Movement is Medicine, a recent addition to the North Colley business corridor, announced a double whammy of community events this week. While they’ve just opened their Norfolk location less than a year ago, they’ve wasted no time in engaging the community. This...
RISE Awards $1.5 Million in Flood Insurance of the Future Challenge
RISE, the coastal resilience innovation hub, has announced the five winning small businesses in its Flood Insurance of the Future Challenge. The competition aimed to source innovative solutions that reduce flood-related insurance premiums and payouts by 50%, a...
NSU Is Building Momentum in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Between Pharrell Williams’ Mighty Dream Forum and the expanding Norfolk State Innovation Center, Norfolk is buzzing with innovation. In conjunction with small business incubators like Selden Market and 757 Startup Studios, the community seems to have found real...
Secondhand Prose: a Look Inside the Book Exchange
Tucked into a shopping center in Ward’s Corner is one of Norfolk’s hidden gems: the Book Exchange. The literary and multimedia “thrift store,” so to speak, opened in its current location in 2004 but has since expanded to additional locations in Chesapeake and Virginia...
Get Thrifty: 757 Creative Reuse Center’s New Home
From opening in 2019 to nearly closing due to COVID, through revival and growth, nonprofit organization 757 Creative ReUse Center’s journey has led to a brightly-lit space in MacArthur Mall. The rustic-industrial shelving, warm lighting, and high ceilings are a huge...
Community is the Heart and “Sol” of This Norfolk Restaurant
When Norfolk residents get a craving for Mexican food, Plaza Del Sol is a classic go-to spot for delicious and hearty Mexican dishes and drinks. Not only is Plaza Del Sol centrally located in the heart of Ghent, but offers affordable prices, including unbeatable happy...
So you’re moving? The LeGrand Story
**An Interview with Stephen Marsh of LeGrand Kitchen** So you’re moving? Yeah. My plan had always been to buy the building, but the asking price was double of what we had in mind, about half a mil. It was one of those hard lessons to learn when being your own...
Local Transit Expands and Has New Careers Ready to Roll
Every day we see busses, light rail trains, or para-transit vehicles around the city. They’re so commonplace that it’s easy to take them for granted. Yet, Hampton Roads Transit serves over half a million rides every month, which is a huge organizational feat. Behind...
Build Small, Stronger: NSU & Selden Market Unite for Community-Driven Series
We've all heard the age-old adage "it takes a village to raise a child," but NSU and Selden Market are betting on the idea that it takes a village to get small businesses off the ground. Align: Small Business Series starts Monday, February 6th. NSU's...
Super Small, Very Vintage, & Festive Fun: Reaver Beach & Hank’s Small Business Saturday Vintage Market
This Saturday is the biggest small day of the year... Or the smallest big day of the year?? It's small business Saturday, and it's going to be a blockbuster day for your favorite local shops and vendors across Norfolk. You can go HAM at the big box stores on Black...
Gift Local: The 2023 Norfolk Holiday Market Lineup
Believe it or not, the holidays are upon us. Whether you’re looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate, or to get a headstart on your holiday shopping, Norfolk is brimming with holiday markets. Plus, with Small business Saturday on the horizon, there is no better...
Hot Lots: The Overlooked Opportunities of Lot Auctions and Missing Middle Housing
Bidders, submit your applications – Norfolk's City-Owned Vacant Property Online Auction for Fall 2022 opens on the 14th. For (probably) less than $30,000, a vacant residential lot in Norfolk could be yours! Here's a map showing this quarter's offerings (in red): Upon...
Oh My Gourd – 10 Places to Get Your Pumpkin Fix this Fall
Fall enthusiasts - changing leaves and chilly weather are around the corner, and you know what that means. There's no better way to get into the season's spirit than partaking in some pumpkin. Norfolk's got plenty of it, so we're sharing some of the city's favorite...
The 8th Annual Fall Crafted Market Comes To Reaver Beach
This Saturday marks eight years of Crafted Indie Arts and Craft Markets. The market series known for curated selections of creative handmade goods is back again with its most robust market of the year. Over 40 vendors will squeeze into the parking lot of Reaver Beach...
Bursting the Bubble: Tealux Expands to Colley Ave Amid Rapid Nationwide Growth
Tealux Café specializes in bubble tea, Bahn Mi sandwiches, and Vietnamese coffee. For those unfamiliar with some of these delectable delights, bubble tea, or boba tea, is a tea-based drink enhanced with chewy tapioca balls. Aside from its fruit-forward, refreshing...
Literature and Libations: Eleanor’s Boozy Book Fair at Reaver Beach
Don’t Miss Norfolk’s Boozy Book Fair at Reaver NFK Calling all book lovers and beer enthusiasts! Reaver Beach Brewing Company has teamed up with Eleanor’s Norfolk to bring Norfolk residents the ultimate event, pairing books with booze. While this isn’t Eleanor’s first...
