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Welcome Studio Brew to Downtown Bristol

Believe in Bristol is pleased to welcome Studio Brew to downtown Bristol! The new craft brewery, located in the former Bristol fire museum building behind Cumberland Square Park, officially opened its doors on Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by dozens of city leaders and community members.

Studio Brew is owned up and operated by master brewer Erich Allen. Allen and his wife, Pam, have worked hard on the extensive preparations needed to make their dream a reality, and we have to say, the results are beautiful! Stop by to try a tasty local beverage today.

Congratulations to Style Boutique, Winner of the 2015 Merry Merchants Window Competition

Style Boutique downtown Bristol has been voted first place in the window decorating contest! On Monday, November 23, during the annual Downtown Christmas Open House, Style Boutique caught the eye of many and became the second recipient of the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Competition Award hosted by Believe in Bristol’s Design Committee. The merchants were challenged to make the best “Very Merry Window” and the winner was decided by judges from the Believe in Bristol Design Committee.

“Style had a very unique display of suspended tree limbs bearing ornaments, live Fraser Fir Christmas Trees and an evening gown made entirely of evergreen limbs. A well-deserved honorable mention goes to Kil’n Time Studio and Bristol Ballet as very strong runner-ups in this contest. They clearly put a lot of thought and energy into what they did, as well. The creativity and the participation from all of the merchants was outstanding and helped to make downtown festive and ready for the holiday season,” stated Chris Chandler, Chair of the Believe in Bristol Design Committee.

The prize awarded was a plaque to showcase the win and $100 to Piedmont Station! The window display will remain up throughout the holiday season. Thank you to everyone that participated, we look forward to seeing what you come up with next year! Style Boutique is located at 606 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620.

Photo by Randall Dalton.

Downtown Bristol Events

Turkey on the Mat! Yoga Workshop

November 27 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Have you eaten too much turkey? Need a little energy boost? Join Nicole Putnam and Wellness Yoga to give thanks and share a feast of feathers with the yogi community on the mat! It will be a fun and challenging class themed with many of the ‘bird’ poses in yoga and an attitude of gratitude! All levels are welcome!

Cost: $10

Phone 276-644-3086 to sign up!

Black Friday with the Corklickers & Friends

November 27 | KP

Celebrate Black Friday with KP, the Corklickers & Friends!

Menu Features
Fresh Oysters
Peel & Eat Shrimp

Billy Crawford Band

November 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube

The Billy Crawford Band will play Quaker Steak and Lube November 27th.

About Billy Crawford Band
Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee/Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise.
The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.

For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. He gave up the road in 2002, when his wife gave birth to their son. Turns out, son Tyler is a little guitar hotshot, too.

But his daddy still has something to say. His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style.

Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics. Go to to hear and see more and find out when the band is playing in your town.

Small Business Saturday

November 28 | Downtown Bristol

Believe in Bristol will host the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on November 28th to support small businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Believe in Bristol is pleased to be part of Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the greater Bristol area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Saturday. Stop by to support small businesses and pick up some unique gifts for the holidays. Shoppers can also expect to receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons as well as special sales and promotions from: Misty Mountain Designs, Southern Churn, Cranberry Lane, Studio 6, LC King Factory Store, Phyl’s of Bristol, Goodman Jewelers, Shoozies, Style Boutique, Serendipity, Be.Ella, Abingdon Olive Oil Company and more!

American Express created the Neighborhood Champion program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, The Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Supporting Small Business Saturday is a wonderful way to show your love to our local mom and pop shops,” says Christina Blevins, Believe in Bristol Executive Director. “Shopping locally keeps money here in our community and it’s one of the most important things you can do as a Bristolian is support Bristol!”

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on Consumers can also visit the site to find small businesses to shop at on Small Business Saturday. For questions or more information about Small Business Saturday, visit or call 276-644-9700.

The New Familiars: A Tribute to Levon Helm

November 28 | Paramount Center for the Arts

A fixture at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion since 2006, NC's Americana rockers, The New Familiars, bring their 4th Annual Tribute To Levon Helm to Bristol's Paramount Theater this November 28th. In 2010, the band opened for the legendary Levon Helm at his Knight Theatre performance in Charlotte, NC during the Dirt Farmer Tour. After Levon's passing, The New Familiars created a tribute set packed with favorites from The Band and beyond to pay homage to one of their heroes.The New Familiars hosted a tribute to Levon at the Rhythm & Roots in 2013 and were joined by guests from The Black Lillies, Bus Driver Tour, Whiskey Gentry and more. Expect the 28th to be packed with special guests, true to "Last Waltz" form, and the music to span all of Levon's career.

$5 discount with student ID!

Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting

November 30 | Cumberland Square Park

Bristol’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event showcases the site’s nearly 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and its younger counterpart, a 25-foot Douglas Fir. BVU technicians decorate the pair with thousands of warm-white Christmas lights – about 30,000 of them – for a dramatic and joyous display.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with music from Reagan Boggs, refreshments, a visit from the John S. Battle High School Marching Band, and members of the WCYB team. The twin-city mayors will turn on the lights to the trees at approximately 7:00 pm.

2015 is BVU’s 10th consecutive year as the event sponsor. In addition to BVU, Lowe’s of Bristol helped provide lights for the tree.

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Latin Dance classes by B. J. Golliday

Wednesdays 6:30 — 8pm | Bristol Ballet

Beginners and experienced dancers can have fun learning Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, Merengue, and Bachata Tango. A great way to get fit! $10/person, pay at the door.

Phyl's Seasonal Hours

Through the Holidays

Phyl's is pleased to announce their Christmas Holiday Work Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11-7
Sunday: 1-5

Birthplace of Country Music's Holiday Savings Event

November 27-29 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Click here to view holiday specials.

Wm. King Clothiers Holiday Hours

Through the Holidays | Wm. King Clothiers

Wm. King Clothiers is excited to celebrate our 35th Christmas season in Downtown Bristol! We are proud to be a part of this community and enjoy being located in the vibrant and upbeat State Street shopping district.

For your convenience we have extended our holiday hours and are now open Wednesdays from 9:00 – 5:30 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 – 5:00pm. Our store is filled with classic clothing for ladies and gentlemen as well as special accoutrements that you will not find on every street corner.

We invite you to visit us and see our curated collection of great looking merchandise. We look forward to seeing you soon and being of service to you.

Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving: Closed
Monday – Friday: 9:00 to 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 to 5:00 pm

We will be closed December 25th and 26th.

For updates & gift ideas, please visit and click on “Holiday Happenings.”

Happy Thanksgiving!