Last week Hotel Appalachia opened up in Harrisonburg as the newest practice & production room, offering studio rehearsals & recordings, as well as rentals for groups and teachers.
Inspired by the idea that working artists need a working studio, Hotel Appalachia is a professional recording space designed for everyone. State-of-the-art hardware and gorgeously-handcrafted, fully-modular sound-treatment combine in a space that looks as incredible on film as it sounds on tape.
Hotel Appalachia is no ordinary sound-studio. With their Do-It-Professionally-Yourself option, they’ll gladly put ALL of the power in your hands. You don’t know how to run a digital sound board? Don’t worry. They’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started. Perfect for podcasters and independent producers; it’s all the benefits of having a large, well-treated room — and a professional mic-locker and backline — combined with the independence and control of being in your home studio.
Just like yoga, the use of essential oils can help bring greater awareness to your body and mind. Join Shenandoah Yoga this Saturday February 18th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm for a unique class that combines yoga with essential oils practice. Gentle breath work coupled with conscious movement enable students to feel more connected, energized and balanced. No prior yoga experience is required! All levels are welcome! Drop in or use your regular yoga class pass.
Support your small businesses everyday! Located in the Ice House in Downtown Harrisonburg, The Yellow Button has the best of the latest trends and timeless classics. Shop their winter sale now! Plus all of their Chan Luu jewelry is BOGO 50% off until Valentine’s Day!
Worried about what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Plan a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through JMU’s beautiful Edith J. Carrier Arboretum! Rides are on Sunday February 12th and Tuesday February 14th from 5-8 pm.
Tickets prices are as follows:
$75 private carriage – holds 4 adults or family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children)
Larkin Arts, located on Court Square in Downtown Harrisonburg, will be showcasing some adorable adoptable animals this Friday, February 3rd from 5pm-8pm! Come join in the First Friday fun, check out some art, and take home your next best friend! This event is being hosted by Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA
What better to do on a Thursday night than help George Clanton and Negative Gemini kick off their VA tour at The Golden Pony? You know it’s going to be a wild ride of a night so don’t miss it! $10 (All Ages)
Zooanzoo will also be releasing their new album – ‘LOUD MOUTH’ – brought to you by Lagom Audio/Visual. The album will be available in cassette form at the show!
Are you a fan of rock and roll music? If you answered ‘yes’ then you’re in luck! This Friday January 13th, for one night only, the Radio Birds will be a playing at Clémentine Café. The show starts at 10 pm. You can RSVP here.
The Dukes are national champions! Last Saturday the Dukes of JMU painted the streets purple and gold in Friso, Texas with a 28-14 win over Youngstown State at the FCS national championship. To celebrate their much anticipated win, the city of Harrisonburg and JMU will he hosting a Champions parade this Saturday, January 14th at 1:00pm!
The football team, coaching staff, the Marching Royal Dukes and cheerleaders will walk on Main Street, starting at Water Street and ending at the court house steps in Court Square. A few brief remarks will then be made at the court house.
Note that Main Street from, Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Elizabeth Street, and Court Square will be closed from approximately noon until 3 p.m. Parking on Main Street, along with parking in the public lot across from Newman Avenue, will be prohibited after 10 a.m.on Saturday.
JMU’s Football team has made it to the FCS National Championship, and in celebration Pale Fire Tap Room is throwing a watch party for the much anticipated game against Youngstown State! They will be opening up an hour earlier than usual. The event is scheduled from 12 pm – 3 pm on January 7th.
Brothers Craft Brewing will also be hosting a watch party and potluck. Doors will open at 12 pm for all of your pregaming needs. Feel free to bring your tailgating grills as they will have the alley set up for the ultimate tailgating experience! Anyone who brings something to contribute to the potluck will receive $1 off all drafts during the game!
A special dinner menu is planned with special cocktails, a DJ spinning your favorite 80’s hits, dancing, party favors (while they last) and a champagne toast at midnight! Doesn’t get nay better than that! Get some friends together and go spend New Year’s at Jimmy’s!
