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Karen Podd - The Poddery

Shop Local Day Profile – The Poddery

Leading up to our next Shop Local Day event on Saturday, November 8, we’re highlighting some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

 

Chances are you’ve seen the work of the Podds, whether it be at a local restaurant, a neighbor’s house, an art gallery or strolling the grounds at Monticello. Their handmade pottery – Karen and Robert Podd are owners of The Poddery in Mathews County – has a way of standing out.

 

For more than 40 years, the Podds have been offering unique pottery pieces out of their home/studio. A couple pieces – a cylinder-shaped dish that has proven versatile (customers have been known to bake foods, place candles, plant bulbs or pot plants in it) and a chip-and-dip platter – have been big hits: “We’ve sold thousands of them,” Karen Podd said. But the one-of-a-kind pieces, says Karen, are the cream of the crop. “As an artist, I just have to do them.”

 

Learn more about The Poddery in the profile below.

 

Business Name: The Poddery
Contacts: Karen or Robert Podd
Contact information: Website or by phone at 804.725.5956.
Shop Local Day Deal: Mention Shop Local Day and receive 10 percent off all purchases.

Store information: The Poddery is located at State Route 660, Foster, VA, 23056 (a quarter mile past the Foster post office). Visit the studio from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.

 

Chesapeake Bank: What does shopping local mean to you?

Karen Podd: It means keeping the money in the county…The domino theory: If we can keep the money in the county, it can give someone a job and promote the business and help them spend money. Considering the gas prices today, it really is more economical to shop in the county instead of getting in your car and going somewhere.

 

CB: What is one of the biggest challenges you face, and how are you dealing with it?

KP: One of the biggest challenges is just to get people here. We’re not in downtown Mathews. Just getting people to come and see what we do. Once we get them here, they usually buy something. Because we’re high-quality crafts, we’ve been known in the Tidewater area for the past 45 years. We’re part of Made in Mathews, 12 artists who joined together and open their studios. We also have our work in the Bay School in town and a small display of our work in the information center in town.

 

CB: What has been the greatest success in your business?

KP: Disney World has some of our work at their convention center in Orlando. Our garden pots are in the garden at Monticello. Berret’s restaurant in Williamsburg has numerous pieces of ours, including a 24-foot piece behind their bar. Just a general statement, nobody does what we do; nobody does the designs that we do, really unique takes on regular stuff, like fireplace fronts, kitchens and mosaic walls. That’s what we’re known for.

 

CB: How did you get your start?

KP: We got started because clay ceramics was one of my classes, part of my curriculum at Northern Illinois University. Robert was in the Navy at that time. The Navy brought us to the area, and I became an art teacher for the Mathews Public School System. We lived in Norfolk for about five years, and I became more and more proficient with my clay work and started entering local shows. Robert got out of the Navy, and we decided to stay in the area. By that time, studios had started to carry my work…We kept looking and looking and looking and found this old place here. I was teaching at Granby High School and teaching a lot of Granby wrestlers, who came up here on weekends and helped us gut our house and build our studio [in 1972]. We started doing art shows along the East Coast, and our work was featured in galleries in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Richmond. The rest is history: Now people come to us.

 

CB: How many art shows do you think you’ve done over the years?

KP: Oh, lord. I would say easily over 500.

 

CB: What made you take the entrepreneurial plunge?

KP: There was passion there, but we were outdoors people. We were always going to what was called at that time Seashore State Park. Most of my designs, I was really interested in nature… [Starting the business] it just seemed like the right thing to do. We always felt that if it didn’t work out, we could go back to the city and get our jobs back. And we had the support of our families. It was the right move at the right time.

 

CB: Do you have a favorite piece?

KP: I’m proud of a lot of the one-of-a-kind pieces that I’ve done. The ones that have given me the biggest thrill were Disney World buying a piece and doing work for Monticello. It’s a thrill when you’re looking at a garden magazine and see a picture with our pots from Monticello.

 

CB: How do you stay involved or give back to the community?

KP: We have always donated work for any group, the fire department, silent auction for PTAs. Also, we have donated reproduction tiles at Tompkins Cottage in the style of the 1800s. We’ve demonstrated at local events. We’ve talked to women’s groups and garden groups. We’ve always been involved with our community.

Chesapeake Bank at Mathews Market Days

Out and About: Mathews Market Days Festival

Not quite ready to let go of summer?

 

Join us at the 40th Annual Mathews Market Days Festival, which takes place Friday, Sept. 5 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 6 (9 a.m.-5 p.m., with the Saturday Night Street Dance from 8-11 p.m.) at the historic Court Green in downtown Mathews. Chesapeake Bank is a sponsor of the free event, and we’ll have terrific giveaways to promote our upcoming November 8th Shop Local Day at our Market Days Festival booth. 

 

Besides coming to see us – and about 12,000 other friends – there’s a bevy of fun things to enjoy, ranging from a 5k run/walk to benefit the Mathews YMCA and annual pet parade to the Show ‘N Shine Car Show and continuous live music. Kids can enjoy bounce houses and pony rides, and their parents can visit dozens of arts and crafts vendors. And there will be plenty of food – including fried donuts – games and contests for the whole family.

