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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

An International Adventure – A Hometown Welcome!

Good Times, Tastes & Traditions; featuring Farming in the Valley returns to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA on Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, 2014.  $15 – Advanced Tasting Tickets / $10 – Non – Tasting Tickets / $6 – Children’s Tickets. Dabble in the 5 featured countries culture (America, England, Germany, … Continue reading An International Adventure – A Hometown Welcome!

Good Times, Tastes & Traditions 2014Good Times, Tastes & Traditions; featuring Farming in the Valley returns to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA on Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, 2014.  $15 – Advanced Tasting Tickets / $10 – Non – Tasting Tickets / $6 – Children’s Tickets.

Dabble in the 5 featured countries culture (America, England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa) with your passport, as you sample a little of their unique entertainment, arts, crafts, ethnic food & a Farming in the Valleyshowcase of wineries & breweries. Farming in the Valley recognizes the importance of our agriculture community with educational activities, a Children’s Barn & Buy Local products. Purchase tickets online or at the Chamber office (30 Ladd Rd. Fishersville.) Voted Top Food Festival in the Shenandoah Valley by Virginia Living Magazine.

A portion of the proceeds benefit The Frontier Culture Museum Education Foundation.

Cody PurvisNashville recording artist, Cody Purvis will perform Sunday at 3:45pm, which will round out a weekend full of live entertainment, among 3 stages and a variety of genres.

Tickets: www.GoodTimesAugusta.com Daily updates: www.facebook.com/goodtimestastesandtraditions.

Staunton Jams, A Local Tradition

Twice per year, downtown Staunton shuts down a portion of Beverley Street for a free local music festival called Staunton Jams. Featuring a selection of the best local bands and musicians, this event is an amazing street fair for the entire family! The event lasts all day – from 12 PM – 10 PM this Saturday … Continue reading Staunton Jams, A Local Tradition

Twice per year, downtown Staunton shuts down a portion of Beverley Street for a free local music festival called Staunton Jams. Featuring a selection of the best local bands and musicians, this event is an amazing street fair for the entire family!

Staunton Jams by Allison Profetta
Staunton Jams by Allison Profeta

The event lasts all day – from 12 PM – 10 PM this Saturday August 30, 2014 – with several bands taking the stage and several businesses participating as well. It is sort of like a block party, but on a much grander scale, and with much better music! Just check out this lineup:

• Noon–VS.
• 1 pm – Lost Indian
• 2 pm – Lola Mullen
• 3 pm – The Judy Chops
• 4 pm – Sarah Lynna & the Misfit Toys
• 5 pm – The No Lonesome
• 6:30 pm – Brian Patrick Band
• 8 pm – The Findells

Staunton Parks and Recreation department always joins the fun and provides entertainment for the littlest guests. They usually set up on the opposite end of the block from the stage and provide games, ride-on toys, bales of hay, and more for children to play with and explore. This year there will also be a face painter! In addition, the Staunton Music Guild is hosting a used music gear sale out of 16 West by Virtually Sisters. Don’t just watch the music . . . make some of your own!

Sarah Lynch, co-owner of Baja Bean Restaurant helps to organize the biannual Staunton Jams events. She took up the reins from the previous organizer in 2006. “It is really a grass-roots community event,” she explains. “Local restaurants and businesses donate gift certificates that we pass along to the musicians. The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is a huge sponsor and their support allows us to get the tents and sound equipment. It’s so much fun, and that’s why I jumped in to help organize it all of these years.”

Along with being a fun way to spend a day in Staunton, it also has a history of bringing the community together in service to others. Back in 2005, the second Staunton Jams of the year was held right after Hurricane Katrina hit. “We welcomed the Red Cross to that event,” Lynch says, “and we raised over $14,000 for hurricane victims.”

So come down and join the fun at this free, kid-friendly event featuring the finest in musical talent from the Shenandoah Valley! We can’t wait to see you there! (Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!)

Written and photographed by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider

In Pursuit of Hoppiness: Where to Find Flavorful Craft Beer in Staunton

With three small-batch craft brewers, two beer specialty stores, and a host of restaurants that offer Virginia craft beers on tap, Staunton is becoming one of Virginia’s newest craft beer destinations. Whether you’re interested in tap-testing the latest flavors, attending a beer festival, or learning how to brew your own, Staunton is for beer lovers. … Continue reading In Pursuit of Hoppiness: Where to Find Flavorful Craft Beer in Staunton

With three small-batch craft brewers, two beer specialty stores, and a host of restaurants that offer Virginia craft beers on tap, Staunton is becoming one of Virginia’s newest craft beer destinations. Whether you’re interested in tap-testing the latest flavors, attending a beer festival, or learning how to brew your own, Staunton is for beer lovers.

Queen City Brewing

Queen City Brewing, Staunton’s oldest brewery, claims it is the first to locate in Staunton since the prohibition era. Queen City’s laid-back atmosphere provides a nice spot to enjoy a pint or sample a flight of your choice from 12 beers on tap. Queen City also offers patrons the opportunity to brew their own beer.

During the last year, two new craft beer breweries have set up shop in Staunton’s Wharf District. Specializing in small batches of big beers, Red Beard Brewing Company provides taproom seating, craft beer on draft, and growlers to go. Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company is a craft brewery with an on-site tasting room with local beer on tap. They also have home-brew supply area featuring a wide variety of grains, hops, dry extracts, wet extracts, yeast, and brewing accessories.