The party starts at 11 am on December 31st! Happy New Year!
Calling all yogis! Join Shenandoah Yoga this Friday, December 9 from 7 -8:30 pm for a FREE community yoga class in celebration of the upcoming winter solstice. The class will be open to all levels and new, current and former students. Optional donations of cash or non-perishable food will be accepted and donated 100% to the local food bank.
Join Larkin Arts and 22 other art vendors this Saturday from noon to 7pm for their 5th annual Holiday Art Market! Show your support of local artists while picking out the perfect present for someone at the same time!
This event is free and open to the public. For more information and a full list of the vendors click HERE. To see photos of artists and their work, check their photo album HERE.
Show your love for Downtown Harrisonburg this Saturday, November 26th for Small Business Saturday! This is a day dedicated to celebrate the charm and economic impact that small businesses bring to our community.
The shop small experience is unique. You’ll get the best in personalized customer service, you’ll find unique gifts that weren’t mass produced and most importantly, you’ll play a role in benefiting our local economy. Each dollar you spend at a locally-owned business returns three times more money to your local community than one spent at a chain. Plus, many of our businesses will also be offering special promotions! And we know you can’t say no to a discount!
The event will feature a hand-crafted menu of 7 courses all made with local ingredients. Each course will be paired with either a Brothers Craft Brew or Pale Fire brewed beer. With only 25 spots available, this is a must attend event. A portion of the proceeds going to the Harrisonburg Rockingham Day Care Center.
Valley Dish is back and just in time to celebrate Virginia Cider Week! As part of the celebration, Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza is hosting Valley Dish III, a collaborative dinner with local farmers and artisan producers, on Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 – 9pm.
Located at the Ice House in Downtown Harrisonburg, Black Sheep Coffee offers finely crafted espresso, drip coffee and manual pour-over service, using fresh roasted beans from a variety of roasters. Their baked goods–scones, cinnamon rolls and cookies–are made fresh daily in house with locally sourced dairy products. Black Sheep features both a breakfast and lunch menu that always offer something new to try and a rotating drink menu. As if you needed a better reason to go and check them out!
Start off Halloween week on the right foot by joining the Harrisonburg community this Saturday, October 22nd for the Skeleton Festival! The event will take place from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Turner Pavilion and Park. Activities will kick off with trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and will conclude with an all-ages party featuring kids, dog, and adult costumes contests, face painting, fire dancing, food trucks, live music, video art, “trunk-or-treating”, wacky shack, goober blobs, and whisker biscuits.
Three Notch’d Brewing Co. invites you to yoga and a cold brew with Bend & Brews! Aka the best of both worlds if you just happen to enjoy yoga and sipping on a cold one. Every Saturday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am go and start your morning right with a vinyasa flow in the taproom, led by a rotating roster of yoga instructors from various Harrisonburg studios. $10 (seriously, it’s that cheap) gets you an hour long class followed by a pint.
Downtown thrives on the support of individuals and businesses. Back the Burg is a three month campaign focused on growing the number of downtown’s “Friends” and funds for the on-going revitalization of downtown Harrisonburg.
What are you backing?
Donating allows the HDR staff to continue economic development, supporting small businesses and their owners, creating a welcoming downtown for everyone, and cultivating an environment that helps industry thrive. Your donations help fund downtown events, facade enhancement grants and business development workshops.
If you’re already a friend of downtown you can still participate by referring new friends. You will receive $10 Downtown Dollars for every NEW Friend you refer to Back the Burg at the $100 level or higher.
Make a weekly visit to the The Harrisonburg (summer) Farmers Market between now and Thanksgiving for your shot at fresh, nutritious, locally produced agricultural goods and crafts. Located at the Turner Pavilion in Downtown Harrisonburg, the market is currently open from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Hours will change for the winter market (December – March) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
The annual Latino Film Festival returned to Court Square Theater last night! Over the course of the week, and in celebration of Hispanic culture, Court Square Theater will be screening a selection of Spanish language films. All films will be subtitled in English.
