Creating a Sense of Community in Northeast Tennessee & Southwest Virginia

Bristol, TN and Goodsonville, VA remained separate cities until 1890 when Goodson, VA became Bristol so that today Bristol, TN/VA is one city that straddles two states. Listed as “The Birthplace of Country Music” Bristol is home to The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the annual Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival, the Arts and Entertainment District, a shopping district, famous State Street, and the Bristol Train Station.

Numerous restaurants line the streets of downtown Bristol offering any foodie a wide array of cuisine to choose from. Antique shops, boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops are available to suit any taste. Downtown Bristol also offers year round festivals, musical events, and the PUSH! Film Festival. Bristol’s motto of “A Good Place to Live” is one that can be seen in the large sign that hangs over State Street, but also in the plethora of offerings that the two cities have to offer. Head toward Bristol, TN/VA today in order to see both the old and new and to experience Bristol like never before!


Blackbird Bakery

Located just off State Street in historic downtown Bristol, Virginia, Blackbird Bakery opened its doors in the summer of 2008. Since then, it has become a favorite bakery shop for the locals in Bristol and the Tri-Cities area.

When you visit the bakery, you will feel as though you stepped back to a time when neighbors and shop owners knew each other on a first name basis. Although the specialty of the house is doughnuts, you will also find delicious pastries and desserts ranging from mouth-watering baklava and brownies, to cheesecakes, cupcakes, and pies as well as fresh-baked bread and locally-made ice cream. The bakery features one cake on the menu each month, and this flavor is available on a daily basis while supplies last. A blueberry cake has been added to the menu and will be the featured cake during the month of May.

We believe in our community and we want our customers to leave with more than just a treat, we hope they have that little extra spring in their step as they walk out our door. You’ll always get old fashioned customer service with a smile to go with your order.

We love to cater and make gifts, so think of us for your next occasion!


Blakley-Mitchell

At Blakley-Mitchell, it’s about creating a personal relationship that allows our customers to present the image of clothing they desire based on individual style and taste. We are a family owned business of Fine Clothiers with family values that have proven, since 1933, to satisfy our customers. Our customers continue to enjoy and benefit from our comprehensive knowledge of the clothing and fashion we deliver.

Our in-house tailors bring over 40 years of combined tailoring experience and have shaped our shop into what we believe to be one of the very best in the country. With our alterations being completed on-site, it gives us ultra-fast turnaround and the ultimate in quality control for Blakley-Mitchell.


Bristol Public Library

The Bristol Public Library takes very seriously their mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community.” Life-long learning is a cornerstone of library services and the Bristol Public Library works hard to create opportunities for learning in all areas of the library by working not only with the staff of the Library, but also through building partnerships with area organizations to ensure that the patrons of the Bristol Public Library are getting the very best that this community has to offer.

Expanding the options for adult programming is very important to the Bristol Public Library. In April of 2016, the Jones Creativity Center (JCC) was opened. In the JCC, patrons can receive help writing a resume, learn computer programs that they may need for a new job, or learn how to crochet. The staff of the JCC is available for one-on-one tutoring and will also lead classes in any area that patrons have cited a need for education. They will also seek out community partners to assist in leading discussions or other events.

Another great feature of the Jones Creativity Center is the 3D printer and scanner that are available for public use. Technological advances have been coming fast and the Jones Creativity Center is the place to go to help you learn how the new technology can work for you.

The Children’s Library at the Bristol Public Library boasts fun story times and crafts, along with many year-round activities such as book clubs and family nights. Probably the biggest event in the Children’s Library is the Summer Reading Program. The Summer Reading Program is held from June through July and boasts several great events and field trips throughout the summer months.

The Teen Center at the Bristol Public Library is another one of the new spaces opened in April, 2016. Hundreds of teenagers come through the doors each week for various book clubs, movie nights, and games. Partnerships with such organizations as River’s Way, YWCA Tech Gyrls, and the Boys and Girls Club have enriched the Teen Center and helped to make the teen and young adult programming strong. The Teen Center gives teens a great space to meet, study, and have fun with their friends in a safe, monitored environment.

There is so much to see and do at the Bristol Public Library. Please make a point to stop by and find out about all of the amazing programming and events offered at the Library. The Bristol Public Library downtown location is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The Avoca Branch of the Bristol Public Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 7pm, Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 12pm, and is closed on Sunday. For more information, please contact the Library at 276-645-8780.


