• 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

Brass Cannon Brewery moving closer to Williamsburg..

Have you noticed the building going up on Mooretown Rd in the photo below ?

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And now the Big News!
Brass Cannon will be moving to a brand new building at 5476 Mooretown Road. They are  also be upgrading from a 4 barrel brewing system up to 20 barrels. and their new tasting room will be about 3 times the size of the current one. Projected opening date for the new location is March 2016 but the  Toano location will be open until the switch over.

The new  tasting room will be nearly 3 times the size of the current one, and will have both bar and table seating as well as plans for an outdoor beer garden area.

In these endeavors, location is key. Brass Cannon wanted a space that was closer to town than they are now, and readily accessible for guests.  The new location  lands them very close to Alewerks Brewing Company. BCB sees this as an opportunity for collaboration, and the combined presence of both breweries should be a positive thing for consumers and serve as a greater drawing power to get both locals and tourists out enjoying delicious beer.

 

Brass Cannon will be throwing a party at the brewery on Saturday, December 12. Good times and $1 off pints will be flowing from opening time at noon until at least 11pm.

Kickstarter Campaign
To help with the expansion, BCB is  running a Kickstarter campaign. Funds raised will go primarily towards improvements to the new tap room. Details and a lovely video are at their campaign site.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/946749068/brass-cannon-brewing-expansion

 

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Wayne Harbin Builder named builder of the year by Southern Living.

Williamsburg/Yorktown based Homebuilder, WAYNE HARBIN BUILDER, INC. has been named Custom Builder Member of the Year by the Southern Living Custom Builder Program and will be featured in the June 2015 issue of the magazine.

“Harbin Builder is a family run business which consists of Wayne Harbin and sons Doug Harbin and Brad Harbin who now run the daily operation of the business. They represent the best our Program has to offer,” says Kristen Bryan, Associate Marketing Director, Southern Living. “Their tremendous ability as a builder and their sincere desire to serve their clients well have definitely contributed to their success and set them apart in this profession.”

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The Southern Living Custom Builder Program is an invitation-only network of nearly 100 builders across the country. Each member is hand-selected for their outstanding reputation, quality of design and construction, integrity, and stability in the locations they represent.

A member of the Custom Builder Program since 2002, Harbin Builder earned the 2015 Builder Member of the Year award for its successful presentation of their Southern Living Showcase Home “Harrison Place” in Ford’s Colony, Williamsburg, Va. They welcomed 1,300 ticketed visitors to the Showcase Home over 3 weekends last fall. The home was marketed by Liz Moore and Associates and Interior Designer was Christine Vaughan Estep of Jackson Thomas Interiors. Harbin Builder is a custom design build firm that strives to create homes which are beautiful, well built, energy efficient, and suit the lifestyle of the buyer. By working with architects, designers, and interior designers, Harbin Builder offers its clients a multitude of resources to ensure homes of the highest caliber are achieved.

The award was presented during the Southern Living Builder Conference held February 22 – 23 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, TN.

Smallcakes comes to Williamsburg VA

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There’s a new dessert coming to town – decadent, gourmet cupcakes. Smallcakes: A Cupcakery, a popular nationwide cupcake brand, will be opening a location at 4640 Casey Blvd Williamsbury, VA in Settlers Market

Smallcakes was founded by Jeff Martin in Kansas City in 2009 and has grown to over 75 locations offering specialty cupcakes baked fresh daily. Martin and Smallcakes have received national recognition with his three appearances on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a feature on the morning television show The View, catering cupcakes to star-studded events such as the MTV Video Music Awards, and being listed as one of the Top Ten Cupcake Places to try in the country by USA Today.

“We’re thrilled to have a Smallcakes opening in Williamsburg and have received a great response from the community since announcing we were coming to town,” says Martin. “We pride ourselves on delivering delicious cupcakes made from scratch every morning right from the kitchen of your neighborhood cupcakery.”

The cupcakery’s daily menu features 12 signature flavors – Birthday Cake, Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Cream, Chocoholic, Cookies N Crème, Hot Fudge Sundae, Lemon, Peanut Butter Cup, Pink Chocolate, Pink Vanilla, Red Velvet, and Vanilla-N-Chocolate – as well as a rotation of over 100 specialty flavors such

as Maple Bacon, Fat Elvis, Cannoli, Strawberries N’ Crème, Tiramisu, Apple Stuffed French Toast, and Pumpkin.

“Summer is the perfect time to introduce Smallcakes to the area. We have a terrific seasonal menu including Pecan Pie, Strawberry Lemonade, Key Lime Pie, Cherry Limeade, and Beach Bum just to name a few. We look forward to making your summer events a little sweeter with a Smallcakes cupcake,” adds Martin.

The Williamsburg franchise is owned and operated by area locals Patrick and Leah Polowichak. Martin says, “I’m excited to have Patrick and Leah on board, and their enthusiasm for great cupcakes and great customer service is evident when you meet them.”

Smallcakes Williamsburg is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit Smallcakes online at www.smallcakescupcakery.com and on Facebook.

