Spotluck Mobile App in Blacksburg

Spotluck is available for free download on iPhone and Android. Sign up with promo code “DOWNTOWN” to support Downtown Blacksburg Inc. when downloading the app.

Spotluck allows local restaurants to collaborate, join forces, and collectively market the neighborhood’s best "spots" to dine. The app uses “smart” discounts to attract customers during slower times (between 10%-35%). It’s dynamic pricing under the theory that prices on a rainy Tuesday shouldn’t be the same as prices on a beautiful Friday evening. Plus, Spotluck’s daily “spin” provides bonus savings and a fun twist for its users.

“We’re excited to partner with Spotluck and help bring this app to Blacksburg. We really feel like our mission of creating and sustaining a dynamic community pairs perfectly with Spotluck’s mission of incentivizing visitors, locals, and students to support the local businesses,” said Laureen Blakemore, Director of Downtown Blacksburg Inc.

Spotluck Blacksburg:
Wicked Taco
Next Door Bake Shop
Blacksburg Taphouse
Sycamore Deli
Green’s Grill & Sushi Bar
Café De Bangkok
Social House

About Spotluck
Spotluck is a free mobile app that solves the perpetual “don’t know where to eat?” dilemma by using a game of chance and smart discounts that change based on day, time and weather. Plus, it’s fun and exciting: users get one spin per day for a bonus discount at a randomly-selected restaurant.

Spotluck is available for free download on iPhone and Android. Sign up with promo code “DOWNTOWN” to support Downtown Blacksburg Inc. when downloading the app.


The Virginia Tech Science Festival is Saturday, October 8 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Moss Arts Center, College Avenue, Newman Library, and outdoor spaces in between.

Science is bigger than you think. Science is a way of knowing about everything -- people, trends, living things, rocks, economics, how things move, what people buy, probabilities, stars, animals, history, memory, physics, and so much more. You might even say that science is universal (#VTSciFest).

Visit the Moss Arts Center, Alumni Mall, Henderson Lawn, Newman Library, and College Avenue from 10 AM to 3 PM for all kinds of hands on science exhibits and fun. Also, don't forget to check the Week of Science Schedule for other events happening in Blacksburg. All Virginia Tech Science Festival activities are free and open to the public.

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Hokie BugFest

October 15, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Inn at Virginia Tech (Latham Ballroom)

Cost: Free

Contact: Mike Weaver ( || phone: 540-231-6543 || website: || Facebook:

A few more details:

The Hokie BugFest is a free festival that celebrates the joy and excitement of entomology and appeals to every age group. It features a live Bug Zoo, a Spiders' Lair, departmental research displays, a balloon artist, and eye-catching exhibits. Tony Gustin, the Bug Whisperer, will present an "Educational Super Show." Go to for more information. A SAFE (Supporting Autism-Friendly Environments) event.


Downtown Blacksburg Fundraiser for Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation 7th Annual Blacksburg Event!
Thursday October 27

Pink Cupcakes with Gemstones and chance to win a diamond sponsored by Next Door Bake Shop & Kent Jewelers

Pink Happy Hour- at Cabo Fish Taco- 5:30-8:30pm. Featuring pink drinks, food and fun while we continue to raise awareness and funds for the VCBF.

BUY & EAT DOWNTOWN- ALL DAY to support VBCF! Participating Downtown Merchants will be donating a % of their proceeds for the day - look for the PINK ribbon!

Gourmet Pantry- For the month of October, 10% of sales of all wines with pink ribbons go to VCBF.
Dr. Steve Jacobs- Get your eyes examined during the month of October and $1 will be donated to VBCF
Café de Bangkok- 10% of food sales will be donated to VBCF, and 20% of sales to anyone wearing pink donated to VBCF
Social House- 15% of food sales will be donated to VBCF
Polished by Claire v- 20% of nail services sales go to VCBF
Gillie’s- 15% of sales go to VCBF
Bollo’s- 15% of sales go to VCBF
Main Street Pharmacy- women's health items are 15% off for the month of October
Mellow Mushroom - Special PINK themed dessert and cocktail with 100% of the sales from these purchased items to VBCF
Fringe Benefit- 10% of sales go to VCBF
Champs- 15% of sales go to VCBF
Matrix Gallery- 20% of sales to VCBF
Mad Dog- 10% of sales go to VCBF
t.r. collection- 20% of sales go to VCBF
Main Street Inn-10% of room sales for that evening will go to VBCF
1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria - 15% of food sales will be donated to VBCF and Free medium drinks to anyone who wears pink with the purchase a pizza

PINK BASKET RAFFLE- tickets available SOON!!!
(Minimum value $100 per basket- a chance to win one of 4-5 baskets with each ticket!)
Tickets $5 each or 3 tickets for $12
All Proceeds go to Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
Raffle will be drawn for random baskets throughout “Happy Hour” at Cabo Fish Taco 5:30-8:30pm, Oct 27. Do not have to be present to win.

Basket Raffle with donations from:

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.
Heirloom Originals
Clay Corner Inn
Dr. Steve Jacobs
Moss Arts Center
Lyric Theatre
Positive Radio
Main Street Pharmacy
Starkey Medical Esthetics- Blacksburg
Gobble Cakes
Fringe Benefit
Matrix Gallery
Mad Dog

with more to come.....


Monday October 31

Bring the kids downtown from 4pm-6:30pm for the best Trick or Treat around, fun activities and the ever popular costume contest at the Lyric Theatre.

Suitable for ages 0-12

Details to follow soon!



1. Collect your loyalty card at participating locations.

2. Visit 5 different participating Downtown Blacksburg merchants and make a minimum purchase of $5.

3. Have each merchant add their stamp to your loyalty card.

4. When your card is full you are eligible to receive your choice of a $5 Gift Certificate from one of the participating businesses!

Redeem rewards at the DBI Office, (CAIO, 149 College Ave, next to the Lyric) Email to arrange a time.

Participating businesses

  • Alexander Black House
  • Cabo Fish Taco
  • Cafe de Bangkok
  • Capone's Jewelry
  • Champs Sportsbar
  • Clay Corner Inn
  • The Devotea
  • DBI website
  • Eucalyptus Massage Therapy
  • Fringe Benefit
  • Gourmet Pantry
  • Greenhouse Boardshop
  • Heavener Hardware
  • High Peak Sportswear
  • Honeysuckle Studio
  • John's Camera & Records
  • Kent Jewelers
  • Lyric Theatre
  • Mad Dog
  • Main Street Pharmacy
  • Matrix Gallery
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Mish Mish
  • Next Door Bake Shop
  • Nice Dreams
  • P. Buckley Moss
  • Polished by Claire V
  • Sharkey's
  • She-Sha Cafe
  • Social House
  • Souvlaki's
  • Sycamore Deli
  • t.r. collection
  • The Artful Lawyer Gallery Store
  • Wicked Taco
  • YMCA Thrift Store

... Check back regularly for more participating businesses!

For specific information on Downtown Blacksburg Events please contact:

Laureen Blakemore, Director

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.  |  P.O. Box 233  |  Blacksburg, Virginia 24063  |  (540) 951-0454  |