HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- On Wednesday morning, leaders with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance shared the results of a market analysis.
It highlighted how venues like the Agora Market help out small businesses, and can even lead to opportunities to expand their own business.
The Agora Market in downtown Harrisonburg is officially full, and with stores like the Isle Co., Bluestone Running, New Creations, and Flawsome Threads, there's no shortage of places to shop. However, the newest space is not about shopping, but creating.
The owners of the Isle Co., Becca Slye and Kathy Miller, said they were the first sign a lease in the Agora Market, and now they have signed for the final spot to expand.
An offshoot of the Isle Co., they are using the final space in the Agora Market to put in Create Downtown, where they will offer different kinds of classes. They say it is the place where inspiration and imagination meet.
"So we feel really confident that our new Create Downtown concept will be really attractive and will appeal to a lot of the local community, but we're also excited to be able to partner with Massanutten, and offer different classes for their guests that are here on vacation," said Slye.
They are opening this up to local artisans to teach classes, and other businesses, so they can all share the space and make it a community effort.
They are looking for local artisans who would want to teach classes. If you are interested in teaching a class, you can call the Isle Co. at 540-578-2108.
Agora Market property manager Chris Howdyshell said he is thrilled the market is doing so well. They opened in June, and he was not sure what to expect as the outcome, but is very excited the space filled so quickly.
"Convenience, fun, being creative, and shopping local... All those things make our community better," said Howdyshell.
Create Downtown will be transformed in just a few weeks. They predict the store will open in February, and classes will start in the early spring.