The Roanoker - July/August 2017 - 92
Work in Vinton
Businesses are seeing a significant uptick in clientele thanks to
Vinton's hard work at improving downtown infrastructure and the
addition of a brewery and library, amongst others.
More businesses are moving
in thanks to
growth and excited clientele.
Thanks to the downtown revitalization, Vinton has never
been busier. The newly renovated farmers market creates
a wonderful civic area with cupolas on the pavilion, and
barn doors and shed to instill a rustic feel. The town doubled the stage's square footage (to be used during shows,
festivals and events), while the area itself provides a fantastic photo setting for those wanting a "piece of Vinton"
in their keepsake images.
The Vinton branch of the Roanoke County Library
played a large role in jumpstarting Vinton's revival. With
the opportunity as an economic driver, downtown was the
perfect spot for the library. With the success of its modern look, creating foot traffic and weeklong activities, it
has created a snowball effect. While people want to visit
downtown, they also want to live there to enjoy the convenience and walkability. Many houses around the block
are (or are in the process of) being flipped to create more
"It's not just a library," says Pete Peters, assistant town
manager. "People visit from Bonsack, Bedford and Smith
Mountain Lake...it's a civic space with activities and meeting rooms."
In addition to the space, the library's weekend movies,
teen center and coffee shop all add to Vinton's small-town
charm. It has created a multigenerational playground
of sorts, offering amenities to constant and consistent