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Introducing House Stories: Every Home Has a History… We’re Here to Tell the Story

August 27th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


The Shenandoah Valley is rich with history, most widely known for the American Civil War… but have you ever wondered about the homes that are nestled in this luscious valley? Some have been around for hundreds of years, while others have just been constructed. House Stories, just launched by The Harrisonburg Homes Team, is a virtual storybook of the history of homes old and new in our area.

Introducing House Stories: Every House Has a History... We're Here to Tell the Story

Who’s behind all this? Us: The Harrisonburg Homes Team. We’re passionate about houses, especially when they tell intriguing tales of their pasts — whether those pasts are long or short.

Every home has a history, and we’re here to tell the story.

Introducing House Stories: Every House Has a History... We're Here to Tell the Story

Our first House Story features an interview with Mike and Donna Trainum, owners of 205 Franklin Street in Harrisonburg’s historic Old Town neighborhood. This home has undergone an amazing transformation over the years, so we’ve included several photos and memories made throughout this home to highlight its restoration, which is both attractive and functional. (Teaser: this home used to be a quadraplex, has hosted weddings, become an impromptu live music hall, and more!)

Visit often to read the pages in our virtual storybook of the history of homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley. We’re thrilled to share this journey with you!

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Rise and Shine and Get Your Breakfast On, Harrisonburg!

August 27th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 2 Comments


It’s the most important meal of the day. It gets your metabolism jump-started. It feeds your brain. It gets you going. It’s breakfast. Harrisonburg is home to a wealth of delicious, locally owned breakfast hot spots. Check out our list of favorites, then rise and shine and get your breakfast on! Try them all. You won’t be disappointed!

Favorite Local Breakfast Spots in Harrisonburg

Breakfast All The Time

  • Little Grill Collective. Probably the most popular breakfast joint in the ‘Burg, this refreshingly eclectic, community oriented, restaurant serves a fabulous morning meal. 
  • A Bowl of Good. A bountiful bowl of local ingredients and handmade specialties await you in the morning hours at this popular restaurant, which has two locations in Harrisonburg (one on Port Republic Road, and the other on Mt. Clinton Pike). They also have an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Saturday mornings for just $8 at the Port Republic Road location!
  • Earth & Tea Cafe. Not only can you enjoy an aromatic cup of hot tea, but you can also delight in a beautifully prepared breakfast or brunch dish at this globally inspired cafe in downtown Harrisonburg. Serving banana bread pancakes with special toppings, Belgium waffles, french toast, various parfaits, sandwiches, and fruit salad.
  • Artful Dodger. Breakfast is served everyday, all day! Simply go for a bagel or quesadilla, or try the french toast, Morning Glory Plate, or a handful of other egg-focused dishes.
  • Mr. J’s Bagels. The Harrisonburg bagel place is Mr. J’s, which serves up breakfast sandwiches and platters every day.
  • Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli. Breakfast served all day every day at this sweet cafe across from JMU on University Boulevard. Wraps, sandwiches, and cinnamon rolls to start your day, alongside a glorious cup of coffee.
  • Bakers Dozen Donuts. Open daily except Sundays, this donut shop provides Harrisonburg with delectable sweets for breakfast, including donuts, breads, cream puffs, cinnamon rolls, and much more.
  • L & S Diner. A classic diner experience with a friendly staff, serving affordable breakfast daily. Eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, omelets, french toast, and breakfast sandwiches are on the menu. They also have daily specials!
  • Southside Diner. This popular truck stop on Route 11 South offers daily breakfast (all day every day) in a diner atmosphere, and is a great spot for groups or kids! If your feeling mighty hungry, this is the place to fill up… large portions at a great price.

Brunch on Saturday + Sunday

  • FoodBarFood. Global comfort food for brunch means menu items like dulce de leche on blueberry banana pancakes, homemade biscuits, heirloom tomato martinis, and more. Anyone else’s stomach growling yet?
  • Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack. Weekends are for brunch, and Billy Jack’s does it right with breakfast sliders, chicken and waffles (what?? yes, you read that right.), crab cake benedict, special brunch cocktails, and more.

Brunch on Sunday

  • Clementine. Clementine’s Sunday brunch menu goes on and on, with several fabulous choices in each of these categories: entrees, sandwiches and burgers, sides, drinks, a kids menu, and even desserts. Yes, please!
  • Bella Luna Woodfired Pizza. Bella does brunch on Sundays! Try their House Biscuit Sandwich, which oozes handmade decadence. They’ve truly added breakfast dishes that are just as amazing as their original pizza line-up.
  • Corgans Publick House. From 11 AM – 3 PM on Sundays at Harrisonburg’s only Irish pub, you can dine on a traditional Irish breakfast, breakfast pizza with sausage, eggs, bacon, and cheddar, or their famous french toast, plus sip on a cocktail or Irish coffee!

Where is your favorite breakfast spot in Harrisonburg? What is your favorite menu item? Please share in the comments!

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Wilson Downtown Gallery: Denise Kanter Allen

August 25th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Jennifer Lockard Connerley has had her beautiful paintings donning the walls of Wilson Downtown Gallery, located in our downtown office at 83 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, for the past couple of months. We’re now ready for the next local artist to be showcased. Denise Kanter Allen will be displaying her works of art in September and October. Please join us for a FREE artist reception during First Fridays on September 5!

Wilson Downtown Gallery: Denise Kanter Allen

 

Here is a little bit of background about Denise:
DENISE KANTER ALLEN

Denise received a BFA in painting and drawing from James Madison University. She favors acrylic paints for her portrait-making but continues to explore all types of media, as well as collaborate with other artists. Denise is co-founder of Art Lotto portrait show, co-founder of Artery collaborative troupe, Treasurer for Spitzer Art Center, as well as a volunteer and supporter of the downtown local arts scene and events. Denise enjoys participating in downtown Harrisonburg’s First Fridays art exhibitions and working for Harrisonburg City Public Schools.

FIRST FRIDAYS ARTIST RECEPTION

Denise Kanter Allen Paintings
Wilson Downtown Gallery
83 South Main Street, Harrisonburg [map]
September 5, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Light refreshments provided
FREE!

