• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Kiwanis Shrimp Feast in Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp FeastThe Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast has become Williamsburg’s signature late summer family event. Over the past 29 years, it has become a place to see and be seen, a great gathering of community, entertainment and fun.

This is their annual fund-raiser for local charities and non-profits.  Come join us All you can eat shrimp - September 19th 2009for a great time on the shores of the James River at the 4H camp in Jamestown. All the shrimp you can eat and all the beer and soft drinks you can drink. Do bring a designated driver if you decide to enjoy the beer.

    Click Here to order tickets on-line

   When: Saturday, September 19th, 2009 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Rain or Shine)

Where: Jamestown 4H Center (See Map below)
Ticket Price: Adults $25.00 – Children (6-12) $12.00

A multitude of mouth-watering crustaceans will be cooked to perfection and served up ready to peel and eat along with heaps of fresh coleslaw, tons of hush puppies, mounds of hot dogs and gallons of baked beans. Soft drinks and beer are also available.

Proceeds from the 28th Annual Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast will benefit the Kiwanis emergency children’s center at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving its community. The Club has donated over one million dollars to more than 40 charitable organizations since 1958.

map and directions here

Find out more about the Williamsburg Kiwanis here


Advanced tickets
may be purchased in Williamsburg at the following locations

Middleburg Trust Company
5372 Discovery Park Boulevard, Suite 101
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
(757) 564-9077 x 3861
Cooke’s Garden Center
1826 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA
Scavenger’s Paradise
7059 Richmond Road
Lightfoot, VA
New York Life
212 Parkway Drive
Williamsburg, VA


Rock The Block in Williamsburg, VA

When :Friday, June 5th, 2009
(Rain Date – June 6th)
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm • On Prince George Street
Between Boundary and Henry Streets

Make plans to attend the 7th Annual Rock the Block Festival. Hosted by downtown Williamsburg Merchants.

  Music, Food, Games, Shopping Discounts & more. Games for the children, live entertainment & raffles to kick off the arrival of Virginia’s Famous Summer outdoor festivals. This small town event, a locals’ favorite is sponsored by the Williamsburg Land Conservancy. Enjoy the area’s best hot dogs and frozen custard at Retro’s, Baubles and More at the Queens Court and the best ever java from Aromas! Open to the public – FREE admission and reduced prices for all food and beverages. Handicap accessible.


  There will be food, beverages,  Entertainment: John Tracy & Dick Smith aka “Dick Tracy, information tables on recycling and more and a children’s activities area. The annual Celebrating Conservancy Awards will be presented to schools involved in conservation activities. Free admission. Proceeds to benefit the Williamsburg Land Conservancy.


Some of the recipients of the Conservancy’s annual Celebrating Conservancy awards smile for the camera! The awards are given to schools in the Historic Triangle that involve students in projects related to conservation. Thirteen schools received awards in 2008

Founded in 1990 as the Historic Rivers Land Conservancy, we were the first private non-profit land trust in Virginia incorporated specifically to use the provisions of the Virginia Conservation Easement Act. In 1996 our name was changed and today, the Conservancy operates as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supported by annual membership dues, donations and grants. A 20-member Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from throughout the Historic Triangle, governs the organization. Ten working committees help to carry out the programs and projects of the Conservancy.

The Conservancy is dedicated to protecting and preserving significant natural, scenic, agricultural and historic land in the Historic Triangle. Through a combination of land preservation tools, education and advocacy programs, and shaping public policy, the Conservancy strives to maintain the character and ambiance of this special place where we live and work or where others simply come to visit for a while.

The Conservancy currently protects over 3,000 acres of land in the James and York Rivers watersheds. We measure our success by the total acreage of land protected in our region. That’s why the Conservancy works in partnership and collaboration with other land protection organizations and programs to ensure land owners use the best conservation tool to protect their land.

