This week in NFK: Fireworks, New Laws, Zoo Concerts, Hershee’s Returns, and 3 New Restaurants

by | Jul 2, 2021


As of July 1st, marijuana is legal in Virginia. Here’s what you need to know. (NFK Originals) Rip it. 

We dropped another neighborhood set of merch. This time we feature Park Place. (NFK Originals). Rip it.  

Congresswoman Elaine Luria, who represents parts of Norfolk, has been named to the Select Committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Rip it.  

HRT will be expanding service hours on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate the 4th of July festivities. Rip it. 

As of July 1st, a new Virginia law will require motorists to change lanes to go around bicyclists. Rip it. 

A slew of new voting rights aimed at making voting more accessible take effect this month. Rip it. 

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is rolling out a fleet of food trucks to help address the scarcity of fresh food in communities across Hampton Roads. Rip it.  

Six business owners in Norfolk and Virginia Beach initially the state last week, arguing the ban on skill game machines was “discriminatory” as it affects primarily minorities. Rip it. 

Sarah Jane and Stephen Kirkland, leaders of the CIVIC Leadership Institute and Nauticus respectively, have a fun winding love story that ends in Norfolk. Rip it. 

Norfolk Public Libraries are testing one year without fines. Rip it. 

Norfolk-based NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is undertaking deep-sea exploration on the coast of the Atlantic. Rip it. 

U.S. and German military leaders met in Norfolk this week to tour an aircraft carrier. Rip it.


Portrayed, a nationally juried exhibition, opened this week at d’Art Center. Rip it. 

Don’t miss Last Bison and Starcoast at the Virginia Zoo for a wild night next Friday. Rip it. 

A former Old Dominion University filmmaker is creating a documentary on Clyde Stubblefield, a former James Brown drummer. Rip it. 

This weekend at Naro Cinema: Queen Bees, Werewolves Within, Summer of Soul, and JAWS. Rip it. 

For the Honor and Glory premiered at Little Theater of Norfolk this week. Rip it. 

The Revive Your Pride championship games with Stonewall Sports are set for July 17th. Rip it. 

The NEON District is seeking applicants for it’s committee juried exhibition “Homegrown.” Rip it. 

STEM is Going Places with Nauticus’ newest exhibit on display this summer. (NFK Originals). Rip it. 

Washed Ashore: Sculptures of the Plastic Plague’s Real Victims at Norfolk Botanical Garden (NFK Originals). Rip it. 


Cafe Milo is leading the way in local food partnerships by hosting Farmer’s Market Dinners with ingredients sourced from local vendors. (NFK Originals). Rip it. 

Sentara Healthcare is ramping up efforts to diversify its suppliers, vendors, and business partners. Rip it. 

Iconic Hershee Bar, the oldest lesbian bar in the nation, will reopen in Norfolk. Rip it. 

“Shored Up,” an eco-tourism business that aims to educate tour-goers about the local environment and heritage of the region launched this week. Rip it. 

Interior Secretary Haaland was in Norfolk this week to approve the environmental review of a large offshore wind project. Rip it. 

The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate and CREW Coastal Virginia are hosting an industry social event on July 15th. Rip it. 

SVT Robotics was named Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Top Supply Chain Project. Rip it. 

Norfolk City Council approved an ordinance that provides an additional tax incentive for businesses locating in the Norfolk Innovation Corridor. Rip it. 

GO Virginia has awarded 757 Collab $2.4M to expand its offerings providing greater access to critical entrepreneurial resources for Hampton Roads startups. Rip it.   

Good news for the local housing market as lumber prices come down and new construction ramps back up. Rip it. 

You can now get free 1-hour parking when you spend $10+ with a Selden Market business. Rip it. 

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

Park Place Tee

Colonial Place Tee


Book your calendars for July 24th. We’ve got something special in store for you.

This summer Hunter House is bringing a very victorian lineup of events. (NFK Originals). Rip it. 

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
All Weekend:
Norfolk Botanical Gardens exhibit “Washed Ashore.” Rip it.
Going Places Exhibit at Nauticus Grand Opening Weekend. Rip it.
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK on the ERT. Rip it.

Ghent Farmers Market at Blair Middle. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Late til’ 8 Adult Night at Virginia Zoo. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
First Fridays 757 at Unity Lab Studio. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Vince Kornegay performs live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
TGOV Friday Night Concert at OV Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Amy Kaus performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Co-Pilot at The Veil Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Liz & Brydge perform live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Chris from Seven Ten Oil performing live at Tap It Local. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The Made Up Movie at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Donal O’Shaughnessy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Aaron Firestone performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.

Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at 9680 Shore Dr. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Nature and Eco Kayak Tour at Virginia Zoo. 9:30 am. Rip it. 
Backyard Yoga at Hank’s Filling Station. 10:00 am. Rip it.
HydroBike & Brunch at Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Drag Brunch by Sandra Lopez at Bluemoon Taphouse. 10:00 am & 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Community Gentle Yoga at OV Beach Park. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Crafted Mini Market at Coalescence Coffee Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Culture Lounge hosts Meet & Greet Day Party with Killa Cam. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Bryan Treakle hosts 4 session teapot building at d’Art Center. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Julie Clark performs live at the Market on Monarch Way. 5:00pm. Rip it. 
RNSoul Ties Live R&B Event with The Black Sheep 757. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Bay Rats perform live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Yoga Sampler at Mystic Moon of Norfolk. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Cody Browning performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Heather Edwards Band performs live at Waterside District. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Party On The Scope Plaza with The Diplomats. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Skylark with Skip Hancock performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Date Night at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
DJ Mista Nice performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Sketchmageddon at Push Comedy Theather. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 


Nature and Eco Kayak Tour at Virginia Zoo. 9:30 am. Rip it.
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Chef Chaevis Alive Day Celebration in Riverview. 11:00 am. Rip it.
All-American 4th of July at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Outlaw Kings perform live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Tour de ORF Ride along the Elizabeth River Trail. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Brasswind performs live with Fireworks at Town Point Park. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Shore Thing Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks at Ocean View Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Animal Haus performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The Function on Granby with DJ Trap Magic & Fake Uzumi at Circuit Social. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

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


We put together a list of *some* of NFK’s Best Vegan Spots. (NFK Originals). Rip it. 

Brickster’s 600 on 35th Street opened this week serving southern fare. Rip it.  

Granby Waffle Shop and its one-of-a-kind menu open in Downtown Norfolk. Rip it. 

The Fishin’ Pig restaurant officially opens in Norfolk. Rip it. 

 Science is Crushable IPA and Redemption Gong drop this week at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 

Party Battery Party Beer + Easy Like… Mimosa-inspired Tart Ale drop this week at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

This Watermelon Craft Latte from Kobro’s might just be cool enough for you to cut the A/C off. But only almost. Rip it.

Grab a Funfetti Cinnamon Roll from Flour Child Bakery at East Beach Farmers Market this weekend. Rip it. 

Grandiflora Wine Garden is hosting a wine tasting this week. Rip it. 

Four Eleven York’s new Farro Bowl is here to ruin every other brunch. Rip it. 

aLatte Cafe has a new Rose Matcha Latte. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
Avocargo at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Hangry’s at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
TFK Taco Bar at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 
Pelican Pete’s Pizza at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 

Jessy’s at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Sour Street Pizza at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
Lolly’s Creamery at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
DC Smoothies at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 

Miami Fusion at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Miki’s Doghouse & Pitt County BBQ at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
The Chicken Coop at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 

Paul Stetson Rice

Chelsea, NFK

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!

Related Merch