Jimmy O performs tonight at Corgans’ Publick House

Corgan's Publick House

Corgans’ Publick House

From what I understand, Jimmy O is a bit of a local legend ‘round these parts.  I’m tempted to say his voice is smooth as silk or sweet as pie, but in all honestly, he is better than that.  He is a silky pie of velvet cake covered in butter.  Lucky for us in Harrisonburg, he is performing tonight at Corgans’ Publick House (865 Port Republic Road).

If you don’t already know, Corgans is legendary in its own right.  The bar and restaurant perfectly recreates the look, feel, and taste of a traditional Irish pub with fish and chips served on newspaper and the best Guinness pour in town.  Their food, drink and vibe are spot on and certainly worth your patronage if you’re looking for something to do this Thursday night.

Stay tuned to Matchbox Downtown next week for updates on the Livery Lofts, new construction on Bruce Street, and new sales/events for Downtown Harrisonburg!

Open Mic Night at Clementine

open mic night at clementinee

open mic night at clementine

How many times have you sat and watched American Idol or The Voice and thought, “I could totally do that if someone gave me a chance. All I need is one shot.”

Well, it looks like you’re all out of excuses because tonight is Open Mic night at Clementine (153 South Main Street). Battling with Little Grill Collective for most prestigious and infamous Open Mic night in the area (Little Grill’s events are held every Thursday), Clementine’s open mic pitches itself as a singer/songwriter showcase giving an opportunity to anyone with a voice and a lot of confidence.

The mic opens tonight at 9:00pm and is held on the basement level of Clementine in Ruby’s. In the immortal words of B. Rabbit from 8 Mile:

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

Well technically, the opportunity comes once a week, but you get the point. Make sure to check out Clementine’s tonight and seize your moment!

Mexi Night at Little Grill Collective

Little Grill Collective - Mexi Night

Little Grill Collective – Mexi Night

In case you don’t already know, Little Grill Collective (621 North Main Street) is a staple of the Harrisonburg food scene and known for its dedication to locally sourced ingredients and made from scratch recipes.  But have you heard of Little Grill Collective’s beloved Mexi Night that runs every Tuesday?

Mexi night at Little Grill has come to define the restaurant’s dedication to authenticity.  Every Tuesday night for the past 20 years (a score!), Little Grill recreates the recipes of Josephina, a former employee who first began preparing meals out of her home for members of the community and became so popular that Little Grill asked her to come in and recreate those recipes one night per week.   Her dishes (and therefore the Mexi night staples) include two tacos (1 bean, 1 potato) topped with pico de gallo, sour cream, and parmesan cheese, one cheese enchilada, a side mexi salad, and rice and beans.

What does a potato taco taste like you may say?  Let me tell you, it tastes like love wrapped in the warm hug of soft tortilla.  Also, did I mention that Mexi Night is All You Can Eat, meaning your plate will never be empty?!?  Deal of the century.

Mexi night is a homage to all things beautiful and right in the world, nestled at the intersection of community and food.  For more information on Little Grill Collective, visit their About Us page or watch the video below created by JMU students in 2008 regarding their history and beginnings.


Matchbox recognized by Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality;  Environmental Excellence

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; Environmental Excellence

Matchbox Realty is now recognized as an Environmental Enterprise participant in the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program!  Matchbox has gone above and beyond environmental and energy efficiency requirements, not only in its projects throughout Harrisonburg, but also at its home office located downtown (202 North Liberty Street).

Led by our newest portfolio manager, Lacey Derrow, Matchbox filed an Environmental Management System (EMS) application with the State and was approved!   Our approved EMS includes innovative techniques such as radiant floor heat powered exclusively by solar panels, toilets with low flow settings to minimize water usage, and paper materials made exclusively from recycled products.

Here at Matchbox we are thrilled to be a part of such sustainable business practices and look forward to continuing our work throughout the state.  Stay tuned to Matchbox Downtown for our official plaque ceremony (so cool, love plaques) in the coming weeks.

First Fridays in Downtown Harrisonburg

First Fridays Downtown Harrisonburg

First Fridays Downtown Harrisonburg

January can be a slow month for businesses across Downtown Harrisonburg.  It’s cold outside and it’s warm inside so why go out around town when you can stay within the cozy confines of your home?  The answer is simple.  Because Downtown Harrisonburg is amazing and filled with life and pretty much the best thing going in the Valley.  Obviously.

Today, Friday, January 3rd, 2014 marks the first, First Friday of the year and Downtown Harrisonburg is celebrating with local artist takeovers of downtown staples such as Clementine, The Artful Dodger, Blue Nile, and Larkin Arts Studio.  So dust off your jacket, put on your rabbit skin hat, and get downtown to enjoy the culture and spirit of Harrisonburg.

First Fridays are promoted by Arts Council of the Valley and will run throughout 2014 on the first Friday of each month.  And as usual, Matchbox Downtown will remain your beacon for all things downtown!

Shabby Love at the Livery Building

Shabby Love (80 West Water Street) owner Hanna Kappes talks about her new showroom in Harrisonburg featuring reclaimed, refurbished, and re-purposed furniture from across the United States.  Hanna has made an impression as an artist by breathing new life into vintage and handmade items that can be used as functional furniture pieces for many years to come.  Her work has been recognized as both transformative and inspiring.

For more information, please visit Shabby Love where you can find more on their story, items for sale, and store locations/hours.