City of Williamsburg Launches New App for Residents and Visitors

The City of Williamsburg’s new smartphone app – Williamsburg Wayfinder– transforms the way residents and visitors interact with City government, local attractions and businesses. You can submit and track non-emergency service requests, photos, and text messages and now access everything from the Property Information Service (PIS) and Economic Development resources to the restaurants and shops closest to you.
image"With this new app, we’re providing a single pane of glass into the City," said Information Technology Director Mark Barham. "The Williamsbug Wayfinder replaces CITY 411 and enables users to reach across all departments – from planning and permitting to taxes and facility rental. By capturing, routing and managing service requests, the system will create a convenient form of communication among departments, resulting in faster response times."
Williamsburg Wayfinder is also geo-location based, allowing you to customize the experience whenever and wherever it’s convenient. 
Want to take your morning run someplace new? Use the app to access the Great City Walks and get a map and description of the William & Mary Loop, a 2.1 mile route ringing the campus.

Trying to find the closest place for lunch? Use the Shop and Dine map to find out what’s nearby, how to get there, what’s on the menu, and call them directly for a reservation.

House hunting? If you’re wondering about a house you’ve just driven by, use the app to access the Property Information Service to find out the most recent sale price.
Williamsburg Wayfinder can be downloaded for free from both the Apple App Store and the Android Market.  Links and more information are available on the City’s website, williamsburgva.gov/mobile

HAMPTON ROADS 2013 TOP NEW HOME BUILDERS

Ryan Homes was again the top builder in Hampton Roads VA for permits, closings and revenue in 2013 with 309 permits issued, 292 closings, and $104,699,944 in revenue. Ryan Homes is actively building in 18 new home communities in Hampton Roads. Their top subdivision was Turtle Creek in Newport News with 50 permits, 42 closings, and $13,303,294 in revenue. Windsor Ridge at Wellington in Williamsburg/ James City County was their number two subdivision for permits, closings, and revenue with 32 permits and 32 detached closings recorded for $11,898,876 in revenue. Chesapeake Homes was the number two builder in Hampton Roads VA for permits, closings, and revenue with 134 permits issued, 173 closings recorded, and $46,874,097 in revenue in 15 communities on the Southside and Peninsula. Cornerstone in Virginia Beach was their number one community during the year with 36 permits recorded, 51 closings recorded, and $12,349,142 in revenue. West Neck Village was their number two community with 21 permits issued, 16 closings, and $5,648,588 million in revenue. HHHunt Homes was the number three builder for closings and revenue with 154 closings recorded, and $37 million in revenue. HHHunt Homes had closings in ten communities in Hampton Roads during the year including eight detached and two attached. Their top subdivision in 2013 for closings was Weatherly in Whitehall in the Toano area of James City County with 40 closings. Their top subdivision for revenue was the single family product at Whitehall with closings totaling $7,835,125 in revenue.

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Armada Hoffler to build new Williamsburg shopping center

Armada Hoffler Properties  announced their newest project in its next generation development pipeline. The Company will develop a grocery-anchored shopping center in Williamsburg, Virginia as part of a joint venture partnership in which the Company is the majority partner.

Armada Hoffler Properties  announced their newest project in its next generation development pipeline. The Company will develop a grocery-anchored shopping center in Williamsburg, Virginia as part of a joint venture partnership in which the Company is the majority partner.This multi-phased project is a redevelopment of the Williamsburg Outlet Mall with the completion of phase one, consisting of approximately 88,000 square feet, expected in early 2016. The Company has signed a 20-year lease for approximately 53,000 square feet with Harris Teeter, which will anchor an additional 35,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. The Company expects to begin construction on phase one in the third quarter of 2014. Phase two represents an opportunity to develop another 42,000 square feet in the future.

The building behind the existing McDonalds is intended to be primarily retail space. The pharmacy, which is set to be a Walgreens, will be the larger building off of Route 60/Richmond Rd and the building next to it is likely to become a restaurant.  The two buildings backing to Centerville Rd are meant to be mixed use – retail and office space. In the center of the proposed development is a planned Marketplace Green, which would be a 0.4-acre open space with walkways, a decorative paved area for cars to cross, and a shelter or gazebo for the WATA bus stop.

This new shopping center will add numerous shops to the Richmond Rd corridor near Centerville Rd a boon to homeowners of nearby Colonial Heritage a 55+ community .

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Xanterra withdraws Kingsmill expansion plans

signXanterra abruptly withdrew its Kingsmill expansion plans Tuesday with no explanation, according to county Planning documents.

Xanterra’s local attorney, Vernon Geddy III, sent a brief letter to county planners Tuesday asking them to “withdraw in entirety the rezoning portion of the referenced applications and all portions of the master plan amendment portion of the applications.”

But the move might not signal defeat. Geddy said Xanterra, which owns Kingsmill Resort and hopes to build 207 new homes along the Country Road, will “continue to work to address issues that have been raised” and file a new application “in the near future.”

Still, the news pleased opponents, roughly 100 of whom turned out at a Planning Commission meeting earlier this month to speak out against the project.

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Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio Awarded 2014 Governor’s Cup

VA Governor Terry McAuliffe tonight awarded the 2014 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio, a blended red wine.

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Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to award the Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery, one of Virginia’s oldest and most prolific wineries.  It is no secret the Commonwealth’s wine industry has experienced tremendous growth both in quantity and quality in recent years.  Such growth has an enormous impact on Virginia in terms of economic development and job creation.  The Virginia Governor’s Cup, now recognized as one of the nation’s most stringent competitions, helps to raise awareness of the world class wines grown and blended right here in the Commonwealth.  My congratulations to The Williamsburg Winery for their long history of success and their most recent notable contribution to the Virginia wine industry."