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What the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Means To Us

August 25th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 2 Comments


If you’re on Facebook, your news feed has probably been inundated with videos of people dumping ice water on their heads. This is due to a brilliant marketing campaign by the ALS Association, and has so far raised upwards of $70 million. ALS is a neurological disease that can strike pretty much anyone at any time. There is no cure at this point. The ALS Association states that ALS patients are like snowflakes… no two are alike. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint similarities in order to find a common thread in patients with this disease.

In January of 2013, I knew nothing about this disease, except that it was named after Lou Gehrig. (ALS is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) Then my own father was diagnosed. It all started with a lack of feeling, or numbness, in his right thumb and forefinger. His arms and legs would cramp and twitch. He got very weak. He went from walking, to needing a cane, to eventually using a wheelchair. He had trouble breathing, and needed a bi-pap machine, then a cough assist machine. He had a feeding tub installed exactly a year after his diagnosis. He caught pneumonia and ended up in the ICU. The doctors got rid of the pneumonia with antibiotics while dad was intubated, but he was too weak to breathe on his own after that. He passed away on March 8, 2014. He had just turned 66.

Here I am with my dad just last summer:

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This disease hits home for me, and several friends have asked me how I feel about the Ice Bucket Challenge. I personally think it is wonderful! Millions of dollars have been raised to help fight this dreadful disease, and awareness is spreading like wild fire around the world! My dad would have loved it, too, seeing all of his buddies dousing themselves in ice water while helping to bring awareness to the forefront.

I’m thankful for Chris Rooker, our team leader, and Karl Waizecker, Broker at Kline May Realty, who took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and also donated to the cause. Click the image below to watch the video:

Chris Rooker and Karl Waizecker of Kline May Realty take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

If you’d like to donate, please visit www.alsa.org. From someone who has seen someone dear affected by this disease, it is very much appreciated. Please consider helping to STRIKE OUT ALS!

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Harrisonburg Area Real Estate Market Report: July 2014

August 19th, 2014 by The Harrisonburg Homes Team · No Comments


If you’ve been reading our Market Reports ritually throughout 2014, you’ve probably noticed a trend in sales. Although sales are down this year overall compared to last year, the rate at which they are gaining ground to the “zero” market (breaking even with last year) is quite remarkable. Each month, the percentage of decline on sales has decreased fairly significantly, and July is no exception. For instance, in May sales were down nearly 17% compared to 2013, and now its down just over 3%. Read on for more local market stats…

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: July 2014 Infographic

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Sales July 2014

Sales are down 3.1% compared to last year at this time, but last month they were down twice that much (6.1%), so we’re seeing a positive trend in sales this year. Sales prices have dipped slightly at less than 1%, but average price/square foot is up 3.7%. Last year at this time it was $102.40 and now we’re at $106.15, which is a difference of $2.75. Not too shabby!

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: July 2014 Contracts

We’ve almost neared the break even point in contracts this year! Contracts written are down by just 0.1% compared to last year. And speaking of good news about contracts, you can see below that contracts have risen each July for four years in a row.

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Harrisonburg Real Estate July 2014: Trends in Average Price per Square Foot

 Harrisonburg Real Estate July 2014: Median Sales vs List Prices

Harrisonburg Real Estate July 2014: Contracts Since 2009

 

Harrisonburg Real Estate July 2014: Sales vs Contracts

Harrisonburg Real Estate July 2014: Sales Trends

Harrisonburg Real Estate July 2014: Contracts Trends

[ SUMMARY ]

July provided the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County real estate market with a good boost in sales and contracts written. 2014 started out well, dipped a bit during the early spring months, and has since picked up speed and looks to be nearing the pace of 2013 now. Only time will tell if we surpass last year’s numbers, but for now, we’re happy with where the market currently stands. Sellers continue to sell in a reasonable amount of time (about 5.5 months) and for a reasonable amount of money (getting on average about 97% of final asking price), while buyers continue to have a nice selection of homes to choose from. We’re excited to see what the next few months bring to our local market! Stay tuned for more market trends

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How Zillow’s Acquisition Of Trulia Affects You

July 29th, 2014 by Zach Koops · No Comments


How Zillow's Acquisition of Trulia Affects You

We all know the saying, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” Well, Zillow has done more than just join Trulia – on Tuesday, July 29, it was announced that Zillow will be acquiring its rival, which will make it the main contender in the online real estate shopping world. Both companies will keep their individual brands, but live under the same roof.

What this means for buyers:
There’s no doubt that the home buyers of today want to shop online. More and more, people begin their research on websites like Zillow and Trulia, relying heavily on the information garnered from the MLS used to populate the data on these websites. Pictures are easy to browse, prices are front and center, and estimated market values are quickly calculated from default algorithms in the code. Everything is available immediately for anyone to see, and buyers everywhere love it. It’s a great way to start the process of purchasing a home, and now it will be even easier to do as these two companies merge.

Remember, though, that no website can substitute the service and representation that a real estate agent can provide. An agent will meet with buyers, get to know them, and conduct a thorough search of what is available within their preferences. An agent also has a thorough knowledge of local areas, and can provide details a website cannot. Not to mention the ability to negotiate on a buyer’s behalf, assist with drafting of contracts, manage the transactions, ensure the proper inspections are conducted, and generally provide protection for their client throughout the process.

What this means for sellers:
Since these websites only grab data from the MLS system when a house is for sale, it is imperative that sellers list their home on the MLS. Even (dare I say) if it is via limited representation, which allows an agent to put the home on the MLS for a low fee. The key will be to make sure the home is listed accurately, with up-to-date (and correct) information, and photos of the best quality, which should be a standard practice anyway. Sellers should consider, however, that although their listing will appear on Zillow, what appears with it is the “Zestimate,” which has a 6.9% median of error, and does not have complete data in every area of the country. This should be considered as merely a starting point for determining price, not an accurate representation of market value.

What this means for real estate professionals:
Brokers and agents will need to continue to educate both buyers and sellers on the pros and cons of real estate websites. While most users of these sites understand that the dollars and cents presented are estimates, some insist on using them as their bottom line, which is never the right move without first determining their accuracy. Since an agent’s duty is to uphold their client’s best interests, they must not allow a website’s algorithm to dictate the approach to pricing a home over their own expertise in market evaluation. Website numbers can be misleading, so it is extremely important to note to both buyers and sellers that they can better rely on a person who can physically evaluate a home, than a website that makes an educated guess based on limited data.

