Category Archives: Shop Local

Irvington Farmers Market

Home Grown – Fans of Local Farmers Markets Span Far and Wide

Did you know August 3-9 is Virginia Farmers’ Market Week? It’s good timing, too – some of our backyard farmers markets are getting recognition across the state – and nation.

 

Virginia Living magazine readers selected the Irvington Farmers Market as the best farmers market on Virginia’s East Coast earlier this year.

 

What’s not to love? Not only do they feature more than 100 vendors – crafts, jewelry, artwork, furniture, meats, seafood, soaps, clothing, you name it – but it also hosts musicians and provides fun for the whole family.  Normally, the market runs the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (98 King Carter Drive).  However, there are two dates in August: Aug. 2 and Aug. 30 (Labor Day weekend). The Meadow Street Band, based in Richmond, Va. is scheduled to appear on Aug. 2.  To receive a list of vendors, email irvingtonmarket@yahoo.com. You can also find updates on the market’s Facebook page.

 

The Williamsburg Farmers Market  is currently a top contender in the national America’s Favorite Market contest, currently ranking 1st nationally and 1st in Virginia with the opportunity to regain the title of American’s Favorite Market, which they last held in 2009.  We’re not surprised – whether you’re looking for pickles, flowers, produce or chocolates – the vendors at Williamsburg Farmers Market offer all that and (much) more. The next market is scheduled for Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. The latest news on the market can be found on the Facebook page.

 

We’re proud our area Farmers Markets are getting such terrific recognition! You can vote for Williamsburg Farmers Market and Irvington Farmers Market – or any of your other favorite local markets here. The contest ends September 13, 2014 – but thankfully, by choosing to shop local, there is opportunity to support these great markets year-round!

Farmers Market

Eat Fresh – and Local – This Summer

Summer is here, which often means eating out (hopefully at one of our many terrific local eateries!).

 

Another great way to support our local economy is by stopping by one of our local farmers markets to combine the splurge of dining out with a nice home-cooked meal. It’s also a great way to connect with your community while enjoying the freshest flavors of the season.

 

How does fresh flounder fillets or crab cakes from VA Blue Crab Co. of Hayes and fresh fruits and vegetables from Ware Neck Produce in Gloucester sound? Maybe cap it off with a pecan, blackberry or key lime pie from Jamestown Pie Company of Williamsburg?

 

Here are some local farmers markets you should consider sampling:

 

And if you’re traveling around the state this summer, keep this link handy for Virginia farmers markets courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Commission.

 

Happy eating!

gift card winner photo

Survey Says: Miller is the Winner

Congratulations are in order for Fred Miller, the owner of Prince George Art & Frame.

 

Miller (pictured above on the left with Chesapeake Bank Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager Sam Poole) is the winner of a drawing of those who answered our Shop Local Day survey last month and recipient of a $100 Visa gift card, to be spent locally, of course.

 

Miller has been photographing historic Williamsburg since he was a kid. In fact, some of his scenic views of Williamsburg can be found in personal and corporate collections around the state and beyond. Prince George Art & Frame, which opened in 1980 and is located in the Colony Square shopping center near the intersection of Jamestown Road and Humelsine Parkway, is a fine art gallery and custom framing shop that features some of Miller’s work and original artwork of talented local and regional artists.

 

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our survey. Your input is helpful in improving our Shop Local initiative that promotes supporting locally owned and operated businesses.

 

Speaking of which, save the date: Our next Shop Local Day will be Saturday, Nov. 8.

Puppy Gracie (2)

Thank You for a Successful Shop Local Day!

Shop Local Day returned for its fourth installation this past weekend, and we have each of you to thank for a wonderful day!

 

The Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Williamsburg areas were bustling with the activity of merchants, shoppers, community members and Chesapeake Bank employees showing support for their local businesses.

 

This Shop Local Day, 352 local businesses participated, an increase of about 50 merchants from our last Shop Local Day in November. To help drive traffic to stores, participating businesses had shopper incentives which ranged from 10 percent off discounts, entries into fun giveaways and free gifts with purchase.  Many businesses are extending their Shop Local offers beyond Shop Local Day, and you can view details on those extended offers here.

