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2014 Painted Pumpkin Contest at Pufferbellies starts October 13!

2013 winner of the Pufferbellies Painted Pumpkin Contest

2013 winner of the Pufferbellies Painted Pumpkin Contest

We want to fill the windows at Pufferbellies with works of pumpkin-y art! Bring your painted pumpkins to the store starting Monday, October 13 through Thursday, October 23 and we will display them in our front windows.

The final chance to vote will be the evening of the 24th at our Halloween Hullabaloo.

The pumpkin that gets the most votes will be named the champion, and the person who painted it will receive a $50 Pufferbellies gift card, $50 worth of free gelato from The Split Banana, Co. and bragging rights ’til next year’s contest!

We will also offer voting on Facebook! The pumpkin with the most Facebook votes will receive a $25 Pufferbellies gift card and $25 worth of Split Banana gift certificates.

The winner will be announced on October 25, and you will be able to pick up your pumpkins any time between the 27th and Halloween (so they can decorate your porch for the holiday).

Group or family entries are welcome.

Please limit your pumpkin to a maximum of 12″ tall, and be sure it is uncarved. Any style of paint or decoration is permitted, as long as the pumpkin is not cut. Pumpkins that have been cut or carved will NOT be accepted, because they will rot in the heat of the window. 🙂 


Hometown Holiday window display – we want your help!

Every year at Pufferbellies, we go all out to create magical holiday windows that the whole town can enjoy. This year, we are asking for your help!

The theme for all of downtown Staunton this season is “A Hometown Holiday.” We want to make our window display extra special by featuring ornaments decorated by YOU, our customers and friends.

Here’s how to participate:

Stop by Pufferbellies between October 29 and November 18 to pick up your FREE blank ornament. Choose a clear plastic sphere or a porcelain star. Take it home and decorate it anyway you choose!

Bring your decorated ornament back to Pufferbellies by 6PM on November 19th.

Come to our Holiday Window Unveiling Party at 6:30PM on Friday, November 22 to see your ornament and your name in the window!

Things to remember: Your ornament can be decorated any way you like. Your ornament will be available for pickup after January 1. That means you won’t be able to hang it on your tree this year, but you’ll have it back for next year.

All ages are welcome to participate, and team or family entries are welcome.


Spring is here in downtown Staunton!

Spring is here in downtown Staunton!

Our Parks & Rec’s horticulture team does an amazing job in Staunton – their plantings and landscaping complement the historic architecture beautifully, and it’s just a pleasure to see the town come to life with flowers every spring and summer.

Here’s a view of Pufferbellies through a tulip and pansy bed across the street.

Bridge Day 2013 in Downtown Staunton

Do you know the story of the Sears Hill Bridge?

For decades, this pedestrian bridge connected the Sears Hill neighborhood to downtown Staunton. On one side is Woodrow Park (also known as Wilson Park) and on the other side, down the stairs, is the historic train station.

In 2010, the bridge was deemed unsafe, and had to be removed.

The city rallied. Neighbors, friends and local businesses raised over $100,000. The bridge was repaired and reinstalled and now, it’s ready to reconnect the residents of Sears Hill to their downtown. It’s a great story, and one that underscores Staunton’s dedication to preservation.
But more than that, it symbolizes something bigger about Staunton. All across the country, communities are trying to recreate what Staunton already has — an authentic downtown with stores, restaurants,  City Hall and a post office, surrounded by neighborhoods within easy walking distance.

Aren’t we lucky to live in such a wonderful place?

And this Saturday, April 13, all of Staunton is joining together to celebrate the first annual Bridge Day. There’ll be a dedication ceremony, live music, and entertainment all around downtown. We can’t wait, and we hope to see you there.

2012 Costume Parade and Halloween Hullabaloo in downtown Staunton

It was a smash! About 300 people gathered in the Wharf parking lot across from Pufferbellies for our fourth annual Costume Parade and Halloween Hullabaloo. Special thanks to the Staunton Police Department and the Staunton Downtown Development Association for their help, and to Kay from Rachel’s Quilt Patch for this photo.

Pufferbellies Costume Parade and Halloween Hullabaloo 2012

Costume Parade and Halloween Hullabaloo in downtown Staunton – Friday, October 26, 2012

It’s coming! It’s coming! It’s almost here ….

Our fourth annual Costume Parade and Halloween Hullabaloo is scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2012. We’ll meet in the Wharf parking lot (right across from Pufferbellies), and the parade will begin at 6:30. We’ll parade through downtown Staunton, then return to the Wharf lot for a (gently) spooky story and a tasty treat.

Bring: noisemakers to use during the parade and a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on during the story.

Pufferbellies Costume Parade and Halloween Hullabaloo

Pufferbellies Costume Parade and Halloween Hullabaloo

Celebration at the Station with Rachel’s Quilt Patch – October 27

I love all the creative, exciting ways that businesses in downtown Staunton stay connected to their customers! This month, Kay and Rachel at Rachel’s Quilt Patch are debuting fresh, updated inventory and hosting a big party on Saturday, October 27. They’re even bringing in a DONUT TRUCK! Yes!

It’s going to be big fun, with live music, delicious coffee and great savings on beautiful fabric.

Celebration at the Station, Rachel's Quilt Patch