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Ask Eddie: New businesses on West Bruce and West Water Streets

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 RealtyThese historic properties will create unique working and living environments that will further enhance the vibrancy and appearance of downtown.

The new offices of Blue Ridge Architects on West Bruce Street: BEFORE. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

A “Before” photo of the new offices of Blue Ridge Architects at 126 West Bruce Street. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

An "After" photo of the new offices of Blue Ridge Architects on West Bruce Street. Photo courtesy of the Blue Ridge Architects Facebook page.

An “After” photo of the new offices of Blue Ridge Architects at 126 West Bruce Street. Photo courtesy of the Blue Ridge Architects Facebook page.

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 outside of the building on West Bruce Street being renovated for Foodbarfood. Photo courtesy of the Foodbarfood Facebook page.

The West Bruce storefront of future downtown Harrisonburg eatery, Foodbarfood. Photo courtesy of the Foodbarfood Facebook page.

Former HDR Promotions Intern Marisa Cagnoli is now an employee at Approved Colleges. We're happy to still have her as an important part of the downtown community! Image courtesy of the Approved Colleges Facebook page.

Former HDR Promotions Intern Marisa Cagnoli is now an employee at Approved Colleges. We’re happy to still have her as an important part of the downtown community! Image courtesy of the Approved Colleges Facebook page.

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.

The historic livery property on 80 West Water Street being renovated for Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza, Shabby Love, and living units. Photo courtesy of the Shabby Love website.

An interior view of the renovations at 80 West Water Street. Photo courtesy of the Shabby Love website.

The interior renovations for Bella Luna are making significant progress. Photo courtesy of the Bella Luna Facebook page.

Interior renovations at Bella Luna are making significant progress. Photo courtesy of the Bella Luna Facebook page.

Eddie Bumbaugh is the Executive Director for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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