 

Chesapeake Bank employees held a photo contest where any employee who submitted a photo of themselves shopping local on Shop Local Day was entered into a drawing for a $150 Visa Check Card to be spent at a local business. The winner was Courtney Driscoll, a teller at our Lightfoot branch.  She submitted the above photo of her new puppy Gracie getting spoiled at the Nautical Dog store in Williamsburg.

 

If you participated in this Shop Local Day, please take a few moments to fill out our Shop Local Day survey. It’s only 20 questions long and should take less than five minutes to complete – and your feedback will be helpful in making our next event the best it can be!  As a thank you for completing the survey, you’ll have the option to leave your contact information for a chance to win $100—to be spent at a local business, of course.

 

Our next Shop Local Day will take place in the fall, and we hope to get even more merchants involved for the fifth Shop Local Day.

 

Until then, don’t forget the impact that a local purchase and spending your money locally has on the community. While we celebrate shopping locally with our events in the spring and the fall, strive to make every day Shop Local Day!

DoveTail Antiques

Shop Local Day Profile: DoveTail Antiques

Leading up to our Spring Shop Local Day event on Saturday, May 3, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

 

Voted one of the “Best of Williamsburg” for the last six years, DoveTail Antiques has been serving the Williamsburg community since 2007 with a terrific selection of American formal and country furniture and antique home decor items.

 

DoveTail always carries 150+ antique clocks in addition to a wide selection of antique radios, music boxes and pocket watches. In addition to what you might find at DoveTail to purchase, the shop is always looking to buy quality antiques, too!

 

Learn more about DoveTail Antiques in their profile below.

 

Business Name:  DoveTail Antiques
Contact: Sue Ade
Contact information: Website, Facebook or by phone at 757-565-5600.
Shop Local Day Deal: 15% off storewide with mention of Shop Local Day.
Store information:  DoveTail Antiques is located in the Gallery Shops at 6588 Richmond Road in Williamsburg, just to the left of the NY Deli on Route 60.   The store is open Monday -Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Tell us about your business story.

My husband, Jeff, and I decided to leave the corporate world and to focus on our own business.   With a love of antiques, the path to opening DoveTail Antiques seemed natural.   Now eight years later, DoveTail Antiques has consistently been voted one of the top antique stores in the Williamsburg area.  Our goal is to provide a large variety of unique antiques that are affordable and ready to go directly into your home.  We make every effort to ensure that we have nice pieces we would put in our home in the store, so we’re comfortable you would be happy with them in your home.

 

Why do you think shopping local is so important for small businesses?

We’re open all year round, which helps us work with both the local community and the tourists passing through.  Everyone knows our quality and product specialties and can always count on finding a great piece for their home.  Shopping locally at small businesses with local owners helps not only that business, but is an investment in the local economy by bringing tourists and new local/regional folks into the area.  This creates jobs and keeps all types of adjacent businesses healthy.

 

How do you show support to the community throughout the year?

DoveTail Antiques has a lending program for local schools and groups who need props and historic items for their presentations.  We provide these items at no charge as long as they are returned after their use.   We also have a number of clinics to teach wood cleaning, moisturizing and polishing to help educate and demonstrate how to take care of antiques.  We also assist retired folks downsize as they move out of their homes into apartments.  We buy antiques and pay for them on the spot – no consigning when you get your money later.   We also pick up the items at no cost and take them away – basically, one stop, full service with cash on the spot.  DoveTail Antiques also helps many folks by offering assistance with appraisals of items – we offer an informal appraisal in the store or can provide a formal, insurance appraisal through a third party if that is required.

 

If you could highlight any one product in your store, what would it be?

We focus on a full line of antiques – our furniture and home accessories are always cleaned, well presented and ready to go directly into your home.   Our primary interest lies in our historic time pieces – the clocks and pocket watches plus our music boxes and antique barometers.   These are all truly special and provide a window into the past that everyone can enjoy.    Most importantly, they also provide a service – they tell time, play music or indicate weather conditions – all very helpful!!!   These are all items that must be seen to be appreciated – come to DoveTail Antiques to learn and take one home with you.

 

Anything else?

We strive to be a full service antique store, helpful, courteous and informative because we enjoy antiques and antiquers.  To ensure everyone can have that special item, we also offer no interest lay-away to help with financing any purchase.  DoveTail Antiques offers a complete website so anyone can visit DoveTail Antiques from the comfort of their living room! Be sure and put us on your list and come visit us when you’re on Richmond Road.

