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Downtown News

Expanding Horizons: Horizon Gifts Takes on a 17-Year Valley Tradition

October 23, 2019 by Guest

By Kyle Kirby — This weekend, a 17-year tradition in the Valley will be carried out once more, thanks to Karen and Rich Ruozzi, proprietors of Horizon Gifts. more

Explore More Discovery Museum: Curiosity, Creativity, and Community

September 19, 2019 by Morgan Phillips

In a flurry of dancing and singing, students from ages 8-12 perform on their final day of Up with People Jr. camp at the Explore More Discovery Museum on July 12.  The program allows the students to learn about themselves as individuals in the community through service and performing arts.  It also raises cultural awareness as students discuss how they can welcome those who decide to settle in Harrisonburg from all around the world. more

Just Love Coffee & Tea: Caffeine and a Mission

September 18, 2019 by Andrea Dono

Have you been missing the convenience of picking up some java on Court Square? Do you mourn the day Jeremiah Young served his last cup at Court Square Coffee at 2 N Main Street? If so, you are in luck — because this week marked a new beginning for Just Love Coffee and Tea in that much-loved space. more

Pink Ambition Dance & Fitness: The Power of Dance

September 11, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

You’ve probably noticed Pink Ambition Dance & Fitness on East Market Street — with its bright pink sign, blacked-out windows decorated with colorful class schedules, and door sign boasting “Women Only,” it’s hard to miss. But what you can’t see from the street is the heart and soul inside — a community full of women from all kinds of backgrounds, coming together to support, uplift, and love each other as they embark on their dance journey together. I recently sat down with Pink Ambition owner Karen McIntyre and instructor Anna Williford to talk pole fitness, overcoming fear and preconceived notions, what to expect from classes, and the power of the pole community. more

Downtown Sad to See Chris Howdyshell Go – But Don’t Worry, He’ll Be Back!

September 4, 2019 by Guest

By Kyle Kirby — Chris Howdyshell unlocked the door to the Agora Downtown Market with a smile and a fresh beverage from Broad Porch Coffee. Though Agora is closed on Mondays, the inside was still bustling with entrepreneurs; prepping and cleaning their shops for tomorrow’s customers. more

Times Have Changed, but Nostalgia Never Grows Old: Gary Stiteler and Glen’s Fair Price

August 28, 2019 by Guest

Evolution is an essential part of every business’ daily life, and Glen’s Fair Price owners (and siblings), Gary Stiteler and Melinda Bare, are no strangers to this. Often referred to as “Harrisonburg’s Most Unusual Store” and “The Halloween Store,” this extraordinary shop offers the nostalgia many of us travel hundreds of miles to experience and relive. more

This Update Will Be Right Up Your Alley

August 22, 2019 by Lauren Huber

If you have ever walked from Turner Pavilion to Court Square you have probably used the alleyway between Finnegan's Cove and Beyond. This is a main gateway to downtown from the heavily used Water Street parking deck. more