Downtown Lynchburg

9 Places To Celebrate National Ice Cream Month in Downtown Lynchburg

It is almost July and summer is in full swing in Downtown Lynchburg — which means outdoor activities, plenty of sunshine, and of course lots of ice cream to help beat the heat!

Since July is National Ice Cream Month, we thought we’d put together a list of the best places to grab a sweet treat downtown. Because there is no such thing as too much ice cream, especially in the summer, right? 

1. Ice Cream Dream

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Calling all ice cream enthusiasts! This parlor has something for everyone — whether you’re a chocolate lover, a fruit fanatic or a fan of fun flavors like birthday cake and cotton candy. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Check out their all-new rolled ice cream, made right behind the glass. Try the “Oreo Overload” for a total chocolate explosion, or the “Campfire” flavor, complete with crumbled S’mores Pop-Tarts, marshmallows, and graham crackers. If you're craving a walk down memory lane, the shop even serves a rolled ice cream with all the childhood favorites, including fruit loops and rainbow sprinkles.

2. Mrs. Joy's Absolutely Fabulous Treats 

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Perhaps best known for their donuts and beautifully decorated cakes, Mrs. Joy's is expanding their menu this summer to offer some refreshing twists on classic bakery items. Order the ice cream sandwich — a choice of brownie or cookie — packed with chocolate, black cherry, mint chocolate chip or vanilla ice cream. Also be on the lookout for the newest addition, the whoopie pie ice cream sandwich, coming soon!

3. Bootleggers

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There nothing quite like a classic ice cream sundae, and Bootleggers makes one of the best downtown. Drop by and order the chocolate, strawberry or caramel for a refreshing treat that’s perfect any time of the day. Looking to try something new? Order the vanilla ice cream bowl, served with deep fried Oreo cookies, for a unique texture and flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

4. Altus Chocolate

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When it comes to gelato, Altus Chocolate is a master at recreating the authentic Italian dessert. The shop makes a variety of unique flavors, including white chocolate raspberry, lemon blueberry, sea salt caramel and fresh coconut. Each gelato is made with all-natural ingredients, and free from preservatives and colorings. Enjoy a scoop in-shop or on the go for the perfect solution to any craving.

5. THE DEPOT GRILLE

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Visit the Depot Grille for an all-American ice cream experience. The restaurant borders the James River and is the perfect stop after a walk or bike ride downtown. Drop in, sit at the soda shop counter and enjoy a dish of chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Want something a little different? Try one of their milkshake combinations to help cool off, or a bowl of sherbet for a fun and fruity blast of nostalgia on a hot summer day.

6. The Water Dog

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If you’re in need of a treat that is comforting and familiar, the Water Dog has you covered. The restaurant serves up some seriously delicious hand scooped ice cream in vanilla and chocolate flavors, as well as salted caramel. Enjoy a bowl of ice cream on the outdoor patio with a beautiful view of the James River, and a side of freshly baked in-house cookies.

7. White Hart Café

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Looking for a coffee fix that won’t leave you completely melted in the summer heat? Drop by the café to try a famous “Lynch-Vegas Affogato.” It’s made with scoops of rich vanilla ice cream, and covered in house made espresso. The dessert is layered with puffs of whipped cream and drizzled in Ghirardelli chocolate syrup. Trust us, this treat is as good as it looks. 

8. Hot & Cold CafÉ

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If you're craving something that is especially fresh and summery, try a bowl of homemade mango ice cream (left) from the Hot & Cold Café. Made with real mangoes, almond milk and coconut, the dessert is perfectly creamy and drizzled with a sweet mango puree. The café also offers a pistachio and almond ice cream, as well as a mango kulfi (right) for vegan guests. 

9. Crisp

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Looking for a healthier alternative? Crisp’s smoothie bowl — a sweet treat that is just about as satisfying as ice cream, but is actually chock-full of nutrition — is about to become your new best friend. Choose from four different pre-made bowl combinations, like the mixed berry, banana and peanut butter, or the green bowl packed with fruits and vegetables. If you’re feeling bold, try the “build your own” option to customize a bowl that is as colorful and delicious as you can imagine!

