Laura Rennie

guide to Harrisonburg: where to shop (part 2)

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yesterday's post featured shopping just outside of Harrisonburg. today I'm going to share with you my three (er, four) favorite places to shop downtown:

where to shop...part two


photos from the shop's facebook page- I don't think Sara will mind :)

I adore this store. Sara has the sweetest vintage furniture and accessories! I knew Sara, the owner, in college and I'm so, so proud of her for being brave and starting her own business. I'm also extremely grateful that she brought such cuteness (affordable cuteness at that) to downtown! While you're on Market Street, check out Mint next door and meet Anna - she grew up in Harrisonburg and always wanted to own a boutique downtown. I always want to try on every single item in the store.

BEST PLACE TO BUY LOCAL - Harrisonburg Farmers Market

from here
Gosh darn it I just love the farmers market. So does Washington Post writer Julia Duin - check out her article on the market here. This is also the best place to get a real feel for what the city is all about - hospitality and community. The market is open on Saturdays and Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you can buy your breakfast and/or lunch here. Tuesdays have become my new "bun day." Go on a Saturday - there are more vendors, and you'll find plenty of handmade items along with gorgeous, local food.

BEST UNIQUE GIFTS - Ten Thousand Villages

(no pic of this store, sorry)

If you like international goods AND fair trade values, this is the shop for you. I'm so happy they moved from the Dayton Farmers Market to downtown Harrisonburg. Plus, The Yellow Button - the closest thing to Anthro we've got -  is right next door. I looove the clothes and accessories @ The Yellow Button - the owner, Miranda, has flawless taste. Want style inspiration? See what Miranda's wearing.

ooo..I just have to add this one too...
BEST WOW FACTOR - The Friendly City Food Co-op

from here
After a couple years of waiting for this to happen, it happened. And it's GOOD. That's why I consider it best wow factor - Harrisonburg is really stepping it up a notch with this store, which has a Trader-Joes like feel to it. The co-op is such a fun place to pick up local foods and specialty grocery items, and they have a great grab-and-go section as well as a coffee station and salad bar. Like the farmers market, the co-op sells more than food - so it's worth checking out even if you aren't hungry!
Along with The Yellow Button and Mint, Duo sells stylish, youthful clothes and even has a consignment section - think high-end Plato's Closet for the young working woman).

For great thrifting, head to Hess Furniture or Mercy House (Mercy House isn't downtown, but it's worth going to - I mainly go for their books and dishes). Stop by James McHone Jewelry on Court Square and try on some gorgeous antique jewelry just for kicks - we got my wedding band there.

click here to view more Harrisonburg shopping options.

up next... where to eat!
click here to read "where to stay" and here for "where to play" and here for "where to shop: part one"