The Roanoker - July/August 2017 - 106
Shop in Vinton
A day of retail therapy in Vinton can include antiques, home
appliances and even one-on-one music lessons. And that's barely
scratching the surface!
will have you
Shopping in Vinton is more fun than ever, thanks to a variety of local stores and enthusiastic owners. Foot traffic
has picked up considerably in the last year, thanks in part
to the library's opening and Twin Creeks Brewery, both
downtown in comfortable walking distance.
Pete Peters, assistant town manager and director of
economic development, believes the uniqueness of their
retail stores is enticing to guests.
"The quality shopping options we have are authentic,"
says Peters. "They're unique to Vinton and not found anywhere else. We don't have big-box establishments."
The opening of Twin Creeks Brewing has also brought in
more business, including guests who visit the stores before
or after their craft beer outing. Many of their customers
didn't even realize Vinton had a downtown, and stay or
return to explore the area.
There is a lot of selection for customers looking for
goods, even large purchases. Vinton Appliance is more
than a one-name supplier, with many options to choose
from, whether it's basic goods or a premium appliance.
Vinton Appliance general manager Paul St. Clair says
that, thanks in part to the brewery, they've seen more
walk-through traffic than in previous years. As a prominent Vinton business for over 16 years, their reputation
and word of mouth is their best advertising. In addition,
St. Clair and much of the staff are an integral part of the
community outside of the retail section, too.
St. Clair was born and raised in Vinton and has volunteered with the fire department, served as volunteer magistrate and done many other things for Vinton outside of
the retail store. "Vinton is my hometown. We [the staff at
Vinton Appliance Center] have all lived here and raised our