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The Small Business Saturday Experience

November 21, 2018 by Susie Patrick

As Thanksgiving approaches tomorrow, shoppers everywhere are gearing up for one of the largest shopping weekends of the year. We know you can't help but browse the Black Friday deals, but we encourage you to shop on Small Business Saturday. This day is particularly important for downtown and you can feel good about your purchases knowing that you’re making a difference by supporting the little guys. It's also about the experience! Don't settle for long lines and chaos at the big box stores.  more

Sticking to Your Resolutions Downtown

February 5, 2018 by Susie Patrick

It's about that time of year...when most people have forgotten their New Year's resolutions that they so desperately wanted to stick to. In fact, according to Business Insider, 80% of people who made a resolution will fail by the second week of February. more

Meridian Books and Games Opens this Saturday!

May 1, 2017 by Guest

This Saturday, the artist formerly known as M. Fink will venture into a new partnership with her newlywed husband Vince Paixao (pronounced Pie-Shawn). Together, Vince and Morgan will open Meridian Books & Games in Larkin Arts at 61 Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg. The duo met while working together at local eateries and participating in the art and music scenes downtown. They quickly became friends and recently married in October. more

Meet Larkin Arts

November 10, 2014 by Guest

Larkin Arts is a little oasis located in the Southwest corner of Court Square. I walked in on a rainy, windy day; the soft music and comfy chairs couldn’t have felt better. I met with Valerie Smith, the welcoming owner of Larkin Arts store. Calling Larkin Arts a store is an understatement though. Offered there are classes for the public—inexperienced and experienced alike, studios for local artists to rent, and galleries for the public to enjoy. Valerie encourages people to wander in to the cozy gallery space during First Fridays downtown. more