Downtown News

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

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

Summertime Kids’ Activities in Downtown

June 11, 2019 by Rebecca McDonald

Looking for some great activities to keep your kids entertained this summer? Look no further! Downtown Harrisonburg has plenty of wonderful workshops and camps just for kids as well as events that the whole family can enjoy. 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

Paying It Forward: The American Dream (James Carter and Digital Minerva)

May 30, 2019 by Guest

Sometimes home is not a house or where we were born; instead, it becomes a place we create far from what was once familiar to us. In November of 2005, James Carter, along with his wife, Angela, and toddler, Eve, left his birthplace in the World Heritage Site and historical city of Bath, England, to create a home in the Shenandoah Valley. After visiting the area in years prior, the couple agreed that The Friendly City was a place they could build a life together. With only ten boxes of belongings, no housing, no transportation or solid job offers, James Carter took a risk which would ultimately result in him achieving The American Dream. Prior to moving to Harrisonburg, VA, the Carters initiated an online business for the sole purpose of funding their overseas move. The business, Parentbaby.com, sold pregnancy and baby products — the same products James’ spouse, Angela, purchased during her pregnancy while visiting her home of southern Virginia. These products were not easily found in the UK, and was James’ first instance in discovering his love for entrepreneurship and online marketing. This venture was the beginning of Carter’s passion for marketing, and would eventually lead to him opening his own full-service downtown Harrisonburg marketing agency, Digital Minerva. 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