The Serial Entrepreneur

Fourth generation small business owner opens four stores in downtown Lynchburg. Stephanie Atkinson is on a business spree. Atkinson has redefined the meaning of work ethic by opening four individual stores in downtown Lynchburg. Live Trendy or Die, Windblown Apothecary, Conscious Mercantile, and Hoppy Books were each brought to life through her unique vision. The latter two recently merged to create Et Marte, a variety … Continue reading The Serial Entrepreneur

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Taking Note of the Lynchburg Music Scene

Interest in concerts and musical performance has been increasing for the past few years in Lynchburg. Hill City is alive with the sound of music as the local band and music artist scene has been thriving for the past few years. Since 2012, the Lynchburg music culture has been growing. Locals are involving themselves in producing, promoting and curating a scene that attracts outsiders to … Continue reading Taking Note of the Lynchburg Music Scene

BOGOs to Bouquets: Lynchburg Valentine’s Day Specials

This Feb. 14, Lynchburg has plenty to offer. Valentine’s Day has come around once again, so hopefully those with someone to love already have tomorrow mapped out. But if you’re finding yourself scrambling for a plan, or if you’re still summoning up the courage to ask that cute barista out, there’s still a shot! Here are ten local specials and events happening throughout Lynchburg tomorrow. … Continue reading BOGOs to Bouquets: Lynchburg Valentine’s Day Specials

Locals Evaluate Equal Rights Amendment: Pros and Cons

The ERA has been in limbo since the 70s, but it looks like it may pass soon. Randolph College’s Dr. Danielle Currier cannot remember a time when she was not deeply interested in civil rights and equality. She says this interest goes all the way back to her childhood. Her passion has moved Currier to participate in many civil rights protests, including the 2017 Women’s … Continue reading Locals Evaluate Equal Rights Amendment: Pros and Cons

Confederate Flag at Jefferson Forest Sparks Outrage

Parents took to social media to protest the display of Confederate flags on school grounds by students. Students and parents at Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County have expressed outrage over photos posted on social media that showed a group of students brandishing Confederate flags on campus, Monday, Feb. 4. The school’s “Country vs. Country Club” spirit day encouraged students to attend school dressed … Continue reading Confederate Flag at Jefferson Forest Sparks Outrage

A Point in Time: Homelessness in Lynchburg

Care networks take a survey to estimate the numbers on homelessness in Lynchburg. Early morning Jan. 24 before dawn, volunteers wore raincoats and boots to fend off the rain as they gathered in the wet parking lot of Miller Park. They split into groups and chose areas of the city to cover. Amber Teer, Coordinated Homeless Intake and Access Coordinator for Lynchburg, led her group … Continue reading A Point in Time: Homelessness in Lynchburg

Small Business, Big Outreach

Downtown Lynchburg outlets reach out to locals in a variety of ways Small businesses live and die by community. For a small business to be deemed successful, it must find a need in their community and reliably meet that need. Forbes posted a list of what local businesses need to be successful, and for the most part downtown Lynchburg’s host of shops and restaurants fit … Continue reading Small Business, Big Outreach

Women’s March Attracts Crowd in Support of ERA

Local rally draws hundreds for equal rights legislation. The city of Lynchburg held a rally alongside various cities across the United States as a part of a national Women’s March on Jan. 19. Despite the threat of rain, nearly 200 people gathered on the sidewalk near the Lynchburg Community Market for their own Women’s March rally, many wearing pink hats and toting protest signs. Men, … Continue reading Women’s March Attracts Crowd in Support of ERA

Ripping Up the Road: An Update on 5th St. Construction

Road closures slow down traffic and businesses.  Lynchburg is hitting the road. Downtown Lynchburg has been getting a major renovation as multiple construction projects are modifying, renovating and refurbishing the roads and walkways around the city. According to Lynchburg’s city website, downtown has 11 construction projects in progress. While not all the projects are currently active, the ones that are have been affecting local businesses. … Continue reading Ripping Up the Road: An Update on 5th St. Construction

2040 Plan Sets Stage for Lynchburg’s Future

An overview of the blueprint for the next 22 years of city construction. Downtown is looking to the future as the Lynchburg City Council adopted the 2040 Plan, a document tracking growth, development and renovations around the city for the next 22 years, on Nov. 13. Some of the biggest renovations would be the conversion of Church and Main streets to two-way roads, improving pedestrian … Continue reading 2040 Plan Sets Stage for Lynchburg’s Future