I LOVE promoting my adopted hometown of Staunton, Virginia. I get in the zone and start glowing when I think about how wonderful it is to live here and I just want to shout that news to the world.
“HEY WORLD — we’re awesome and we want everyone to know it!” 🙂
And you can bet that I adore the entire region, too. I LOVE living in the Shenandoah Valley!
The Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro (SAW) Happy Place
Little old Staunton fights well above its weight. It is consistently named one of the best small cities in America and is known far and wide for its charming walkability, top-of-the-line culture, and for being a foodie lovers dream come true.
Augusta County is picturesque, beautiful, and has some of the best ecotourism opportunities anywhere in Virginia, boasting farms, breweries, wineries and sweet little villages with character and charm.
Fun and exciting things are happening in Waynesboro, just at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it the perfect stopover for Appalachian Trail hikers and a great place for people in Western Albemarle to seek Valley sites like festivals, breweries, shopping, and riverfront life.
Is this place great, or what?
A Way To Shout it to The World
That’s why I was so thrilled to learn that the Staunton Antiques Center has been awarded one of the competitive Greater Augusta Regional Tourism (GART) grants for the cross-promotion of SAW area tourism attractions.
My idea in the grant was to get the word out about all the unique and amazing antique and vintage shopping opportunities in the SAW region but in a new way: Digitally!
As Texas Governor W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel said in ‘O Brother Where art Thou,
“We’re not one-at-a-timin’ here, we’re mass communicatin’.”
Telling Our Story
That’s why it’s important for area antique vendors to be adequately represented on the digital map, you know, on the Internet and in Google searches where tourists look for antique finds.
The truly compelling aspects of vintage and antique shopping in the SAW region are at once part of the rich Shenandoah Valley tradition — Revolutionary and Civil War history relics, rustic and primitive frontier life furnishings and housewares, items from the early Virginia Colony, homespun items from the Valley agricultural tradition, and local business and artisan quirks — as well as being representative of the greater American past in general, along with other antiques that have made it to our
shores hills and landed in the Valley.
Just because we live on the frontier doesn’t mean we didn’t also get the Mid Century Modern and pop culture itch — we did, and we do! There’s so much that shoppers and collectors can find here.
So ours it a story that deserves to be told to help all local antique and vintage dealers, in conjunction with other area attractions, to be easily found when folks are planning visits or destination antique shopping trips from Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Richmond, Roanoke, and beyond.
My plan, as detailed in my grant application, is to create the area’s first comprehensive, digital guide to our area’s rich and diverse antique shopping opportunities along with other features that knit the whole thing into one united case for visiting our region.
In the coming weeks and months I’ll roll out our project and I hope I can enlist you as ambassadors to help share this guide online and for the good of the region!
I want to thank our partners in this — Curren Media Group, whose Creative Director, Lindsay Curren, for working with me to help imagine this grant into being. I can’t wait to get started, and most of all, to help promote all the other phenomenal antique shops and dealers in our area.
And thank you so much to GART — I’m really proud, excited, and thankful for this opportunity!
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center