This year’s festival will feature the following films:
Needing some serious “me time”? Come and pamper yourself with Valley Green Naturals and Friendly City Food Co-op for a start to finish spa-night. From cleansers and toners to mud masks and creams, you won’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity. This is your chance to relax and learn all about local, natural products while enjoying a 4-step facial!
Those attending the events will be able to experience the following cleaners, toners, and facial therapies: Activated Charcoal Honey Cleanser, a Lemon Honey Facial Cleanser, Skin Brightening Facial Toner, Dead Sea Mineral Mud Masque, Daily Hydration Facial Therapy, and Nightly Hydration Facial Therapy.
There will be Co-op snacks to enjoy everyone will be sent home with great goodie bags containing all these items and more!
After launching last spring, Run, Sweat & Beers is a friendly event meant to bring people who love running and drinking beer together. It’s totally free and no pre-registration required! The event starts and finishes at Brothers Craft Brewing on the fourth Friday of every month at 5:30 pm. They have a 1 mile, 3 mile, or a 5 mile running option so you pick what you’re feeling that day. And as if you needed any more convincing, the run is completed with discounted brews in the tasting room at Brothers Craft Brewing.
1 mile turnaround at Gay Street and N. Main Street
3 mile turnaround on S. Main Street directly in front of Quad at James Madison University
5 mile turnaround just past El Charro on S. Main Street
Do you like coffee, breakfast food, and beer? If you answered ‘yes’ to all three, it’s time to mark your calendars! This is your chance to join Brother Craft Brewing on Saturday, September 17th for their 2nd annual Coffee Fest!
From 10 am – 11 pm (yes, a whole thirteen hours) Brothers Brewing will be serving you the best in caffeinated drinks with coffee vendors, food trucks serving up coffee and breakfast inspired dishes, and of course, coffee inspired beer.
But wait! It gets better! There will be live music from 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm and guests will also have the opportunity at playing cornhole and giant Jenga!
Fashion lovers rejoice! Food trucks step aside! The Shenandoah Valley’s very first fashion boutique on wheels is here! The Gypsy Catwalk is a mobile and online boutique serving you the latest in all things fashion.
Located in the Downtown Parking Lot between Taj of India and Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Gypsy Catwalk “specializes in an ever-rotating colorfully curated collection of tops, dresses and statement jewelry.” Plus everything is $100 or less!
BoBoKo, pronounced bo-BO-ko, is now open at the Ice House (217 S. Liberty Street). Hotiman Ridwan is the lead chef and he cooks up everything from an amazingly tender stewed beef (Beef Randang) to a succulent tomato and butternut squash curry soup. So if you’re looking to enjoy flavorful and authentic southeast asian food during these dog days of summer, look no further than BoBoKo.
Boboko at the Ice House
Lunch is Waiting!
Hours: 11:00 – 2:00pm, 4:30pm – 8:00pm Wednesday – Saturday and 10:00am – 2:00pm on Sundays
139 North Liberty Street, formerly the Hess Furniture building, is set to reopen this month with an exciting new tenant roster. The building underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2015 to convert the building from an open furniture showroom to a space featuring six new downtown retail and office tenants:
Gone are the chairs up to the ceiling and the dressers as far as the eye can see (which to be fair, was kind of awesome in a treasure hunter Nicolas Cage kind of way). Instead, we see new spaces that both integrate the character of the older building and modernize its systems to work within the modern era.
At Matchbox, we are thrilled to be able to renovate and represent another downtown property for the people of Harrisonburg!
Every morning you likely wake up and say to yourself, “Why am I not eating donuts? Better yet, why am I not eating bacon covered donuts?” We at Matchbox can empathize with this feeling and luckily there is a restaurant in town that can finally make these dreams come true.
Adding the Finishing Touches!
