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WORK IN VINTON
users. And of course, it doesn't stop at the library; guests
will go out for lunch or shop, effectively adding to the
"Visitors come in and see the new library, lighting and
sidewalks, our proximity to the greenway and more," says
Peters. "They see activity and want to stay, which is great
for our economy."
Twin Creeks Brewing, 2015 winners of The Gauntlet, was
another driving force behind the developments. While
midday activities such as running out for lunch or the bank
was always good for business, the evening and weekend
vibe, complete with live music at the brewery, has created
a bigger draw for citizens and visitors.
"We feel like we're home already," says Andy Bishop,
owner and operator of Twin Creeks Brewing. "Our research
over the years showed that breweries do play a role in communities, especially a small town...we treat our establishment like a family-friendly, social environment. People
come with friends and can bring their kids. They have dinner at the food trucks or local restaurants, stay for the live
music and more."
STORES ARE CAPITALIZING on the increased traffic, doing
so by putting out merchandise and signage on sidewalks,
leaving front doors open to encourage walk-ins and more.
In addition to bringing revenue to restaurants, the brewery
also hosts local food trucks. They provide work for locals, offering jobs to Vinton and Roanoke county residents looking
to work in a close-knit, fun environment. Their upcoming
patio expansion and desire for a diverse entertainment clientele will continue to help Vinton's downtown scene grow.
"The clientele who comes to the brewery, they're looking
for an upscale city setting in a beautiful downtown area,"
says Bishop. "Vinton offers all of that and then some."
While the lack of central parking might be a problem
anywhere else, the free parking throughout the area offers
convenience and encourages customers to stroll through
downtown, visit shops on their way to the brewery and
spend more time learning about all Vinton has to offer.
In addition, Vinton encourages new businesses to become part of their community. With The Gauntlet, an annual competition offering grants to hardworking businesses,
local incentive programs and unique grant opportunities,
entrepreneurs are welcomed with open arms to join the
exciting time of growth.
"Vinton is a place where things are happening," says Peters. "It's creating windows of opportunity we didn't have
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