Showing: Uncategorized Clear Filter

Downtown News

Working Hard and Playing Hard at MODdisplays

July 12, 2019 by Morgan Phillips

A seemingly empty first floor of MODdisplays building doesn’t paint an accurate picture of the lively business that goes on inside. What many don’t see is the hustle and bustle of the second floor, where the staff is hard at work – and having fun. more

Paul Somers and The Golden Pony: Love, Music, and Community

June 25, 2019 by Guest

By Graham Schiltz — When Blue Nile closed in October 2014, downtown Harrisonburg lost more than the only Ethiopian dining option in a 50-mile radius. The restaurant’s basement hosted local music of every genre, from experimental noise to hip-hip to death metal. It was one of Harrisonburg’s only music venues, and it gave musicians a chance to perform and connect with each other. more

From Blue Ridge to Blueline: New National Name, Same Harrisonburg Spirit

June 12, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

If you’ve lived in the Valley for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of Blue Ridge Architects. And if the name isn’t familiar, you’ve definitely experienced their work. A long-time Downtown Harrisonburg resident, Blue Ridge Architects — recently rebranded as “Blueline” — was founded 15 years ago and has had a hand in designing and building such prominent Downtown fixtures as Turner Pavilion, the Friendly City Food Co-Op, and the JMU wing of the Ice House building. I recently sat down with founder and owner Randy Seitz to talk their newly announced rebranding, their 15-year anniversary, and how the values and culture of Harrisonburg make them successful even as they expand into the national market. more

Father’s Day in Downtown

June 10, 2019 by Rebecca McDonald

Looking for the perfect way to spend Father's day? Look no further. Downtown has the perfect event for you and that special guy in your life this Father's Day. From brunch to brews and a slew of pretty amazing gifts, Downtown Harrisonburg is the place to go to show the father figure in your life just how special he is! more

Oasis Brings LOVE to Downtown Harrisonburg

June 6, 2019 by Morgan Phillips

Bright blue, yellow, and red pieces of glass make up the word LOVE in a colorful mural soon to be displayed on the Water Street wall of the Oasis Fine Art & Craft building. more

Mother’s Day Downtown

May 3, 2019 by Noelle Dondero

If you're at a loss as to where to take that special lady in your life on her day this year, this blog should help you out. Downtown Harrisonburg is the ultimate place for lovely brunch outings, shopping sprees, and events designed for you and the women you hold so close to your heart. Show them how much they mean to you this year with a day filled with love, appreciation, and the Downtown experience. more

Destination Downtown: HMTA’s Inaugural Play-A-Thon

May 1, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

You may have noticed that Downtown Harrisonburg was a bit more magical on the afternoon of April 13th — the piano in front of the library and music filling the air were brought to you courtesy of the Harrisonburg Music Teachers Association, who were hosting their inaugural Play-A-Thon. Made possible by a Destination Downtown grant from HDR and generous sponsorships from Whitesel Music and the Massanutten Regional Library, the Play-A-Thon hoped to bring people from all generations and walks of life together to enjoy and create art in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg. I recently sat down with EMU professor and HMTA president David Berry to learn more about this uniquely creative and community-building event. more

Weekly Events in Downtown

April 10, 2019 by Rebecca McDonald

Looking for something new to do this week? Downtown Harrisonburg has some great weekly events that are sure to keep everyone entertained! more

Lineage Has Expanded!

April 8, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

Since opening its doors at Agora Downtown Market in February 2017, Lineage has found an receptive and supportive local audience who share their appreciation for thoughtfully designed, well made products for everyday use. As the business grew, it found itself running out of space and needing more room for production of its house-made canvas and leather bags and growing retail offerings. Completing its expansion in early April, Lineage owner Paul Hansbarger is now able to better showcase his canvas and leather bags, and the extra space offers a larger collection of clothing, home goods, apothecary items, art, and unique gifts. more

A Downtown Easter for Everyone

April 5, 2019 by Noelle Dondero

Easter is the best holiday for a heaping dose of community. If you're spending your Easter downtown with us this year, there are many ways to make this Easter one to cherish. Grab your family and friends and enjoy a tasty, adventurous, relaxing, and memorable weekend at all your favorite downtown spots! more