This week in NFK: Evelyn Butts, Model Citizen, Pressed Watermelon, St. Paul’s Preliminary Plans, and Goat Cheese Ice Cream

by | Aug 27, 2021


Norfolk unveiled a new historical marker on Church Street honoring civil rights activist Evelyn T. Butts. Rip it. 

The preliminary design for new housing in the St. Paul’s area made its way to the Architectural Review Board and is now open for feedback. Rip it. 

WPA worked with several firms to create this 3D flythrough video on the preliminary plan for the St. Paul’s area. Rip it. 

Nancy Morgan has spent over 700 hours at CHKD cuddling high-risk babies that need extra attention. Rip it. 

After community feedback, the developer of a Poplar Hall project has changed the plans to include a community center. Rip it.  

What does the future hold for light rail in Norfolk and beyond? Rip it. 

Norfolk State University students and staff may be paid for being vaccinated. Rip it. 

After a three-week trial, former Sheriff Bob McCabe has been found guilty on 11 counts of fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. Rip it. 

In the latest polling from the CNU Wason Center, Terry McAuliffe leads Glenn Youngkin 50% to 41% among likely voters in the race for Governor of Virginia. Rip it. 

Norfolk City Council passed $4.7 million in bonuses for city police officers in a bid to keep them from leaving to other departments. Rip it. 

Due to the amount of federally administered vaccines in the 757, it’s impossible to know how many are still unvaccinated in each city. Rip it. 

Redistricting in Virginia, which could change several Norfolk districts, is delayed after a commission member has tested positive for Covid. Rip it. 

Results from the August 24th City Council meeting. Rip it. 


The Return LAVA MiniFest: The Jams Strike Back. Catch the full lineup of 10+ acts that will be at Toast on September 10th. The event is likely to sell out, get early bird tickets now. Rip it. 

Stop by the NEON and check out the newest gallery which is right up on a fence. Rip it.

Frederick Ballentine, an opera singer from Norfolk, won his first Grammy for his role in Porgy and Bess. Rip it.

The Poet Laureate of Virginia is looking for young poets from the region. Rip it.

If pro-wrestling is your thing, you’re in luck as it’s coming to Chartway Arena in November. Rip it.

NFK Night Vespers is back at Nomads with an even better lineup than before. Rip it.

Opening this weekend at Offsite Gallery: Racial Inequality by Theresa A. Brown. Rip it.

Matt Seso’s “Life and Limb” opens at Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery later this month. Rip it.

Al Doms, Young Crazy, and Babyface Ray headline ELD Fest: A Hip Hop Carnival at Maker’s Craft Brewery on Sept 19th. Rip it.

Currently on Display:

Going Places at Nauticus. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

Washed Ashore at Norfolk Botanical Garden (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Work In Progress at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Alma Thomas teaches us that everything is beautiful at Chrysler Museum. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Homegrown at CommuneXCrop in the NEON District. Rip it.

Augmented Reality: Art in the Wild! at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.

Soundwalk by Ellen Reid on the Elizabeth River Trail. Rip it.


Meet Sugar and Grace, the candle shop gracing us with their sweet presence. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.


The Industrial Cottage on Church Street is growing with an innovative furniture business.(NFK Currents Original) Rip it.  

The Roy E. Hendrix Business Center is now open on the third floor of the Slover Library providing many resources for small businesses. Rip it.

Several professionals from the region were selected for the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership’s 2021 class. Rip it.

Norfolk-based, Traffix, won two national marketing awards at the Association for Commuter Transportation International Conference. Rip it.

The regional wind power industry took another step forward this week as Dominion Energy leased Port of Virginal terminals for staging and pre-assembling offshore wind components. Rip it.

The state liquor monopoly had another record-breaking year of sales, reporting $1.4 billion in gross revenue. It’s the third year in a row sales have topped $1 billion. Rip it.

Catch the 2020-2021 Impact Report from the 757 Angels. Rip it.

Legacy is slated to be the newest nightclub in Downtown Norfolk. (Item C-1) Rip it.

Elenor’s will be coming to Ghent, filling in the former Textures location under Fairgrounds. (Item C-2) Rip it.