15 New Happenings in Downtown Lynchburg

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Here’s the latest on new developments and openings in Downtown Lynchburg!

It doesn’t take long to see that Downtown Lynchburg has been a hub of activity lately. Revitalization and rehabilitation is happening all throughout the district from lofts and restaurants on Jefferson, to road expansions and reopenings along Church and Main. 

We did some digging to bring you the latest and greatest about the downtown district — see what you may have missed and be sure keep up with our weekly posts online via Facebook and Instagram. #DowntownLynchburg.

1) Dublin 3 Coffeehouse is serving up serious coffee.

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Jefferson Street continues to develop at lightning pace with the latest opening of this coffeehouse in mid-April. Stop by to check out the awesome rough stone interior, and stay for a single origin pour-over (MudHouse, CounterCulture and Lamplighter are served) to see why people are already raving. With free WiFi and great hours, we foresee a lot of productivity and good conversations happening here.

2) The Emerald Stone Grille is Downtown’s hottest new restaurant.

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If you haven’t stepped into this unique eatery on Jefferson Street, make plans to head over soon. Featuring rustic decor and lighting, the grille offers a multi-cuisine menu that gives guests a truly authentic experience. The restaurant specializes in handcrafted cocktails, a variety of appetizing starters, and entrees including duck, lamb, and steak. Be sure to take a stroll along the river after dinner for a truly relaxing evening downtown. 

3) CRISP is back and better than ever.

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After months of renovations, this downtown eatery, offering healthy, whole food has reopened in a bright and beautiful space on the corner of Church and 12th. Grab a Thai wrap, some freshly squeezed juice and cozy up to the front window from a prime view of downtown. You can find their current menu — and expanded hours, yes! — on their Facebook page.

4) Experience life in a 19th century building at The Piedmont Flour Mill Lofts.

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Downtown's most recently completed housing project is the truly unique Piedmont Flour Mill Lofts, giving you the option to literally live in a piece of local history. Dating back to the early-1800s, the building now houses multiple, high-end units complete with original wooden walls and updated with modern finishes. Each space is unique in layout, and most have views high above Jefferson Street, giving you a prime view of the river, passing trains and the bustle of downtown life.

5) Coming soon: The Wills-Camp Lofts will feature a historic, yet modern aesthetic. 

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Located right on Main Street, the building plans to offer five different loft styles for residents to choose from. Each suite will display original hardwoods and metal ceilings that date back to 1880, as well as contemporary lighting and a modern kitchen. Choose to settle in one of these lofts and you will have a one-of-a-kind living experience, complete with a beautiful view of the city. 

7) The 11th Street Lofts enter the downtown scene.

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The construction of a three-story building of single and two bedroom units recently began downtown. Located right on the Bluffwalk, each room will have a private balcony and a towering view of the James River, and will be in close proximity to many of the riverfront businesses and restaurants. 

8) The Glass House is up and running and ready to host your event.

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Since its opening last year, The Glass House has brought a variety of bands and musical acts to the streets of downtown. It has also become one of the most sought-after spaces for private events and weddings. Located on Jefferson Street, it is the perfect venue for those looking for an exciting, urban venue in the middle of the downtown action. 

9) Lynchburg Community Market is still up and running.

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Don’t let the yellow tape and cones confuse you: everyone’s favorite market is still open in the midst of the area’s current construction work. Thankfully, the work being done is helping to reinforce and strengthen the parking deck, which means the market will be safer and more accessible to guests for years to come.

10) Riverfront Park promises a summer of events.

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Before long, the days of an empty Riverfront Park will be a distant memory. Beginning with Lynchstock and continuing throughout the summer, you’ll now find events being held riverside every weekend. From events like the first ever Lynchburg Food Fest to Movies in the Park to the monthly Riverfront Park Concert Series, you’ll be making this your new go-to weekend destination.

11) The Barking Dog will be serving up breakfast in the near future.

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Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this fun breakfast joint, slated to open around late summer. The latest installment from the Parry Restaurant Group — of Waterstone Pizza, Shoemakers, El Jefe, and Bootleggers fame — will feature a vintage diner-vibe, serving breakfast classics on the corner of 10th and Commerce. We can’t wait try it ourselves!