Birthplace of Country Music Museum

If you’re in Bristol, chances are you’ll hear live music nearly every night. Congressionally designated as the official Birthplace of Country Music in 1998, Bristol and its musical heritage are quite extraordinary.

State Street presents a unique atmosphere as it spans two states but embodies one state of mind – the state line of Virginia and Tennessee runs right down the main street of our historic downtown. Here you will find a plethora of shopping, dining, entertainment, and living options. And for those not yet ready to take up residence downtown, the Bristol Hotel and Sessions Hotel will be making their downtown debuts in 2018. Our wonderful downtown community is a great place to wine, dine, live, and play – and you can enjoy it in Bristol, Tennessee or Bristol, Virginia.

Steeped in a rich history of cultural and musical landmarks, downtown Bristol continues to have an influential hand in shaping the arts in the region. The district features over 30 artisans in six downtown blocks. While taking pride in our country music roots, the Arts & Entertainment District aims to curate and cultivate all walks of the art world – from common to quirky. Already home to the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Border Bash, Art in Public Places, and the PUSH! Film Festival, the Arts & Entertainment District continues to grow while cultivating Bristol’s creativity.

Bristol is also home to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, which opened in August 2014 and has welcomed guests from across the world. The 24,000-square foot museum documents Bristol’s story as the Birthplace of Country Music and the historic 1927 Bristol Sessions through permanent, technology-infused exhibits, a special exhibits gallery, educational programs, multiple film experiences, and an intimate performance theater dedicated to live, year-round music, including the Farm and Fun Time radio show. Radio performances, along with many of the concerts, are now available over the airwaves with Radio Bristol, station broadcasting from the museum.

In keeping with its heritage, Bristol’s historic downtown hosts numerous free concerts April through October, as well as its annual music festival Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, which takes place the third weekend in September each year.

Bristol also offers a variety of activities for the art enthusiast. From painting your own ceramics to browsing one of several galleries and local art studios, you’re sure to find something you’ll want to take home. You can also explore public art sculptures throughout the historic downtown district through Art in Public Places.

Families can explore the Downtown Bristol Caterpillar Crawl, take part in fun-filled activities like Tri-Cities Escape Game, and then enjoy homemade fudge, ice creams, and old-time candies.

Downtown Bristol’s performing arts venues provide an abundance of exhilarating entertainment in Bristol. The historic Paramount Bristol is a 1930s movie theater that has been completely renovated and now features concerts, ballets, touring Broadway shows, and other performances. At Theatre Bristol’s ArtSpace, you have the opportunity to see local actors perform in various well-known productions.

Who says you can’t be in two places at once? We encourage you to Discover Bristol!


Cranberry Lane

Take a Stroll Down Cranberry Lane…for simple pleasures and treasures for your home. We are the Tri-Cities largest country decor store featuring home decor as well as a full line of furniture covering such styles as Americana, Primitive and Colonial. You can also find that perfect item to reflect your unique personality among our extensive selection of framed art, lighting and curtain designs. Need that special touch that only a perfectly designed floral arrangement can offer? We have an in-house floral designer that can create the perfect arrangement for any decor.

Located inside Cranberry Lane, Heater’s Country Store brings back the nostalgia of yesteryear- offering canned fruits & vegetables, gourmet dips, rubs and sauces and even Moonshine Jelly!

Relax in our old fashioned ice cream & Candy Shoppe! The Southern Churn Ice Cream and Candy shoppe specializes in delicious fresh made ice cream with an old fashioned, hand-made-cranked taste. But that’s only a third of our story, we also make an incredible variety of fudge on premises. Of course we stay true to our old fashioned roots, using only REAL cream and butter! Come visit us often- we are always adding new flavors. If you are craving a little salt to go with your sweet tooth, we have a variety of fresh roasted nuts for you to enjoy.

Come see us, you’ll be glad you did!


The Escape Game

The year is 1968 and you and you’re pit crew have been ransacked in a race across Route 66. A $50,000 cash prize is on the line and your arch enemy is willing to stop at nothing!

You have 60 minutes to rescue your kidnapped-driver, recover the stolen modified-carburetor and get back in the race – before Shifty Wheeler and his boys return. If you succeed, the cash and glory are all yours. If you fail, Shifty and his boys will finish you off before they cross the finish line.

