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Destination Downtown: Historic Graffiti and the Harrisonburg Homes Team

July 16, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

As we know from home renovation shows, old buildings can be full of surprises — both good and bad! Luckily the Harrisonburg Homes Team of Kline May Realty was in for a treat when they renovated their Downtown office space in 2012. As they tore down drywall in the former Wilson Jewelers location, they uncovered a wall full of curious writing and fun illustrations. This artwork turned out to be graffiti that dated back to the 1890s — a piece of Harrisonburg history, perfectly preserved in time. more

Downtown is Open For Business on July 4th!

June 26, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

You'll already be downtown for Friendly City Fourth —  don't let the fun stop there! Plenty of downtown businesses will also be open on the 4th of July. So when it's time to get out of the sun, head downtown and shop or dine at one of your favorite establishments: more

Rocktown Rockstars Take II

February 27, 2019 by Noelle Dondero

These local businesses and people are the backbone of the downtown Harrisonburg community. Read about their contributions to our city and why they received this well-deserved recognition at this year's Celebration & Reception. more

Top 5 Highlights of 2018

December 31, 2018 by Kim Kirk

2018 was an amazing year for downtown and our organization. There were a lot of fun and memorable moments, but here's some of our favorites! more

Creating a Destination

October 11, 2018 by Lauren Huber

The Destination Downtown Grant was created to beautify, add vibrancy, and introduce new experiences to downtown Harrisonburg. We invited the community to join us in making downtown an ever-stronger destination for locals and visitors alike. It was hard to choose among the 25 applications, but a panel of community members helped us narrow it down so we could award nine grants that will help us put $25,000 directly into the heart of our city. more

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

Friendly City Fortune

May 9, 2018 by Andrea Dono

We’re a month into our second Friendly City Fortune raffle fundraiser and we wanted to continue building excitement by sharing the projects that last year’s raffle is funding. Raffle proceeds contribute towards projects that directly benefit Harrisonburg; align with community values expressed in surveys, Idea Pop Ups, and focus groups; and create a downtown that we all love. Here’s exactly how: more

National Downtown Small Business Week: Grants Announced to Downtown Businesses

May 1, 2018 by Susie Patrick

As this is National Small Business Week, it’s only fitting that downtown businesses should be rewarded for their hard work. We at HDR are thrilled to celebrate by making $36,700 in grant awards to local businesses along with four of our economic development partners. more