Trader Joe's, Cheesecake Factory, an indoor water park, a casino. These were but a few of the responses we received after polling our newsroom staffers about what they would like to see in Lynchburg.
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Better airline access
Better airline access, to cities other than Charlotte: If you fly Lynchburg first, you go to Charlotte next. Some other choices might be nice.
Better river access
Better access/activities on the Lynchburg side of the James River: A pedestrian bridge would be great, too.
A trolley pub/bike bar:Think a pub crawl where the bar travels with you. Riders pedal their way around town while enjoying a cold beverage or two.
(Pictured: The Tulsa Bike Bar in Oklahoma prepares to head out for a trip in May 2016)
Build-A-Bear Workshop: A hit with children everywhere, the workshop gives them the chance to make their own stuffed animals.
Carnival: Why should funnel cake, rickety rides and Ferris wheels only be an annual occasion?
A casino: Danville is considering getting one, although it's not without controversy. Could bringing some of that revenue here give Lynchburg a boost?
Carrabba's Italian Grill: This Florida-based restaurant chain serving Italian-American cuisine would be another dining option for hungry Lynchburgers.
The Cheesecake Factory: Long rumored to be coming, but yet to materialize, this eatery advertises its signature dish in its name and boasts three dozen varieties.
A civic center
Civic center: It's been on the Hill City's wish list for years. Right now, we have to make the trek to the Berglund Center in Roanoke (pictured) or Charlottesville's John Paul Jones Arena.
Container Store: This retail chain sells storage and organization products.
Costco Wholesale: A chain of membership-only warehouse clubs, where you can buy items in bulk (think Sam's Club).
Dave & Buster's
Dave & Buster's: A full-service restaurant and arcade. Fun for the whole family!
A drive-in theater: Outdoor movie screenings are all the rage right now, so why not take it one step further and revive the drive-in theater?
A dueling pianos bar: Two piano players sit across from each other and take turns performing songs, often by request from the audience. It's part concert, part comedy show and can get quite raucous.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Einstein Bros. Bagels: A bagel and coffee chain.
A gay bar: The Hill City's first Pride event (pictured) would pair well with a permanent haven for Lynchburg’s LGBTQ+ community.
(Pictured: Pride merchandise at Hill City Pride in Lynchburg on Sat., April 13, 2019.)
Go-kart track: An indoor or outdoor track that's high-speed and competitive.
(Pictured: The Dan River Grand Prix in Danville in 2012.)
HomeGoods: A retail store that sells home furnishings and is a sister company to TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
Hooters: Offering a uniquely marketed combination of sex appeal and chicken wings, this restaurant chain has yet to come to Lynchburg.
Hy-Vee: A Midwestern supermarket chain.
An IMAX theater: What's bigger than the big screen? An IMAX.
Indoor water park
An indoor water park, like this one at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. In fact, we wouldn't mind seeing the family-friendly resort set up shop in Lynchburg as well.
In-N-Out Burger: This California-based fast-food chain has a highly loyal fan base — and a "secret" menu that only In-N-Out insiders (or anyone who Googles it) know about.
(Pictured: Cars exit the drive-thru at In-N-Out Burger on Friday, June 11, 2010, in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.)
Krispy Kreme: There used to be one on Candlers Mountain Road, and we think it's time for a comeback.
Lush Cosmetics: A cosmetics company that originated in the U.K. and has since moved stateside, Lush sells hair and beauty products made using vegetarian and vegan recipes.
Meijer: A grocery store chain one of our reporters compared to Walmart "but better."
More dog-friendly establishments
More dog-friendly establishments: We'll let reporter Rachel Mahoney explain: "There’s nothing that indicates a community is walker-friendly, family-friendly and leisure-friendly more than seeing people walking their dogs around. Any festival that allows dogs is instantly more fun and any store or casual restaurant is made friendlier and homier when customers can bring their furry best friends inside."
More locally owned restaurants
More locally owned restaurants: The Lynchburg restaurant scene is constantly growing, and we want to see that continue.
(Pictured: This June 2015 file photo shows Brauburgers' signature burger, served with a side of fries and coleslaw.)
More restaurants on Old Forest Road
More restaurants on Old Forest Road and Boonsboro Road: This meal came from the Old Forest BBQ restaurant that's no longer open. More choices in these parts of town would be welcome.
More street festivals
More street music festivals: Get Downtown, pictured, is hugely popular every fall. Why not find a few more reasons to enjoy all that Main Street has to offer?
Noodles & Company
Noodles & Company: A fast-casual restaurant that specializes in international and American noodle dishes and pasta.
PF Chang's: A restaurant chain that offers Chinese and Asian dishes.
Plow and Hearth
Plow and Hearth: A home goods store specializing in furnishings and lawn and garden accessories.
Portillo's: A Chicago-based restaurant chain known for its hot dogs, Italian beef and chocolate cake
Publix: Between its Southern hospitality and its famous "Pub Subs," fans of this Florida-based grocery chain find it hard to beat.
(Pictured: This May 19, 2013 file photo shows the Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida.)
Red Robin: A chain known for its gourmet burgers and bottomless fries.
(Pictured: the Red Robin in Charlottesville on May 21, 2019.)
REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.): A retail and outdoor recreation company that sells sporting goods, camping gear, travel equipment, and clothes.
Trader Joe's: Many locals drive to Charlottesville just to visit this California-based grocery store that has a tantalizing selection of cheese and value wines along with specialty products like everything-bagel seasoning and cookie butter.
A water park: An indoor water park and an outdoor one? Yes, we are that greedy.
Wegmans: The supermarket has been expanding its presence in Virginia; maybe it's time for them to give Lynchburg a look?
Whole Foods Market: It may have earned the nickname "Whole Paycheck" for its higher prices, but this USDA-certified organic grocer also has a reputation for focusing on high-quality, minimally processed foods.
World Market: A specialty store that sells furniture, decor, gifts, clothing, wine and craft beer and international food products.