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Eat Local – Willaby’s Owner Talks Renovations, Craft Beer, Live Music

We recently had the chance to catch up with William Barnhardt, owner of Willaby’s Café and Catering in White Stone to talk about what’s new at Willaby’s and some of the unique offerings for customers. Read on to learn more about its restaurant renovations, craft beer offerings and Friday night band line-up.


Chesapeake Bank:  Tell us about your recent renovations. It sounds like you’ve had a lot going on!

William Barnhardt, owner of Willaby’s:  We were in the middle of White Stone for 18 years, and the place burned down. The only place that was available is where we currently are – a great location over the water, but the building was in rough shape. We’ve been in the new space for four years, but it took us about two years before we fully committed to the new space. We’ve tried to make it a special space for our customers to enjoy with a lot of personality.


Recently, we designed sun sails for the outside of the building to create a shaded area for outdoor dining, we removed the interior lights and designed lights we made from oyster cans, we took the chairs and replaced them with beautiful church pews – solid oak – from a church doing their own renovations. We used crates to create a wine rack on the wall in the bar. We insulated the stairwell and made it into a cooler for our 12 craft beer taps. We took several thousand pennies and made a penny wall on the back side of the bar. The next renovation will just depend on whatever we’re inspired to do next. It’s an ongoing thing – just trying to put personality in the place. A great dining experience isn’t just great food – it is great service and atmosphere. We want the people to enjoy dining here.


CB: We’ve heard you have a love for craft beer. How do you incorporate that into your restaurant?

WB: I’ve been a craft beer fan for 22 years, since a few years after college. It’s great to be able to incorporate some of my passions into the restaurant – like beer and music. My only regret is not doing it sooner as I’ve been enjoying them separately and now I have been enjoying it all together.


We’ve offered craft beer for four years, and the renovations have allowed us to expand on the number of beers we can offer, and it gives us the space to rotate taps and keep things really fresh on the beer front. There are a lot of breweries to choose from all over the state with all of the breweries in Virginia, which makes it fun.


CB: You mentioned music as a passion of yours that you’ve been able to bring into Willaby’s. Tell us about that.

WB: We’ve been having live music for two years – it’s all regional and local musicians, and there’s so much fantastic local music around this area to choose from. It’s an opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people and it’s great to showcase their talent. We take our band lineup very seriously, and I think we have a fantastic lineup.


We have music every Friday from 7-10 p.m. We book musicians about six months out – we probably only have about 10 slots for the rest of the year. Usually we’ll go see bands play in person before they play here. My first concert was in 1980. I’ve been a concert fan even longer than I’ve been a craft beer fan.


CB: Is there anything else happening at Willaby’s that you want to share?

WB:  We’re in the process of doing a big menu change for dinner and taking things to another level – that menu will come out sometime in February!

Money-saving apps

Top Money-Saving Retail and Grocery Apps

With more than 800,000 apps available for your iPhone or Android phone, it’s hard to know where to turn for the “best of the best” in any area of life, whether you’re trying to improve your personal fitness, edit photos or save a buck. When it comes to money-saving apps as you’re shopping, however, we’ve done some of the sorting for you.


Let’s start with coupons. If you’ve ever seen the show Extreme Couponing, you know couponing can really save big on grocery bills. It can also be tedious and time-consuming.


So instead of clipping coupons, let your smartphone do it for you. Try these top eight free couponing apps Money Crashers suggests to save you time – and money. Their favorite? SnipSnap – a “virtual coupon binder,” where users can search stores and retailers for coupons, then individually download them directly to the app.


Another way to save on food expenses is planning out your meals. Lifehacker shares five apps – some paid and some free – best for meal planning. Next time you go to the grocery store, use one of these apps to save money and shop smarter.


And, whether you’ve already completed back-to-school shopping or will be running errands for forgotten supplies in the next week, don’t overlook Favado to compare prices, explains TODAY. You may want to use apps directly from a store, such as Cartwheel from Target, which allows you to scan coupons directly at the register. Already using money-saving apps as you shop? Tell us which ones you like best and why.

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Back to School Update

Thanks to our employees and everyone in the communities we serve for helping us make a very real difference in the lives 350 children in need as they prepare to start another school year.


We’re proud to report that we have raised $5,164.39 during our school supply campaign to benefit the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program, the Northern Neck Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program and the Departments of Social Services in Gloucester and Mathews. And 20 of our employees have volunteered to be a Bright Beginnings Shopping Buddy over the next few weeks in Williamsburg and the Northern Neck – they’ll take time out of their schedules to go shopping for clothing with area children.


Thanks to your help, we filled many of our employee-decorated boxes in our branches with school supplies. In Williamsburg, we stuffed a Volkswagen Beetle; in Mathews, the “Bug” was too small and we had to use a Ford Explorer!


