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
Brothers Steve and Tommy Urglavitch of Levittown, PA are introducing Harrisonburg to authentic cheesesteaks inspired by their hometown of Philly. Urgie's Cheesesteaks is a new establishment located just behind Urban Exchange on Water Street. However, news of their flavorful sandwiches is spreading fast and the brothers have big plans to make Urgie's Cheesesteaks a permanent fixture in Harrisonburg.
Downtown Harrisonburg's beloved Jess' Quick Lunch has upgraded to Jess' Downtown Lunch. With a renovated dining room and additional menu items, Jess' is no longer just a quick spot for lunch.
Owner of Restless Moons Brewing, Jeff Moon, explains his vision for his newly bought brewery on Wolfe Street. On Saturday February 24th, Restless Moons will hold its Grand Reopening.
By now, you're probably starting to forget your New Year's resolutions. We've compiled a list of ways that downtown can help you stick to your goals in 2018.
Spread the love in downtown Harrisonburg this year by celebrating Valentine's Day downtown! Read more to see what events, specials, and more are happening during the month of love.
On Saturday, January 13th, Brothers Craft Brewing celebrated their 5th anniversary with a day-long event packed with beer, food, music, and more! HDR was honored to be part of the celebration, and to kick off our 15 year milestone with a special cask that was tapped at the event.
Five years have passed since the three Shifflett brothers first opened the brewery in downtown in December of 2012. Brothers Adam, Jason, and Tyler started the business as a way to collaborate on a shared passion, but the “brotherhood” has evolved to include a large and supportive community in Harrisonburg. And that’s what their 5th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, January 13 is all about.
This has been a transformational year for HDR. After intensive planning and defining the next phase for our organization, we’re prepared to leap into our 15th anniversary year with big plans to invest in downtown, business owners and the community. Keep a lookout for details about our plans for next year in January, but first, here’s our 2017 highlights!
Here's your guide to planning for New Year's Eve in Harrisonburg!
If you enjoy running or have been wanting to try something new, Bluestone Bike and Run's new location in Agora Downtown Market is a great place to start! Learn more about how owner Kyle Coleman started his business and what Bluestone Running offers.
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