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Buchanan Business Meeting – Buchanan’s merchants meet on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Buchanan Town Hall. Join us this Monday, April 18th, hope to see you there.

Brink of the james interior 2Jay Brinkley, Sandra Brinkley, Kim Vaughn and Donna Vaughn opened Brink of the James Bistro in the old Esso Station serving craft beers and off the beaten path menu offerings. 


Buchanan welcomed new business owners Justin and Cassie Marsh and Mark and Donna 2006-03-04 11.11.54Marsh during a ribbon cutting for their business The Swinging Bridge Café located on Main Street across from the Bank of Botetourt. The Marsh’s are excited about serving the community from the Town’s oldest commercial building which is 200 years old.

2006-02-25 11.08.22Buchanan welcomed new business owner Gary and Amelia Goldacker during a ribbon cutting for their business Roanoke Bagel Company on the James River located across from the Boat Ramp.  About 50 people came out to welcome the new business to Buchanan enjoying breakfast following the ribbon cutting. The Goldacker opening coincided with several Festivals so the family has enjoyed the opportunity to meet many new faces as they sell their bagels, sandwiches and pretzels during events such as the Garden Festival, Reggae By the River and Mountain Magic In Fall.

Buchanan welcomed new business owner Charlotte Krantz of C E Krantz & IMG_4134 Associates during a recent ribbon cutting. From left to right Vicky Eubank, James Eubank, John Lawrence, Chad Krantz, Charlotte Krants owner, Melissa Smith counselor, Mary Zirkle Town Manager, Della Hylton Council Member, Harry Gleason
Revitalization Program Manager.



Buchanan welcomed new business owner Kristel Clark of KC Collections during a recent ribbon cutting for her shop on Main Street. From left to right Town Manager Mary Zirkle, Revitalization Program Manager Harry Gleason, Shop Owner Kristel Clark and Town Council Member Ardelia Smith.

Buchanan welcomed new business owners, Tim and Kim Conrad of the Barefoot Peddler during ribbon cutting for their new location in the heart of downtown.  From left to right; Mayor Larry Hall, Council Member005 Diane DiPalma, Shop Owners Tim & Kim Conrad, Downtown Program Harry Gleason, Mary Zirkle Town Manager, Council Member Della Hylton


Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program

The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program is dedicated to the continued enhancement of the historic downtown central business district and surrounding neighborhood centers. For information, contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program Manager, or, Town Manager at (540) 254-1212.

As a private/public partnership, Buchanan’s revitalization activities rely on the cooperative efforts of the Town of Buchanan, local citizens, property owners and businesses and customers for its vitality. Buchanan is striving to anchor Main Street as a distinctive destination with historic architecture, eclectic small businesses specializing in quality customer service and goods as well as community oriented features like our riverfront park and downtown theatre. The success of Buchanan’s Main Street is thanks to the conscien585tious efforts of our local citizens and business community working together  to build a community we can be proud of.

The Town of Buchanan has modeled its’ revitalization activities on the National and Virginia Main Street Approach. Buchanan’s efforts put the traditional assets of downtown, such as historic architecture and locally-owned businesses, to work as a catalyst for economic growth and community pride. Many of our downtown buildings are on the State and National Register as part of the Town of Buchanan Historic District. These structures are eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits for qualified renovations.

Some great business opportunities include opening a grocery store, clothing store, country store/cheese/meat market, furniture store, a restaurant, a bakery/coffee shop, an Italian restaurant/pizza parlor, a Mexican or Chinese Restaurant, an outdoors store, a bicycle shop, a gym, and more.

The town has several downtown locations as well as an area at the south entrance of Town zoned for business.

Buchanan uses the Main Street Program’s strategy for revitalizing as a guide in its efforts of managing the Downtown district uses four interconnected areas:

ORGANIZATION– The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program works to establish consensus and cooperation by building effective partnerships among all stakeholders including property owners, business owners, residents and the Town.

DESIGN– The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program works to enhance the visual quality of downtown by addressing all design elements to create an appealing environment. From signage, to storefront facades, to interior restoration to product displays, first impressions count in increasing sales and the desirability of downtown as a place to live, shop and invest.

ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING – The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program works to strengthen downtown’s existing economic assets and fulfill its broadest market potential.

PROMOTIONS – The Town of Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program works to create and market a positive image based on the unique attributes of the Downtown district. Working with our local businesses and area residents, the Town has established a comprehensive Calendar of events. The Town also offers a Cost Share Virginia Logos Grant for Town businesses, contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program or Town Manager at (540) 254-1212.

Welcome to the Town of Buchanan, Virginia

For Services:  Buchanan Town Hall, 19753 Main Street

Water, Sewer and Garbage Collection – 254-1212, ext. 1

Town Planning & Zoning – 254-1212, ext. 3

Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program – 254-1212, ext. 4

Dominion Virginia Electric Service – 888-667-3000

Verizon Phone Service – 866-382-8182

Mail Services – U.S. Post Office – 254-2178: 19698 Main Street

Cable Television – Shentel – 877-743-8538

Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad – 9-1-1. Non-emergency – 254-1331

Botetourt Resource Center – 254-1468:  33 Lowe St.

Town of Buchanan Taxes – Due by December 5th

Personal Property Taxes          $0.32 per $100.00

Real Estate Taxes                    $0.19 per $100.00

Tools and Machinery              $0.10 per $100.00

Business and Professional Operators License – Due January 1st.

License – $25.00 minimum, based on gross receipts.

License obtained from the Buchanan Town Hall. Please get a Sign Permit from Buchanan Town Hall before placing any signs.

Meals Tax & Occupancy Tax – 4% Due on the 20th of each month. Forms may be acquired from the Buchanan Town Hall.

Permits & Utility Fees – From Buchanan Town Hall

Town Zoning Permit                             $50.00

Sign Permit                                             $50.00

Public Hearing for Zoning Request    $150.00

Renter’s Water Deposit                      $200.00

Water Hook Up                                  $2,200.00

Sewer Hook Up                                  $2,500.00

Water, Sewer & Garbage Fees – Bills due by the 15th of each month

Renter’s Deposit – $200.00

Property Owner Deposit – $0.00

Water, Sewer and Garbage customers are billed monthly for services. Residential Customers are charged $43.25 for the first 4,000 gallons of water, $26.25 for sewer, and $18.00 for garbage pickup. Commercial customers are charged $43.25 for the first 4,000 gallons of water, $26.25 for sewer and $26.00 for garbage. Water and sewer usage over 4,000 gallons per month are charged additional fees.

Dumpsters to be located and screened as per Town Zoning.

Botetourt County Offices

County Switchboard – 473-8220

Treasurer’s Office – 473-8254

Commissioner of Revenue – 473-8270

Sheriff’s Department – 473-8230

Clerk of Circuit Court – 473-8274

Museum – 473-8394

Recreation Dept. 473-8326

Building Department – 473-8248

Zoning Office – 473-8320

Tourism Office – 474-1167

State Business Tax Forms

Virginia Department of Taxation – www.tax.virginia.gov

Virginia Government Business One Stop – www.bos.virginia.gov