12) Windblown Apothecary to be offering holistic shopping by summer’s end.

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Downtown will be just a bit cooler, and hopefully healthier, with the launch of this new storefront coming to Church Street. Brought to us by the owners of Live Trendy or Die, the store will supply locals with “a brick-and-mortar source for healthy living that caters to healing and fauna.” With a planned opening for this fall, the shop will include succulents, crystals and vegan-dyed clothing. The owners also hope to collaborate with local florists so downtown residents can easily pick up fresh arrangements each day.

13) Grassroots Local Market coming soon.

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With hopes to bring downtown its own dedicated grocery space — complete with local and organic offerings — this Lynchburg co-op is closing in on its final round of funding. Be sure to look for them to open within the near future, right on Main Street, and visit their site to find out why 700 others have already purchased memberships.

14) Amazement Square is undergoing a $5 million expansion. 

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With a growing demand for educational programs in Lynchburg, Amazement Square is adding 17,000 square feet onto their current location. The new space will offer five classrooms, more space for traveling and in-house exhibitions and theater performances and a designated workshop for design staff. They also plan to stabilize the nearby train tunnel for a time travel exhibit that is sure to add to the incredible learning experience found at Amazement Square.

15) The Virginian is poised for greatness.

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The completion of this massive restoration and renovation — one that will restore a historic, circa 1913 landmark, while also promoting local business — is slated for the end of 2017. For now, check out the latest photos of the work that is underway, and be looking for the hotel boutique, conference center and roof top restaurant to send out updates as progress moves forward!

BONUS: Work on the The Historic Academy of Music Theatre continues!

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Restoration of one of Lynchburg's most notable historic treasures is coming along. The 1905 Academy of Music Theatre has been silent since 1958, but is finally poised to reopen in 2018, creating a beautiful 800-seat venue right here in Downtown Lynchburg. This one is a game changer!

PLUS: Lynch’s Landing has officially rebranded as the Downtown Lynchburg Association.

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We have an updated name, logo, and plenty of new programs and events planned for this upcoming year. Learn about our recent changes and the reasons behind them here.

As always, thanks for reading and keep up with us on social media: now the Downtown Lynchburg Association on Facebook and still @DowntownLynchburg on Instagram.

Share your favorite discoveries and adventures with us by tagging #DowntownLynchburg. 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR IN DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG

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LoveSign

Downtown Lynchburg is for Lovers, so get downtown, Valentiners! Find a variety of ways to celebrate love in your life, whether you’re single, taken, or somewhere in between. We’ve got a few ideas to get you started:

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Conscious Mercantile

SHOP

Looking for something unique? Find that perfect gift for that perfect someone or something special for yourself at downtown’s local shops filled with one-of-a-kind goods. Take advantage of these special offers:

The Conscious Mercantile, Live Trendy or Die, andSpeakertree Records are partnering with Miriam's House to fight homelessness in Lynchburg. Make an in-store donation at Live Trendy or Die or the Conscious Mercantile and receive 10% off the weekend of February 10th - 12th.

Enjoy 25% off recycled skateboard goodies at Scene 3 Board Shop. That includes earrings, bracelets and planters. 

Stop by Favored Flavors from February 1st - February 14th, to receive a free all-natural Herbal Bath Blend with the purchase of a Himalayan Salt Lamp while supplies last!

The Lynchburg Community Market is filled with vendors. Find handcrafted items throughout, many featuring Valentine discounts!

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INDULGE

Treat yourself (and maybe share a little, too!). Find goodies galore all over downtown like these:

Good Karma Tea is offering a Tea & Sugar Pairing on February 14th from 5pm – 7pm for just $12/couple. Be sure to pre-register for chocolate covered strawberries!

The Lynchburg Community Market is also filled with sweet treats. You can find red velvet cake, cookies, discounts on boxed chocolates, heart-shaped croissants, sweetheart crepes,  and more!

Find an array of beautiful and delicious truffles, jumbo chocolate covered strawberries, and cupcakes at Altus Chocolate.

