Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Peninsula Chronicle

The Nautical Dog Plans Store Expansion

JAMES CITY-The Nautical Dog pet shop in New Town is expanding. The pet supply store is taking over an empty storefront next door, which will add 1,600 more square feet to The Nautical Dog space....

Wawa in Lightfoot Set To Open On June 10

JAMES CITY-The new Wawa convenience store and gas station in Lightfoot will open on June 10. A general manager at the store confirmed news of the opening of the new Wawa, which is located at...

The Proper Barbershop Plans To Open Second Location

NEWPORT NEWS—For those who might want a well-crafted bourbon cocktail after receiving an equally exceptional haircut or beard trim, John Piña has the perfect solution for you. He’ll be opening a second The Proper Barbershop location in the building owned and operated by Ironclad Distillery on 23rd Street in...

Headlines

Economic Forecast Shows Improvements Following The Pandemic

NEWPORT NEWS—The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2021 Mid-Year Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, June 17 at Newport News Marriott at City Center. Dr. Vinod Agarwal and Dr. Robert McNab, economists from Old Dominion University’s Strome College...

JCC Parks & Rec Department Celebrates 40 Years With Proposed Expansions To Local Parks

JAMES CITY-The James City County Parks & Recreation Department is commemorating its 40th Anniversary this year. The department first began with a successful summer playground program, and later introduced one of its first parks in the mid-1980s when then-Mid County...

Crumbl Cookies Chain Is Heading To The Peninsula

HAMPTON-The national cookie chain Crumbl Cookies is eyeing two locations on the Peninsula. Spencer Rowe recently relocated to the Hampton Roads area to open a Crumbl Cookies in Peninsula Town Center in Hampton. While an...

Blue Crab & Purple Pig Bistro Set To Open In Poquoson

What do you get when you cross a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, whose cooking made a splash in the Coast Guard, with an abandoned KenTacoHut building in Poquoson? Blue Crab & Purple Pig...

Aromas World Leaving City Center

NEWPORT NEWS—The Newport News location of Aromas is relocating from its current spot near the fountains of City Center to the space previously occupied by Moe’s Southwest Grill across Warwick Boulevard from the Christopher...

Hampton Inn & Suites in Newport News Under New Ownership

NEWPORT NEWS—The Hampton Inn & Suites located at 12251 Jefferson across from Patrick Henry Mall was recently purchased from Yoder Inn Group, L.P. by Shamin Hotels. The Chester-based company plans to renovate the 120-room hotel that offers 90 standard rooms and 30 two-bedroom suites. This...

George Washington Inn to Become Apartment Complex

YORK-The George Washington Inn & Conference Center on Merrimac Trail near CVS Pharmacy will soon be converted into an apartment complex. York County Board of Supervisors approved an application from Schottenstein Realty Company to rezone the area in order to turn the inn and conference...

Hospitality & Tourism

Busch Gardens Releases Summer Concert Lineup

JAMES CITY-National recording artists will take the stage this summer at Busch Gardens as part of the theme park’s popular Summer Nights programming. Busch Gardens unveiled its concert lineup on Wednesday, June 16. The concert series, which will take place on weekends outdoors in the...

Peninsula Locales Plan Juneteenth Celebrations

Peninsula localities are planning several programs and events to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday on June 19. Colonial Williamsburg is partnering with the city of Williamsburg, College of William & Mary, and the Let Freedom Ring Foundation on a series of events honoring the end of...

Local Industries

The 7th Annual Winter Blues Jazz Fest Planned For June 24-27 in Williamsburg

WIILLIAMSBURG-The popular Winter Blues Jazz Fest is scheduled this year for June 24-27. The festival, which is typically held each January but was postponed this past January due to the pandemic, will take place mainly outside under a large tent on the Lawn of the...

Pariser Dermatologist Specialists Opens A New Office in New Town

JAMES CITY-A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 17 for Pariser Dermatology Specialists, which recently opened a new office on Courthouse Street in New Town. The new location will offer general dermatology services, and also includes an expanded suite of cosmetic dermatology services. The...

New Businesses

Premier Resort Coming To Fort Monroe

HAMPTON—There’s an underused section of Fort Monroe that will be getting more than a little love in the near future. The Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) has approved a 40-year ground lease with Smithfield-based Pack Brother Hospitality, which will invest...

Artwork Sought For New Co-Working Space in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS—The City of Newport News is looking for artists to participate in the inaugural art exhibit that will be located within the new co-working space known as The Offices @ Two Five and J. The “Uncommon Area” art...

Those On Unemployment Must Once Again Show Proof Of Job Search

Individuals who are receiving unemployment benefits in Virginia must once again prove that they are searching for a job in order to continue to receive those benefits. The change went into effect on June 1. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam decided...

The City of Williamsburg Is Hiring For Several Positions

WILLIAMSBURG-The City of Williamsburg is seeking employees to fill numerous positions within the city. Available positions include assistant city manager; a Care Team registered nurse; a summer youth counselor; and an attendant for Quarter Path Recreation Center. Williamsburg is also looking...

Four Oaks Day Services Center Will Open New Beauty Salon

NEWPORT NEWS—Women experiencing homelessness are being given the gift of pride and renewal thanks to a generous contribution from the Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center. The club recently donated $1,000 to create a beauty salon at the Four Oaks Day Service Center....

New Apartments Coming To The Warehouse District

NEWPORT NEWS—If you’ve ever wanted to live within walking distance of a craft beer brewery, your chance is coming soon. “The Yard,” located at the Walker-Wilkins-Bloxom Warehouse District on 23rd Street will have seven apartment units available starting July 1. When completed, the converted warehouse...

Employment News

Shipyard Skilled Trades Trainees Wanted

NEWPORT NEWS—Interested in training for a job in the shipbuilding industry? As part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, the City of Newport News is partnering with Newport News Shipbuilding to recruit, train, and prepare...

Tradition Brewing Company Turns 5

NEWPORT NEWS-Tradition Brewing Company is celebrating a milestone anniversary in June, its fifth birthday. The brewery, located on Thimble Shoals Boulevard near City Center at Oyster Point, will host a three-day festival in honor of...

Cancer Survivor Awareness Fundraiser Set For June 26 At Surf’s Up Restaurant

POQUOSON—June is Cancer Survivor Month, so it’s fitting that a group called God’s Hands and Feet (GHAF) is putting on a fundraiser June 26 to raise money and awareness. The GHAF fundraising team is...