— In a positive sign for the local economy, Middleburg is welcoming several new businesses to town, including a toy store and a candy shop.
The new businesses that are expected to open soon or have recently opened include: Brick and Mortar (a specialty gift shop owned by locals Tara and Ben Wegdam set to open in the old Southern States building), Thistlethwaite Americana (set to open in the former home of Kizmetz), Antiques on Washington Street (now open in the former Julien’s space), Playroom (a toy store owned by locals Michelle McNaughton and Chris Bernard set to open in the space currently occupied by Hastening Antiques, which is relocating to Federal Street), and a candy shop opening in the former Thos. Hays & Son Jewelers spot on S. Madison Street.
“That’s a great new mix of businesses coming to town and very exciting that people want to come here, and we want to share our town with them,” said Punkin Lee, president of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association.
The changes were announced at the MBPA’s virtual Biz Buzz, hosted by Salon Aubrey on April 13. Owner Dwight Grant, who recently celebrated his business’s 10th year in operation, highlighted some lessons he’s learned over the years, including being adaptable to change — first converting his business from a barbershop to a full-service salon and later adapting to all the changes required during the COVID-19 pandemic. (You can watch a video recording of the meeting here.)
“I’m glad that we’ve kept the customer first and that this town is as close and tight-knit as it is,” Grant said.
Other business items of note discussed at the meeting included the Loudoun Innovation Challenge, a program designed “to promote entrepreneurship and business growth by identifying and supporting companies that are developing truly innovative products and services in Loudoun County.” The second-annual competition for entrepreneurs will open for the first round of applications on May 1.
Additionally, the Middleburg Business and Professional Association has extended the deadline for recipe submission until April 30. MBPA members should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Lee also highlighted Middleburg Marketplace, a project of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, at the meeting. Middleburg Marketplace features more than 40 high-quality vendors and 800 curated, handcrafted items. All marketplace profit is donated to charities and good causes.
Several upcoming events of note were also noted at the meeting, including:
- Foxes on the Fence (Through May 15): Artwork in the form of foxes, hounds and hares will be on display around Middleburg through May 15. Bid to purchase your favorite piece — auction ends May 9. Proceeds to benefit beautification projects and promote the arts for the Town of Middleburg.
- “Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature” at the National Sporting Library & Museum (Through Aug. 22): Featuring more than 75 original oils, this exhibition is a true survey of the painter’s life’s work, with pieces ranging from his early years as a professional artist to his most recent paintings. This exhibit will present the breadth of subject matter he has tackled, including western wildlife, camp and cowboy scenes, as well as stunning landscapes.
- Trellis Vertical Tasting at Boxwood Estate Winery (April 16-18 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.): Back by popular demand, the third annual installment of this event will provide a unique tasting experience guided by wine educators. Customers will get to taste four vintages of Boxwood’s popular Trellis wine (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) accompanied by select cheeses and baguettes. Two bottles of your choice included in table price.
- Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week (April 17-24): The annual garden tour will be in the Middleburg area on April 23-24. This year’s tour features private properties in The Plains and Delaplane, all of which are being featured for the first time on Historic Garden Week.
- Arbor Day (April 24 | 9 a.m.): Each Arbor Day since 2002, the town of Middleburg has celebrated its recognition as a Tree City USA — a designation awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation recognizing a community’s commitment to maintaining a healthy forest. This year’s celebration will honor Sally Bolton and Sam Coleman.
- Town of Middleburg Spring 2021 Clean-Up (April 24 | 7:30-10 a.m.): The cleanup will begin and end at the Town Office, 10 West Marshall Street. The morning will begin at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts, distribution of safety vests and trash collection buckets, and the organizer’s briefing. In order to comply with Virginia’s limits on outdoor gatherings, there is a sign-up sheet, which can be accessed by clicking here.
- Art in the Alley with Ann Wallace at The Artists in Middleburg (April 24 & 25 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.): Ann Wallace will be on hand to meet you, demonstrate her techniques, and to talk about/show you her work, just outside the doors of the physical gallery.
- Live Music in the Park at the Middleburg Community Center (April 30 | 6-8 p.m.): This is MCC’s seventh year offering music to our community and we cannot wait to have everyone back to the Middleburg Community Center for another great year of music, friends, great food, friends and community.
- Middleburg Spring Races (May 1): The Middleburg Spring Races have become the quintessential event to welcome spring to Virginia, synonymous with the blooming of the daffodils and dogwoods. Surrounded by Virginia’s famous hunt country, the tradition continues on Saturday, May 1. For tailgate spots, call 540-687-6545 or email email@example.com.
- Mother’s Day Quiche Pairing at Boxwood Estate Winery (May 8 & 9 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.): Celebrate Mother’s Day with Boxwood’s 2020 spring releases paired with three fabulous quiches! Mom will also get a rose to take home to remind her of her special day!
- Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point (May 9 | 1 p.m.): This year, due to COVID-19, there will be no general admission. If you wish to purchase parking spaces and tickets, please contact Lois Tuohy at 540-454-2991.