Guest Blogger Julie Markowitz, director of Staunton Downtown Development Association, started with Main Street in 2006, armed with 10 years of experience in mall marketing and promotions. Staunton Downtown Development Association is delighted to host the first inaugural Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections workshop in Staunton, Virginia on July 11-13, 2016.
Welcome to Staunton, Main Street friends! I am so excited to have all of you here in our fair city. I hope you get a chance to enjoy shopping, grab a locally-brewed beer or a glass of wine or experience one of Monday’s field sessions, so you can enjoy all of the new businesses and cultural happenings that Staunton has to offer.
We tried to select some activities that will give you a chance to relax, wander aournd and get acclimated before the event begins. Like most Main streets, Mondays are quiet, but there is still plenty to do in and around downtown. If you want to grab lunch or dinner on Monday, here are some options:
- American Café (lunch only)
- Baja Bean Company
- Bricks Restaurant and Pub (dinner only)
- Byers Street Bistro
- Cranberry’s Grocery and Eatery (lunch only)
- Clocktower Restaurant and Bar
- Depot Grille, Mill Street Grill (dinner only)
- Sorrell’s Lounge at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel
- The Split Banana for locally-sourced gelato
There are several different areas for shopping and site seeing within our downtown. You can start by checking out the train station, then climb the stairs to the Sears Hill Bridge for the best view of downtown. After the view, wind your way down to the Wharf and the Byers and Lewis Streets shops, where you will find Sunspots Studios and Glassblowing. Walk a short block past Wilderness Adventure to the Lewis Creek Market, then double-back to Pufferbellies Toys and Books and the shops on Beverley Street. End your stroll by heading up Augusta Street to visit LTD 7, a unique, cooperative gift store.
You will get your exercise and along the way, you will find charming shops and restaurants, beautiful views and friendly people. I hope you enjoy your visit to Staunton!
Get the complete list of stores and a handy map here.