Guest Blog Post by Chris Rooker – The Harrisonburg Homes Team.

This year, The Harrisonburg Homes Team is partnering with your Chamber to bring you “The Word on the Street”, a monthly review and preview of what’s happening with your fellow Chamber Members in the Harrisonburg area and beyond. Our partnership will help members stay up-to-date on new member businesses and restaurants, events, the local real estate market, interesting community information and more! Let’s stay connected and engaged in 2018. To subscribe to “The Word on the Street” newsletter, click here.

Community Spotlight Lineage Goods celebrated their grand opening on Friday, February 2nd. Paul Hansbarger opened his studio and retail shop in Agora Downtown Market in Harrisonburg. He specializes in handcrafted waxed canvas and leather goods, coffee/kitchen supplies, men’s accessories, and more. When asked what he was most excited for in his new space, Paul explained, “I’m most excited about having my studio downtown and giving people an opportunity to see things being made and learn about my process. And I’m excited to be surrounded by a such a supportive community of unique, creative local businesses.” Click here to read on and learn about Paul’s love of handcrafting and his story behind Lineage.

Monthly Member Business Roundup

  • Create Downtown – an offshoot of The Isle Co. – is expanding in Agora Downtown Market to provide a space for different types of classes and workshops.
  • Wolfe Street Brewing just changed their name to Restless Moons Brewing. We’re proud to have Restless Moons Brewing as one of our newest Chamber Members.
  • Which-Wich has closed their location on University Blvd.

Community Event Spotlight – Looking for something fun to do with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? Looking for an art-filled evening with  friends? The Arts Council of the Valley is hosting the Cupid Crawl Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 14th starting at 5:00pm – an evening “crawl” with a handful of downtown art galleries, delicious food and drinks, and an optional free showing of a film at Court Square Theater afterwards! Click here to read Jenny Burden’s and Cate Bruns’ thoughts on the Cupid Crawl! We at the Wilson Downtown Gallery are honored to be part of this amazing event! For February and March, we are delighted to welcome Mallory Burrell, Chris Cohen, and Danielle Heckman to the Wilson Downtown Gallery. These first and second year MFA candidates from the School of Art, Design, and Art History have combined various mediums and themes to create INTERstate. Click here to read more about the artists.

Real Estate Market Brief & Trends


Chris Rooker began his real estate career in 2003 with the vision of creating a residential sales team that works together to offer home buyers and sellers extraordinary customer service. He co-owns The Harrisonburg Homes Team with Brant Suter, working directly with buyers and sellers. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for your Chamber, as well as the Membership Committee.