Location Map of " Rock The Block"

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Alizé Bistro • Aromas Coffeehouse Café • Baskin Robbins
Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill • Big Top Entertainment, Inc.
Blue Talon Bistro • Campus Shop • Center Street Grill • Cheese Shop
Fife and Drum Inn • Flower Cupboard • G. Bates Studio • Green Leafe Café
J. Fenton Gallery • Movie Tavern • Queen’s Court • Quilt’s Unlimited
Retro’s • SunTrust Bank • The Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe
The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg • The Williamsburg Winery
Williamsburg Event Rentals • Wythe Candy

J.M. Randalls in Williamsburg, VA Going Smoke Free !

jmrandalls Just got this email from J.M. Randalls in Williamsburg. This has always been a favorite venue to see R & B bands in the Williamsburg VA area.. The line up of bands through the years has been amazing. My one dislike has been the amount of cigarette smoke so it’s great to  hear they are going Smoke Free !


spring has sprung, rain, flowers, mothers day, golf tournament, nascar in richmond,  busch gardens is open, arts in the square, farmers market, william & mary graduation……..

so much in our quaint little towne to do……and add one more area of fun

here’s the may 2009 entertainment schedule for your favorite place






















Check out their website for more information: http://www.jmrandalls.com/

Latest concert Schedule: 

Read review of JM Randalls on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-m-randalls-restaurant-and-lounge-williamsburg#hrid:TeaCILZ-2aVFpBCxJJRFpA

Jazz Nite At Aromas in Williamsburg

February 24, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Yes, Jazz Nite at Aroma’s is back!  The Harris Simon Trio will be joined by guest vocalist Stephanie Nakasian this Tuesday!  No cover charge.    Aroma’s is located on Prince George Street, adjacent to Merchants Square in Williamsburg, VA.

Harris Simon Group with Mike Brecker on iTunes – Swish

Harris Simon Group with Mike Brecker on iTunes – New York Connection

Harris Simon Interview

aromas If you’re looking for a great spot to relax and enjoy a steaming cup of Gourmet coffee or a Frosty and refreshing smoothie …… you’re in luck! Take a seat on the covered patio or venture inside for their World Class coffees to complement your “wakeup breakfast,” leisurely lunch, or casual dinner.

See for yourself why Aromas was voted…Best Coffee Shop in Williamsburg, VA !

It’s the kind of place you always look for when you get in a town. 

Read more about Aroma’s here

Location map of Aromas

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Upcoming Performances:

Jazz on Tuesday Nights 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Aromas Coffee House 431 Prince George St. Merchant Square Williamsburg, VA 23185

February 24

Stephanie Nakasian – Vocalist
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Rich Mossman – Drums

March 3

Bob Ransom – Trumpet
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Rich Mossman – Drums

March 17

Stephanie Nakasian – Vocalist
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Billy Williams – Drums

March 24

Stephanie Nakasian – Vocalist
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Billy Williams – Drums

March 31

Bob Ransom – Trumpet
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Billy Williams – Drums

April 7

Bob Ransom – Trumpet
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Rich Mossman – Drums

April 14

Stephanie Nakasian – Vocalist
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Rich Mossman – Drums

April 21

Hermine Pinson – Poet and Vocalist
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Rich Mossman – Drums

April 28

Stephanie Nakasian – Vocalist
Harris Simon – Keyboard
Jason Jenkins – Acoustic Bass
Rich Mossman – Drums


Williamsburg VA Restaurants-Buon Amici Williamsburg VA Best of 2008

Buon Amici Italian Restaurant Williamsburg

Buon Amici Italian Restaurant Williamsburg

Buon amici means “good friends” in Italian. That’s certainly the feeling Denise Berardi hopes to convey when folks come to eat at Buon Amici Pizzeria & Ristorante in New Town.

“We treat everybody like they’re part of the family,” said Berardi, who is general manager and co-owner. “I tell my staff to treat people like you’re going to see them again and again. Whether it’s their first time in or their 50th time in, make them feel like the Buon Amici family.”

