When Charlottesville, Virginia talks about Belmont today, we often highlight restaurants like MAS Tapas, The Local Restaurant and Catering and tavola restaurant, the increasing real estate values in the neighborhood or the easy walk to The Charlottesville Downtown Mall.
Brian Wimer has witnessed the gentrification of Belmont firsthand. Brian and his wife purchased what is now the Southern Crescent Galley & Bar restaurant more than 20 years ago. The family renovated and converted the structure from a rental duplex to a single family home. In what is now the dining room of the Southern Crescent, Brian’s wife sat in an inflatable tub and home birthed one of their daughters. They were making happy memories, but at that time, the neighborhood wasn’t cooperating with family life.
Brian, the creative director at the IX Art Park, or as he calls himself, “The Wizard Of Ix,” moved his family from the Southern Crescent location to Belmont Avenue for an improved quality of life. Brian was one of the driving forces behind creating the beautiful street mandala on Belmont Avenue. He was influenced by artists in Portland, Oregon who were using art to positively impact traffic patterns. ~ @JerryMillerNow #iLoveCVille @Scoutology