Shenandoah Garden Spot steps up to support State Theatre
A Main Street shop experiencing direct economic benefit from its neighbor, the Culpeper State Theatre, decided to pay it forward.
Shenandoah Garden Spot, across the street from the iconic arts venue, will donate 15 percent of all purchases made Dec. 14 through Dec. 20 to the nonprofits arts center. Owner Greg Garr said his garden center and gift shop has gotten business from theater patrons.
“All of the downtown businesses benefit from the theater, especially the restaurants,” he said. “If we can’t give directly, we should be able to use our business to help out an organization so important to the future of the town.”
As of Friday, the State Theatre had raised $120,000 toward the $400,000 needed to fund next year’s operations. Theater representatives have said the venue would close Dec. 31 if ample donations are not received.
The community charity has been varied, said Steven Barker, manager of the fund-raising campaign.
“We’ve had everything from crumpled $1 bills from young people to $1,000 checks from a range of patrons,” he said.
In addition, several cast members of the upcoming community production of “A Christmas Carol” have given based on the impact the State Theatre has had on their lives.
Contribute to keeping the lights on at the State Theatre in person, at culpepertheatre.org or by calling (540) 829-0293.