Thursday, June 24, 2021

Headlines

Local Hotel Industry Bounces Back Following Pandemic

Early indicators seem to suggest that the local hotel industry is on its way to recovery following the covid-19 pandemic. According to Ron Kirkland, executive director for the Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association, hotels in the Williamsburg area had a...

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...

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. As part of the expansion,...

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 intersection of Richmond and...

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...

Dunkin’ Drive Thru Set To Open June 26 in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS—Residents and visitors to Newport News will soon be able to experience Dunkin’s store of the future, as the brand announced the grand opening of its newest drive-thru only restaurant at 692 J....

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?...

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...

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...

Newport News Bake Shop Featured on “Good Morning America”

NEWPORT NEWS-The new bakery O’s Cakes was recently featured on the ABC morning news program “Good Morning America.” On June 8, GMA ran a segment featuring O’s Cakes co-owners, Olajuwon Bynoe and his wife, Aysia, who opened the bake shop in a kiosk at Patrick...

Green Clean Express Car Wash Expanding Operations To The Peninsula

Norfolk-based Green Clean Express will soon be making vehicles on the Peninsula squeaky clean when they open two new locations—one in Hampton and one still to be determined—later this year. The Hampton facility will be located at 1045 W. Mercury Boulevard (taking over the...

Virginia General Assembly To Convene In August To Discuss American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

A special session of the Virginia General Assembly will convene in August to address judicial vacancies as well as how to allocate more than $4.3 billion in federal relief funding following the covid-19 pandemic. “With more Virginians getting vaccinated every...

Submissions Now Being Accepted For Consideration For New Virginia Time Capsule

Governor Ralph Northam is inviting citizens of Virginia to submit items for a new time capsule that will be buried on Monument Avenue in Richmond where a statue of Robert E. Lee is scheduled to be removed soon. The...

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 the anniversary June 25-27. The celebration will include five new beer...

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 comprised of four women—Karen Whaley, Kimberly Abbasi, Julie Corbin, and...

Liz Moore & Associates Hosts Pet Portrait Fundraiser For Heritage Humane Society

YORK-To support the Heritage Humane Society’s expansion project, Liz Moore & Associates realty company will hold a Pet Portrait Fundraiser on Saturday, June 26. The event will take place from noon to 4pm at Heritage Humane Society on Waller Mill Road. Cost for each portrait...

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...

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...

Employment News

FBI Future Agents In Training Program Comes To Hampton

HAMPTON—For the first time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Future Agent in Training (FAIT) Teen Academy Program will partner with the Hampton Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Hampton Police Department to provide high school students in Hampton, and surrounding...

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 residents of the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood...