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Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Dist. 5) visits with Ben Rippe in the Lifestyle section of Rippe's, a new department in the store for casual wear.
Matt Bell/Register & Bee
From “Hurt talks jobs, succeeding in Danville with Main Street businesses,” August 25, 2015.
Ben Rippe presents a check from the proceeds of the Fur Flower Fundraiser to Kim Baldridge from the Danville Cancer Association. (Patti Okeefe/Work It, SoVa)
Work It, SoVa features Rippe’s fundraiser for the Danville Cancer Association:
Sometimes a little flower can make a big difference — especially when that flower is made of fur and helps raise money for cancer patients.
Ben Rippe recently organized a fundraiser selling fur flower pins. On Friday, Rippe presented Kim Baldridge, executive director of the Danville Cancer Association, with a check from the proceeds from that campaign.
Rippe said he had a very special reason for organizing the fundraiser. “My mother is a double mastectomy survivor,” said Rippe. “She used to own this business with my father before I did. So when I got Rippe’s, one of my goals was to help the community.”
From “Rippe’s sells fur flowers for cancer association” by Patti Okeefe, Work It, SoVa, November 24, 2014.
Ben Rippe with son Sam at a Riverview Rotary reception held at Rippe’s
Ben Rippe has been honored by DCC:
Rippe began Danville Community College in the summer of 1973, transferring some credits from his first two years at larger institutions: Washington and Lee, Averett University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He finished in spring of 1974 graduating Magna Cum Laude with an Associate in Science; was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and constantly engaged in SGA activities. Rippe entered VPI-Blacksburg in the fall of 1974, receiving a science degree in agronomy in five quarters in December 1976.
Already working as a consultant for land management for European buyers of Northern Virginia properties, he was hired as a farm manager working on farm business plans and other areas. He returned to VPI as a graduate student in Agricultural Economics while also joining the faculty in research pursuing federal land grant programs and policies. While Rippe was traveling in 1978, he and his father accidentally encountered each other. Before departing for their separate destinations, his father emphasized to his son that if Ben desired a career at the family business, now was the opportune time: the local Rippe’s business was going to need a manager. Read more...
After months of streetscape renovations to three blocks of Main Street in the River District, paving was done Monday....
Ben Rippe, owner of the 106-year-old Rippe’s store in the 500 block of Main Street, said he’s happy to see the work in front of his business get wrapped up. While he admits his business took a financial hit as customers avoided the construction project, Rippe said, “It’s a net positive for the city; as the center of the city gets better, so the city gets better... the whole thing is pretty amazing.”
From “Paving signals curtain call for streetscape project”, Register & Bee/GoDanRiver.com, October 1, 2013.
Note: Street space parking is now available, as well as the new public parking lot just down and across from Rippe’s (former Downtowner location). Also park 50 feet in back of Rippe’s on Floyd Street—safe, lit; security cameras present—in the Clement and Wheatley lot (Rippe’s designated spaces, please). Use our well-signed back entrance if you wish.
Ben Rippe is assisting the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History in preserving opera singer Camilla Williams’ furs:
Danville native and opera notable Camilla Williams may have died, but her possessions are a major project of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History at the moment.
Williams, believed to be the first African-American woman to appear with a major U.S. opera company, died January of 2012 and bequeathed most of her collections to the Danville museum....
Ben Rippe, owner of Rippe’s Furs, examines a white fur stole that belonged to Camilla Williams and was bequeathed to the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. He is appraising the furs and then will clean, condition and store them. (Susan Elzey/Special to the Register & Bee)
As Watson sequestered herself in a room of the museum, surrounded by stacks of Williams’ photo albums, scrapbooks, jewelry, programs, silver and framed photos, Burton met with Ben Rippe, owner of Rippe’s Furs.
He was tasked with appraising Williams’ collection of furs. Rippe has been a student of the fur industry for 36 years, he said, having apprenticed under some who organized the U.S. fur industry in the 1930s.
Her collection included a tourmaline (creamy white) mink fur coat, white fox stole, black fox stole, brown turkey feather stole and several hats of various furs, most of them he estimated to be around 30 years old, judging from the styles.
“These are somewhat dramatic as one would expect from a stage person, but not flamboyant,” he said, pleasantly surprised to find the fur coat embroidered inside with the name “Camilla Williams.”
Rippe will also be cleaning and conditioning the furs, then storing them until the museum determines when and how it will be exhibiting them.
From “Camilla Williams’ legacy lives on; star leaves collection to museum” by Susan Elzey, Register & Bee, August 28, 2013.
Downtown Danville is beginning to look a lot different, with wider sidewalks and new plants and benches adorning the first completed block of the city’s streetscape project.
This phase of the project is moving, one block at a time, up Main Street, and will end at Floyd Street. At the same time, phase two is underway, altering the traffic pattern for north-bound traffic on the King Memorial Bridge and making way for a pedestrian plaza and fountain in front of the businesses in the 200 block of Main Street....
From Progress 2013, supplement to the Register & Bee, July 7, 2013.
Reminder: Rippe’s parking is available behind Rippe’s (in the Floyd Street lot). Use our convenient back door entrance.
“Since the cooler nights recently, fall merchandise has been moving out the door at a rapid pace,” says Ben Rippe, president of the 105-year firm featuring his family name on the door. “The new season of clothing and shoes is set off to better presentation since Rippe’s new décor renovation,” he continues. Read more...
Rippe’s announces that Lisa Kerr has been promoted to General Manager. Read more...
Business expansions, property upgrades and continued investment are all good indicators of economic health in the community and Rippe’s in Downtown Danville, VA, is an excellent example of all three. “I am hearing it from several different sources lately, and I believe it—downtown is the next hot spot,” said Ben Rippe, third generation owner of Rippe’s Fashions, Rippe’s Furs and, due to a recent expansion, Rippe’s Shoes. Read more...