The Grandin Village is an eclectic, vibrant community that's been part of the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge for over 100 years.
Established in 1906 as Roanoke's first suburb, Grandin Village is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and wonderful blend of mixed-use space between commercial, residential, and retail businesses.
It's a pedestrian friendly community where you'll regularly find locals walking their dogs, taking kids to the playground, relaxing on a sidewalk bench, or enjoying a meal at one of the many local restaurants that feature patio spaces.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Grandin Village is the perfect place for visitors to become more familiar with the local culture of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Whether it's farm-to-table dining, outdoor fun on the Greenway, browsing through an iconic salvage warehouse, or catching a movie, you'll have a great time during your Blue Ridge Day.
Here are a few spots to check out during your next visit!
Things to Do
Known for its television show Salvage Dawgs on the DIY Network and Netflix, Black Dog Salvage is located near the Memorial Bridge along the edge of Grandin Village. The 40,000 square foot warehouse has an amazing collection of re-purposed salvage items, antiques, and other one-of-a-kind treasures.
This 1930s art deco theatre is an icon of Grandin Village. Known for having the best popcorn in the Blue Ridge, The Grandin Theatre is Roanoke's only locally owned and operated theatre and offers a mix of new release, independent, and classic films.
Whether you bring your own bike or rent one from the nearby Roanoke Mountain Adventures, the Grandin Village is conveniently located near the Roanoke River Greenway. From Black Dog Salvage, visitors can pedal along the river as the Greenway winds through Vic Thomas Park, Wasena Park and around to River's Edge Sports Complex.
Places to Shop
Inspired by her travels and experiences from around the world, Ashley Ernest Shaffner founded Urban Gypsy as a place that would reflect her unique creativity and perspective. This eclectic boutique features clothing, furniture, gifts, and accessories, with each item providing its own sense of style.
With an inventory of approximately 50,000 books, you can lose yourself in the vast collection of Too Many Books. This quaint shop features works of nearly every genre and will have something for even the most avid book collector.
Virginia's Blue Ridge features an awesome biking culture, and the experts at Starlight Bicycles can answer all your bike-related questions. From repairs to get your bicycle riding like new, to offering all the latest gear and custom apparel, you'll love the first-class service at this local bike shop.
Discover the local flavors of the region and the sense of community of the Grandin Village by checking out the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op. As the largest cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store in the state, the Co-Op serves as a valuable community resource that offers nutritious food options and eco-friendly products.
With fine jewelry, funky antiques, and distinct furniture, you won't have to look hard to find something special at New to Me. This consignment boutique adds new items to its stock that changes on a regular basis, meaning every visit will feature a new experience.
Where to Eat
Delicious food, cold drinks, great outdoor patios, and fun weekly specials like Taco Tuesday make The Village Grill a popular dining option in the Grandin Village. The patio features a bocce court and dogs (kept on leash) are also welcome on the outdoor patios.
As a restaurant that emphasizes locally-sourced ingredients and flavors, every item at Local Roots is carefully crafted for a first-class dining experience. It was named one of the "100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America" in 2015 by Open Table and is helping shape the dynamic culinary scene of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Step back in time with a visit to this charming old fashioned soda fountain. Pop's serves locally-made Homestead Creamery ice cream, authentic ice cream sodas from its 1936 Bastian Blessing Soda Fountain, and fresh baked goods.
Whether it's for dessert or just an afternoon pick-me-up, the cupcakes at Viva la Cupcake are decadent and delicious. Enjoy gourmet creations such as Baileys Irish Cream, smores, lemon raspberry, and the signature Viva la Cupcake.
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