THE DOWNTOWN INSIDER
Taste of Downtown kicked off with chef demonstrations at the Saturday Farmers Market.
The Downtown Low Down
There's no need for meal planning this week! The biggest food event of the year just kicked off over the weekend. Taste of Downtown features nearly 30 restaurants in a 40-block district. You'll find new items on the menus at your favorite restaurants, cool collaborations that highlight our breweries, special pricing, and events that celebrate our city's passion for food, art, and music. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong during Harrisonburg Restaurant Week!

We know you'll be salivating over your food! Blow up your Instagram feed with beautiful photos of your culinary experiences throughout the week. Use these hashtags so we can gush over your dishes, too: #tasteofdowntown #tasteofdowntownhburg #hburgrocks
We love our annual Celebration & Reception where we get to celebrate all the great things happening downtown with our biggest fans and Friends! Our favorite part of the night? Giving shout outs to people who contribute to sincere community building on their own time. Downtown is an amazing place because of the people who are doing amazing things. We had a chance to informally recognize some of them that night. Speaking of awards, this year we unveiled our three design excellence award winners, some new business awards, new People's Choice awards, and our best volunteer and partner of the year. On top of that, we celebrated the more than 30 new business openings, relocations, and expansions, as well as announced some cool new businesses coming up this year (oh yes, we said there was a deli coming!). Read more about the Celebration!
Want to see what downtown living is all about? Take the tour of the two newest downtown living spaces: Ruby's Lofts above Ruby's Arcade and the Lofts at 83 South Main. Enjoy  light refreshments after the tour.  Tickets are free for Friends of Downtown or $10 for guests.   Reserve your space today.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is the driving force behind creating an inviting and vibrant downtown community, but we can't do it alone. Our amazing volunteers and committee members are a vital part of our success. Sign up as a volunteer and be a part of the transformation.

A small sampling of  Downtown Events:
The Downtown Scene
Join New Community Conversations
Council Member Chris Jones will be hosting "community conversations" on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at noon. These conversations will coincide with the regularly scheduled City Council meetings and will be held in council chambers at 409 S. Main St.  Matters during these conversations will be brought to the attention of all council members during regularly scheduled council meetings. Don't miss the first one coming next  Tuesday, March 14.
Downtown Business News & Updates
  • Marketing Webinar: Going Offline to Set Your Business Apart. Thursday, March 9 at 9:30am. Sign up to take the online course.
  • Heritage Bakery & Cafe will now be offering 20% off pastries from the case after 4pm. Keepin' it fresh!
  • Massanutten Regional Library's "Food for Fines" drive will be March 6-11. Erase overdue book fines and help stock the local food pantries at the same time. Each can or box of food will erase $1.00 off overdue fines.
  • Friendly City Food Co-Op is excited to announce that they made a profit in the fiscal year 2015-2016. This goal was achieved ahead of projections. Twenty percent of the profit will be paid back to the owners.
  • Rocktown Beer & Music Festival tickets are now on sale! Volunteer spots are still available for the second shift. Awesome perks included! Sign up here
  • Congratulations to Urban Hair Co. on celebrating two years as a downtown business.
  • The Lofts at 83 S. Main still has apartments available.
  • Meridian Books & Games, a new retail space specializing in the sale of art books, graphic novels, and card & board games is expected to open in May 2017. They will be located inside Larkin Arts at 61 Court Square.
  • Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn is celebrating National Reading Month. Print their reading log, log 6 hours of reading with your child, and turn it in for a free small bag of popcorn. More details and reading log here.
Staff Scoop
With a small staff of four, we have several projects going at once. We thought you might like to know more about the behind the scenes work that HDR is doing.
  • Andrea helped prepare two grant applications - one for a major public arts project & another for a new Retail Renaissance business training and grant program. She'll be getting a consultant on board soon to begin studying the Harrisonburg-Rockingham market so we can fine-tune our business recruitment and assistance programs with solid data. 
  • Lauren is planning Renaissance Night. Our theme will be Vintage Carnival. Save the date - May 20th! She is also hard at work getting ready to launch the Friendly City Fortune. Raffle tickets for major prizes like cars and $30,000 in cash go on sale April 3!
  • Kim has been diligently promoting Taste of Downtown while also working with JMU students who are participating in the Google Online Marketing Challenge. If their online advertising campaign for downtown is a huge success, HDR could win as much as $15,000!
  • Jeremiah works collaboratively with the city and county to ensure all special events are produced safely and successfully. He has created a new Special Events Application and Guidebook to help facilitate that process for all organizers of special events. Make sure to check out this great new resource.
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  • Email hdr@harrisonburgva.gov or call 540.432.8922
  • Visit the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance website.
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