Sales & Events in Old Towne – Dec 10 on

Friday for the Arts! is here again. The monthly event (2nd Fri of each month) occurs again Friday the 11th. The entire schedule is posted at (at or near the top of postings). Most businesses have specials now thru the season, some free gift wrapping, and many have extended hours to […]

Friday for the Arts! is here again. The monthly event (2nd Fri of each month) occurs again Friday the 11th. The entire schedule is posted at (at or near the top of postings). Most businesses have specials now thru the season, some free gift wrapping, and many have extended hours to better serve you! Find unique one-of-a-kind gifts at Old Towne boutiques, and get spa and restaurant gift certificates for that perfect present! Please contact your favorite businesses before you visit to be sure of open hours (if not listed below). There’s a DIRECTORY HERE.

NOTE that this may be the last “this week” email I have time to do for the year. You can also check the calendars at,, later in the month for events. Below are sales and events coming up in Old Towne that I have heard of to date.


**** You are cordially welcome to a special year-end celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s bicentennial year, Friday, DECEMBER 10 at the site of Poe and Virginia Clemm’s 1836 honeymoon, 12 West Bank Street, Petersburg, Virginia.
As part of Petersburg’s regular Friday for the Arts, Rivers’ Edge will feature a one-man show by Richmond artist Sterling Hundley, marked by the public release of the limited edition print, “Poe’s Honeymoon,” signed and numbered by the artist, known for his work in Rolling Stone and Virginia Living. The striking illustration, featured in the January 09 issue of Richmond magazine, is the first, and the only known artist’s depiction of Poe’s honeymoon and is destined to become a sought-after collectible.
Limited to an edition of 200, each will be signed, numbered, and dated 2009 by the artist at the very site the couple stayed. Anyone purchasing the print on site will be entitled to a very special treat—a pre-restoration look at the upstairs where the couple stayed. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and purchase a real part of Poe history.
River’s Edge – 12 West Bank Street – (804) 722-0505

**** PENNISTON’S ALLEY – OPEN every day through Christmas Eve!
PEARLS FOR CHRISTMAS! We offer the best selection of cultured pearls anywhere around. Our prices CAN’T be beat. Take 15% off through Christmas Eve. Shop early for the best HOT DEALS! We have a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. Also selected jewelry items are 50% off while supply lasts. Mon. through Friday 11 to 5pm Sat. 10 to 5pm Sun 1 to 4pm. 102 W Old St., 804.722.0135 / .

**** Utopia Spa –
Friday, Dec. 11 – Live Music: Holiday music by Evelyn Quaye from 7-9pm, Enjoy Light Hors D’oeuvres, Great Art & Wonderful Company as you relax in the “Zen-Lectic” atmosphere of Utopia Spa.
‘Tis the Season to start thinking about your Holiday Shopping! YOU could WIN…FREE SERVICES FOR A YEAR!!
You’ll be entered Once for every $25 worth of Gift Certificates you purchase, On-Line at or at Utopia Spa before Christmas! TWO CHANCES TO WIN…
Next Drawing December 26, 2009
and FREE Nail Art with your Manicure or Pedicure! Just ask Jade… She can design One nail… Two nails… Or all Ten if you want! A $5 to $10 Value for FREE!!!
Some Restrictions May Apply to all Free Services. Utopia Spa LLC / 115 N. Sycamore St., Historic “Uptowne” Petersburg / 804.732.1234 /

**** Therapeutic Massage Center & Boutique
“When You L ook G ood . . . You F eel G ood”
Full Body Massage & Cleansing Facial – $175 Value – Now $ 150. Winter-Time Pedicure with Hot Stone Massage to Legs & Feet – $50
*Some Restrictions May Apply
Save $5.00 on the purchase of a gift certificate by mentioning this ad
Call (804)722-1720 to schedule an appointment today.
Hours M-F 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, 27 Bollingbrook Street, 2nd Floor.

