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Park at The Bridges
The city has another reason to celebrate.
New stage along the river. Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges is offering live events throughout the summer.
THE HISTORIC DISTRICT ALONG
South Jefferson Street continues to evolve
with the new events venue, Dr Pepper
Park. Since opening in early May, the 2.3acre venue has hosted Ashley Monroe in
concert and the annual Woofstock Dog
Festival, among other events.
"By having our own venue we can take
advantage of artist routing for the first
time in the history of the company," says
Waynette Anderson, president of Sponsor
Hounds, which manages the new events
facility. "We will bring in different types
of entertainment. The space is adaptable
to audiences of various sizes."
In addition to some of the city's most
popular events, including Roanoke Wing
Fest in August, Dr Pepper Park will host
concerts, new festivals, corporate events
and the new summer series Hump Day
Hops, held one Wednesday each month.
"The new series is all about craft beer,"
says Anderson. "Breweries will release new
craft beers exclusively at the park weeks
before they are available to the public."
Also exclusive to Dr Pepper Park is the
implementation of new customer experience systems, notably a mobile app that
allows guests to access real-time information regarding parking, weather and
"We're the only venue that's on the
river with an unobstructed view of the
Mill Mountain Star," says Anderson. "It's
a really special place to hang out."
All Strung Out
ROANOKE'S TIM STRAWN has taken
his racquet stringing business to the world,
including Wimbledon and U.S. Open Tennis tournaments.
It is rare that good, but not elite, athletes are able to turn their love for their
sport into a living, unless they become
coaches. Tim Strawn found that stringing
tennis racquets would keep him involved
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with some of the game's best, provide a living and allow him to innovate.
Strawn, 62, was a solid upper-level tournament tennis player for years in Iowa who
found himself working for the phone company as a DC technician. He stumbled
upon stringing, first as an avocation and
then as a sideline to his main job. When he
retired from the phone company after 30
years, a full-blown tennis-related business
was already flourishing. Baselines Racquet
Sports is now 25 years old and Strawn has
His internet site (gssalliance.com, which
requires a subscription) is busy and fruitful. His retail shop, in the basement of his
home in the Oak Grove section of Roanoke County, is a beehive of activity durTHEROANOKER.COM
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Top Docs 2015 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Uber - New Way to Ride - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Best Days Under the Sun: Outdoor Entertaining Guide
Outdoor Space: The Smith Home
Wait, Beer Terroir?
Who’s Getting the Weather Right?
Let’s Go to the Lake!
Let’s Go to NoVa!
The Perfect Picnic - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Beamer’s 25 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
From The Editor / Worth a Click
The Dish: Dining Guide
Where Are They Now?
2015 Education Guide
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