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In This IssueDucks on the Dan  |  Business Spotlight – Lantor’s Store  |  Third Thursday - Shaggin’ in South Boston  |  The Farmers Kitchen  |  Summer Theatre at the Prizery Grand Opening Celebration at Farmers Market  |  Summer Concert Series  |  Fire Hydrants Project  |  Façade Improvement Program

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Ducks On The Dan

Quacky is busy preparing his flock for the 3rd Annual Ducks on the Dan Derby Duck Race coming up on June 12!

Come enjoy the fun in Constitution Square from 11 am – 5 pm. The duck drop is at 3 pm. A DJ will be there to help the crowd and Quacky have fun dancing to Disco Duck and there will be fun and inflatables for the kids! There will be great food available as well and to combat the heat, there will be ice cream and a mist tent.

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
Lantor’s Store, 437 Main Street, South Boston, VA

Lantor’s Celebrates 104 Years in South Boston

You know a business has become an institution when everyone knows you by name, and such is the case with Lantor’s, a fixture in downtown South Boston for 104 years. John Lantor is the third generation of his family to operate Lantor’s following in the footsteps of his father Nathan Lantor, Uncle William Lantor and Grandfather Samuel Arthur Lantor, who founded the business in 1906. From the earliest days, the entire Lantor family was involved in the day-to-day operation of the store, with Nathan Lantor helping at the store when he was a just a boy. Nathan Lantor eventually took over the reins in 1959 after the death of his father, Samuel Arthur Lantor.

Lantor’s originally carried merchandise for both men and women, along with a variety of piece goods, ribbons and thread. In 1920, Lantor’s became an exclusive Ladies store, complete with two salesladies, one seamstress and one milliner, and by 1962, the staff had grown to five salesladies and two ladies in alterations. In the mid-70’s, John Lantor returned home from college to take over the operation of the store and remains there today.

When asked how the ladies apparel store has survived for over a century at the same location, Lantor said, “We special in customer service, quality and one of kind merchandise. The key to success is having integrity, being honest and always aiming to please the customer. If you live by these, customers will always come back. Some in business may have forgotten what these words truly mean, but if you live by those words in your business and at home, then good things happen”.

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Third Thursday - Shaggin' In South Boston

Downtown South Boston welcomes the First Thursday of the season and is ready for fun!

Shaggin' in South Boston will be held on Thursday, June 17 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm in the grass area next to Carter Bank & Trust. Dance the evening away while enjoying DJ Ernelle Bellamy with Big Fade Productions spinning the hottest classic oldies and beach music around. Beverages will be available on-site and admission is free. There will also be “Art on the Wall” and a “Sittin' Pretty Chair Auction”. 434-575-4209 or [email protected]

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

To help you enjoy the fresh bounty at the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market, the Southside Master Food Volunteers sends you a great squash recipe. Come to the Farmers Market on June 12 for Green Bean & Squash Day.
Try this quick and easy, low calorie side dish for a summer dinner! Squash should be small and firm for the best in taste and texture.

Lemony Summer Squash

Serves 4 Preparation Time: 15 minutes

1 lb. summer squash -- sliced 1/4" thick
2 tsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic -- minced
1 tsp. dried rosemary -- crumbled
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Slice squash in 1/4" rounds. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium. Add garlic and sauté for 1 min. Add squash and cook, stirring gently, until tender (about 4 min.). Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.

Per Serving: 47 Calories; 3g Fat (43.8% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 3mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat.

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Summer Theatre at the Prizery

The Prizery brings old-style glamour and three professional musicals to town for a Summer Theatre Celebration. “Dames at Sea,” a musical comedy, is the first musical that opens Thursday, June 24, for 10 shows.

Click here to download the flyer for this series!

The young professional actors and singers are moving in from as far away as the Gulf Coast to South Boston, each bringing his or her own talents, dreams and starry-eyed ambitions for a life in show business.

For more information, call (434)-572-8339 or visit www.prizery.com

Grand Opening Celebration at the Farmers Market

On Saturday, June 19, there will be a grand opening celebration at the Farmers Market, located at 300 Broad Street. Come enjoy refreshments, music, and as always, lots of home grown and homemade goodies from the people you know and trust! Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening related questions and the group working on the Botanical Garden Project at Edmunds Park will give an update. The Market will be open from 7:30 am until the farmers sell out. The Bluegrass Five will perform from 9 – 10 am.

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Summer Concert Series

On Saturday, June 26, ‘Sticky Fingers’, a Leading International Rolling Stones Band, will perform in Constitution Square. Get your tickets in advance and save at McCollum-Ferrell Shoes, Caffe Peroni, True Value, Heritage House Home Furnishings, or Town Hall.

Click here to rock to “Start Me Up” and get more information.

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Fire Hydrants Project

Do you have an artistic flair? If so, we need you! Fifteen fire hydrants in Downtown South Boston will be painted to represent local historical characters. The photos above are samples from New Bern, NC.  Call 434-575-4209 or [email protected] for more information on the project.  

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 Façade Improvement Program

DDSB announces a Façade Improvement Grant Program where business owners will be eligible for funding assistance for façade improvements in the amount of 50% of the project up to $1700. Call 434-575-4209 or [email protected] to get information, guidelines, and application.

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June 2010


Downtown Happenings

6/12 Green Bean & Squash Day” at the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market
6/12 3rd Annual Ducks on the Dan Derby Duck Race

Entrepreneur Express Workshop


Third Thursday – Shaggin’ In South Boston!

6/17 8pm, HCLT - Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, The Prizery
6/18 8pm, HCLT - Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, The Prizery
6/19 10am & 8pm, HCLT - Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, The Prizery
6/19 Grand Opening Celebration at the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market
6/20 3pm, HCLT - Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, The Prizery
6/26 Summer Concert Series in Constitution Square – Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones Tribute Band)

“Celebrate Summer with Local Foods” at the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market

Summer Musical Theatre at the Prizery | DAMES AT SEA

OPENING NIGHT Thu., June 24 - 7:30
Friday June 25 - 7:30
Saturday June 26 - MATINEE 2:00
Saturday June 26 - 7:30
Wednesday June 30 - 2:00
Wednesday June 30 - 7:30
Thursday July 1 - 7:30
Friday July 2- 7:30
Sat., July 3 - 2:00
Sat., July 3 - 7:30 - CLOSING NIGHT


Board of Directors


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


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


Tamyra Vest


Trivia Question

How well do you know South Boston History?

What downtown building did Derwood Bane’s Market occupy in the 1940’s and 1950’s?

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 Sharron Warren, who was the first to answer May’s trivia question correctly.

The first Tobacco Festival was held on September 25, 1935 as some 25,000 excited spectators awaited the long line of floats and celebrities. During the next six years each September, it brought thousands of visitors from near and far to attend the festival. WWII prevented the continuance of the annual celebration and it was held for the last time in 1941.

This photo depicts Children’s miniature floats in the 1936 parade. That’s Virginia “Poo” Hunt Roberts in the front float!



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Above BISTRO 1888
1 bedroom loft apartment available. Appliances furnished. $500/month. Call 434-572-2296.

Welcome your newest neighbors to Downtown as they prepare to open their business later this summer! Bob & Mary Wilkerson with Southern Plenty, 206 Main Street.

Caffe Peroni is now open late till 8! With their regular menu items and hope to be adding new dinner items soon!

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.

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432 Main Street
South Boston, VA 24592
Phone: (434) 575-6246
   Fax: (434) 575-4275
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