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In This IssueBuy Your Mom a Quack Pak for Mothers Day  |  Business Spotlight  |   Sittin’ Pretty in Downtown SoBo  | Muses of Modern Dance 
Advertise your business for FREE in Virginia’s E-Travel Guide!  | Main Street Mixer  | Improve Your Tech Skills at the SVHEC | Cooking at the Farmers Market

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Buy Your Mom a Quack Pak for Mothers Day

Duck Season is open in South Boston. Don’t pull out the shotgun, this is ‘Rubber Duck’ Season. The 3rd Annual Ducks on the Dan Derby Duck Race is coming up on June 12.

We have had some excited mothers the past two duck races who were ecstatic that their mother’s day gift yielded some great prizes! Treat your mom to a chance at winning!

To adopt a duck, see a list of prizes, or for more information, call the Quackline at 1-877-80-QUACK(78225) or 434-575-6246 or visit www.ducksonthedan.com

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Business Spotlight
Puryear’s Florist, 213 Main Street, South Boston, VA.

A family-owned florist for three generations!

Puryear’s Florist started in 1956 by Emily T. Puryear in the basement of her home (see inset photo) at 2906 North Main Street, South Boston, VA. Six years later, a new building and a greenhouse was built behind the house to provide more room. Emily passed the floral genes on to all three of her children, Leslie Jr., Aileene and Joncy. After the death of Emily, Leslie Jr. operated the florist for a short time.

Aileene then took over the business and moved it to Downtown South Boston in 1976 where it is today. Aileene passed away in 1992, leaving her daughter, third generation Karen King, to continue the family business. Karen had worked in the florist since 1969. Karen’s aunt, Joncy P. Martin now owns a florist in Graham, North Carolina.

For fifty-four years, Puryear’s Florist has served their customers with pride. Come by and see Karen at 213 Main Street or call her at 434-572-4936 for all your Mother’s Day needs. She has fresh cut flowers, blooming plants and green gardens that will treat your mom to her special day!

Would you like to have your business spotlighted in an upcoming newsletter? Send photos and information to [email protected].

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Sittin’ Pretty in Downtown SoBo


A Fundraiser to support the Arts and help pay for Third Thursday expenses

Artists are busy as a bee painting their creations onto twenty-one children’s wooden chairs. These chairs will be displayed in front of downtown businesses seven at a time for two weeks prior to each Third Thursday event in June, July and August. Email [email protected] if your business is interested in sponsoring a chair for $25. There is a limited availability - seven chairs are available each month. The chairs will be auctioned off at each Third Thursday event; June 17, July 15, and August 19.

Look for upcoming information in the next issue on the Third Thursday event on June 17 – Shaggin’ in the Street!

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Muses of Modern Dance: The Legends & The Legacies

As part of the 2010 statewide Minds Wide Open, Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts, Moving Voices The Isadora Duncan Cultural Exchange Inc. is delighted to invite you to The Prizery for a performance of Muses of Modern Dance: The Legends and The Legacies, a highlight of pioneering American Modern Dance works by Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, and Ruth St. Denis.

Moving Voices welcomes Dr. Jeanne Bresciani, The Isadora Duncan International Institute; Jody Sperling, Time Lapse Dance; and Livia Vanaver, Vanaver Caravan, all of New York. On Friday, May 14th, Moving Voices, located at 419A Main Street, will host a Meet The Art and Artist Workshop from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and during part of the Saturday, May 15th performance at The Prizery at 8:00 pm, dancers from Moving Voices will be on stage with these master professionals, engaging in a unique and sublime evening of Modern Dance. Moving Voices The Isadora Duncan Cultural Exchange is one of only four Duncan Studios on the East Coast. This is a rare opportunity for local students to dance alongside professionals from a field they love and aspire to learn more about.

Please visit the MOVING VOICES website at www.mvidce.org or call 434-517-0060 for detailed information. Ticket purchases are made through The Prizery at www.prizery.com or call 434-572-8339.

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Advertise your business for FREE in Virginia’s E-Travel Guide!

VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS E-TRAVEL GUIDE is read by 6.6 million people annually, and you can write 850 words about your business AND have a photo on their site for FREE!

It’s a win/win opportunity for your business and downtown South Boston. Shopping is one of the main reasons people visit, whether it’s craft shops featuring famous artists and local crafters or antique shops or gifts & collectibles or one-of-a-kind businesses.

Presently South Boston has only 7 businesses advertised. If you were a traveler or tourist looking at South Boston’s shopping, would there be enough businesses listed to encourage you to stroll through our beautiful downtown? Take a look at a city comparable to us in size – Click here to see Bedford’s list of 30. We could easily have more businesses listed and then travelers would take note!

Within 15 minutes of your time, you can be on the Virginia Travel website with 850 words about your business and a picture of your choice.

So how do I add my business?

