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Downtown Staunton news roundup, vol. 3

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.

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Halloween in Downtown Staunton

It’s almost time for one of our favorite annual events — Trick or Treat in Downtown Staunton. This year it will be better than ever, because Halloween falls on a Saturday! So come on Downtown on Saturday, October 31 for tricks, treats, and lots of fun. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

Here’s the schedule:

9AM – 11AM: Create a trick-or-treat bag and meet the SDDA witch outside Children’s Art Network on the Wharf. Register for prizes and get your photo taken, too.

10AM – 12noon: Visit participating stores all around Downtown for free candy. Does it get any better than that?

(PS — Pufferbellies will be hosting our own spooky Halloween party on Friday, October 23. Stay tuned for all the details.)

Downtown Staunton Easter Event on Saturday, April 11, 2009

Again this year, the Staunton Downtown Development Association and Staunton Recreation and Parks are hosting “Hop Along the Bunny Trail” in downtown Staunton.

It’s a pretty neat event with three major components; you can do all three, or just one or two.

First, from 10am to 12noon, there’s an Easter egg hunt at Gypsy Hill Park. From 11am – 1pm, the Staunton trolley will be transformed into the Bunny Expresss — ride it from the Park to downtown and visit with the Easter Bunny himself (herself? You know, it’s kind of unclear). The Bunny Express will drop you off at Byers Street Bistro, where kids can enjoy a specially-priced lunch. Finally, from 11am – 1pm, most downtown stores will be handing out candy and treats to kids who “hop along the bunny trail” — just look for the big eggs outside each store. Of course, Pufferbellies will be leading the way with the most delicious and plentiful treats.

The SDDA website has some more details for you here. Hope we’ll see you Saturday!