Tom Ryan

Born April 15, 1954 – passed on January 12, 2013

Roanoke Times, Blue Ridge Muse, House of Joint Resolution all agree Tom Ryan was loved and will be missed. Republic of Floyd was his creation. Most of the concepts, musings, and products were his ideas. We hope to help his legacy live on and turn a buck at the same time, as Tom would have appreciated.

Tom had a great way of putting things into perspective. We hope you enjoy his tongue and cheek humor as much as we have.

Floyd, Virginia

The geographic area now known as Floyd County was first settled in 200AD…… on a Tuesday. Thirteen hundred years later the first wave of “Euro-trash” began arriving and the neighborhood has never been quite the same. Further degradation occurred a short time later when hippies and artist began moving in…… and now, low & behold, here you are!

As this brief history of Floyd amply demonstrates ….. we’re all immigrants in one fashion or another…. and, regardless of how long your stay in Floyd may be….. an afternoon or til the worms compost you…. you’ll find the people of Floyd to be quite tolerant & amicable. (Please don’t attempt to pet the hippies!) To guide your Floyd Experience we have created this marvelous website. Careful study of its contents and adherence to the “rules” disclosed within will ensure that your stay here is painless for us and somewhat memorable for you. During your Floyd wanderings remember….. a little bit of tie-dye goes a long way!

Beer & Wine Store

What kind of apocalypse would it be without a frosty legal beverage? The Emporium offers a vast selection of American Craft Beer & some of the finest beers from around the planet. If that’s not enough we also have a big selection of wines including a large assortment of value (“cheap”) wines. Plus Floyd’s own local wines, meads & hard cider.

Gourmet Snacks & Edibles

Not amongst those lucky 144,000 invited to the Rapture? Feeling left behind….best keep your energy up for the hard times ahead. In fact, leading scientist recommend doubling your normal caloric intake for these trying times……

  • Chocolates Galore
  • Soft Drinks
  • Chips
  • Virginia Salsas
  • Cheese
  • Olives
  • Virginia Nuts
  • Cookies

Republic of Floyd Gifts

Too cheap to acquire a beautiful piece of art created by one of Floyd’s many talented yet impoverished artists? Searching for that special gift to remind you of your unique Floyd Experience? Look no further! We’ve exploited a few of Floyd’s most talented artists to create a series of exquisite artistic images that we then denigrated by putting on T-shirts and any other tacky tourist items we could think of…… the same stuff you’d find in Dollywood but done with considerably more élan.

Emily Williamson

Our most talented and thoroughly exploited artist, whose work is recognized by many. She was able to capture the many ideas presented here and work them up into salable products. Thanks Em’ – owe you one.

  • T-Shirts
  • Hats
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Wine Glasses
  • Beer Glasses
  • Shot Glasses
  • Playing Cards
  • Tote Bags
  • Posters
  • Lighters
  • Beer Koozies
  • Key Chains
  • Wine Openers
  • Beer Openers
  • Greeting Cards
  • Bumper Stickers
  • Sunglasses
  • Journals

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Celebrating the life of Thomas Cole Stone Ryan.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 23, 2013
Agreed to by the Senate, February 23, 2013

WHEREAS, Thomas Cole Stone Ryan, a successful businessman, a cherished author, and an inspirational friend to many in Floyd County, died on January 12, 2013; and

WHEREAS, born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1954, Thomas “Tom” Ryan attended high school in Louisiana and earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now known as Saint Andrews University in North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, an accomplished entrepreneur, Tom Ryan opened his first business, El Artisano gift store, in Louisiana at the age of 22 and later cofounded Tri-State Home Show in West Virginia; and

WHEREAS, after moving to Floyd, Tom Ryan briefly co-owned the Harvest Moon natural foods store and worked as a bartender and music promoter at Pine Tavern; and

WHEREAS, in 2010 Tom Ryan opened another gift store, the Republic of Floyd Emporium, which became a landmark in the town, drawing locals and tourists alike with its eclectic selection; many people came by the store just to sit on the patio and hear one of Tom Ryan’s many stories; and

WHEREAS, Tom Ryan’s abilities as a storyteller and love for life served him well as a satirical author in Floyd; distributing the Floyd Enquirer via email, Tom Ryan was acclaimed for his amusing commentary about the town; and

WHEREAS, promoting Floyd’s unique culture, Tom Ryan gathered recipes, including many closely guarded family secrets, from his fellow residents and published the Floyd Dysfunctional Family Cookbook; and

WHEREAS, serving as a previous vice president of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, Tom Ryan worked to promote tourism in the area and invigorate downtown Floyd; and

WHEREAS, with his long hair and Hawaiian shirts, Tom Ryan’s laid-back nature belied a keen business sense and stalwart dedication to the community; his legacy lives on in the many friends he encouraged to live life to its fullest; and

WHEREAS, a loving and dedicated father and grandfather, Tom Ryan will be greatly missed by his children, Edward and Jessica, and their families; his father, Edward; and many other family members, friends, and residents of Floyd County; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of Thomas Cole Stone Ryan, an entrepreneur, an author, and a pillar of the Floyd County community; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Thomas Cole Stone Ryan as an expression of the General Assembly’s respect for his memory.

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