It’s that kind of treatment that led Gazette readers to recognize Buon Amici for the best customer service in 2008.

The Whaling Co was voted second and Absolute Tan placed third.

Buon Amici opened in May 2007. The restaurant is unique in that it offers patrons a choice between a casual pizzeria and a formal dining room side-by-side. “It’s children-friendly, it’s family-friendly” Berardi said. “There’s a children’s menu in the dining room. There’s something for everybody.”

Buon Amici offers the Italian classics like chicken or eggplant parmiggiana while also serving regional Italian cuisine.

“We do a lot with seafood,” Berardi said. “Italy is a peninsula surrounded by water. They eat a lot of seafood.

“We are also dipping into urban Italian dishes, which is very flavorful and hearty,” she said. “It uses produce and proteins of the season.”

Buon Amici offers live music every Saturday night in a heated outdoor patio. Berardi said next year the restaurant is starting a Singles Night with live jazz.

“Our customers 35 and over are looking for a little night life, but they don’t want to necessarily do the bar scene,” she said. “A lot of people come just for [the music] now.” Berardi hopes Buon Amici will become more than just a place to eat dinner. “We want to become part of the canvas that is the lifestyle in Williamsburg.”

Find out more about Buon Amici here: http://www.buonamiciwilliamsburg.com/


There are only a few restaurants in Williamsburg that are worth a review. Blue Talon, Nawab Indian and Buon Amici.

I have gone to Buon Amici several times and it is the best Italian food you will find in Williamsburg. Stay away from the tourist traps on Rt. 60!
The service is always good. Denise and Anthony the owners are paisanos from Long Island and they know Italian!  I am always greeted warmly and everything on the menu is delicious. I won’t go anywhere else in Williamsburg for Italian food.
The tables however are a little crowded as the restaurant dining area has limited space. However, with the new patio and possible plans of expanding, there should be more room in the future.

Philip C CA.  5/2008

Amber H.

Williamsburg, VA

5 star rating


I’ve only been to the pizzeria side of Buon Amici, but I have never been disappointed by the food or the service. The NY style pizza and the Grandma’s pizza are great, as are the garlic knots. And it’s cheap!

David A.

Williamsburg, VA

4 star rating


Now here’s a refreshing concept — a good Italian restaurant that doesn’t cater to tourists.  And my gosh — the waiter had an Italian accent.  Where am I again?  Oh yeah it is Williamsburg.  We’ve only eaten there once but it was such a surprise.  This place is split in half with one side being the “restaurant” and the other side the “cafe”.  I’ll add more about the cafe later when I try it out but the pizzas looked great.  The restaurant was very good.  We all picked several dishes from simple to complex.  I gave  them four stars because their food is very good but they can make some of the tastes a little bit more complex.  For example, the salmon was cooked a perfect medium, though and I didn’t even have to ask.  But, it didn’t have any flavor to it.  Their cheesecakes are awesome, but the cannoli didn’t live up to their claims.

Add yours below in comments !

Best of Williamsburg 2008 Continued

From an article in the VA Gazette by Cortney Langley Dec 2008, Charlie Martino credits three R’s for Cooke’s Gardens popularity: Reputation, repeat customers, referrals. Cooke’s Landscaping topped the Gazette’s “Best of” awards for 2008.

“We become more friends — more a part of their businesses and their homes — than being viewed as a contractor,” operations manager Martino explained.

Although the 20-year-old company won in the landscaping category, Martino believes it’s the entire package of garden center, Christmas store and landscaping business that sets Cooke’s apart.

“We’re the only full-service gig in town,” he said.

Cooke’s is known for seeing projects from haplessness to happiness. Weekend workshops offer free design help for guests who walk in with surveys and snapshots of their front yard. Clerks help with ideas in the outdoor pavilion, which offers outdoor leisure ideas. They also aid with plant selection.

