Businesses Expanding and More Coming to Downtown Harrisonburg

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is hoping to bring more business to town. Two new restaurants are opening this year and four other businesses are opening up.

Whitesle music has been sitting on Main Street for generations. This business is still thriving and ready to get some more space.

Joshua Dove is the third generation to operate Whitesel Music. The business has been serving downtown for 65 years.

"We were here when it was a ghost town. We were also here way before that when it was the metropolis of the valley," Dove says about the store's history.

The store is doing so well, they're expanding. They're not going far.

"We're really excited about being a part of the downtown community, that was one thing that my grandfather was adamant about," Dove says.

The current space just isn't big enough. Dove says that "with pianos, they're big items, they're also large ticket items. But, they're just physically large, and you need a decent amount of space to have a good inventory."

Dove is also starting a music academy where he will teach a number of music lessons. This is known to downtown renaissance as a service business.

"Several of those that have recently opened downtown and several more of those coming," director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Eddie Bumbaugh says.

Bumbaugh says the others are a barber shop and a nail salon.

The music classes are also a reason for more space. This move should do the trick for Dove.

"It will allow us to have practice rooms. I will allow us to have group lessons," Dove says.

Bumbaugh says the outside of the building should also be getting a revamp soon.

"The city will do their next phase of street scape in 2014. So the west side of Main Street will get new sidewalks about a year from now," Bumbaugh says.

Dove abides by his grandfathers wishes and looks forward to the years to come.

"We've been within two city blocks in 65 years and now we've come full circle, back to the same spot almost," Dove remembers.

The first location of Whitesel Music was between Clementine's and Dave's in downtown Harrisonburg. The parking lot in front of the bike shop used to be a building.


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