Sunrise Donuts and Sweets

Shop Local Day Profile: Sunrise Donuts and Sweets

Leading up to our Spring Shop Local Day event on Saturday, May 3, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

 

Open since 2010, Sunrise Donuts and Sweets is a family-friendly donut shop and bakery. Lucky for your sweet tooth, tastings and tours of the shop are available by appointment.

 

Every item is made in-house and fresh daily and by hand. Sunrise Donuts and Sweets specializes in southern style sweets, donuts, fritters, turnovers, puff pastries, cupcakes and cakes.  All cupcakes, cakes and pies are made to order and are never frozen.

 

Learn more about Sunrise Donuts and Sweets in their profile below.

 

Business Name:  Sunrise Donuts and Sweets
Contact: Holli Cohoon
Contact information: Website, Facebook or by phone at (804) 210-1215
Shop Local Day Deal: Mention Shop Local to receive 10% off your purchase and/or 20% off all cake orders over $25.00. This offer will be available from 5/1 to 5/4.
Store information:  Sunrise Donuts and Sweets is located at 4744 George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes, Va. Visit the shop Monday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Tell us about your business story.

I’ve never worked in a restaurant before, but when I moved to Gloucester County, I decided I really wanted a fun, family-friendly home-style little bake shop. I started my shop out in 2010 with donuts and thought I’d just see how it went. Over the next few years, we kept adding new products. I have the most fabulous customers and staff and the community has been so supportive. It’s been amazing; we’re more like a family than a business.


Why do you think shopping local is so important for small businesses?

When you shop locally, the money goes back into the community. I also love having a local community business because when I go out and about in the town, I recognize customers and they recognize me. For a lot of my customers, I know when their kids are sick, when their family members are graduating – all kinds of stuff that you don’t get at the big box stores. That’s really what I love about it. I love the homey feeling of knowing what’s going on in my customers’ lives. It’s a donut shop, but it’s amazing how being a part of something so small can really touch people’s lives.

 

How do you show support to the community throughout the year?

We’ve sponsored lots of different events. We’ve become one of the sponsored stops during Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson Poker Runs for various causes. We’ve sponsored several events for the Salvation Army in Gloucester, the Police Unity Tour, the Giving Gardens and the Samaritan Group of Gloucester. We’ve also sponsored the Middle Peninsula Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots, the American Legions and numerous other local causes, charities, organizations and churches.

 

If you could highlight any one product in your store, what would it be?

Probably our Maple Bacon Donuts – they’re huge and are made with real hickory smoked bacon.

Replay Sports

Shop Local Day Profile: Replay Sports

Leading up to our Spring Shop Local Day event on Saturday, May 3, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

 

Replay Sports is a sporting goods consignment shop located in Williamsburg, Va. Whether you are playing for fitness or just for fun, Replay Sports is the place to get gently used equipment at a great price.

 

The shop provides sporting goods for a multitude of activities: soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball, tennis and more. Replay Sports also carries fitness equipment and game tables.  In addition to the above, Replay Sports now carries a unique brand of bag, Gearmax bags. These bags carry like a backpack, but hold as much as a locker – and Replay Sports is the only place in Williamsburg where you can get your hands on one.

 

If you’re interested in consigning with Replay Sports, or would like to see if they can support your team, you can reach them at the number below.

 

Business Name:  Replay Sports
Contact: Joe Moorman
Contact information: Website, Facebook or by phone at (757) 345-5334.
Shop Local Day Deal: Pick a discount from the Replay Sports savings box for a special discount on Shop Local Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Store information: Replay Sports is located at 2229 Richmond Road in Williamsburg, Va. Visit the shop Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Tell us about your business story.

There was no sporting goods consignment shop locally, so five years ago the store opened as a place for people to buy and sell gently used sporting goods equipment at a reasonable price.

 

Why do you think shopping local is so important for small businesses?

Because our inventory is consignment, it all comes from the local community. Our employees and most of our customers are also members of the local community. Shopping locally supports small businesses and allows the profits earned to stay in the community and support local families.

 

How do you show support to the community throughout the year?

We did a food drive in the fall and have partnered with Heritage Humane Society and other local charities to help support their missions.

 

If you could highlight any one product in your store, what would it be?

Some of our most popular items in the store are treadmills and elliptical machines. These machines are usually very expensive, but at Replay Sports, you can buy one used that’s in great condition for a fraction of the cost.

