This week in NFK: Home Sales Slump, 100 Years of the Norva, Digital Cities, Small Biz Saturday, Dark Arts, and More!

by | Nov 25, 2022

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Bring your “I Voted” sticker to Selden Market and get a complimentary NFKVA-approved version through the end of November. Rip it.

The public hearing for Slowdive’s CUP was seemingly delayed for the second time as they were left off of the November 29th City Council docket. Rip it. 

City Officials got an update this week on work by the Newark Community Street Team to alleviate gun violence and said the work “has been nothing short of extremely productive.” Rip it.

Volunteers with the New Virginia Majority are escorting students to and from school bus stops in an effort to curb crime and gun violence. Rip it. 

The City will close the application window this weekend for those interested in being the Norfolk Chief of Police. Rip it. 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Ramin Fatehi is unapologetic about his efforts to avoid putting “another generation of black and brown people in custody for longer than they deserve.” Rip it. 

The Grand Illumination Parade returned to downtown Norfolk with thousands attending the event the 36th celebration. Rip it.

Missy Elliott is giving the keynote speech at NSU’s December commencement ceremony. Rip it.

Over 100 elf doors have been hidden around downtown to raise awareness of Winterfest at Nauticus. Rip it. 

As HRT looks towards the possibility of bus rapid transit, Richmond is a the leading example. Rip it.

The Norfolk Botanical Gardens announced that they’ve raised $36 million in private donations to begin work on “The Garden of Tomorrow.” Rip it. 

Apps are leading the new generation of bay conservation with groups like Wetlands Watch. Rip it.

For seven consecutive years, the City of Norfolk has placed in the top 10 cities of its size in the Center for Digital Government’s (CDG) annual Digital Cities Survey. Rip it. 


The Virginia Arts Festival announced a sensational 2023 season jam-packed with events expected to draw over 100K attendees. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

With nods to Tidewater icons like Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and Allen Iverson, The Atlantic magazine has dubbed 2002 “The Year Virginia Rewrote the Rules of Popular Culture.” Rip it. 

Soweto Gospel Choir comes to Norfolk next week courtesy of the Virginia Arts Fest. Rip it. 

Brother’s hosts jazz artists Jeff Kashiwa and Brian Simpson for multiple show times this weekend. Rip it. 

The CAN Foundation has announced a three-month artist residency for developing artists of all disciplines. Rip it.

Watch the full short film “Return of the Trap” by the local team Matoso Productions, now available on Youtube. Rip it.
The Little Theater of Norfolk has an open casting call for an upcoming show about Ida B. Wells. Rip it.

Opening next month at Assembly: Asymmetry, a two-person exhibition curated by the CAN Foundation. Rip it.

Neptune’s Fury Coffee commissioned Aimee Bruce for these two matching mini murals. Rip it. 

Currently on Display:
To See a World in a Grain of Sand at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Lasting Impressions: Prints Collection at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Motion / Emotion at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Love of Alexander at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Rhonda Holy Bear: Artist and Story-Keeper at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
ALLiGATER HELLHOUND at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.
Rhubarb and Pearl at The Gallery at Elation. Rip it.


Gift Local! Here’s our guide on holiday markets in Norfolk this year. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard unveiled a new housing barge that contains a micro-market version of the Navy Exchange. Rip it. 

Hasty legislation making may have created charitable gaming rules that contradict each other. Rip it. 

In order to ease the strain of holiday travel, Norfolk International Airport is offering free pickup and short-term travel parking. Rip it.

Michelle Parker, an attorney with The Decker Law Firm, was honored as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for 2022. Rip it. 

John Napolitano, senior vice president of Napolitano Homes, confirmed that he thinks the Virginia housing market is definitely in a recession. Rip it. 

Stihl is planning a $49M expansion and hiring 15 new job roles. Rip it.

Meet Sarah Beasley, a leading woman in the male-dominated concrete industry. Rip it

The Virginia SCC is reviewing a new offshore wind settlement deal to ensure it is favorable to consumers. Rip it.

TowneBank President and Chief Operating Officer Brad E. Schwartz announced his retirement. Rip it. 

Virginia home sales in October decreased by 30.2% from the same time last year, the largest year-over-year sales decrease in more than a decade. Rip it. 

The median sales price (MSP) of homes sold in the region held steady in October. Rip it.

Virginia Community Capital received a $7 million investment from Truist Financial Corp. to support the organization’s Economic Equity Fund. Rip it. 

757 Angels is partnering with VentureSouth, one of the largest angel network groups in the United States, to provide more access to capital and investors. Rip it.

The Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Old Dominion University recently completed data collection for the 13th annual Life in Hampton Roads (LIHR) survey. Rip it. 

The Breeden Company hosted a grand opening for The Lofts at Front Street in the Fort Norfolk area of the city. Rip it.

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Get vintage on Small Business Saturday at Reaver Beach. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Nightcap at the Museum returns to Hermitage Museum on Dec 2nd.
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Selden Market hosts a night market: Naughty & Nice. Rip it.

