Stories of the River District

River District Stories: Danville Science Center

The Danville Science Center is a division of the Science Museum of Virginia and is their first satellite location. Our mission is to inspire our visitors to enrich their lives through science. We want people to think about their world differently, to look at it through the lens of science and how science affects all facets of their daily life.  What does that mean? I often tell people that if our guests have left here with more questions than when they arrived, then we have succeeded in our mission.

Angie's Hats and Boutique

Mrs. Frances Brayboy, owner of Angie’s Hats and Boutique at 125 North Union Street, Danville, VA, began working as a manager there in 1984. In May of 1989 she had the opportunity to purchase the business and has been doing it ever since! She sells a wide array of beautiful custom designed hats and women’s apparel with the goal of providing any and every woman who enters her store with conversation, camaraderie and attire that makes them feel beautiful.

RDA Director Appears in TEDx Danville

Diana Schwartz, Executive Director of the River District Association (RDA), appeared at the recent TEDx Danville event that took place on November 10, 2020. For those unaware, TEDx serves as a grassroots initiative, bringing the spirit of TED to local communities. These events are organized by passionate individuals, seeking to uncover new ideas and share the latest research in their local areas to spark meaningful conversations. In Danville, local leaders gathered to discuss how the “Milltown without a Mill” transformed into an All-American city.

Meet the 2020 Dream Launch Awardees

Meet the 2020 RDA Dream Launch Grantees

River District Association awards over $70,000 for small business creation and expansion – and helps educate entrepreneurs in the process. 

2020 Outstanding Business: Grizzly's Hatchet House

During the 2020 Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference, Grizzly’s Hatchet House received a Virginia Main Street (VMS) Merit Award, earning the “Outstanding Business” recognition. The business, nominated by the City of Danville’s local Main Street program, River District Association (RDA), operates as a unique hatchet throwing entertainment establishment housed within a 100 year-old tobacco warehouse. Serving as the first entertainment complex in the city’s historic River District, Grizzly’s Hatchet House provides a full and exciting experience, offering a space for the community to gather – put away the distractions and enjoy games, great food, cold beer and some friendly competition!

Decades in the making, Danville's downtown revitalization a cornerstone of long-term sustainability for community.

Decades in the making, Danville's downtown revitalization a cornerstone of long-term sustainability for community.