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Downtown Staunton’s Five Best Places for Nightlife

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere both upstairs and down in the pub area. Fun place to catch live music on the weekends too. This has been my go to spot, if I’m in the area, for the past ten years.

This is a series of three articles which will highlight the best of downtown Staunton, per traveler reviews.

When you’re visiting Staunton and seeking a nightcap with a side of city vibe, these are the places to check out. You’ll mix with locals and other travelers – business, leisure, alumni – and you’ll soon understand why this city is one of Virginia’s most beloved. Cheers to good times, new friends, and Staunton.

Brick’s Restaurant and Pub – 4 stars – Pizza, Bar, Italian
Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Brick’s is a good place to unwind. As Rod O. from Charlottesville wrote in his Yelp review, “Is it a sports bar? It could be, maybe, though it seems like a comfortable place to relax! I could give this pizza no less than 4 1/2 stars!” Local Chris H. recommends Brick’s calling it a “great local hangout … the pizza is addictive!” Claudia H. from nearby Verona dubbed it a “pizza dive bar,” which is not a negative comment by any means, as she went on to write that it’s “a great new addition to downtown Staunton.” Come as you are, shoot pool, get a homemade pizza, cheese fries, calzone, or wings, and wash it down with a Devils Backbone Vienna Lager or Pabst Blue Ribbon, whichever way your taste leads.

The Pompei Lounge – 3 stars – Lounge, Italian
Located within and above Emilio’s Italian Restaurant, Pompei is open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Head upstairs after an excellent meal at Emilio’s and enjoy a Lemon Drop Martini (Yelp reviewers recommend it) with live tunes. When it’s warm, you’ll love the view from the rooftop terrace. There’s always something going on at The Pompei Lounge.
“… a great local place that felt as much like a house party as a bar, with plenty of little nooks, crannies, rooms and terraces (seriously, it felt as though this place went on forever!) to make a night of it with a good group of friends …” -Maki P., Seattle, WA
“Holy crap, this place rocks! Excellent atmosphere, attentive staff, kickass bartenders!” -a love note from Vinyl Rob on The Pompei Lounge Facebook page

ALSO SEE: Downtown Staunton’s 10 Best Places to Dine

Yelping Dog Wine – 4 stars – Wine Bar, Sandwiches
A wine and cheese shop open until 9 p.m. (10 on Fridays and Saturdays), Yelping Dog is decidedly low-key and chill with live music from time to time. Order a cheese plate or gourmet grilled cheese and ask for the perfect wine pairing.
“Hands down my favorite place to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening!” -Erin M., Fort Defiance, VA

Byers Street Bistro – 4 stars – Music Venue, American (New)
Count on a lively band every Saturday night at Byers Street Bistro. Open until midnight, you can sample a range of draught Virginia craft beers with appetizers like fried green tomatoes, smoked bacon and corn hushpuppies, and Chesapeake crab cakes.
“The restaurant has a nice atmosphere both upstairs and down in the pub area.  Fun place to catch live music on the weekends too.  This has been my go to spot, if I’m in the area, for the past ten years.” -Jesse V., Winchester, VA

What is your favorite fine dining, nightlife, dive, or café in Staunton? Head to Yelp and leave a review, plus fill in the missing details for each: hours, outdoor seating, etc. Share your knowledge and #LOVEStaunton.

Downtown Staunton’s 10 Best Places to Dine

Staunton’s culinary scene is diverse and delicious, according to diner feedback on Yelp. Dishes from the most highly rated restaurants span the globe, but “fresh and local” is the primary theme of what you might be missing in Staunton.

This is a series of three articles which will highlight the best of downtown Staunton, per traveler reviews.

Staunton’s culinary scene is diverse and delicious, according to diner feedback on Yelp. Dishes from the most highly rated restaurants span the globe, but “fresh and local” is the primary theme of what you’ll find in Staunton.