The Williamsburg Winery’s Adagio is a blend of 42% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 28% Petit Verdot. Aged in French, American and Hungarian Oak, the ratio is  43% new oak, 14% one year old oak; 29% two year old oak; and 14% three year old oak. The winemaker’s tasting notes are as follows: The 2010 Adagio is a very bold upfront wine with loads of jammy fruit.  The blackberries and blueberry notes are accentuated with some elegant mature darker fruit such as figs, dates and prunes.  There is a hint of spice (warm cinnamon) with molasses and soy.  The earthy notes come across with a touch of nuttiness.  The oak is very integrated into the weight of the wine and the tannins are smooth and graceful. The wine has a wonderful finish that lasts for quite awhile.

"It is very satisfying and very humbling to be with my peers and the others who have won the Governor’s Cup.  The 2010 Adagio was unbelievable, exceeding all expectations for quality, and it was nice for Adagio to get that recognition,” said Matthew Meyer, vice president and winemaker of The Williamsburg Winery.  "Adagio, from the Italian ad agio, or ‘at ease’, is a musical term indicating the tempo of a composition that is meant to be slow and stately, so named in honor of the extraordinary depth, elegance and grace of this wine."

The 2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition was conducted over three weeks of preliminary tastings, held at the Capital Wine School in Washington, D.C.  The final round of tastings was held at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in early February. The Governor’s Cup award winner was selected from the 2014 Governor’s Cup Case. The top 12 scoring wines of the competition, The Governor’s Cup Case, were selected from 410 entries of both red and white wines, from 96 wineries.

The Williamsburg Winery is located on Wessex Hundred, a 300-acre farm located in Virginia’s Historic Triangle.  The winery has experienced continuous growth through an expanding portfolio of wines. The introduction of the 2007 Adagio was the culmination of a single-minded goal to produce the highest quality wines in the world. This is the second Governor’s Cup for Williamsburg Winery. The winery won in 1989 for its 1988 Chardonnay.

"Winning the Governor’s Cup is a testament to Matthew’s talent and to the dedication of our entire team, whose focus is on excellence in wines made 100% from Virginia grapes. Our goal is to grow as a leader in the industry, developing wines that reflect the character of our Commonwealth, neither Californian or European, but displaying elegance and interesting flavors," said Patrick Duffeler, president and CEO, The Williamsburg Winery.

In addition to awarding Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio the 2014 Governor’s Cup, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore was named Wine Person of the Year for his contributions to this rapidly growing sector of the Commonwealth’s economy.

Sales of Virginia wine reached a record high in fiscal year 2013 with more than 511,000 cases, or more than 6.1 million bottles, sold. Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with 250 wineries. Virginia is also tied with Texas as the nation’s fifth largest wine grape producing state. According to a recently released economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 people and contributes almost $750 million to the Commonwealth’s economy on an annual basis.

For a complete list of previous Governor’s Cup winners and information about the Virginia wine industry, please visit the Virginia Wine Marketing Office http://www.virginiawine.org/governors-cup/awards/ or call 804-344-8200.

Sams Club is coming to Williamsburg VA

Sam’s Club will be joining Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, JCPenney and Best Buy at  the Marquis shopping center in upper York County

Sam's Club will be joining Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, JCPenney and Best Buy at  the Marquis shopping center in upper York CountyYork County  recently approved  a 250,000-square-feet expansion to the center making room for Sam’s Club, as well as a gas station and restaurant.

 

The developer  plans to build out the site for Sam’s Club and a few other retailers first, then move behind the current commercial parcel to break ground on a housing development that will include:

193 single-family detached homes , 157 town homes, and 300 apartments

The detached homes and townhomes should be ready for sale in early 2015. Prices for the single-family homes will range from $350,000 to $450,000. The townhomes are projected to sell in the $225,000 to $275,000 range.

Three other retailers have  signed leases at the Marquis — a 55,000 square foot specialty goods retailer, a national brand fast casual dining restaurant and a national fast food restaurant.

James River power lines win OK by Va. regulators

State regulators on Tuesday approved the construction of a high-voltage transmission line over the James River that critics contend will be an eyesore near some of Virginia’s most important historic sites, including Jamestown.

The State Corporation Commission acted on a request by Virginia Dominion Power to construct an 8-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission that would cross 4.1 miles over the James and include as many as 17 towers.

In its ruling, the commission acknowledged the concerns of opponents but said the project is “necessary to continue reliable electric service to the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work across this broad region of Virginia.”

The commission approved the so-called Surry-Skiffes Creek project. It includes the overhead transmission line from a Dominion switching station in Surry County to a new switching station in James City County in the state’s Tidewater region. It also would include a 230-kilovolt transmission line through James City and York counties, the city of Newport News and ending in Hampton.

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York County Supervisors OK addition of 650 homes to Marquis shopping center development

The York Board of Supervisors approved a pair of proposals expanding the footprint of a shopping center in upper York County.

Developers of The Marquis, located off Interstate 64 and Route 199 near Water Country USA, asked the supervisors to add 200,000-square-feet of retail space to the existing 127-acre commercial parcel for a national club discount store, gas station and restaurant. In another request, developers asked to rezone the lower, undeveloped portion of their property to allow for a 650-unit residential development.

The board unanimously approved both requests, despite concerns from its planning board, which did not favor the residential development.

