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Harrisonburg Welcomes Its Newest Business: Aristocat Cat Café!

June 30, 2022 by Danielle Generous

In the location many once associated with the family-owned store Horizons Gifts, a new dog is in town–or should I say cat? Opening this fall, Harrisonburg is welcoming its very first cat café, Aristocat Café! more

Intern Dani’s Event Recap: Harrisonburg’s Annual Downtown Dinner Party

May 31, 2022 by Danielle Generous

And that’s a wrap! Downtown Harrisonburg’s annual Downtown Dinner Party was a huge success! After a couple years away, our community was eager to come together once again in a beautiful celebration of our cities' various culinary expertise and wow–what a beautiful sight it was!  With more than a dozen delicious different tasting centers, partygoers were able to get a glimpse into the vast array of options downtown Harrisonburg has to offer as Virginia’s first culinary district! more

Inspiring Tales & Friendly Faces from Taste of Downtown 2022

April 5, 2022 by Morgan Rhudy

It's official, Taste of Downtown 2022 has come to a close. Here at HDR, we had the opportunity to connect with many of the hardworking and passionate people who made all of this possible. Ranging from head chefs to line chefs, bakers to brewers, and managers to support staff, we had so many memorable conversations hearing their stories and seeing their passion first-hand. We encourage you to take the time to read these inspiring stories and get to know some of the people who make downtown dining so spectacular. more

The Best of Valentine’s Day in Downtown Harrisonburg: This Year’s Sweets, Treats, Deals, and Special Events!

January 26, 2022 by Christi Criqui

Looking for fun ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in the Friendly City? Look no further than this year's Valentine's round-up featuring gift ideas, local restaurant specials, sales, and events happening all weekend long! Don't miss out on planning the perfect date night or celebrating your galentine's and loved ones! more

3-2-1, Happy New Year!: Downtown Harrisonburg’s New Year’s Eve Weekend Roundup

December 20, 2021 by Emily Winter

Are you ready to count down to 2022? Usher in the start of the new year with family, friends, and community in Downtown Harrisonburg! Some of your favorite Downtown businesses are offering up special events, promotions, and extended hours, check out the roundup below to plan your festive weekend. more

Pass the Gravy: Downtown Harrisonburg Thanksgiving Roundup

November 16, 2021 by Emily Winter

Whether you are looking to outsource your Thanksgiving meal or pick up a few sides, desserts, and drinks for your holiday feast, Downtown Harrisonburg has you covered! Check out our roundup for all things Thanksgiving, including ways that you can sweat it out before and after the big day! 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 — Farmers Market, Rocktown Yarn, Branch’s, and the Parks

October 12, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

This week, Kate and I celebrated a few national days to feature some of Downtown Harrisonburg’s amazing businesses, including Rocktown Yarn, Farmers Market, and Branch's. more

Takeover Tuesday — Chestnut Ridge Coffee, Mashita, El Paisano, & Sage Bird

October 5, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

For this #TakeoverTUesday, #InternKate and #InternEleanor headed to Chestnut Ridge Coffee, Mashita, El Paisano, and Sage Bird. more