The Wooden Trout Grand Opening

Calling all art lovers! Stop in to help celebrate the grand opening of Harrisonburg’s newest art gallery, The Wooden Trout, tomorrow Friday, September 1st from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be appetizers, live music, kids activities, and local and regional art for sale.

The Wooden Trout is located in Agora Market in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg. For more information, check them out on Facebook.

Construction work at Rocktown Kitchen in the Harrisonburg Ice House

New Restaurant Opening in Downtown Harrisonburg!

Rocktown Kitchen Logo

Rocktown Kitchen Logo

Rocktown Kitchen is coming to Harrisonburg with an upper-casual concept that focuses on fresh local ingredients all served with refreshing local brews and wines. But it gets better! The restaurant is currently hiring for all hourly staff! Candidates with prior experience in line/prep cook, serving (waiter/waitress), greeting (host/hostess), bartending, dishwasher/utility are encouraged to apply.

If you need any more convincing, Rocktown Kitchen’s team is led by an award winning Executive Chef with close to two decades of culinary experience!

With interviews starting soon, the team wants you to apply NOW for consideration. If interested in this high energy experience, all applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter to mira.rocktownkitchen@gmail.com.

Stay tuned! More about Rocktown Kitchen, including an opening date, coming soon! 

Construction work at Rocktown Kitchen in the Harrisonburg Ice House

Construction is under way at the new Rocktown Kitchen coming into the Harrisonburg Ice House!

Hotel Appalachia

Last week Hotel Appalachia opened up in Harrisonburg as the newest practice & production room, offering studio rehearsals & recordings, as well as rentals for groups and teachers.

Inspired by the idea that working artists need a working studio, Hotel Appalachia is a professional recording space designed for everyone. State-of-the-art hardware and gorgeously-handcrafted, fully-modular sound-treatment combine in a space that looks as incredible on film as it sounds on tape.

Hotel Appalachia is no ordinary sound-studio. With their Do-It-Professionally-Yourself option, they’ll gladly put ALL of the power in your hands. You don’t know how to run a digital sound board? Don’t worry. They’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started. Perfect for podcasters and independent producers; it’s all the benefits of having a large, well-treated room — and a professional mic-locker and backline — combined with the independence and control of being in your home studio.

Ribbon Cutting @ One39 North Liberty Street

The former Hess Furniture building at 139 N. Liberty Street had its official ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday.

139 N Liberty Street Ribbon Cutting

139 N Liberty Street Ribbon Cutting

The renovation project, completed in January, features over 13,000 square feet of commercial space and houses current businesses Frame Factory, Edward Jones, IT Decisions, Immerge Technologies, Journey Counseling, and Big Valley Law.  At Matchbox, we were happy to celebrate another successful project long alongside our tenants!

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Pure Eats opens at Ice House!

 

Harrisonburg Ice House - Pure Eats

Harrisonburg Ice House – Pure Eats

Every morning you likely wake up and say to yourself, “Why am I not eating donuts?    Better yet, why am I not eating bacon covered donuts?”   We at Matchbox can empathize with this feeling and luckily there is a restaurant in town that can finally make these dreams come true.

Adding the Finishing Touches inside Pure Eats!!

Adding the Finishing Touches!

Pure Eats (217 S. Liberty Street, Ice House) opens this Friday, yes TOMORROW,  starting at 7am!   Pure Eats is a new American diner focused on high quality, locally sourced products and will feature breakfast sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers, and DOUGHNUTS.    So don’t walk, RUN, to Ice House tomorrow to check out Harrisonburg’s newest dining experience.

Pure Eats

Pure Eats

Yellow Button and Black Sheep Coffee @ the Ice House

Have you seen the new Yellow Button space at the Ice House (217 S. Liberty Street)?

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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

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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!

Harrisonburg Ice House Grand Opening Event

Ice House Grand Opening

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.

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.

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!

Three Notch'd Brewery downtown Harrisonburg

Update on Three Notch’d Brewery at Urban Exchange

Since it’s Friday, and we know our readership is likely getting weekend thirsty, we thought it would be best to give you an update on Harrisonburg’s second brewery, Three Notch’d Brewery at the Urban Exchange.

Three Notch'd Brewery downtown Harrisonburg Tasting Room

Three Notch’d Brewery downtown Harrisonburg Tasting Room

Three Notch'd Brewery downtown Harrisonburg

Three Notch’d Brewery downtown Harrisonburg

Three Notch’d (Urban Exchange @ 241 East Market Street) is in the final stages of customizing their space and could open as soon as NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 9TH!   Now, we do not have anything set in stone from the owners, but how great would it be to enjoy a cold pint on graduation Friday at Three Notch’d, then sling over to Benny’s pizza to grab a slice, all with a diploma in hand doing Judd Nelson Breakfast Club style fist pumps up and down Mason Street?!?  Sounds pretty great to us.   Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned to Matchbox Downtown for additional information.

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FoodBARfood’s sample menu has arrived

It’s tough to write about food when you haven’t eaten yet, but as my innards growl I wanted to make our loyal readership aware of foodBARfood’s exciting sample menu that is currently on display at 128 West Bruce Street.  How do you feel about seared sea scallops, avocado mouse and teriyaki?  Or braised and crispy duck leg, cranberry balsamic and Yukon gold mash?  Or maybe even a bowl of Lo Mein, shrimp, carrot, scallion, ginger and sesame vinaigrette?!?

The menu is broken out into three primary categories (plates, bowls, burgers) featuring dishes that are considered “comfort food” from all around the world.  Also, just as a special treat they have also included their brunch menu which already looks amazing (Asian spiced fried chicken, honey and preserved lemon, buttermilk pancakes, and maple syrup?!?   ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!).  You better get ready for a whole lot of awesome this spring when they open!

For more information on foodBARfood, stay tuned to Matchbox Downtown or their facebook page.

foodBARfood Brunch Menu

foodBARfood Brunch Menu

foodBARfood Dinner Menu

foodBARfood Dinner Menu