This week in NFK: Granby St Bike Lanes, Early Voting, Hip-Hop Carnival, Millers Bikes&Brews, the last Farmer’s Market, and more.

by | Sep 17, 2021

Community. 

Will Granby Street See Major Bike Lane Improvements? Rip it.

The results of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Rip it.

The Department of Transit will be holding an open house Tuesday to discuss the Granby Street Bike Lane Project. Rip it.

Sentara’s healthcare system is starting to stretch beyond capacity as the pandemic returns. Rip it.

The first report published under the Community Policing Act indicates that Black and Hispanic drivers are stopped by police at a disproportionate rate. Rip it.

Early voting in Norfolk has begun for several state and municipal seats. Rip it.

Downtown Norfolk Council canceled the October First Fridays event, but there’s hope to return in 2022. Rip it.

$477 million in EPA loans have been awarded to HRSD to ‘recharge’ the Potomac aquifer that sits underground by pumping water into it. Rip it. 

The St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation is launching a Food Pharmacy Program to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to families in need. Rip it.

Bob Dandridge, Norfolk Native, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after playing more than 800 games and winning two championships in the NBA. Rip it.

Local lawmakers are celebrating the Virginia Voting Rights Act in anticipation of the start of early voting in Virginia. Rip it.

Diana and Kelapa are the newest residents at the Virginia Zoo. They’re two Prevost squirrels that are tri-colored and native to Southeast Asia. Rip it.

Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center launched Tales for Tails, where students hone their reading skills by reading to animals in need of a friend. Rip it.

Notice an odd ship in the harbor? The French submarine FNS Améthyste is paying a visit to Naval Station Norfolk. Rip it.

The shelter for unhoused people at the former Greyhound bus station will be moving to the Budget Lodge motel on Tidewater Drive. Rip it.

Norfolk teacher, Sabrina Ramillo, reached out for book donations on Nextdoor and received over 400 books. Rip it.

The Virginia Redistricting Commission voted Wednesday to formally instruct its map-drawers not to look at political data or information showing where incumbents live as they draw new General Assembly and congressional districts. Rip it.

The Virginia NAACP is urging Governor Ralph Northam to use his authority to request the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute occurrences of law enforcement-involved shootings in the Commonwealth’s circuit courts. Rip it.

Culture.

Got a green thumb? Here’s your chance to learn more about the Norfolk Master Gardners. Rip it.

SITE-SEEING: an exhibition by Andy Harris is now on display at Slowdive Gallery. Rip it.

Norfolk Zine Fest is back on Sept. 18th with all the indie presses, comics, zines, and creations. Rip it.

The Countdown to EDL Fest: A Hip-Hop Carnival is on! Just 8 days out! Rip it.

ODU will be hosting its 43rd Annual Literary Festival in early October. Rip it.

The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, benefiting the Hope House Foundation, is back in action on October 16th and 17th. Rip it.

What happens when you mix psychedelic music and Oktoberfest? Pyschtoberfest at Smartmouth. Rip it.

NEON Fest is on the books for October 21st and 22nd, celebrating its 6th year. Rip it.

Raise Hell Over The Summer’s new single ‘Slow Down’ is worth checking out. Rip it.

Gnawing, You’re Jovian, and Dysphonia take on Chicho’s next weekend. Rip it.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is now showing at Naro Cinema. Rip it.

Coming up at the Norva: The Offspring, Dance Gavin Dance, Lil Tjay, and Skillet. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
Going Places at Nauticus. Rip it.
Washed Ashore at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Rip it. 
Work In Progress at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. Rip it. 
Alma W. Thomas exhibit at Chrysler Museum. Rip it. 

SITE-SEEING at Slow Dive Gallery. Rip it.
Racial Inequality at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Homegrown at CommuneXCrop in the NEON District. Rip it.
Life and Limb at Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery. Rip it.
Fence Street Gallery in the NEON District. Rip it.
Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Betwixt Intermixed / Luminescent Effervescent Iridescent at Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery. Rip it.

Commerce.

Norfolk-based Harbor Group International closed on $571.8 million in bridge loans for multifamily properties. Rip it. 

Bagels get better. Yorgo’s is expanding with an upstairs bar, event space, and yoga studio. Rip it. 

Angela Reddix announced the winner of the Reddix Rules Fund contest, a ten-week program for women entrepreneurs. Rip it.

Lolo’s Beach Cantina is headed to Ocean View with a location in East Beach. Rip it. 

Several Norfolk businesses are reducing their hours as they struggle to fill staffing vacancies. Rip it. 

Sivils IT Consulting in Norfolk announced a merger with 360IT Partners, a Virginia Beach firm. Rip it. 

Norfolk International Airport is seeing substantial rebounds in passenger traffic. Rip it. 

There’s a new fast-food player in town. Del Taco is making an entrance to the region. Rip it. 

The $27.5 million, 132-unit senior living development, Acclaim at East Beach opened this week. Rip it. 