All three craft breweries are committed to creating unique and delicious beers. Ask to meet the owners; they’re all passionate about advancing their craft.

Want to tap into more beer experiences?

Try Shenandoah Hops in the historic Wharf district, where drinking local is always in style. They provide a mix of local microbrews and world-class imports. 

“Local flavor has always helped set Staunton apart,” says Sheryl Wagner, Director of Tourism. “More and more people are discovering Staunton’s small and independent brewing community.”

Local hotels are responding to the surge of interest in Staunton’s craft beer movement. The Stonewall Jackson Hotel now offers a “Downtown Beer Trail Package.” The package includes overnight accommodations
, breakfast for two, parking
, a six beer tasting flight (4 oz. pours) from Redbeard Brewing, two pints from Shenandoah Valley Brewing, and a free tasting at Shenandoah Hops retail store
, along with a $15.00 gift certificate to Shenandoah Pizza (and their huge beer list!)
The Beer Trail package is value priced from $199.00, and is valid on Friday and Saturday night stays only. All the action (and the pours) happen within a short walk of your room, so no driving is needed.

 On August 9th, check out the 4th Annual Blues and Brews Festival on the grounds of the Frontier Culture Museum.

#VAbeer on tap at Zynodoa
#VAbeer on tap at Zynodoa

While you are in Staunton, dine out at any of these restaurants that have a great selection of craft beers available – AVA, Baja Bean Co., Byers Street Bistro, Clocktower Restaurant & Bar, Depot Grill, Mill Street Grill, Shenandoah Pizza, Yelping Dog, and Zynodoa.

If your beer adventures leave you thirsty for more, stay a little longer and take a day trip to visit Devils Backbone Brewery in Rockbridge County or Three Brothers Brewery in Harrisonburg.

Why Ale The Buzz About Craft Beer?

American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of the year, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association, the trade group that represents the majority of U.S. breweries. But be warned – craft beers pack a punch and often have more alcohol by volume than traditional brands. Most craft beers range from 5-10% abv (alcohol by volume), but some craft beers can reach 20%, 30%, and even 40% abv!

 August is  Craft Beer month, so now is the time to quench your thirst.  Don’t forget to tag your craft beer travels with #LOVEstaunton and #VAbeer. Please enjoy responsibly.

Cheers!

~ @Staunton

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Good to the last drop! (Red Beard Brewing Co.)

STAUNTON’S LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GOING OUT GUIDE

Holiday Lantern Tours at The Frontier Culture Museum For a memorable holiday experience, visit the museum after-hours for a walking tour by lantern light!! Visitors can see and experience historic holiday vignettes at England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America, and 1850s America (including a Mummer’s play near the Irish Forge) and a horse-drawn wagon ride from … Continue reading STAUNTON’S LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GOING OUT GUIDE

Holiday Lantern Tours at The Frontier Culture Museum

For a memorable holiday experience, visit the museum after-hours for a walking tour by lantern light!! Visitors can see and experience historic holiday vignettes at England, Ireland,

Father Christmas at the Frontier Culture Museum
Father Christmas at the Frontier Culture Museum

Germany, 1820s America, and 1850s America (including a Mummer’s play near the Irish Forge) and a horse-drawn wagon ride from the “Old World to the New World.” Tours leave every 30 minutes beginning at 6:00 pm; last tour begins at 8:00 pm. By reservation only: adults $15.00, children $8.00. Reservations required. Visit http://www.frontiermuseum.org/lantern-tours/ or call (540) 332-7850.

Blow Your Own Ornament at Sunspots Studios. Step into the glass studio and help the glassblower in creating a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament made with your breath. Ornaments ready for pick up or shipping the following day. Cost is $40-$45 per ornament. Suitable for ages five and up. Daily until 4:00 pm (last appointment at 3:30 pm.) Reservations recommended, call (540) 885-0678.

Allison Glenzer as Mary in "The Twelve Dates of Christmas" photo by: Michael Bailey
Allison Glenzer as Mary in “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” photo by: Michael Bailey

Drop in for a jolly time at any of the holiday–themed shows at The American Shakespeare Center. For information on showtimes and tickets, visit http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com or call (540) 851-1733. Now playing:

  • A Christmas Carol – Join Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, the Cratchits, and Tiny Tim – they’re all back to take Scrooge on the ride of his money-grubbing life.
  • The Santaland Diaries – An outrageously funny one-man play (from NPR’s well-loved humorist David Sedaris) about the author’s experiences as an unemployed actor/writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York City.
  • The Twelve Dates of Christmas – A one-woman show about how tough the holidays can be after your heart’s been crushed. (Mature audiences only.)

Handel’s Messiah is one of the best-loved musical traditions during the holiday season. This Baroque-era oratorio inspires and amazes listeners even now, more than 250 years after it was composed.  On Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 pm, join the Ovations Singers and Orchestra for this FREE concert at R. E. Lee High School.

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.” You might just catch a Santa sighting at Pufferbellies Toys and Books on either Friday, December 20 (from 6-8 pm) or on Sunday, December 22(from 1-3 pm), but you “better watch out” because all the photo sessions are fully booked and Pufferbellies is very busy this time of year. Still, you might be able to sneak a peek at the “right jolly old elf” while you shop for favorite toys and books.

Happy Holidays from all of us the Staunton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau!