2007 Events

Fashion Show Benefit for Breast Cancer


Raised over $4,000 for local breast cancer patients in need as administered by the Danville Cancer Association.

The show
Chatting attendees

The event at Rippe’s was held on October 25.

Danville Golf Club Member/Guest September 2007

Rippe’s Shoes’ Grand Opening

Mayor Wayne Williams, Ben Rippe and Council Woman Ruby Archie at Rippe’s Shoes Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening Celebration on May 10.

Rippe’s Shoes celebrated its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Thursday May 10th, 5:30 p.m.

Rev. Jeff Wright, Pastor of Moffett Memorial Baptist Church and friend of the owner, gave the invocation.

Ben Rippe, president of Rippe’s Shoes, Rippe’s and Rippe’s Furs made acknowledgements. He said that Danville Virginia was the area’s retail hub and that Downtown Danville is the center of that hub. He stated further, “We believe in the future of Danville. We will continue to progress our local family business, Rippe’s fashion, Rippe’s Furs and Rippe’s Shoes. We built Rippe’s shoes, a near $500,000 investment counting inventory, to give customers the opportunity to shop large selections of brands and sizes in better women’s shoes and handbags…all at competitive prices at a central local address.”

In the short time since the doors opened in the fall, sales have more than doubled sales from the mezzanine location. Customers are saying, “Now I can buy the kinds of shoes I like in Danville.”

Rippe lauded the fifteen associates, introducing each one and stating they are the foundation of the business. They go all the way with each and every customer.

Next Mayor Wayne Williams addressed the audience. He congratulated Rippe’s being a Market Leader and pointed out that strong economic development can only occur with an improving, viable Downtown. He complimented Rippe’s for participating in that improvement.

Council Woman and former Mayor Ruby Archie followed the Mayor. She said she had lived in Danville fifty-one years and has been a customer of Rippe’s fifty-one years. Rippe’s has beautiful things that people want and now this great shoe store.

Then Mrs. Archie and Dr. Williams cut the ribbon in front of the store. A reception followed catered by Rippe’s Associates and Rippe’s.

Ray Estes, Design Partner of New Era Shoe Store Design in Durham (and designer of Rippe’s Shoes) stated that this was the nicest shoe store of its size in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Rippe’s named Small Business of the Year

On March 29th, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce gave Rippe’s the Small Business of the Year award:

2007 Businesses of the Year were honored at Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting Thursday. From left are Dr. B.R. Ashby with Piedmont Broadcasting Inc.; Ben Rippe with Rippe’s; and Charles Majors with American National Bank and Trust Company.
(Tim Davis/Star-Tribune)

Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce honored businesses and educators Thursday at the sixth annual membership meeting. “Business of the Year” awards were presented to American National Bank and Trust Company, Piedmont Broadcasting Corp. and Rippe’s....

Rippe’s, a locally owned retailer, has served the region since 1907. It was named “Small Business of the Year.”

The company supports education through endowed scholarships at Danville Community College, Averett University and Carlisle School.

They also are supporters of the arts and area charities. Rippe’s has six full time employees and eight part time employees.

Rippe’s was among three Businesses of the Year honored at Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual Membership Meeting Thursday at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. From left are Lisa Kerr, a buyer for the store; former owners Esther and Buddy Rippe; and present owner Ben Rippe.
(Tim Davis/Star-Tribune)

“Chamber presents awards at annual meeting” by Susan Worley, Star-Tribune, April 4, 2007, page 1B.