The planning commissioners voted 4-1 against the rezoning, saying developers were trying to accomplish too much with too little land. They voiced objections to the lack of recreational facilities, the small lot sizes and the potential impact to the schools.

During Monday night’s meeting, developer Todd Interests added additional recreational facilities including tennis courts and bike paths, increased the distance between buildings and offered a seven-acre site for a potential school or that could be sold by the county for an estimated value of $2 million.

The shopping center has struggled financially since its start in 2005. The current developer, Todd Interests, purchased the shopping center in 2011 after a previous owner went bankrupt.
Williamsburg attorney Greg Davis, who represents Todd Interests, told the supervisors the new plans are the key to revitalizing The Marquis.

“The state of The Marquis, as well you know, has been abysmal for the last four years,” Davis said. “A successful Marquis requires this national anchor tenant.”

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Ferguson to pay for 5300 field trips to Colonial Williamsburg

Ferguson has partnered with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to fund educational field trips for approximately 5,300 Peninsula fourth graders. The field trip lessons correspond with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). The grant covers the cost of admission and transportation to Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City for all fourth graders in the Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and York County public school systems during the 2013-14 academic year.

Ferguson also funds Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips, Emmy-award winning live internet events and television broadcasts for grades 4-8. Approximately six million students nationwide view an Electronic Field Trip each year.

"Ferguson is committed to providing and enhancing educational opportunities for students," said Ferguson CEO Frank Roach. "Colonial Williamsburg is a great learning venue right in our own backyard. As a company, we are honored to be able to provide students with the chance to experience it firsthand."

"Our core mission is to use history as a means of teaching our youth to become responsible, contributing citizens in society," said Colin Campbell, President and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. "We are thankful and thrilled that Ferguson has partnered with us to enable our local school districts to discover that Colonial Williamsburg has to offer. The Ferguson Cares program, the company’s community engagement program, is a superb example of community involvement and corporate responsibility."

Wal Mart Neighborhood Market in Williamsburg Now Hiring

Are you searching for a job? There are 95 new positions opening up in Williamsburg, VA this fall.

The new Walmart Neighborhood Market is scheduled to open at Settlers Market near New Town and they are hiring both full-time and part-time employees.

If you’re interested, applications are being accepted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

If hired, get ready to start working in July to help with the store’s grand opening.

If you want to apply click here or visit the hiring center at 731 E. Rochambeau Drive.

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W&M ranked #1 Undergraduate B-School for Marketing

imageAccording to the 2013 Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business-Schools ranking, the  College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business is the best in the nation for marketing,

Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed class of 2013 undergrad business students about the full range of their business school experience, from getting in to getting a job. One section of the survey singles out specific aspects of the business program and asks the students to grade them on a scale from A to F

Within the business curriculum, marketing majors at Mason have a wide variety of both core courses and electives to choose from, including new classes that look specifically at “Creativity & Innovation” and “Sustainability Inspired Design.” Both courses are taught in what is called the Design Studio, a teaching space that looks more like an industrial workshop or art studio than a classroom. Students sit on stools at makeshift tables and take notes and brainstorm on rolling whiteboards.

This classroom design reflects the way marketing is taught at Mason. Instead of approaching the area from a traditional textbook/lecture format in the classroom, marketing courses are experiential, with students engaging in semester-long simulations and working on projects with local clients. In the “Marketing Research” course, for instance, students conduct field research for local businesses through focus groups and online surveys, and then present their findings. Recent projects included a look at the market position of a new pub in town, the customer experience at a popular campus coffee shop, and understanding the behaviors of moviegoers.

Outside of class, many marketing students are members of the Student Marketing Association, which hosts industry speakers, consulting projects, job and internship search workshops, and an annual marketing networking trip to New York to visit companies and alumni in the marketing and advertising industries.

 Washington University’s Olin Business School and the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce round out the top three.


Top TEN Undergraduate Business Schools for Marketing

1. William & Mary (Mason) 1.132
2. Washington U. (Olin) 1.153
3. Virginia (McIntire) 1.154
4. Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1.176
5. Loyola – Maryland (Sellinger) 1.177
6. Cornell (Dyson) 1.190
7. Florida International (Landon) 1.207
8. Arkansas (Walton) 1.209
9. Elon (Love) 1.210
10. Michigan (Ross) 1.214

 

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Duck Donuts to open in Williamsburg VA

Duck Donuts, with four stores in  Duck, Corolla, Kill Devil Hills, and  Kitty Hawk North Carolina has announced plans to open stores in Williamsburg and VA Beach.

The Williamsburg store will be in the Monticello Marketplace Shoppes (former Starbucks location) and the Virginia Beach store location is still in the approval process.image

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Cheese Shop Secret Sauce Now Available for Sale

Mary Ellen Power holding a jar of The Cheese Shop’s  Original House Dressing (Photo courtesy The Cheese Shop. Williamsburg VAWho doesn’t like the legendary sandwiches from the Cheese Shop in Williamsburg VA ? and who loves their original house dressing ?

