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Shop local to build community!

Anyone that has walked the downtown and looked in all the windows of the shops knows how much fun it can be to shop local. Shopping local builds community and brings neighbors together, but there are even more benefits.

1. Shopping local builds local character, encourages local entrepreneurship, and grows diversity in the community.

2. Locally owned business are good for the community building a strong sustainable economy.

3. Locally owned businesses make decisions that benefit their town.

4. Your dollars spent locally supports your neighbors and friends keeping the money local. You are creating local jobs, opportunities, and you are promoting community development.

5. Locally owned businesses usually offer better pay and benefits that most chain stores.

6. Local stores in downtown reduces the strain on infrastructure and makes an efficient use of existing buildings.

7. Local stores are vibrant, sustainable, compact, pedestrian friendly, and help reduce sprawl.

8. A vibrant local market encourages variety and competition keeping prices low and options high.

9. Small business owners select their products based on their taste and interest and do not answer to national sales plans.

10. Locally owned businesses are the backbone for a strong community.

So shop local and support your neighbors today! Here is a list of some places you might find interesting.

Appeal Production – As the old saying goes, you’re only as good as the content you have to work with. At Appeal, we create all things video from online media campaigns to broadcast commercials to corporate videos, the team at Appeal is ready to make your business look it’s best.

The Artful Dodger – Coffee and Cocktail Lounge

Beyond – Beyond Restaurant & Lounge is Asian fusion restaurant including full bar and sushi. Located in historic downtown of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Taste Beyond your expectations!

Blue Ribbon Nursery – Be sure to Stop In when you are in the area. Broadway’s only Lawn and Garden Center and Full service Nursery. Mulch, Trees, shrubs, garden decor and so much more. See what everyone has been talking about.

Cosmic Debris – a real record store

Dragonflies Toys – toy store that stocks creative, educational, and fun stuff!

Digico Shoot Post Design – Full service video production and motion design for advertising, marketing, corporate communication; arguments about lunch

Downtown Wine and Gourmet – Wine Shop

Elite Insulation – Whether it is a new construction, a remodel job, or simply adding extra insulation to lower energy costs, Elite Insulation will meet your exact needs.

Friendly City Food Co-op – The co-op seeks to expand access to and demand for local and nutritious food through its retail store, and community education and outreach. Everyone can shop, anyone can join!

Glen’s Fair Price – Family owned and operated in downtown Harrisonburg. We have everything from costumes to cameras. also there isn’t much that we don’t have here so come see us.

Jack Brown’s Beer and burger Joint – 100% Natural Wagyu beef, aka American Kobe hamburgers. Yukon gold fries and deep-fried Oreos!

Laughing Dog T-Shirt & Gifts – GIft Shop: Visit our Gift Shop for fine & fun gifts with a focus on Made in the USA and Fairly Traded items. Featuring many unique lines of silver & fashion jewelry, fashion accessories including handbags, jackets, t-shirts and scarves, large selection of greeting cards, journals, candles, bath and body, home decor.

Local Chop and Grill House – EAT FRESH EAT LOCAL Relaxed, social atmosphere and superb food featuring organic, sustainably raised, and LOCAL food from farmers and growers in the bountiful Shenandoah Valley. Happy Hour is from 4 until 7pm, Tuesday through Friday in the LOCAL Bar.

Lucas Roasting – Deliciously crafted gourmet coffee and espresso roasted per order in Broadway, VA.

Monger’s Lumber – a full service lumber yard and building supply store.

Pennybackers – Casual Food and Fun in Downtown Harrisonburg!

Ragtime Fabrics – A pennyworth fabric shop for all your priceless projects and heirlooms

Randy’s Hardware – Window/screen repair, sharpening, rental equipment, kitchen/bath remodel, cabinet design/installation, custom spray paint, hydraulic hoses, Mr. Fix-It, board stretching

The Sole Source – The Sole Source is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality comfort and performance footwear, friendly service, attention to fit, and knowledge of our products.

Wonder – Skate shop

The Yellow Button – Dress Shop

You Made It – You Made It! is a family owned and operated Paint Your Own Pottery and Fused Glass Studio in the Historic Downtown district of Harrisonburg, Virginia.  We specialize in outstanding customer service with ‘tricks of the trade’ tips and free art instruction for everyone.  No appointment is necessary to receive the best in customer care and artistic assistance.

10 Easy Steps to Go Green (and to stop losing money)

  1. Reuse – look for product packaging that allows for reuse, look for minimal throw away packaging, look for new uses for old items
  2. Reduce – replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient LED or Compact Fluorescent bulbs
  3. Tighten – air seal your home, this is the least expensive most effective way to achieve energy efficiency
  4. Eliminate – turn off electrical devices not in use, use smart power strips that get rid of phantom loads from appliance like televisions and phone chargers
  5. Strip – weatherstrip your doors and windows, open the windows in the cool mornings to ‘air condition’ your home, close blinds in the warm day to keep the cool in
  6. Hang Out – install a clothes line to dry your clothes instead of running that appliance that contributes to the humidity in your home
  7. Maintain – make sure your HVAC system is in top running order, change the filter, have a regular check-up from a technician that is trained in building science
  8. Conserve – fix drips and leaks in plumbing systems, plant native plants, use water efficient fixtures
  9. Insulate – make sure your attic, band board, crawl space, and basement are insulated properly, don’t settle for code minimum – ask for most effective amount of insulation
  10. Localize – buy, shop, and support local businesses that keep local dollars in the community
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If we all do our part now, they will not have to work so hard to fix things when they graduate into the real world!

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