Stories of the River District

The Brick Running and Tri Store

River District Association is excited to begin announcing the projects of GET Boosted Grant Recipients! GET Boosted is a River District Association program that was developed to provide established River District Businesses with planning guidance and financial support to develop projects, or purchase equipment to give their business a boost and allow them to expand in creative ways.

Each business worked directly with River District Association and the Longwood Small Business Development Center to develop an idea and a plan, and were then invited to apply for grants up to $5,000 to put their plan into action.

The Brick Running and Tri Store is located at 410 Main Street and used GET Boosted funds to expand the store's products and services offerings to bikes, bike accessories, clothing, helmets and repair and tune-ups.

Owner Adam Jones was born and raised in Danville, VA. He remembers over ten years ago when the idea for The Brick started with a brainstorm on the back of a napkin while sitting in Red Lobster. And on April 14th, ten years ago, The Brick opened on Main Street in Danville, to be a business specializing in shoes, apparel, equipment and nutrition for walkers, runners and triathletes. Adam attributes the store’s success to his motto “people over profit” and focuses on how the store can provide great service, and also be a community hub where relationships and friendships are forged through the love of physical activity.  This community is built through running and walking groups and events such as community 5k’s. Currently groups meet at the store at the following times:

Group Runs: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:15pm
Group Walks: Wednesdays at 5:30pm

The Brick used the GET Boosted funds to expand products, services, and a sense of community to those who love biking! The Brick now sells three brands of bikes (Cannondale, GT, and Schwinn) as well as bike accessories, tires, pumps, apparel, and helmets.

Additionally, the funds allowed the store to purchase a bike stand and a full set of bike repair and tune-up tools. In addition to bikes and products, The Brick can also service or repair your bike.

For more information and to get connected, visit The Brick’s website and Facebook page. Happy running, walking, swimming, and biking!

GET Boosted - Impotters

 

River District Association is excited to begin announcing the projects of GET Boosted Grant Recipients!  GET Boosted is a River District Association program that was developed to provide established River District Businesses with planning guidance and financial support to develop projects, or purchase equipment to give their business a boost and allow them to expand in creative ways.  

Each business worked directly with River District Association and the Longwood Small Business Development Center to develop an idea and a plan, and were then invited to apply for grants up to $5,000 to put their plan into action.  

Impotters Clayworx is located at 406 Lynn Street and used GET Boosted grant funds to purchase a second kiln for the pottery studio. 

 

Owners Lori and Berkeley Bidgood have been doing pottery out of their home, and teaching classes at various locations downtown for years.  But in 2021 they had the opportunity to open a pottery studio space in the River District on Lynn Street.  The new studio allows them to create their own work, teach classes, and conveniently fire pottery in one space.  

Since May 2021 the Impotters Studio has been operating with one kiln.  Finished pottery pieces require two different firings, one for the plain clay piece (called a bisque firing), and one once the piece is glazed.  Each firing can take 24-36 hours to load, heat, cool and unload.  With one kiln, it was possible to do a firing every other day, which meant if classes were full, it could take weeks to cycle everyone’s pieces through the firing process.  

Impotter’s second kiln was installed in early December, just in time for Christmas presents!  With two kilns running, it is possible to fire every day, and stay on top of demand.  It also allows the Bidgoods to expand class offerings and studio access without having a backlog of unfinished pieces.  

Additionally, should the older kiln need repair and it could take several weeks to get parts.  Without a functioning kiln Impotters would have to shut down for the duration of the repairs.  With a second kiln in operation, they can continue to offer classes and create their own pieces.  


Impotters Clayworx offers 6 week classes, Saturday classes for adults and families, and Friday Try-it sessions.  They also host birthday parties or other private events for small groups.  There is something for everyone! Or, if you simply want to buy a lovely piece of pottery for yourself or for a gift, you can stop by the shop Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5pm.  


Visit their website or Facebook page to see what classes are currently being offered. 

Angela's Creative Catering

River District Association is excited to begin announcing the projects of GET Boosted Grant Recipients!  GET Boosted is a River District Association program that was developed to provide established River District Businesses with planning guidance and financial support to develop projects, or purchase equipment to give their business a boost and allow them to expand in creative ways.  

Each business worked directly with River District Association and the Longwood Small Business Development Center to develop an idea and a plan, and were then invited to apply for grants up to $5,000 to put their plan into action.  

Angela’s Creative Catering located at 401 Wilson Street, used GET Boosted funds to purchase an efficient, fast, and sanitizing dishwasher.  

Angela’s Creative Catering  offers event catering, and healthy dinners and boxed meals (for delivery or pick-up).  For the past 6 years owner Angela Blankenship ran the catering business out of the kitchen space.  But in 2020 she decided to take over the adjacent former VC Restaurant  space and transform it into an elegant modern event space that is frequently used for wedding receptions, bridal parties, rehearsal dinners, and celebrations of life.  With a full AV and sound system, the space is also ideal for corporate board meetings and events.  

The space's first event was set to be in April of 2020, but then the global pandemic hit, and Angela pivoted to providing more boxed and delivered meals.  Most of these meals used single-use packaging, but as things began to open up, and more events were planned, she and her team started to use the event space for more formal gatherings.  

Events such as wedding rehearsals, or corporate dinners use multiple dishes, glasses, and silverware for each attendee.  Hosting many events with 20 or more people required staff to spend several hours washing, rinsing and sanitizing.  With the help of the GET Boosted grant, Angela’s Creative Catering was able to purchase a small commercial dishwasher that can clean, sanitize, and dry 20 sets of dishes in 1 minute and 20 seconds!

Having an efficient commercial dishwasher will help Angela’s Creative Catering use staff more effectively, and enable them to host larger functions that might require more dishes. 

We love seeing River District businesses thrive!

To schedule an event, or order healthy meals visit the Angela's Creative Catering website.  

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.