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Why We Give to Believe in Bristol

Please support us this holiday season!!! Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our community’s identity, spirit and economy. As a certified Main Street organization, we work hard to organize broad-based community support and advocacy for our downtown, promote all that our downtown has to offer, preserve and restore the area's classic architectural design, and increase commercial potential through economic restructuring.

Historic Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices, and more life. But Believe in Bristol needs your support to help us continue our revitalization efforts and make our downtown an even better place to live, work, shop and play! It's thanks to people like you that we have made the great strides that we have in recent years.

As much as has been accomplished through the efforts of Believe in Bristol and our partners, there is still much to do and a huge amount of potential that remains to be tapped! By donating to, volunteering with, and becoming a member of Believe in Bristol, you can be an active part of Bristol's success story. To find out more about what we do and how you can become part of this downtown movement, check out our annual report — You can also watch our fun and informative YouTube video about the importance of supporting BIB at

Follow the link to make a donation: Donate. For more information, contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or We hope to hear from you!

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 "Singular" The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 11AM-6PM Friday-Sat11AM-8PM. See all the new images at

December Student Art Display

The Arts and Entertainment District is hosting the 4th Annual Student Art Gallery in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help us beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street.
“The arts are essential to the health and vitality of our Bristol community,” says Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol. “Improving the quality of life for our youth through drawing, music, pottery, and much more is something Bristol should be proud of and ultimately brings us together as one.”
Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The second gallery of art went up on December 19, showcasing works by students from Holston View Elementary. The work comes from Mrs. Roslyn Eitel’s 6th grade students and focuses on perspective.
Artwork by the students from Holston View Elementary will be on display until the end of January, 2015.

For more information, please contact Brad O. White at Believe in Bristol on 276-644-9700,, or visit the website at

Only Two Weeks Left Bristol Rhythm 2015 Pre-Sale Ends Dec. 31

Good news holiday shoppers! You have not missed the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Pass Pre-sale!

You can still purchase Weekend Passes to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015 for $50 (plus $2.50 Bristol, VA admissions tax) through December 31!

Last minute holiday shopping? Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015 pre-sale Weekend Passes are sold at The Museum Store at Birthplace of Country Music Museum, open Christmas Eve from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.!

Pre-sale Weekend Passes are also sold exclusively at, The Bristol Mall Customer Service Desk (check or cash only), and the Bristol, TN/VA Chamber of Commerce. Check location websites for addresses and hours of operation.

Unfortunately, limited holiday edition wristbands and boxes are now sold out. Online orders taken at this time will not be mailed in time for Christmas. Sending as a gift? You can print order confirmation from home and slip it into a Christmas card!

Mark your calendars now for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 18-20, 2015!

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Open Christmas Eve!

If you're looking for a fun, family activity on Christmas Eve or just want to do some last-minute gift shopping, visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

The Museum Store and Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be open Christmas Eve from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. for shopping and museum visitors. Shoppers do not need a ticket to the museum to enter Museum Store.

Gift cards and museum passes make great teacher Christmas gifts! Custom gift baskets make great corporate gifts!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Wm. King Clothiers

As we wind down our 34th Christmas season in our Historic Downtown Bristol store, we want to thank you for your continued support through the years. We have always believed that quality and service never go out of style, and this belief is stronger today than it ever has been.

Little Italy Holiday Schedule

Little Italy will be open from 11 — 2pmon December 23rd. They will then be closed until the evening of December 31 and will be serving late night customers for New Year's.

Beginning Calligraphy Classes at A Work of Art

Learn a fundamental lettering style for creating signs, invitations, name tags, price tags, anything that should be neatly lettered.Class taught by Virginia Hiss. The session will be on Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.. at A Work of Art Gallery and Gifts. The cost is $35 per person.Class limited to 9 persons, ages 12 & up. Supplies will be provided.To register, visit the gallery, or email:

Holiday Closures for KP

In observance of the upcoming holidays, KP will be closed the following days: Wednesday, December 24th &Thursday, December 25th. We will be open on New Year's Eve beginning at 5pm. Ring in the New Year with us!! We will be closed on New Year's Day. We wish you all the best this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Get a jump start on your health and fitness New Year's Resolutions

With a FREE CrossFit class at CrossFit 423! Saturday classes at 10am are free and open to the public at CrossFit 423 in Downtown Bristol.Come in and work off those holiday treats we’ve all been having a few too many of!CrossFit 423 is located at 26 7th Street (the first level of the L.C. King Manufacturing building). We would love to be a part of your plan to make 2015 a healthier, fitter year for you and your family! For more information, please call (423) 217-8136 or email

Spread Cheer with New Office Gear with Bristol Office Supply

Get into the holiday spirit with these great savings from Bristol Office Supply. Follow the link to view the full ad.

New Years Masquerade Party at KP

KP Masquerade Party with Farm House Ghost opening at 5pm on December 31. There will not be a cover for this event. Prizes will go out to the best masquerade mask!

Benjamin Walls Gallery Holiday Hours

Have you picked up their BIG gift yet?We're open Monday, Tuesday, and till 3PM Christmas Eve. Can't stop by? Call us for an overnight gift certificate (order must be in by Noon Tuesday for Christmas delivery).

Blackbird Bakery Holiday Hours

This week we will be open until Wednesday at 2:00 PM. We will not reopen until Tuesday, January 6, 2015 for maintenance purposes. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events

Artist Returns Home to Exhibit in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery at the Bristol Public Library

November 3 – December 28

Machiavelli's Annual Christmas with DJ B-Digital

December 25

Jimi Hall at Quaker Steak & Lube

December 26

Blue Stone Holly Days Bash at Quaker Steak & Lube

December 27

The Shifters at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 27

New Year Masquerade Party at KP

December 31

HB Beverly at Machiavelli's

December 31

Catfish Frye Band at Quaker Steak and Lube

December 31

Folk Soul Revival at 620 State

December 31

Machiavelli's New Year's Late Show

December 31

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