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Shop Local for the Holidays in Downtown Harrisonburg

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is hard to believe the holiday season is almost upon us. To celebrate, we’re going to be doing a special series this week focusing on shopping locally downtown to help you prepare for the numerous holiday festivities and gift-giving occasions on your calendar in the weeks ahead.

Whether you’ve already begun your holiday shopping or have no idea where to start, downtown Harrisonburg has something for you and everyone on your list, all within a few blocks walking distance and in an authentic local atmosphere.

For Out-of-State Relatives…

Looking for a way to capture the Virginian spirit? Check out specialty shop All Things Virginia, featuring everything from gourmet food products like Virginia peanuts, hot sauces to knock your socks off, fresh-ground bread mixes from Wade’s Mill, and locally-roasted coffees to handmade artisan goods like scarves, jewelry, and pottery.

Stop in next door at Wine on Water, the tasting room of the Mt. Jackson winery Cave Ridge Vineyard to enjoy a glass of one of their award-winning wines while you shop. Bring a bottle home for your holiday table or to give as a hostess gift!

The Rocktown Gift Shop inside the historic Hardesty-Higgins House also features many products that highlight the local region. From CDs of instrumental Southern music to souvenirs celebrating the 75th anniversary of the American Civil War, books by local authors, and savory sauces, jams, and honeys, there’s sure to be something for everyone. This shop also carries a number of “Virginia is for Lovers” products.

For your fashion-savvy friend or holiday party outfit…

Downtown Harrisonburg is now home to three women’s boutiques, certain to have a gorgeous gift for even your most trendy friend and the perfect ensemble for a holiday get-together.

Duo is an upscale shop specializing in new and gently used high-end brands like Prada and Gucci, as well as a growing housewares section with pillows, picture frames, and other decorative items. Duo buys its gently-used items directly from customers, so you can also clear out your closet while shopping for someone else’s.

Mint. Photo Courtesy of Mint.

Mint is the perfect place to find urban-mod clothing and gifts, artsy cards, and quirky accessories, all set in an atmosphere of exposed brick walls and vintage furniture displays. New styles, from brands like Many Belles Down, Sseko Sandals, and Costa Blanca, come in every week and you can also enjoy the work of local artisans displayed on the walls or in the selection of handcrafted jewelry for sale.

The Yellow Button carries boho-chic clothing from brands like Free People and Mavi, accessories like Votivo Candles, and a selection of great shoes from brands like Toms and Pink Studio Footware. Racks are often organized by color, making for an aesthetically-pleasing and easy shopping experience. Be sure to check out the gorgeous necklaces and other great finds in their jewelry case.

For a new twist on holiday classics…

Are the same old holiday cards starting to feel a bit tired? Why not spice things up a bit and send an unexpected greeting with a selection of old postcards and gift cards at Downtown Books? This new and used bookstore is a hidden gem full of the unusual, nostalgic, and humorous. Their selections of books, comics, movies, and music are always changing, so be sure to check back often.

Friendly City Food Co-op. Photo by Jennifer Lachenman.

Do you want to spice up your holiday table with a side dish or dessert made by the chef at one of our fabulous downtown restaurants? Then look no further than the Friendly City Food Co-op. In the deli case, just in time for Thanksgiving, you can find a selection of sides freshly prepared by the chef of the Local Chop & Grill House – including walnut & cranberry stuffing, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole with homemade marshmallows – and for dessert, a pumpkin pecan pie crumble from Brown Butter Bakery or a selection of holiday cupcakes, cookies, and brownies from BitterSweet. If you’re more of a make-it-from-scratch kind of person, the co-op has a vast array of local produce and a great bulk grains aisle.

Check back tomorrow for some insights from a new resident of Harrisonburg about things to be thankful for downtown!

Nicole Martorana is the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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