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2017 Bristol Train Station Calendars Now Available

The Bristol Train Station is one of the city‘s most photographed landmarks and now some of the best photos are available in a calendar. Bristol Train Station invited photographers of all skill levels to submit photographs of the Train Station to the calendar contest. A committee of judges selected their twelve favorites for the calendar along with one image for the cover. The chosen photos and photographers information will also be on display in the Train Station in 2017.

2017 Bristol Train Station calendars are available for purchase at the Bristol Train Station office (business hours Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) and at YWCA Bristol, 106 State Street. The calendars are $10 each and proceeds from the calendar benefit the Bristol Train Station. For more information about the Bristol Train Station Calendar, please contact Brittany Sullivan at

Believe in Bristol Announces 4th Annual Entrepreneur Grants Program — Training and $60,000 in Grant Money will be awarded!

For the fourth year, Believe in Bristol will continue to build on their downtown entrepreneurial program. Thanks to a grant partnership with the Tennessee Main Street Entrepreneur Grant, the Virginia Community Business Launch Program and Wells Fargo, Believe in Bristol will facilitate the largest grants given to date with the 2017 Entrepreneur Grants Program.

18 total applicants with interesting ideas will be selected for a 9 week CO.STARTERS training class; 9 Tennessee-based new businesses or expansions and 9 Virginia-based new businesses or expansions.

Applicants will be notified by Thursday, January 19th if they are selected to move forward with the interview process. Applicant interviews will be scheduled the week of January 23 – 27, 2017.

The grant money is contingent on all of the below requirements being met:

  • Opening or expending a business in the Historic Main Street District of Downtown Bristol VA or TN.
  • Participation and attendance in a 9-week training course called CO.STARTERS (materials and classes provided by BIB), class schedule can be found online at
  • Becoming 1 of the top 6 business selected by a panel of judges during the final pitch day event on April, 22, 2017.
  • Opening or expanding your existing business by September 30, 2017 as all funds must be disbursed by Dec 15, 2017 or the grant will not be executed.
  • This reimbursement grant maybe used for property ownership, leased space, business licenses, professional training, utilities, computer equipment, restaurant equipment, and/or other business supplies. A formal request to Believe in Bristol along with documentation will be required for all reimbursements.

A Shark Tank style pitch event will be held the last day of class. Judges from all walks of local entrepreneurialism will score contestants and the winners will be announced that day.

Applicants may apply online at or in person at the Believe in Bristol office located at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA.

Happy New Year from Believe in Bristol!

Happy New Year from Believe in Bristol! Please remember us for your year-end contributions 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.

Follow the link to view our 2015-16 Annual Organizational Report make a donation: Support Believe in Bristol

For more information, contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or We hope to hear from you soon!

Downtown Bristol Events

John the Revelator

December 29 | O'Mainnin's Pub

John the Revelator is the solo project of Jake Garrett. Jake is more known for his blues rock trio MasonJar Menagerie and his newly founded record label, DeepRoots Family Records and Productions. Along with MasonJar, Jake plays with 6 other bands regularly. Many of which, he writes the music for. Jake has been writing songs for over a decade, compiling 100’s of songs. John the Revelator acts an outlet for these numerous songs that he isn’t using with other projects.

Open Heart for the New Year Workshop

December 31 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Finish up your 2016 with a rejuvenating yoga practice that will help you end the year with an open heart and mindful awareness. Moving through life with an open heart and mind can cultivate abundance in your life in all the right ways. This practice will be both challenging and restorative as we work through a practice to nourish and enrich our mental, physical, and energetic selves. We will end with a guided meditation and prepare ourselves for another wondrous year to come.

Register by signing up on Wellness Yoga's Facebook event page, in the studio or by calling 276-644-3086 and leaving a message.

Cost: $11

New Year's Eve featuring Food & Beverage pairings, music & more

December 31 | Studio Brew

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Studio Brew! Featuring food and beverage pairings and music by The Diamonds and Gerald Sheppard.

Virginia Ground's New Year's Eve 2016-2017 Reunion Show

December 31 | Bristol Train Station

Get your tickets by visiting or at 21 & Up Event!

About Virginia Ground
A unique sound from this five member acoustic band with songs ranging from drivin' rock to sultry ballads. More sound from an acoustic six-string, a bull fiddle, and a harmonica than seems legal, forming a style that's just Virginia Ground.

Virginia Ground is an eclectic acoustic band comprised of talents from Glade Spring, Abingdon and Bristol, Virginia. Band members include lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jamen Denton and brother Justin Denton on the drums. Vocalists Jon McGlocklin, Ben Smith with harmonica, and Joshua Young playing the double bass round out the energetic show performed by this unique quintet. The band strives to appeal to a wide variety of music lovers. Their musical style encompasses original songs to timeless favorites by renowned artists in blue grass, rock, blues, country and folk ballads. Virginia Ground's music is influenced by the likes of Dylan, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Old Crow Medicine Show to name a few. Audiences explode with enthusiasm when the band performs songs with Appalachian interests.

Before the Storm

December 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub

With two talented guitarists, three part harmonies, and a tight rhythm section Before the Storm will play that song you love from the 90's and 2000's. Or even last week.

Also Coming Up

John the Revelator
December 29 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Open Heart for the New Year Workshop
December 31 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
New Year's Eve featuring Food & Beverage pairings, music & more
December 31 | Studio Brew
Virginia Ground's New Year's Eve 2016-2017 Reunion Show
December 31 | Bristol Train Station
Before the Storm
December 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 6 | Virginia High School
Slightly Slanted Sideways
January 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Farm & Fun Time: Luke Bell, The Farmer & Adele
January 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Below 7
January 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
East Tennessee PBS presents "Victoria"
January 14 | Paramount Center for the Arts
First Time Home Buyer Seminar
January 19 | Believe in Bristol Office
Ryan Ward
January 19 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Sugar Lime Blue
January 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Exit 23
January 27 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Emporium Presents The Black Jacket Symphony: Queen's A Night at the Opera
January 28 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Grand Ole Uproar
January 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
February 2 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Big Spring Entertainment Presents: An Evening With Travis Tritt
February 4 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Ryan Ward
February 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Jokes On You Comedy Tour w/ special guests Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson
February 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Ryan Ward
April 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Tanya Tucker — Benefit Performance for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy
April 21 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Triumphant Quartet
May 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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