Sera_Petras_Photography_Zynodoa-51Zynodoa – 4.5 stars – New American
This gem has risen to the top because of the constantly changing menu. Entrée options rely on local farmers and purveyors, so you may not experience the same meal twice, or at least, not for a while. A new reason to go? Taste what chef Ryan Zale is up to since his appearance on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”
“Small town dining that gives big cities a run for the money!” -Chris S., San Francisco, CA

Mill Street Grill – 4 stars – New American
 It may be the on-the-house peppermint ice cream that seals the deal for many diners, but others do rave about specific menu items like the ribs, which are a Mill Street staple. Dining at MSG has become a tradition for many traveling through or visiting the area.
“The ribs are done KC style and done perfectly – the meat just fell right off the bone.” -Tiffany L., Fremont, CA

Byers Street Bistro – 4 stars – New American
People love the patio at BSB, and they love that their dogs are welcome there, too. The menu features fresh new spins on southern favorites, and varying genres of bands keep things hopping on Friday and Saturday nights.
“I especially love their creative takes on classic southern dishes (chicken and waffles with an orange chile syrup, yes please!).” -Amanda M., Baltimore, MD

Nu-Beginning Farm Store – 4.5 stars – Café
Don’t be fooled by the name or the façade. Nu-Beginning Farm Store (The Store) is a café Yelpers love to yelp about. Local producers are listed on the chalkboard so that visitors know exactly where their meal is sourced.
“… the place that makes the hummus I crave …” -D’oh D., Washington, DC

AioliAioli – 4.5 stars – Mediterranean
Aioli is a beautiful restaurant with beautifully presented, flavorful food. France, Italy, and Spain are represented in Chef Said Rahfiri’s menu, as well as on his beverage list.
“The crab cake ‘killed’ … this is not just food.  This is artistry.” -Ranzo T., St. Petersburg, FL

The Shack – 4.5 stars – New American
James Beard nominated chef and owner Ian Boden is all about food and perhaps less about venue. Simple, it feels like going to grandma’s house with love-worn place settings and family photos on the wall. Why so simple? Perhaps it’s to direct your undivided attention to your meal. Make reservations for this 26 seater; it’s popular for food critics and those of us who want something good to eat.
“Had a killer brunch – biscuits with rabbit gravy and a softshell crab po’boy that made me swoon.” -Corey A., Louisville, KY

The Depot Grille – 4 stars – Traditional American
The Depot is located in a 1902 train station (fitting, huh?). You’ll love the old details of the place – the original floors, reclaimed wooden church pews for booths, and a deliciously intricate bar from the Ten Eyck Hotel (1918) in Albany, NY. You’ll definitely want a cocktail in a setting like this.
“The burger special with bourbon bacon jam (oh yes) and the prime rib sandwich with chipotle queso were excellent.” – Candi W., Midlothian, VA

Ubon Thai Victorian Restaurant Inn – 4 stars – Thai
A most unique mash-up, Ubon Thai is located in a functioning Victorian Inn (yes, you can stay the night!). Choose from a generous menu and then dictate which level of heat your palate will withstand.
“We ordered spring rolls (fried) for appetizer, they were the best homemade ones I have ever tasted.” -Judy W., Little Rock, AR

Taste of India – 4 stars – Indian
The elegant presentation of Taste of India is perfectly complemented by the warm, attentive staff. Many people love the buffet, as it’s the best way to sample a little bit of everything this authentic Indian restaurant has to offer.
“My favorite dish was the goat curry.  I’ve traveled to India on many occasions … including Northern India as far as Dehradun, and A Taste of India knocks it out of the ball park for tasty and affordable Indian cuisine in Staunton, VA.” -Jerry C., Nellysford, VA

It’s your turn. Head over to Yelp to tell the world all about your favorite restaurants and their dishes.

