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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Save the Dates! Wine Down the Music Trail & Floyd Fest

'Tis the season for great festivals! Mark your calendar for two of our favorites:

Wine Down the Music Trail - July 5th & 6th

** New this year!Ride the ‘no worries’ shuttle bus from Roanoke or Blacksburg, and don’t even think about who’s going to drive! The bus will depart from both Blacksburg and Roanoke at 9 a.m. and will make a one hour stop for brunch and shopping in downtown Floyd, arriving at the wine festival at 11 a.m. Abbott busses will depart at 9am from Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke, and from University Mall in Blacksburg. Shuttles will arrive in downtown Floyd at 10am, and will let passengers off for shopping and dining, departing at 11am for the festival site. Shuttle tickets are $22.

Floyd Fest - July 24th - 27th

While there, check out the Black Dog finds onsite including the Old World Wrought Iron surrounding the beer & wine garden and Garden Statuary. We're planning on setting up booths for both events - more to come on that!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Delayed Container Shipment

Hello to all you out there in the Blog world. You have to help me get use to this new media at black dog. I haven't written in some time and now I have a new way to get it out there. Oh this is Mike Whiteside head sled dog here at BDS. I look forward to making new entry's to the blog as time marches on. The reason for today's entry is to let all that are interested in the container of Indo garden goodies that is en route to us has been delayed. Our borders are secure at the port of Norfolk Customs is making sure our cargo is worthy to enter the US and make sure we are safe. You guys are doing a wonderful job.It will be here next week I hope

Stayu tuned

Mike @ The Dog

The Great American Derby Duck Race - Sat May 3rd 11am-2pm

Save the Date for the 1st Annual Duck Race!
May 3rd from 11am-2pm
The Duck Race begins @ 12:15pm
Smith Park, Roanoke, VA
Raindate is Saturday, May 10th

If you've never been to a duck race before, definitely check this out - it is a fun, spirited event for folks of ALL AGES!

The Junior League of Roanoke Valley is sponsoring a family fun Adopt-a-Duck Race. They will 'flood' the Roanoke River at Smith Park (directly across from the playground) with the ducks. With the help of some lane ropes, moving river water and a special trap to catch the winning ducks, the race will be an event you won't want to miss.

How can you win?
Adopt-a-Duck for $5, or increase the fun and your chances of winning by adopting a flock of ducks. On the day of the race, watch your lucky duck race toward the finish line for your chance to win a great prize. You do not have to be present to win; but you will definitely want to be there to cheer your duck or flock of ducks on!


GRAND PRIZE: a bike from Cardinal Bicycle with a water bottle, helment and a membership to the YMCA
donated by: Rick Woodson Honda, Cardinal Bicycle & the YMCA

Second lucky duck prize: A 16" sterling silver John Hardy necklace
donated by: Fink's Jewlers

Third lucky duck prize: Roanoke Basket full of Science Museum Membership, Roanoke Art Museum Membership, Lee Hi Lanes, Maggie Moo's scoop of the week and meal preps at Foodies
donated by: Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoke Art Museum, Lee Hi Lanes, Maggie Moo's and Foodies

Fourth lucky duck prize: The Next Generation Wooden Play Tower and Swing
donated by: Cheeburger Cheeburger and Lowe's
assembly by: our own Blue Ridge Residential (Robert's other full time job!)

Who else wins?
Funds raised will go directly to The Project Development Grants for 2008-2009; including Southwest VA Second Harvest Food Bank, ReBuilding Together, Junior Achievement and the Pediatric Wing in Carilion Memorial Hospital.

*** DUCK ADOPTION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE HERE @ BLACK DOG or call the Junior League Office @ 540-343-3663

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Architectural Salvage Directory

While it would be great to solve everyone's architectural needs here @ Black Dog - we know that's nearly impossible. Locating that perfect door, mantle, flooring, hardware, plumbing fixture (the list goes on & on...) often has its challenges. If we can't find it for you, we're happy to help you find other salvage sources.

Some of our favorite salvage dealers are listed on the links page of our website.

But the most comprehensive list is the new 2007-2008 Guide to Architectural Antiques and Antique Lumber Companies published by our friend, Rich Ellis @ Architectural Salvage News.

I realize we are naturally biased since we like Rich a whole lot and his first salvage job happened to be with Mike & Robert - but I can tell you we use the directory here @ the shop & think it's a terrific resourse. Check it out!

New Rugs for the Marketplace

Our warehouse is growing! With over 40,000 square feet ~ we have room for a little of everything.

In addition to Architectural Salvage, we also have a Marketplace
located inside which is home to a growing number of vendors & artisans. There's a great mix of antique, new & reclaimed home & garden accessories.

Susie Whiteside (Mike's better half) has her interior design studio here and offers a wide range of services and products. She's a fun, energetic designer with a creative eye and is always searching for new finds.

She has a great rug selection and just added Dash & Albert to the lineup. For anyone that has dogs, these are especially terrific! They offer really fun indestructible indoor / outdoor rugs . The catalog lists them as "Made from superheroic polypropylene. Machine washable, scrubbable, bleachable (really!)". I just bought one for my bedroom & love it. Stop in to see samples or browse their online catalog.

Another fun rug company is Company C - check out their unique designs and stop in for some great deals!

To contact Susie, call (540) 343-1626 to set up an appointment or email:

We'll keep you updated on the Marketplace developments. We're always looking for new vendors - if you have a unique product line you'd like to share with us, please email: We'd love to hear from you.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Our First Blog!

Welcome to Black Dog Salvage! For those of you that don't know us, we're an Architectural Salvage warehouse located in Roanoke, VA (4 hrs from DC, 3 hrs from Charlotte, NC). There's a lot going on here @ The Dog - new architectural finds, custom designs and a growing marketplace full of home & garden accessories - it's hard to keep up with it all but with this blog, we'll try! Please check back to see the new finds & creations. Thank you!