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
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.
Don't settle for another mass-produced "world's greatest dad" shirt for Father's Day this year! Instead, shake things up and find a unique and unexpected gift from a small business in downtown Harrisonburg. You'll find something you both love, and it will mean even more to know that you're spending your dollars locally. Here's some great ideas he'll love!
Every year, we await the results of two popular polls – Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia and the Daily News-Record’s Best of the Valley awards. As always, downtown was well represented in dozens of categories, including being named the “best place to take visitors”. Way to be the best, downtown!
Inspired by this Internet craze, Miranda Ebersold, the owner of The Yellow Button, a clothing boutique in downtown Harrisonburg, invented the Button Box to reach a broader audience. The Yellow Button takes the Stitchfix concept and makes it better with truly personalized service and no fees.
On Saturday, May 13th, two of our local businesses will offer us a chance to support and celebrate craftsmen/craftswomen from underdeveloped countries, who’ve stitched, welded, hemmed and braided part of their hearts into each of their creations. Celebrate World Fair Trade Day with The Green Hummingbird and Ten Thousand Villages!
We're making gift buying easy this year with a Mother's Day Gift Guide that features only products from independently-owned retailers in downtown Harrisonburg. There's unique gifts for any type of mom, and for any price range.
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