Mast General Store Projects 2020 Roanoke Opening

mast general store roanokeROANOKE (Jan. 30, 2019) – The Mast General Store, a family of stores based in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, is coming to Downtown Roanoke.

The location will be inside the Heironimus Building, at 401 South Jefferson Street. Originally constructed as a furniture store in 1905, the Heironimus Department Store took over the building in 1915 and remained a part of downtown until 1996.

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Atlantic Credit and Finance To Create 115 Jobs in Downtown Roanoke

atlantic credit and finance roanokeROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 4, 2018) – Atlantic Credit and Finance (ACF), a subsidiary of Encore Capital Group, will invest $4 million to expand its operations, creating 115 new jobs in downtown Roanoke.

The company, a leading servicer of unsecured, consumer-distressed assets, currently located at 3353 Orange Ave., will be moving to a new 50,000-square-foot office at 111 Franklin Road. With 244 retained jobs plus the new hires, 359 people will be added to growing downtown employment.

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Deschutes Brewery Opening Tasting Room in Roanoke

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Deschutes2Rke in … August?

The brewery, which is planning an $85 million production facility in Roanoke, will open a tasting room modeled after its public houses in Bend and Portland downtown this summer.

renderingsThe tasting room will be a 315 Market St. and include more than 15 taps of Deschutes beers, growler fill-ups, merchandise, and food. Details are still in the works, but the location will likely include indoor and outdoor seating and ready-to-eat foods crafted by local restaurants.

“Roanoke is home to us now and we wanted to put down some roots while we plan for breaking ground on our new brewery east of town,” said Nate Brocious, tours and tasting room manager of Deschutes Brewery.

The Roanoke Regional Partnership played a vital role in helping the brewery select the region for its East Coast facility. See the full timeline of the Deschutes project, which was announced in 2016.

Learn more about plans for the downtown tasting room from Deschutes Brewery.

ICYMI – Deschutes Brewery is bringing the Street Pub back to Roanoke this summer. The event, scheduled for July 15, broke records in the Roanoke Region last year for the number of kegs consumed (241) while raising $81,000 for nine local nonprofits.

The Blue Ridge Marathon is for Runners … And You!

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Grab your cow bells and get ready to cheer on runners in the seventh running of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon on Saturday.

Even if you aren’t participating in one of the four races – marathon, half marathon, Anthem Star 10K, or Carilion Children’s Family One-Miler – you can be a vital part of the experience. From volunteers to friendly faces along the route, it takes the support of the community to make runners from all over the country feel at home and give them that final push to cross the finish line.

So come out this weekend. Ring a bell. Make a sign. Shout words of encouragement. Support runners as they power through America’s Toughest Road Marathon. (You can find the perfect spot using one of the course maps.)

And then come out to Elmwood Park and celebrate after the race. There will be plenty of food, beer, and live music. If you can’t make it during the Finish Festival, come back to the Galactic show at 6 p.m. The New Orleans-based funk band features an eclectic mix of vocals and instrumentals and is sure to be a blast. (Tickets are still available.)

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5 Ways to Participate in the Blue Ridge Marathon (That Don’t Include Running)

  1. Cheer on the runners from a spot along the course (bonus points for having a creative sign)
  2. Volunteer on race day (it’s not too late)
  3. Watch the races live on WDBJ7 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  4. Come to the Finish Festival and congratulate a runner (track your pals along the way on the race app)
  5. Get your groove on with live music at Down by Downtown (three days of live music, starting Thursday)

Blue Ridge Marathon

  • When: April 16, races start at 7:30 a.m.
  • Where: Start and finish at Elmwood Park
  • Finish festival: Expect to find food trucks, craft beer, artists and vendors and plenty of live music. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Down by Downtown: Get Galactic tickets online; Friday pre-race concert featuring Rumpke Mountain Boys and Annabelle’s Curse is free