Harrisonburg Homes
Don’t forget – our website offers a local MLS search tool and the ability to save searches. If you’re looking for a home in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area, this can be a great resource!

Zach Koops, Realtor
540-746-8753
zach@harrisonburghomes.com

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An Inside Look at Harrisonburg’s Food Trucks: Delgado’s Antojitos Mexicanos

July 24th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · 2 Comments


Food Trucks are popping up all over the Shenandoah Valley! This is the eighth in a series of interviews with our favorite local food trucks

You know that craving for Mexican food that hits every now and then that you just have to satiate? Next time you feel that need, drive on over to Delgado’s Antojitos Mexicanos for some absolutely superb, perfectly authentic Mexican food. “Antojitos” means “snacks” or “little cravings”. But don’t let the name fool you – go here when you’re hungry for a meal. The portion sizes are generous and you will want to devour every last morsel. And then, yes, the cravings will start for more. I had the privilege of talking to Juana Delgado, who owns the truck with her husband, Juan. Between cooking mouth-watering food and serving her customers with a smile and a quick sense of humor, she was able to answer my questions.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
The little shed next door has tables and a fan to stay cool while you eat

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos

What is the most popular item on the menu?
JD: Tortas Locas and also Chicken Enchiladas.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Torta

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Enchiladas

What is YOUR favorite item on the menu?
JD: My favorite is the tamales. My idea first was just to have a tamale stand. But my kids said, “no mom, you do other things really delicious too, so put a variety of different things from Mexico.” Tamales sell well at certain times of the year – they’re really popular. So our plan next is to make a tamale stand and just sell all kinds of tamales, separate from the truck.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Tamale

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Don’t speak Spanish? No problem! Just point to what you want.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Tostada

Who do you credit for your cooking skill?
JD: I’d have to give the credit to my husband, because he’s the one that always tells me this thing needs a little more of this or that. And I guess he just has all these Mexican food cravings, so as I’ve tried to please him over the years, I’ve just perfected it.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Quesadillas

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos

What is your favorite part of this job?
JD: The thing I like the best about it is that it’s a job that my husband and I can do together, we can see each other more time during the day. And I really love to cook.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Tacos

What is the most unique/difficult thing about working in a food truck?
JD: It really involves a lot of time. It’s really a challenge because it doesn’t matter what’s going on in your personal life, if you feel good or bad. You always have to give it a hundred percent so that the food will be just as delicious as always no matter how you feel that day.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Taco Dorado

Why a food truck?
JD: It’s expensive to rent a place. It seems like the people who rent buildings for restaurants, they’re working just for the benefit of the owner of the place and there’s little benefit for the person who’s actually doing the work.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos
Soft Shell Taco

Why did you pick Mexican food?
JD: When we moved here to Harrisonburg, we wanted this kind of food and there wasn’t any place to buy this kind of food. And I still don’t think there’s another place where you can get exactly this kind of Mexican food.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos

Harrisonburg Food Truck Delgado's Antojitos Mexicanos

To satisfy your craving head on over to 16 Pleasant Hill Road. Delgado’s Antojitos Mexicanos is located in the parking lot of Halterman Karate.

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Harrisonburg Area Real Estate Market Report: June 2014

July 14th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


This year started out pretty sluggish in our local real estate market, but June has helped to pick up speed with a major rise in contracts written, an increase in sales for several months in a row, and steadily increasing sales prices. The biggest highlight right now, though, is a rise in average price per square foot of 4.3% for the year! Read on to see more…

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Stats Infographic: June 2014

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Harrisonburg Real Estate: June 2014 Sales

Although we’ve seen a drop in sales year-to-date, we have seen a steady increase in month-by-month residential sales, which is diminishing the year-to-date negative change. We’re hoping this will eventually turn into a positive this year! With the large uptick in contracts written this month, this is quite feasible.

Harrisonburg Real Estate: June 2014 Contracts

Contracts written year-to-date has fallen by 1.5%, but we’ve seen a serious increase in number of contracts this past month, which should help to boost the sales number in the months to come.

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Sales vs Contracts

 Harrisonburg Real Estate Contracts 2010 - June 2014

Harrisonburg Real Estate: Trends in Average Price per Square Foot

Harrisonburg Real Estate Sales Prices vs Sales

 Harrisonburg Real Estate Sales Month-to-Month

 Harrisonburg Real Estate Contracts Month-to-Month

[ SUMMARY ]

June came through for the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County real estate market with increases in sales, contracts, prices, and average price per square foot, plus a significant decrease in days on market. We’ve seen an uptick in sales for four months in a row while the number of contracts written has increased by dozens over the past few months. This all fares very well for our local economy, giving home sellers confidence in listing their property on the market. Statistics have proven for months on end that sellers, on average, will get more for their homes and in much less time than last year at this time. Meanwhile, buyers still have a pretty nice amount of inventory to choose from, and at a wide variety of price ranges. We’re looking forward to seeing how the rest of the summer plays out for our local real estate market. We’ll inevitably see more sales due to the large increase in contracts written!

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Valley Fourth is Almost Here!

July 3rd, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


It’s time to get excited for Harrisonburg’s 4th of July celebration:

The 13th Annual Valley Fourth!

valley4th
Source: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

The Event Schedule is packed with great activities for all ages from 8:30am-9:30pm. So come on down and make a day of it!

Here’s a glimpse of what you have to look forward to:

8:30amValley Fourth Run kicks off at Court Square.

Check out this video from last year’s run!

RUN

Source: VAMomentum

11am – Competitors fire up their grills for the 2nd annual Grillin’ at the Pavilion competition at Turner Pavilion.

grillin at the pavilion
Source: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

From 4pm-7pm you can be a part of the people’s choice entries with purchase of a sampling ticket (mmmm!)

4pm-9:30pm – The smells of BBQ will be mingling with the tastes of beer & wine and the sounds of live music as Beers N’ Cheers in the Park goes into full swing at the Turner Pavilion and Municipal Lot. Make sure to check out The Judy Chops band at 4:30!

