Monthly Archives: May 2013

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The 3/50 Project

Could you imagine the sadness you’ll feel if your favorite, locally owned restaurant closed? What about that little gift store around the corner? And what about the hardware store that saved you from pulling your hair out when you bought your home? That’s what The 3/50 Project asks shoppers everywhere to think about.

The concept is simple: pick three businesses a month, spend $50 among the three and save your local economy.

After seeing several media interviews talking about consumer spending and the economy in March 2009, 3/50 founder Cinda Baxter (accidentally) created the movement. The 3/50 project notes on its homepage that for every $100 spent in locally owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community. That’s awesome in comparison to only $43 going back to communities from national chains.

Whether it’s a shop local initiative that was a broad recognition or an initiative that’s more grassroots like our own Shop Local Day – the benefits are the same for local economies.

A lot of our local businesses have already signed on (Chesapeake Bank is in the process of adding branches) in support of Baxter’s project. Are you one of them?

Memorial Day Staycation

One week from today, most of us will be taking the day to honor the Memorial Day holiday, which remembers those who have fallen by serving through the United States Armed Forces.

Some people may have plans to travel to beaches or cities outside of the Central Virginia region, but for those who don’t have any plans, consider taking a staycation in your own backyard.

If you can, gather the family and stay at a local B&B for a night, spend a day visiting local vendors you’ve “been meaning to go check out” or maybe check out a vineyard (or two) for the afternoon.

There are several B&Bs, inns and other establishments in the area. Even if you couldn’t stay the night, should availability be an issue, these inns would be an excellent place to visit, for example, the Fife & Drum Inn or the Aldrich House in Williamsburg and The Inn at Tabbs Creek in Mathews.

For the wine enthusiasts, go see what the local sommeliers are pouring up. Hope & Glory in Irvington has its own vineyard, Dog & Oyster, Williamsburg Winery, Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock or Athena Vineyards in Heathsville are all great options to visit.

And if you want something more low key during the long weekend, consider stopping by other local restaurant and specialty vendors – just for fun, or maybe to gather supplies for a Memorial Day barbeque that honors the solider, marine, seaman, pilot or other service member in your life.

Happy Memorial Day!

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Farmers Market Season

Chesapeake Bank is no stranger to our local farmers markets; our staff frequents local markets, as a bank we’ve participated in markets and we’ve talked about them on Facebook and in some of our newsletter communications, notably to our Clear Sky account holders through the Clear Skies Ahead email.

When shopping at a farmers market, you know that the goods you’re buying, especially food products, are freshly pulled, picked, chopped, baked and prepared. Compare that to the canned, mass produced, preservative-filled products at a big box retailer (not to mention unnecessary travel time which delays the product from getting to your hands).

For most of us, this weekend should be a great weekend to head out to an area farmers market and stock up on goods for the week.

Here is a list of local farmers markets in your area. Be sure to check the hours of each market before venturing out.

What are you going to pick up this week? Know of any other markets? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

Ware Neck Produce
(804) 694-0708
6682 Main Street
Gloucester, VA

Irvington Farmers Market
(804) 480-0697
King Carter Drive
Irvington, VA
(Every first Saturday of the month)

Mathews Farmers Market
(804) 725-5747
Old Courthouse Green, Court Street
Mathews, VA

Williamsburg Farmers Market
(757) 259-3768
Merchants Square, Duke of Gloucester St.
Williamsburg, VA

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Local shopping for Mother’s Day

They don’t call them Mom and Pop shops for nothing! This year, as you’re shopping for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, look to your local stores for help.

From florists and jewelry stores, to bakeries and photography studios, you have plenty of options right out of your front door. Big boxes can’t provide the level of personal customer service when selecting the perfect gift, or can provide the local flair that our merchants can.

For a sampling of businesses in your area, we put together a brief list to help you out:

Gloucester

Massage & Movement Therapy (Mother’s Day Specials)

Smith’s Florist (Mother’s Day Specials)

Mathews

Unique Design Florist (Facebook page)

The Cake Man Cakes (Facebook page)

Lancaster

Yours Truly Photography (Website)

The Wild Bunch (Website)

Williamsburg

Schmidt’s Flowers & Accessories (Website)

The Precious Gem (Website)

Williamsburg Florist and Gifts (Mother’s Day Specials)

 

What are you thinking about giving your mother this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Chesapeake Bank: In the Community

As a community bank, we take pride in being a member of our communities, not only as a local business, but as an integral part of the daily lives of our residents.

When possible, we encourage our staff to get out in their communities and support causes that are close to their hearts. Last year, our staff logged just over 11,000 volunteer hours with various organizations and efforts, including Kiwanis, The United Way and The Boys & Girls Club. That’s about 55 hours per Chesapeake Bank employee.

Do you work at a business that encourages volunteering the community? Where do you like to spend your volunteer hours?