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Thanksgiving in Downtown Harrisonburg

November 8, 2018 by Rania Zaied

Wondering what Downtown Harrisonburg has planned for Thanksgiving? Holiday traditions are a big part of Downtown Harrisonburg, and we have the scoop on special events, menus, offers and promotions. more

Agora Market: The Perfect Spot for New Creation, Bluestone Running, and Broad Porch Coffee Co.

April 30, 2018 by Susie Patrick

It’s been over a year since Agora Downtown Market opened downtown. Business owners love the shared space, customer sharing, and working with the other entrepreneurs in the space. But, what’s more interesting is their unique stories and what brought them to Agora. For some, Agora is their second location. For others, Agora presented a great opportunity for two JMU grads to start up their dream business. more

Agora Market: Candles and Creations

April 6, 2018 by Susie Patrick

Not even one year old yet and Agora Downtown Market is already making its mark on downtown Harrisonburg. This open, indoor marketplace has cool vibes that is attracting locals, tourists, and students. Since opening in June 2017, Agora has expanded to include 11 businesses that range from clothing to coffee to candy and more - each business with its own story to tell. This blog is the first in a series that highlights the Isle Co and Create Downtown. more

Hearts of the City: Valerie & Scott

September 21, 2016 by Guest

When you walk into Scott Whitten and Valerie Smith’s home, you’ll be greeted by Felipe, a papier mache lizard wearing a heart necklace and Elton John glasses. He seductively reclines on an end table, signaling visitors to relax and be embraced by the warmth of this home. And that I did, when Cara Walton and I dropped by for dinner. more

Ingenious Entrpeneur Opens Downtown’s First Airstream Boutique

August 4, 2016 by Kim Kirk

I’m drooling over the new 1975 Airstream Land Yacht downtown! Have you seen this vintage beauty sitting in the parking lot between Jack’s Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint and soon-to-open Taj of India? It’s not your average airstream -- it’s a posh, new beauty boutique. Step inside and you'll immediately grasp the owner’s vision, creativity, and the simplicity of her products. more

Sparrows Flowers Blooms Downtown

February 9, 2016 by Kim Kirk

After graduating from Bridgewater College with a degree in art, Amanda Tutwiler got a job in a floral shop and started experimenting with the flowers in front of her.  Her mother and grandmother loved flowers. She always remembers being surrounded by them and appreciating their beauty, but never imagined she would become a florist. To her surprise, when she started arranging, she created exceptional work. The self taught artist is now the owner of Sparrow’s Flowers, a name that stemmed from her love of birds. more