If the clients don’t want to dig for themselves, Cooke’s offers three landscaping crews who can plant whole gardens and lay out irrigation systems. Three more maintenance crews can tend to the new horizon.

The company is also well regarded for innovation, especially helping to promote rain harvesting and green roofs. Both ideas are worked into plans Martino and owners Jeff and Karen Schell have to replace the 5,000-square-foot garden center next year. Located along Powhatan Creek along Jamestown Road, reducing stormwater run-off is a priority for the new place, Martino said. The design calls for a demonstration green roof that gathers rain in its foliage and soils. Cooke’s has partnered with College of William & Mary students on a project to monitor the quantity, quality and temperature of run-off before and after installation.

Cooke’s is also working with Williamsburg Sentara Regional Medical Center on plans to build a 16,000-squarefoot green roof over the lobby of the new hospital, which he estimated to run $300,000 project. The hospital was constructed with support for the green roof.

The company is a big supporter of the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens, donating plants and expertise to the nonprofit, as well as sitting on its board of directors. Cooke’s also supports the United Way, YMCA, Housing Partnerships and the Colonial Services Board through memberships, director positions, donations and volunteer time.

Cooke’s belongs to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, which Martino credited for its growth and success. They work extensively with other local businesses, including Great Wolf Lodge, Anheuser-Busch and Chesapeake Bank, among others.

Deli restaurant
1. New York Deli
2. Florimonte’s Fine Foods
3. Paul’s Deli
Candy store
1.Wythe Candy
2. The Candy Store
3. Coco Chocalatier
Wireless network
1. Verizon
2. Sprint
3. Alltel
Best customer service
1. Buon Amici
2. The Whaling Company
3. Absolute Tan
Place to work out
1. Iron Bound Gym
2. JCC-W Comm. Center
3. Williamsburg Jewelers
Jewelry store
1. Williamsburg Jewelers
2. Precious Gem
3. Zales
Local youth coach
1. Chris Jones
2. Chris Stephano
3. Kim Owens
Kid’s birthday party
1. Great Wolf Lodge
2. Kidsburg
3. Jumping Joey’s
Best makeout spot
1. Colonial Parkway
2. Crim Dell Bridge
3. College Creek

Best of Williamsburg VA 2008 Continued

By Susan Robertson VA Gazette Dec. 2008 —When Andy Jacobs dressed up as Super Principal for Halloween, he had no idea that he’d be voted Best Principal for 2008 in the Gazette’s annual reader survey.

He donned his Superman outfit, complete with a homemade “Super Principal” symbol, and climbed up onto the roof of Matoaka Elementary. Covered by a sheet atop the canopy, he lay hidden until the children began to arrive. As he popped up, teachers shouted, “It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Super Principal!”

He also wears a tuxedo on the first day of school every year. Those are the sorts of stunts that have earned Jacobs a reputation as WJC’s wackiest and most-endearing principal.

He said adding the title of Best Principal to that is an honor.

“I’m not the type who really likes that type of notoriety, but a principal is only as good as the staff that he works with,” he said, “My being named Best Principal is really a reflection on them.”

He has spent most of his 22 years in education teaching in the WJC. division. He got his start at Rawls Byrd Elementary and ended up spending 10 years there.

After that he left the division briefly to work as an assistant principal at Magruder Elementary in York for two years. From there he returned to WJC to take over Mathew Whaley Elementary.

Nearly 16 months ago, when Matoaka Elementary opened, he was offered the chance to lead the new school. He quickly become well loved by parents and teachers alike. Sister Mary Jeanne Osterle, head of Walsingham Academy, received second for best principal. Kim Hammond, who’s serving her first year as principal of Bruton High, placed third.

