Sunday, July 25, 2021

Peninsula Chronicle

Several New Businesses Open In Williamsburg Premium Outlets

JAMES CITY-Several new businesses have popped up in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets in recent months. The Beef Jerky Outlet is now open. The Beef Jerky Outlet carries more than 100 varieties and sizes of premium...

Three Businesses Headed to Merchant Square

WILLIAMSBURG-Three empty storefronts on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square will soon be occupied. J. Fenton Gallery, which is currently located on S. Henry Street, is moving a block over to Merchants Square later...

New Jewelry Store Set to Open In July In Downtown Williamsburg

A new jewelry store will open in downtown Williamsburg in July, taking over the space that was once occupied by LOKAL Café on Prince George Street. Ryan Eure Designs will have a soft opening in July, though an exact date has not been determined. “I have always wanted to open my...

Headlines

Virginia To Invest $700 Million To Achieve Universal Broadband

In May of this year, Governor Ralph Northam and General Assembly leaders released a joint statement outlining shared priorities for allocating $4.3 billion in federal funds available to the commonwealth from the American Rescue Plan. Governor Northam recently announced...

Historic Lee Hall Depot Is Finally Open Again

NEWPORT NEWS—It has been more than 40 years since the Lee Hall Depot has greeted railway passengers, but the historic train station is finally operational again and now accepting visitors as a museum. Passenger service ended in the late 1970s...

New On The Chronicle

We’ve added two new features to help businesses connect with readers: free job listings and a free events calendar. Since they’re new, there won’t be many listings until you post them. As the pandemic becomes a memory, businesses need to find employees and everyone wants to get back to meeting in public, so these will help us move forward.

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill Coming To Midtown Row

WILLIAMSBURG—Mezeh Mediterranean Grill recently signed a lease to become a member of Midtown Row. The new restaurant will occupy a ground-floor retail space in Building Four near Marshalls. Mezeh is...

K’bola Cuban Restaurant Now Open In New Town

JAMES CITY-A new Cuban restaurant has opened in New Town. A grand opening was held on Friday, July 16 for K’bola, a Cuban-centric dining establishment. The new restaurant is located...

Somerwell House In Yorktown Available For Lease

YORK-Somerwell House on Main Street in Yorktown is available for lease. The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Somerwell House in part as a way to revitalize Main Street in historic Yorktown as the NPS prepares for the 250th...

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...

Hospitality & Tourism

Colonial Williamsburg Will Once Again Hold Popular “Ales Through The Ages” Conference

WILLIAMSBURG-Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the history of brews during Colonial Williamsburg’s popular “Ales Through the Ages” conference in November. The hybrid virtual or in-person weekend event is scheduled for November 12-14.  Some of the world’s top beer scholars will be...

Jamestown Jams Concert Series Returns

JAMES CITY-James City will host three monthly concerts this summer as part of the Jamestown Jams Concert Series at Jamestown Beach Event Park on Jamestown Road. The series kicks off Friday, July 30, with a live performance by the popular jazz band Good Shot Judy....

Local Industries

WCAC Will Reopen To The Public On July 14

WILLIAMSBURG-After more than a year of being closed as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center (WCAC) will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 14. Among the shows and exhibits scheduled at WCAC when it reopens are the Annual Members’...

Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra In-Person Concert Set For July 1 at WRL

WILLIAMSBURG-The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra and The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra league will host one of its first in-person events following the pandemic at Williamsburg Regional Library on Thursday, July 1. The Morning Coffee Concert performance will be a classical quartet led by Concertmaster Akemi Takayama. Rounding...

New Businesses

New Car Wash Coming To Victory Village Shopping Center

YORK-A new car wash will soon open in the Victory Village shopping center on Mooretown Road. Construction is underway for the new Tidal Wave Auto Spa, which York County first approved for the shopping center in 2019. The county hopes...

Mary Organic Food and Tobacco Opens In Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG-Mary Organic Food and Tobacco recently opened on Monticello Avenue near Midtown Row in the space formerly occupied by Williamsburg Drug Company. Owners Bakil Abo and his uncle, Sammy Alsaidi, opened Mary Organic Food and Tobacco on July 5. The...

Northam Announces Appointments To Cannabis Oversight Boards

Governor Ralph Northam recently announced appointments to three newly created boards responsible for overseeing the legalization of recreational marijuana in the commonwealth. This spring, Virginia became the first Southern state to pass adult-use cannabis legislation, with changes that went...

Queens Way In Hampton Will Remain Closed To Vehicles

HAMPTON—The popular strip of road known as Queen’s Way in Hampton has always been a hub for outdoor activities. Visitors hankering for a local nosh or cold beverage have a number of different establishments to choose from including Marker...

New Car Wash Coming To Victory Village Shopping Center

YORK-A new car wash will soon open in the Victory Village shopping center on Mooretown Road. Construction is underway for the new Tidal Wave Auto Spa, which York County first approved for the shopping center in 2019. The county hopes the new business will attract...

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....

Employment News

WJCC Schools Will Hold Job Fair July 22

JAMES CITY-The Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) School Division will host a job fair on Thursday, July 22. The school division is looking to hire bus drivers, bus aides, cafeteria workers, custodians, and substitute teachers, substitute...

Public Invited To Aquaplex Groundbreaking Ceremony

HAMPTON—The groundbreaking ceremony for the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex will be held Wednesday, July 14 at 10am on-site at the new center, located at 1908 Coliseum Drive. Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck, along with other Hampton...

Summer Of Innovation Program Encourages Youth Entrepreneurship

Children and teens who want to stretch their creativity skills are invited to participate in the Summer of Innovation Program, a national program for students in grades 3 through 12. The Summer of Innovation...