Virginia hotels are expecting a loss of $1.5 billion lost revenue in 2021 due to decreased business travel. Rip it. 

How the pandemic affected landlords in Hampton Roads. Rip it. 

Median sales prices have dipped and homes are staying on the market longer, in the latest sign of a cooling housing market. Rip it. 

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

Norfolk 757 Tote

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Crowds.

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
All Weekend
One Love Fest 757 at Military Circle Mall. Rip it.

Friday: 
Norfolk Run Club Meeetup at Yorgo’s. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee at the Pagoda with Skys the Limit Yoga Co. 6:30 am. Rip it.
Red Cross Blood Drive at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Pumpkin Picnic at Hunter House Victorian Museum. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Botanical Tour and Nature Crafts at Weyanoke Bird Sanctuary. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Final 2021 Ghent Farmer’s Market at Blair Middle. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Spanish Wine Dinner at Todd Jurich’s Bistro. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
NEON Art Tour with Norfolk Tour Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Elan Trotman performs a tribute to Marvin Gaye at Brothers. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Chris Ride performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Fox and the Bear perform live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Strong Women of Norfolk Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Frank Sings Frank (Sinatra) at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Hooks and Hops meetup at Bold Mariner Brewing. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Canrock performs live at Slowdive Gallery. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it.
RACE performed live at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Legwarmers perform live at The Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Improvable Jokers Stand-up Show at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies Ride departing Smartmouth Beer. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Jan & Zane perform live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Last Night performs live at Waterside District. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Harold Night live at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Saturday: 
Heart of Ghent 10K. 8:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market on Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Nature and Eco Kayak Tour with Norfolk Kayak Rentals. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Bike and Brunch with Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:00 am. Rip it.
6th Annual Hermitage Handmade Festival at Hermitage Museum. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Community Gentle Yoga at OV Beach Park. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Rob White performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
NashFest 757 at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Coastal Virginia Cigar Festival at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Oktoberfest at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Zine Fest 2021 at Slowdive Gallery. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Miller’s ERT Bike and Brews. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Inside Out Youth Art Course with LGBT Life Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
PC Duo perform live at Benchtop Brewing. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow and Matt Thomas perform live at the Market on Monarch. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Matt Holloman performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Todd Murray performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Neptune Groove performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it.
Glasgow Kiss performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Heather McMahan Farewell Tour at the Harrison Opera House. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
RACE performed live at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Made Up Middle Earth: LOTR Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Snackbar Jones performs live at Waterside District. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Silent Disco at Blue Moon Taphouse. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Call me Boricua! Comedy show at The Benjack Studio Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ SDOT performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
PLATFORM’D – A Sketch Comedy Showcase at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Sunday:

Sunday Dog Days at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Slow-Mo Sunday Ride with Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Vintage Sunday Fall Market at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
September Craft Fair a Riverview Village. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Harold Night and Improv Riot Auditions at Push Comedy. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Harbor Park. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
EDL Fest: A Hip-Hop Carnival at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
RACE performed live at Generic Theater. 2:30 pm. Rip it.
Brett Williams performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Reaver Beach NFK. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Elan Trotman performs a Marvin Gaye Tribute at Brothers. 3:30 & 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Parking Lot Picnic at First Presbyterian Church Norfolk. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Fretomology Live Music at Smartmouth. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
High School Happy Hour at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Tell Me More Storytelling Live Recording at Push Comedy Theater. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Joe Fu performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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Chow.

Clams on a crostini with thai chili migonette at Saltine. Rip it.

Norfolk has no shortage of Lumpia, here are just a few of our favorites. Rip it.

Kobro’s Craft Latte flavor of the week is Hibiscus Rose. Rip it.

Waffles have landed in Ocean View, now at Cafe Mudita. Rip it.

Clementine’s in Riverview continues to serve up unusually fantastic feats. Rip it.

Get your greens in with this brussels sprouts salad from Mea Culpa cafe. Rip it.

Some classics never go out of style. Banana Pudding by Bar-Q will surely bring you back. Rip it.

Carrot Pistachio cake? You better believe it. Nysha’s Cakes are sweet. Rip it.

Looking for some gourmet wurst ahead of Oktoberfest? Pendulum has the meats. Rip it.

A little sweet vermouth and great gin are making Negroni week at Toast a special occasion. Rip it.

Capo Capo Steakhouse at the Norfolk Waterside Mariott is hitting well above its weight class. Rip it.

The Ten Top has your mushroom fix. They’ve got creamy roasted oyster mushroom soup on deck. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Friday:
Cheese It Up at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Avocargo at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Red River Smokehouse at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

Saturday:
Umami Dogs and Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Hadassah’s Grill at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Avocargo at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.

Sunday:
The Chicken Coop 757 at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

Paul Stetson Rice

Chelsea, NFK

Paul is the creator of NFKVA.com. 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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