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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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