Membership

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Galax is the perfect destination for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime. Just ask the dozens of Galax Downtown Association members who live and work in the heart of this special city. The GDA is a unique community partnership open to merchants, professionals, and private citizens. Our mission is simple: to showcase Galax and its businesses and non-profit organizations by hosting family-friendly events and entertainment and serving as a marketing resource and hub for all downtown businesses.

The GDA provides bulk advertising in the Spring/Summer and the Fall/Winter Visitors’ Guides. Ads are sold by the GDA.  All payments go to the GDA and are less than the cost of regular advertising. Magazines are published and distributed by local businesses.  The GDA also offers bulk advertising in other special publications, saving its members advertising money.

We promote downtown Galax with activities and public relations, holding events to bring large numbers of visitors to the downtown area. We also advocate for small business owners before City Council and the city manager, bringing issues forward that merchants have identified.

Monthly meetings are held 7 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at the GDA headquarters. The GDA shares office space with The Arts & Cultural Center of the Twin Counties, located at 608 W. Stuart Dr., in the brick building beside Galax Public Library. During these meetings, members share information and ideas and identify what the GDA can do to help them.

A monthly newsletter and social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, keeps all members and associates up to date on downtown events and issues.

We sell merchandise with local logos, such as shot glasses, bumper stickers.

Joining the Galax Downtown Association (GDA) costs $50 per year beginning July 1. New members joining after Jan 1 pay a prorated amount until the beginning of the next fiscal year.