Don't settle for another mass-produced "world's greatest dad" shirt for Father's Day this year! Instead, shake things up and find a unique and unexpected gift from a small business in downtown Harrisonburg. You'll find something you both love, and it will mean even more to know that you're spending your dollars locally. 

Here's some great ideas he'll love! 

8 Bit Oasis

165 S. Main Street | Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm

This shop is for the gaming dads! Founded by Harrisonburg local and JMU alum, Lauren Davis, 8 Bit Oasis specializes in retro video games, trading cards and tabletop games. You'll find some cool stuff here, including old school Nintendo games for as low as $7.99 and magic trading cards that start at $2.99. 

The Isle Co.

165 S. Main Street | Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm

Downtown's newest candle store offers some unique shower products for men. The shampoo, shave and shower is a three-in-one formula enriched with vitamins, shea butter, cocoa butter and jojaba oil. Pair it with some of their bar soaps and sponges to make a complete gift set for dad. These adorable "shave yo face" soaps even have wildflower seeds in the packaging that you can plant!  Price:$6-$13


Heartworn Vintage

165 S. Main Street | Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm

Who says plaid shirts have gone out of style? If you're dad loves vintage finds, Heartworn Vintage is perfect. They also have some retro ties and cowboy boots that will match effortlessly! Price: $3-$55

The Frame Factory

139 N Liberty St | Mon - Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-4pm

Frame a recent family photo at this custom frame shop. With wood and metal ready-made frames to choose from, your dad will love this heartfelt gift. 

Hugo Kohl

217 S Liberty St Suite 103 | Tue - Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm

This local jewelry store has a selection of beautiful vintage rings for men. It's a timeless gift that dad will cherish. 


Laughing Dog T-Shirts and Gifts

82 S Main St | Mon - Fri, 11am-5:30pm

Make a custom screen-printed shirt for Dad that’s unlike any other! He will love this creative and customized gift. They have a great selection of greeting cards to pick from too. 

Mandy's Candy

165 S. Main Street Suite 101 | Tues - Sat, 11am-6pm

Give your Dad a sweet gift this Father’s Day from this brand-new candy store! Located in the Agora Downtown Market, Mandy’s Candy is offering gift baskets that include retro sodas, candy cigarettes, sugar daddies, and other candy classics that will take your Dad back to his childhood. You can also create-your-own candy basket filled with his favorites!

Meridian Books and Games

61 Court Square, Studio 1 | Tues - Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat - Sun, 12pm-5pm

This local comic book and game store is definitely a go-to for fun gifts. Local shop owner Vince suggests Space Alert ($59.95) and Munchkin ($24.95) as a great game gift for dad. As for comic books, Vince suggests Swamp Thing and 100 Bullets ($10-$60).

Midtowne Bottle Shop

29 W Water St | Mon - Thurs, 11am-9pm; Fri - Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-7pm

For craft beer-loving dads, a growler ($5-$10) would make the perfect gift this Father’s Day. With so many to choose from, it will be easy for your dad to discover his next favorite brew!

New Creation

165 S. Main Street | Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm

Shop for wallets, hats, socks and more at New Creation's downtown location. Also, check out their gorgeous, leather messenger bags ($74).


Rocktown Bicycles

50 S Mason St | Mon - Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 10am-4pm

Give your Dad the gift of adventure with a new bike this Father’s Day. This local shop has custom bike fittings and will be happy to suggest a trail around the Valley that your dad hasn't tried yet. 

Shenandoah Bicycle Company

135 S Main St | Mon - Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 9am-4pm

If your dad enjoys cycling, Shenandoah Bicycle is the prefect one-stop-shop. Your dad will love new bicycle gloves ($25), socks ($10-$35) or even a jersey (approx. $79.99) 

Walkabout Outfitter

90 N Main St | Mon - Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm

Perfect for the adventurous dad, Walkabout Outfitter has a large variety of great gifts such as maps for local hiking trails all through Virginia ($16) and even books about hiking trips your dad will love ($16-$20). IceMule coolers also make a great gift for on-the-go dads ($49-119).

Whatever Vintage

187 N Main St, Ste 200 | Mon, 12pm-5pm; Tues - Sun, 12pm-7pm

This local vintage store has a wide variety of clothing that your dad may have even owned a few years ago! He will love reminiscing on the ‘good old days’ by sporting a retro outfit from the past.


29 W Water St | Mon - Sat, 11am-7pm

If your Dad loves music, look no further! Pick up his favorite artist on vinyl at this local music store. Even encourage your Dad to be his own rock star with the gift of a new instrument!

Need More Local Gift Ideas?

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has several great and unique options!

Friendly City Fortune Raffle Ticket
On July 4th, we are giving away $250,000 in cash and prizes! Give your dad a chance to win cars and trucks, vacation packages, outdoor recreation vehicles and more. His odds are good with only 5,000 tickets available. 


"Get Outdoors" Print

Designed by two local artists, this print is the perfect addition in any collection and will be sure to inspire adventure.






Deck of Deals
Can't decide where to eat, shop, or play in downtown Harrisonburg? Pick a card! There's over $400 worth of savings in this unique deck of cards. Cards are valid until December 31, 2017 and are now 50% off!