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UNWIND

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some pampering! Make time to relax and focus on your heart, body, and mind, too! Bring your partner, lover, or friend and check out these offers:

February 11th - 13th The Parlor Spa is offering one hour couples massages for $138 and couples pedicures for $70.

Share the Love Couple’s Yoga at Yoga Goodness Studioon February 12th from 6:30pm – 7:15pm for just $30/couple. Explore connection and trust on the mat as you build intimacy and communication beyond the mat. Enjoy mimosas and chocolate afterward!                                            

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DINE

Downtown is home to some of the most delicious local fare around! Ladies, get your friends together for a night on the town or couples, find a quiet corner for a perfectly romantic dinner for two!

February 9th – February 14th RA Bistro is featuring a special 4-course Valentine’s menu including a champagne toast and chocolate covered strawberries. Or, join them on February 9th for a special Girl's Night Out - Galentine's Edition.

If you're looking for romantic fine dining, Main Street Eaterywill be serving their St. Valentine’s Day Gala Menu for just $45/guest.

Singles, join the fun at The Water Dog on February 14th from 6pm - 9pm for their Valentine's Day Singles Shindig!

All of our downtown restaurants will be open and available, click here for a full list!

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STAY

Plan a romantic night away right in town! The Craddock Terry Hotel has made planning your Valentine’s Day simple. Their “Soul Mate” Package includes every little detail you need to create a memorable Valentine’s Day! With prices starting at just $249 you can enjoy: one night stay in deluxe or premium accommodations, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, custom Craddock Terry Shoe-shaped cookies, his and hers slippers, rose petal turndown service, a $50 gift certificate for one of their award-winning restaurants, two complimentary continental breakfasts delivered to the room in the morning.

So what’ll it be –Valentines? Galentines? Treat yo’self? Our downtown shops and restaurants have what you need whatever you’re out to celebrate! All you need is love; let Downtown Lynchburg help take care of the rest!

Super Bowl Sunday in Downtown Lynchburg

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The big game is Sunday and with more and more people “cutting the cord” with cable these days, we know many of you are looking for a great place to watch the game. Good news - Downtown Lynchburg is prepped and ready! You’ve got five fabulous restaurants to choose from, or consider hopping between them on commercial breaks (but let’s be honest, the commercials are the best part, right?).

So whether you are looking for a great bar atmosphere with classic beer and wings, or you want to step it up with a bourbon on the rocks and a gourmet burger, we’ve got you covered. Stop fumbling around with ideas of where to go (yes, pun intended) and get downtown this weekend!

RA Bistro
RA Bistro

RA Bistro

One of Downtown Lynchburg's most popular dinner spots is getting ready for the big game. They will be running specials on wings, beers, and appetizers all day long both dine in and take-out, and will be playing the game on the big screens in their bar. Boasting one of the biggest menus in downtown, RA has something for everyone. 

www.rabistro.com

WaterDog
WaterDog

The Water Dog

This new taphouse is the talk of the town. With 36 beers on tap and the biggest screen in Downtown Lynchburg, this is the best choice for craft beer lovers and serious football fans. Come early to enjoy one of their many specials, including burgers and wings, and get the game yourself with their ping pong and shuffleboard tables. 

www.thewaterdog.com

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Kegney

Kegney Brothers

Football, Irish style. Head to Kegney Brothers for wings, fish & chips, a shot of Jameson, and a pint of Guinness.  

www.kegneybrothers.com

For more information on Downtown Lynchburg, visit www.DowntownLynchburg.com. Keep up to date by following Lynch’s Landing on Facebook and Instagram @DowntownLynchburg.

Downtown Lynchburg's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

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By now, that panicky feeling may be creeping in—Christmas and Hanukkah are less than two weeks away, and you still have the majority of your gifts to purchase; or, you may just want to find “The Perfect Gift” for your father-in-law, mom, or significant other. And maybe you need some fresh ideas for stocking stuffers.

Whatever your situation—have no fear. All you need is just a short trip away in Downtown Lynchburg where shops, businesses, restaurants and more are waiting to be discovered. Our guide should give you plenty of ideas for meaningful and unique gifts sure to impress.

