Gallery

Visit the Benjamin Walls Gallery to see the 30 new images this year. On display now, the new release entitled "Allure. " The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 11AM — 6PM Friday-Sat 11AM — 8PM. See all the new images at

Street Festival on 6th Sure to have Something for the Eclectic in Everyone

Don’t forget the city’s 6th Street merchants are hosting the Street Festival on 6th this weekend. The festival has been around for a couple of years under various names but the same eclectic group of artisans will be out for a fun weekend of comics, art, magic demonstrations from Top Hat Magic Supply, and Costumed Photo opportunities from Studio Photography along with lots of other enjoyable family things to see and do. The festival hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the event is free to the public.“6th Street will be closed from Shelby Street to State Street on Saturday. There will be music in the air, free popcorn and cotton candy for the kids, face painting, free comic books and trick or treat candy for the kids,” said Robert Pilk, Co-Owner of Mountain Empire Comics. Pilk, along with other 6th street merchants, has organized the event in the past with a very good response of festival goers. “This is a great way to make memories with your kids. There is no cost involved and we all try to make this an event where everyone, kid or kid at heart, comes and has a good time,” continued Pilk.

This year the festival is also organizing, with assistance from the city, the first Zombie Walk on State Street. “We are asking everyone to meet on 6th Street around 6p.m. to begin the walk. There will be a face painter on hand to assist in getting, ‘just that right look’ for the walk. The walk is free and open to everyone. There will be a plaque awarded for the best Zombie. We are all excited. Can you imagine the photo opportunities? Talk about making memories, this is it,” said Marie Bridgeforth another 6th Street merchant and festival organizer.

Additional vendors wishing to participate or for more information contact Robert Pilk at 423-274-0450 or email

Believe in Bristol's Masquerade Progressive Loft Dinner

You're invited to a Masquerade Progressive Loft Tour Dinner! Thursday, October 30, 2014. Cost is $75 per person, and includes a toast, Soup, Entree, Dessert one loft tour ticket to the 10th Annual From The Top Down Loft Tour on Saturday, November 1. RSVP is required to believe in Bristol by Monday, October 27th! Please call 276-644-9700 or email for more information.

Shindigs Welcomed to State Street with Ribbon Cutting

Shindigs is going all out to become the new place for a business lunch. The new restaurant will operate out of the same building on State Street that the Shindigs catering business is located in. The new restaurant side of the business has been open since Tuesday, September 2nd. Lunch will be served daily from Monday through Friday. Nate Singleton, co-owner of the new restaurant said recently that his group is hoping to fill a niche in the downtown lunch scene by offering an upscale business lunch atmosphere.

blowfish emporium Changing Ownership

Dear friends of blowfish,

blowfish emporium has been purchased by an undisclosed buyer. The plans are to reopen in late 2015, with a brand new business model. Thanks to all of you who have made blowfish a part of your lives, and a favorite destination when visiting Bristol. In doing so, you have helped keep the arts alive, and shaped the artistic culture of our Historic Downtown Business District. While blowfish as you have known it for the past six years will be closing at the end of October, you can look forward to the re-emergence of blowfish soon, and in its next incarnation, a new approach to how original works of art are presented to the public.

Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating

The City of Bristol Tennessee will host the 16th Annual Pumpkin Palooza at the Downtown Center on State Street on Saturday, October 25. Each year on the last Saturday in October the State Street Farmers Market and the City of Bristol Tennessee join forces to create a morning of fun for children of all ages. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes to the Farmers Market and participate in the day’s activities. There will be pumpkin decorating with a pumpkin of the child’s choice and all the supplies needed to decorate it with. Treat bags will be available for everyone in costume. The event begins at 9:00 AM. Afterwards there will be Trick or Treating with participating downtown merchants until noon.

Don't forget that this is also the last Farmers Market of the year!

YWCA Hosting 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 to 4:30 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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Bristol Office Supply Cold and Flu Season Deals

Kimberly-Clark has the remedy for your red nose woes. Check out all of these great deals at Bristol Office Supply.

Join Kil'n Time for After Hours Fun!

We will be having a (ceramic, of course) pumpkin patch for this week's After Hours! Kiddos and wine welcome, all pumpkins will be 20% off, everyone who paints will also be entered to win a $25 gift certificate, and we guarantee to have your piece back to you before Halloween. What could be better? This (and every) Wednesday 6 — 10pm!

Believe in Bristol Hosting Merry Merchants Holiday Decorating Contest

Believe in Bristol is calling for downtown businesses to join in the 2014 Christmas Window Contest – just in time for this year’s Christmas Open House! By committing to decorate your windows, you’ll be helping to create a festive holiday atmosphere for Historic Downtown Bristol. The best part? Your participation puts you in the running to win the Merry Merchants Trophy and full-on bragging rights for a year!

Holiday Catering from Quaker Steak & Lube

Looking for something a little different this holiday season? Check out Quaker Steak & Lube's catering options!

Seafood Fridays at KP!

Don't forget that Friday's are for the Seafood lovers at KP! Seafood Fridays include fresh Oysters and peel and eat Shrimp along with Salmon and house made Crab Cakes! Yum. For more information please call 423-764-3889 or visit 520 State Street,Bristol TN.

Upcoming Events

YWCA to Host Poverty Simulation

October 23

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

October 23

Wise Old River at Quaker Steak & Lube

October 24

Weaving the Fate at O'Mainnin's Pub

October 24

Pumpkin Palooza at the Downtown Center

October 25

The Paramount Chamber Players Tenth Anniversary: An American Celebration

October 25

Pickin Porch with K.T. Vandyke at the Foundation Event Facility

October 27

Believe in Bristol's Masquerade Progressive Loft Dinner

October 30

Machiavelli's 6th Annual Halloween Bash

October 31

Trunk or Treat with the AACA

October 31

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

November 1

Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives

November 1

Southern Gospel Music Revival at the Paramount

November 7

Southern Gospel Music Revival at the Paramount

November 7

Gospel Christian Music Association presents Southern Gospel Music Revival with The Primitives Ivan Parker and Jordan's Bridge

November 7

Vetertans Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service in Downtown Bristol!

November 8

YWCA Turkey Trot & Gobbler's Gait 5K

November 15

Mary Chapin Carpenter with Special Guest Tift Merritt at The Paramount

November 15

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

November 22

Historic Downtown Bristol Christmas Open House

November 24

Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

November 29

Downtown Bristol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by Bristol Virginia Utilities

December 1

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

December 6

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