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Roanoke events coordinator Jim Schaal. Schaal's facility,
says Tickner, "has about two weddings a weekend and
the guests need something to do downtown."
The Barketts' "investment is a tremendous asset," says
Tickner. "They have a long-term plan and it will lead
others to invest in downtown property. We need to find
a reason for some of that U.S. 220 traffic to come up the
hill to downtown."
Virginia Barkett is a Botetourt County native
(daughter of a noted physician, Dr. Bob Allen) who
married Floridian Erryn Barkett and they wound up
back on her home grounds, which he enthusiastically
adopted as his own. They acquired Woodsdale Events
Venue, an 1811-era manor house with Mill Creek
running through the adjoining 97-acres. The couple has

four children who are steeped in Botetourt County. "As
the children grew, it all morphed," Virginia Barkett says.
Their son became a chef in Roanoke and, as the
Woodsdale Events Venue attracted events, there was
a need for a kitchen. One came available in downtown
Fincastle and the Barketts jumped in and bought it.
They hired one of their son's mentors, Stephanie Payne,
as director of hospitality and she set about creating a
coffee shop with what she calls a "hospitality heart," one
where relationships and community are center stage.
"The townspeople and community have embraced the
welcoming atmosphere our team has created," says
Virginia Barkett.
The Mennonite-owned Heritage Market (similar
to Roanoke Co+Op in Grandin Village) and the
rejuvenated Leonardo's Pizza have added interest. "The
timing has been really good," says Virginia. "The town's
people have kicked in." And those people for so long
have been noted as artists, writers, crafters, high-energy
creatives, lawyers, and government workers.
Payne foresees music, readings, storytelling,
and a variety of other entertainment events, along
with outside dining. "It takes all of us to make
something happen," says Payne, "and people
have our backs here. We want to be a catalyst for
regrowth." -DAN SMITH

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