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Park & Hide: Downtown parking meter program halted, but downtown parking problem remains

In Government, Infrastructure, Shopping, Traffic on January 3, 2018 at 4:03 pm

While many people and businesses are happy that the parking meter program downtown has been suspended, everyone seems to have forgotten why it was implemented in the first place: to reduce congestion downtown and make it easier to find a place to park.

As a 2008 downtown parking study determined, parking availability wasn’t necessarily the problem (there were 6000 recorded parking spaces in Downtown Charlottesville, of which about 5,000 (84%) were off-street and about 1,000 (16%) were on-street, and 1,200 were private )— the free two-hour on-street parking spaces were. Read the rest of this entry »


2017 Best of the DTM Awards

In business, Fashion, Food & Wine, Music, Opinion, Polls, Shopping on September 27, 2017 at 9:55 am

Thanks to all who voted this year. And here are the results. A few changes from last year’s selections. Congratulations to all the winners!

DTM’s Best Coffee Shop

1st Place – Mudhouse
2nd Place –Java Java Cafe
3rd Place – Grit Coffee

DTM’s Best Retail Shop

1st Place – O’suzannah
2nd Place – Low Vintage
3rd Place – Bittersweet

DTM’s Best Music/Night Spot

1st Place – The Jefferson Theater
2nd Place – The Southern
3rd Place – Rapture

DTM’s Best Restaurant

1st Place – Brasserie Saison
2nd Place – The Alley Light
3rd Place – The C&O Restaurant

Bag with matching bat: DTM clothing store gets unexpected visitor

In People, Shopping on August 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

photoZoe Stevenson, an employee at clothing store Verdigris on the DTM, had an unexpected visitor yesterday– a giant bat, which she says was sleeping behind one of the bags that a standing mannequin was holding.

“When I went to move the bag it was thrown to floor,” says Stevenson. “ It was just lying there looking at me and breathing fast.”

Stevenson was sure she’d hurt the bat, and that it was dying, but then it sprang to life.

“I took the photo, and then right after it spread its huge wings and came at me,” she says. “ I ran as fast as possible out the door and opened the doors and just waited for him to find his way out.”

Stevenson said the large bat circled around the store for about ten minutes.

“I was terrified,” says Stevenson. “ They scare me to start with, but I have never been that scared around a bat before. I was sure he was chasing me and going to get tangled in my hair.”

So what happened to the bat?

“It flew out of the store.”

“Myotis lucifugus. ‘The little brown bat,’ “ local nature writer Jackson Landers informs The DTM. ”Totally harmless. It probably ended up in the store by accident and then freaked out.”

Bargains on the DTM starting today

In business, Events, Shopping on July 19, 2012 at 5:11 am

Bargain Days begins today on the DTM, that summer event where a lot shops have big sales. Here are a few dropping prices: Alakazam, Artifacts, Bittersweet (photo left is from Bittersweet), Blue Ridge Eco Shop, Boutique Boutique, Bozart, Caspari, Cha Cha’s, Derriere de Soie, Hip Joint, J Fenton Too, jean theory:, Mens & Boys Shop, Mole Hole, Needle Lady, Pearl, Petit Bebe, Quilts Unlimited, Rock Paper Scissors, Roxie Daisy, Spring Street, Studio Baboo, Sunbow Trading Co., Vintage Vixen, Vivian’s Art for Living, Yves deLorme. Ends July 21

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