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 of 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 become a member by visiting this page. Please send any questions to join@downtowncharlottesville.com

DBAC Board Members

Joan Fenton, Chair
Blair Williamson, Vice Chair
Roy Van Doorn, Treasurer
Nicole Fernandez, Secretary
Shannon Iaculli, At Large
Crys Clements
Robert Crane
Charles Friend
Andy McClure
Jason Ness
Susan Payne
Matthew Simon
Amy Wicks-Horn
Brianna Benjamin, Administrative Assistant

2019 DBAC Members

Alakazam Toys
The Alley Light
Angelo Jewelry
The Bebedero
Bend Yoga
Blue Ridge Group
Blue Whale Books
Boutique Boutique
Chaps Ice Cream
Charlottesville & Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau
Citizen Burger Bar
City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development
City Select/Virginia Welcome
Common House
CSH Development
Cville Arts Cooperative Gallery
Cville Weekly
Dovetail Designs
Equity Financial Services
The Escape Room
The Fitzroy
Hatpindolly Vintage
Hedge Fine Blooms
The Hip Joint
Hourigan Construction
Hunter E. Craig Co.
The Impeccable Pig
Iron Paffles & Coffee
IX Art Park
J. Fenton Too
Jean Theory
The Jefferson Theater
The Jeweler’s Eye
JM Stock Provisions
Joseph, Joseph and Joseph
Kilwin’s of Charlottesville
Lenhart Pettit
Live Arts
Lynne Goldman Elements
Magpie Knits
Main Street Properties
Market Street Market
Market Street Wine Shop
Martin Horn
The Melting Pot
New Dominion Bookshop
The Nook
The Omni Hotel
O’Suzannah for Littles
The Paramount Theater
Quad C Management
Quilts Unlimited
Redlight Management
Residence Inn by Marriott
Rock Paper Scissors
The Shoe Store Next Door
S.L. Williamson Co., Inc.
Sal’s Italian Restaurant
Second Street Gallery
South Street Brewery
The Southern Cafe & Music Hall
Spring Street
Sprint Pavilion
Star Property Management
Thomas Jefferson Planning District
Timberlake’s Drugstore
Tin Whistle Irish Pub
Tuel Jewelers
Union Bank & Trust
Violet Crown
Virginia Discovery Museum
Virginia National Bank
VMDO Architects
Wells Fargo Bank
West Cote Properties
The Whiskey Jar
Woodard Properties