After many years of requests, they are finally bottling their World Famous House Dressing!  created by Mary Ellen Power, many years ago

Ashman Manufacturing Co.in VA Beach just produced the first batch of 984 bottles. The Cheese Shop’s The Original House Dressing is for sale in the store or by phone order placed with the shop over the phone. in  23-ounce jars for $14.85.

 a legendary Cheese Shop Sandwich (Photo courtesy The Cheese Shop. Williamsburg VAFor more than four decades The Cheese Shop has offered hundreds of cheeses, wines and specialty foods.They have also become one of Williamsburg’s most popular destinations for a casual lunch or dinner. Located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square. Stop by and enjoy a sandwich, some , cheese, wine by the glass on their patio on Duke of Gloucester or under the heated and covered patio on the side. (or find a nearby bench when its super busy!)

Check out the Cheese Shop website for more info or their Facebook page

Carters Grove Owner, Halsey Minor Files For Bankruptcy

Tech investor,  entrepreneur and past owner of Carters Grove,  Halsey Minor filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles.

He is seeking protection from law firms, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, his ex-wife and current wife, among others.

He listed liabilities of between $50 million and $100 million with more than 60 creditors, and assets of between $10 million and $50 million.

Minor was an early investor in Salesforce.com and founded CNET Networks, a news website that he sold to CBS in 2008 for $1.8 billion. He also founded Minor Ventures in San Francisco, a firm that made more than half a dozen investments in early-stage tech startups.

In a statement responding to questions about his bankruptcy filing, Minor wrote:

“I love being an entrepreneur even though it involves financial risk. I have been fortunate enough to play a meaningful role in building great companies like CNET Networks, salesforce.com, Rhapsody, NBCi, the service known as Google Voice and others. But if you win some you are going to lose some too.

A case might be made I should never have strayed from technology. However, I like doing things outside my comfort zone, and I believe that willingness in part accounts for my tech successes.”

Under Chapter 7 a trustee is appointed by the court to liquidate the debtor’s assets for the benefit of creditors.

carters grove in williamsburgWhen news emerged last summer that the ongoing legal issues may have allowed the Carter’s Grove property to slip into disrepair, historical preservationists expressed frustration and pushed for action to save and restore the property, action that has since come to fruition.

“The damage was from lack of repair — it’s all been fixed,” said Stanley Samorajczyk, a court-appointed trustee for the Carter’s Grove estate. “I’ve had almost no dealings with Mr. Minor. I do not expect Mr. Minor’s bankruptcy to have any impact.”

Carter’s Grove is now listed for sale with Charlottesville-based McLean Faulconer, Inc. The property is being marketed  for $14.95 million.

Relay Foods expanding its market to Williamsburg VA

Online grocer Relay Foods who just raised $8.25 million through a common stock sale will soon be operating pickup sites twice a week in Williamsburg, VA!

Relay Foods is thankful to have the opportunity to provide Williamsburg with a convenient and sustainable way to shop for your grocery staples, healthy, and local food, Relay Foods provides an online marketplace for your all of your grocery needs.

Relay collaborates with local farms, artisan food makers, and great brands to give you simple access to the best local edibles and everyday staples all in one place. We’re simplifying the sometimes overwhelming options, doing the legwork for you, and just giving you our best.

Online grocer Relay Foods who just raised $8.25 million through a common stock sale will soon be operating pickup sites twice a week in Williamsburg, VA!

They partner with local farmers and vendors, as well as several different grocery stores including Whole Foods and distribute  grocery orders through pickup sites.
Starting Thursday May 3,2013 in Williamsburg VA

Order your groceries by 11:59pm the day before your order is scheduled to be picked up in Williamsburg, and your groceries will be ready for you to pick up between the hours of 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Two pick up days and sites are set for New Town:
Tuesdays  at Legacy Hall
Fridays at Civic Green

As part of their launch, amazing deals are offered  each week in May, starting on May 3rd, our first official day in Williamsburg.
Week 1 (May 3 – May 10) Free Bounty basket (organic and/or conventional) with $50.00 purchase
Week 2 (May 13 – May 17) 2 Relay Pizzas with $75.00 purchase
Week 3 (May 20 – May 24) Tasting Box with $75.00 purchase
Week 4 (May 27 – May 31) Cava Mezze Party Pack with $75.00 purchase.

The launch party is May 3 at New town – more info at Relay Foods Williamsburg Launch Celebration – May 2013

Learn more about them here

The Charlottesville-based company offers a selection of local foods and national brands from a range of producers. Relay also serves Richmond, Charlottesville, NoVA, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Toano VA Company-Lumber Liquidators-Looking to move headquarters to Richmond

A big-name public company is looking for a large block of office space in Richmond, potentially as a new home for its headquarters.

Lumber Liquidators, currently headquartered about 40 miles east of Richmond in Toano, is seeking between 30,000 and 45,000 square feet of office space in the area, according to half a dozen brokers and real estate developers with direct knowledge of the company’s requirements.

Lumber Liquidators has, over the past several months, toured properties across the region.

The company has looked at spaces in and around Innsbrook, according to three sources. Highwoods Properties confirmed it sent a proposal to Lumber Liquidators in January for space at its Stony Point office park on the Southside.

Lumber Liquidators already has a small presence in Richmond with 6,800 square feet in an office building at 5211 W. Broad St. near Willow Lawn.

The company’s most likely destination is downtown Richmond, where it has toured both existing office space and historic rehab projects, according to several sources.

More of the story here

Xanterra looking to add many homes at Kingsmill

Xanterra the company that purchased Kingsmill Resort back in August of 2010 has filed a number of land use applications with James City County and seems to be poised to add a number of new home sites to the community,

Kingsmill SignFive subdivision plats were filed in February, according to county records. Most seem routine: One splits the York County portion of a parcel from its James City counterpart along Kingsmill Road. Another splits up a resort parking lot. A third encompasses more than 200 acres in and around the resort, but county planners have not been told there are any plans for development.

