Tag: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
Harrisonburg community members can inspire a new vision for downtown to help shape its next 20 years, such as what to do with the lots where the two downtown parking decks stand.
Nearly 11 months in, here’s how local businesses have survived the pandemic and what they’ve learned
When the pandemic hit the United States last March and government orders closed down many of them temporarily, most local business owners were trapped in a kind of economic limbo. To survive, some businesses shifted their business models. Others pursued government loans to keep employees on the payroll. But, above all, many local Harrisonburg businesses learned they could count on the community’s support.
Even when 2020 has been downright awful, there have been acts of kindness and opportunities that have bound Harrisonburg families and the community together.
Heather Brown has done some Christmas shopping online this year, but on Saturday she was among the steady stream of shoppers who visited Harrisonburg’s downtown stores and restaurants. Brown, of Harrisonburg, said she was not aware it was Small Business Saturday, but wanted to support the local businesses just the same.
Halloween in Harrisonburg — normally a bustle of costumed kids and Skeleton Fest — is starting to feel more like one of those abandoned houses that might be haunted.
Since mid-March, many local businesses closed their doors, but with Virginia’s Friday launch of Phase 1 reopening, many owners are unlatching their doors or have developed alternative ways to serve customers. The Citizen contacted more than a dozen businesses to find out how they’ve approached the challenges of the stay-at-home order and are adjusting to Phase 1 reopening. And there’s a range of ways local businesses are adjusting to survive.
Harrisonburg restaurants are finding creative ways to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic – supporting not only themselves, but their customers and community, too. Magpie & Friends drive-thru market is one new service cheering up a now-eerily quiet downtown.
Pork osso buco. Lemongrass coconut ice cream. Challah bread paired with a flight of local beer. Vibrant flavors with surprising and ambitious pairings of ingredients will abound in Harrisonburg next week as part of the 2020 Taste of Downtown.