By saving and revitalizing America’s towns.
In this episode of the Stories of Growth Podcast, business owner Marilyn Finnemore talks with me about her passion and gift for creating places. In 2004, Marilyn Finnemore bought a historic building on the Old Town Walking Mall in Winchester VA, with plans to restore it and open a business. That building turned into the iconic Bright Center — an inviting, yellow building that you cannot miss if you are strolling along the walking mall.
She did all of this while continuing to run another business: Mind & Media, a communications firm based in Alexandria, VA.
As Marilyn became more involved in the Winchester community, she saw a need for a gathering space, a place where creatives would be able to come together, collaborate, and perform. Despite not having a background in entertainment or managing performance venues, she took the leap and opened Bright Box Theater in 2013.
Today, Bright Box Theater is exactly that space that Winchester needed.
These facts are just a part of her story of growth; the true inspiration in her story is how she took a chance on Winchester and on brand new ventures that seemed so completely removed from her background.
She gave herself permission to listen.
Episode 6 of #storiesofgrowth #podcast with @MFinnemore of @BrightBoxWinc and @MindandMedia “Give yourself permission to listen to yourself
Marilyn says that people are in the habit of ignoring themselves — if they learn to tune into who they are, then they’ll be able to follow their vision. And that kind of bravery can accomplish big things — like saving America’s towns.
The Bright Center, Bright Box Theater, the revitalization of the Old Town Walking Mall, and so many other projects contribute to the vibrant city that Winchester is now. As I mention in the podcast, the change that Winchester has seen just in the past 5 years is remarkable. I’m so grateful for Marilyn’s part in this evolution, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
- Mind & Media
- Bright Center
- Bright Box Theater
- Old Town Winchester
- Old Town Development Board
- Shenandoah University Conservatory