A Haven For Textile Artists

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton is a natural gathering place for makers and crafters of all stripes. If you’re always on the lookout for a new local yarn shop or unique lengths of fabric, Staunton has just what you’re looking for. Vintage bits, yarn treasure-trove and unique fiber arts Tucked just a few blocks north of … Continue reading A Haven For Textile Artists

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton is a natural gathering place for makers and crafters of all stripes. If you’re always on the lookout for a new local yarn shop or unique lengths of fabric, Staunton has just what you’re looking for.

Vintage bits, yarn treasure-trove and unique fiber arts

Tucked just a few blocks north of historic Beverley Street, Ragalia is a true find that will fill any crafter with glee. Judi Jones, proprietress, has spent decades as maker and shopkeeper. Visit Ragailia and hunt through piles of unusual fabrics, vintage clothing, notions, baskets of yarn and an eclectic collection of needles, cases and buttons. Judi, a maker herself, works in a variety of textiles and is always up for a chat while you check out her finished knitted garments, hooked rugs and felted projects.

ragalia
Clockwise from upper left | charming facade, a basketful of fiber, tons of unique textiles, embroidery and quilt hoops
Ragalia | 713 North Augusta | Facebook

A local yarn shop with a bit extra

My Yarn Stash is a new and welcome addition to downtown Staunton. Previously located in Monterey, Virginia, this cozy yarn shop boasts a wide offering of yarns, needles and notions, plus a back room of quilting fabrics. Curl up in one of the armchairs and check out the book selection while chatting with owners, Emily and Theresa Wagner.

If you’re lucky enough to live near Staunton, check out one of the knitting classes on the schedule. And if you’re just passing through, stop by and be sure to leave with a ball of yarn to remember your trip to Staunton!

yarn
Upper left | Emily Wagner, manager, My Yarn Stash
My Yarn Stash | 16 West Beverley Street | Facebook

Nineteen years and counting all the quilts!

Rachel’s Quilt Patch is celebrating 19 years of helping Staunton stay cozy with a wide selection of quilt fabrics and notions, along with gift items like soaps and a stash of embroidery and sewing thread.

Stop by Rachel’s and help with the celebration! On Saturdays in January get in on gift basket drawings by spending at least $19. Even if you miss out on the drawing, get a free fat quarter and shop pin with each $19 purchase. Anniversary festivities will wrap up on the 23rd as Rachel’s celebrates Local Quilt Shop Day, a national celebration. Stop by for refreshments, discounts and a one day sale on select bolts ($5 yard.) For more information on anniversary festivities, check out Facebook.

rachels quilt patch
Clockwise from upper left | The 3rd generation helps out with some sale signage to celebrate 19 years in business, lovely shop filled with wonderful fabrics, great selection of solids, shop kitty watches over the proceedings
Rachel’s Quilt Patch | 40 Middlebrook Avenue | Facebook

But that’s not all! There’s plenty more for crafters to check out while visiting Staunton.

Last Minute Christmas In Staunton

The days are ticking by ’till Santa hops down the chimney, but there’s still plenty of time for last minute shopping, date nights and family outings in Staunton! Whether your searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for the men in your life, looking for a girls night out or ready to pack the kids in … Continue reading Last Minute Christmas In Staunton

The days are ticking by ’till Santa hops down the chimney, but there’s still plenty of time for last minute shopping, date nights and family outings in Staunton! Whether your searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for the men in your life, looking for a girls night out or ready to pack the kids in the car and check out some holiday lights… Staunton’s the place to be!

Man-gifts for the men in your life…

While a lot of the following ideas will work for the men AND women in your lives, we know how tricky it can get to find fun stocking stuffers for hard-to-shop-men! So we brought along a vetting committee of one, enthusiastic husband who pointed out all the cool stuff he’d like to see under the tree Christmas morning.

Head outdoors… and get some history while you’re doing it!

Nestled, as it is, between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain chains, Staunton is home to plenty of outdoor enthusiasts as well as an amazing source for cool gear – Wilderness Adventure. We stopped by for a quick chat with the staff and then wandered around snapping a few photos for our gift ideas.

