The Downtown Insider Archive
The Downtown Insider is our monthly e-newsletter distributed to more than 2,800 businesses and community members.
- October 7th
Hotel and Conference Center Update and Upcoming News and Events
- September 20th
HDR Launches "Back the Burg"
- August 23rd
Craft Beer Month, Block Party and more.
- August 09th
Help us beat Charlottesville for Top Outdoor Town
- July 22nd
New businesses opening downtown, Valley Fourth wrap-up and more.
- June 21st
Valley Fourth Edition
- June 7th
Downtown businesses receive praise, Be a part of Valley Fourth and more
- May 17th
Renaissance Night, Beerwerks Trail and Business Resources
- May 3rd
Lucy Simms Mural Dedication & More
- April 21st
Taste of Downtown Edition
- April 6th
Downtown is open on Sundays
- March 8th
HDR's Vision and Strategy, Friends' Event: Train Depot Tour
- February 9th
Spotlight on Sparrows Flowers and Valentine's Day
- February 1st
Behind the scenes of Ruby's Arcade and the former executive director's next steps
- January 8th
Introduction of Andrea Dono, new executive director and January events
On The Blog
Downtown Harrisonburg has a lasting impression that makes even the most adventurous return home. Jessica Cutrufello, one of downtown's long-distant friends, shared with us what it was like to experience downtown after living abroad.
It won’t be long before construction begins on the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center at the intersection of Grace and Main Streets near downtown. Many Harrisonburg residents are undoubtedly wondering what the venue will be like and how it will impact the downtown area. We have the inside scoop from Developer Paul Gladd.
While their shop enables artists to create beautiful masterpieces, Scott and Valerie, owners of Larkin Arts, share with us their fateful love story. You may see it as a masterpiece as well.
Kasey Fuller is parking her boutique in the Downtown Parking Lot (between Taj of India and Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint) alongside withSimplicity and we couldn't be more excited. Why? Because she is the Shenandoah Valley's first mobile boutique (and the clothes are to die for).
Downtown Harrisonburg is lucky enough to have four excellent craft-breweries, and with summer coming to an end, we decided to share a few dinner ideas to pair with our brewers favorite "right now" beers.
Spotluck, a DC-based startup, is expanding to Harrisonburg, bringing with it an innovative way to connect local restaurants to the community. Interested to hear about how this works? Get your phone ready, because you'll be itching to get this app.
If you've ever walked passed Cat's Cradle at the corner of South Main and Newman Ave, you've seen some of the most precious cats in town. They've brought joy to several people walking through Downtown, and they have an opportunity for you to give back.
In the parking lot between Jack’s Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint and Taj of India, Irina Dovganetskiy planted Downtown's first Airstream Boutique. With these items being all natural and handcrafted, we had to investigate on how this business came about.
Have you ever wanted to take a yoga class but never knew where to go? Downtown Harrisonburg has several options for you, and each of them are unique. Click "Read More" to discover what Downtown has to offer in terms of what yoga works best for you
Matchbox Realty has transformed the Hess Building, which was built around 1920. After 50 years of housing Hess Furniture, the historic building at 139 N. Liberty Street, it is now the home of several other local businesses. We have the inside scoop about it, and have before-and-after pictures to prove it.
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