Downtown Blacksburg History


(formerly Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg)

It was in the late 1970s that a small group of Blacksburg merchants hatched a plan to sponsor an annual summer fair. Their efforts did not take long to root, and eventually the celebration they founded grew to be the Steppin' Out Street Festival that we know and love today. Buoyed by the success of Steppin' Out and encouraged by town citizens, the merchants created a formal organization to represent and advance the town's Central Business District.

In 1988, the Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg (DMOB), was formed. Since that time, the group has evolved into an organization of more than 150 retailers, service providers, non-profit groups and individuals, all dedicated to helping promote and enhance the downtown commercial district. In 2010, the name changed to Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., but the mission remains the same.

We welcome individual citizens, property owners, corporations, and others to be a part of this dynamic group and to become involved in the spirited activities which make downtown Blacksburg unique. Whether you want to support downtown Blacksburg as a good neighbor or a loyal patron, we value your support and contributions. With voting privileges and open invitations to the Annual Meeting and other special events, we want to give you a voice and keep you informed.


  • Josh Roseberry, President
    Clay Corner Inn

    Leigh Sutherland, Treasurer
    Atlantic Union Bank

    Mike Soriano,
    Champs Cafe & Sports Bar

    Jeremy Counts
    Main Street Pharmacy

    Jessica Jones
    New River Art and Fiber

    Irene Kilmer
    Montgomery County Regional Tourism

    Ian Littlejohn
    Blacksburg Farmers Market

    Tracie Hughes
    Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech

    Charles Woerner
    Blacksburg True Value Hardware

    Skip Slocum
    Nest Realty - Skip Slocum and Associates

DBI Articles of Incorporation

DBI Articles of Incorporation can be downloaded here

DBI By Laws

DBI By Laws can be downloaded here


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis, and that all employees should be able to enjoy a work in an environment free from all forms of unlawful employment discrimination. All decisions regarding recruiting, hiring, promotion, termination, and other terms and conditions of employment will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.
Additionally, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. prohibits unlawful harassment of its employees, applicants, or independent contractors in any form.
Adopted September 2014