Not only is Wilderness Adventure a great place to find stocking stuffers – how’s wool socks in the stockings grab you? – but there’s also an amazing museum on the second floor filled with a collection of Virginia history ranging all the way back to the paleolithic era curated from the owner’s collection.

Wilderness Adventure
Wilderness Adventure is ready for Christmas!
Wilderness Adventure
Starting top left | Wool socks, guidebooks, camping accessories and the Wilderness Adventure museum of Virginia History

Wilderness Adventure Outfitters | 50 Middlebrook Avenue | Facebook

Books and music

Next up in the last-minute gift whirlwind is Black Swan Books and Music. This beautifully restored space is home to an eclectic collection of rare and used books and vinyl. Of particular interest to our personal-shopper-husband reference was the aisle of musical biographies right next to the vinyl collection. Black Swan is a great place to hang out, flipping through your potential book purchases, and if you’re looking for a great date night, be sure to follow them on Facebook and stop by during one of the many nights of live entertainment.

Black Swan
Black Swan rare books and music
From upper left | Cozy up on the sofa, an aisle of musical biographies, great vinyl selection, rare books
From upper left | Cozy up on the sofa, an aisle of musical biographies, rare books, great vinyl selection

Black Swan | 1 East Beverley | Facebook

Cigars and Fine Accouterments for Gentlemen

The Beverley Cigar store is a great place for gifts for the gentlemen in your life! From cigars and accessories, to canes, shoes, hats and more… There’s a lounge open to customers as well, so this makes a great resting place if part of your group wants to kick back and watch the scene on Staunton’s historic Beverley Street for a bit while you finish up your holiday shopping…

The Beverley Cigar Store
The Beverley Cigar Store
The Beverley Cigar Store
From top left | cigars, lighters, pipes and tobacco, cutting tools

Holiday Fun In Staunton

Whew! Done with your Christmas List and ready for some fun holiday bonding? We’ve got just the thing!

Celebration of Holiday Lights at Gypsy Hill Park

This long-running community light display transforms Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park to a fairy land beginning every Thanksgiving through New Years. Over 214 acres of the park are filled with lighted displays best viewed from the car and free to the public.

Gypsy Hill Park
Photo courtesy of Justin T. Arthur | Facebook

Christmas at the Blackfriars

During the holidays, Staunton’s beloved Blackfriars Theater takes a delightful turn! For the traditional Christmas tale, check out Charles Dicken’s The Christmas Carol, a beloved yearly event. Looking for some Christmas laughs? Then make sure to go see Every Christmas Carol Ever Told (And Then Some!)

 

 

Hidden Gems in the Queen City

With a nickname like ‘Queen City’, visitors to Staunton can expect to unearth a hidden treasure of sparkles while whiling away the day soaking in a bit of history! From funky handmade bracelets to vintage finds, estate jewelry or high end bridal sets, our fair city is bursting with gems for every budget and taste! … Continue reading Hidden Gems in the Queen City

With a nickname like ‘Queen City’, visitors to Staunton can expect to unearth a hidden treasure of sparkles while whiling away the day soaking in a bit of history! From funky handmade bracelets to vintage finds, estate jewelry or high end bridal sets, our fair city is bursting with gems for every budget and taste!

History in the Making

Staunton is home to not one, but TWO traditional jewelry shops representing over 170 years of home-grown tradition.

Crown Jewelers (6 East Beverley) has been a mainstay since the 1960’s. The shop is home to a wide selection of bridal and new sparkles, gold, silver and watches as well as being a Premier Gold Dealer for Troll Beads. In addition to all the cool, new stuff, Crown Jewelers offers a wide selection of estate jewelry from platinum wedding bands to bracelets to pocket knives. Stop by for a free ring cleaning and ask about the monthly giveaway.

crown jewelers
Crown Jewelers

When you’re done checking out the estate offerings at Crown, head down the street to H.L. Lang and Co. Established in 1885, this old-school standby is dripping with history and charm – and an amazing original interior – coupled with new-school jewelry designs. Stop by and check out the hand-engraved work of co-owner Katie Spurlock; like custom Staunton charms or check out some of the new innovative lines brought in by Katie and her sister Alison Fitzgerald.