This may sound like a strange race-themed nightmare but it’s not a dream at all. Instead, it’s the scenario for one of three escape games offered at the Tri-Cities Escape Game on Bristol’s State Street. “It’s sure to be the fastest 60 minutes of your life,” promises David Crowe. The business and the original escape game scenarios are the creative wit of David and his wife, Kellie, who opened the new 642 State Street business in April 2016.

What is an escape game? According to the Crowes, it’s a whole lot of “togetherness mixed with immersive fun” as you try your hand at a real-life escape. Fair warning, though – the games are challenging. Only 35 to 40% of teams escape. “If you’re wanting something that’s going to be fun, mentally-stimulating and generate conversation and laughter, then an escape game is for you,” says Kellie, who explains that’s what makes it perfect for date nights, birthday celebrations, families, friends – and even corporate team building. “We host lots and lots of corporate team building events,” says Kellie. “In fact, one of the primary reasons we’re located on State Street is that we wanted a destination escape experience. Here, those looking for team building or even family fun can enjoy an escape, and step just outside our door where they can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner and a fabulous dessert at one of our local downtown spots.

“We always laugh and say that every escape ends in happiness – you can either celebrate your victory with chocolate or drown your sorrows the exact same way! But, either way, it can end with a delicious dessert in downtown Bristol.”

The Tri-Cities Escape Game has three game scenarios, with each game accommodating groups of approximately eight. “Whether a corporate team or a multi-generational family of children, parents and grandparents, you’re working together, thinking outside the box and having an incredible shared experience.” David agrees, adding that the great thing about an escape game is that you are “all in it together” – win or lose. “You either succeed or you get really close to succeeding – but either way, you’re together having a shared experience that you’ll be talking about for weeks to come.”

For more information, visit www.tricitiesescapegame.com.


Kil’n Time

THE Destination for Your Imagination!

It goes without saying that Kil’n Time is THE place to bring your kids for an experience they’ll never forget, not only because they will have such a great time, but also because they’ll have a souvenir to cherish the memories made here. During our Art Camp which we are hosting this summer from June 6th – July 27th kids will have the opportunity to create and take home their own painted pottery, fused glass, and a canvas to commemorate a summer they will never forget. Make no mistake, Kil’n Time isn’t just for the kids, though…

A guest of our store says, “It has been so long since I did anything creative. I almost thought I had lost my imagination!”

Not only is Kil’n Time the perfect destination for children to indulge their imagination (I mean, we do have a huge pirate ship in our store), but it is most often the case that parents have just as good of a time as their little ones! There is a child-like excitement that returns to an adult when they visit our store, especially when they come to pick up their finished pottery pieces. Ever heard of Art Therapy? Our Acrylic Canvas Class on Thursday nights is exactly that! The perfect date night for mom and dad to unwind during the week and get reacquainted with their own imagination. We promise, you will love it so much you may even want to make it into a family affair considering we are also the most perfect party place for a special occasion. In the meantime, until you have something to celebrate, walk-ins are welcome for our pottery and fused glass anytime you find yourself needing a little inspiration.


The Manna Bagel Company

In November 2016 Brenda Borsch took new ownership of The Manna Bagel Company. Before taking ownership she would always enjoy eating lunch there several times a week with her son.

The previous owner decided to sell the business after nearly two decades and Borsch never imagined going from a customer to an owner.

Brenda a native a Blountville and Mark her husband a native of Ohio, have been married since 2006. They have always loved Bristol and for years had thought of how they could open up a place downtown.

Since taking over the business in 2016 there have only been a few changes. The name has been changed to The Manna Bagel Bakery & Cafe.

Brenda’s number one priority is making the customer happy. Locals have been eating there for a long time so she wanted the menu to remain the same as well as adding a few new things.

They strive to consistently serve great food that is fresh, and made from scratch with all natural ingredients. They want to provide a clean comfortable, and wholesome environment for people to gather for a meal with family and friends.

Brenda is very passionate about her work and is very excited to be a part of the downtown Bristol Community.