Another, roughly 270 acres around the Woods Course, will need to be rezoned to be part of the planned community before 90 or so planned homes can be added.

What was once intended to be an equestrian center and corral on 25 acres near the intersection of Kingsmill and Wareham’s Pond roads is being split into three parcels with a plan to build more homes.

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Xanterra issued a press release announcing  the sale of certain undeveloped land owned by  Busch Properties, Inc located in the Kingsmill on the James community in Williamsburg, VA. to Xanterra .

Busch Properties, Inc.will also sell its residential real estate brokerage company, Kingsmill Realty, Inc., to Kingsmill Resort Development,, another Xanterra affiliate

The sale of the  Busch Properties, Inc. assets to Xanterra and KRD is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013 and will result in the Kingsmill declarant and developer rights and Kingsmill Realty being reunited with Kingsmill Resort under common ownership as Xanterra acquired the 1,025-acre Kingsmill Resort in 2010.

In laymans terms Xanterra "will be able to add land and home sites to the community without a membership vote," according to a KCSA blast email to homeowners.

The other terms and conditions of the sale were not disclosed.

Acquisition of the undeveloped Kingsmill property and the brokerage company reaffirms Xanterra’s investment in and commitment to the Kingsmill community.  Since 2010, Xanterra has made numerous investments at Kingsmill Resort, including construction of the new James Landing Grill at the Kingsmill Marina and a new pool complex, as well as bringing back an LPGA tour event to the Resort.
"We are very excited about this acquisition.  We feel that this is a great opportunity to ensure that both the community’s and the Resort’s interests remain aligned and that the community as a whole continues to be successful well into the future,” said Andrew N. Todd, Xanterra’s president and CEO.
While Xanterra has already begun preliminary work on future development plans related to undeveloped areas on both Resort lands and the property to be purchased from BPI, Xanterra looks forward to working with the community’s master association (Kingsmill Community Services Association), James City County, and the community in general on these plans to make sure that community interests are ultimately aligned.

Read more about Kingsmill here

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Help catch a theif in Williamsburg VA

It’s a poor quality photo but does anyone recognize the male and female in this photo ?

imageAfter 15 years in business with no theft, Bikes Unlimited bike shop owner Barry Herneisey was hit in broad daylight while they were open

Surveillance video captured a man and woman stealing a $7,200 bike from Bikes Unlimited in Williamsburg Shopping Center on Thursday. (WATCH IT HERE)

Local bike shop owner Barry Herneisey  said three people were involved in the theft of a Bianchi  928 bicycle valued at $7200 . The couple who stole the Bianchi road bike were apparently aided by another man who entered shop about five minutes later and occupied Herneisey. It was the most expensive bike in Herneisey’s inventory.

You can watch the theft on the video below. The theft occurs about 7 minutes into the video. Among those who saw the video were the owners of Bike Beat at Monticello Marketplace, who then contacted Herneisey.

The couple was described as Hispanic, with the man standing about 5-feet-7 and the woman about 5-feet-3.

If you have any information on this theft please call Bikes Unlimited 757 229 4620

A Five Hundred Dollar Reward will be paid by Mr Williamsburg for information leading to the arrest of the thieves and recovery of the bike

Please help us catch the crooks that stole from our local bike shop. They stole a Bianchi 928 that was worth thousands. You can see them enter the store around the 14:04 mark and they leave with the bike at the 14:09 mark. The camera system and recovered footage was done by Xactec here in Williamsburg, VA.

Noodles and Co to open at Settlers Market in Williamsburg

noodles & things Williamsburg vaA national chain restaurant Noodles & Company plans to open in Settlers Market in Williamsburg VA.

Noodles & Company promotes itself as one of the fastest growing fast-casual restaurant chains in the country, with favorite items that include Japanese pan noodles, a Chinese chop salad, penne rosa and Wisconsin macaroni and cheese.

The restaurant’s specialty, yes, is noodles, serving them up in a variety of styles: Asian, Mediterranean and American. You will also find a variety of macaroni and cheeses on the menu (a down-home style with cheddar and jack cheeses and a version with truffle oil and sautéed Portobello mushrooms) as well as Asian-style noodles (pad Thai and Japanese pan noodles) and Mediterranean pastas (pasta fresca and penne rosa).

The restaurant also offers soups, sandwiches and salads.

Find out more about Noodles & Company, including its full menu, at potentially the best Web address out there, Noodles.com.

Job Fair for Busch Gardens/ Water Country this weekend

imageMake plans now to come to our Job Fair on Saturday January 19, 2013 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg VA will hold a job fair this  Saturday.

The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Das Festhaus restaurant in the Germany section of Busch Gardens. Applicants should use the employee and  entrance off Route 60.

 

For directions and other information, go to www.bgwjobs.com or call 757-253-3020. 