Carpet cleaner
1. Conscientious Carpet Care
2. Carpet Pro
3. All Pro Cleaning/Restore
Antique store
1. Dovetail Antiques
2. Antique Mall
3. Charlie’s Antiques
Best brunch
1. Kingsmill’s Bray Bistro
2. Opus 9
3. Center Street Grill
Music store
1. Plan 9
2. Amory
3. Barnes & Noble
Event planner
1. Jason at Opus 9
2. Red Carpet Events
3. Wmsbg Event Rentals
Pet boarding facility
1. Godspeed Animal Care
2. St. Francis Pet Resort
3. Pet Resort/Greensprings
Steak house
1. Opus 9
2. Outback Steakhouse
3. Aberdeen Barn
Pest control
1. James Pest Control
2. Mark’s Pest Control
3. National Exterminating
Art gallery/store
1. Prince George Art/Frame
2. This Century Art
3. Antique MallDry cleaners
1. Swan Cleaners
2. Nams Cleaners
3. Master Cleaners
Tanning salon
1. Absolute Tan (Longhill)
2. Body & Sol
3. Toucan Tan (tie)
3. Tropical Tan (tie)
Financial institution
2. Chesapeake Bank
3. Citizen & Farmers
Asian restaurant
1. Peking
2. Soya
3. Thai Pot (tie)
3. Chez Trinh (tie)
Best kept secret
1. Velvet Shoestring
2. The Whaling Company
3. Buon Amici
Wine store
1. The Wine Sellar
2. Wine & Cheese Shop
3. Williamsburg Winery
Auto service
1. Harry’s Mobile Repair
2. Williamsburg Ford
3. Casey Toyota
Local artist
1. Bruce Hornsby
2. Nancy Thomas
3. Richard DePaul
Maid service
1. Molly Maid
2. Merry Maids
3. The Maids
1. Second Street
2. It’s a Secret Cafe
3. By George Catering
Retirement community
1. Williamsburg Landing
2. Colonial Heritage
3. Chambrel at Williamsburg

Best of Williamsburg VA 2008

From an article in the VA Gazette by Amanda Kerr- Dec 2008—Fred Miller, owner of Prince George Art & Frame, is a lover of art and a student of art history.

So it’s no surprise that he’s dedicated to making sure that paintings, photographs and documents like diplomas are thoughtfully framed and properly displayed.

Miller’s love of art is evident in his shop in the Colony Square shopping center on Jamestown Road where he regularly displays work by local artists. He also hosts art shows by regional artists.

It’s that appreciation of art that has led Gazette readers to chose Prince George Art & Frame as best picture framer and best art gallery for 2008.

The Williamsburg Pottery and Walls Alive came in second and third in picture framing. This Century Art Gallery and the Williamsburg Antique Mall placed second and third in the art gallery category.

For nearly 30 years, Prince George Art & Frame has been framing art for the residents of greater Williamsburg. The shop started out on Prince George Street before moving to Colony Square shopping center about two years ago.

Properly framing art, photographs or documents is an art form in itself.

“We help customers make choices that will really enhance the appearance of whatever it is they’re framing,” Miller said. “That’s a foreign topic to most people.”

Customers can chose from a variety of styles of frames, matting and glass. Miller said choosing the right glass can be key.

Museum glass, for example, is lead-free and protects documents from light damage. Because the glass does not reflect light, Miller said images framed with museum glass can be viewed “crystal clear.”

Miller recalled reframing a Burmese tapestry in this special glass and what a difference it made in viewing the tapestry.

“You could see detail after that you couldn’t see before because the glass was so clear,” he said.

For larger pieces, Miller said customers should consider using acrylic instead of glass because it’s lighter.

