About Friends of Cville Downtown
P.O. Box 253
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions
Where can I find handicapped parking?
— Handicapped parking is available on Market and Water Streets, which run parallel to the pedestrian Downtown Mall. Closer to certain parts of the outdoor mall, additional handicapped parking may be found on 2nd Street SE/NE (ONE WAY from Water Street to Market Street), 4th Street NE/SE (ONE WAY from Market Street to Water Street) and many of the side streets which do not access the Downtown Mall, but end at the Downtown Mall.
What are the Downtown Mall hours?
— The Downtown Mall is an outdoor, pedestrian mall that can be walked from end to end and is lined with more than 250 retail shops, restaurants, cafes, and service-oriented shops, such as salons. Hours vary amongst many of the businesses, so please consult the individual businesses. You may also visit FriendsofCville.org for a linked listing of many of the shops that are located on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall.
Does the Downtown Mall host special events throughout the year?
— The Downtown Mall is home to many spaces that are used to host private events and special public events throughout the year. Information regarding these events can be found on the Cville Downtown Calendar, on the City of Charlottesville website, and on websites for individual businesses.
Is there a Lost-and-Found for the Downtown Mall?
— Currently, there is no Lost-and-Found for the Downtown Mall. You may contact the businesses you visited or the City of Charlottesville Police Department at 434.970.3280 to make inquiries.
For a printable PDF page of these Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions, please click here.
Friends of Cville Downtown GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE
Need the perfect gift? Purchase Friends of Cville Downtown Gift Certificates and give your loved ones an uncommon shopping experience in Charlottesville Downtown! Click here to learn more.
Every gift is tax-deductible! Business Memberships are $200!
• Friend—$50 • Hero—$100
• Member Business—$200 • Silver—$1,000
• Gold—$5,000 • Diamond—$10,000
• Platinum—$15,000 • Titan—$25,000
Friends of Cville Downtown strives to provide a high level of service to our Member Businesses. In addition to providing marketing opportunities, leadership roles, and an influential forum for turning ideas into actions, we strive to keep our Member Businesses up-to-date with recent news, information, and events happening Downtown. Membership benefits include:
At Friends of Cville Downtown, we strongly support our Member Businesses in all their events and marketing campaigns. And in our own marketing, we feature Friends of Cville Downtown Member Businesses and give them top priority in Downtown recommendations.
Friends of Cville Downtown Member Businesses enjoy an enhanced listing on our Website, now including a direct link to your own Member Business website.
Bi-monthly, we send out a newsletter highlighting Friends of Cville Member Businesses’ 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 five 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 17,000+ likes, Instagram presence with 2,000+ followers and Twitter presence with 4,500+ followers that we use to promote the Downtown Mall. For Member Businesses, 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.
DOWNTOWN GIFT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Gift Certificates can be purchased online, in-store at Darling Boutique and Magpie Knits and at a self-service kiosk in York Place. They make great gifts and encourage traffic! To learn more about Cville Downtown Gift Cards, please visit the Gift Cards page.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH AREA MEDIA
In past years, we have partnered with various radio, print and television publications to create promotional packages and advertising discounts for Cville Downtown merchants.
MEMBERSHIP EMAIL LIST
Every Friends of Cville Member Business is connected on a membership email list to encourage communication and promote partnerships and networking. This list has not been, and never will be, sold.
Friends of Cville Downtown — Executive Committee
Charley Lewis, Chair
Michael Caplin, Chair
Ludwig Kuttner, Chair
Blair Williamson, Treasurer
Friends of Cville Downtown — Cabinet
Alex Bryant, Membership and Inclusivity
Susan Krischel, Beautification and Sanitation
Susan Payne, Public Health and Safety
Scott Hamler, Communications and Public Relations
Bruce Wardell, Transportation and Infrastructure
Dean Andrews, Economic Development and Strategic Planning
Friends of Cville Downtown — Advisory Board
Elizabeth Cromwell, Charlottesville Chamber
Stephen Davis, Community Investment Collaborative
Andrea Douglas, Jefferson School—African American Heritage Center
Pace Lochte, Assistant VP, Economic Development, UVA
Cristine Nardi, Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Ravi Respeto, Cville United Way
Nickolas Urpi, Emergent Financial Services
Elizabeth Beasley, Equity Center, Director of Community
Friends of Cville Downtown — Member Businesses — 2022
2nd Act Books
Agents in Style
Audacious Faith, LLC —
Blue Ridge Group
Blue Whale Books
Chaps Ice Cream
City of Charlottesville —
Citizen Burger Bar
Cville Escape Room
Don Garlock Design
Hedge Fine Blooms
Ix Art Park / Monticello Associates
The Jefferson Theater
Lucky Blue’s Bar
Lynne Goldman Elements
Main Street Properties
Ma Nah Ma Nah
New Dominion Bookshop
O’Suz for Littles
The Paramount Theater
Quilts Unltd. • J. Fenton Gifts
Red Light Management
Residence Inn Marriott
Rock Paper Scissors
S.L. Williamson Co., Inc.
The Spectacle Shop
Tilman’s Cheese & Wine
Nancy A. Tramontin and David Toscano
Violet Crown Cinema
Virginia Discovery Museum
Virginia National Bank
Vitae Spirits Distillery
The Whiskey Jar