Livery Lofts Update

Livery Lofts Downtown Harrisonburg

Livery Lofts Downtown Harrisonburg

Matchbox’s newest downtown apartments are almost ready!  Livery Lofts (84 W. Water Street, above Bella Luna & Shabby Love) will feature 12 efficiency and 1-bedroom apartments on the corner of Water and Liberty Streets.  The spaces will be built in a similar loft setup to Matchbox’s most recent projects (i.e. City Exchange), but scaled down to fit the confines of downtown living.  Each unit will feature top of the line appliances and throwback ‘50s style refrigerators while preserving the rich architectural history of the building with exposed ceilings, wood work, and historically preserved windows.

Livery Lofts - Construction

Livery Lofts – Construction

Livery Lofts - Appliance have Arrived!

Livery Lofts – Appliances have arrived!

Livery Lofts - Cabinets are in!

Livery Lofts – Cabinets are in!

For more information on rental availability, please contact Mary Messerley at You can also read our Livery Building page for more history on the building and our overall motivation for taking on the project.

277 W Bruce St. Harrisonburg


Here at Matchbox Downtown, I feel like we constantly get requests for affordable housing downtown, especially recently given all of the exciting bars, restaurants, and retail opportunities coming to our downtown area.  We wanted to highlight an amazing property today that would provide very affordable, yet comfortable housing for anyone looking to be close to the action.

Built in 1930, 277 West Bruce is a classic downtown home within walking distance of downtown’s most popular venues.  The house features 8 bedrooms with 3 separate kitchens, amazing hardwood floors, and a large covered porch on a corner lot (neighbors on only one side).  This house sets up perfectly for a group of individuals to come together and recreate the sitcom Friends, just swapping out Greenwich Village for the booming metropolis of Downtown Harrisonburg.

277 W Bruce St Bedroom Downtown Harrisonburg Houses

277 W Bruce St Downtown Harrisonburg Houses

277 W Bruce St Living Room Downtown Harrisonburg Houses

277 W Bruce St Downtown Harrisonburg Houses

277 W Bruce St Downtown Harrisonburg Houses

If you are interested in viewing the property or would like additional information, please contact Cheyenne Bisbee at or by phone at 540.434.5150 x114.

Countdown to Christmas deals at The Yellow Button

The Yellow Button Harrisonburg

The Yellow Button Harrisonburg

Every day between now and Christmas, The Yellow Button (191 South Main Street)  is hosting clothing and jewelry specific flash sales to close out the year.  Each day a new item is placed on sale (yesterday was 20% off all sweaters, today’s feature is 20% off all Chan Luu jewelry), encouraging even the most steadfast of procrastinators to get out and start their holiday shopping.

Check out The Yellow Button for their most up to date sales and continue to follow Matchbox Downtown for all things Downtown Harrisonburg!

Matchbox In Motion: Over the Moon

Ren Blackwell and Anne Callie Skillman discuss their new store Over the Moon and its impact on Downtown Harrisonburg

Over the Moon (64 South Mason Street) is a “baby and maternity boutique” located in Downtown Harrisonburg.  The store caters to parents who not only want to provide their children with the best products available, but also want items that are hand selected and tested by professionals with experience in child care.  The owners of Over the Moon succeed in their hands-on approach by hand selecting products that they know and love.

Another unique aspect of Over the Moon is its integration within the community by leading instructional classes for new parents to help navigate the many mysteries of child rearing.  Previous sessions have covered everything from cloth diapering to making your own baby food.

Please visit Over the Moon for additional information and store hours.  Also, continue to follow Matchbox Downtown for promotions and coupons throughout the year!

2014 First Night in Harrisonburg

On December 31st, New Year’s Eve revelers will flock to Downtown Harrisonburg once again to enjoy music and entertainment from across the Valley.  This year’s vibrant lineup is led by Glick and Phillips and will also feature old standbys Little Walter and the Convictions, No Strings Attached, and Rhythm Road.

Event activities and performances begin at 6:00pm on December 31st with tickets being sold in the form of buttons for $6 in advance and $8 on the day of the event.   Your button will gain access to over 30 performances across 15 different venues all across Downtown Harrisonburg.   The event will be capped off with fireworks from Turner Pavilion at the stroke of midnight!

For more information on the event, please visit First Night Harrisonburg.

Eggnog Bowl 2013 at Friendly City Co-op

Friendly City Co-op (150 East Wolfe Street) will host its annual Eggnog bowl on Saturday, December 14th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  The event will feature blind taste tastings of the best eggnog across the Valley and tasters will be asked to cast their vote for the best.

Admission is FREE and the event should provide plenty of motivation to get Downtown this cold and wintry Saturday.  We look forward to seeing you there!