Downtown News

Welcoming Back Becca Graham, Harrisonburg’s Very Own International Spikeball Champion

September 29, 2022 by Danielle Generous

Join downtown Harrisonburg in welcoming back our very own international Spikeball champion- Becca Graham! Becca and her partner Alli Kauffman Rogers just recently returned from Brussels, Belgium where they represented team USA in the first ever roundnet World Championship. After four days of intensive competition against 33 represented countries, team USA destroyed the competition by placing first in each of the five categories! The power duo, Becca and Alli, placed number 1 in the team bracket with a resounding score of 10 wins and 0 losses.  more

Furious Flower at The Golden Pony: Bringing Black Poetry to Downtown Harrisonburg

September 26, 2022 by Guest

Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University is excited to announce its first event of the semester, Malika Booker: Open Mic & Poetry Reading on September 29, 2022 at The Golden Pony in Downtown Harrisonburg. more

Welcoming EMU to Downtown Harrisonburg: Memories & Advice from Our Alums

September 19, 2022 by Emily Winter

Welcome Eastern Mennonite University students to Downtown Harrisonburg! We are excited for you to discover our downtown community during Royal's Do Downtown - EMU’s Block Party event on Thursday, September 22 from 5 - 8 PM at Turner Pavilion. In the meantime, let us introduce you to some of the friendly faces of the Friendly City who graduated EMU. Read on for favorite memories and words of wisdom. more

Welcoming Downtown’s Newest Business: Escapism Escape Rooms

August 26, 2022 by Danielle Generous

Calling all problem solving fanatics–do you have what it takes to solve the puzzle that makes up downtown’s popular new attraction? Downtown Harrisonburg is ecstatic to welcome Escapism Escape Rooms into our community! Sam Lambert and Suzanne have put together their efforts to make multiple unique and interactive rooms–each room combining technology and storytelling to fully immerse the guest in an adventurous experience! more

TJ’s Tattoos Transforms his Business

August 9, 2022 by Danielle Generous

James August Warsing Jr., also known as TJ from “TJ’s Dermagraphics” here in downtown Harrisonburg, is excited to announce a change in his field of work. After over 50 years of working in the tattoo industry, he is teaming up alongside his wife Bernadette Moreno-Krause and friend Carson William Rinker to start their own specialized business in the memorial industry. more

Celebrating Harrisonburg’s LGBTQ+ Community With Friendly City Safe Space

July 6, 2022 by Morgan Rhudy

Just a few months ago, the HDR office welcomed some new neighbors next door. A vibrant cultural hub home to many nonprofits and local businesses, the Ice House building is now also home to an organization advocating for a largely underrepresented community within our region. The Friendly City Safe Space (FCSS) aims to make downtown a destination where all LGBTQ+ people thrive through inclusivity, programming, and a unique space that celebrates community.  more

Harrisonburg Welcomes Its Newest Business: Aristocat Cat Café!

June 30, 2022 by Danielle Generous

In the location many once associated with the family-owned store Horizons Gifts, a new dog is in town–or should I say cat? Opening this fall, Harrisonburg is welcoming its very first cat café, Aristocat Café! more

Intern Dani’s Event Recap: Harrisonburg’s Annual Downtown Dinner Party

May 31, 2022 by Danielle Generous

And that’s a wrap! Downtown Harrisonburg’s annual Downtown Dinner Party was a huge success! After a couple years away, our community was eager to come together once again in a beautiful celebration of our cities' various culinary expertise and wow–what a beautiful sight it was!  With more than a dozen delicious different tasting centers, partygoers were able to get a glimpse into the vast array of options downtown Harrisonburg has to offer as Virginia’s first culinary district! more

Inspiring Tales & Friendly Faces from Taste of Downtown 2022

April 5, 2022 by Morgan Rhudy

It's official, Taste of Downtown 2022 has come to a close. Here at HDR, we had the opportunity to connect with many of the hardworking and passionate people who made all of this possible. Ranging from head chefs to line chefs, bakers to brewers, and managers to support staff, we had so many memorable conversations hearing their stories and seeing their passion first-hand. We encourage you to take the time to read these inspiring stories and get to know some of the people who make downtown dining so spectacular. more

Losing the Haas House: How Many More Losses Will It Take to Break the Cycle?

March 17, 2022 by Andrea Dono

Like many of you, HDR learned about James Madison University’s demolition of its 1880 historic Haas home at 741 S. Main Street from the DNR article “JMU To Tear Down Historic South Main Street House.” We are deeply disappointed about this loss and believe it should have been approached differently but can’t help but feel like it’s time for our community to choose if we want to continue lamenting the loss of historic buildings or if we want to finally put local protections in place so this pattern can finally be broken. more