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Prepare your Bids for the Downtown Dinner Party

May 16, 2018 by Susie Patrick

We're just a few days out from HDR's brand new event, the Downtown Dinner Party, which is taking the place of Renaissance Night. For HDR's 15th Anniversary, we've decided to team up with the Sub Rosa Supper Club event team for a festive and food-filled night in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg. The event will feature an elegantly transformed Turner Pavilion with 15 curated bar and tasting stations from downtown restaurants like you've never seen them before and 15 incredible experiences to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Plus, there will be music by DJ Ryan Clark, The Rosy Co. vintage photo booth trailer, craft cocktails and more! more

Agora Market: The Perfect Spot for New Creation, Bluestone Running, and Broad Porch Coffee Co.

April 30, 2018 by Susie Patrick

It’s been over a year since Agora Downtown Market opened downtown. Business owners love the shared space, customer sharing, and working with the other entrepreneurs in the space. But, what’s more interesting is their unique stories and what brought them to Agora. For some, Agora is their second location. For others, Agora presented a great opportunity for two JMU grads to start up their dream business. more

Jess’ Downtown Restaurant

February 28, 2018 by Guest

Harrisonburg has known for 96 years where to go for a juicy hot dog or a savory burger: Jess’ Quick Lunch. Since 1922, people have flocked to Jess’ for a quick, freshly made meal at an affordable price. Recent upgrades and additions to the beloved Harrisonburg fixture reflect its new name: Jess’ Downtown Restaurant. It’s not just for a quick lunch anymore. Don’t worry -- all the items you’ve loved for decades are still on the menu: burgers, hot dogs, and the BLT. But now they offer more options to appease everyone in your household. more

Restless Moons Brewing Plans Grand Reopening

February 21, 2018 by Guest

Inside the brewery, owner Jeffrey Moon is talking about new signage for his recently purchased business. Things are moving along, and Moon is eager to get to February 24th, the day Restless Moons will celebrate the Grand Reopening of the former brewery on Wolfe Street that was aptly named Wolfe Street Brewing Co. more

Cask for A Cause: Anniversary Edition

January 18, 2018 by Susie Patrick

Last Saturday, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and Brothers Craft Brewing teamed up to celebrate both of our anniversaries at the brewery. more

Cheers to 5 Years

January 12, 2018 by Guest

“Time flies,” says Jason Shifflett of Brothers Craft Brewing. It’s hard for him to believe that five years have passed since the three Shifflett brothers first opened the brewery 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. more

Sofar Sounds Popped Up at Three Notch’d

October 4, 2017 by Susie Patrick

Last Thursday, a cool show popped up in downtown Harrisonburg that united music lovers, beer drinkers, and concert goers alike. Sofar Sounds, a music organization reaching 376 cities across the globe, made its third appearance in the “friendly city.” A group of JMU Marketing and Music Industry students brought Sofar to Harrisonburg last March. The JMU seniors handle all of the logistics, including booking the artists, selecting the venues, promoting the shows, and hiring and managing a production team of photographers, videographers, and audio/sound engineers. more

Downtown’s Craft Beer Scene Keeps Growing

September 26, 2017 by Guest

The Friendly Fermenter is getting ready to open its doors in downtown Harrisonburg. This nanobrewery and homebrew shop will be the first Harrisonburg brewery that is open for lunch during the week. Located at 20 S. Mason Street, Suite B10 on the corner of Route 33 and Mason Street, next to Rocktown Bicycles and near Urban Exchange, Friendly Fermenter will be on the basement level of a three-story, newly renovated building which will also house LAFAH Café, a middle-eastern based restaurant, directly above. The third level will offer loft apartments which will also be ready soon. more

Tacos, Anyone?

May 3, 2017 by Guest

It has been a few months since Magnolia's Tacos & Tequila Bar, located at 14 E. Water Street, opened downtown. They were a hit from the start, but their rooftop patio just opened making this a new go-to for summer! more