6 Months of Startup Heaven: 757 Startup Studios Opens Applications
Has your brain been burning with back-of-napkin business ideas? Are you ready to step up your side hustle to superstar status? Applications are open for 757 Startup Studios, a local program seeking to get promising founders off the ground. 757 Collab is a family of...
Norfolk Welcomes Maison Soleil, A Fair Trade Boutique Empowering Women
Colley Avenue's newest tenant, Maison Soleil, is a fair-trade fashion boutique offering unique and vibrant pieces while benefitting the women that made them. These handmade products range from clothing and jewelry to coffee and home décor. Maison Soleil's Mission to...
Eggleston Farmers Market: Year-Round Local Produce for a Noble Cause
A Year-Round Farmers Market Has Made Its Way to Norfolk While Norfolk boasts several impressive farmers markets during the warmer months of the year, the cooler season comes too soon, and these markets wrap up and return home until warmer weather returns the...
Christmas Lands at Reaver Beach This Saturday With a Huge Vendor Market.
Peak summer heat and humidity are upon us; let's be honest, some of us are fully OVER IT. Walking 100 feet will basically leave you swimming in your sweat. Car interiors frequently feel like they've been preheated to 375 degrees. The misery has driven a small cadre of...
Swap Before You Shop: Selden Market Clothing Swap Offers Options for Sustainable Style
Looking to refresh your summer wardrobe? Selden Market's upcoming Clothing Swap is all about out with the old and in with the new-to-you. "New" is a relative term, as, with any clothing swap, you'll have the chance to breathe new life into someone's beloved jeans or...
Eleanor’s Norfolk: Books, Bottles, & Community Building
Shop-owner Erin Dougherty has one of those super contagious laughs–the kind that bursts forward in total earnest every time she sees someone she finds delightful pop through the doors of Eleanor's Norfolk, her feminist and intersectional book and bottle shop tucked...
Savor a Taste of Turkish Cuisine Once Again: Naci’s Corner Cafe Reopens
After over two months of closure, Naci's Corner Cafe has reopened to resume serving customers delectable Turkish cuisine. Ask any patron, and they'll tell you - it's been worth the wait. The restaurant halted operations after a car crashed into the side of the...
New Rules Proposed Regarding Short Term Rentals (STRs)
**Editors notes: We published this story before the vote held by City Council on June 28th. Council voted unanimously to adopt the rules.** At the May 26th City Planning Commission Public Hearing, several amendments to the city's zoning ordinance governing...
Dazed and Hopfused: 9 Breweries Showoff Hop Skills at Reaver Beach’s IPA Festival
"You Just Gotta Keep Hoppin' Man. H-O-P-P-I-N." Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic. These are just a few hop varieties loaded into the most popular beers these days. There are over 150 varieties of these fragrant little beer buds. Hops span the...
The Life Aquatic: Norfolk’s Managed Retreat Puts Housing into Focus
And when I outgrow that, then take me down to the ocean, for then I will be beyond destruction.-The Shatapatha Brahmana On May 10th, 2022, a pair of ocean-front homes in the Outer Banks collapsed into the sea along a stretch of coast south of Norfolk, Virginia. At...
Riverview’s Cabinet of Curiosities: Quixotic Arts
Stepping into Quixotic Arts, you'll find a menagerie of treasures - ranging from the colorful and eclectic to the mysterious and macabre. The entryway features displays of funky socks, crocheted plushies, and secondhand children's books. As you meander towards the...
Norfolk Startup Takes Center Stage in the Robotics Revolution
As we all know, the pandemic has put undue stress on supply chains, and it isn’t letting up anytime soon. Considering the increase in consumer demand and a limited labor force, many companies find themselves in a sink or swim game. The only way to stay afloat is to...
RISE Challenge Winners Announced: Startups Bringing Innovation to Resilience in Virginia
In their crusade against climate change, RISE, an economic development organization, has announced the winners of their Rural and Urban Coastal Community Resilience Challenges. These eight small businesses, selected from over 70 submissions, will receive up to $300M...
That’s Amore: Love at First Bite with S’mores Amore
Are you trying to tame your sweet tooth? You may want to put that on hold until after summer. Norfolk's S'mores Amore serves classic campfire treats with a gourmet twist, and they're irresistible. When sandwiched between two graham crackers, gooey marshmallow and...
The Stockley Gardens Art Festival Is Back This Weekend
Norfolk's festival season is in full swing, and up next is Hope House's biannual Stockley Gardens Arts Festival this weekend, May 21-22. This free, two-day, juried event will showcase more than 115 artists, musicians, and food vendors in Ghent's beautiful and blooming...
The Latest on the Railyards at Lambert’s Point
A significant mixed-use development is coming to the west side of Norfolk on land directly adjacent to the Elizabeth River Trail. The Railyard at Lambert's Point proposes turning a couple of seemingly vacant blocks along Hampton Boulevard between ODU and West Ghent...
