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Grown & Gathered

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The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their 3rd annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

Grown & Gathered will take place on Sunday, September 30. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and passed appetizers and the family style served dinner in the Pavilion at Founders Park.

Grown & Gathered is a seasonal feast prepared by Jamie Dove and Elise Clair and their team from The Main Street Pizza Company and River Creek Catering. The dinner will feature the bounty from 30 local farms and producers. each year, this team provides a bounty of delicious items and this year will be the same. The menu will be released on September 14.

Tickets for the farm-to-table dinner will be $90 per person. Last year was a sell out, so we recommend getting tickets early. Advance ticket sales for past attendees will be available September 7, with open sales beginning Monday, September 10 at 9 am. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the JCDA office, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406 (4th floor of the King Building).

CO.STARTERS to begin June 19

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The Johnson City Development Authority is partnering with AccelNow to offer CO.STARTERS, a nationally renowned program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in just nine weeks. The first CO.STARTERS session begins June 19, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the WCEDC office at 300 E. Main Street, 4th floor.


Participants of the CO.STARTERS program work with a small and supportive group of like-minded people who are all trying to start their own businesses. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their respective businesses will succeed and talk with customers to validate their ideas. The process enables the entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover issues in their proposed businesses, find practical solutions quickly, and leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to launch a success business.


Following the class, participants can compete in a pitch night, to share what they have learned about themselves and their business with friends and family. They will be prepared to participate in Pitches and Pints, a regional pitch contest for entrepreneurs.


If you are interested in participating, you can complete a registration form, found at Registration is $90 and includes a CO.STARTERS workbook. Following CO.STARTERS completion, any business interested in opening a retail storefront in downtown Johnson City, will have the opportunity to apply for a $5000 grant from the JCDA.

For more on CO.STARTERS, visit


Space is limited.

CO.STARTERS came out of The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tennessee organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. The program takes the lessons learned from working with thousands of local, creative entrepreneurs and combines that knowledge with the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Detroit.


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dineJCRestaurants in the downtown district have come together to offer a night to savor. dineJC is an event where local restaurants will offer samples of their newest creations and their beloved recipes. On May 23 at 6 pm at the Gallery, guests can sample the many tastes Downtown Johnson City has to offer.

Participating restaurants will feature special menu items, chef’s specials, and new this year, the restaurants are bringing their best bartender with a signature cocktail. Diners can sample our newest restaurants, dine at old favorites and taste a variety of exceptional dishes being prepared by chefs and the best bartenders in town.

Restaurants participating in dineJC include: Cake Buds, Holy Taco, The Label, Main Street Pizza Company, Southern Craft, Sharp’s Deli, Tipton Street Pub, Wellingtons, Wild Wing Café, and White Duck Taco Shop. Also YeeHaw and JRH Breweries will be pouring. More to be announced.

The event is ticketed entry and costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  The proceeds go to fund the Achieving Landmark Status project to revitalize the sign on Commerce Street and make Johnson City impossible to ignore.  What used to be an old treasure, the 60-foot-tall structure that began in 1959 as Thomas Laguardia Jr.’s Giant Food sign, is becoming Johnson City’s newest landmark. At dineJC, people have an opportunity to eat local, drink local, and fund-raise for a local campaign.  It’s the locals’ night.

Dine JC is sponsored by the Johnson City Development Authority and Ameriprise Financial, The Torbett Group.

Tickets are available online on Eventbrite, and at the Washington County Economic Development Council, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, in downtown Johnson City from 9 am – 4 pm. For more information go to or call 423-202-3510.–johnson-city/dinejc/?crt=regular&sort=best

Great Day of Yoga

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Tri-cities largest yoga event set to take place Mother’s Day weekend

The largest yoga event in the Tri-Cities will be held on May 13, from 3pm-5pm on the Great Lawn at Founders Park.  This event will consist of two 45-minute yoga classes to be instructed by area yoga instructors on a large stage in the park. Participants will pay $5 upon entry and receive a raffle ticket for giveaways to be announced after the yoga sessions. Participants should bring their own yoga mat or towel.

The Great Day
of Yoga is being organized by the Johnson City Downtown Foundation, Downtown Yoga Studio and sponsored by Ameriprise.  Yoga Studios from each of the Tri-Cities will be providing instruction. Studios participating include Downtown Yoga Center, Bristol Yoga, Real Hot Yoga, River and Stone Yoga, Vida Hot Yoga, and Wellness Yoga of Bristol. The event will kick off the weekly Barefoot in the Park yoga classes that will continue through the summer.

“We are excited to bring the entire region together for a wonderful day of yoga outdoors in the beautiful Founders Park”, said Kim Blaine, from Downtown Yoga, who has helped organize the event. “It will be so fun to have hundreds, maybe thousands, all enjoying yoga together.”

“This is the first time we’ve ever seen all these local yoga studios coming together for an event with a cause.  We hope, since it is the day before Mother’s Day, that sons or daughters will bring their moms and share this activity together”, says Blaine.

