Friday, February 27, 2015

Parking Enforcement Announcement

An announcement from the PARK Roanoke offices:

Due to the recent snow events over the past two weeks, PARK Roanoke has not been enforcing on-street timed parking.

Effective MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015, PARK Roanoke will resume enforcing timed parking limits on city streets.  This is in addition to all other types of parking restrictions such as  Fire Lanes, Disabled Parking, No Parking, and Loading Zones etc.

Thank you for choosing off-street parking in city garages during these snow events. This has assisted downtown snow removal efforts.  PARK Roanoke offers over 4,100 off-street parking spaces including Early Bird Specials at our Campbell and Gainsboro Garages where you can  park all day for as little as  $3 with entry before 9 a.m.  For more information, please visit us at  for a map and listing of all locations or call our office at 540-343-0585

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

chocolatepaper Expanding!

Twice the space, twice the experience! Roanoke’s premier chocolate, greeting card and gift boutique plans to expand their Roanoke City Market store into the adjoining space formally occupied by Native Grace. Expansion plans include an increased selection of chocolates, greeting cards, Virginia products and unique gifts.

chocolatepaper owners - Mark Burkett and Stan McCulloch of Richmond and Matt Burkett and Melissa Palmer of Roanoke – are pleased to enhance chocolatepaper’s presence on the Roanoke City Market with exciting inventory and popular tasting events. The independent store location on Electric Road at the Shoppes at West Village will close allowing for the ability to focus energy and efforts to grow the retail, corporate and event offerings from one hub.

Committing to the vibrancy and increased tourism and local traffic of Downtown Roanoke is only natural for chocolatepaper as Mark Burkett opened his first greeting card store in the then-newly renovated Roanoke City Market Building. This successful but short venture was washed away by the Flood of 1985.

A chocolate tasting room will add to the store’s offerings for special events and tasting opportunities for retail customers as well as private special event opportunities for corporate, special occasion and bridal customers.

In recognition of chocolatepaper’s beginnings in Southwest County Roanoke and the desire to continue to service the area’s loyal customers, a new chocolatepaper concept will be unveiled at the Shoppes at West Village in a partnership with Oliveto, an artisan oil and vinegar shop and cafĂ©. The chocolatepaper boutique will offer popular case chocolates and truffles and hundreds of greeting cards. In addition, packaged chocolates and gift baskets will be available.

The Roanoke City Market store will be closed as the two spaces are combined as of Sunday, February 22nd. Work has already been completed on the expansion side. The new chocolatepaper will open February 28th and a grand opening will be scheduled in March. The last day the Electric Road store at the Shoppes at West Village will be open is Wednesday, February 18th. The chocolatepaper boutique in Oliveto will open on Monday, March 9th.

“We are thrilled to give our Roanoke City Market store the space it deserves to showcase our unique selection of chocolates, greeting cards and gifts” says owner Melissa Palmer. “We are also thrilled to have our family business in partnership with Kristi and Greg Gerhart in their family business, Oliveto, where customer service is paramount.”

Friday, January 16, 2015

Public Input Invited on Multi-Modal Station in Downtown Roanoke

Roanoke, VA - The City of Roanoke and Greater Roanoke Transit Company (Valley Metro) encourages the public to attend a public information meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Greater Roanoke Transit Company, Valley Metro, Campbell Court located at 31 Campbell Ave., to provide input on the feasibility and possible location for a new Multi-Modal Train and Transit Station in downtown.

In November 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Amtrak service would be coming to the Roanoke in 2017. This service will be an extension of the current Amtrak service provided for the City of Lynchburg.  The City of Roanoke has hired a consultant to help determine the feasibility of locating a terminal station in the downtown area of the city.  Preliminary work began on the study last
November. This public meeting will be the first opportunity to hear from residents and interested citizens regarding ideas for the station location, design, and other elements.

The meeting will be a "drop in" format, with representatives from both the consultant and city on-hand to answer questions and receive comments. It is not necessary to attend the entire session and no formal presentation will be made.

For more information, contact Chris Chittum, Roanoke's director of Planning, Building, and Development, at 853-2356.

Friday, November 14, 2014

DRI and Market Building present Great Big Toy Bonanza

The City Market Building and DRI are are teaming up to present the GREAT BIG TOY BONANZA now through November 29th! This Holiday Toy Drive will benefit the Community Christmas Store of the Roanoke Valley!

Bring a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy to the City Market Building and deposit it into one of our Toy Drive Collection boxes wrapped with Holiday Paper. Fill out a donation slip and deposit with your toy, and each day we will raffle off a $20 gift card to the City Market Building from that day's donations! Donate a toy and get a chance at free lunch!

At the end of the toy drive, we will do a GRAND PRIZE raffle drawing for lunch FOR YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE from the City Market Building vendor of your choice for the Holidays! Win lunch for up to 25 people courtesy of the City Market Building and Downtown Roanoke Incorporated! Lunch will be delivered on the day of your choice before December 24.

Thanks for helping out the Community Christmas Store! The Community Christmas Store is a 100%, volunteer run 501c3 non profit that has been serving families in need in the Roanoke Valley since 1993! The Community Christmas Store serves over 500 families each holiday season by providing an entire holiday experience for qualified families, including new clothing, household items, toys for the children, and food for the entire family. Help us help families in need!

Monday, November 3, 2014

LINK:100 The First Centurn of O. Winston Link Announced

An exhibition celebrating the 100th Birthday of O. Winston Link

Roanoke, VA, November 3, 2014– The O. Winston Link Museum is proud to announce the release of a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of O. Winston Link. Featuring works curated from the expansive collections contained within The Link Vault.

“We’re incredibly excited to present these prints and artifacts to the public. It is a rare privilege to have such a wealth of wonderful works spanning a life as influential as Winston’s.” – Mike C. McNeil, Director, O. Winston Link Museum

Join The O. Winston Link Museum, November 14th at 7pm for a public reception and viewing of the exhibition. Refreshments will be provided.

“The O. Winston Museum is dedicated to preserving, collecting and interpreting the photographic, audio and video works of photographer Winston Link and his project to document the last days of steam along the Norfolk and Western Railway.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

City of Roanoke's Fireworks Scheduled for July 4th

Just Announced:

Celebrate an evening of red, white and boom with the City of Roanoke's annual fireworks show at River's Edge Sports Complex on July 4 beginning at 9:30 p.m. This year's fireworks show is presented by the City of Roanoke, The Roanoke Times, WDBJ7, and Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

With the road closures of Wiley Drive and Reserve Avenue for the event, spectators are encouraged to take advantage of parking lot shuttles that will depart from the Elmwood Park Garage and Virginia
Western Community College beginning at 7:30 p.m.   Those planning to park at Virginia Western should park in the lot closest to Colonial Avenue and McNeil Drive.

Fireworks will launch from the Reserve Avenue side of the park, and viewing of this year's show will take place on the Wiley Drive ball fields at River's Edge Sports Complex. All spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information about this year's fireworks show, call the Roanoke Parks and Recreation offices at 853-2236 or visit

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Haley Toyota City Market Lunch Break

May 14th: Acoustic Music by Cre

May 15th: Salsa on the Market by SalsaNoke 7pm-8pm

May 16th: Music by Joy Truskowski

First Tuesday of every month: 
11:30-12:00     Chair Yoga by Uttara Yoga Studio
Stretch those "office muscles" out! No need to bring mat or change. Chairs provided.

First Thursday of every month:
5:30-6:15    Yoga by Uttara Studios 
Bring your own mat and dress accordingly.

(All 11-2 unless otherwise stated)