Come one, come all, the Ice House Grand Opening has begun and is in full effect at 217 South Liberty Street!
Ice House Grand Opening!
Enjoy Pale Fire Brewing Company! Free donuts from Pure Eats! Pulled pork BBQ from Local Chop and Grill House! DJ Ryan Clark spinning classic hits! Cornhole! Win free prizes and more!
Come check us out!
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.
Next door is Black Sheep Coffee
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!
Ice House Grand Opening
Join us Saturday, April 18th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm for the Grand Opening of the coolest spot in Harrisonburg!
Check out Harrisonburg’s newest downtown businesses including:
There will be music, activities, food and more!
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.
Food.Bar.Food Lunch Menu
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.
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.