Vendors will be at the event with yoga supplies and health and wellness information. Rain date will be the following Saturday, May 20.

For more information, call 202.3510.

Achieving Landmark Status

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A new landmark is currently in the works from an existing structure in downtown at Commerce Street between Market and North Roan Streets. The 60-foot-tall structure began as a sign for Thomas Laguardia Jr.’s Giant Food Markets in 1959 and afterwards was sold along with the accompanying building to U-Haul in the late 1980’s. This year, the sign will undergo its latest transformation and become Johnson City’s newest landmark, adding a unique element to the downtown area. The sign will read bright and bold in a retro design – JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE.

The landmark features a design inspired by historic railroad signs and logos and a Tri-Star element representing Tennessee’s three regions created by Johnson City resident Colonel LeeRoy Reeves.

The greenspace surrounding the new landmark where U-Haul’s building previously stood is also undergoing a major transformation, becoming a new park for Johnson City locals and visitors to discover nature, art and walking paths while also adding a new sense of security to the area.

John Bosio of MERJE Design, the company that has designed the wayfinding plan for Johnson City, says, “I can tell you, I work throughout the country with cities of all sizes and aspirations, helping them develop identity and wayfinding programs, many of them only wish they could establish a landmark sign or feature element that will promote their town. But because they are starting from scratch, often approvals, size limitations, engineering and cost often get in the way.

In Johnson City, you have the unique opportunity to accomplish this, because you are working with an existing structure and many of the largest hurdles are already cleared. The Johnson City sign can be a landmark element that will promote the city as it appears advertising, social media and television … well beyond your city borders.”

With these new additions to downtown comes sponsorship opportunities. All donations will be accepted and recognized at the ribbon cutting event, and those of $500 or above will be included on a custom piece of metal art located in the new park. Sizes of names will depend upon the level of donation, with donations of $10,000 or more receiving the largest font design and a space on the Downtown Johnson City website with a featured logo for 12 months.

The Achieving Landmark Status Campaign is a project of the Downtown Johnson City Foundation. All gifts to the foundation are tax deductible. Previous projects include the restoration of the Lady of the Fountain Plaza and the Grown and Gathered event in the Pavilion at Founders Park. The redesign of the structure must be funded by private donations, checks should be made to the Downtown Johnson City Foundation, and mailed to 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, Johnson City, TN 37601.

Downtown Johnson City is where buildings have meaning and where there is a distinctive sense of place; where the community’s story is told, it’s culture is on display and its history is narrated. Johnson City’s new landmark gives those who support it the opportunity to have their own sense of place in our downtown region.

To make a donation online using a credit or debit card, follow this link. This service charges us a 3% fee, so if you send a check, your entire amount goes directly to the campaign.

For more details….view our donation brochure: Achieving Landmark Status Brochure

Lady of the Fountain Bricks

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The Lady of the Fountain Commemorative Bricks Project

Purchase a brick and leave your mark on Downtown Johnson City!

Bricks and plaques surround our newly restored Lady of the Fountain sculpture located at the corner of Main and Buffalo Streets. Reminding us of our history, the fountain and it’s beautiful lady was installed in 1904 to honor Congressman Walter Brownlow for establishing Soldiers Home (Mountain Home VA) in Johnson City. The fountain and recast of the statute were returned to Fountain Square and dedicated in September of 2013. The statue that now graces Fountain Square is actually a recast of the original. Her older sister is posted in the city municipal and safety building.

The purchase of bricks and plaques by the community helped fund the restoration of the fountain. Contiuned sale of bricks will help fund other beautification and projects in Downtown Johnson City. Bricks can be purchased for $80 each, plaques are $500 each.

Each brick is 4″ by 8″ in size and can be engraved with three lines of text with 20 characters per line (a space counts as a character). You can put any text you would like on your brick. Popular ideas for text of bricks include your name or family member(s), favorite quotes and graduation dates.

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2016 Year in Review

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Sometimes we forget just how much has been accomplished in one year. The folks at the Johnson City Development Authority set out to remind us of all that has occurred in 12 short months downtown.  We put together a video of just a few of the highlights, we probably left something out, but we hope you enjoy this look back!

2016 in Review Video



Downtown in December

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Downtown in December is a series of holiday events in the heart of Johnson City. It’s a festive winter experience featuring a tree lighting ceremony, shopping, parties, visits with Santa, and family friendly activities…all surrounded by holiday lights. Most events are free of charge and there is an open invitation for all to attend.

December 2 Christmas Tree Lighting
6: 00 pm at the plaza on Buffalo Street, join us for music and holiday cheer as we revive a tradition for Johnson City. The 26 foot tree is provided by the City of Johnson City. The Indian Trail 6th Grade Chorus, along with a Mayoral Proclamation, Santa and the Grinch will lead us in the tree lighting ceremony, 100 Buffalo Street.

