01 July 2024

Recently Opened in Norfolk

Because Norfolk is always evolving and changing, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on all the new talented chefs, baristas, boutique owners or pitmasters opening up businesses. Whether it’s trying an innovative dish or buying a new outfit, we’re always excited to try out the new locally-owned shops and restaurants. Although we cannot list every new entity that joins Norfolk’s culture, we encourage you to follow along with us on social media for more openings and happenings within the city!

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July 2024

Brandon Brinkley or Norfolk Candle
Brandon Brinkley of Norfolk Candle

Norfolk Candle

Brandon Brinkley brings local’s favorite Norfolk Candle to Selden Market (208 E. Main St.) after operating previously on Granby Street and in pop-up markets. Norfolk Candle is housed in the former location of CLTRE. | Vegan Joint, which will focus on its Virginia Beach location going forward. Brinkley’s shop features sells candles, flags, greeting cards, sweaters, scarves, beanies and a full range of PRIDE collection items.

La Brioche

Pastry lovers breathed a collective sigh of relief when La Brioche finally reopened in its new Colley Ave. digs in late June. The Parisian cafe is known for its hand-made baguettes, croissants, pies and sandwiches, a tradition that will carry on in Ghent after a move from the NEON District this spring.

BLYSS ICE CREAM AND DESERTS

Right in time for the dog days of summer, Blyss Ice Cream and Deserts opened at 112 Granby St. in early June, serving ice cream cones, cups, sundaes and milkshakes in a variety of flavors. Vegan options available.

ROLLED UP

Directly next door to Blyss at 116 Granby St. you’ll find Rolled Up, a new eggroll joint serving some seriously unique flavors. At its June opening, the Asian-inspired eatery was crafting the following eggroll flavors:

  • Steak cheesesteak
  • Chicken cheesesteak
  • Veggie
  • Apple pie
  • Chicken parmesan
  • Chorizo queso
  • Snickers
  • Butterfingers

GRAN MAYA

Plaza del Sol may be gone, but Gran Maya is here to cheer us all up. With a successful restaurant in Virginia Beach, the Mexican eatery is expanding into the Ghent Market Shops at 2200 Colonial Ave. in Ghent (with a tease on its website that it will soon open a location on Big Bethel Road in Hampton). The menu includes traditional favorites such as fajitas, quesadillas, burritos and a visually stunning Pina Rellena made with a half of a pineapple.

SLOPPY SAILORS

Found at 4214 E. Little Creek Rd. near the East Ocean View Dirty Buffalo, Sloppy Sailors serves cheesesteaks, sandwiches, burgers, dogs, sloppy fries, salads, shakes and desert. Learn more here.

May 2024

Potted: Houseplant Cafe

Part cafe, part plant shop, Potted combines two great things under one roof: brewed tea and houseplants. Situated inside Selden Market at 208 E. Main St., Potted is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on Tuesdays, when it’s closed. The staff crafts milk, boba and more traditional teas, and also sells loose leaf tea for home brewing. The opposite wall features a small, but carefully curated selection of houseplants. Follow them on Instagram.

508 CraftHouse

Visitors to the Chelsea District have been eagerly awaiting the grand opening of 508 Crafthouse, which happened in late April. With dishes ranging from Oysters Rockefeller and jerked quail to bourbon lamb chops and scallop gnochi, the menu looks extremely promising, as does the weekly Sunday brunch. Located at 508 Orapax St., 508 Crafthouse is open Tuesday through Saturday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Follow them on Instagram.

District Taco

Fans of this D.C.-based regional taco chain, rejoice! Found at 2700 Hampton Blvd. across from the up-and-coming Railyard project, this taco joint features the familiar setup found at places like Chipotle, Qdoba and Moe’s, but boasts that its dishes are made fresh from scratch daily. See the menu here.

Slow and Steady Bike Goods

Slow and Steady Bike Goods, located at 2406 Colley Ave. in a former bike shop space, is the newcomer to the city’s burgeoning cycling scene. Owners Joey and Fred have set out to create a “unique and inclusive space that serves as a hub for bike enthusiasts and the community. The shop offers everything from basic flat repairs to premium tune-ups with a quick turnaround. They also host several monthly rides, the details of which are posted at their shop and on social media. Follow them on Instagram.

