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Old 06-29-2015, 08:32 AM
 
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I would guess around 25-30%, I don't have an exact number. Some of the larger business have gone and it makes it look worse when you look closely. There is a Downtown Development Agency that has been working hard to expand the Downtown and announced that several new small business' were "coming soon".

The Downtown is not just one street though, there are several areas included; The Wharf, Train Station, Central Ave. & Augusta St.. A lot of new business' are not going in on "Main St"(which is actually Beverley St., both East & West). But are considered in the Downtown Area.

I tried attaching a photo, not very good at that. It's a picture looking down W. Beverley St. (main st) through the central Downtown business', just to give you an idea. The Wharf & Train Station are a couple blocks to the photos Right.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Emsman, nice photo. There are more photos of downtown buildings on this website:

Downtown Properties | Staunton Downtown Development Association | Staunton, Virginia
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:23 PM
 
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Thank you for sharing..
it gives me some hopeful ideas to rent a vacant store and open my own shop!
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:30 PM
 
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I would guess around 25-30%, I don't have an exact number. Some of the larger business have gone and it makes it look worse when you look closely. There is a Downtown Development Agency that has been working hard to expand the Downtown and announced that several new small business' were "coming soon".

The Downtown is not just one street though, there are several areas included; The Wharf, Train Station, Central Ave. & Augusta St.. A lot of new business' are not going in on "Main St"(which is actually Beverley St., both East & West). But are considered in the Downtown Area.

I tried attaching a photo, not very good at that. It's a picture looking down W. Beverley St. (main st) through the central Downtown business', just to give you an idea. The Wharf & Train Station are a couple blocks to the photos Right.
I think that's about right. Also Lex stores tend to be higher quality.
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:05 AM
 
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If you live in the area, have you seen newspaper ads for small shop rentals with storefronts?
I wonder how much they charge for a tiny shop?

I don't need to know names and phone numbers, but just a general idea if the rent on small vacant shops is affordable or prohibitive for me? I'm looking for the $$$ amount.

Everyone from this thread is very friendly. It must reflect the area. Good people. 🌸🌻 Thank you. 🌻🌼
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Old 07-09-2015, 02:20 PM
 
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...turns out a long time friend has a strong interest in moving to Lexington to be in proximity of
Virginia Horse Center. It would be great living in the same town, our husbands are good friends.

The hospital in town is small. Is that something one ought to be wary of? I am a little naive of these nuances.

Is there an arts and cultural center? Courses for adult education?
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Re course for adult education:
VDA Elder Education
Senior Citizens Higher Education Act
Section 23-38.56 of the Code of Virginia (also known as the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act) states that Virginians age 60 and older may take college courses without paying tuition. Older citizens may register for and enroll in courses in any state institution of higher education (subject to the admission requirements of the institution) as a full-time or part-time student for academic credit if their federal taxable income does not exceed $15,000 per year. The State Council of Higher Eduction (SCHEV) has details of the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver.

Virginians age 60 and older, regardless of income, may register for and audit courses in any Virginia institution of higher education. Students may have to pay for course materials and laboratory fees. For more information, contact the admissions office of the state college or university nearest you. SCHEV offers a listing of state colleges and universities.

BUT Mary Baldwin is a private school. Washington & Lee is a private school. VMI is a public school, but I have no idea if this applies to them. Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has a physical presence in Lexington -- at least I think they do.
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