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.
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.
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?