MBPA welcomes new board members

Bob Ball Middleburg Millwork Tone Moore Popcorn Monkey

Bob Ball (left) of Middleburg Millwork Inc. and Tone Moore of Popcorn Monkey are the newest members of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s Board of Directors.

—The Middleburg Business and Professional Association welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors—Tone Moore, owner of Popcorn Monkey, and Bob Ball, president of Middleburg Millwork Inc.—at its monthly networking event on July 12 at Middleburg Common Grounds.

Moore, who is well-known for his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to the Middleburg community, is an Ohio native whose love of popcorn dates back to his childhood, when he would cheer on his beloved Cleveland Indians at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium while noshing on freshly popped popcorn. Ball, on the other hand, is a native of The Plains who has worked at Middleburg Millwork for 36 years and expanded his company’s offerings to make it the Middleburg area’s one-stop hardware and lumber store.

“We have two gentleman joining the board, both in retail, both very active in their businesses and who I think will definitely bring us some new ideas for all of us to share,” said Punkin Lee, president of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, at the July Biz Buzz, which was co-hosted by Three Fox Vineyards, Fields of Athenry and Middleburg Common Grounds.

The board appointed Moore and Ball to finish out the terms of departing board members Christina Naramore, now teaching in North Carolina as part of Teach for America, and Phil Miller, who was recently sworn into office for Middleburg’s Town Council. MBPA will hold elections this fall for the seats for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

At the meeting, Middleburg Police Chief A.J. Panebianco also warned that some of the town’s businesses had received counterfeit $100 bills in the last couple of weeks. To help local businesses detect counterfeit money, the Middleburg Police Department is providing counterfeit bill detectors to local businesses free of charge, so please stop by the police department to pick one up if you haven’t already.

The meeting also covered several important developments the business association has been working on, including the release of the summer issue of The Buzz, MBPA’s quarterly newsletter, which is now available in select locations throughout town. Be sure to pick up your copy today or download it here.

MBPA, which now has a record-breaking 115 members, is also adding a media library to its website with photos available for use by members of the press and meeting and travel planners. Member businesses wishing to contribute high-resolution, professional-quality photos should contact info@visitmiddleburgva.com.

MBPA also has several important upcoming events, including the Summer Sidewalk Sale on Aug. 5-7. The eagerly anticipated sale will feature great bargains throughout town, with sales on everything from dog leashes and gifts to men’s and women’s fashions. This year’s participating retailers include Country Classics, The Christmas Sleigh, Duchessa, Highcliffe Clothiers, J. McLaughlin, Journeymen Saddlers, Les Jardins de Bagatelle, Lou Lou, Market Salamander, Middleburg Bank, Middleburg Millwork, Native Barre, Olio, Popcorn Monkey, Richard Allen Clothing, Stitch, The Tack Box, Tully Rector and Wylie Wagg. Look for the balloons throughout town to find participating retailers!

Also in August, MBPA expects to host a workshop on Google AdWords led by Michael Johnson of Smart Real Tours. More details on the workshop will be emailed to members, so please contact us at info@visitmiddleburgva.com if you’d like to be included on our email list.

Also upcoming: look for a window contest in September with a construction theme (and please check out Wylie Wagg’s fantastic window display if you haven’t already) and a block party in November once the road construction is completed.

And be sure to mark your calendar for these other upcoming events:

  • Open Late Concert Series (July 29 & Aug. 26): Please join us for great music, local wine and Virginia craft beer at the National Sporting Library & Museum. This summer’s featured performers are the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra (July 29) and Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling (Aug. 26). Concerts and museum admission are FREE and open to the public 6-8 p.m. Concerts are held rain or shine. Picnics are welcome, but no glass containers or outside alchohol is permitted. Cash bar provided. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Frances Monroe at FMonroe@NationalSporting.org or (540)687-6542, ext. 26.
  • Bluemont Concert Series (July 23 & 30): On Saturday evenings in July starting at 7:30 p.m., the Bluemont Concert Series features outdoor performances (weather permitting) at 15 S. Madison St. in historic downtown Middleburg. Tickets are $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, and $2 for kids under 12. This year’s concerts feature Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie (bluegrass) and Beltway Brass Quintet (jazz standards). Concerts are held at Middleburg Community Charter School in bad weather.
  • Art in the ‘Burg (July 23): This town-wide event, held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include the Main Event: a collection of local and regional artists under tents offering their creative works for sale. Throughout town, Middleburg businesses will host other special art features. The day will also include music, wine tastings and plein-air artists.
  • Carriage Day (July 23): Also on July 23, NSLM will be hosting Carriage Day, a FREE community and family event featuring more than 20 historic and refurbished carriages of all shapes, sizes and eras from the Piedmont Driving Club and Colonial Williamsburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • NSLM Polo Classic (Sept. 11): The National Sporting Library & Museum’s 6th Annual Polo Classic fundraising event will be held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. John Gobin, a six-goal polo player and manager at Great Meadow, is organizing teams for two matches, four chukkers each. Gates will open at 11 a.m. to start all the pre-match festivities. Tickets, tables, tailgate passes and general admission passes can be found at www.nationalsporting.org. For more information about the event, contact Alexandra McKay at AMcKay@NationalSporting.org or (540) 687-6542, ext. 24.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our next Biz Buzz, held Aug. 9 at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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