February 15, 2018
Your Weekly Updates
The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to bring you Fred Focus, an e-newsletter that goes out every Thursday and keeps you up-to-date on Fredericksburg events and business news.
Many events upcoming in Fredericksburg
What's getting built in the 'Burg?

Click the below link for the City of Fredericksburg's construction report from January. It shows permits being issued for several new homes as well as a medical facility at 2306 Plank Road (Primary and Urgent Care -- click here for more detail on that).
32 businesses participate in program to promote downtown art and culture

Thirty-two downtown Fredericksburg businesses participated this year in the City's annual Arts and Cultural District (downtown) incentives program. The program enables qualifying businesses in the district to receive a reduction on their BPOL taxes if they are an art-related business or a non-art business that hosts year-round rotating art exhibits. The application window has now passed for a 2018 incentive, but applications will be accepted again late this year for a 2019 incentive.

Read more about the program
Winter Restaurant Week a big hit

Downtown Fredericksburg's Winter Restaurant Week, which was held January 12 through January 21, led to nearly 16,000 plates being served by the roughly 30 participants. Summer Restaurant Week will be in August. Check back for details!

View RW Website
Look at all the improvements to this one block of Caroline

This week's episode of "Freehling Finds" takes a look at the many improvements that have been made of late by four separate businesses located in the 700 block of Caroline Street. 

Watch Video
How did the Fredericksburg housing market fare in January?

Click below for a monthly report on how the Fredericksburg housing market did in January.
FAAR releases apartment study

The Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors and UMW's Center for Business Research have released a study analyzing the state of the Fredericksburg area's apartment market.

Read Study
Made in FredVA returning this fall; fundraiser event planned Feb. 23 

An evening of networking, refreshments and fun will accompany a Feb. 23 reverse-raffle event organized by the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Next Generation of Business Leaders. The event will raise funds for Next Gen's annual Made In FredVA competition this fall.
Nominate your favorite 22401 business!
The FLS is taking nominations for people's favorite local businesses as part of its annual "Best of the Burg" competition. Click below to participate.

Visit Website (Fredericksburg.com)
Downtown microbrewery launches monthly charity dinner

Starting in January, Spencer Devon Brewing began a series of monthly beer dinners to benefit different charities throughout 2018.

Read On (Fredericksburg.com)
UMW recognized in two studies

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized again as one of the best schools in the nation for reasonable student-loan debt loads and superior academics, according to two recent LendEDU studies.

Read On -- Low Average Debt
Read On -- Risk-Reward
Local teenage artist, entrepreneur featured on NBC4

Here is a great report by NBC4 about a new business, Sophiola.com, launched by Sophia Pineda, a 14-year-old Fredericksburg girl who has Down Syndrome.   

Watch Report 
Carl's reopens tomorrow!

Fredericksburg's iconic dispenser of delicious frozen treats will reopen tomorrow after its annual winter hiatus. Enjoy!
Property of the Week: 2221 Plank Road (Village Center)

Two adjacent spaces available: 1,436 s.f. and 2,113 s.f. Located at I-95 at Exit 130A. Great exposure to Route 3 (Plank Road), the City's top retail corridor. Signalized intersection with pylon signage potential. Daily traffic count: 57,000 VPD. 
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