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Paying It Forward: The American Dream (James Carter and Digital Minerva)

May 30, 2019 by Guest

Sometimes home is not a house or where we were born; instead, it becomes a place we create far from what was once familiar to us. In November of 2005, James Carter, along with his wife, Angela, and toddler, Eve, left his birthplace in the World Heritage Site and historical city of Bath, England, to create a home in the Shenandoah Valley. After visiting the area in years prior, the couple agreed that The Friendly City was a place they could build a life together. With only ten boxes of belongings, no housing, no transportation or solid job offers, James Carter took a risk which would ultimately result in him achieving The American Dream. Prior to moving to Harrisonburg, VA, the Carters initiated an online business for the sole purpose of funding their overseas move. The business, Parentbaby.com, sold pregnancy and baby products — the same products James’ spouse, Angela, purchased during her pregnancy while visiting her home of southern Virginia. These products were not easily found in the UK, and was James’ first instance in discovering his love for entrepreneurship and online marketing. This venture was the beginning of Carter’s passion for marketing, and would eventually lead to him opening his own full-service downtown Harrisonburg marketing agency, Digital Minerva. more

Mother’s Day Downtown

May 3, 2019 by Noelle Dondero

If you're at a loss as to where to take that special lady in your life on her day this year, this blog should help you out. Downtown Harrisonburg is the ultimate place for lovely brunch outings, shopping sprees, and events designed for you and the women you hold so close to your heart. Show them how much they mean to you this year with a day filled with love, appreciation, and the Downtown experience. more

Destination Downtown: HMTA’s Inaugural Play-A-Thon

May 1, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

You may have noticed that Downtown Harrisonburg was a bit more magical on the afternoon of April 13th — the piano in front of the library and music filling the air were brought to you courtesy of the Harrisonburg Music Teachers Association, who were hosting their inaugural Play-A-Thon. Made possible by a Destination Downtown grant from HDR and generous sponsorships from Whitesel Music and the Massanutten Regional Library, the Play-A-Thon hoped to bring people from all generations and walks of life together to enjoy and create art in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg. I recently sat down with EMU professor and HMTA president David Berry to learn more about this uniquely creative and community-building event. more