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Downtown News

HDR Announces New Executive Director

December 9, 2015 by Kim Kirk

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) is pleased to announce the selection of Andrea Dono as its new executive director. Andrea will lead the organization in its continued efforts to spearhead downtown Harrisonburg’s growth and vitality. more

The Downtown That Lover Built: Regina’s Story

August 18, 2015 by Guest

It's no surprise that many people in our community share a passion for food. After all, downtown is Virginia’s First Culinary District, a designation that is celebrated in the Rocktown Food Book. The book shares the stories behind many of the people who help make Harrisonburg a culinary destination. One of these people is Regina Hissong, a co-owner of Rocktown Bites Food Tours. "The Rocktown Food book was a great collaboration between three friends that I respect very much--Kirsten Moore, Brandy Sommers and Lynda Bostrom. They did such a thorough job of getting glimpses into the food scene all over Harrisonburg--not just at the diverse downtown establishments but in the homes of Harrisonburg people that show their love of people through their food. Harrisonburg is a culinary district because of the art, fun, events and people that revolve around the food scene. I used the book like a yearbook of sorts for our city and had many restauranteurs, managers and business owners sign my copy so that it can sit on my coffee table and be an everpresent springboard for discussions about food," shares Regina. more

The Downtown That Love Built: Chance And Miranda’s Story

August 11, 2015 by Kim Kirk

Chance Ebersold, the owner of Black Sheep Coffee and Miranda, the owner of The Yellow Button share a lot more than a wall in the Harrisonburg Icehouse. They share a marriage, an adorable little boy, another baby on the way, and a love for downtown! more

Dupont Community Credit Union Headlines Valley Fourth

July 28, 2015 by Kim Kirk

With the 14th annual Valley Fourth celebration in the books, our summer department intern Ryan Winfree recently sat down with the DuPont Community Credit Union team to talk about their experience as the title sponsor of one of Harrisonburg’s largest festivals. more

Running For a Cause

July 9, 2015 by Guest

It's easy to see why Harrisonburg is naturally a great place for outdoor recreation. With the mountains surrounding us, there are endless opportunities to be active in Rocktown. This year’s Valley Fourth Parade celebrated this very idea with the theme “Get Outdoors and Get Moving!”  Leading this year’s parade were two people that motivate the Harrisonburg community to live healthier lifestyles, Kevin Gibson and Alan Maynard, the co-founders of VA Momentum. more

Ice House Studios: Go Melt With Them!

January 16, 2015 by Kim Kirk

Suzanne McCahill Perrine, owner of The Center Yoga Studio, and Rebekah Girvan Budnikas owner of Breath Pilates Studio have joined forces and moved to the Ice House! They like to think of themselves as roommates—they are still keeping separate businesses; however, the facility will be a partnership. According to Suzanne, “Ice House studios is like the umbrella for all these people coming together to work as a team” A little less than 2 years ago, Suzanne heard the Ice House space would be available in the future and planned to move her business there. “I thought about all these studios around and realized it would be more powerful if we worked as a team. So I called Rebekah, who hadn’t yet been in business more than a year, about the idea to bring our talents, people, and passion for what we do together,” says Perrine. more