Lexington Opens New Businesses


Ella Vaught, Reporter

This past spring Lexington has welcomed multiple new businesses to downtown. Ranging from workout studios to interior design shops, Lexington has many new options for people to shop in. This spring has many new openings that are perfect for all.

Rockbridge Barbell, a new workout studio, has opened on 34 South Mainstreet and offers many different options for one to exercise. One can participate in a group training class, have a personal training session, or go to an open gym. Opened by owner Red Dowdell, former athletic trainer for Washington D.C. teams, such as D.C. United and the Washington Nationals, wished to open a gym where he can offer his expertise at an affordable price. Spots are available for booking and additional information is provided on RB Barbell’s website, https://www.rockbridgebarbell.com/

Clover, a new clothing boutique located on 14 W Washington, has recently opened as well. The new boutique offers many high end brands for a quality shopping experience. For additional information, visit Clover’s website, https://cloverlexington.com/ , or follow them on Instagram or FaceBook @CloverLexington.

A new interior shop, Curated Interiors, has recently opened as well. Located on 19 W Nelson, the interior design shop offers an eclectic, mid-century modern style of furnishings at a variety of prices. Open Wednesday through Saturday and not only offers decor but also design services, vision boards, 3D mockups, and even purchase recommendations. The new store is an edition to the Curated’s company and offers a more hands on approach to decorating. More information can be found on Curated Interior’s FaceBook page, https://www.facebook.com/Curated-Interiors-106732561473725/?ref=py_c or on Curated’s website, https://www.curatedbyhelen.com/interiors2

In addition to a workout studio, an interior design showroom, and a clothing boutique, Downtown Books is scheduled to open this summer. Soon-to-be located at 13 W. Nelson, this family-owned bookstore with a self described indie vibe will house anyone’s book needs. More information can be found on Downtown’s Books’ Instagram, @downtownbookslexva, and on their FaceBook, @DowntownBooksLexVA. 

In addition to new businesses opening, a new program has begun to help people of color open businesses in Rockbridge County. The Walker Program aims at opening more businesses owned by people of color in the county by training, funding, launching, and supporting small business owners. Located on 9 S. Jefferson Street, the newest business opened by the program is Inspired to Enhance, a hair salon. For additional information on the hair salon, visit Inspired to Enhance’s FaceBook page, @inspriredtoenhancelexington. For additional information about the Walker Program, visit their website at https://www.walkerprogram.com/ , or contact them at [email protected] .