Q: What businesses will be moving into the properties undergoing renovation on West Bruce and West Water Streets?
Eddie: There are wonderful new business additions and expansions in the three buildings currently being renovated on West Bruce and West Water Streets by building owners Becky Messerley and Barry Kelley of Matchbox Realty. These historic properties will create unique working and living environments that will further enhance the vibrancy and appearance of downtown.
Blue Ridge Architects has already relocated its offices from South Main Street to one of the two adjoining buildings at 126 West Bruce Street. Approved Colleges, an online education assistance company, and FoodBarFood, a new restaurant featuring global comfort food, will move into their spaces in the building next spring. Blue Ridge Architects and Approved Colleges were both already located in downtown, and as has been the recent trend, needed to expand their business space but wanted to remain in downtown Harrisonburg. These renovation projects provided the perfect opportunity to meet their needs.
The historic livery building at 80 West Water Street will be home to both wood-fired pizza kitchen Bella Luna and Shabby Love, a vintage and reclaimed furniture shop. Bella Luna owner Wade Luhn was formerly a co-owner of The Mockingbird in Staunton, and the owner of Shabby Love also owns a similar business in Orange, Virginia. In addition to the restaurant and retail space, 80 West Water Street will also offer 10 upscale apartment units on the second level and one unit on the ground floor.
Eddie Bumbaugh is the Executive Director for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.