HL Lang
HL Lang

[Crown Jewelers | 6 East Beverley | Facebook]

[H.L. Lang | 11 West Beverley | Facebook]


An Artisan Collective

If funky, is more your style, we’ve got you covered. Staunton is home to a gang of talented artists who have joined forces at Pretty Pretty (110 East Beverley Street.) This cozy shop is tucked into a storefront and chock full of handmade pretties created from beads, minerals, vintage pieces and more. This is THE place to stop if you’re on the hunt for one-of-a-kind finds. For those close by, Pretty Pretty is on call for repairs on beaded jewelry and they are happy to keep a wish list on file to make gift buying easier for you or the loved ones in your life!

Pretty Pretty
Pretty Pretty

[Pretty Pretty | 110 East Beverley | Facebook]


Made in America

Passionate about buying local? So is the team at Made; A Modern Day General Store (15 East Beverley Street.) This shop boasts a wide selection of clothes, gifts and more – all sourced from materials and sources made primarily in the United States. If you’re looking to add to your jewelry hoard (or are buying a present for a sparkly-loving family member or friend) be sure to stop by Made; and check out the selection of home-grown earrings, bracelets and necklaces!

Made;
Made;

[Made; | 15 East Beverley | Facebook]

Hidden Gems
Where to find Staunton’s Hidden Gems

Staunton and Harrisonburg Featured in “The Local Palate” magazine! #LOVEstaunton

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Sept/Oct 2015 issue of The Local Palate

Vintage and Upcycled Shopping in Downtown Staunton

From estate finds to antique treasures, Staunton is known as a destination for collectors. And in the past few years, our classic antique shops have been enhanced by a new crop of fun vintage and upcycled shops. Whether it’s retro fashion or funky furniture, we’ve got just what you’re looking for!  Fashion Finds Are you … Continue reading Vintage and Upcycled Shopping in Downtown Staunton

From estate finds to antique treasures, Staunton is known as a destination for collectors. And in the past few years, our classic antique shops have been enhanced by a new crop of fun vintage and upcycled shops. Whether it’s retro fashion or funky furniture, we’ve got just what you’re looking for! 

Fashion Finds

Are you on the hunt for 70’s go-go boots, a 60’s sheath or perhaps a prairie-style petticoat from the 1880’s? Then your first stop should be Retro & Me (located at 17 East Beverley, 2nd floor.) Retro & Me is packed full of vintage frocks, trousers, tops, nighties, boots, heels, costume jewelry and a ginormous selection of deadstock sunnies (for you vintage newbies out there, dead stock is vintage gear that was never sold the first time around – it’s ‘new’ old stuff!) The shop takes up most of the 2nd floor of one of downtown Staunton’s lovely 19th century buildings.

Bonus!! On your way up to Retro & Me, take your time to check out the first floor, home of 17 E. Beverley Antiques. 17 is home to a classic antique shop, with a few vendors who specialize in estate and costume jewelry, fashions and a fine collection of mid-century pin-up artwork.

Retro and Me

Retro & Me | 17 East Beverley 2nd Floor | Facebook | Etsy

17 East Beverley Antiques | 17 East Beverley 1st Floor | Facebook

The Vintage Home

Staunton is a great destination for vintage and antique lovers on the hunt for fresh ‘new’ decor for their homes!

First up, just up the street from Retro & Me, check out The Staunton Antique Center. This is the go-to place in downtown Staunton for a classic, stuffed-to-the-gills destination filled with the perfect treasures to finish your home! Super easy to find, The Staunton Antiques Center is the one with the piano out front… if you’re lucky you might catch some of the local talent playing for the passersby!

