September Hot Topic Luncheon: The Craft Economy

Join your friends and colleagues from around Virginia to talk about the Craft Economy and how it can help your downtown.

Wirt Confroy, Director of Partnerships and Outreach, will head up a panel of craftspeople to discuss why they are located in downtown and the pros and cons of practicing in the center of it all.

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Once upon a time, if you wanted to make furniture or brew beer or distill some whiskey, you had to locate in a barn. Now, as light industrial spaces are coming available and zoning can be more forgiving, these artisans are making their wares in downtowns.

What are the benefits of having built-in foot traffic? How does the exposure help or hinder their craft? How is the market for handmade, quality, authentic products expanding?

Do they benefit the businesses around them? Do they help attract residents to the area? And most importantly to our members, what can you do to attract these eclectic destination businesses to your district?

Held at Foti's, one of Virginia's first farm-to-table restaurants, now in their larger location, this VDDA Hot Topic Luncheon will be a delight on the palate and the mind.