Oh, hi! It’s time for another Downtown Staunton news roundup.
Up first (I am possibly a little overexcited about this): The Cocoa Mill has opened a second location right here in Downtown Staunton! They make handcrafted chocolates, and their wares have been recognized as the BEST IN THE USA by the Wall Street Journal. Wow. Their website hasn’t been updated with their new store info yet, but here’s a link to their Facebook page which has all the deets.
Next, there’s a new restaurant in town. It’s Aioli, and they’re serving tapas and Mediterranean cuisine out of the old Dining Room space on North Augusta St. They don’t seem to have a website, blog, or Facebook page yet … but the boyfriend of one of our employees is working in the kitchen, and by all accounts it’s a nice spot to eat. I’ll try to get up there for dinner one night this week so I can give you a more detailed report.
Also new — The Olde Printery Guesthouse is open above Schmid’s Printery on East Beverley St. This is a trend that I find really cool — building owners renovating their upstairs apartments into little guest houses or B&Bs. Our friends at Pretty Pretty are working on one, too, to be called The Bard’s Nest.
The mild uproar over dB levels downtown continues. Most recently, City Council is considering an 11:30PM cutoff for all outdoor music. Expect a fuss.
The Visulite welcomed sell-out crowds to its midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. We also hear that the Visulite is expanding its cinema empire with an eight-screen theater opening in Lynchburg, VA, sometime pretty soon. They just can’t be stopped, it seems.
Downtown’s Kids’ Night Out on July 8 seemed to be really well received, even though the weather was a little iffy. We had 125+ kids at Pufferbellies over the course of three hours, and our Color-Changing Milk experiment was a hit.
And finally, the Staunton Creative Community Fund is hosting a new series of get-togethers for creative- and entrepreneurial-minded folks. The gatherings are called Odd Thursdays, and the next one is this Thursday, the 21st, at George Bowers Grocery.