All frames are custom cut to fit the artwork, as is the glass. Miller is proud of the support his store offers to local artists. “I think that has bolstered our reputation in the market,” he said. “People like to support local artists. We are one of only a few places in town that shows local artists.” For Miller, the bottom line is he is
“seriously into art”

Hair salon
1. Salon 109
2. Cindy’s Classic Cuts
3. Salon Vivace
Women’s fashions
1. Belk
2. Ann Taylor
3. JC Penney
Bookstore new/used
1. Barnes & Nobles
2. Books- A- Million
3. Book Exchange
Manicure/nail shop
1. Uptown Nails
2. Atir Natural Care Clinic
3. NY Nails
Print shop
1. Kinko’s
2. Sir Speedy
3. Kwik Copy
Best barbecue
1. Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que
2. Hog Wild Smokehouse
3. Red Hot & Blue
Seafood restaurant
1. Bonefish Grill
2. Berret’s Seafood
3. Backfin
Local night spot
1. JM Randalls
2. Green Leafe
3. The Corner Pocket
Place to worship
1. Williamsburg
2. St. Bede Catholic
3. Olive Branch Christian
New business
1. Trader Joe’s
2. Francesco’s Ristorante
3. Great Harvest Bread

Best of Williamsburg VA 2008

This annual poll in the VA Gazette is eagerly anticipated by all in the area. Do realize there are others that should appear. It is based on votes submitted by readers.

By Cortney Langley VA Gazette Dec 2008 “If you drive through Toano and smell fried chicken, it’s peanuts cooking,” explained Terri Morgan. She’s director of Retail Sales for Smithfield Specialty Foods Group, owner of The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg.

The kitchen in Hankins Industrial Park cooks about 2 million pounds of nuts annually for mail orders and the shop on Prince George Street. Gazette readers recognized The Peanut Shop as carrying the best nuts in town.

“It’s nice,” she said. “In a tough economic environment, it’s rewarding to get the vote from the readers and the sales during Christmas,” she said.
To earn the best, the shop begins with the best. The kitchen cooks only the meaty Virginia Peanut, grown in North and South Carolina. No puny “runner” peanuts here. The crop is then hand-sorted for the “supers,” the largest 5% of the year’s yield, Morgan said.
Small batches of these are cooked according to a traditional recipe in pure boiling peanut oil under the supervision of the plant’s roastmaster.
That’s the key, Morgan said. Other plants dilute peanut oil with other types, she said. “We think our have a stronger, more distinct peanut flavor.” They also maintain the trademark blisters that mark the Southern favorite.
As a result, where other retailers are struggling, The Peanut Shop has held steady this holiday season. Usually, The Peanut Shop brand makes up about 65% of holiday sales in the store, but it’s up this year to 75%.
“That tells us how strong the brand is,” Morgan said. Even with shipping, they also make affordable gifts.
“For less than $20, it’s a great item that you know Dad’s going to love,” she said. And in case Dad diverts from the usual “lightly salted” variety, The Peanut Shop offers a bevy of flavors, including wasabi, hot Southern, crab and spicy New Orleans cajun.
For those with a sweet tooth, the shop sells chocolate-covered, butter toffee, honey roasted and new this year, praline-glazed peanuts. And of course, peanut brittle, chocolate-covered brittle, clusters and white chocolate cashew toffee.

With a menu like that, the shop has endeared itself to generations of loyal locals as well as tourists.
Long-time residents remember when Louise Anderson, then in her 50s, opened the small shop in 1973, cooking half-sized tins of peanuts on site and selling them out of the back door of Ayers Garage. Within a year, she had to hire her first employee.
In 1986 she retired, selling the shop to Peter Pruden and Dick Fuller, who also owned Smithfield Ham & Products and Williamsburg Foods. At the time, Smithfield Foods was trying to buy up anything with the Smithfield name. Fuller and Pruden sold to the pork giant in 2001. “Most people don’t know that,” Morgan said.
In December 2006, a fire next door in Baskin-Robbins severely damaged the original store. After an extensive remodel, the shop re-opened in February 2007.
Meanwhile, the store had diversified. For more than five years, the shop had witnessed double-digit growth. That fueled the opening of the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe of Williamsburg across the street.
Second to loyalty among long-time customers, Morgan credits the proximity to Colonial Williamsburg and the energy on Prince George Street for the store’s success.
“I’m so glad we’re on Prince George Street,” she said. “It’s a really healthy business environment. We have great neighbors. They are really kind and aggressive business people.” Whitley’s Peanuts placed second and Virginia Peanuts third in reader results.