If the shabby, mix-n-match vibe is your thing, then head down Beverley to Sweet P’s. Located in a vintage auto showroom, Sweet P’s offers an eclectic selection of furniture, accessories and a sweet, sweet candy counter.

Sweet P

 

The Staunton Antiques Center | 19 West Beverley Street | Facebook

Sweet P’s | 800 West Beverley Street | Facebook

Cool, Creative and Upcycled

Head back down Beverley Street and you’ll find a new addition to downtown Staunton, Cherish Every Moment. This shop, originally located in nearby Churchville, is a favorite of visitors and locals alike, having won Virginia Living’s 2015 Best Home Decor and Best Interior Design awards. Cherish Every Moment specializes in primitive and country style home décor with an amazing line of funky upcycled treasures such as old doors turned to tables and corner shelves or benches made from old beds. The shop is a family affair, with even the boys (ages 9 & 12) chipping in with their upcycled nightlights made from Vienna Sausage cans!

Upcycled Finds

Cherish Every Moment | 13 East Beverley | Facebook

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4 (and a half) Places to Shop for a Book Lover in Staunton

The holidays are almost here! Downtown Staunton is the perfect place to shop for your loved ones during the holiday season. Our quaint, walkable downtown, coupled with our friendly shopkeepers and delicious restaurants, offers a low-key, stress-free holiday shopping experience. Our first in a series of downtown holiday shopping guides, here we’ll share with you … Continue reading 4 (and a half) Places to Shop for a Book Lover in Staunton

The holidays are almost here! Downtown Staunton is the perfect place to shop for your loved ones during the holiday season. Our quaint, walkable downtown, coupled with our friendly shopkeepers and delicious restaurants, offers a low-key, stress-free holiday shopping experience.

Black Swan Books by Allison Profeta
Black Swan Books by Allison Profeta

Our first in a series of downtown holiday shopping guides, here we’ll share with you four and a half stores where you can find the perfect gift for the bibliophiles you love. That’s right! Four and a half . . . because you may not know this, but Staunton has a secret aisle of books that most people may not know exists! Check it out:

  1. Get comfy at Black Swan Books: Located at 1 East Beverley Street, in downtown Staunton, Black Swan books offers a wide selection of mostly used books – general interest, as well as a focus on local authors, history, and art. Black Swan also offers a children’s section that features standard and collectible fare, as well as a music section with CD’s from local musicians and records from popular artists. Browse their art gallery, curl up in one of their cozy nooks, and enjoy watching the bustle of downtown Staunton go by their large picture windows. Gift certificates available.
  2. Browse Bookworks: Selling the latest bestsellers, as well as eclectic gifts, Bookworks is a fun, family friendly book
    Bookworks by Allison Profeta
    Bookworks by Allison Profeta

    store. Located at 101 West Beverley Street in downtown Staunton, you’ll find sections devoted to popular culture (Dr. Who fans take note!) as well as local history and authors. Owner Ron Ramsey also places special orders for customers. Gift certificates available.

  3. Discover Barrister Books: It looks a bit like a magical trip down Diagon Alley. Turn down narrow Barristers Row from either Augusta Street or New Street, and smack dab in the middle you will find Barrister Books. This bright, cozy book shop features an eclectic mix of old, used, and rare books, as well as local art. Gift certificates are available – and are provided on beautiful, old post cards!
  4. Play along with Pufferbellies Toys and Books: Across from Staunton’s historic Wharf District, at 15 W Johnson Street, you will find a children’s paradise! Lovingly curated by Susan and Erin Blanton, this mother/daughter team put to
    Pufferbellies Toys & Books Story Time
    Courtesy of Pufferbellies Toys & Books

    good use their experience as a children’s librarian and editor, respectively. Here you can discover the most popular children’s authors. From classics to the bestsellers list, their selection will guarantee you a choice to please the littlest readers on your list!

