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Downtown Staunton

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Downtown Staunton offers a unique combination of historic preservation, sense of place, cultural arts amenities and sustainable economic development opportunities for small business to flourish.

Downtown Staunton is an award-winning Virginia Main Street community with 270 businesses, 30 restaurants, 80 specialty stores, antiques, service businesses and salons, all cloistered in an historically preserved setting featuring Victorian architecture. Downtown theaters include the Blackfriar's Playhouse at The American Shakespeare Center, The Visulite and The Dixie. Attractions include the Farmer's Market (Saturdays, Apr - Nov), The Antique Fire Engine Museum, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace, the R. R. Smith Center for Arts and History, and Mary Baldwin College. Lodging choices include The Miller House Bed & Breakfast, The Frederick House, Howard Johnson's and Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center.

Shop in Downtown Staunton

"A good client doesn't change shops in three years, a good shop doesn't change clients in three years."- Chinese Proverb

Whether spending a day meandering through eclectic shops or stopping in to see your favorite merchant for that one-of-a-kind service, downtown Staunton's shopping is always a great idea! With unique products and personal attention only independents can provide, shopping locally also contributes to the community in ways that make buying downtown an economically-responsible decision as well!

Dine in Downtown Staunton

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Staunton is proud of the fine culinary traditions and wide-ranging dining choices available in our friendly downtown. Praised by food critics from larger metropolitan areas as a culinary destination for fresh, local cuisine and eclectic independent eateries, Staunton's restaurant scene boasts some of the best food experiences to be had anywhere! W

Play in Downtown Staunton

"If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it."-Herodotus

With more than 20 spas/salons, year-round live theater, state-of-the-art cinema, a full-slate of arts and cultural activities and a burgeoning local music scene all located in a walkable downtown, Staunton is THE PLACE to pamper yourself, have fun and relax!

About the SDDA

The Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA) is a nationally accredited Main Street program. Operating as non-profit volunteer-based association since 1995, the SDDA's mission is to enhance downtown Staunton's economic environment as a center of commerce while maintaining the character and integrity of the city's Downtown Service District.

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