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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!

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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

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