4pm – 9pmChildren’s activities galore will be taking place at Court Square, including:

Face painting and an art market, courtesy of Larkin Arts

“Touch a Truck”, courtesy of the Harrisonburg Fire Department

“Spitty” Seed Spitting Contest, courtesy of Friendly City Co-op

seed spittin
Source: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

5pm-8pmFirst Fridays downtown continues at several downtown locations

Make sure to stop by the Wilson Downtown Gallery in our office to see the artwork of the incredibly talented Jennifer Connerly!

6pm – The anticipated “Celebrate Downtown” parade will begin it’s march down Main Street

Plus, there will be craft and food vendors serving up fun and delicious eats all throughout the day.

And don’t forget the grande finale – FIREWORKS!

 

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Why I Became a REALTOR®

July 2nd, 2014 by Zach Koops · 1 Comment


When most people think of real estate agents, certain words come to mind. Greedy, arrogant, dishonest, sneaky…just to name a few. I’m pretty sure that on a national level, we’re considered to be just a hair above a used car salesmen when it comes to rating the profession.

So why would I want to take up residence in a pack of money hungry hyenas?

Simple. To stand out and make a difference. To work with integrity and uphold my clients’ interests. And to try and impact the public’s perspective.

As a real estate licensee, I am not required to make that pledge. But as a Realtor, I am, and I do.

I recently attended a three hour long course on the Realtor Code of Ethics. Did you know there is such a thing? It consists of 17 articles outlining our duties and standards of practice to Clients and Customers, to the Public, and to other Realtors. Here are a few lines to give you an idea of what it means to practice real estate as a Realtor:

“shall not mislead”
“obligation to present a true picture”
“become and remain informed on issues affecting real estate”
“willingly share the fruit of their experience and study”
“uninfluenced by any personal motivation”

Make no mistake – this is serious stuff. Violating the code can mean fines and loss of credentials, not to mention loss of reputation (which is any agent’s livelihood).

So, to sum up, the expectations set before a Realtor are high – but no higher than what each customer deserves. And I’m glad I get to help set the bar!

Zach Koops, Realtor
540-746-8753
zach@harrisonburghomes.com

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An Inside Look at Harrisonburg’s Food Trucks: Taste of Soul

July 1st, 2014 by Emily Marsh · 1 Comment


Food Trucks are popping up all over the Shenandoah Valley! This is the seventh in a series of interviews with our favorite local food trucks

Maybe it’s because the truck looks more like a tiny, impeccable house on wheels than a food truck. Or maybe it’s how the family inside the truck makes you feel like you’ve known them for years with their ubiquitous smiles and friendly greetings. Or it could be the comforting soul food that the team is serving up. Whatever it is, I don’t think a food truck could feel more like home. Angela Rouse and her two daughters, Areyl and Ebony Cleveland, have made Taste of Soul a great addition to the Trucks food truck court. During a bustling day at the truck I was able to steal Ebony away for a few minutes to ask her a couple questions about Harrisonburg’s new food truck.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

What is the most popular item on the menu?
EC: The pork chops are probably one of our biggest sellers.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

What is YOUR favorite item on the menu?
EC: My favorite? I love the collard greens. They are so good, and they’re my grandpa’s recipe, and I love my grandpa.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Collard greens

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Mac & Cheese

Who do you credit for your cooking skill?
We try to use as many family recipes as possible. Mostly grandparents. My dad’s mom is from North Carolina, so we use a lot of her down south kind of cooking. And then my grandparents are from the Chesapeake, Tidewater area.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Hush puppies

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Lemon Pound cake

What is your favorite part of this job?
EC: This is my first time partnering with my family to own something. And I think that’s really cool. I’ve worked for my mom before, but this is the first time collaborating and being involved in the business. You know, getting to [have a say in], “let’s take this off the menu, let’s put this on.” That whole thing. I think that’s really cool.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Boneless chicken tenders

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

What is the most unique/difficult thing about working in a food truck?
EC: Our food truck is the space. We decided to go along with our budget, so we tried to make our space as small as possible and then just let it work. And it’s small. And it’s hard. For three of us to be in there is really difficult.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Why a food truck?
EC: Well, it’s definitely trending right now. So we thought about that. And probably secondly, just economically, it was more feasible for us. We didn’t even start planning this until February of this year. And now it’s June, and we’re here. So we were like, “how fast can we get this going.” And this was the easiest way for us.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Chicken wings

Why did you pick soul food?
EC: I think that soul food is, first off, good. And I think it just reminds you of home, no matter who you are or where you are. It’s like, “yeah, my grandma used to cook fried chicken. It smells so good!” – you know. We’ve had so many people come up to the truck and say, “you don’t understand, this makes me so happy.”

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Want to stop by for a visit? Taste of Soul is located at 1321 South High Street. Keep up with them on Facebook.

Hours as of this post: Monday-Friday 11-7, Saturday 11-8

Planning a soulful event? Taste of Soul caters!

 

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Food.Bar.Food: Global Comfort Food (and drinks!) made local.

June 24th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · 1 Comment


Imagine for a minute that the remarkably talented chef from the always-delicious Clementine Café and the genius behind the award-winning cocktail menu at the Local Chop & Grill House paired up to open a whole new restaurant. Now imagine that it’s in a beautifully renovated and designed space (concrete floors, reclaimed-wood table and bar tops, church pews as “booth” benches, salvaged windows on the walls, and a fully-functioning glass-paned garage door). And, on the menu you’ll find global comfort food and globally-inspired cocktails. The best part is….this is real! This is Food.Bar.Food. I had the privilege of talking with owners Amanda Cannon and Jeff Minnich while getting a tour of the space. I can hardly wait for it to open in July!

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food

How did you come up with the name?
AC: Jeff actually came to me with the name in mind. To me the name really states very clearly who we are and what we do. Our focus is on the food and the bar and the food. So it’s all about the quality of flavors. Our focus is on that. We are not also trying to be an art gallery, we’re not a music venue. I appreciate so much the places downtown that do bring those aspects of entertainment, but what Jeff and I are passionate about is the food and the drinks, and so that’s just a clear statement of what we’re doing.