 

More info here

Jobs for Seniors

Are you retired and looking for a second career or do you just want to get out of the house? Do you live close by or do you visit the warmer climates to avoid the winter weather?
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA  recognizes the experience and talents that you possess. We will work with you to provide an exciting opportunity that will fit your lifestyle whether you are interested in a full time, a part-time or a seasonal position. By joining our team you will:

  • Meet people from around the world and around the corner .Have flexible work hours
  • Receive free admission to all of our parks (with the exception of Discovery Cove)
  • Receive complimentary tickets for your family and friends
  • Receive free uniforms

More info here

Yogurtini opens in Williamsburg VA

Join in for an afternoon of fun and FREE YOGURT!!!  From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 5, we will be serving FREE delicious yogurt, Treybo will be making balloon creations, and we will have balloons and tattoos for all.  Join in the fun and start your year off right!  Donations will be accepted for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

imageYogurtini®, originally established in Tempe, Arizona in 2008, announces its expansion into Virginia with the grand opening of the popular frozen yogurt franchise in Williamsburg at The Shops at High Street, 1430 High Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

"We are so excited to bring Yogurtini® to the Williamsburg area.  We’ve already received a tremendous amount of support from the community. Everyone loves having so many choices of flavors of premium real yogurt and the amazing assortment of toppings," said Ben Hill, co-owner of the new Williamsburg franchise location. "We are expecting a huge turnout for the grand opening and are thrilled to be partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and supporting their commitment to helping children with cancer," he continued.

The Williamsburg location is the first Yogurtini® store in Virginia. Yogurtini has quickly built a devoted following of its non-fat, real yogurt, pay by the ounce model by providing its customers with a unique experience upon each visit. The serve-yo-self® concept allows customers to make their own frozen yogurt creation, mixing blends and concoctions just like a signature martini. 

Yogurtini® regularly has classic flavors such as Ultimate Chocolate, Classic Vanilla, Chelsey’s Cheesecake, and Peanut Butter, but there is always a surprise for the more adventurous like Northshore Pineapple Tart, Toasted Marshmallow and Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartini. The incomparable Yogurtini® "House" Tart, along with a non-dairy and no sugar added flavor option is always a mainstay. At Yogurtini, Flavortini© recipes are created by mixing an array of frozen yogurts and toppings like the famous "Extra Dirty", a favorite among their loyal following.

Address

1430 High Street Ste. 1104
Williamsburg, VA 23185
@ High Street

Map & Directions

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11am – 9pm Sun – Thurs
11am – 10pm Fri & Sat

(757) 903-4730

Construction moving along at Settlers Market in Williamsburg

Construction crews are busy at work on the Settlers Market shopping center in James City County. Once complete it  will feature 250,000 square feet of retail space along with an adjoining residential component located along Settlers Market Boulevard adjacent to the center.

Construction crews are busy at work on the Settlers Market shopping center in James City County. Once complete it  will feature 250,000 square feet of retail space along with an adjoining residential component located along Settlers Market Boulevard adjacent to the center.

At this point a Spring 2013 opening is planned for the new Stein Mart, HomeGoods ,ULTA Michaels,Dress Barn, Five Below and Shoe Carnival stores.

They will join the existing Trader Joes, Bakers Crust, AT&T,Sleepy’s Long & Foster Real Estate, BB&T Bank as well as a “Wal Mart Neighborhood Market” grocery store that is on track to start construction soon.

The center is being developed by FCP and its partner, Westmoreland Partners,who are represented in retail leasing by the Norfolk office of The Shopping Center Group.

 

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Settlers Market  was acquired by Federal Capital Partners and Westmoreland Partners earlier this year for $13.25 million from Union Bank who foreclosed on the property in Feb 2011

The original owner/ developer was AIG Baker who had originally obtained a $55.5 million note to develop the property with a 350,000-square-foot combination of upscale retail, office and residential space. AIG Baker’s plans  ground to a halt in 2008 with the downturn in the economy

Settlers Market is located at the intersection of Rt 199 and Monticello Avenue and is the gateway for the New Town Master Plan Development Corridor.

The acquisition was the second FCP transaction with Howard Biel and Drew Gorman of WML since the company announced an alliance with the retail veterans in fall 2010. The alliance focuses on purchasing development and redevelopment opportunities, notes on troubled assets and existing income-producing retail assets throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
"Settler’s Market … was in need of a new owner, developer, capital and vision to complete the center," said FCP Managing Partner, Esko Korhonen. "We had the opportunity to purchase the site at a significant discount to in-place cost and will be working closely with representative agencies of James City County and the New Town Associates Design and Review Board to revisit the current site plan so that the project can maximize its potential."

Read more about New Town here

 

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James City County recognizes Kingsmill Resort

James City County’s Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority (EDA) recognized Kingsmill Resort at its 19th annual Celebration of Business. Kingsmill Resort was this year’s recipient of the Captain John Smith Award, given by the County’s economic development team to a business, organization or individual for exemplary contributions in the James City County (JCC) business community.

James City County’s Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority (EDA) recognized Kingsmill Resort at its 19th annual Celebration of Business. Kingsmill Resort was this year’s recipient of the Captain John Smith Award, given by the County’s economic development team to a business, organization or individual for exemplary contributions in the James City County (JCC) business community.In presenting Kingsmill Resort the award, Roberts District Supervisor and 2012 Board Chairman, John McGlennon, noted the company has been a member of the JCC business community since the 1970s, “For more than 30 years, Kingsmill Resort has assisted in supporting a thriving tourism base for James City County and the Historic Triangle. Kingsmill Resort is the 2012 recipient of the Captain John Smith Award for their continued investment in James City County and their sustainable efforts at the resort.”