Winners 2008 Best in Williamsburg

Best Men’s fashion
1. Belk
2. L.L. Bean
3. JCPenney
Best Peanuts
1. The Peanut Shop
2. Whitley’s Peanut Factory
3. Virginia Peanuts
Best Heating/AC
1.Weather Crafters
2. Williamsburg Heating & Air
3. Betty’s Plumbing
Best Japanese/sushi
1. Kyoto of Williamsburg
2. Peking
3. Soya Williamsburg
Best Crab cakes
1. The Backfin
2. Bonefish Grill
3. Opus 9 Steakhouse
Best Restaurant (opened in 2008)
1. Francesco’s
2.Wok n’ Roll
3. Scala Pizzaria
Tastiest pizza in Williamsburg
1. Buon Amici
2. New York Deli
3. Chanello’s
Best Ice cream
1. Bruster’s
2. Cold Stone Creamery
3. Ben & Jerry’s
Best Picture framer
1. Prince George Art&Frame
2. Williamsburg Pottery
3.Walls Alive
Hometown hero
1. Active military
2. Lois Hornsby
3. Veterans

Best Car dealer
1. Williamsburg Ford (tie)
1. Williamsburg Honda (tie)
2. Patriot Buick
3. Casey Toyota
Best Florist
1. Morrison
2. Williamsburg Floral & Gifts
3. Seasons of Williamsburg
Best Furniture store
1. Ethan Allen
2. Carolina Furniture
3. Willamsburg Furniture
Best Travel agency
1. AAA Travel
2. Travel Corner
3. Sue Mayberry Travel
Temp service
1. Protemps
2. A Temp
3. Caliper
Best Home improvement store
1. Lowe’s
2. Home Depot
3. Ace Hardware
Best Italian restaurant
1. Sal’s by Victor
2. Buon Amici
3. Maurizio’s
Best Locally owned gift shop
1. The Mole Hole
2. Paisley
3. Kinks, Quirks & Caffeine
Best Supermarket in Williamsburg
1. Ukrop’s
2. Farm Fresh
3. Fresh Market
Best Shopping center/mall
1. Prime Outlets
2. New Town
3. Monticello Marketplace
Best Veterinarian Williamsburg
1. Godspeed Animal Care
2. Colonial Veterinary Clinic
3. Noah’s Ark Vet Hospital

Williamsburg VA 2008 A Year In Review

From an article in the Va Gazette By Cortney Langley  Dec. 2008

The recession slowed the growth of housing and commerce for the first time in 10 years. Still, there was plenty left to propose and oppose.

James City County set out to revise the Comprehensive Plan with various forums and committees taking the public pulse.

A new slow-growth group called J4C produced research papers challenging various assumptions and projects. The outgoing Democratic majority tightened a James City ordinance to expand stream buffers to 300 feet instead of 100. The new Republican majority promptly unwound that and eventually compromised at 225 feet, then defeated the whole measure. The stream buffers were among many disputes in which four of the five members criticized each other as politically partisan. Almost 900 Ford’s Colony residents petitioned to block a big continuing care facility across the road as too big, generating too much traffic and burdening the HOA. They found a zoning loophole to support their case legally.

The HOA agreed not to sue when management backed down on applying full residential rights to those in a proposed senior care facility. Others still opposed the project on grounds of traffic and scale, even after it was scaled back from 944 units to 739. Despite a last-minute gimmick to stop it, the James City supervisors approved, but the financing dried up during the national credit crisis.

Also near Ford’s Colony, a plan for 240 workforce housing units on News Road was pulled back to weave it into the new Comp Plan. It was considered DOA after the continuing care controversy. Ford’s Colony announced Westport as 100 large homesites across Centerville Road but removed from the controversial continuing care facility.