JM: When I thought of it, I didn’t want to be clever or cute, I just wanted it to be the most distilled down version of what we’re doing. I wanted it to be as simple as possible.

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food
The beautiful bar top made with reclaimed wood

Tell me about the food you’ll be serving.
JM: I love comfort food. We all do. There are so many different takes on what comfort food is around the world. We’re going to have fried chicken, but it will be Korean fried chicken. We’re going to have risotto, which is like the quintessential Italian comfort food. We’ll have a lot of Southern things. We’re going to have some Miso and other Asian things. But nothing that’s so obscure, so outlandish that it will scare anybody or that they won’t be able to pronounce it. We’re still trying to keep it as recognizable as we can, but as international as we can. And we’ll tweak things a little bit.

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Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food
Each table was hand-made and is therefore unique

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food
As soon as they get a screen installed, this door will be wide open to let in the fresh air

What about the drinks?
AC: I love to play with cocktails and flavors and I’m taking inspiration from Jeff’s global comfort food menu. So taking what might be a familiar, well-known cocktail and adding an international flair to it. And I’ll have four rotating drafts behind the bar. I’ll offer a selection of wines by the glass as well.

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The bar

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food
Salvaged from a church in Charlottesville, the pews will be used as “booth” benches

When will you be opening?
AC: We will be opening sometime in July. We’ll open with a dinner menu Tuesday through Saturday and a Saturday and Sunday brunch menu. I’m very excited about brunch, it’s my favorite meal of the week. I think there’s room to have another brunch option.

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food

What’s the draw of Food.Bar.Food? What will bring diners in?
AC: We’re excited to be a part of the downtown culinary district. Jeff and I have both been working downtown for years. All the talented people downtown have really created a destination in downtown Harrisonburg for food and drink. We’re excited to be part of that momentum. Along the same lines, it’s great to have options. I think more people are learning to appreciate how much quality and value is in downtown. Because we are offering a unique food menu, I think people are going to want to explore the flavors. Comfort food really is…you know, it’s something that you want when you’re celebrating, it’s something that you want to nurture yourself, it encourages really having a shared meal and a conversation to connect to people. I think it’s really going to appeal to people on a broad spectrum.

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Salvaged windows that will soon be hung on the wall

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food
This was painted by Jeff! Don’t worry, they’ll move the planks before they open

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food
Wait until you see these completed. All I’ll say is…metallic-dipped….

Harrisonburg restaurant, food.bar.food

Food.Bar.Food is located at 126 W Bruce Street

Keep up with Food.Bar.Food on Facebook as Amanda and Jeff put the finishing touches on the space. And, keep an eye out for the opening date!

 

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Harrisonburg Area Real Estate Market Report: May 2014

June 18th, 2014 by The Harrisonburg Homes Team · No Comments


Remember in April when we reported on the current slump in the local real estate market? Well, May has shown a slight bit of hope for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Although sales fell year-to-date, we’ve seen an increase in sales for three months in a row. Other positives: increase in average price per square foot, rise in average price on contracts written, and a pretty significant drop in days on market. Read on to see all the pertinent data:

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Stats: May 2014

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market: May 2014 Sales

Year-t0-date sales dropped 12.1%, but not all is lost. Median sales price, average sold/list percentage (the amount sellers end up getting compared to their final asking price), average price per square foot, and days on market all experienced a positive boost!

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market: May 2014 Contracts

Contracts have also fallen (-11.2%), but again, the average list price and days on market for the homes that went under contract have seen a positive trend. When homes sit on the market for less time, sellers can be more confident that their home will sell in a timely manner.

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market: May 2014 Sales Prices

 Harrisonburg Real Estate Market: Contracts January 2010 - May 2014

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market: May 2014 Sales vs Contracts

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market: May 2014 Sales Month to Month

 Harrisonburg Real Estate Market: May 2014 Contracts Month to Month

 

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We had hope in April that May (and the rest of the year) would bring us good news for our local real estate market. Fortunately, May did produce pretty healthy results, despite the drop in sales (-12.1%), with increases in average price per square foot (+$4.55), average sold/list percentage (+1.7%), average price on contracts written (+1.3%), and a decline in average days on market (-19 days). Additionally, we’ve seen a rise in sales for the past three months in a row, a significant increase in contracts since last month, and a positive rate of seeing more contracts than sales over the past five months. More contracts than sales means we’ll see a boost in sales in the next few months as most of those contracts head to the closing table. We look forward to what the summer months will bring to the Harrisonburg real estate market… stay tuned to see the results!

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Feed a Crowd! Our Favorite Local Catering Options in Harrisonburg

June 10th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 1 Comment


Throwing a party? Hosting a reunion? Wedding reception? Memorial service? Feeding a crowd can be intimidating if you try to handle it all yourself. Free yourself of undesired stress! We’ve put together a list of our favorite LOCAL caterers — with a variety of cuisine possibilities (BBQ, Asian, vegetarian, Italian, and more!) — in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, including some who are dedicated only to catering. Relax and let these professionals please the palates of you and your guests.

Catering Options in Harrisonburg, VA

Local Restaurants That Offer Catering

A Bowl of Good. Flavorful breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for a quick get-together, or several meals provided during a conference or weekend festivities! They work with you to come up with the perfect menu for your special occasion. Call 540-437-9020. View their catering menu.

Vito’s Italian Kitchen. We often delight our fellow Realtors during special lunchtime open houses with the delicious food from Vito’s. Our personal favorites are the ziti alla vodka and garlic knots! Call 540-433-1113. View their catering menu.

Hank’s Smokehouse. Large or small events, with separate menus for each so that you can plan according to your crowd size and budget. Traditional southern BBQ and yummy sides, and they even have a list of favorite venues, if you’re still in need of a place to host your gathering. Call 540-289-7778. View their catering menu.

Clementine Cafe. Offering several options for cocktail parties, dinner buffets, and lunch sandwich buffets, with complete service available for both casual and formal events. A full bar service is also available. They can also “cater” to your specific needs! Call 540-801-8881. View their catering menu.

Mashita. Delectable Korean-style food out of a mobile food truck. There’s plenty on the menu to choose from, but if you’re in the mood for something else – just ask. This culinary team will work with you to create something that’s sure to please your guests. Call 540-810-1875.