Sal's Pizza

Shop Local Day Profiles: Sal’s Sicilian Pizza & Restaurant and Moughon’s

Leading up to our Spring Shop Local Day event on Saturday, May 3, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

 

Sal’s Sicilian Pizza & Restaurant

 

Sal’s Sicilian Pizza & Restaurant , a local Sicilian restaurants in Hayes, Virginia, is best known for its family-friendly atmosphere and delicious Sicilian entrees, including pizza, subs, spaghetti, seafood and more.  Sal’s offers diners the option of dine-in or take-out.

 

If you haven’t yet paid the restaurant a visit, we bet accolades like this recent review will have you deciding tonight sounds like the perfect night for pizza: “Best restaurant in the area…hands down! My family visits Sal’s often and we are always sincerely greeted and taken care of.”

 

If that’s not enough to leave your mouth watering, Sal’s offers everyday lunch specials as well as a Wednesday pizza special.

 

Learn more about Sal’s in their profile below.

 

Business Name:  Sal’s Sicilian Pizza & Restaurant
Contact: Frank Lafata & Sal Leone
Contact information: Facebook or by phone at (804) 642-6470
Shop Local Day Deal:
$1.50 off any Large Pizza
$0.50 off any Large Sub
$0.50 Off any Large Spaghetti or Linquini and Dinner
Store information: Sal’s Sicilian Pizza & Restaurant is located at 2520 George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes. Visit Sal’s Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tell us about your business story.

Before opening the restaurant with his cousin, Sal worked for his mother and father. Then, in 1983, cousins Frank and Sal got together and opened Sal’s Sicilian Pizza and Restaurant.

 

Why do you think shopping local is so important is so important for small businesses?

Shopping and dining locally is good for the whole community – it keeps local commerce going.

 

How do you show support to the community throughout the year?

We often support the local Boys & Girls Club, area rescue and fire departments and other various local community organizations.

 

If you could highlight any one item in your restaurant what would it be?

We’re best known for our family-friendly atmosphere and our pizza, subs and entrees.

 

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Moughon’s

Moughon's

Moughon’s has been serving the Mathews community for decades. They sell a variety of hardware, landscaping and home renovation supplies, and they are a licensed retailer for ACE products. In true hometown store fashion, they regularly support local events and charities, helping to make Mathews a great place to both live and visit.

 

To learn more about Moughon’s, continue reading the profile below.

 

Business Name: Moughon’s
Contact: Chris Moughon
Contact information: You can reach Moughon’s by phone at 804-725-2600.
Shop Local Day Deal: 05/01/2014 – 05/31/2014, May Red Hot Buys are just in time for getting outdoors and for Mother’s Day!
Store information:  Moughon’s is located at 40 Main Street in Mathews.  Visit the store from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

 

Tell us about your business story.

My family purchased Moughon’s in 1972 but the business itself has been here since around 1946. It’s been a hardware store since then.

 

Why do you think shopping local is so important for small businesses?

With Mathews being a peninsula like it is, no one comes through Mathews – you have to be here or come here intentionally. It’s important that locals shop here for that reason if nothing else.

 

How do you show support to the community throughout the year?

There are a lot of community organizations that ask for help – it seems like there are people asking for help with something every few days – and we try to give something to everyone that we can, whether it’s Relay for Life, a local hunting club or a school athletic department.

 

If you could highlight any one product in your store, what would it be?

We’re so diverse it’s really hard to name just one thing.

Bella

Shop Local Day Profile: Bella Fine Lingerie & Loungewear

Leading up to our Spring Shop Local Day event on Saturday, May 3, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

 

Bella Fine Lingerie & Loungewear is located on historic Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square, adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg. The shop offers a beautiful selection of distinguished brands from around the world!  Bella was even named a “Best of Intima” shop in 2012.

 

In addition to fine lingerie, sleepwear and loungewear, Bella also carries appealing fragrances and fashionable jewelry and hair accessories.  Bella specializes in professional fittings from bras to sleepwear and even bridal trousseau.  Fittings are available daily without an appointment.

 

To learn more about Bella Fine Lingerie & Loungewear, continue reading the profile below.

