The Golden Pony taking over 181 North Main Street

 

Paul Somers signing a lease to 181 N Main

Paul Somers signing a lease to 181 N Main

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.”

For more information on The Golden Pony, check out their indiegogo page.

Harrisonburg’s Downtown Streetscape Project

Main Street Streetscape

Main Street Streetscape

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.

Collins Center moving to the Ice House!

Executive Director Melissa Fisher signs the Collins Center’s new lease for the Ice House

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!

City Council approves Conference Center finance structure

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.

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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.

 

Rocktown Beer Festival is This Weekend at Turner Pavilion

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For tickets to the event, click here.    Weather is expected to be mid 70s without a cloud in the sky.   Where else would you rather be?

Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration begins next week!

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.

Beginning Monday, September 22nd running through Sunday October 5th Harrisonburg will celebrate its international community through a series of events kicking off with JMU International Week, featuring the Explore More Museum’s: One World Exhibit and closing the Latino Film Festival at Court Square Theater.

 

You can see a full list of events here.

Three Notch’d celebrates at Urban Exchange this weekend!

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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!