Beyond. Asian-fusion cuisine with catering options for lunch, dinner, or anything in between. They’ll specialize a menu according to your event needs, and believe us when we say it is delicious! Call 540-432-0105.

La Taurina Grill II. Authentic, delicious, and affordable Mexican fare from a food truck! We highly recommend La Taurina for your casual events — both lunch and dinner. Call 540-246-8564.

Union Station. A downtown restaurant and bar that offers both on-site and off-site catering to meet your needs. They serve new versions of old family favorites that have been recreated to fit modern taste, presentation, and budget. Call 540-437-0042.

Flavor Savor BBQ. Mouthwatering pork BBQ, beef brisket, and homemade made from scratch sides. The owners of this food truck are Pitmasters and have won several awards for their flavorful fare. Their catering is sure to please your guests! Call 540-820-8450.

Grilled Cheese Mania. Simple comfort food with delightful specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, mac and cheese, and refreshing beverages! They will work with you to provide a catering menu that will wow your guests. Call 540-746-7515.

Local Businesses That Specialize in Catering

Scrumptious Suppers. A catering company specialized in catering, but they’ve also very recently opened up a cafe and storefront in Bridgewater. It’s “feel good food” for parties large and small, with several service options to choose from. Call 540-828-3268. View their catering menus.

Early Katering Company. A full-service catering company offering affordable excellence and superior service, with over 25 years of experience! They provide a variety of menu options, from country picnic style to black tie weddings. Call 540-801-8139. View their catering menu.

A SpecialTEA Occasion. Catered, stylish, upscale tea parties that come to you! Enjoy a full tea, with handmade scones, curd, devonshire cream, and other delectable sweets and savories, and of course, tea. They prepare, present, and clean up, so you have nothing to worry about except entertaining your guests. The timing for tea is great for any occasion! Call 540-810-4699.

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If you have another favorite local caterer, please comment with their information below! Or, if you’ve used any of these caterers before, we’d love to know how your experience went.

For a full list of restaurants in the Harrisonburg area — many of whom cater — check out our Restaurant Guide!

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An Inside Look at Harrisonburg’s Food Trucks: The Bakers Dozen Donuts

June 10th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


Food Trucks are popping up all over the Shenandoah Valley! This is the sixth in a series of interviews with our favorite local food trucks

Remember that green donut truck that we all fell in love with? If you haven’t seen it driving around town recently and are wondering where it rolled off to – don’t fret! The Bakers Dozen Donuts is now set up in a storefront, so you’ll always know where to find them. Plus, we’ll be seeing the truck at several events this summer and maybe even out on the streets again. But it doesn’t seem to matter whether Julie Westfall and her team are baking out of a truck or a full-sized kitchen….these delectable glazed, powdered, sugared, and frosted delights are still as scrumptious as ever.

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

What is the most popular item on the menu?
JW: Everybody has their favorite….We always sell a lot of the glazed. But we get a lot of people who have very definite opinions about what their favorites are. They definitely differ. But top ones are probably the peanut butter cup….and some of them are seasonal – like the pumpkin pie filled. We make a homemade pumpkin pie custard – that’s my recipe, from scratch – and that one is pretty insane…people go nuts over pumpkin pie filled donuts.

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts
Glazed

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

What is YOUR favorite item on the menu?
JW: I have a couple….that’s hard! My go-to favorite is cinnamon sugar. Hot, piping-hot, like almost burn your mouth hot. Take it out of the fryer, dip it in cinnamon sugar and then just, you know, chow down on that thing. When we were in the truck that was pretty much my breakfast every morning. Of the featured flavors it’s probably a toss-up between strawberry lemonade filled….and then I did a blueberry cheesecake – so it had a blueberry filling and then a cheesecake icing with graham cracker crumbles.

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts
Cinnamon Sugar

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Who do you credit for your cooking skill?
JW: My mom. I grew up the daughter of a stay-at-home mom with a degree in early childhood development and home economics. She was brought up on a farm….so, you know, canning, gardening, we always cultivated a lot of our own vegetables, she baked bread. I don’t think it was necessarily intentional, that everything was homemade….it was just, that’s how we did things. She actually had a small home-based baking business when I was a kid. There was always sort of this parade of people in and out of our house. My parents tend to collect people. Adopt people….and feed them. Food is very central in my family.

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts
Chocolate Dipped

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts
Maple Bars

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

What is the most unique/difficult thing about working in a food truck?
JW: Difficult would probably be weather… When you’re working out of an 8 by 20 metal box, and a pop-up tent outside, wind is not your friend…..rain isn’t really your friend either. Especially the combination of the two. We had the extremes of days where it’s 104 degrees… so when you’re trying to fry, and you use heating elements inside the trailer – that trailer would typically stay 10 to 15 degrees hotter than it was outside. And temperature and humidity effects dough….pretty severely. That’s one of the challenges we had with the temperature changes and the humidity changes….ok, what’s the dough going to do? And then still getting consistent, delicious results from that. We like to joke and say that making donuts is 40 percent science, 40 percent art, and 20 percent sheer luck.

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

JW: But one of the most unique things that I really enjoyed was… the whole process is right there in front of the customer. And in a giant green trailer – you’re kind of trapped…it’s not like you really have very far to go. It would just be so interesting to find the incredible diversity of people who would stop and ask what you were about and try stuff and find me. There’s a connectedness in a food truck that’s really special since you’re sort of in each other’s space.

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts
Strawberry Glazed (weekly special)

Why a food truck?
JW: Well, I didn’t start in a truck….I started with pop-up tents, and the back of a pick-up, loading and unloading all our equipment everyday. So, a food truck just seemed like the right next step. And, there were some things that we just couldn’t do with just tents. Some of the weather we just couldn’t handle.

