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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Washington Post bills Fredericksburg “Brooklyn on the Rappahannock”

Fredericksburg has been getting a fair amount of recognition from publications lately.

But now, the Washington Post has featured Fredericksburg’s small businesses and entrepreneurial spirit in a recent “Destination Design” column, calling the city a veritable Brooklyn on the Rappahannock since it is “undergoing a renaissance not unlike that of Manhattan’s coolest borough.”

Jura Koncius writes, “Entrepreneurial hipsters are moving into old-town Fredericksburg’s 18th- and 19th- century buildings and opening upcycled-furniture stores, reclaimed-wood shops and farm-to-table eateries. Although a decade ago the vibe in Fredericksburg was more Colonial Williamsburg than the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, today you can buy custom-designed skateboards and hand-sewn yoga mat straps alongside antique tavern tables and Civil War memorabilia.”

Hooked, Emporio, Colonial Cupcakes, Goolricks, Foode, Eileens, Fraser Wood Elements, When Pigs Fly, The Kitchen at Whittingham, LibertyTown, Ponshop, Beck’s Antiques & Books and Carl’s all get a shoutout in the article as unique businesses to check out.

Read the full article here.