Virginia ABC (RailYard Branch)

One final Railyard update to add this month: Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control has added a new, clean-as-a-whistle location to load up on libations at 1225 W. 25th St. The new Store expands the choices for those living in Ghent, West Ghent, Chelsea and the ODU neighborhoods. It celebrated its grand opening April 15.

April 2024

Amale Tre Focacceria
Amale Tre Focacceria

Amale Tre Focacceria

Operated by husband and wife partner Gabriele and Nicole Pianezze, Amale Tre Focacceria crafts mouthwatering foccacias, imported meats and cheeses and other Italian delights in Selden Market. Also serving homemade breads, pasts, sauces, deserts and more. You may know the pair from their popular La Cucina di Sophia food truck. A steady stream of customers at their kiosk tells you everything you need to know about the quality of their offerings.

Norfolk Naval Station Bus Tour

From $20. Get on board for an approximately 50 minute to one hour guided bus tour of Naval Station Norfolk – the world’s largest Naval installation. Our tour guide will provide a “Navy-approved” tour that includes the homes of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition, Chambers Field Air Station, the ships of the fleet and much more.

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Crave Bakery & Coffee Bar

Camille Sheppard-Parrish has recently moved Crave Bakery from its Edinburgh location to the former Chocollage space at Boush and College in the Historic Freemason District. The bakery serves up coffee, pastries, ice cream and a full breakfast and lunch menu including croissants, toasts, waffles and more. 200 College Place.  

Ordinaire, Norfolk
Ordinaire, Norfolk

Ordinaire 

Located in the original Brothers restaurant space at 200 E. Plume St. in Downtown Norfolk, Ordinaire serves up a coastal Gullah-inspired menu. Appetizers include fried pickled okra, fried deviled eggs, boiled peanuts and entrees such as shrimp and grits, lamb chops, chicken and collar alfredo and more. 

Studio Kuumba
Studio Kuumba

Studio Kuumba

This pop-up art studio and workspace began as a pop-up in Selden Market at 208 E. Main St. The concept is simple: pop in any time for simple free flow crafting like creating bookmarks, bracelets, paintings and more. Sign up for guided workshops by yourself or with a group. Also carries local art, jewelry and more, created by the owner and other talented artists. Now, the store is expanding to a full-fledged storefront. 

Biscuit Belly

Slated to open mid-March in the ambitious Railyard at Lambert’s Point project is regional chain Biscuit Belly at 2401 Hampton Blvd. The eatery promises a “brunch menu filled with bold new twists on Southern favorites.”

StretchLab Norfolk

StretchLab

Also found in the Railyard at Lambert’s Point, StretchLab offers “one-on-one, customized assisted stretching sessions. The stretches are given on our custom designed benches by Flexologists who will customize your stretch to your needs and talk you through your stretches.” Find it at 1225 W. 25th St. 

Chicken Salad Chick

Load up on a dozen different types of chicken salad, served on bread, croissants or lettuce at this new Railyard entry. Find it at 1200 W. 26th St. 

Cooking with Greens

Slated to open in early April 2024, Cooking with Greens is operated by Derak and Anita Green (get it?). What began as a Facebook page has transformed into a storefront in Selden Market where the Greens will sell seasonings, cookbooks, kitchenware and more. 208 E. Main St.  

PJay’s Kitchen

Veteran-owned Granby Street spot for shrimp po’boys, slow-braised oxtail sandwiches, tacos and more. 323 Granby St. 

F.R.E.D.

The New F.R.E.D.

If you’ve spent any time downtown, you’ve likely seen F.R.E.D. roaming the streets, offering Free Rides Every Day to visitors. Downtown Norfolk recently unveiled a new, fancified battery-operated F.R.E.D. unit that transports up to 8 passengers with confort. Call 757-478-7233 to hitch a ride. 

Victory Rover

Victory Rover

Like F.R.E.D., Victory Rover has been a downtown staple for many years, but it’s worth noting that March 2024 marked the return of these ever-popular naval base harbor cruises at the Waterside. As things heat up, don’t miss the chance to see Mermaid City from a different vantage point – aboard a 149-passenger ship. 

@CityofNorfolkVA LOVEwork sign at ORF.
@CityofNorfolkVA LOVEwork sign at ORF.

LoveWork AR Installation

As part of its “Love is in the Air” campaign, Norfolk International Airport recently unveiled its newest LOVEwork sign that features an Augmented Reality (AR) experience for those who scan the QR code. Check it out; it’s pretty neat!

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