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Agora: A Market and Space that Inspires Collaboration

April 13, 2018 by Susie Patrick

Agora Downtown Market is a funky, indoor marketplace that brings 11 businesses under one roof to offer a unique shopping experience. What’s even more interesting is the collaboration that’s happening inside. Business owners appreciate being able to brainstorm creative product and marketing ideas with each other while working together to promote the space. Here's a glimpse of three businesses inside Agora that frequently share ideas and inspiration. more

Agora Market: Candles and Creations

April 6, 2018 by Susie Patrick

Not even one year old yet and Agora Downtown Market is already making its mark on downtown Harrisonburg. This open, indoor marketplace has cool vibes that is attracting locals, tourists, and students. Since opening in June 2017, Agora has expanded to include 11 businesses that range from clothing to coffee to candy and more - each business with its own story to tell. This blog is the first in a series that highlights the Isle Co and Create Downtown. more

What 109 Years of Memories are Made of 

March 26, 2018 by Guest

Within the first few minutes of visiting Gitchell's Photography, several individuals pass by the business' large windows with only their smiling faces and waving hands showing over the front window displays of vintage cameras. It's as if each individual knows, from daily experience, that Christa Gitchell, her husband, Bruce, and her son, Jon, will be there to return their smile. As she and I sit down together to chat in the lobby area, it feels as though I'm back in Southern Virginia, having a glass of iced tea with a wise neighbor. Christa's nature is one which makes you forget that you might have only known her for minutes. She leans in when she talks to others; she calls people by their name and looks them straight in the eyes. "Integrity is everything," Christa says. She believes that every business, and individual, must possess this attribute in order to survive and thrive, especially in today's world. more

Bluestone Bike and Run Opens Satellite Location in Agora Downtown Market

December 6, 2017 by Guest

As Harrisonburg continues to receive accolades for the continued support and development of becoming a leading bike destination and Top Adventure Town by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, business owner Kyle Coleman has continued to find value in providing personalized service and customization for his clientele by expanding Bluestone Bike and Run to include a downtown location in Agora Downtown Market. Located at 165 S. Main Street next to Clementine, Ten Thousand Villages, and adjacent from the Massanutten Regional Library, Agora Downtown Market opened in June of 2017 featuring some of the most unique merchandise in the first collaborative retail space in Harrisonburg. more

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Relocates Downtown

August 1, 2017 by Guest

After much anticipation, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing is open in its new location on the corner of Rte 33 and Reservoir Street. The red brick building at 480 East Market Street received a complete renovation over the past year, and is now a haven for fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The fly shop was previously located near Kroger, but the owners decided to look downtown when they began considering an expansion. more

From Wheelbarrows to Raccoons: Downtown Books is Not Your Typical Bookstore

July 10, 2017 by Guest

“I’d live to be 300-years-old, and I’d still never be able to read them all,” chuckled Bob Schurtz, Owner of Downtown Books. During our interview, I received the answers to the questions I’m sure many ponder as they pass by the shop: Why so many books? Why not clear some space? Why do you give some of your books away? The responses I received were gratifying. more

Boutique Owner Puts Local Spin on Internet Craze

May 24, 2017 by Kim Kirk

The Internet has forever changed retail. But it will never replace the personalized experience of walking into an independently owned bricks-and-mortar store and being greeted by a person who delivers superior customer service. That’s not to say that online companies aren’t trying. Subscription services such as Birchbox, Graze, Dollar Shave Club and Stitchfix are popping up everywhere. They’re bating shoppers with promises of a customized experience that is based upon their preferences. After you fill out a ‘quick’, one-size-fits-all survey, they send you a variety of products to try based upon your responses. more

Meridian Books and Games Opens this Saturday!

May 1, 2017 by Guest

This Saturday, the artist formerly known as M. Fink will venture into a new partnership with her newlywed husband Vince Paixao (pronounced Pie-Shawn). Together, Vince and Morgan will open Meridian Books & Games in Larkin Arts at 61 Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg. The duo met while working together at local eateries and participating in the art and music scenes downtown. They quickly became friends and recently married in October. more

Ingenious Entrpeneur Opens Downtown’s First Airstream Boutique

August 4, 2016 by Kim Kirk

I’m drooling over the new 1975 Airstream Land Yacht downtown! Have you seen this vintage beauty sitting in the parking lot between Jack’s Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint and soon-to-open Taj of India? It’s not your average airstream -- it’s a posh, new beauty boutique. Step inside and you'll immediately grasp the owner’s vision, creativity, and the simplicity of her products. more