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Valentine’s Day in Downtown Lynchburg

It’s that time of year again, and whether this is your favorite or most hated holiday, there are plenty of ways for you to celebrate your way in Downtown Lynchburg, where food, drinks, gifts, and delights await! Valentine’s Day may be slightly commercialized, but you can still make it your own thanks to all that Downtown has to offer.  So whether your…

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Heather Zippel Joins the DLA Staff

We are so please to welcome a new member of the DLA team.  Meet Heather Zippel, our new Development Coordinator. Heather’s part-time role will focus primarily on fundraising, but she will also be involved in partner and business outreach efforts. Heather’s past experience has provided her with a strong understanding of the challenges facing today’s brick-and-mortar businesses as she previously…

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Downtown Utility & Streetscape Project Phase II

Even though 2018 is just a few days old, the City is already preparing for 2019 and Phase II of the Downtown Utility & Streetscape Project. Construction won’t start until Summer or Fall of 2019, but we want to let you know what to expect with this next phase of construction in downtown. Today, we have invited Jes Gearing from…

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Job Opening: Program Coordinator Position

Downtown Lynchburg Association (DLA) is a non-profit organization that strives to create a strong, vibrant, and welcome downtown with a unique and historic character. The programs and projects created by DLA help to further this mission, ensuring a bright and exciting future for Downtown Lynchburg. We are passionate about the work we do, and we are looking for someone equally…

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Amazement Square: Making Learning Fun for All

Caitlin Seaman loves to watch children come into Amazement Square for the first time. “As soon they come in and go up the stairs, every step lights up,” Caitlin explains. “When they walk up the first step … the look of amazement on their face is really priceless.” Caitlin works as Amazement Square’s Coordinator of Experiential Learning; as such, she…

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Altus: For the Love of Chocolate

The first time Carl and Mary Matice made chocolate they spent 20 hours hand grinding the cacao beans. In search of a hobby they could enjoy together, the couple had been married for five years at the time, they even purchased a granite mortar and pestle—a large Mexican molcajete. Though they only had a pound of raw cacao beans, after…

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A Jewel: The Heart of Downtown

Robert Moses is a Premier Goldsmith and Master Jeweler, but he refers to himself simply as “the man in the window.” That’s because if you visit Bowen Jewelry Company at 829 Main Street, you’ll see Robert through the glass, creating custom jewelry pieces destined to become treasured family heirlooms. “I sit down with the customer and find out exactly what they…

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Deck the Hills FAQ

With the very first Deck the Hills event just around the corner, we want to make sure to get all your questions answered. Here is what you need to know.  What time is the event? The event begins at 4pm and ends at 8pm. The voting for the best Christmas Tree will end at 7pm to allow us to talley…

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Start Your Holiday Season this Weekend in Downtown Lynchburg

With December’s arrival, the Christmas season is officially underway—and Downtown Lynchburg is offering plenty of celebration to mark the occasion! For the truly ambitious, you can even make a whole day out of it if you want and then come back next weekend for more! Start with a morning visit to Santa at the market (make sure to enjoy some…

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Made for Family: Lorraine Bakery Brings European Flavor to Community Market

When Petra Hackman first arrived in Lynchburg, she was disappointed at the lack of good bread; it was nowhere to be found. “I never made bread in Germany because there were bakers  everywhere,” Petra says. “So, when I came here [in 1985], I trained myself to do it!” Petra’s newfound skills may have been enjoyed only by her husband and five…

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