February 22, 2024

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Winchester Restaurant Week is February 19-25.

Winchester Economic Development Newsletter

The City of Winchester, Economic Development Authority, focuses on attracting, expanding, and retaining economic development activity to maximize our industrial and commercial land use. Our strategy includes preserving the city's social, environmental, architectural, and cultural fabric.


Located at 130 N. Loudoun Street, Tin Top is a gallery and gift shop featuring carefully curated fine art, jewelry, home goods, cards, clothing and more by independent artists and crafters from around the United States. Owners Neil and Kerry Stavely strive to bring unique contemporary art and craft to the Winchester area, and to encourage people to support independent artists and crafters. They're also the creative force behind Horse & Hare and the artists behind the iconic linocut and woodcut prints, t-shirts, postcards, and other items spotted around Winchester and beyond. Stop by their freshly painted shop to see what's new and say hi to Kerry, Neil, and their adorable pup, Henry!


Winchester Ciderworks opening tasting room in Old Town

Raised in eastern England where hard cider is a staple, Stephen Schuurman has refined his brewing sensibility by giving the dry-cider traditions of his homeland an American twist.

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23 city restaurants participating in 10th annual Restaurant Week

Through Feb. 25, eager diners will have an opportunity to visit nearly two dozen restaurants that are offering special incentives in order to showcase their delicacies to as many people as possible.

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Winchester Planning Commission recommends approval of 2 major developments

Two major residential developments have been endorsed by the Winchester Planning Commission.

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A sneak peek at Paladin Downtown

When Paladin Downtown opens, it promises to be as much a feast for the eyes as the appetite.

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Solenberger's True Value Hardware Celebrated at the Capitol

Delegate Bill Wiley presented a commending resolution to Solenberger's True Value Hardware on the House floor Monday, February 19th in celebration of 135 years in business. Click here to read the resolution.

Opportunity Scholars partners with GMU to help expand student opportunities

Winchester-based Opportunity Scholars and George Mason University signed a memorandum of understanding on Jan. 23, outlining plans to work together to form additional educational and career pathways for students, according to a press release. 

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5 months after shutting down, The Monument is rising again

Nearly five months after closing unexpectedly, the popular entertainment venue at 186 N. Loudoun St. is under new ownership and preparing to reopen its doors on April 5 with performances from a pair of popular country music performers, Hayden Coffman and Bryan Frazier.

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Valley Health announces partnership with rehabilitation provider

Management of Valley Health System’s acute rehabilitation services, including the employment and operational leadership of about 60 of its current inpatient rehabilitation team members at the Cork Street/Winchester Rehabilitation Center, will be under new management starting March 3, according to a media release from Valley Health.

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Group aims to make Winchester more bicycle and pedestrian friendly

Steve Policastro and his wife were surprised by the lack of bicyclists when they moved to Winchester in 2019. Policastro quickly began researching how to make the city a safer, more accessible place for cyclists, as well as pedestrians.

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Hood Love expo to bring awareness to Black-owned businesses

The community organization Hood Love, in celebration of Black History Month, is holding a Black Business and History Expo on Saturday, Feb. 24th to showcase Black-owned businesses in and around Winchester.

If you have questions about the event or are interested in participating, please contact Melissa Turner: (540) 327-3956 or turnermelissa72@yahoo.com.

A Winchester business has been helping others overcome language barriers for 2 decades

Una empresa de Winchester celebra 20 años de actividad. Do you know what that sentence means? If not, you could use the services of Bridging Community Communications (BCC), a Winchester-based company that works with businesses and organizations to provide Spanish-language translation services for their customers.

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Winchester wishes Charles Broadway Rouss a happy 188th birthday

City officials and local history aficionados extended happy birthday wishes Monday to a man whose gifts continue to benefit Winchester.

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Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings and Anniversaries

  • Mar. 1 - Nexus Box & Plumera Essentials - Register

  • Mar. 4 - Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care - Register

Click here to view the VEC's January newsletter.


The HerRise Micro-Grant provides financial assistance to women of color creating innovative solutions that impact their community and that are often unable to secure funding for their small business

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Click here for more info about Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) grants and other programs. 

Apply today for a $25,000 grant for women! Submitting one application makes you instantly eligible for all grants related to your business. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and winners are announced by the 23rd of the following month.  

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Small Business Investment Grant Program

The SBIG program provides a meaningful return on investment from the Commonwealth to encourage individuals or special purpose entities (created for the purpose of investing in small businesses) to make cash investments in Virginia’s small businesses for working capital, growth, and expansion.

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Virginia Tourism Corp. (VTC) Grant

The first VTC grant round of the year is officially open! This program is designed to create public private partnerships and leverage matching marketing dollars to promote Virginia as a vibrant destination with robust visitor experiences.

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How Can A 504 Loan 

Help You In 2024?

Whether you're a small business owner, a lender, or an existing borrower with Business Finance Group, a 504 loan may be just the thing you need to reach your growth goals in 2024!

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IRS unveils ERTC relief program for employers

Since July 2023, the IRS has taken a series of actions in response to what it has termed a “flood of ineligible claims” for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). Most recently, it launched a Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP). The program presents a valuable, but temporary, opportunity for eligible employers.

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Upcoming SBDC Webinars

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The Top of Virginia Public Policy Committee invites you to participate in the

PolicyMakers Series Luncheon

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

beginning with Networking and Lunch at 11:30am

Winchester Country Club

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In 2023, more than 500 individuals seeking employment attended The Employer Expo! Don't miss this unique opportunity to recruit on-site and spark interest in your business. We are ramping up our regional marketing for the event to include newspaper ads, radio ads, social media, TV, rotating signage in front of participating businesses and more!

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The Greater Good Awards will take place March 7, 2024 at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club!

It’s an evening you won’t want to miss as we gather to celebrate leaders within the Top of Virginia!

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All February long, visit your favorite Old Town businesses to see brand new works of art from local Black artists up on display! We partnered with our friends at Arte Libre VA to commission new, original works in a celebration of Black culture in Winchester and to turn Old Town into a unique walking gallery all month long. Visit our website for more info!

Join us in Old Town on March 16th from noon to 10 PM to celebrate Winchester's Celtic heritage with food and artisan craft vendors, live entertainment and music, Irish dancing, and more! New this year is a St. Paddy's brewery crawl from 5 to 10 PM, sponsored by our amazing local breweries.

For a full list of vendors, activities, and performances, visit our website.


The amazing staff at the Emil & Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center were kind enough to give EDA board members and staff a tour of their state-of-the-art facility recently. We were amazed by the incredible experiential learning opportunities available to the students and impressed by the sophisticated technologies being used to train and educate Winchester's future workforce. 

We're proud to partner with institutions like the Innovation Center to ensure that our residents are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to develop rewarding careers and meet the evolving needs of employers in our region.

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