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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

Furious Flower at The Golden Pony: Bringing Black Poetry to Downtown Harrisonburg

September 26, 2022 by Guest

Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University is excited to announce its first event of the semester, Malika Booker: Open Mic & Poetry Reading on September 29, 2022 at The Golden Pony in Downtown Harrisonburg. 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 Morgan Rhudy

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

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

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

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Downtown Harrisonburg Roundup

November 22, 2021 by Emily Winter

The holiday shopping season kicks off this week with Black Friday on November 26 and Small Business Saturday on November 27! Shopping at local, independent businesses, like the 50+ retailers in Downtown Harrisonburg, helps build up our community by keeping funds circulating in Harrisonburg's economy. The variety of shops in our downtown district ensures that you'll find something for everyone on your list! more