The Paramount Center for the Arts

The Paramount on State Street started life as an Art Deco movie house way back in 1931. This was during the heyday of Hollywood, and for several decades it was the glamorous hot spot of our downtown. Just ask any Bristolian of a certain age, and you will hear fond memories of childhood days spent at matinees and Saturday morning cartoons, of movie tickets paid for with bottle caps, and of course the romance of so many first dates. In fact, considering how many folks hereabout claim to have experienced their first kiss during a Paramount screening, it is reasonable to conclude that our beloved movie palace has played a significant role in the overall growth of the regions’ population.

The 1970s and ’80s saw the decline of our theater along with the downtown in general. But, thanks to a group of concerned citizens, The Paramount was revived, lovingly restored, and transformed from dilapidated movie house into a sparkling new facility. Newly equipped for all manner of presentation from Ballet to Broadway musicals, The Paramount, since reopening in 1991, has hosted a steady stream of headline attractions, and served as the venue of choice for gala fundraisers and a wide variety of charity events by local non-profits.

The Paramount Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization, and the theater itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We rely heavily on public support to keep the shows going, so please consider joining with a tax-deductible membership contribution. Paramount Bristol Membership comes with a donation of any size, and the more you contribute the better the perks. For example, a donation of $50 or more gets you discounts to most events, and $100 or more gets you discounts and early ticket buying privileges as well. Full membership information is available on our website, www.paramountbristol.org.

We hope everyone will visit our website to learn about the exciting calendar of upcoming events. There is something to appeal to folks of all ages, types and tastes. And we make it sooooo easy! Just pick a night, buy your tickets online, and get downtown for a show! Our online ticketing is available 24/7 and you can even link to information about local dining spots. We have everything you need to put together an exciting night out on the town.

We are here for you. Our goal is to make Paramount Bristol a part of your life. All you have to do is SHOW UP!


Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube is a casual dining restaurant based in Sharon, Pennsylvania. The original restaurant was built in 1974 by George “Jig” Warren and Gary “Mo” Meszaros in an abandoned gas station in downtown Sharon, and decorated with license plates and old automobiles. Originally a “cook-your-own-steak” establishment, Quaker Steak’s signature dish is now its chicken wings and the variety of sauces used to season them.

The name is a play on that of the motor oil product Quaker State.

The Quaker Steak and Lube Bristol restaurant is located near the Virginia-Tennessee border. This Virginia restaurant opened in June 2014. The Bristol location offers the best wings on the Virginia-Tennessee border with over 25 different wing sauces. Come visit our Bristol restaurant if you are looking for something to do. There is always something happening at The Lube like our trademark Bike Night, Kid’s events, Tuesday All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Wing Night, Happy Hour and more!


Wm King Clothiers

Since the opening of Wm King Clothiers in historic Downtown Bristol in 1981, we have had the reputation as being one of the finest haberdasheries in the South. We take great pride in selecting clothing that is beautifully merchandised and exclusive to us. You will not find our selection of clothing on every street corner or in every mall. Once you visit us you will quickly realize that we are less about fashion and more about your individual style. From a creative standpoint, we enjoy mixing the timeless classics with a modern and relevant fit for today. If you are looking for a sartorial edge, Wm King Clothiers is your store.

Although the cornerstone of our look is quite recognizable, our passionate team of William King, Ann Altizer, and Robbie Blanton help and teach each customer the art of dressing with sartorial gracefulness. In a world of internet shopping and a lack of customer service we continue to be a destination for those that are pursuing individual excellence without compromise. At Wm King Clothiers we are proud of the relationships we have built over the years from taking care of the customer’s clothing needs.

For both ladies and men, our curated collections from such notables as Polo Ralph Lauren, Peter Millar, Samuelsohn, Ballin, W. Kleinberg, Shoshanna, Milly and our own designed clothing is a disembark from the ordinary. We have always believed that our clothing has relevance and we are devoted to helping each customer find the unexpected.

As we approach our 37th year at the same location in Downtown Bristol, our store reflects a sense of style, service, experience and a friendly atmosphere that is rarely found in today’s retail environment. Wm King Clothiers is a true Southern icon in the fine apparel industry that offers a collection of clothing with a distinct point of view. We truly value our reputation as a sartorial haven for those who love great looking clothes with unparalleled attention to detail and service. We look forward to showing you our own interpretation of classic clothing for ladies and gentlemen.

At Wm King Clothiers, service and quality never go out of style.

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