Bonus: Free two-hour holiday parking throughout downtown makes it easier than ever to visit; from now through January 1, the City is offering free parking to help everyone fully embrace the season!

Bowen Jewelers in Downtown Lynchburg
Bowen Jewelers in Downtown Lynchburg

For the Person Who Has Everything

Focus on meaningful and unique gifts sure to be remembered for years!

  • Make it a Christmas to remember by restoring or updating a treasured family heirloom at Bowen Jewelry, 829 Main Street
  • For something truly one-of-a-kind, check out the handmade and functional pottery turned out at Oxide Pottery, 1337 Main Street
  • Gift a memorable night on the town for dinner and a show; choose from Downtown’s excellent restaurants and check out upcoming performances of opera, theatre, and more
  • Snag something unique and memorable at Buzzard's Roost, 718 Commerce St.
  • Create a gift basket filled with some of their favorite things from Downtown stores and restaurants (keep reading for specific ideas!)
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Good Karma Tea Co.

For the Coworker / Neighbor / Teacher

Some memorable gift ideas to show your appreciation for those in your life!

  • Select a fine box of artisan chocolates or truffles from Altus Chocolate, 908 Main Street
  • For the tea drinkers, select from a variety of organic loose-leaf teas from Good Karma Tea Co., 901 Jefferson Street-Suite 110, and for coffee, pick up some artisan micro-roasted beans at Grains of Sense, inside the Community Market on Main Street.
  • Save yourself time and gift a box of sugary sweets from Simply Irresistible Bakery, 901 Jefferson Street, Suite 1
  • Pick up fresh Christmas wreaths from various vendors or lavender-scented soaps and lotions from Evergreen Lavender Farm, found at the Community Market on Main Street
  • Find a little of everything at Heritage Connections Gift Shop at 915 Main Street
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For the Adventurous One

Present some new challenges and experiences to your favorite Adventurer!

  • Help them reach new heights with a gift certificate for Rise Up Climbing, 1225 Church Street
  • Bring them up to speed with a tune-up, new accessories, or even a brand new ride at Bikes Unlimited, 1312 Jefferson Street
  • Skateboards, bikes, recycled skateboard items and more to choose from at Scene3, 1107 Main Street
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For the Interior Decorator

Inspire your home decorator with these standout items!  

  • Home goods, specialty garden items, holiday decor, and much more from ACCENTS Flags, Gifts, Home & Garden, 1716 Main Street
  • Beautiful pieces, lux bedding, and fabrics to inspire at Interiors by Moyanne, 107 13th Street
  • Find gorgeous, hand-poured candles that will standout from the rest at Beeswax Candle Co., 109 13th Street
  • Find all the character for the old house lovers in your life at McCraw's Furniture, 1214 Main Street or next door at Bailey Spencer Hardware, 1216 Main Street
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Enchanted

Stocking Stuffers

One of the best aspects of Christmas has to be the stockings; impress with these fabulous finds!

  • Discover fine gifts, personal accessories, and antiques to peruse at Enchanted, 1204 Main Street 
  • ­Make it easy on yourself and stop by the “Stuff Your Stocking” display area featuring nail files, lip balms, tech screen cleaners, teen headbands, flashlights, car coasters and so much more at ACCENTS Flags, Gifts, Home & Garden, 1716 Main Street
  • Grab a bag of house-roasted beans from The White Hart, 1208 Main Street
  • Surprise with some tasty cake pops or a box of macaroons from Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats, 1008B Commerce Street
  • Nothing’s more exciting than finding a gift card hidden amongst the candy and Chapstick; surprise your loved ones with certificates to Downtown restaurants, bakeries, shops, andmore.
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For the Couple

Ideas for gifting to your favorite couple or even your significant other!

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For the Music Lover

Whether listening, playing, or both, treat your favorite music lover to some new inspiration!

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Favored Flavors

For the Home Chef

Inspire with some fresh and local ingredients!

