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Posted on: October 23, 2017

Rippe’s celebrating 110 years in business as fourth generation now learning ropes

One day in 1907, a young couple decided to take a chance on Danville’s growing textile businesses and opened a store on Craghead Street, across from the Golden Leaf Prizery.

Annie and Benjamin Rippe sold sundries, buttons and fabrics, and also ma...

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

Celebrating diversity goal of ‘Faces of Our Region’

They’re young and no-so-young, different nationalities, races, religions and sexual orientations; some were born here, others moved here from all over the country and world.

Together they are the faces and stories of a new project from local nonp...

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Distillery planning move to Danville’s River District

Vincent Puccio hopes to bring a whiskey distillery, retail store and tasting room to the River District by the end of the year.

He and his partner, William T. Willis, own and operate Dry Fork Fruit Distillery in Meadows of Dan in Patrick County. But they c...

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Co-working space generates interest in River District

A pop-up event this week in the River District generated interest for a co-working space downtown, and owner Lenny Keesee hopes to sign a lease for the old Bobby Carlson studio on Main Street in September.

Between 40 and 45 people visited the pop-up space ...

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Co-working space to ‘pop up’ in River District

After Lenny Keesee was told he could no longer work from home, he started looking into creating a co-working space in Danville with his wife, Lacey.

“It’s the bridge between folks running a business out of their home and going into your...

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Posted on: July 18, 2017

Taco-tequila bar, grocery store, brewpub coming to Craghead Street

A taco-tequila bar, a grocery store and a brewpub will be opening on Craghead Street’s 500 block, owner Rick Barker announced Monday.

Fresh, local ingredients and a choice of indoor and outdoor dining options will be part of each new business.

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Posted on: July 18, 2017

New trolley bus route geared toward shopping, other activities in River District

A new trolley bus route is coming to Danville next month.

Starting Aug. 4, the service will be available 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Saturday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. the first Friday of each month.

The Mainline trolley bus route will run from Ballou Park to the ...

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Posted on: July 18, 2017

Bike share program off and cycling in Danville

The Danville bike share program officially opened Friday with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Danville Rides Bike Share docking stations will consist of 10 locks and five bikes, allowing riders ages 18 and older to travel from one unit to another with...

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Posted on: July 18, 2017

Former Ritz Theater purchased in River District

The former Ritz Theater building at 534 Spring St. has been purchased with an eye toward renovating the structure for a new life in the River District.

Agostino Pugliese and his wife, Brandi — also owners of Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen on Main Street — purch...

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

Cottontail Weddings & Events nears opening in latest River District project

Another new business is close to opening in the River District: Cottontail Weddings & Events.

Owner Matthew Switick said he expects the construction — which is in its finishing phase, with air conditioning being installed last week &mdash...

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

More properties under development in River District

Two new projects were approved by the River District Design Commission recently, and while details have not been released, this adds two more properties to those under development in the district.

The 9,900-square-foot former warehouse at 534 Bridge St. ha...

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

Danville bike share almost ready to roll

Bicycles should be available for rent in the River District and other parts of Danville later this month, according to city officials.

The bikes have arrived and are being assembled at Bicycle Medic.

Danville Parks and Recreation Director Bill Sgrinia said ...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Salon opens in River District after owner drawn to downtown atmosphere

Another new business has joined the growing River District with Snipz Hair Studio holding a grand opening celebration Monday at 326 Main St.

Danville Mayor John Gilstrap welcomed Angel Mac to downtown, noting a drive through the River District inspired her...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Marketing efforts for White Mill site ‘encouraging’

The Danville Industrial Development Authority officially owns the White Mill property on Memorial Drive, with the final paperwork signed Tuesday morning, Corrie Teague Bobe, assistant director of economic development, said.

The IDA announced its plans to p...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Noblis renews commitment to Danville, intends to increase personnel

The Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing — a high-tech supercomputer company at 527 Bridge St. — announced Monday it has signed a second five-year lease to continue doing business in Danville.

The company plans to instal...

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Yappy Hour

Grab your leash and bring your pup for an after work Yappy Hour at the Crossing at the Dan! Yappy Hour 2017 is sponsored by Leggett Town & Country.

Various dog and pet product vendors will be giving demonstrations. The event will also feature live musi...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Growing trend: Community gardens part of local food movement

Community gardens have sprouted throughout the city and more could be on the way.

There are about a dozen in the city, according to a master garden list from Danville Housing and Development Planning Specialist Jackie Wells.

