The Downtown Insider Archive
The Downtown Insider is our monthly e-newsletter distributed to more than 3,000 subscribers each month.
- March 7th
Taste of Downtown Edition
- February 22nd
Leading up to Taste of Downtown & more exciting events
- February 9th
People's Choice Awards & Valentine's Day celebrations
- January 11th
JMU Championship Parade, new businesses and more
On The Blog
At Pale Fire Brewing Co., literature is celebrated each month during their Books and Brews and Multi-Language Story Time events.
Rocktown Kitchen, downtown's newest restaurant, prepares to open in May! This full-service, casual yet upscale dining restaurant is located in the Harrisonburg Ice House next to BoBoKo.
There's no better time than Spring in downtown Harrisonburg. This Easter, take the time to enjoy it by attending an Easter egg hunt or eat your Sunday brunch on one of the many restaurant's outdoor patios. We're providing you with a list of ways to celebrate your Easter weekend downtown.
If you haven't had the opportunity to check out Cat's Cradle's new temporary location, now is your chance! Read more about their Open House Caturday event happening this Saturday.
Guest blogger Katie Mitchell shares the backstory of Our Community Place, from its humble beginnings to the success of its volunteer and member-run Friday Lunch Restaurant.
In the middle of a good conversation you feel endless, like the person right in front of you, like you can go anywhere, like there is nothing but the moment and your coffee, the cigarettes and the empty ashtrays and the billowing smoke slowly surrounding your earlobes. The beginnings of a poem by Harrisonburg native, Logan Hill.
They say, “the past is behind you.” This is certainly true with the seats at Court Square Theater. Join the Arts Council in a campaign to replace the 250 seats in our beloved community theater.
St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow! Break out your green apparel and head Downtown to celebrate.
Downtown Rockstars show up and make things happen. Check out who some of our rockstars are and get a glimpse of what's new downtown as a result of individuals and businesses investing in our community.
Year after year, Luhn keeps adding to the Bella “empire”—a description that makes him laugh. But, it's not that much of a stretch. With a restaurant, gelateria, banquet space and mobile truck under his belt, it's no surprise that he has an even bigger vision.
Podcasts & Interviews:
Hello Harrisonburg is a local podcast hosted by board member Kai Degner. Episodes feature interviews with people making Harrisonburg rock: entrepreneurs, artists, business professionals, nonprofit leaders, students, advocates, and our amazing community members.
Awards & Designations
2014: Downtown named Great American Main Street award winner by National Main Street Center
2014: Downtown was designated Virginia's first Culinary District
2004: Downtown was designated a Virginia Main Street Community and a National and Virginia Historic District
2001: Downtown was designated Virginia's first Arts & Cultural District