SDDA Presents...

The Staunton Downtown Development Association with support from the Department of Housing and Community Development announces the opening of THE SPACE, located at 35A South New Street in downtown Staunton. THE SPACE will serve as an evolving location for smaller exhibits, conversations and happenings. 

THE SPACE is located beside the Staunton Visitors Center on New Street and features storefront windows from both the street and the New Street parking garage. SDDA invites individuals to step up and take a peek through the glass to check what’s happening this summer.

Our Current Exhibit

Fall 2022: A Salute to Veterans

Every year thousands of military members leave the service and enter the civilian workforce, many becoming entrepreneurs and small business owners. The SDDA will be promoting Veterans Day-related happenings, events and promotions, as well as highlighting Veteran-owned downtown businesses through social media leading up to Friday, Nov. 11.

Recognizing the importance of Veterans Day, the SDDA has partnered with 29th Division Museum to create “A SALUTE TO VETERANS” display in THE SPACE. Uniforms displayed have been provided by the 29th Division Museum in Verona, Virginia. The Museum tells the story of Division from its origins as the Augusta County Militia in Staunton, Virginia in 1741 to the present day and of the citizen soldiers of the Valley.

“A Salute to Veterans” display at THE SPACE (35A S. New Street) will run October 22 through Nov. 14. This is a FREE 24/7 display.  THE SPACE is located at 35A South New Street, beside the Staunton Visitors Center. SDDA invites individuals to step up and take a peek through the glass to check what’s happening this fall.

Support our Veteran owned/operated businesses in downtown Staunton: Beverley Cigar Store, The Book Dragon, Crucible Coffee Roasters, Made; By the People, For the People, Medieval Fantasies Company Gyfte Shoppe, Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room, The Pampered Palate Café, Queen City Photography, Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, Staunton Olive Oil Company, Vic’s Eats

THANK YOU to those who contributed to “A SALUTE TO VETERANS” display at THE SPACE: Mr. Mondo Floro Armedilla, Ms. Elizabeth Needham Bruce, Mr. Jimmy Kilbourne, Mr. Edmund (Rick) Potter, The family of Bunny Racca, Ms. Morgan Alberts Smith, Mr. BJ Waitier, The 29th Division Association, The 29th Division Museum, The Hilltop, Oak Grove Theatre, ShenanArts, Staunton Wrecking Co., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2216, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7814, Virginia Headwaters Council

What's Coming Next?

THE SPACE will transition following Veteran’s Day to become SANTA’S DOWNTOWN WORKSHOP (November 28 through December 24, 2022) – sponsored by Mary Baldwin University.

View our Past Exhibits

Summer 2022: A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit

Swinging the spotlight to the debut of THE SPACE this summer, the SDDA will open A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit on Friday, July 1, 2022. This exhibit honors the Country Music Hall of Fame members and their roots in the Queen City. On special loan from the Statler Brothers and their families,  A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit features a variety of items and memorabilia from the group’s career that spanned four decades — including some of their legendary costumes, stage equipment, books, a few never before seen photos and props from The Statler Brothers’ show on The Nashville Network. 

SDDA’s A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit at THE SPACE offers visitors and residents an opportunity to step up, look through the glass (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) from either the New Street windows or inside the New Street parking garage. There is no access into THE SPACE for this particular exhibit, only the ability to lean in and look through the glass. Curtains open on A Lil’ Statler Brothers Exhibit officially Friday, July 1 and runs through Labor Day.

About the Statlers

“The Most Awarded Act in the History of Country Music!” 

The Statlers Brothers, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune and Don Reid, were the premier group in country music for nearly forty years. Entering the business in 1964 as the backup voices for Johnny Cash on stage, record and TV, they served their apprenticeship with him for 8 1/2 years. During that time they recorded their first hit record, “Flowers on the Wall”, and were regulars on the weekly Johnny Cash Show on ABC TV.

Leaving the Cash troupe in 1972, they continued with such hit records as “Bed of Rose’s”, “Class of ’57″ and “I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You”. Their original harmonies, sense of humor and lyrical style of writing highlighted a career that led them to the top of the music charts countless times and to a concert touring success that packed arenas and theaters with every performance. Their award winning (Grammies, CMA’s, Gold and Platinum records and etc) is legendary and they are considered to be the most honored of any act in the country music field.

The 90s saw them starring in their own television series, The Statler Brothers Show, on TNN, The Nashville Network for seven years and remaining the number one show on the network its entire run. Deciding to retire from a lifetime of traveling and enjoy the good life in their homes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, they gave their farewell concert in the fall of 2002.

From the Official Web Site of The Statler Brothers 

Special Thanks to...

The Statler Brothers and their families, ShenanArts, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Virginia Mainstreet, Dwayne Brooks, BJ Waitier, John K. Craft, Jenna Brackman, Hunter Hanger, Michael Conner, City of Staunton (Government), Chip Clarke, and Sue Cornelius

Interested in supporting THE SPACE?

If you wish to show your support of additional promotions, events and happenings in downtown Staunton, please make a financial gift here. If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming exhibit, please email