Hey fellow dukes!

My name is Vanessa Rodriguez. I’m a graphic design senior at JMU and an intern for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, an organization that is helping make downtown an awesome place.

If you haven’t spent a lot of time downtown, this weekend is perfect time to check it out with your family. I asked my classmates their top picks in downtown! Here’s what they said:


Heritage Bakery & Café

212 S Main St (540.564.1200)
Step into this French-inspired café, for a delicious breakfast sandwich


153 S Main St (540.801.8881)
Clementine is opening at 10am tomorrow just for brunch. Enjoy delicious food surrounded by music & art

Artful Dodger Coffeehouse &
Cocktail Lounge

47 Court Square (540.432.1179)
Get your wake up call

The Little Grill Collective

621 N Main St (540.434.3594)
Breakfast & lunch with vegetarian & vegan options!


Farmer’s Market

228 S Liberty St (540.476.3377)
Pick up fresh local fruits, baked goods, pastries & wines

Benny Sorentino’s Pizza

64 S Mason St (540.432.6400)
Grab a super-sized 28 inch pizza to share with everyone!

Midtowne Bottle Shop

29 W Water St (540.383.5832)
Fill up a growler of craft beer for your tailgate party or pick up a special six pack curated just for Family weekend.  

Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn

102 S Main St (540.208.7601)
Gourmet popcorn is a perfect snack for the game!


Three Notch’d Brewing Company

241 E Market St (540.217.5939)
Brewery located at Urban Exchange

Wolfe Street Brewery

120 W Wolfe St (540.217.0366)
New beer brewed year round.

Brothers Craft Brewing

800 N Main St (540.421.6599)
Family-owned microbrewery

Pale Fire Brewing Co.

217 S Liberty St #105 (540.217.5452)
Craft beer, tasting room and great company


Ice House

217 S Liberty St
At the Ice House, you can grab a cup of joe, shop, stop for lunch, take a yoga or pilates class, and check out a brewery - all in one place. Check out The Yellow Button, Hugo Kohl, Black Sheep Coffee, Rocktown Kitchen, Boboko Indonesian Cafe, Ice House Studios, and Pale Fire Brewing Co. 

The Lady Jane

117 S Main St (540.421.3252)
This vintage inspired home and gift shop is the perfect place of find jewelry, JMU monogrammed pillows, local art and more. 

Whatever Vintage Boutique

187 N Main St, Ste 200
Stock up on some vintage threads.

Agora Market

165 S Main St
Agora Market houses five retail shops and an art gallery. Explore New Creation, The Isle Co., Broad Porch Coffee, Heartworn Vintage, Mandy’s Candy, and the Wooden Trout Art Gallery.

Bluetique Cheap Chic

187 N. Main St (540.432.5552)
This is a popular place to find the latest in fall fashions, including women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories.

Green Hummingbird Fair Trade Clothing

320 S Main St (540.421.1441)
Beautiful clothes made from artisans around the world.


Joshua Wilton House Restaurant & Inn

412 S Main St (540.434.4464)
Seasonal menu and award-winning wine list

Local Chop & Grill House

56 W Gay St (540.801.0505)
Locally sourced meats, produce, and bar

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

80 S Main St (540.433.5225)
Wagyu beef burgers and beer of all kinds

Billy Jacks Wing & Draft Shack

92 S Main St (540.433.1793)
Southern chicken, wings, burgers and craft beer

Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza

80 W Water St (540.433.1366)
Neapolitan inspired thin-crusted pizza in a wood-fired oven and locally sourced toppings & ingredients

Capital Ale House

41 Court Square (540.564.2537)
American cuisine with 100 beers on tap & roof-top deck


153 S Main St (540.801.8881)
Seasonal menus

Magnolia’s Taco & Tequila Bar

14 E Water St (540.217.5816)
Tacos, burritos and drinks

The Golden Pony

181 N Main St (540.901.2628)
Sandwiches, pizza & pinball

Jimmy Madison’s Southern Kitchen &
Whiskey Bar

121 S Main Street (540.432.1000)
Southern cuisine and bourbon bar