Turner’s Market is officially open in Huntersville, providing a much-needed grocer to the community. Rip it.

Virginia hotel revenues are still down compared to their 2019 pre-pandemic levels. Rip it.

How real estate prices are affected by the quality of schools. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

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**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
Sunrise Yoga at the Plot with Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
Warehouse Sale with Virginia Stage Company. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Aloha Friday’s Craft Mini Market at Cova Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
“Racial Inequality” exhibition opening reception at Offsite Gallery. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bill Deal’s Original Rhondels perform live at Ocean View Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Vince Kornegay performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Neon Art Tour with Norfolk Tour Co departing from The Plot. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Lava Summer of Fun: No BS Brass Band at Virginia Zoo. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Clarissa & Co perform live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs Jacksonville Giant Shrimp at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it. 
The Improv Riot: Short Form Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies Ride departing from Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Exploding Sun performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Improv Riot After Dark: Short Form Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:00 am. Rip it. 
Nature and Eco Tour with Norfolk Kayak Rentals. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
East Beach Farmers Market on Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga + Coffee at Coalescence with Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Bike & Brunch at Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Warehouse Sale with Virginia Stage Company. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Community Gentle Yoga with Samantha Crandall at OV Beach Park. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Young Money Makers (Youth & Teen) at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Kevin Brison performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
VA Caribfest at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Duane Squire Smith Jazz Quartet performs live at ODU Brock Commons. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it. 
Girl-Prov improv show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Demons perform live at Taphouse Grill. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
AfroLove: VA Carnival After Fete at Cairo Bistro. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Mr. Killa Aka Mr. Run Wid It at MP Ultra Lounge. 9:00 pm. Rip it.  
Improvageddon: Decade of Domination at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 
Traptastic Vol 1 with Izzy the DJ, Trap Magic, and Traphouse Koda at Chicho’s Backstage. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 


Sunday Dog Days at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Ridin’ Dinghy Donut Popup at Local Bike Shop. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Peace & Pints with Bhav Brigade at Smartmouth Beer. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Big Forest Fire performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Model Citizen Cocktail popup at Crudo Nudo. Rip it. 
Lil Free Gallery Ribbon Cutting at The Plot. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Lolly’s Ice Cream Sundays at Smartmouth Beer. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
PC Duo performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Harbor Park. 4:05 pm. Rip it. 
Mark Dunn Acoustic at Maker’s Craft Brewer. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Top Hats Orchestra performs live at Ocean View Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it.  
DJ Mista Nice performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Lil Baby & Friends perform live at Norfolk Scope Arena. 8:00 pm. Rip it.

Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


Mark your calendars. Negroni week at Toast is coming in hot. Rip it.

Model Citizen is bringing tamari marinated watermelon to their popup this Sunday. Rip it. 

Würst and Festbier? Sehr schön! Oktoberfest comes to Cova. Rip it. 

Wait, Crudo Nudo has ice cream? How did you miss flavors like black sesame and goat cheese? Rip it. 

Coaster Coffee is loading croissants with chicken salad. Rip it. 

 Banku paired with grilled goat and tomato basil sauce? Only at Yendidi. Rip it. 

The Birch is well known for its incredible beer selection, but they’re packing ciders and meads too. Rip it. 

Omar’s is serving summer on a plate with this strawberry lemonade compressed watermelon salad. Rip it. 

Sanctuary’s Purple Haze features Virginia-crafted Dr.Stoner’s vodka. Rip it. 

Some classics never grow old. Feather n’ Fin’s sweet and spicy shrimp stays delicious. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
Luva Bowls at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Sense’s Vegan Foodtruck at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Gavin Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Pelican Pete’s Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
Hangry’s at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
757 Hot Dog Project at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 

The Chicken Coop 757 at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Deutscher Imbiss at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Capt’n Crabby at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Lolly’s Ice Cream and Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

Paul Stetson Rice

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Paul is the creator of He was born and raised in Norfolk, graduated from Virginia Tech, and narrowly avoided law school. Chat with him about economics, entrepreneurship, hip-hop, and hiking. When he's not working on five different projects, you'll catch him sharing a beer with friends at a local brewery. Go Hokies!

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