Pure Eats (217 S. Liberty Street, Ice House) opens this Friday, yes TOMORROW, starting at 7am! Pure Eats is a new American diner focused on high quality, locally sourced products and will feature breakfast sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers, and DOUGHNUTS. So don’t walk, RUN, to Ice House tomorrow to check out Harrisonburg’s newest dining experience.
Have you seen the new Yellow Button space at the Ice House (217 S. Liberty Street)?
Owner Miranda Ebersold recently moved her store from its Main Street location to become part of Harrisonburg’s most exciting downtown project. The new Yellow Button location offers a dynamic showroom and is located directly across from the new Hugo Kohl jewelry showroom.
Owner Chance Ebersold has brought his love of coffee to Downtown Harrisonburg with a unique and one of a kind space at Ice House. For more information on Black Sheep check out the recent DNR online article.
Make sure to check out both spaces and stay tuned to Matchbox Downtown for Pale Fire Brewery’s upcoming grand opening announcement!
As an added bonus, the first 500 to complete our Ice House Challenge will be entered to win prizes including Do Downtown t-shirts, gift certificates to Ice House businesses, and more! Just register at our Matchbox booth on the day of the event to receive your free Ice House Grand Opening postcard, get a stamp from each of our participating businesses, and you will be automatically entered to win!
The Ice House is located at 217 South Liberty Street in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg across from Turner Pavilion and the Farmer’s Market.
Packed house at Clementine Cafe for the HDR awards!
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance held its annual awards and celebration last night (think the Oscars of Harrisonburg without the red carpet and artistic talent). Hosted by Clementine’s, the event highlighted what was new to downtown in the past year as well as what’s coming over the next twelve months. New businesses including Shenandoah Joe coffee and Pure Eats were announced among several other vibrant businesses soon to call Downtown Harrisonburg home.
The highlight of the evening came as Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance announced its winners for Design Excellence including TWO Matchbox properties!
Design Excellence for Historic Renovation went to 126/128 Bruce Street (home to Food Bar Food, Blue Ridge Architects, and Approved Colleges) and the Livery Building (home to Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza and Shabby Love Furniture).
Design Excellence for Historic Renovation – 126/128 Bruce Street
Design Excellence for Historic Renovation – Livery Building
Design Excellence for Adaptive Re-Use went to The Ice House. The Ice House currently houses ten commercial businesses and thirty-four residential apartments.
Design Excellence for Adaptive Re-Use – Ice House
In addition to these amazing design awards, Matchbox’s CEO Barry Kelley and his partner Andrew Forward were awarded Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance’s first ever Downtown Heroes award!
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Awards
It is an honor and a privilege to continue building this downtown community and we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for allowing us to serve your property needs!
As more and more people are working and living in Downtown Harrisonburg, we are always asked, “Where can I get a great, affordable lunch in town?!?” Well, it looks like Food.Bar.Food (126 W. Bruce Street) is taking great steps to answer that question.
Food.Bar.Food begins serving lunch today and will serve Tuesday – Friday from 11am to 2pm. Banh Mis and Catish Po Boy sandwiches, do you need more?!?! Make sure to check out the full menu below.
Matchbox is thrilled to announce a lease between The Golden Pony and The Walton Hotel for the ground floor and basement of 181 North Main Street. The space formerly occupied by The Blue Nile will house a new restaurant and continue the dynamic musical tradition of the space. Paul Somers, The Golden Pony’s owner and general manager, describes the business below:
“The Golden Pony is an up and coming restaurant/bar/venue right on Main Street in Downtown Harrisonburg, in the space formerly occupied by The Blue Nile. Many changes to the space are already underway and it will show many contrasts to the previous tenants. The Golden Pony’s menu will be comprised of simple, down-to-earth American cuisine that is imaginative and easy to love. This style of menu will be quite affordable and appeal to families, groups of friends, college students and all sorts of other downtowners. Capitalizing on the success of the downstairs venue while under Blue Nile management, The Golden Pony will continue in the tradition of supporting the Harrisonburg music scene, while bringing in touring performers from all over. Friday and Saturday night dance parties will be back with all of Harrisonburg’s best DJ’s. This is all not to mention the poetry readings, comedy nights and other fun and cultural activities that will attract more people to our wonderful Downtown Harrisonburg. Other exciting plans that “The Pony” has for Downtown will be its Late Night Breakfast being served every Friday and Saturday night in the upstairs dining room and outdoor patio, from midnight until 5 am! This is sure to be a hit in a Downtown with no other breakfast service at that hour. There are many many more exciting things and developments, like the new and improved seating for the upstairs patio, or the interior murals painted by local artist Elliott Downs, etc, etc, etc. BUT you will have to wait for these details, as The Golden Pony wants to maintain your interest and intrigue with all of their plans. The Golden Pony will be here come February, but until then they tell us to “Stay Gold.”
