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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.

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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