  • Gift some flavor-infused extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Favored Flavors, 912 Main Street
  • Fill a large basket with all of the ingredients needed for a gourmet spread; make sure to include the printed recipe and a gift card for any remaining fresh essentials! Choose items at the Lynchburg Community Market, 1219 Main Street
The Conscious Mercantile in Downtown Lynchburg
The Conscious Mercantile in Downtown Lynchburg

For the Conscientious Consumer  

Surprise your favorite sustainability expert with thoughtful and local purchases!

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City Place Cigar

For the Men

Show you pay attention to his interests and hobbies with these items!

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The Patriotic Peacock

For the Ladies

From dressing up to pampering, spoil a special lady with these gifts!

  • Gift an artistic experience with a painting class at the Patriotic Peacock, 1210 Main Street
  • Find something just for fun, such as bath salts, glass necklaces, and local art in The Art Box, 422 12th Street
  • Be brave, and pick out some clothes or accessories you think she might like at  Shay’s Unique Gifts, 1300 Commerce Street or Live Trendy or Die, 1101 Church Street
  • Treat her to some relaxation with a soothing and peaceful trip to Telitha the Spa, 1200 Main Street or The Parlor Spa, 108 9th Street
  • Find the perfect party dress (say for New Year’s Eve?) and some trendy accessories at Frolic by Celebration, 920 Main Street
Baby B's
Baby B's

For the Kids

Gift items sure to last and provide plenty of fun over the years!

  • Find traditional children’s clothes, for infant to tween—along with toys and more—at BabyB’s,  821 Main Street
  • Discovery, knowledge, and fun await with a year’s membership (that the parents will equally appreciate) to Amazement Square, 27 9th Street
  • Find handmade and hand knit doll clothes from Wee Cann Creations and Shirley Carwile, all inside the Community Market on Main Street.  
  • Help them foster an appreciation for the arts with a class at The Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street

Keep up to date by following Lynch’s Landing on Facebook and Instagram @DowntownLynchburg. And don’t forget: free two-hour holiday parking through January 1. 

10 Places to Enjoy Al Fresco Dining in Downtown Lynchburg 

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Al fresco dining is unlike anything else—food simply tastes better when fresh air and good company surround you. So we’re making the most of the few summery weeks remaining by visiting these 10 Downtown Lynchburg eateries with outdoor dining. From expansive river views to more intimate streetside dining, and with plenty of live music and local color thrown in as well, our complete list of downtown outdoor dining has us already anxious for our next meal.  Share your favorite discoveries—dishes, views, company—using #DowntownLynchburg.

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Waterstone

Waterstone Fire Roasted Pizza

If you haven’t ventured out to Waterstone’s back deck, you’re certainly missing a unique experience. With views of the downtown bike trails, train tracks, cobblestone streets, and general passersby, you’ll enjoy the energy and great food found here on Jefferson Street. The classic option at Waterstone is, naturally, the artisan pizzas, but the variety of sandwiches and salads offered all complement the bar menu as well. Whether grabbing a quick bite midday or looking for a more leisurely evening meal, you won’t be disappointed. After eating, take a quick jaunt over to Lynchburg’s iconic LOVE sign for a photo.

  • waterstonepizza.com
  • Open Sunday—Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday—Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
El Jefe Tequila Garaje Lynchburg Virginia
El Jefe Tequila Garaje Lynchburg Virginia

El Jefe Taqueria Garaje

Tequila is always a good idea (our official stance), and El Jefe has plenty to go around. Their margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime and agave are not to be beat anywhere else in town. But even better than their extensive drink menu is their recent expansion, which offers tables on their back deck and the Lower Bluffwalk.

So whether you’re relaxing after work or looking to spend a casual Saturday afternoon downtown, the only thing better than the view is the fresh food; tacos of every variety—chicken, tuna, pork, chorizo, beef, beans, etc.!—served up with ample toppings and salsas.

RA Bistro in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
RA Bistro in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

RA Bistro 

Family outing, dinner with a client, first date—RA’s warm atmosphere leaves room for all possibilities. Take your pick from their side patio or back deck that overlooks the streets below and kick back with a specialty cocktail and a seasonal entrée from their modern American menu. You can sometimes catch some live music on a weekend night too. Between Sunday brunch—because $2 mimosas—and their weeknight drink specials—because $5 cocktails—there’s plenty to keep you frequenting this Main Street establishment.