WHAT IT IS: The Harrisonburg Main Street Streetscape project is part of Harrisonburg’s ongoing efforts to revitalize its downtown by investing in the downtown infrastructure.
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE: Construction is slated for completion by December 2014!
WHERE WILL THE IMPROVEMENTS BE MADE: See the photo above. The sidewalk and hardscape areas will be improved from Bruce Street all the way to Court Square. This will create a more pedestrian friendly corridor and further enhance the downtown we know and love.
For more information on the Main Street Streetscape project, visit their “Next Steps” page.
Executive Director Melissa Fisher signs the Collins Center’s new lease for the Ice House
Matchbox Downtown is thrilled to announce The Collins Center has moving to the Ice House! As described on the its website, the Collins Center “is a grassroots organization that began over twenty years ago…which currently reaches nearly 4,000 people through its prevention outreach annually, and serves men, women and children through its therapy program.”
The Collins Center rounds out a dynamic office community at the Ice House which also includes Evans Law Group, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board, and Shenandoah Valley Organic.
More information, including a full release of the Ice House’s tenant roster coming early next week!
In a historic move, City Council voted 3-2 in favor of Hotel Madison, a new hotel and conference center in Downtown Harrisonburg! The site will host 205 rooms and over 20,000 square feet of conference center space. Expected completion of the site is slated for 2016.
Here at Matchbox Downtown, we are thrilled to see continued investment in our community. Adding 200+ hotel beds should have a significant impact on the businesses, restaurants, and projects that have come to define this town.
For more information, you can view the video of City Council’s October 14th meeting here.
From an outsider’s perspective, Harrisonburg may not seem to be the most diverse place in the world. But after living here, you soon realize the breadth of cultural diversity that shapes the lives of Harrisonburg residents. This diversity is reflected everywhere from restaurants to churches to art, and makes Harrisonburg what it is today.
Three Notch’d Brewery (241 East Market Street) will have a Welcome Back celebration this Saturday, August 30th! The celebration will feature several food trucks and bands, and they’re even offering Buy 1, Get 1 free on your first pint for all Urban Exchange residents! Sounds like a friendly neighbor to me.
So if you’re in the neighborhood on this upcoming beautiful Saturday afternoon and feel like dancing, eating, or drinking, this is probably a good place to visit!
Perhaps you’ve seen the active construction zone on Liberty Street, across from the Farmer’s Market. The Ice House project is well underway and we have our first residential tenants moving in today!
There are 34 apartments in total consisting of studios and one bedroom units. The Ice House is currently 100% leased, but make sure to check in with Matchbox if you are interested in being a member of this cool community next year!
Check out the photos below which show these one of a kind units in all their glory.
The residential sections (top 2 floors) are complete, but there is still a lot going on in the commercial spaces!
From the outside, it looks solid, up close it looks like a screen step back a few feet and you can’t even see the screen!
Ice House Bathroom
Ice House Studio Apartment
Ice House Kitchen complete with a large butcher block island!
A few lucky tenants get a little original exposed brick to enjoy!
The one bedrooms let the air flow with the open ceilings.
Ice House studio with a great view looking down Liberty Street!