127 West Davis Street, Culpeper, VA 22701 • 540.825.4416 • email CRI

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I am interested in opening a business in downtown Culpeper. What lease space is available?

The Culpeper Renaissance office maintains a listing of available property in the historic district. Information will include contact names, phone numbers and a description of the properties. This information is also posted online under "Available Properties" on our website.

What incentives or grants are available to downtown businesses?

Culpeper Renaissance Inc. launched a renewal plan for downtown Culpeper with a Façade, Sign & Awning Improvement Grant Program

Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) launched an incentive plan to support and revitalize the historic downtown corridor.  The overall appearance of the downtown buildings will weigh heavily into the success of the ongoing effort.  Over the past 25 years, Culpeper Renaissance Inc. has assisted in the rejuvenation of downtown.  This program will encourage façade improvements ranging from minor repairs to full façade renovations.

The Culpeper Renaissance Inc. Façade, Sign & Awning Improvement Grant Program is designed to assist with the maintenance and rehabilitation needs of buildings within the CRI footprint.  The investment is to offer 50/50 matching grants to interested and qualified building and business owners. 

Grants may be awarded for up to 50% of the total cost of qualified façade restorations, repairs or rehabilitations. With a maximum grant award of $2,500 for facades, and $500 for signs or awnings.  The annual budget for this program is $10,000.

Owners and tenants (with permission from the building owner) of commercial or mixed commercial-residential property located in the CRI footprint may apply for funds.  Tenants must have at least a two-year lease at the location in order to qualify for the grant program.

Facade, Sign & Awning Improvement Grant Program Description and Terms of Participation

CRI Facade, Sign and Awning Improvemant Grant Program Application

Services CRI Provides

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) is excited to help you through promotions, ribbon cutting events for new businesses, co-op advertising opportunities, listing in the Culpeper downtown shopping & dining guide, listing on the CRI website, etc. Services CRI provides to businesses within the CRI footprint are FREE.

Through our continued partnership with the Virginia Main Street Program, CRI is able to provide free façade renderings through grants made possible by Frazier Associates. If you are interested in changing the look of your building, please contact the CRI office for an application.

For more information on the services Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. provides please contact the CRI office at 540-825-4416 or criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com

Where do I start?

Visit the clerk of courts office in the town hall for a packet of information on obtaining a business license in downtown Culpeper.

Contact Culpeper Renaissance, Inc.

We are here to help you. Culpeper Renaissance Inc. maintains a database of properties available for lease or for sale, startup information packets and other services customized for your needs.

Contact The Town of Culpeper.

Your contact for licensing and permit information is the Town Clerk, 400 S. Main St, Culpeper, (540) 829-8240. Forms are available online at www.culpeperva.gov under Publications

Contact The County of Culpeper.

Information on building occupancy and inspection permits required may be obtained through the Town & County Building Office at (540) 727-3405.

Testimonial by The Frenchman's Corner

As we are about to move to our new location downtown, I would like to thank Culpeper Renaissance Inc. for the support you showed us from the early beginning of our journey. Your suggestion to talk to Hazel River Inn Restaurant helped transform our small operation into the third largest Neuhaus chocolate retailer in the United States and Culpeper's premier gourmet shop. Thank you for your continuing support and your guidance as well as the constant "Can Do" attitude which is so rare nowadays. Many changes are taking place in our community and we know that Culpeper Renaissance Inc. and its staff will be up to the challenge for years to come.
Chocolates wishes, Marc & Meg Ast

Testimonial by Pepperberries

As a merchant in historic Downtown Culpeper, we are so pleased we chose Culpeper to establish our business. Every goal we set has been surpassed. As I look back on my research, I seriously considered the Old Town Fredericksburg area, until we came to Culpeper and met with Culpeper Renaissance Inc. Without your help, I would never have found my excellent location on the corner of Main and Davis Street. Your continued follow up is very much appreciated and comforting for me. My sincere appreciation to Culpeper Renaissance Inc. for providing me with the tools to be a success business in this fabulous town.

Sharon Clark
Owner of Pepperberries