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Oprah Winfrey, Bono and Ten Thousand Villages

September 26, 2018 by Andrea Dono

How big of an impact can you have in helping people in need internationally by shopping and volunteering with a local Harrisonburg business? A lot. Just ask Carmen Miller, a sales associate with Ten Thousand Village – a fair trade nonprofit and retail boutique in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg. more

Friendly City Fortune

May 9, 2018 by Andrea Dono

We’re a month into our second Friendly City Fortune raffle fundraiser and we wanted to continue building excitement by sharing the projects that last year’s raffle is funding. Raffle proceeds contribute towards projects that directly benefit Harrisonburg; align with community values expressed in surveys, Idea Pop Ups, and focus groups; and create a downtown that we all love. Here’s exactly how: more

Celebrating Rocktown And All Of Its Rockstars

March 9, 2017 by Guest

Last week at our annual Celebration & Reception, we threw a party for all of the downtown rockstars. more

Downtown Business Honored At Celebration & Reception

March 7, 2017 by Guest

Last week, Ruby’s Arcade set the stage for one of downtown’s best parties of the year – Celebration & Reception. It’s our favorite event that we produce because we get to show our appreciation for the people, businesses, and partners who keep downtown thriving, as well as for our supporters who believe in HDR’s mission. It’s a great night of optimism, excitement, and gratitude; you’d expect nothing less from a room full of people who are passionate about our city. Plus, thanks to our sponsors, we had plenty of beer, wine, and tasty pizza and BBQ to elevate spirits. more

The Downtown That Lover Built: Regina’s Story

August 18, 2015 by Guest

It's no surprise that many people in our community share a passion for food. After all, downtown is Virginia’s First Culinary District, a designation that is celebrated in the Rocktown Food Book. The book shares the stories behind many of the people who help make Harrisonburg a culinary destination. One of these people is Regina Hissong, a co-owner of Rocktown Bites Food Tours. "The Rocktown Food book was a great collaboration between three friends that I respect very much--Kirsten Moore, Brandy Sommers and Lynda Bostrom. They did such a thorough job of getting glimpses into the food scene all over Harrisonburg--not just at the diverse downtown establishments but in the homes of Harrisonburg people that show their love of people through their food. Harrisonburg is a culinary district because of the art, fun, events and people that revolve around the food scene. I used the book like a yearbook of sorts for our city and had many restauranteurs, managers and business owners sign my copy so that it can sit on my coffee table and be an everpresent springboard for discussions about food," shares Regina. more