Artisans Center of Virginia


26 Apr 2018 - Warren County with the Town of Front Royal Create Artisan Trail to Engage Visitors




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Front Royal, Virginia - The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV), in partnership with community members, tourism, economic development and local government representing the
Town of Front Royal and Warren County are kicking off the development of the Commonwealth’s newest artisan trail.

The Warren County Artisan Trail (working title) will be the 34th artisan trail in the Commonwealth and joins other popular trails on Virginia’s Artisan Trail Network such as the Loudoun County Artisan Trail and the overlaying Virginia Oyster Trail.

The Artisan Trail will encourage visitors to discover Virginia’s four regions by connecting artist studios, galleries, local farms, wineries, craft breweries, farmers markets, distilleries, cideries, restaurants, hotels, boutiques, and other artisanal and agri-tourism based businesses.

According to Richmond based Chmura Economics and Analytics, the total economic impact of the artisan industry in Virginia in 2014 was $572.2 million, providing $15.6 million in state tax revenue for the Commonwealth, and nearly 12,000 full-time jobs were supported by artisan visitor spending. Artisan tourist spending totaled more than $250 million, with
the average tourist spending $260 per person, per trip.

As a local Virginia Business in Warren County for 54+ years, we have seen the enchantment and charm our community has on the guests from both here and around the globe. Witnessing first-hand the talents of our artisans, Mother Nature in her glory, smiling faces, creative souls and the ardent fans of our homeland, has made us realize how very special
we are. We open our arms, shake your hands and encourage all to see and feel our blessings. Virginia Is For Lover’s and Warren County invites you here to
enjoy our Artisan Trail!” George McIntyre, The Apple House

Our local creative and agricultural artisans, small businesses, and unique points of historical interest in our community make Warren County a special place to live and a great place to visit and explore. As artists and new business owners, we are excited to see the development of the Artisan Trail in Warren County.” Tiffany Budzisz, Art in the Valley

The trail’s local action team- made up of local artists and arts advocates, hospitality and cultural businesses, and tourism and economic development representatives- represents a public-private initiative to further strengthen the relationships and connectivity of local businesses while emphasizing unique experiences, special places and locally-made products in the region.

On behalf of tourism for the Town and County, we are excited to see this Artisan Trail come to fruition. This trail gives us another avenue to not only entice new visitors to our area, but to also remind our locals of all that we have to offer.” Felicia Hart, Director – Community Development and Tourism

The Warren County Artisan Trail Management Team (in alphabetical order)

  • Michael and Tiffany Budzisz, Art in the Valley
  • Niki Foster Cales, Front Royal/ Warren County Chamber of Commerce
  • Alyssa Crump, Dance Educator and Arts Manager
  • Kym Crump, Blue Ridge Arts Council
  • Craig Laird, The Vine and Leaf and Front Royal Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA)
  • Arline Link, The Kiln Doctor
  • Holly Link, The Kiln Doctor
  • George McIntyre, The Apple House
  • Amber Mitchell, The Apple House
  • Chris Pollock, Rainbow View Cabin

The team’s next steps include identifying potential participating artisans and local businesses, public awareness gatherings, a process to build consensus for the Trail’s distinctive name and the development of promotional materials and activities to support the program and its participants.

As a 30-year-old arts organization, dedicated to building community through the arts by providing a wide variety of visual and performance arts programming, education, and experiences, Blue Ridge Arts Council is excited to partner in this exciting new project! Blue Ridge Arts Council understands the vital impact that arts and culture have on tourism and local business. The introduction of this Artisan Trail is a positive contribution to our ever-growing community, and we look forward to showcasing the vibrant creativity of local artisans, agri-businesses, historical attractions, unique lodgings and restaurants, and recreational experiences to those at home and far away.” Kym Crump, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Arts Council.


Each month during the enrollment period the Trail’s Management Team will host a public gathering for those interested in learning about the program. These informal gatherings will
be held in different locations around the region. Anyone interested in learning about the Artisan Trail program is invited to attend.

Join us for the first public informational gathering:

  • Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Place: The Vine and Leaf, 124 E. Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630
  • RSVP: by emailing: [email protected]


In addition to the craft, artist and agricultural artisan businesses, supporting sites such as locally owned lodging, restaurants, and cultural points of interest are welcome to become participants on the Trail.

For information on how to become a trail site, visit www.ArtisanTrailNetwork download the “Artisan Trail Network Participation Details” explaining the participation criteria and
program or contact the Artisans Center of Virginia at [email protected]

About Warren County:

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley on the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Warren County’s impressive mix of natural beauty, history, small town allure and modern convenience make it an exceptional place to visit and experience Virginia artisanry . Located at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the renowned Shenandoah River, the County offers access for boating, kayaking and canoeing adventures. Warren is also the gateway to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive which provides spectacular views of the countryside, South Fork of the Shenandoah River, and George Washington National Forest. Nearby local wineries, hiking, fishing, golfing, biking and horseback riding
opportunities are also abundant.

About the Artisans Center of Virginia:

The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) develops and implements systems and strategies to improve economic outcomes for Virginia artisans and their communities while assisting them in promoting their local artisan culture. As the official state-designated non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities for Virginia Artisans (creative and agricultural) and to the benefit of the communities in which they reside, ACV is implementing a defined plan of strategic initiatives across the Commonwealth. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter @ACVArtisans or @VAArtisanTrails

The state of Virginia’s “official” artisan organization, the Artisans Center of Virginia, is supported by its members and other program partners like the Virginia Tourism Corporation with additional support made possible for the Artisan Trail Network program by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and local foundations and community sponsors in regional trail jurisdictions.


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