December 3 Johnson City Christmas Parade                                       
The Johnson City Christmas Parade theme is “It’s a Whoville Christmas”. It begins at 11:30 am, travels down W. Walnut Street, to Buffalo Street, turns right on Main Street, to Colonial Way, left on State of Franklin and ends at Legion Street. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will be our Grand Marshals. The JC Christmas Parade is sponsored by TVA. Trophy sponsors are the JC Chamber of Commerce, Firehouse Restaurant and Sparkling Ice.

For two hours following the parade, Santa will be at Holidays to allow children to sit on his lap and parents to take their own photos. Holidays is located at 308 E. Main Street.

December 3 Whoville Village                                                                    
Following the parade, stay downtown to enjoy some great family fun activities. Community organizations will be providing kids activities from 1 pm- 3 pm in the Pavilion at Founders Park. A DJ dance party, storytelling, crafts, games and much more! Bring your camera to take the kids picture with the Grinch or other furry friends. Make sure you visit the food trucks at Whoville Village or one of the wonderful local restaurants in downtown on Saturday. Sponsored by ES Dockery, Mitch Cox Companies and TruPoint Bank.

Pay it forward – bring new gloves, toboggans, or scarves to be donated to those in need. New items only, please. A donation bin will be in the Pavilion.

December 3 Prohibition for the Paws
Guys and dolls, wear your finest 1920’s glad rags at the party of the year, benefitting the Washington County Animal Shelter. Tickets are $60 each or $100 a couple. Enjoy prohibition style cocktails and a 1920’s specialty brew, great hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, live music with Big Band Theory, silent auction and more. Sponsored by Tennessee Hill Distillery, event begins at 8 pm in the Venue in the King Centre.

December 2 & 3 Insta•Crafty
The event will feature a catered First Friday opening on December 2, 5 – 8 pm, followed by an all day Saturday shopping experience, 10 am – 6 pm. Local crafters will give you the opportunity to purchase handmade items at the pop up shop. Located in the JCPenney building on Main Street.

December 6 Downtown Loft Tours
A self-guided tour of some fantastic living spaces that are available downtown. Check out urban living options from 5 – 8 pm, stop by the lobby of the King Center to pick up your map. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live downtown, this is your opportunity.

December 8 Holiday Stroll                                                                          
Downtown merchants welcome you on this special evening of shopping. Make it a girl’s night out or grab the spouse and show each other what is on the top of your Christmas wish list. Merchants will be open until 8 pm on Thursday evening. Several will offer snacks or drinks this evening, as well.

December 2 – 10 Shop Downtown, Shop Local                                   
Downtown merchants will have extended hours these days and would love to show you all the unique and specialty merchandise in their stores. Our local merchants have worked hard to fill their shelves with local, hard to find or handcrafted items. We have some wonderful stores, now is the time to explore downtown Johnson City.


Buffalo Street at State of Franklin and the 200 and 300 blocks of Main Street
will be closed from 5 pm Friday to 6 pm Saturday. The Northeast State Downtown Center parking garage is open every weekend for free public parking. It is recommended to use the garage on Friday or Saturday.

Downtown Johnson City Christmas Parade

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It’s a Whoville Christmas: 2016 Johnson City Christmas Parade is finalized.

JOHNSON CITY, TENN.- Johnson City has finalized and released the details for this season’s annual Christmas Parade.
This year’s parade will take place on December 3, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Themed “It’s a Whoville Christmas,” floats in the parade should depict different, fun and outrageous decorating ideas around the popular, Dr. Seuss Christmas story. Floats will be judged on creativity and relevance to the theme. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place floats, as well as a Biggest Grinch award for the least creative float and an award for the best depiction of the line from the Grinch movie, “maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Parties wishing to participate in the parade should fill out the waiver and application found on by November 21, 2016. The entry fee is $95 for profit organizations and $45 for non-profit organizations. Applications can also be picked up or dropped off at the Johnson City Chamber located at 603 East Market Street. Line up for the parade will begin at ETSU parking lot number nine at 9:30 a.m. on December 3 and line-up placement will be emailed to participants the Wednesday prior.
No horses, Santas, or vehicles entered for advertising purposes will be permitted. Candy and other items must be handed out, not thrown.
To access the application,  click here.

Grown & Gathered, a Farm to Table Experience

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The Downtown Johnson City Foundation announced a wonderful way to celebrate the locally produced food that is available in our region and a way to raise funds for the redesign of the old Giant Foods Sign. Gathered & Grown will be the first farm to table dining experience in the new Pavilion at Founders Park on Sunday evening, August 28.

Join us for a seasonal feast, as Jamie Dove and Elise Clair and their team from The Main Street Pizza Company and River Creek Farm, prepare a dinner in traditional Italian coursing, featuring the bounty from over 30 local farms and producers. Tickets are limited and are $75 per person.

For more details, go to Grown & Gathered.