It’s easy:

  • Go to www.virginia.org
  • From the home page, scroll to the bottom and click on ‘add/update a listing’
  • Click ‘register for an account’ (there is no cost - simply for contact purposes only)
  • Follow steps, explains how to add a listing and gives a contact person at VTC.

When a business or event is added, they will review and either accept it or inform you of what needs to be corrected. You can change or modify your page at any time in the future, add special events, etc.

Let’s highlight our exciting Virginia Main Street Community and let visitors see the real Virginia on Main Street!

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Main Street Mixer

Picture left to right: Enjoying the Main Street Mixer are Pat Burgess, John Lantor, Teresa McCollum, Jim Burgess, Mark Foster and David McCollum.

The first quarterly Main Street Mixer for downtown businesses and property owners was held on Tuesday, April 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at 3 Women & No Truck. A good time was had by all.

Some quotes from the evening:

Would your business like to host a Main Street Mixer? Send your request to [email protected] or 434-575-6246.

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Happenings at the SVHEC
Improve Your Technology Skills in May at the SVHEC

May is Improve Your Technology Skills month at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC)! May 17-20 the SVHEC will offer a series of non-credit workshops for individuals who would like to learn new time and money saving skills. Participants will explore Apple’s latest creation, the iPad; quickly build a website or blog; make free calls from their computers; and explore simple file sharing.

Click here to download the flyer for this series!

Workshops begin May 17 with “Build a Website or Blog, Fast and Easy.” On May 18, the workshop “Free Audio and Video Calling With Your Computer,” will be offered. The final workshop offering will cover “Simple Online Sharing: Share What You Want With Who You Want". On May 17, 18, and 20 from 4:30pm-5:00pm individuals may come to the SVHEC for a demonstration of Apple’s newest gadget, the iPad.

For more information or to register for the workshops contact Patricia Ward, SVHEC Coordinator for the Arts, at [email protected]  or 434-572-5440 and toll free 1-800-283-0098.  

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 The Farmer’s Kitchen - From Our Garden To Your Table

Cooking Demonstrations at the Farmers Market

Ten people recently completed Virginia's Master Food Volunteer Program in Halifax County during a thirty hour training program, hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension. Participants learned about health, nutrition and wellness, as well as new ways to prepare good foods. Their talents will be showcased during cooking demonstrations on select Saturdays at the South Boston and Halifax Farmer's Markets in May, June and July. Graduates are: Front row: Scentique Tabron, Jewell Giles and Virginia Klutz. Back Row: Kendrick Hansil, Ami Hudson, Sharron Warren, Sharon Blosser, Anita Head and Dayle Berger. Not pictured is Jennifer Hochstein.

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May 2010


Downtown Happenings

5/7 HCLT - Suds The Rocking 60's, 8pm at The Prizery
5/8 HCLT - Suds The Rocking 60's, 8pm at The Prizery
5/9 HCLT - Suds The Rocking 60's, 3pm at The Prizery

Small Town & Merchant Workshop, 8-10 am, Council Chambers


Meet The Art and Artist Workshop, 7-9 pm, Moving Voices Studio


Muses Of Modern Dance: The Legends And The Legacies, 8 pm, The Prizery


Strawberry Day at the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market

5/20 Richmond Symphony, 7:30 pm, The Prizery
5/22 Lawson Creek Grass, 7:30 pm, The Prizery
5/26 Philadanco Dance Company, 7:30 pm, The Prizery
6/5 Canning and Food Preservation Workshop at the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market
6/8 6-9pm, QuickBooks Workshop for Intermediate Users, SVHEC
6/10 6-9pm, QuickBooks Workshop for Intermediate Users, SVHEC

Board of Directors


President Wayne Fuller
Vice President Gene Haugh
Secretary John Hayes
Treasurer Tom Raab


Ricky Hutcherson Jim Sizemore
Patty Ward Carol Foster
Donna Swanson Lilly McDowell
Ronnie Pulliam


Tamyra Vest


Trivia Question

How well do you know South Boston History?

During what years was the National Tobacco Festival held in South Boston?

Be the 1st to email the correct answer to [email protected] and have your name and answer in next month’s newsletter.

Last Month's Winning Answer

to Donna Swanson, with Images by Swanson Photography, who knows her downtown architecture and was the first to answer May’s question correctly.

This photo is of Lantor’s Store located at 437 Main Street.


Want to submit items to the newsletter? Please send your downtown happenings, information, news, photos and events to [email protected] or call 434-575-4209 by the 25th of each month to be included in the next month's issue.

Are You A Property Owner?

Does Downtown have your building information? We are updating the available building inventory. Please email [email protected] to request a building inventory form. In order to adequately present the opportunities that exist, updating this information is very important.

 ~ Contact Info ~

Destination Downtown South Boston
432 Main Street
South Boston, VA 24592
Phone: (434) 575-6246
   Fax: (434) 575-4275
[email protected]