A lot of cities, including Danvi...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

River District tobacco mural ‘a great reminder of the history of this area’

A mural highlighting Danville’s tobacco history was dedicated in the River District on Friday morning.

The 20-by-30-foot Tobacco Heritage Mural was painted in December on the side of 308 Craghead St. that faces Patton Street and is visible from t...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

‘Danville Hokie Nation has come together’

For Emily Ragsdale, the Virginia Tech shootings are hard to talk about.

The 2010 VT graduate was in her dorm when the tragedy happened 10 years ago. Ragsdale, then a freshman majoring in public and urban affairs, had just left her 8 a.m. class, near where ...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Council approves purchase of White Mill property

Danville City Council voted Tuesday night to appropriate $1.5 million from the general fund to go to the Industrial Development Authority toward the purchase of the White Mill property, which includes eight parcels.

Councilmen voted 7-2 for the motion, wit...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

iScribes gets $250,000 boost from The Launch Place, looks to hire locally

The Launch Place is investing $250,000 in a company that enables doctors to record patient encounters using an app and have the medical information documented and entered into their medical records by remote writers.

Representatives with Durham, North Caro...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

IDA plans to buy White Mill property in Danville

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The Industrial Development Authority plans to buy the White Mill property — including the building — for $3 million.

Danville City Council will hold a first reading on whether to appropriate $1.5 million from its general fund for the ID...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Riverfront park vision detailed to council

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A cascading water wall. Steps and lawn terraces facing the Dan River. An oval lawn large enough to throw a Frisbee, hold a community concert, host a Flag Day event or stage food truck rodeos.

Those are all part of a vision for a Riverfront park proposed by...

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Posted on: March 11, 2017

Downtown draw: Plans for riverfront park bring excitement to leaders, River District businesses

Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen on Main Street downtown has seen more customers during its lunch rush since Spectrum Medical opened in the River District Tower last week. A new riverfront could bring even more business if it’s buil...

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Posted on: March 11, 2017

With iconic building renovated, River District gets a new ‘heartbeat’

Spectrum Medical is set to open its new offices and begin taking patients at the former Dan River Research Building — now River District Tower — at Bridge Street on Monday.

Danville Economic Development Director Telly Tucker said the re...

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Posted on: March 11, 2017

Progress on the block: Two restaurants, storefronts, apartments planned for Craghead Street project

Rick Barker’s $10 million renovation of most of the 500 block of Craghead Street is moving along, with the first phase of the project — the Hughes and Venable buildings — on schedule for completion in May.

“It&rs...

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Posted on: November 29, 2016

Fine arts space in works for River District, DCC president says

Danville Community College is working to bring a dedicated fine arts and music building to downtown, DCC President Bruce Scism said at the college board meeting Monday.

“I think it could be tremendous asset to this community and this college,&...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Plans announced for 500 block of Craghead Street

The 500 block of Craghead Street is in the middle of a massive renovation, encompassing eight of the nine buildings on the block — all purchased by Rick Barker Properties over the past two years.

Barker first completed the first floor of 554 Craghead S...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

What is a microbrewery?

Craft breweries, microbreweries, brew pubs — what’s the difference?

According to Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association, there are four categories craft beer brewers: microbreweries, brew pubs, contract brewing companies and regional c...Read on...

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Posted on: September 28, 2016

With craft brewery, pair continues River District transformation

The two men who have partnered in two successful development projects in the River District — the Pemberton Lofts on Bridge Street and the Continental Lofts on Craghead Street — have teamed up again to bring a craft brewery to the district.

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Commission OKs loft-style apartment project in River District

A project that would bring nearly two-dozen loft-style apartments to High Street received approval from the River District Design Commission Thursday afternoon.

The commission approved — by a 6-0 vote — a certificate of appropriateness for River Distri...Read on...

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Danville receives Virginia Main Street Merit award

Posted on: July 15, 2016

On behalf of the City of Danville, the River District Association was presented this week with a Virginia Main Street Merit Award for Best Downtown Public Improvement Project at the Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections C...Read on...

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Posted on: May 24, 2016

The Launch Place invests an additional $200,000 in Roobrik

The Launch Place invests an additional $200,000 in Roobrik, developer of online decision tools for older adults and caregivers

DANVILLE, Va. (May 23, 2016) – The Launch Place announced today that it is investing $200,000 in Roobrik Inc., to expand Roob...Read on...

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