Two-year assessments found York home values up an average of 15%. The Board of Supervisors reduced the real esate tax rate from 69.75 cents per $100 of assessed value to 65.75 cents.

York county administrator James McReynolds said he needed $26 million worth of expansion and new buildings for his various departments.

A new task force promised to have ideas on developing workforce housing by summer. Work languished, but the group plans to take up the mantle in 2009.

High Street scaled back 99 townhouses to 36 in the first phase as real estate sales continued soft. The Movie Tavern theater that was supposed to open by Labor Day was delayed to November, and then to March along with the retail shops. By year-end, two of five apartment buildings at High Street began to be occupied.

Two new sets of stoplights were erected for High Street, bringing the total in greater Williamsburg to 87. Yet very few were synchronized to keep traffic moving.

The Salvation Army set out on a feasibility study for a $6 million complex of teen center, child care, computer lab, food pantry and other services to the community. The site is on Richmond Road near 199.

An extended runway was ruled out at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, which seemed to scotch any federal subsidy for acquisition. By year-end, it was going to take more than $3 million to buy the airport or $16 million to rebuild elsewhere. Some citizens were adamantly against James City County putting up the money. The death of co-owner Jean Waltrip complicated matters.

Philip Morris completed the expansion and conversion of the Route 143 plant to make spit-free tobacco. 1,200 acres were put on the market by Williamsburg Pottery, though Kim Maloney clarified the business would remain intact. With no buyers at hand, the property was later taken off the market. Longtime farmer Don Hunt closed Hill Pleasant Farm. He had no plans to sell to developers but asked for the land-use designation to change to mixed-use with the Comp Plan update. The York supervisors compromised on requiring Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort owner Dick Ashe to cut the grass of its abandoned nine-hole course.

Overcrowding worsened at Stonehouse Elementary, but a 9th school was still two years away.

Pockets of retail vacancies were showing up at Patriot Plaza and were persisting at Williamsburg Crossing.

A revised version of controversial condos were approved on South Henry Street despite criticism that they were out of scale.

Williamsburg Community Chapel spent $15 million to expand to 70,000 square feet with an auditorium for 1,500.

York denied its first mixed-use development of apartments and stores, on Route 17 at Battlefield Road. 10 four-story buildings for mixed use at Route 17 and Battle Road worried York residents as too massive.

The York supervisors were lobbied heavily to approve in a 3-2 vote a house on the Chesapeake Bay that was within the 100-foot Chesapeake Bay resource protection area.

The Honda dealership in Norge sought to expand, but neighbors complained of encroachment. Neighbors in Chisel Run protested Prime Outlets expanding across Olde Towne Road after two dozen older trees were cut down. James City had a raft of road projects, but the state budget was cut in half to $3.5 million. Two James City supervisors had second thoughts about approving a $50 million contract with Newport News Waterworks. It’s good for up to 5 million gallons a day. Water rates raised 12%- 15%, with more to come.

VDOT ramped up its traffic studies in ways that would cost developers more time and money, but slow-growth advocates hailed the move for reflecting a more cumulative impact.

J4C came up with six pages of ways to prevent flooding through improved draining. The crux of the problem was assigning responsibility for flooding after a development is built.

Three days of citizen meetings led to a vision of the Eastern State campus for mixed uses and housing around various mental health components. Sites emerged for at least one new school, an office park, apartments, “Geriatric Square” for research, and faculty housing.

Neighbors near Hubbard Lane protested expansion plans for a mini-warehouse behind James-York Plaza. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposal and the application has yet to go to the Board of Supervisors.

Seasons Trace sought a second road out of the subdivision in the event of hurricane flooding.

The city budget was ho-hum except for a 15% hike in water rates to pay Newport News Waterworks in times of need. Last year the rates went up 10% and more hikes are coming, in part to cover costs of the new King William Reservoir. Geologist Gerald Johnson lost his fight to save the last patch of 5-million-year-old fossils along the bluffs of the James River. Kingsmill wanted the site for more homes.