**** Signature Style Polish Pottery shop will be open Thurs to Mon 11-5 pm. Through Dec. 21. We have many great gift ideas – lots $5 or $10. We will SHIP YOUR GIFT (at our UPS cost), and offer FREE GIFT WRAPPING.
THIS WEEKEND – FRIDAY 11-9, Sat 11-5, SUNDAY 11-5 – we are having a huge STOREWIDE BAZAAR of everything in the store with discounts from 10% to 50% and more! Example: mahogany buffets $100, side chairs $25, folding iron shelves $30-$50, wooden bistro shelves $50, folding wooden shelves $30 – $60, most pictures $10, mirrors $10 -$30, lamps $25, oak dresser w/mirror $100, roll top desk $250, satinwood bedroom set $100 (6 pcs). Please come in for some great deals!
Why are we selling the fixtures? NOTE that Teresa will be “semi-retiring” after Christmas and will CONTINUE THE BUSINESS PRIMARILY ONLINE (store will be open for special events and by appointment). We would love to find a tenant who will open another unique store here (in part or all of our store space), in our lovely, revitalized Old Towne area. We are located right in the heart of the shopping/dining district, across from The Retreat Spa and Maria’s Italian Restaurant, 2 doors down from Sycamore Rouge! Please call or email for more info on our approx 1400 sq ft space. Rent rate is based on sq ft needed, and can be discounted … ask me how!.
ALSO, Leigh, who’s worked for me for many years, is a realtor and she will be focusing on that career. Contact her at:
Century 21 C. F. Scott, Leigh Barksdale, Email:, Cell: 804.605.9336, Office: 804.732.0010.
13 W Old St., 733.4495 / Remember, you can shop online 24/7 now and after Christmas at .

**** The Ramada Plaza High Street Bistro has the NFL Ticket each Sunday. Kick-off is 1:00pm. * Flat screen TV’s plus one BIG 8’ screen for all of your favorite games. Great Pizza and other great game food served! For more info, call 804-733-0000. The Ramada Plaza is located at I95, Exit 52. Merge L immediately after exiting – the hotel is on the L.

**** The Oak has amazing sales of up to 40% throughout the whole mall! When you find that perfect gift for your loved one we will even gift wrap it for you!!
Plus, bring canned food to enter a raffle for prizes!
We have extended our hours to better serve our customers! The Oak’s new hours are:
10 am – 8 pm Monday – Friday / 10 am – 6 pm Saturday / 12 pm – 5 pm Sunday
400 N. Sycamore Street, (804) 861-6111,

Offering a free locator service for unfurnished apartments and fully furnished corporate apartments in the Richmond and Tri-Cities areas. Whether your need is a few days, a few months or a year, we can help you find the right housing.
PROMOTION – Sign a lease at any participating community for an unfurnished apartment, minimum six month term, and receive a $100 rebate. Contact Apartment Connection for promotion details and all other housing requests.
804.863.2263 /

**** At Kimberly Ann’s
Great sales, fabulous finds. Free gift wrapping!
246 N Sycamore St., 733.2828 /


**** Wabi Sabi – Mondays – HALF OFF SUSHI / Tuesdays HALF OFF TAPAS. More specials all week! Get the calendar of all Wabi Sabi’s events and view the menu at . The food is great!!! 29 Bollingbrook St.

*** A reminder — There is music most weekends at various venues in Old Towne including Cockade City Grill, Maria’s Italian Restaurant , Union St Coffee Shop, Longstreet’s Deli , Dixie Diner , and more!

*** At Sycamore Rouge –
Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings Continues ‘til 12/27
Friday & Saturdays at 8pm / Sunday Matinee at 4pm
During the run of Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings , enjoy:
-Pictures with Santa onstage after the show!
(bring your own camera/phone ~$3 donation~
Friday & Saturday nights only)
-Nightly Gift Raffle! (for yourself or others…)
-Post-show Bar & Dessert Service accompanied by Holiday Carols
(…perhaps you’d like to sing along?)
For those who are not already familiar & in love with David Sedaris’ books, a general note: Sedaris specializes in dark humor & black comedy. T he Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings is for mature audiences only; it is NOT appropriate for anyone who still believes in Santa Claus.
This production is recommended for High-schoolers and up (& possibly for precocious middleschoolers who appreciate sardonic humor)!
Don’t miss out! Get your tickets early!
Call 804-957-5707 to reserve your tickets! / 21 West Old Street / 804.957.5707.