If you haven’t had the chance to donate, our Williamsburg employees will be collecting school supplies on Sunday at the Chesapeake Bank-sponsored free movie night on Prince George Street. Despicable Me 2, made available by our friends at Blue Talon Bistro, will start at sundown – we’ll be there at 6:30 p.m. to start collecting supplies. Lucky donors can enter to win a Minion Dave plush pillow or Minion Banana Fart Blaster (we know, we know, but it gets fab reviews on!), and we’ll also be handing out free cups of popcorn. Come early, and don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs.

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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.






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.


Shop Local Day Profile: DoodleBugs Consignment Shop

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.


DoodleBugs Consignment Shop is a resale store in Matthews County that specializes in gently-used furniture and household accessories, unique artwork, jewelry and collectibles. All items at DoodleBugs come from the local community and are carefully selected to meet a broad range of tastes and budgets.


DoodleBugs customers often say it is “never the same store twice!” New inventory is featured daily in the shop, so it’s a great place to visit often – because you never know when they might have exactly what it is that you’re looking for.


Learn more about DoodleBugs in their profile below.


Business Name:  DoodleBugs Consignment Shop
Contact: Valerie Kelley
Contact information: Website, Facebook or by phone at (804) 725-3819.
Shop Local Day Deal: Mention Shop Local Day and receive 10% off entire purchase.
Store information:  DoodleBugs Consignment Shop is located at 240 Main Street in Matthews, Va. Visit the shop Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.


Tell us about your business story.

My best friend and I opened the shop together. We started out in a tiny store and have grown over the past four years. We sell a little bit of everything; from shoes and clothes to jewelry and coins. We have all kinds of collectibles and it all comes from the local community.


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

Shopping locally keeps commerce within the area, which helps everyone. It’s also a great personal experience to see familiar faces when shopping in your community.


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

We have a great relationship with the Animal Care Society – a local nonprofit thrift store next door. When they run out of space, we often take in their extra items and help sell them so the proceeds can help local animals.


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

It’s hard to highlight just one specific item in our shop since we have a little bit of everything. We are also a retailer for American Paint Company which makes clay/chalk/mineral base paint.

Bay and River

Shop Local Day Profile: Bay and River

From now through our spring Shop Local event, 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.


Are you looking for the perfect gift for a friend, family member, heck, even yourself? Bay and River Home Décor offers a wide selection of gifts and accessories along with USA-made furniture for your holiday shopping needs.


To learn more about Bay and River Home Décor, continue reading its profile below.


Business Name: Bay and River Home Décor

Owner: Sandra Hudson and Terry Elbourn

Contact information: Facebook or 804-436-1900

Shop Local Day Deal: 20 percent off all gifts and accessories; from November 9 – December 21, enter to win a 6-foot Oak Curio for Christmas!

Store information:  Located at 2 North Main Street in Kilmarnock


Describe what ‘shop local’ means to you.

Keeping money in your town maintains the small-town quality.  People love the quaintness of Kilmarnock.  Strolling from store to store and getting to really know people.  Your customers turn into your friends.


Some of our customers from out of town call us to see how the weather is and what events are going on for the weekend to see if they should come to the area.


How does shopping local impact small business?

It keeps our doors open.   We always tell our customers thank you for supporting us girls.  A lot of times they thank us for being here.


How did your business fare in the last two Shop Local events?

Fall was better than spring.  We definitely saw an increase in business in the fall as a result of the campaign.


What are you offering customers for this Shop Local event?

20% off all gifts and accessories.  And, beginning November 9th and running through December 21st you may enter a drawing to win a six foot curio for Christmas.  No purchase necessary and you need not be present to win.


Is there anything else you would like to add?

We promote and sell only USA Made furniture (upholstery and wood).  Receive 10% off every day on all gifts, accessories and lamps.


Free gift bags are available.

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Nonprofit programs: This weekend at Chesapeake Bank

As you know, during the month of September, Chesapeake Bank has been raising funds and supporting community initiatives across our service region. Last week, our Greater Williamsburg branches came out to the local United Way’s Day of Caring event. This weekend, it’s time for our Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula branches to shine.


The Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic’s Capital Campaign was established in response to significant growth in service needs (which has grown by 480 percent since 2007). To help provide quality healthcare to all those who need it, the Free Clinic is raising $2.5 million to expand into a larger facility that will better serve our neighbors. Our Mathews, Hayes or Gloucester branches have been raising money all month, and there is still time to make your donation!


To celebrate our month of fundraising, our Gloucester branch will host a fund drive with WXGM-FM on hand for a live remote on Friday, September 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come out and make a donation and you’ll be eligible for a raffle drawing for prizes and gift certificates graciously donated by many of our local business friends in the Gloucester area. Grab a free hot dog, chips and a drink, too.


As we’ve been doing all month in support of the Capital Campaign, Chesapeake Bank will match up to $5,000 in donations.


The forecast for this weekend couldn’t be better; working conditions are perfect for the Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity’s Community Build Day on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 a.m. Volunteers from across the community will be coming out to help with a home building project, where they will do everything from hanging sheet rock, to painting, to building decks.

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For more information on how you can get involved with the Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity, visit