  • rabistro.com
  • Open Monday—Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday—Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Shoemakers American Grille in Lynchburg, VA
Shoemakers American Grille in Lynchburg, VA

Shoemakers American Grille

Perched on the southern corner of the downtown Bluffwalk and with a view of the James River below, here you’ll find a welcoming patio with lantern-topped tables and comfortable chairs. With a classic surf and turf menu, you can enjoy the elegance of this downtown restaurant surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors. Lights overhead from the neighboring Craddock Terry Hotel create a lovely ambience when twilight arrives, so our recommendation is to pair some rich French pressed coffee and desserts with conversation among friends. If a cocktail is what you are in search of, consider their happy hour, which includes half price wine and beer from 4:30-6:30pm on weeknights. One of Lynchburg's best kept secrets, in our humble opinion. 

Jimmys on the James, Lynchburg, Virginia
Jimmys on the James, Lynchburg, Virginia

Jimmy’s on the James

Evoking the warmth and charm of a 1920’s speakeasy, Jimmy’s is a fantastic option to enjoy open-air seating and live music. A renovated dining room transforms with the opening of a glass garage door, giving diners the experience of a street-side café. An ever-evolving menu and consistent drink specials are the highlights of what should be a musical and memorable evening on the town. Take a suggestion and stop by on Wednesdays for a true “happy hour” tasting experience; after a flight of four wines, you can purchase your top choice for only $5 a glass. Paired with an order of their decadent Baby Cakes, could you really ask for anything more when trying to survive the week?

Kegney Brothers
Kegney Brothers

Kegney Brothers

One of the newer additions to the scene, Kegney Brothers has brought a much-needed pub atmosphere to downtown. We love Kegney for its unique character (origins dating to 1879!), its love of all things Irish, its hearty and delicious food, and especially for the late hours and rooftop patio with views of the James River. From Guinness to specialty cocktails, pub fare to tikka masala, you won’t soon forget an evening spent here at the heart of Main Street.

Depot Grille Lynchburg
Depot Grille Lynchburg

The Depot Grille

When a train rolls into town, you can't help but stop to watch and listen. On the spacious deck of Depot Grille just a stone’s throw from the edge of Riverfront Park, you not only get a great selection of local brews , you also get a dose of history and a front row seat of the locomotives as they pass through town. Enjoy the shaded view and friendly ambience while sampling a variety of entrees from seafood and steak to pasta and burgers. Plenty of weekly specials—plus once a week All You Can Eat Shrimp feasts—mean you’ll have to visit more than once.

  • depotgrille.com
  • Open Monday—Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday—Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Lynchburg Community Market in Downtown Lynchburg, Va
Lynchburg Community Market in Downtown Lynchburg, Va

Lynchburg Community Market

The Lynchburg Community Market is a local institution. As one of the oldest continually running markets in the country, The Lynchburg Community Market is not just your source for local produce, but for great prepared food as well. The beauty of this establishment is that you don’t have to choose just one dish; you can have some of Lorraine’s popular crepes and a heaping platter of southern fare from Irene’s, all while enjoying some fresh coffee and pastries on the side—no judgement here! We recommend sitting outside by the fountain where you will most likely meet some of your fellow foodies. Picnic tables are also available.

  • lynchburgcommunitymarket.com/vendors
  • Includes Philippine Delight, Barb’s Dream Hut, Lorraine Bakery,Country Cooking by Irene, Grains of Sense
  • Open Tuesday—Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
White Hart Cafe Downtown Lynchburg Outdoor Coffee
White Hart Cafe Downtown Lynchburg Outdoor Coffee

The White Hart 

Not too long ago, this Main Street charmer had closed its doors only to be reopened via community efforts. Now, it’s once again a testament to good coffee, good conversation, and good food. Its back deck has a casual vibe with solid, wooden furniture in the form of gliding benches and pub tables with warm lights overhead. You may be happy with a house-roasted coffee, but keep in mind that they serve up some tasty entrees, satisfying apps, and an assortment of beer and wine as well.