Shop Local for Mom’s Day: Reaver Beach’s Mother’s Day Market This Saturday
Early celebrations of motherhood are traced back at least as far as Ancient Greece and Rome. They might have been more focused on the “mother goddesses” Rhea and Cybele, but hey, I bet ol’ Caesar picked up a pink card full of cliches for his mom. There’s no doubt that...
Not Your Average Corner Store: Ghent Grab & Go Gives Locals More
Ghent Grab & Go is Norfolk’s newest resident, located in the heart of Ghent on Olney Road. The building was once a 711 years ago; now, the new tenant is a locally-owned neighborhood bodega offering everything from groceries to fine wine to Dole Whip. A local...
Reaver Beach to Celebrate One Year of Brewing in Norfolk
Almost three years back now, we first got the announcement of a Reaver Beach taproom coming to the old Post Office on Colley Avenue. Some folks were indeed excited, while others held a healthy skepticism. Before, we'd heard the rumors of brewery expansions, like Stone...
Greenthumbs Gather: New Shop Plants Roots in the NEON District
Our city recently gained a new resident in the NEON District – Plant Norfolk. This bright and airy plant shop is as vibrant and energizing as its storefront, making it the perfect addition to the NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) District. The NEON District is renowned for...
Dark Money is Flooding Norfolk Apartments
On November 18, 2021, Blackfin/ GMF, a partnership between investment firm Blackfin and a private equity fund, GMF Capital, sold Coastline Apartments in Virginia Beach to an "undisclosed buyer" for $98 million. With 600 units, the Coastline Apartments represents one...
Crafted VA Decks the Halls with Double Holiday Markets
There might not be real elves up at the North Pole (well, there might be), but you can still get handcrafted gifts with a bit of love and magic. There are hundreds of local small businesses and makers in the community who would be eager to help you fill your...
Vessel Craft Coffee Brings a Roastery to Chelsea
Vessel Craft Coffee Expands to Chelsea/West Ghent The Chelsea District serves its community with the best breweries, pizza, baked goods, and wine. And while each spot is nothing short of spectacular, there’s one area that’s sorely lacking. Coffee shops are few and...
Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co Finally Finds a Home Studio
Black Friday is, according to legend, a day with so much shopping that many businesses go from the red (taking a loss) to the black (making a gain). It's a super essential sales time for numerous companies across the country. But this Black Friday, one small business...
MINUTEMEN: Local Bike Shop Leaps Into Action
Have you ever called a plumber, and they show up for 1 hour and 2 minutes, and they charge you two whole hours of labor? We're so used to every maintenance specialist and contractor charging us by the hour and then rounding up that we hardly bat an eye anymore. That...
Selden’s Biggest Yet Celebration of the New Moon
When the moon moves into alignment with the sun (from Earth's perspective), the sun's light is reflected off of the far side of the moon. To us earthlings, the moon appears dark and difficult to spot with the naked eye. In this position, the sun and moon's...
Get Well Soon with this Self-Care Sanctuary
If the past year and a half has taught us anything, it’s that taking care of your mental health needs to be a priority. While the normal everyday stresses of life can be overwhelming, the pandemic added another layer of issues. With 1 in 4 Americans on...
Ten Witchy Shops Around Norfolk to Fuel Your Hallow’s Eve Desires
Hocus Pocus is on repeat in houses around the country this month, but the popularity of witches and their craft has surpassed the kid's movies and cliches with which we grew up. Look across the internet, and you'd see how popular #Witchtok is on TikTok. The uptick in...
Made to Order: Sisters in Selden Market
In the heart of Selden Market is a clothing shop unlike any other in Hampton Roads. It began with a dream which has since catapulted into a full-throttle boutique. The year was 2019 when two sisters decided to co-launch their clothing business—born out of a...
North Colley’s Newest Market Brings the Smiles – Elated Craft Market
[**Sponsored Post**] The North Colley section of town has slowly but surely become an epicenter of gastrointestinal greatness over the past few years. There are over a dozen establishments within a few blocks, ready to satisfy your need for the best chow and even...
Crafted Fall Market is back for its seventh year!
**This is a sponsored post.** For over seven years, Crafted Indie Arts & Craft Market has brought together a roster of highly skilled and infinitely creative artisans. Crafted’s reputation for having the best selection of can’t-find-anywhere-else goods has...
Back To School Local Shopping Guide
Norfolk Public Schools starts back next week as summer vacation comes to a close for adolescents throughout the city. Most of the 'back to school' shopping gets done on the upcoming tax-free weekend in August, but we all know it isn't quite that simple. Those kiddos...
A Candle Making Company Gracing Us with Their Sweet Presence
Selden Market is home to many qualified small businesses, from coffee to cuisine and clothing to candle making. If you’re looking for a new date night activity or a Saturday hangout with the girls, head to Sugar & Grace Co! The Story of Sugar & Grace Co ...
Meet Church Street’s Industrial Cottage
Say Hello to the Industrial Cottage Picture yourself walking around a shop with exposed brick, metal door frames, massive ceiling heights, tons of natural light from oversized windows, and to-die-for wall-to-wall home decor? Where did you see yourself? In a...
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