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts
Blueberry Glazed

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts
Boston Cream

Why did you pick donuts?
JW: Interestingly, donuts are not my personal first love. Pie! Pie is what obsesses me. Pie is what keeps me awake at night. I worked at Rosetta Stone, and then they started to do some downsizing and restructuring and I lost my job. So I was kind of kicking around…I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. Applied for some stuff, got some job offers. But I just didn’t ever kind of feel, the right fit. And so, because I love to bake and cook, one day I made a batch of donuts. Just for fun, just because, you know, I could. And I had the time. So I made this batch of donuts, and, I had a lot of them, so I shared them with my friends. Friends of mine, at the time, were the market managers of the Broadway farmers market. And they were looking for someone to fill a niche that had opened up. So they came to me and they said, “hey! Wanna make donuts at the Farmer’s Market?” And I was like….. “ok!…..why not…sure!” So, it started out small. It was very simple. I almost killed my mixer that first summer. And it went great! That first summer we just did Saturdays. And then we took the winter off. Then late that December or early January we bought the trailer and started outfitting the trailer. And again, that started out small. And by January or February we put it on the road.

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts
Cinnamon Roll

Harrisonburg Food Truck The Bakers Dozen Donuts

 

Hungry for a Tasty Treat? Bakers Dozen Donuts is located at 625 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, in the building with Fox’s Pizza. Keep up with them on Facebook to find out what the weekly special is. Also, keep an eye out for the green trailer at events near Harrisonburg!

Hours (as of this post): Monday-Tuesday: 7am-9pm, Wednesday: 6am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday: 6am-10pm

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An Inside Look at Harrisonburg’s Food Trucks: Flavor Savor Barbeque

June 3rd, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


Food Trucks are popping up all over the Shenandoah Valley! This is the fifth in a series of interviews with our favorite local food trucks

Summer’s almost here – the season for being outside, hanging out with friends, and….eating barbeque. I happen to know a great place to get some homemade, delicious barbeque – Flavor Savor Barbeque. While I was there snapping pictures, a customer informed me that “it doesn’t get better than this.” If that doesn’t convince you that this bright orange truck is a must-have in Harrisonburg, maybe the plethora of competition trophies that Pitmasters Chance Cooper and Dan Chapman have won will. Or, just stop by and Chance will convince you himself – with one bite of his food, your taste buds will be doing just as the name implies….. savoring the flavor.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

What is the most popular item on the menu?
CC: Pulled Pork – that’s what we turn around the most of. But we’ve got a bunch of people that are loyal followers of the Beef Brisket. But as far as sale quantities go I’d say the Pulled Pork is the number one.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Pulled Pork

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

What is YOUR favorite item on the menu?
CC: I love the Beef Brisket. I don’t think anyone does it as well around here. But also, I really like our Korean tacos that we put together. It’s got some local kimchi and house-made quick pickles and homemade Korean kogi sauce. That’s probably what I eat the most of. You get some veggies in there.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Beef Brisket

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Korean Taco

Who do you credit for your cooking skill?
CC: I’d have to say, my parents – both my parents, growing up in Atlanta. We would do barbeques. My dad was always a big barbeque guy. We’d have big parties. And even then, as generations before them, it’s just kind of been in the bloodline. I’d hear stories about going to these big family parties and we would have whole-hog barbeques with hundreds of people over. So it’s just been in my bloodline on both sides of my family. For the most part, everything is self-taught culinary-wise.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Pulled Pork

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Homemade sauce

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Homemade sauce

What is your favorite part of this job?
CC: It’s gratifying being in control of everything. It’s hard work. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Some of the worst days of my life and some of the best days of my life happened in this truck. It’s my first time being an entrepreneur….but it’s the way to go for me, I think. And I love the customers. I have people that they’ll grab a sandwich from me, go eat in their car or go next door and eat, and come back to shake my hand just to tell me that it’s the best barbeque they’ve had. I had a woman, she was probably in her seventies, tell me, “I have never ever eaten beef that is this good.” Yeah, there’s a lot of gratification in that. Just making people smile…that makes me feel good.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Mac&Cheese

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Potato Salad

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque
Chance is considering changing each ‘w’ to a ‘p’…

What is the most unique/difficult thing about working in a food truck?
CC: My experience of a food truck has always been just a one-man show. So it’s 24/7. I’ll probably get 4 or 5 hours of sleep, at the most. But, unique experiences….I think I start taking it for granted sometimes because we’ll do some work with Three Brothers Brewery and I’m out there drinking local, delicious draft beers and listening to music and….that’s my job. That’s pretty cool. I drink a beer and make a barbeque – people do this on the weekends….and this is my day job. I do enjoy that. That’s pretty unique. You don’t get to do that everywhere.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Why a food truck?
CC: The lower overhead, for one. That’s the obvious. It’s definitely a fad – you can see it on television networks and everything – it’s exploding. It started kind of more on the West Coast, and it’s evolving. You know, years ago food trucks were called roach coaches…. But now we have talented chefs that are putting out really good food, at a lower cost, and it’s quick, and it’s very pedestrian friendly. So, I just kind of recognized Harrisonburg’s need for, A, good barbeque, and B, I saw the food truck industry starting to grow here and thought I could work my way into a niche…I think I’ve been able to do that pretty well.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Why did you pick barbeque?
CC: I came from Atlanta where there was a plethora of really good barbeque. When I came up to Virginia I just thought that I could really offer something that was worthwhile. I’ve always loved barbeque. I’ve been doing it for years. We started off as a competition team, going up and down the East Coast for about 4 years… won a couple trophies here and there – and decided people probably want to buy this. And we had offers to do somebody’s wedding and other backyard parties before we were an official establishment. So, that kind of got the wheels turning to make a business out of it.

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

Harrisonburg Food Truck Flavor Savor Barbeque

 

Go Savor the Flavor for yourself! Most weekdays, Flavor Savor Barbeque is located on Route 11, next to Kline’s Dairy Bar in Harrisonburg. But keep up with them on Facebook to find out where they’ll be on the weekends.

Have an event coming up? Or a big backyard party? Flavor Savor caters! For your backyard parties, you can also pick up bulk orders directly from the truck to take with you – just call ahead first (540-820-8450).

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Kline May Realty Voted Best Real Estate Firm in the Valley!

May 30th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Kline May Realty Voted Top Real Estate Firm in Best of Virginia 2014

Each year, Virginia Living Magazine allows Virginia residents to vote on their favorite places in their region. Categories range from restaurants, to farmers markets, to best use of tax money, to events, and more. In the Shenandoah Valley, Kline May Realty was voted best real estate firm! We are so very proud to be a part of this brokerage, and we’re obviously not the only ones who understand just how wonderful this firm is. What a great honor!

We can assure you that choosing to work with Kline May Realty in your real estate endeavors will leave you nothing but highly satisfied. All of the agents work well together and collaborate, negotiate, and strive to serve our clients to the utmost. It truly is a caring, friendly, smart, fun group of folks!

Over 91,000 people voted in the state-wide leisure and travel magazine’s survey this year. If you would like to see who else won awards, you can pick up a copy of Virginia Living Magazine at your local bookstore.

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Downtown Harrisonburg a 2014 Great American Main Street Award Winner!

May 22nd, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 1 Comment


We had the privilege of not only attending, but also sponsoring, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance’s (HDR) annual Renaissance Night this past Saturday. It is always a wonderful event filled with food, spirits, fun, and fundraising. This year, one really sweet announcement was made as well… Harrisonburg was given the 2014 Great American Main Street Award!

This is no small feat. The National Main Street Center said, “Great Main Streets combine good design, historic preservation, public-private partnerships and business incentives in order to create a very special kind of place—a place where people want to live, work and play. The three winners of the 2014 National Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA) are masters at doing just that.

When we think of our own downtown, we think of a vibrant culture, businesses working together, attractive spaces, history, fun for all ages and stages, well-planned events, and absolutely nothing “cookie-cutter.” The buildings themselves are beautiful, the people are creative and innovative, the food is fresh and local, the shops offer a wide variety of goods, we could go on and on about how much we love and admire this area. And… we get to work downtown amongst all of this awesomeness!

Read up on specifics about downtown that spurred Harrisonburg toward this award, or the announcement from the National Main Street Center.

And here are Chris, Brant, Zach, and their wives at Renaissance Night (thanks to HDR for taking this photo):

The Harrisonburg Homes Team at Renaissance Night 2014

Finally, take a few minutes to watch this fantastic video about downtown.

 

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An Inside Look at Harrisonburg’s Food Trucks: La Taurina Grill II

May 16th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · 2 Comments


Food Trucks are popping up all over the Shenandoah Valley! This is the fourth in a series of interviews with our favorite local food trucks

This week I visited the third truck in the Trucks food truck court – La Taurina Grill II. It perfectly completes the tasty trifecta on the side of South High. Even in the sweltering heat, Miriam Galindez was tirelessly preparing and serving up her authentic Mexican fare. Recently having taken over the operation of the truck, Miriam and her husband, Edder, are making some changes – but one thing is for sure, the food coming out of their window is mouth-wateringly delicious.

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

What is the most popular item on the menu?
MG: That’s kind of hard to say because everybody gets everything. I don’t think there’s one thing that I would say is ‘most popular’.

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

What is YOUR favorite item on the menu?
MG: I basically like everything here.

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II
Burro

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

Who do you credit for your cooking skill?
MG: I always watched my mom….I never really had time to practice at my house, but whenever I moved by myself, that’s where I started to do more cooking and trying to remember how mom would cook something. And also, since I’m working in another restaurant…I make most of their pizza there…I have a lot of practice with dough, so it’s easy for me to make tortillas [which are made fresh everyday] or anything that has to do with dough.

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II
Tacos

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

What is your favorite part of this job?
MG: My favorite part is [that it’s] something totally different…something totally different that I never expected. I basically never thought that I could cook for a lot of people – not even for 5 people. I come from a big family – but yeah, I never really got to make meals. So this is something that I’d never experienced. And that’s what I like – I like to experience new stuff. And also, when you get a client that tells you, ‘this was really great. I’ve never tried this before and it’s really, really good’, I feel happy and it makes me want to continue on doing this.

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II
Torta

What is the most unique/difficult thing about working in a food truck?
MG: I guess it’s that you have to be multi-tasking. For me that’s something unique. I do like to be busy. I don’t like to just be sitting down.

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II
Sopes

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

Why a food truck?
MG: When I started working here that was something I would ask, “why a food truck and not a restaurant?” And mom actually told me this….she said ‘well, people want things fast’. And in a restaurant they have that in mind that they have to be waiting… for them to either be sitting down, or for them to be waiting for someone to get to them. When they know that they can come to a food truck, see what’s there, and just ask, and they know that they’ll start making it right away. So it’s faster. That’s something that’s in the head of a person that if you go to a food truck it’s going to be faster. It does make sense – it is faster than a restaurant.

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

Why did you pick the kind of food you cook?
MG: I came from Mexico, so Mexican food is really what I know. I love food from everywhere, but this is basically what I know most.

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II
Quesadilla

Harrisonburg Food Truck La Taurina Grill II

In the mood for some tasty Mexican food? Head on over to 1321 South High Street.

Hours (as of this post): Monday-Thursday & Sunday: 11am-8pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-9pm

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Wilson Downtown Gallery: Jennifer Lockard Connerley

May 15th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


For the past two months, we’ve had Zach Sensabaugh’s photographs displayed in our office, AKA Wilson Downtown Gallery (side note: have we mentioned how cool it is to have our office double as an art gallery?!), and come June, Zach will be taking down his photographs to make room for our next featured artist, Jennifer Lockard Connerley.

We are thrilled to introduce Jennifer Lockard Connerley and her stunning paintings to the Wilson Downtown Gallery at the beginning of June. She recently had her art displayed at the annual Larkin Arts juried art show and received the 2nd place award. Be sure to stop by our downtown office during First Fridays for a reception for Jennifer!

Jennifer Lockard Connerley was born in Kentucky and lives in Harrisonburg.  She studied religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and painting in Boston.  Her paintings of people address questions of belief and doubt.  She welcomes commissions for portraits, nursery paintings, and design.

Here is just one of Jennifer’s paintings that will be gracing our gallery walls:

Jennifer Connerley Featured at Wilson Downtown Gallery: June/July 2014

FIRST FRIDAYS ARTIST RECEPTION

Jennifer Lockard Connerley Paintings
Wilson Downtown Gallery
83 South Main Street, Harrisonburg [map]
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Light refreshments provided
FREE!

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