Receiving the award for Kingsmill Resort was Wayne Nooe, Vice President of Golf and Club Operations. Nooe stated, “On behalf of Kingsmill Resort, both Robin Carson and I thank you and your businesses for supporting the resort and events we have at Kingsmill. We are happy to be here in James City County and have had wonderful partnerships over the years.”

Kingsmill Resort was originally developed by Anheuser-Busch, but was sold to Xanterra Parks and Resorts in 2010. Xanterra is a privately-owned United States park and resort management company based in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The resort hosted a total of 29 professional golf tournaments from 1981 through 2009, notably among them LPGA and PGA Tour events. In 2012, Kingsmill Resort announced the return of the LPGA to James City County with the inaugural Kingsmill Championship which was held in September 2012. The tournament event will be held again in May 2013.

The Celebration of Business is an appreciation event for existing companies in James City County. The event was held on Nov. 1, 2012 in the Jamestown Settlement’s Rotunda and Great Hall.

Photo Caption: L to R: Board of Supervisors Chair, John McGlennon; Kingsmill Resort, Wayne Nooe; Economic Development Authority Chair, Paul Gerhardt; JCC County Administrator, Robert C. Middaugh

About Kingsmill on The James

kingsmill resort in williamsburgKingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for sale in Kingsmill, these range from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

For additional information about Kingsmill real estate click here

Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center sold

Williamsburg Crossing , which in the past was one of the area’s most popular shopping centers was acquired by  LNR Partners Inc., a financial services provider  for $5.3 million at a recent auction sale.

The buyer, a commercial real estate developer, was the original note holder for the property.
The single-story retail building at 5251 John Tyler Highway was completed in 1990 and totals 150,000 square feet.

imageThe 17.3-acre shopping center is located at the intersection of John Tyler Highway and Route 199. According to James City County tax records, the property’s value is assessed at $6.6 million. It was owned by Williamsburg Crossing LLC; a company created by Calvin Davis

The property included two buildings. it is anchored by a Food Lion grocery store and is also home to Greenwood Christian Academy, Benjamin Moore Paints, a Fantastic Sams salon, Nails Uptown and others.

LNR Partners, LLC, the note holder began as an operating unit within Lennar Corporation, a national homebuilder (developer of Colonial Heritage). In October 1997, Lennar spun off LNR as a separately traded public company to distinguish it from Lennar’s homebuilding business and to maximize the respective values of its commercial property and homebuilding businesses. In February 2005, LNR was taken private .In 2010, LNR was recapitalized by a consortium of investors including Cerberus, Vornado, Oaktree, iStar, and Aozora.

Tide Radio -WYDaily owner expands to North Carolina

Davis Media owner of the Tide and WBACH radio stations in Williamsburg is replicating its efforts in the Wilmington NC Market.

The company purchased six Wilmington  radio stations: WUIN – The Penguin, 98.3FM; WBNE – The Bone, 103.7FM; WLTT & WNTB — The Big Talker, FM 93.7FM and 106.3FM; and WSFM – Bach Radio, 95.9FM and 1180AM and is mirroring their business plan from Williamsburg..

Listeners to those stations will now hear Port City Daily reporters delivering the news and talking about their stories just as WYDaily reporters do here in Williamsburg.

Tom Davis, company founder  said the Wilmington market was attractive to the company as it looked to expand its radio-driven paperless newspaper concept, which it pioneered in Williamsburg in 2008.

“The Cape Fear region is a well-educated, engaged market with elements our company likes working with: a respected university, quality health care providers and numerous cultural assets that make living – and visiting – enjoyable,” Davis said in the release. “Our advertisers are excited about adding another way of bringing their message to residents, which we call ‘listen and click’. We’re excited to be partners as they grow their businesses.

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Merchants Square in Williamsburg debuts new website

Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg has launched a completely redesigned website  aimed at bringing you timely news and information about events in the Square and special promotions from their merchants.

Located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, Merchants Square is an 18th-century style retail village with over 40 shops and restaurants. Visitors and local residents alike regularly experience the Square’s unique shopping, dining and special events offerings in a setting of unrivaled beauty.

All of the merchants are now  active participants in maintaining their events and promotions on the website.

The website is intended to be a one-stop tool for learning what’s happening in the Square.

REMINDER: Don’t miss the Merchants Square semi-annual sidewalk sale this weekend, September 14-16! The sale runs Friday through Sunday during store hours.

Click here to visit the Merchants Square website.

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McGlothlin Leadership Forum Brings Business and Law Leaders to William & Mary

The Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary and William & Mary Law School will host the second annual McGlothlin Leadership Forum October 2-4, 2012. 

Named in honor of James McGlothlin, Chairman and CEO of The United Company, the Forum will bring three distinguished leaders in business and law to the campus. Chosen annually, the Fellows exemplify the pinnacle of leadership, vision, integrity, and revolutionary thinking.

The Forum will feature a series of discussions between and among the McGlothlin Leadership Forum Fellows–pre-eminent leaders in their fields–and students and faculty of the business and law schools, culminating in a plenary session of open exchange, active debate, and analysis of the challenges the U.S. will face after the presidential election.

The McGlothlin Forum Fellows for 2012 are:

  • Robert Clifford, Principal Partner, Clifford Law Offices
  • Seth Waugh, former CEO, Deutsche Bank Americas
  • Thomas Usher, former President and CEO, U.S. Steel; former Chairman of Marathon Oil

 

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