Raise the Roof!

No really, a Willow Street house is being raised a dramatic 42″. The owner of this old brick house discovered only a few months ago that this was even an option after years of working with architects on how she could expand her home.  Dana Harshberger learned of the option in April so after 4 years of planning, she ran with it.

Willow Street Lifted House

Willow Street Lifted House

The estimated 200 ton house was lifted with hydraulic lifts by Ayers House Movers yesterday and is currently sitting about 4′ off the original foundation. Design Concrete Builders are coming in to remove the current foundation and put a new one in that will provide Dana with a new living space. The whole process, from raising to lowering will take about a month and a half.

Window to Door?

Window to Door?

Hydraulic Lines

Hydraulic Lines

 

Giant Jenga Anyone?

Giant Jenga Anyone?

 

With all of the activity in downtown and the downtown housing market, it is not a surprise to see owners adding on to what they have instead of looking for new property elsewhere.   And after this four year labor of love, I’m sure Dana will be thrilled with the finished product, even if it was not something she ever would have initially considered.

Toast the Weekend at Bluestone Vineyards

Toast June 27 flyer

Just look at the flyer above.   Doesn’t that look fun?!?   There will be music, wine, food from food trucks, AND fireworks!!!   There will literally be exploding fire shot into the air for your enjoyment.   How cool is that?

Bluestone Vineyards Toast the Weekend Summer series is about as good as it gets for summer fare in the Valley.   Cover charge is $10 and showtime begins at 6:30pm.

Run, Sweat, and Beers at Three Brothers this Friday!

run sweat beers logo

 

Are you a die hard runner who wakes up every morning at 5am to greet the sun while pounding the payment with hurried steps?   Me neither.   That’s why Three Brother’s Run Sweat & Beers is the best thing ever.   You can run 1 mile, 3 miles, or 5 miles, and get this, you get discounted beer afterwards for participating.

The event runs every fourth Friday of the month and will begin this Friday at 5:30pm at Three Brothers Brewery (800 North Main Street).    Make sure to check it out!

Jimmy Madison’s coming to Downtown

jimmy madison's logo

The new concept for the old Dave’s Taverna has long been rumored since the space was leased this past winter.   Would it be a direct import of Staunton’s incredibly popular Byers Street Bistro?  Would it be another wood fired pizza concept?   Or maybe even a sports bar?

We finally began to get answers with owner Jeff Ramsey’s press release about what to expect from Jimmy Madison’s (121 South Main Street) and the news seems to fill a much needed void here in Downtown Harrisonburg.   The concept is stylized southern cuisine with an emphasis on authenticity and ambiance (high quality ingredients, live music throughout the week), and a special attention to the drink many southerners have come to love, whiskey.   While the outdoor dining that made Dave’s so popular will not be available, the interior of Jimmy Madison’s should be well worth the price of admission.   The interior work is led by a team of professionals including Harrisonburg’s own Sustainable Solutions, a group which specializes in the creative use of reclaimed materials and natural elements that enhance the authentic value of historic properties.

Here at Matchbox we are thrilled to see such a thoughtful renovation underway, and we wish Jeff and his team the best going forward with his new business here in Harrisonburg!

Three Notch’d Grand Opening NEXT Saturday, June 28th

 

Three Notch'd Brewery downtown Harrisonburg

Three Notch’d Brewery, Downtown Harrisonburg at the Urban Exchange!

Oh, man.  Three Notch’d Brewery is having its OFFICIAL Grand Opening NEXT Saturday, June 28th at Urban Exchange!    There will be music and food and Harrisonburg specific brews made in house for all to enjoy!   The party starts in the parking lot between MOD Display and Urban Exchange (241 East Market Street) at 12:30pm and rocks on until 9:00pm after which the party will move inside to the tasting room.

For more details, visit the Three Notch’d events page here.

Your guide to watching the World Cup in Downtown Harrisonburg

 

World Cup

World Cup

The World Cup is a big deal.   It’s not like they call it the Carolina Cup or the North American Bowl, no no, this is the WORLD CUP.   You have to prepare for an event of this magnitude accordingly.  So who will be showing the beautiful game here in Downtown Harrisonburg over the next 30 days?   Here’s a quick list of where to go:

Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza (80 West Water Street): Bella Luna is not known as a sports bar, but they have a great bar area and a big ol’ TV to take in the games.   Plus, they have $5 happy hour pizzas from 3:00pm – 5:30pm each day!   Visiting this place seems like a no brainer.

Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack (92 South Main Street): Billy Jack’s is probably your go to sports bar in Downtown, but did you know the bar has a rich soccer tradition?   Owner Aaron Ludwig has a deep love for the game (hence the Premier League showings on Sundays during brunch), and I have feeling the World Cup will be a celebration of all things fútbol.

Capital Ale House (41 Court Square): Do you want like lots of TVs and lots of space to move and lots of different kinds of beer to drink?   You do?   Well this is a place that has all those things, plus a revitalized food menu that can help you hang in there for the long haul.

Blue Nile (181 North Main Street): Blue Nile recently added a large flat screen to their bar area and something tells me the dial will be permanently fixed on the World Cup over the next month.   Come for the Dark & Stormy happy hour special ($4 on Wednesdays) and stay for the Grilled Cheese Gouda sandwich with peanut soup (unreal).

El Sol (91 East Elizabeth Street): El Sol has soccer on the television every day.   Seriously, if you go in there for a lunch on a Tuesday in February they are showing a local farm team in Uruguay.   And the patrons are glued to the action on their lone 37” TV!    Bottom line: if you are looking for the passion and camaraderie that makes World Cup soccer must see TV, this is the best place in town to catch the action.

A full list of the World Cup TV schedule can be found here.

Welcome Bach!

First Presbyterian Church Harrisonburg

First Presbyterian Church Harrisonburg

Did you know that June 8th – June 15th marks the 22nd Season of Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival?   As part of the festival’s week long events (a celebration of all things Johann Sebastian Bach), there will be daily concerts beginning at noon at First Presbyterian Church (17 Court Square) in Downtown Harrisonburg!   It almost sounds too good to be true, but it gets better.   There are no set ticket prices meaning you can contribute as much or as little as you can.   But something tells me after hearing a soaring version of Bach Festival’s events.

Look who’s moving into the Ice House!

Center & Breathe Lease Signing

Center & Breathe Lease Signing

 
The Center Yoga and Breathe Pilates are joining together to open a new state-of-the-art studio at The Ice House in downtown Harrisonburg. The Center and Breathe both are well known for their superior classes and welcoming communities. Now that they will be together, students of Yoga and Pilates will have even more opportunities to grow stronger, more balanced, and peaceful in a breath-taking new space. While both The Center and Breathe will maintain their identities, the new location—named Ice House Studios—also will offer massage, special events, classes on wellness, programs for kids, and will open in January 2015.
Center & Breathe in Ice House Studios

Center & Breathe in Ice House Studios

 

The Governor of Virginia visits the Ice House

Ice House Ribbon Cutting

Ice House Ribbon Cutting

Look who decided to pop by Downtown Harrisonburg yesterday, none other than Governor Terry McAuliffe.    The 72nd Governor in Virginia’s rich and storied history visited Phase 1 of the Ice House (127 West Bruce Street) to recognize Harrisonburg’s growing economy and the work of private companies such as Matchbox to spur innovation throughout the Valley.

Ice House Governor McAuliffe Tour

Ice House Governor McAuliffe Tour

Ice House Ceremony

Ice House Ceremony

 

Ice House President Alger

Ice House President Alger

Ice House Governor McAuliffe Speaking

Ice House Governor McAuliffe Speaking

We were thrilled to have Governor McAuliffe visit our project and cannot wait to unveil Phase 2 of the project later this year!

Baseball = Summer

Harrisonburg Turks

Harrisonburg Turks

Did you know that Harrisonburg has its own local baseball team that plays neighboring towns like Staunton, Waynesboro and Strasburg throughout the summer in a quest to be the best of the Valley?  How cool is that?!?   It’s like Game of Thrones, but swap out the blood thirsty quest to be king with the wholesome claim of having the best baseball squad as far as the eye can see.

The Harrisonburg Turks play tonight at 7pm at Memorial Park (395 South Main Street) against our heated (?) rival the Waynesboro Generals.  You can buy tickets and learn more about the team through their harrisonburgturks.com website.