Mixing the new with the old in historic Fincastle is a time for celebration. The Botetourt Chamber of Commerce is honored to host ribbon cuttings at The Botetourt County Historical Museum’s new location and at the opening of the region’s newest contemporary boutique, AvenueBlack. The event will take place on Monday, July 25 starting at 3 p.m. at AvenueBlack, followed by the Museum ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. The two locations are one block from each other in downtown Fincastle.
AvenueBlack is located at 22 South Roanoke Street in Fincastle. It offers carefully curated collections of clothing, decor, and accessories in an inviting newly renovated historic building. Botetourt native Ranelle Simmons originally became interested in the idea of opening her own boutique when she fell in love with the old building in downtown Fincastle. She immediately began work on renovating the building to transform it into a space where people can shop, gather, meet others, encourage one another, and support the community.
“There is a rich history to the Town of Fincastle, and I am honored to join a growing business community where people from all over the region – and beyond – can shop and explore,” notes Ranelle. She is extremely thankful for her local customers and for those who visit ShopAvenueBlack.com. She is proud to live and work in her hometown of Fincastle with her husband and three children.
The boutique open house will be followed by the ribbon-cutting celebration of the new Botetourt County Historical Museum location at 26 East Main Street in Fincastle. The Museum has been closed for several months while settling into the new location, which required renovations of the new building and meticulous planning for moving all the delicate artifacts to the new location. “Botetourt County Historical Museum is excited to finally reopen in our new location. It’s been a real time of transition for us, but we couldn’t be happier in our new space and look forward to welcoming visitors and researchers from all over once again,” said Executive Director Lynsey Allie.
The Botetourt Chamber of Commerce is excited for the opportunity to open two new locations in one day. Khari Ryder, Executive Director of the Botetourt Chamber, said that “It’s not often we have an opportunity like this to blend a new retail business, with the reopening of a historical Museum that has been in town since 1966. It sets a great example of opportunities that exist in the area that bring tourism to Botetourt and retail businesses, encouraging our communities and visitors to shop local. Bringing businesses and organizations together to strengthen the community is what we do here at the Chamber and we’re happy to be a part of this celebration right here in Fincastle.”
Everyone is invited to attend on July 25 starting at 3 p.m. at AvenueBlack.