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Fun for the Fourth

Travel over the Fourth of July weekend has increased four of the past five years, according to AAA – an estimated 41 million will hit the roads, rails and air this weekend, up 1.9 percent over last year.

 

If you’re staying close to home, there are plenty of ways to have fun for the Fourth right around the corner. A few festivities to consider:

 

  • Fireworks over the water highlight the Fourth at Gloucester Point Beach Park, where you can spend the day swimming, fishing or boating.
  • The Town of Irvington will celebrate the holiday with its annual “Hometown Parade” from 10-11 a.m. on July 4. More than 100 entries, including antique cars, The Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band and children on bikes, will wind down King Carter Drive and around Irvington Road. School board member Alexander Fleet is this year’s Grand Marshall.
  • Colonial Williamsburg has a daylong (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) celebration at Market Square North that includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence and performances by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
  • Historic Yorktown kicks off the Fourth with an 8K run and 5K walk at 8 a.m., and a parade on Water Street starts at 9 a.m. At night, a bell-ringing ceremony beings at 7, and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (Dixie Band) will entertain before fireworks over the York River begin at 9:15.
  • The Yorktown Victory Center (free for residents of York and James City counties and city of Williamsburg; otherwise $9.75 for adults, $5.50 children 6-12, free for children under 6) will host “Liberty Celebration” July 4-6 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Visitors can watch tactical and artillery drills, take part in military exercises and learn about our nation’s founders and the challenges they encountered.
Coats for Christmas

Coats for Christmas

What could be better than giving the gift of warmth this holiday season? Our Mathews branch, with the help of our employees and customers, collected 115 children and adult-sized coats which were donated to Mathews Social Services.

 

“The Mathews community is a generous community,” said Sandra Hauser, Assistant Branch Manager in Mathews. “When you express a need, they always come through.”

 

It’s never too late to give back. If you’re in Mathews and would still like to help Mathews Social Services, drop off some food to help stock the shelves of their food pantry. This is a year-round need that is in high demand this time of year. Food can be dropped off at Mathews Social Services, which is located at 536 Church Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The food pantry not only helps those who qualify but also those who may have a short term need or are just over the threshold of qualifying for food stamps.

 

If you’re outside of Mathews, whatever organization is close to your heart, give them a ring this season to see what’s on their urgent needs list. A little gift can go a long way.

Dilly Dally Emporium - For FB

Shop Local Day Profile: Dilly Dally Emporium

From now through our fall 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.

 

Dilly Dally Emporium is a gift shop located in Mathews, Va. The shop offers a range of items, including jewelry, toys, candles, cards, home décor and candy.

 

To learn more about Dilly Dally Emporium continue reading its profile below.

 

Business Name: Dilly Dally Emporium

Owner: Karyn Austin

Contact information: Facebook or by phone at 804-725-0955

Shop Local Day Deal: Dilly Dally Emporium will offer complementary coffee, cocoa, mulled cider and snacks. “Surprise Discounts” of up to 45% off! (Minimum 10% on EVERY purchase) AND A FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE.

Store information:  Dilly Dally Emporium is located at 200 Main Street in Mathews.  Visit them Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

What does “shop local” mean to you?

Shop local means supporting small town America at its best. When customers support local retailers, local retailers are there to help customers too.

 

How does shopping local impact small businesses?

My husband and I both have small businesses and we live in the community where our businesses are located. Shopping local helps to keep the money within your community and builds a circle of support – and when you have a circle of support, you have a stable business and a stable community.

 

How did your business fare in last year’s Shop Local event?

It was great – we did a tremendous business! People were having fun with it, they came out with enthusiasm. It was a wonderful day.

 

Anything else to add?

Anything that focuses on local business is great. Especially in this economy, advertising money is precious – so having Chesapeake Bank step in to help with advertising is precious, too.

 

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9 Days Away – Shop Local Day

The excitement is building among our merchants and branches; our second Shop Local Day will take place on April 27, just 9 days away. All of the branches have been equipped with Shop Local bags, merchants have their decals in their windows and, now, we want to arm you with everything you could need to make the most out of Shop Local.

To date, we have over 100 merchants from Mathews, Williamsburg, Lancaster and Gloucester who are participating, offering shoppers incentives ranging from 10 – 25 percent off their orders to free gifts with purchase. Some merchants are rewarding shoppers just for stopping by, others, you have to know the secret word to get your goodies (learn more by reading the merchant lists below).

Spread the word and get a group together on Shop Local Day. “I would encourage you to talk to people about Shop Local Day on April 27 and shopping locally every day,” says Jeff Szyperski, president of Chesapeake Bank. “The next time you think you may need to go online or to the ‘big’ city for a purchase, think about your local businesses.  You may be surprised at the value they offer and the time and gas you will save because you bought locally.”

So, get out a pen and paper and start planning out your Shop Local Day. It is the perfect opportunity to shop for those last minute birthday, wedding shower and baby gifts. And don’t forget to get yourself something, too!

To view the current list of Mathew’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Williamsburg’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Lancasters’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Gloucester’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

 

Photo – from top left to bottom right: Cattails Gifts (Mathews), Williamsburg Cupcakes, Car Wash Cafe (Lancaster), Angelwing Stationers (Gloucester)