Staunton main street named one of the best in the U.S. to visit

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — The city of Staunton was recently featured in Country Living Magazine as having one of the best small town main streets to visit.

It's no secret that there's tons of shopping and food, but it's the camaraderie among locally owned businesses that has helped Staunton's main street area thrive.

The business owners say they often have cross-promotions and give each other tips.

The Split Banana is an gelato and sorbet shop featured in the magazine as a must-visit destination. It has been open for nine years. Tony Robertson is a co-manager, and his brother owns the shop.

They have a special motto for each day.

"Their simple mission statement was just to make Staunton a better place. And that's something that I think about a lot now and it really feels that way. And when we train our new people to come in, it's like sure we're just scooping ice cream, but really we're like happiness salesmen," said Tony Robertson, co-manager of the shop.

Leaders with the Staunton Downtown Development Association say they're honored to be featured, but not surprised.

"It always amazes me as to how well Staunton is known already, but I think from the consumer standpoint, that's what these articles mean for us, is that they're getting the word out for us to people that are planning vacations and who are consumers," said Julie Markowitz, Executive Director of the Staunton Downtown Development Association.

Downtown Staunton features 32 locally owned restaurants, and was recently named the best shopping district in the Shenandoah Valley as well.

Country Living mentioned Yelping Dog Wine, a popular wine and cheese shop, and Made: by the People, For the People, a unique general store. The article also highlighted The By & By, a coffee shop with a lot more to offer than just coffee. Zynodoa was also listed as a favorite restaurant.

You can find the Country Living Magazine article here.

To plan your trip to Staunton, visit stauntondowntown.org or visitstaunton.com.