MBPA welcomes Middleburg’s new business and economic development director

— There was a new face at the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s Biz Buzz networking meeting on Tuesday: Jamie Gaucher, Middleburg’s new business and economic development director.

On his second day on the job, Gaucher struck an upbeat message about the town’s economic development prospects as he addressed local business owners and professionals gathered at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant’s Manor House.

“I think Middleburg is a fantastic place,” Gaucher said. “I think it’s only going to get better.”

Gaucher has a background in small business development and entrepreneurial coaching, as well as innovation and technology-based businesses. He will be taking over some of the responsibilities of Middleburg Economic Development Coordinator Cindy Pearson, who will retire this fall.

Also noted at the meeting were a couple of exciting business developments, including the grand reopening of Goodstone Inn’s expanded conservatory-style restaurant next month and that Mt. Defiance Distillery & Cidery’s construction of its new building is expected to be completed soon.

The meeting also included a review of Visit Middleburg’s web site and social media statistics, which continue to move in positive direction. Facebook likes for Visit Middleburg have grown from 3,540 in January to 5,094 as of July 9, and Facebook posts are regularly reaching about 1,000 people per day, with a peak of 4,800 on May 10 for a post about new restaurants coming to town. Website traffic has also steadily increased for the second quarter compared to last year, with 13,835 users this year (a 140% increase from last year) and 38,935 page views, a 90% increase from last year.

MBPA President Punkin Lee also noted that a couple of Middleburg businesses are celebrating anniversaries this year, including the 6th anniversary of Dwight Grant returning to Middleburg to open a barber shop, now a full-service salon called Salon Aubrey, and the 10th anniversary of Boxwood Winery, which is celebrating with special events all year long, including food trucks on Saturdays in July, an Oyster Riot with King Street Oyster Bar on July 23 and live music on July 15.

Other special upcoming events of note include:

  • Middleburg’s Upscale Sidewalk Sale | Aug. 4-6: This much-anticipated event will include special deals throughout town. If your business is participating, be sure to email information about your specials to info@visitmiddleburgva.com.
  • Industry Night at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant | Sept. 26: Goodstone and Visit Loudoun are teaming up for this event.

We hope to see everyone at the next Biz Buzz, which will be held at Above Green on Aug. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.