The Downtown Insider Archive
The Downtown Insider is our monthly e-newsletter distributed to more than 3,000 subscribers each month.
- March 7th
Taste of Downtown Edition
- February 22nd
Leading up to Taste of Downtown & more exciting events
- February 9th
People's Choice Awards & Valentine's Day celebrations
- January 11th
JMU Championship Parade, new businesses and more
On The Blog
The Artful Dodger is celebrating its 25th Anniversary downtown this year! From brunch to nightlife, this eclectic coffeehouse has an identity all its own. Their known for offering diverse events and welcoming everyone inside to hang out in "downtown's living room".
ESPN College GameDay returns to Harrisonburg for the second time in two years! The national pre-grame show will broadcast from the Quad at JMU from 9am to Noon this Saturday, October 14th as JMU (No. 1) hosts Villanova (No. 12).
If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get a ticket to Saturday's game, here's a list of businesses that will be televising the game and offering GameDay specials.
Sofar Sounds is a global music organization that promotes secret gigs in intimate spaces for a unique live music experience. With the help of a group of JMU students, Three Notch'd Brewing Company hosted last Thursday's show featuring 3 acoustic artists from Virginia.
Downtown's craft beer scene continues to grow. Next up: The Friendly Fermenter, a nanobrewery that will focus on small batch brews and the art of homebrewing.
Dukes - If you haven’t spent a lot of time downtown, this weekend is perfect time to check it out with your family.
Pale Fire Brewing Co. is next in our series to celebrate Craft Beer Month.
We're celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month with Three Notch'd Brewing Co. We asked Mary Morgan, resident brewster about the Harrisonburg beer scene and what she thinks will be the next big trend in craft beer.
Downtown Harrisonburg's beer scene is hopping. During the month of August - in celebration of Virginia Craft Beer Month - we're toasting to our breweries that deliver hand-crafted brews to beer lovers throughout the state and beyond. In addition to brewing great beer, they bring the Harrisonburg community together through events and causes that showcase their investment in our city. There's lots of events to choose from!
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. Learn why they chose to move downtown and how they've created one of the most unique fly-shop experiences one can find anywhere.
What does it take to keep an independent bookstore open? Guest blogger Angela Carter discovers that Downtown Books’ longevity of 39 years requires more than the owner’s love of books to keep it open.
Podcasts & Interviews:
Hello Harrisonburg is a local podcast hosted by board member Kai Degner. Episodes feature interviews with people making Harrisonburg rock: entrepreneurs, artists, business professionals, nonprofit leaders, students, advocates, and our amazing community members.
Awards & Designations
2014: Downtown named Great American Main Street award winner by National Main Street Center
2014: Downtown was designated Virginia's first Culinary District
2004: Downtown was designated a Virginia Main Street Community and a National and Virginia Historic District
2001: Downtown was designated Virginia's first Arts & Cultural District