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In This IssueMain Street Mixer  |  Christmas Cards  |  Christmas Open House  |  VEI Workshop  |  Christmas Parade  |  Volunteer

.::. Downtown Life .::.

Main Street Mixer
November 16th from 5:30 - 7:30pm

A great casual networking opportunity ideal for discussing and sharing ideas while learning about other downtown businesses. Come enjoy good company and good conversation and let’s explore the possibilities! The Main Street Mixer "Block Party" for downtown businesses and property owners will be held on Tuesday, November 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Images by Swanson Photography, 513 Main Street and Electric Service Company, 508 North Main Street.

Food and beverages will be served. North Main Street will be closed between Short Street and Main Street so beverages can go outside and back & forth between the businesses. Please bring your business cards for networking and door prize drawings. Please RSVP by November 12 to [email protected] or 434-575-4209. 

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2010 Christmas Cards on Sale

South Boston's Christmas Card are available now and this year's card features the Cast of Halifax County Little Theatre's production of It's a Wonderful Life as they appeared on the Grand Marshal Float in the South Boston Christmas Parade in 2007. Tamyra Vest, Executive Director of Destination Downtown South Boston says, "We're very excited about this year's card. Andrew J. Bohanon captured an absolute fantastic photo of this float as it continues down Main Street in the parade".

Cards come in packaged in boxes of 10 and sell for $13.50 per box.

The South Boston Christmas Cards are limited in number and are available for purchase at the DDSB office at 432 Main Street as well as Electric Service Co., McCollum-Ferrell Shoes, Avon, Distinct Impressions, So Bo Sacs, Three Women & No Truck, True Value, and Enchanted Surroundings.

You may also call 434-575-4209 or email [email protected] to order your cards. Cash, checks, Visa, MC, and Discover Card are accepted.

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Join us for a Holiday Tradition...

24th Annual Downtown South Boston Christmas Open House
Sunday, November 21, 1 - 5 pm | Santa Pictures 1 - 4 pm

Come start the holiday season with our merchants opening their doors for your holiday shopping pleasure. Stroll along enjoying the holiday lights and decorations while listening to the Christmas music piped out onto the street!

C Action Photography by David Conner II will be printing Santa pictures onsite at South Boston United Martial Arts, 323 Main Street from 1 - 4:00. 4x6 - $5; 5 x 7 - $8; 8 x 10 - $15. Various backgrounds available.

You are also welcome to bring your own camera and visit with Santa!

Email [email protected] or call 434-575-4209 for more information. 

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VEI Workshop

November 15, 2010, 10 a.m.-Noon
The Prizery - 700 Bruce St.
South Boston, VA 24592

Registration >> email [email protected]  or (276) 780-3244
On November 15, The Virginia Enterprise Initiative (VEI) will hold a free informational workshop highlighting partnership and funding opportunities that can extend training, technical assistance, and capital to Virginia's next wave of very small and emerging businesses.

Nonprofit organizations, local governments, economic development professionals and community members working to support micro-enterprises in their area are invited to attend the workshop.

VEI, Virginia's micro-enterprise initiative, provides financial resources to nonprofit organizations that specialize in the delivery of training, support, technical assistance, and loans to for-profit businesses that employ five or fewer people. These individual entrepreneurs often lack access to business training or traditional credit, and many are minorities, women, and low-income Virginians. The ultimate goal of the program is to help people become economically independent by supporting them in their pursuit of starting and expanding their own business. .

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South Boston Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 | Parade starts @ 5pm

This Year's Theme - "I Believe...."

Early Registration until Friday, Nov. 19 - after that day, $5.00 additional charge to register. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available for sale starting at 3 pm to benefit the Angel Tree Project, which provides Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in Halifax County. 2 locations on Main Street in front of Town Hall and Distinct Impressions.

You can also enter your dog in the parade. All money from the dog entries go to the Halifax County Humane Society.

A special thanks to our sponsors - Elliott Electric, Inc. is the Title Sponsor this year in addition to the other sponsors: Gold Bell Sponsors Old Dominion Electric Cooperative & Halifax County / South Boston Retail Merchants Association; and Silver Bells Sponsor ABB. Thanks for helping to make this an enjoyable event for everyone!

CLICK HERE to download Christmas Parade Application

Email [email protected] or call 434-575-4208 for more information.

This year’s parade is dedicated to the memory of Alex Williamson.

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How Can I Help Downtown Prosper?

Volunteer with Destination Downtown South Boston!

Each year, DDSB volunteers contribute hours of service and expertise to make Downtown South Boston a better place. DDSB is extremely appreciative of all the help we receive from our volunteers, who are truly the backbone of the organization.

We have opportunities for members of the community with varying interests and amounts of time to dedicate. Whether you only have an hour to give or would like to take a more active role, we would love to speak with you! Click here for a volunteer information sheet.

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November 2010


Downtown Happenings

11/15 Virginia Enterprise Initiative Workshop, The Prizery
11/16 Main Street Mixer, Electric Service Co. & Images by Swanson Photography
11/21  Christmas Open House, 1 - 5 pm
12/4 Christmas Parade

Fred Hughes Quartert @ The Prizery
11/13 (7:30 PM)

To Kill a Mockingbird at The Prizery
11/18 (8:00 PM)
11/21 (3:00 PM)
11/26(8:00 PM)


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?

Who was the first Mayor of 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

 What downtown building did Derwood Bane’s Market occupy in the 1940’s and 1950’s? Congratulations to Jim Burgess, who answered correctly - Enchanted Surroundings!.



Check Out Our New Website

Visit us at our new website and our new Facebook page, both of which are still a work-in-progress! We are looking for admin help for help for both!

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) 575-4209
   Fax: (434) 575-4275
[email protected]