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Spirit of S Main: How a Local Real Estate Agency Is Giving Back This Thanksgiving

November 18, 2022 by Morgan Rhudy

Nest has teamed up with VA Momentum alongside numerous local sponsors for Rocktown Turkey Trot 2022. The festive fun run is happening this Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, but kicks off with an exciting packet pickup experience at Brother’s Craft Brewing the day before.  more

Welcoming EMU to Downtown Harrisonburg: Memories & Advice from Our Alums

September 19, 2022 by Emily Winter

Welcome Eastern Mennonite University students to Downtown Harrisonburg! We are excited for you to discover our downtown community during Royal's Do Downtown - EMU’s Block Party event on Thursday, September 22 from 5 - 8 PM at Turner Pavilion. In the meantime, let us introduce you to some of the friendly faces of the Friendly City who graduated EMU. Read on for favorite memories and words of wisdom. more

Welcoming Downtown’s Newest Business: Escapism Escape Rooms

August 26, 2022 by Danielle Generous

Calling all problem solving fanatics–do you have what it takes to solve the puzzle that makes up downtown’s popular new attraction? Downtown Harrisonburg is ecstatic to welcome Escapism Escape Rooms into our community! Sam Lambert and Suzanne have put together their efforts to make multiple unique and interactive rooms–each room combining technology and storytelling to fully immerse the guest in an adventurous experience! more

TJ’s Tattoos Transforms his Business

August 9, 2022 by Danielle Generous

James August Warsing Jr., also known as TJ from “TJ’s Dermagraphics” here in downtown Harrisonburg, is excited to announce a change in his field of work. After over 50 years of working in the tattoo industry, he is teaming up alongside his wife Bernadette Moreno-Krause and friend Carson William Rinker to start their own specialized business in the memorial industry. more

Celebrating Harrisonburg’s LGBTQ+ Community With Friendly City Safe Space

July 6, 2022 by Danielle Generous

Just a few months ago, the HDR office welcomed some new neighbors next door. A vibrant cultural hub home to many nonprofits and local businesses, the Ice House building is now also home to an organization advocating for a largely underrepresented community within our region. The Friendly City Safe Space (FCSS) aims to make downtown a destination where all LGBTQ+ people thrive through inclusivity, programming, and a unique space that celebrates community.  more

Friendly Faces of the Friendly City — Gravity Group

December 13, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

Gravity Group is a full-service marketing agency located in Harrisonburg (107 E Water Street) that creates specialty branding to grow individual businesses and bring them more clientele. I had the privilege to sit down with Steve Gilman, President and Brand Strategist, and Lindsey Laughlin, Vice President and Marketing Strategist, to ask them more about Gravity and their time in Harrisonburg. more

Friendly Faces of the Friendly City — Hugo Kohl

December 8, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

Friendly Faces of the Friendly City: Hugo Kohl Jewelry more

Takeover Tuesday — Village Juice and Kitchen

November 9, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

After months of construction, Village Juice and Kitchen has finally made its way to downtown Harrisonburg! more

Friendly Faces of the Friendly City — Berenice of El Paisano Bakery

November 3, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

Meet Berenice Rodriguez of El Paisano Bakery, "If you’ve never been to El Paisano Bakery, you’re missing out." more

Takeover Tuesday — Candle Takeover!

November 2, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

Takeover Tuesday with #InternKate and #InternEleanor — Candle Takeover! more