Local Ash Tree Finds New Home in HDR Office

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Local Ash Tree Finds New Home in HDR Office

August 23, 2018 by Kim Kirk

In approximately six weeks, two conference tables made of local wood will become the centerpiece of HDR's Office. The tables are being made from a local ash tree that was removed from Heritage Golf Course. more

Boutique Owner Puts Local Spin on Internet Craze

May 24, 2017 by Kim Kirk

The Internet has forever changed retail. But it will never replace the personalized experience of walking into an independently owned bricks-and-mortar store and being greeted by a person who delivers superior customer service. That’s not to say that online companies aren’t trying. Subscription services such as Birchbox, Graze, Dollar Shave Club and Stitchfix are popping up everywhere. They’re bating shoppers with promises of a customized experience that is based upon their preferences. After you fill out a ‘quick’, one-size-fits-all survey, they send you a variety of products to try based upon your responses. more

Top 5 Noteworthy Moments Of 2016

January 13, 2017 by Kim Kirk

2016 was a pivotal year for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. It was a year of reflection, change, and growth as an organization. Here's a look at some of our most memorable moments: more

Ingenious Entrpeneur Opens Downtown’s First Airstream Boutique

August 4, 2016 by Kim Kirk

I’m drooling over the new 1975 Airstream Land Yacht downtown! Have you seen this vintage beauty sitting in the parking lot between Jack’s Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint and soon-to-open Taj of India? It’s not your average airstream -- it’s a posh, new beauty boutique. Step inside and you'll immediately grasp the owner’s vision, creativity, and the simplicity of her products. more

Sparrows Flowers Blooms Downtown

February 9, 2016 by Kim Kirk

After graduating from Bridgewater College with a degree in art, Amanda Tutwiler got a job in a floral shop and started experimenting with the flowers in front of her.  Her mother and grandmother loved flowers. She always remembers being surrounded by them and appreciating their beauty, but never imagined she would become a florist. To her surprise, when she started arranging, she created exceptional work. The self taught artist is now the owner of Sparrow’s Flowers, a name that stemmed from her love of birds. more

Ruby’s Arcade Comes To Life

February 1, 2016 by Kim Kirk

Clay Clark is bringing Ruby’s Arcade to life just as duckpin bowling alleys are starting to disappear. In its heyday, duckpin bowling was a popular tenpin sport. There were hundreds of alleys across the East Coast. more

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 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

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