And a half . . . Love visiting a new place and feeling like a local? Here’s a secret only a Staunton expert would know! Visit Worthington Hardware, an old-fashioned antique store, at 26 West Beverley Street in downtown Staunton. Walk in the door and proceed straight back until you almost can’t go any further. Make a left, and walk until you cannot go any further. Turn left and you will find yourself in a secret book aisle! It’s dimly lit and quiet and feels a bit like you stepped into some sort of book Narnia! The shelves extend floor to ceiling and are stocked with a wide selection of used books that you can spend hours sorting through. A unique Staunton shopping experience!

This holiday season, visit downtown Staunton for a holiday shopping experience like no other!

Written and photographed by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider

Queen City Fire Circus Lights Up Staunton

Staunton, Virginia proudly hosts thousands of artists in our city, both as residents and business owners. However, none light up the city as brightly as the Queen City Fire Circus performers. Formed about four years ago, the fire circus consists of a group of local performers who spin, throw, and swallow fire in their exciting … Continue reading Queen City Fire Circus Lights Up Staunton

Queen City Fire CircusStaunton, Virginia proudly hosts thousands of artists in our city, both as residents and business owners. However, none light up the city as brightly as the Queen City Fire Circus performers. Formed about four years ago, the fire circus consists of a group of local performers who spin, throw, and swallow fire in their exciting performances throughout the city of Staunton.

Frequently performing in our famous downtown Wharf District parking lot, the Queen City Fire Circus delights audiences who gather around the lot to watch this well-known local spectacle. After lighting various objects aflame, they twirl and spin their way through the captive imaginations of the audience. Each performance varies a bit, and you can usually see them performing with a variety of flaming objects, including hula hoops and nun-chucks.

Performances combine elements of dance, acrobatics, and theatre and the performers themselves hail from a variety of backgrounds. With experience that ranges from color guard to marital arts experts, the Queen City Fire Circus Performers each bring a different flair to the their individual performances.

Staunton’s fire spinners have become a popular staple at our monthly downtown Fourth Friday Night vibes, evenings where performers roam the streets of downtown Staunton while businesses host special savings offers and events. In addition, you can frequently catch the Queen City Fire Circus performing at some of Staunton’s popular street fairs. They always bring an element of surprise and wonder to every performance!

Article written and photographed by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider

Staunton Welcomes Fall With Bike Festival and Street Party

Every year, during the third weekend in October, Staunton hosts the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival. This year, from October 17 – 19, 2014, Staunton is pleased to announce a new street party held in conjunction with the bike festival to welcome cyclists from near and far to downtown Staunton! Recently featured in U.S. News … Continue reading Staunton Welcomes Fall With Bike Festival and Street Party

riders (3)Every year, during the third weekend in October, Staunton hosts the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival. This year, from October 17 – 19, 2014, Staunton is pleased to announce a new street party held in conjunction with the bike festival to welcome cyclists from near and far to downtown Staunton!

Recently featured in U.S. News and World Report, this two day cycling event, last year, attracted approximately 650 bike enthusiasts from 14 different states and two foreign countries. This year it promises to be even more popular! Our street party, which is open to the public at no charge, will feature live musical performances, as well as delicious food from downtown vendors and restaurants.

riders 2 (4)The bicycle ride begins Saturday morning, after Friday evening’s registration, at Shelburne Middle School. Bicyclists are able to choose from a variety of trails and routes, situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, based on individual ability and the type of bike being ridden. Along each route riders are met with volunteers from area youth groups, such as 4H Clubs, church organizations, and Boys and Girls scouting packs who serve food and drinks that are provided by the bike festival organizers.

The street party, which begins at 5:30 PM on the evening of Saturday, October 18, 2014, offers riders and residents a chance to enjoy a gorgeous, fall evening here on historic West Beverley Street in Staunton. An entire city block will be closed to traffic, offering a fun, safe event for children as well as adults. Staunton loves welcoming visitors to our city. We can’t wait to see you there!

Written by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider