Downtown Blackstone Inc. (DBI) is the established organization in Blackstone with the duties of facilitating the Virginia Main Street Program. A nine-member board comprised of local volunteers leads the organization.
The Main Street District, a mixture of late nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial architectural styles, allows residents and visitors to peruse storefronts in a largely intact commercial core stretching four full blocks (Tavern to Irving streets) with intersecting streets to the west and east. Also, the historic area of Schwartz Tavern and the Robert Thomas Carriage Museum in included in the district.
The recent spark of interest in Blackstone’s downtown revitalization has encouraged many to reassess and improve the aesthetic value of their properties. The mood of downtown owners and renters is optimistic for future business opportunities. In the early 1980’s, business and community leaders joined together to revitalize the town and surrounding community. The same forces are at work today, but our challenges are greater. Long range plans must be put in place to sustain slow, steady progress.
The Town of Blackstone has a history of striving to improve its downtown district, economic viability, and quality of life. The majority of downtown programs implemented over the years have been successful but lacked long-term sustainability. The lesson learned is that a comprehensive and cohesive approach is required for these efforts to provide continuous long-term benefit to the community.
Community support is vital to the success of this effort. Volunteers are the driving force. If you would like to volunteer for DBI, or one of its projects, please contact: Elizabeth Farina, Project Manager or download a volunteer form here.
- Carolyn Davis, Chair
Principal owner of Access Realty, LLC
- Tom Wilkinson, Vice-chair
Project Manager, Gilmore Environmental Consulting
- Taylor Quicke, Secretary
Citizens Bank & Trust Company Inc.
- Kim Moody, Secretary
Kim Moody Design and trend.
- Scott Lewis, Treasurer
Benchmark Community Bank
- Sam Moncure, Councilman, Ex-Officio
Town of Blackstone
- Elizabeth Freeman, Business owner
Freeman Enterprises, McDonalds of Blackstone
- Field Green, Promotions Committee Chair
- Liz Lynn, Design Committee Chair
Access Realty, LLC
- Jane Barnes , Ex-Officio
Blackstone Chamber of Commerce
- Elizabeth Farina , Ex-Officio
Downtown Blackstone, Inc.
Downtown Blackstone, Inc. provides leadership in developing and promoting Downtown Blackstone as an inviting place to visit and shop, a productive place to work, and a profitable place to invest.
We will accomplish this mission:
- through building partnerships and coalitions with
merchants, property owners, developers and
- through working to enhance and improve the look
and feel of the downtown streetscape; and
- through fostering vibrancy that attracts development
These activities result in long-term sustainable growth in the downtown business community.