 

Business Name:  Bella Fine Lingerie & Loungewear
Contact: Sheri Squires
Contact information: Facebook or by phone at (757) 220-8440.
Shop Local Day Deal: With every purchase, receive a free 4 oz. Ovacion Liquid Forever New Fabric Care Wash.
Store information:  Bella Fine Lingerie & Loungewear is located at 427 West Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg. Visit the boutique from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday –Saturday and 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Tell us about your business story.

I opened Bella in 2002, but I’ve been in Williamsburg for much longer. Except for a short stint working in the purchasing department at CW, I’ve always worked at small businesses. I know this was a big advantage for me when I opened my own business. If I had to choose a single “most important” thing I learned at the other small businesses where I worked before opening Bella, it would be listening. I don’t think I can overstate the importance of  good listening skills, I feel it’s had a significant impact on the success of Bella — listening to what she wants or needs, listening to what we’re doing wrong and correcting, listening to what we’re getting right and expanding. Such a small thing–listening, however I know I wouldn’t still be here 12 years later without having learned that skill.

 

Why do you think shopping local is so important for small businesses?

I’ve always shopped local. One of the main reasons I live in Williamsburg is because I love the charming small-town feel this place has always had. Shopping locaI is a part of that charm. I like that I know the shopkeepers when I walk in and like that I know the guy who owns the company I contract to paint Bella or install my carpet. But I also like that I get to choose to support my community. It’s not about any single small business but the effect that a lot of healthy small businesses have on a community. The local taxes generated and the local charities that are beneficiaries of small business success are both reasons I shopped local before I ever even imagined I would have a small business of my own.

 

How do you show support to the community throughout the year?

I have several favorite charities, last year in terms of dollar amount, FISH and Latisha’s House Foundation for women and girls in negative circumstances were at the top of my list. In addition, Bella responds to many requests for charity auctions. Please look for one of our gift certificates at your next event and bid it up!

 

If you could highlight any one product in your store, what would it be?

Speciality sizing! Bra fitting is only one of our specialties, amazing cotton or silk sleepwear and bridal trousseau being a few of the others, but it’s the bra fitting that drives the day to day business at Bella.

crab cakes willabys

Shop Local Day Profile: Willaby’s on the Rappahannock

Leading up to our Spring Shop Local Day event on Saturday, May 3, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

 

Open since 1992, Willaby’s on the Rappahannock is a café located in White Stone overlooking the Rappahannock River.  A recent online review of Williaby’s reads, “Willaby’s is an iconic favorite on the scenic Rappahannock River.” It sounds like the perfect place to enjoy this warmer weather, doesn’t it?

 

Owner William Barnhardt gives back to the community year-round in a number of ways, and he is always glad to show his support. He also had a hard time picking just one item to highlight from the Willaby’s menu!

 

Read more about Willaby’s in the profile below.

 

Business Name: Willaby’s on the Rappahannock
Contact: William Barnhardt
Contact information: Website, Facebook or by phone at (804) 435-0000
Shop Local Day Deal: Willaby’s will be offering half-priced desserts on Shop Local Day.
Store information:  Willaby’s is located at 327 Old Ferry Road in White Stone, Virginia. Visit Willaby’s for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and brunch on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Tell us about your business story.

Willaby’s started off as a catering business back in 1987. The next natural progression from catering was a full-service café, which opened in 1992. Opening the café has been a great next step for us.

 

Why do you think shopping local is so important for small businesses?

Shopping local is so important because it supports the people in your local community – your neighbors – by keeping trade in the community.

 

For example, I go to the grocery store to pick up my ground beef and cuts of steak. They take great care of us. Then, people from the grocery store come into the restaurant because they know where the food came from – it’s a full circle. The same thing with our oysters – we pick up oysters from W.E. Kellum Oyster Company in Weems, and Mr. Kellum is sure to come in and eat our oysters at the restaurant. He knows where they come from, and they take care of us like we take care of them.

 

How do you show support to the community throughout the year?

We show support to the community in a number of ways throughout the year. We do teacher appreciation dinners at the local school and events with the local fire department. I also participate in the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show put on by the local fire department as a fundraiser. We donate to a variety of different organizations – things from dinners for the on-duty doctors at the free health clinic, to various other needs that arise in the community.

 

If you could highlight any one product in your restaurant, what would it be?

If I had to highlight just one thing, it would be the fried oysters. But, I can’t not mention the steaks, or the hamburgers, or the crab cakes.