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Spend Your St. Patrick’s Day Downtown

March 12, 2019 by Noelle Dondero

St. Patrick's Day is wildly fun in downtown Harrisonburg, where all the businesses chip in with something special to make this holiday stand out. Whether it's a featured food item at a local restaurant or a one-of-a-kind activity for the occasion, this year's St. Patrick's Day is sure to be the best you've ever celebrated. more

Downtown’s Newest Addition: Urgie’s Bar at The Carriage House

January 30, 2019 by Rebecca McDonald

Walking into the newly renovated Carriage House, the new home of Urgie’s Cheesesteaks, it’s difficult to imagine that this brightly lit space used to house offices. With authentic wooden bar tops, massive windows, and a state-of-the-art bar, the new space feels like a place that you’d never want to leave. more

Local Ash Tree Finds New Home in HDR Office

August 23, 2018 by Kim Kirk

In approximately six weeks, two conference tables made of local wood will become the centerpiece of HDR's Office. The tables are being made from a local ash tree that was removed from Heritage Golf Course. more

Storytelling Around the Campfire: Pale Fire Brewing Co.

April 26, 2017 by Guest

On the evening of Tuesday, April 11, every barstool, patio chair, and indoor table is occupied. There’s a friendliness in the air—the kind in which a stranger will scoot over so that you can have your own space at the bar, and the bartenders ask how your day was before taking an order. As bustling as the taproom is, it feels more like a community’s living room, filled with the laughter and chatter that you hear during a distant family’s holiday get-together. In front of most of the patrons is a pint glass; many ordering at the bar request Arrant (Pale Fire’s newest IPA), with it’s name descending from Shakespeare’s writing. In fact, even the establishment’s name derives from one of the founder’s favorite books, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov and an excerpt of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, “[t]he moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.” more

Rocktown Kitchen Prepares to Open in May

April 14, 2017 by Guest

Excitement and rejuvenation fill the former Pure Eats space in the Ice House as Rocktown Kitchen gets ready to open a full-service, casual yet upscale dining restaurant in downtown. With locally sourced meats, vegetables, craft brews, wines, and décor, Rocktown Kitchen brings a farm-to-table experience to guests who will begin enjoying this new spot in May. That’s right…less than a month away! more