About DBAC

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville (DBAC) is an association created, managed, and funded by a group of Downtown's merchants, restaurants, and other interested businesses. The DBAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting commerce Downtown. Our goal is to raise recognition to the wide variety the area has to offer. Overall, we aim to market and support the Mall by shaping the Downtown Mall into one cohesive network.

P.O. Box 253

Charlottesville, VA 22902


Frequently Asked Questions

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The DBAC strives to provide a high level of service to our members businesses. In addition to providing marketing opportunities, leadership roles, and an influential forum for turning ideas into actions, the DBAC always keeps its members up-to-date with recent news, information, and events happening downtown. Membership benefits include:

We strongly support our members in all their events and marketing campaigns. And in our own marketing, we feature DBAC members and give them top priority in downtown recommendations.

Member businesses enjoy an enhanced listing on our website, which is one of the most comprehensive resources of Downtown Charlottesville’s entertainment and businesses.

Bi-monthly, we send out a newsletter highlighting DBAC members’ events, festivals, activities, programs, concerts, plays, and more going on in downtown Charlottesville. Over 1,500 people use the newsletter to stay up-to-date with local events. In each issue we highlight 5 member businesses as well. The newsletter is posted to our thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers as well.

We have a large Facebook presence with 15,000+ likes and Twitter presence with 4,500+ followers that we use to promote the Downtown Mall. For members, we offer free advertising to a wider, but still relevant audience with our “Membership Spotlight” campaign and eye-catching posts. We also advertise special events, sales, and campaigns of member businesses for free.

This program allows members to participate in a free gift certificate program. Gift Certificates can be purchased at J. Fenton Too and can be used at select downtown businesses. They make great gifts and encourage traffic! To learn how to redeem DBAC Gift Certificates, please click here.

In past years, we have partnered with various radio, print and television publications to create promotional packages and advertising discounts for downtown merchants.

Every DBAC member is connected on a membership email list to encourage communication and promote partnerships and networking. This list has not and will never be sold.

You can apply for membership by completing the DBAC Invoice for Membership and returning it to join@downtowncharlottesville.com

DBAC Board Members

Joan Fenton, Chair
Blair Williamson, Co-Chair
Nicole Fernandez, Secretary
Shannon Iaculli
Jason Ness
Amy Wicks-Horn
Roy Van Doorn
Matthew Simon
Susan Payne
Eric Pfister
Andy McClure

2018 DBAC Members

ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center
Alakazam Toys
Angelo Jewelry
Bantam Social Media
Blue Moon Diner
Blue Ridge Group
Boutique Boutique & The Shoe Store Next Door
Cathcart Group
Champion Brewing Company
Chaps Ice Cream
Citizen Burger Bar
VA Welcome – City Select
Commonwealth Skybar Bar & Draft Taproom
Consignment House
CSH Development
City of Charlottesville Economic Development
Cville Arts Cooperative Gallery
Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
Charlottesville Parking Center
Darling Boutique
Davenport & Company LLC
Virginia Discovery Museum
The Downtown Grille
Draft Taproom
The Escape Room
J. Fenton Too, Quilts Unlimited
The Front Porch
Lynne Goldman Elements
Hamilton’s First and Main
Hedge Fine Blooms
Honey Ryder Boutique
Ivy Publications LLC
IX Park
Java Java
Jean Theory
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
The Jeweler’s Eye
K Holdings, LLC
Kabbash Fox & Gentry Commercial Real Estate
Kilwins of Charlottesville
King Building
Low Vintage Clothing, Records & Antiques
Magpie Knits
Main Street Properties
Residence Inn Marriott
McGuffey Arts Association
New Dominion Bookshop
The Nook
The Omni Charlottesville Hotel & The Pointe Restaurant
Paradox Pastry
Patina Antiques
PMI Commonwealth
Posner Wealth Management
Posture Studio
Property Management of Charlottesville
Rapture, R2
Read it Again, Sam
Redlight Mgmt
Rock Paper Scissors
Roxie Daisy
Smoke Brake Vapes
Snooky’s Pawnshop
South Street Brewery
Sprint Pavilion
Star Property Managment
Sun Tribe Solar
Ten Course Hospitality Group
Thomas Jefferson Planning District
Tuel Jewelers
Union Bank & Trust
Violet Crown
Wells Fargo Bank
S. L. Williamson Co., Inc.
Woodard Properties/Renaissance Investment Corp.
Yves Delorme