  • thewhitehartcoffee.com
  • Open Monday—Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday—Saturday, 7 m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cafe Bliss in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
Cafe Bliss in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

Cafe Bliss

Housed on the main level of the Bank of the James building, Cafe Bliss is building a name for itself with fresh and decadent sweets like raspberry bread pudding and crème brulee pie from their sister shop Montana Plains. Serving up Trager Brothers Organic coffee drinks, this cute little shop delivers an afternoon pick me up with a front row seat to the happenings of Main Street. Follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date with their rotating menu of sandwiches, wraps, soups, and entrees.

Food Trucks in Downtown Lynchburg, VA
Food Trucks in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

BONUS: Food Trucks!

If you’re looking for some spontaneity, hit up one of Lynchburg’s many food trucks, serving everything from inventive grilled cheese concoctions to stuffed gyros drizzled in tzatziki sauce. And take an insider’s tip: you may want to save room for a bag of hot apple cider donuts as well. Our recommendation is to enjoy your food with a great view from the Monument Terrace steps or to have an easy and quiet picnic at Riverfront Park.

  • Check Facebook for our downtown regulars: Taco Shark, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, Action Gyro, Cheesy Rider, Jacked Rabbit, and Koto Grill
  • Hours and locations vary

DOWNTOWN DIVA CRAWL

YOU GET TO ACT LIKE A DIVA~DRESS LIKE A DIVA~SHOP LIKE A DIVA~EAT LIKE A DIVA~DRINK LIKE A DIVA~BE TREATED LIKE A DIVA BY 48 Downtown Businesses at the Downtown Diva Crawl. Get ready to kick off this great Lynch's Landing event by being at the Community Market at 5:30 p.m. next Friday the 21st of November. Get ready to be energized for crawling the streets of downtown with music by Tony Camm and DJ Ed. Diva accessories to add to your attire as well as a trolley map to take you around for FREE with a complete list of participating businesses and their incentives! Live DJ's will be positioned in 7 businesses to encourage you to shop and dine in the streets of downtown! Check out the many features on all these businesses at our face book event page by joining the event Downtown Diva Crawl. An Instagram Contest will take place by you snapping your picture at any of the Downtown Participating Businesses and #divacrawl. Stay tuned exciting information on the GRAND PRIZE and other prizes being offered by Downtown participating businesses to be shared on this event page. OH WHAT A NIGHT!

Click here to view Participating Businesses

Click here to view Free Trolley Map

Youth Art Crawl Returns to Downtown Lynchburg

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Lynch's Landing is collaborating with the Academy of Fine Arts and Lynchburg City Schools for the 3rd Annual Youth Art Crawl to celebrate and promote youth arts during the month of March.  Students from Lynchburg City Schools have created artwork in different mediums. Last week, the artwork was installed in participating downtown businesses and at the Academy of Fine Arts. Artwork will be available for the community to enjoy through April 1, 2013.  The goal of this celebration is to inspire young artists' minds and bring the community downtown to support local businesses and local youth. There will be over 255 student pieces participating in this event.

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Student work can be found at the following locations:

Heritage Elementary School

 Baby B’s  |

 821 Main Street

Bedford Hills Elementary

 School Bank of the James| 

823 Main Street

Paul Munro Elementary School

 Market at Main | 

904 Main Street

Sandusky Elementary School, The Go Center, and T.C. Miller Elementary School

 CAO Artisan Chocolates | 

908 Main Street

Perrymont Elementary School

 High Peak Sportswear |

924 Main Street

Linkhorne Elementary School

 Scene 3 Board Shop | 

1107 Main Street

Bass Elementary School

 Telitha Spa | 

1200 Main Street

E.C. Glass High School

 Urban Merchant| 

1206 Main Street

E.C. Glass High School

 Gladiola Girls | 

1220 Main Street

Dunbar Middle School

 Lynchburg Community Market |

1219 Main Street

R.S. Payne Elementary School and Sheffield Elementary School

 The White Hart | 

1208 Main Street

Dearington Elementary School

 Lynchburg Visitors Center | 

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Linkhorne Middle School

 Dance Theater of Lynchburg | 

722 Commerce Street

Sandusky Middle School

 Riverviews Artspace | 

901 Jefferson Street