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

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 number side streets which DO NOT access the Downtown  mall but end at 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 line with over 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 http://www.downtowncharlottesville.com/ for listing of many of the shops that are located on Downtown Charlottesville’s Historic 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 Downtown  Charlottesville website (https://calendar.downtowncharlottesville.com/cal), on the City of Charlottesville’s website (http://www.charlottesville.org/), 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 (434-970-3280) to make inquiries.

Please click here for a list of frequently asked questions in PDF form.



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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 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 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.

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 Downtown Cville Gift Cards, please visit the Gift Cards page.

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

Alex Bryant, President
Susan Bashline, Vice Chair
Roy Van Doorn, Treasurer
Joan Fenton, At Large
Susan Payne, At Large
Megan, Secretary
Bri Benjamin, Admin
Crys Clements
Robert Crane
Charles Friend
Andy McClure
Jason Ness
Matthew Simon
Amy Wicks-Horn

2020 DBAC Members

2nd Act Books
Angelo Jewelry
Blue Ridge Group
Blue Whale Books
Chaps Ice Cream
Charlottesville & Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau
Citizen Bowl Shop
Citizen Burger Bar
City of Charlottesville
City Select/Virginia Welcome
Colliers International Real Estate
The Consignment House
Cville Arts Cooperative Gallery
Cville Weekly
Darling Boutique
The Downtown Grill
The Escape Room
The Fitzroy
Flora Petit
Grit Coffee Bar & Café
Hamilton’s at First & Main
Hedge Fine Blooms
Hourigan Construction
IX Art Park
Java Java
J. Fenton Too
Jean Theory
The Jefferson Theater
The Jeweler’s Eye
Kilwin’s of Charlottesville
Lenhart Pettit
Lanier Parking Solutions
Live Arts
Lynne Goldman Elements
Magpie Knits
Main Street Properties
Market Street Market
Market Street Wine Shop
Moe’s Original BBQ
New Dominion Bookshop
Quad C Management
The Nook
The Omni Hotel
The Paramount Theater
Paw Prints Boutique
Petite MarieBette
Quilts Unlimited
Redlight Management
Red Pump Kitchen
Residence Inn by Marriott
Rock Paper Scissors
S.L. Williamson Co., Inc.
Shenanigans Toy Store
The Southern Cafe & Music Hall
Sprint Pavilion
Stay Charlottesville
The Spectacle Shop
TJ Planning District
Tom Tom Foundation
Tuel Jewelers
Union Bank & Trust
Virginia Discovery Museum
Virginia National Bank
VMDO Architects
The Whiskey Jar
Woodard Properties
Yves Delorme