Don’t miss the Vienna Boys Choir in concert in December. Rip it.

The Admirals have announced the activities planned for the ECHL All-Star game and fan festival in downtown Norfolk. Rip it.
**Please note that listed times are start times; many events run several hours**

Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it 
Black Friday Beer Sale at Mudita Cafe & Coffeehouse. 7:00 am. Rip it
World Cup Watch Party: Netherlands vs. Ecuador at Waterside District. 11:00 am. Rip it
Norfolk Currents Popup Merch Shop at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Black Friday Makers Market at Benchtop Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.

Black Friday Sale at Aries Apothecary, LLC. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
World Cup Watch Party: England vs. USA at Waterside District. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Dark Arts Festival at Smartmouth Beer. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
SeamLess Band performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it
David Jones performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.

Grandiflora’s 2nd Birthday Party. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Simpson & Jeff Kashiwa perform live at Brother’s. 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:00 pm. Rip it.  
Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association Weekly Jam at Roosevelt Area Civic League. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Admirals vs. Worcester Railers at Norfolk Scope. 7:05 pm. Rip it 
Roaring 20’s Party at The NorVa. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Black Out Friday Glow Party at The Wave. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bees Knees Speakeasy Celebrates the NorVa’s 100th Birthday. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Beth Patterson performs live at at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Vince Kornegay performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it
The Improv Riot After Dark: The Short Form Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it 

Weekend Long Run with Ocean View Run Club. 7:15 am. Rip it
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it 
One Year Birthday Party!! at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 9:00 am. Rip it 
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Small Business Saturday Market at Cova Brewing Company. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Norfolk Currents Popup Merch Shop at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Small Business Saturday at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it 
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it 
World Cup Watch Party: France vs. Denmark at Waterside District. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Two-Point Conversion: Presented by Reaver NFK & Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it  
Thnks Fr Th Wrds: NaNoWriMo 2022 Hybrid Write In at The Muse Writers Center. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Small Business Saturday Vintage Market @ Reaver NFK. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
November Classes at d’Art. 2:00 pm. Rip it
World Cup Watch Party: Argentina vs. Mexico at Waterside District. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Opening for Painting a Pitcture for Ukraine, featuring Tetyana Mankovska and Nataliia Sytnyk at Gallery 21. 5:00 pm. Rip it 
Small business Saturday at O’Connor Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Neptune Groove performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Miles Mulkey performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Brian Simpson & Jeff Kashiwa perform live at Brother’s. 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Admirals vs. Worcester Railers at SevenVenues. 6:05 pm. Rip it 
Open House Tasting at Vino Culture. 6:00 pm. Rip it
The Legwarmers at The NorVa. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Girl-Prov at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it .
Beth Patterson performs live at at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
JAG Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it 
IMPROVAGEDDON: at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it 

November Beach Clean-Up at The Bold Mariner Brewing Company. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Norfolk Currents Popup Merch Shop at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 11:30 am. Rip it. 
World Cup Watch Party: Croatia vs. Canada at Waterside District. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Andrew Hobbs performs live at Cova Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Pokémon TCG: Weekly Casual Play at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Improv Comedy Brunch Hour with Commonwealth Comedy at 80/20 Burger Bar. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Peace & Pints: Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it
World Cup Watch Party: Spain vs. Germany at Waterside District. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Simpson & Jeff Kashiwa perform live at Brother’s. 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Bingo at Reaver NFK. 3:00 pm. Rip it 
TRL & Talented Sundays at 37th & Zen. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
OK performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


For decades the Organic Food Depot has been providing locals with the highest quality and hard-to-find foods (NFK Currents Orignal). Rip it. 

Over a dozen businesses are participating in downtown Norfolk’s 8th Annual Great Hot Cocoa War. Rip it.

6 different Hot Cocoa War participants are located in Selden Market if you want to get that cocoa fast. Rip it. 

Lamb Kofta done the Stockpot way. Rip it. 

Get a whole flight of cold brew flavors at Hair of the Dog. Rip it.

Honeynut squash ravioli with brown butter, sage, and walnuts. Blanca came correct. Rip it. 

Late Night $1 Pancakes at Mack’s Barge. Watch out waffle house. Rip it.

Celebrate two years of Grandiflora with mulled wine in Chelsea. Rip it. 

VA Cheese Co is ready to melt your heart with this pomegranate and thyme whipped honey grilled cheese. Rip it.

Codex is flexing their Mussels. Rip it.

It’s a miracle on Waterside. Special holiday popup bar by Waterside District. Rip it.

Sweet honey jack cider is landing at Cork & Co just in time for the holidays. Rip it.

Simple. Fresh. Zucci. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
A Bite of Maine at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
757 Laos Street Food at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.

Weng’s Kitchen and La Cucina di Sophia at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Aloha Snacks and Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired Pizza at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Hashi Chow at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Rio Good Food at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
757 Laos Street Food at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

A Bite of Maine at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

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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.