One of my favorite places to visit in Roanoke when I have a bit of free time is Black Dog Salvage. Conveniently located just over the Memorial Bridge from my favorite neighborhood, Grandin Village, I can’t resist stopping by to wander through to shop and fantasize about renovating my future home. From dreamy claw-foot tubs to huge stained glass windows, the guys at Black Dog have it all.
If you’re a fan of the DIY Network, you may be familiar with Black Dog Salvage though their salvage and renovations TV show, Salvage Dawgs. I imagine that all of Roanoke was excited to find that one of their favorite business was getting it’s own TV show, and I love turning on the TV and seeing some familiar faces and places on the screen. Because of the show’s popularity and success, people from all over the country and the world pour into BDS for a chance to explore their finds, take selfies with the staff and crew, and see Sally, THE black dog, in person.
I have to admit, I had a Salvage Dawgs marathon one lazy day at my parents’ a couple of weeks ago and can watch episode after episode without ever getting tired of it. I’m not the only one who could binge-watch renovation shows every day, right? This must be why every waiting room ever has either the DIY Network or HGTV on at all times. But back to the shop…
While over half of the warehouse (including upstairs) is taken up by architectural salvage, a large part of this space is home to the Memorial Bridge Marketplace. Here you find stall after stall of antiques, art, and other amazing pieces created by local artists and artisans. I love wandering around to see what is new each time I visit, frequently leaving with a new antique camera to add to my collection or a stack of new letterpress cards created by my friend John of Appalachia Press. (John also has an amazing storefront in downtown Roanoke on Salem Avenue. Go and visit him soon because he’s in the process of trying to sell his building. Sad face.)
If I convinced to you visit Roanoke with my post Roanoke, Viginia: My Second Home, definitely add a visit to Black Dog Salvage to the top of your to-do list!