**** Entertainment at the Dixie Diner:
Thurs Dec 10 Open Jam w/ Houston : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Fri Dec 11 Dale Traylor : Beach Music Sing a Long : 6-9 pm : no cover
Fri Dec 11 Houston Scott Band : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sat Dec 12 Wild Debbie Karaoke : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sun Dec 13 Sax w/Redman & Redbull 12 noon – 2 pm : no cover
Tues Dec 15 Mastin Kitchen Sax Oldies : 12 noon-2 pm : no cover
Thurs Dec 17 Open Jam w/ Houston : 9 pm – midnight :; no cover
Fri Dec 18 Brian C. Band : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sat Dec 19 Karaoke w/Wild Debbie : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sun Dec 20 : Sax w/ Redman & Redbull : 12 noon – 2 pm : no cover
Tues Dec 22 Mastin Kitchen Sax Oldies : 12 noon – 2 pm : no cover
Thurs Dec 24 Open Jam w/ Houston : 9 pm – midnight : no cover
Sat Dec 26 Karaoke w/ Wild Debbie : 9 pm – midnight : no cover
Sun Dec 27 Sax w/ Matt Piacente : 12 noon – 2 pm : no cover
Tues Dec 29 Sax Oldies w/ Mastin Kitchen : no cover : 12 noon – 2 pm
250 N Sycamore St. / / 732.7425.

**** Happy Holidays from The Destiny Inn Bed and Breakfast
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009, 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. (FRIDAY FOR THE ARTS)
Nathan is an extraordinary musician who played with Princess Cruise Lines for many years. He will be back at the Inn by special request!
(Serving Guests of the Inn & Special Occasions)
Bring Someone Special and Enjoy an Evening at the Inn!
The Carriage Barn and Courtyard will be Open….
517 High St., 722.1016 /

**** 32nd Annual Homes Tour – Sun Dec 13 – 1 to 5 pm.
The tour will feature 5 homes on Westover Avenue in Walnut Hill, decorated for the Christmas Season. Tickets $20. Get all details on

Sunday, January 24, 2010, at 1 Centre Hill Avenue, Petersburg, Virginia, 23803, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm.
Centre Hill Mansion has served as the home of many notable Virginia families–the Bollings, the Davis’ and the Pryor’s. It has also played host to three U.S. presidents: Abraham Lincoln, John Tyler and William Howard Taft. As the Civil War drew to a close, the mansion also served as the headquarters for Federal soldiers under General George L. Hartsuff. Will this be the year when some of the former residents or visitors make an appearance?
According to the accounts from residents of this landmark house, every January 24 at 7:30 pm a regiment of soldiers, presumably Civil War, makes their presence known at the mansion. Legend states that at 7:30 pm the door leading into the office is heard to open. Then a noise, such as soldiers marching along the passageway, up the stairs with their sabers clanging, is heard going into the room over the office. Approximately twenty minutes later, the soldiers are heard descending the staircase, crossing the hall and leaving after slamming the door. Then all is quiet.
The house has also been noted as the home of another ghost, a beautiful woman dressed in white, who has been seen frequently by people strolling on the grounds. No one has ever known who she was. This “appearance” began to occur in the latter part of the 19th century. Once during this time, a small child living in the house told his mother of a “pretty lady” who had visited him during the night, sat on the side of his bed, held his hand and talked to him. He indicated that he could see right through her. The description he gave perfectly matched that of the woman others had seen in the window above the front entry door.
Mrs. Campbell Pryor lived in the house in the late 1890s and told of the playing of a little melodeon that stood in a corner of the library (now in the north parlor). Many times she heard the playing of music by invisible hands as there was not anyone other than herself in the house.
Her husband also had a story to tell. He once had a bedchamber in a small room on the first floor near an office, but apparently the ghost felt this room belonged to him. Every time Mr. Pryor retired for the evening and turned off the lights, invisible hands jerked the coverings off the bed and threw them into the middle of the floor.
One additional event will take place at the mansion during the evening. Mr. L. B. Taylor, author of the series “The Ghost’s of Virginia”, will be there to sell and sign his books. Several areas not regularly open to the public (the attic and the service area) will be on the tour of the house. This promises to be one of the best Ghost Watches ever, so please join us for this exciting evening!
Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance at Centre Hill Mansion, 1 Centre Hill Avenue, Petersburg, Va. 23803. Ticket Prices: Adults: $5.00 Children ages 7 – 12: $3.00. For additional information please contact Centre Hill Mansion at: (804) 733-2401.

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Thank you for your support, and we’ll see you soon in Old Towne!
Teresa Munn, Old Towne Merchants Group * email

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