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Norfolk, VA 23503
Another Hidden Hotspot and a Local’s Favorite
Situated in the “Back Bay Area” of Virginia Beach, Blue Pete's original structure, prior to 1972, was a marina and bait shop, and housed a small restaurant for about 20-25 people.
It prided itself on being a place where people could come and hang out to listen to music and play a little pool before heading out.
Today, that restaurant is much larger and can accommodate many more guests. It has been known to host parties, weddings and many more restaurant guests than it ever could before. Blue Pete’s gets its name from the bird, a water fowl, often found in the waters of Back Bay.
The restaurant is now owned by two twin brothers who grew up in the area and have made the restaurant as welcoming as they could make it.
Keeping the restaurant as close to its original feel as possible, locals appreciate the sentiment and return often, to enjoy the natural surroundings. The property is situated so that it can accommodate outdoor parties and it is not a shock to drive in the parking lot in the summer to hear a band playing outdoors.
The river adjacent to the restaurant is a serene view for guests to look out from the restaurant to, or sit outside on the deck to enjoy the sounds and smells of nature. Folks have been known to canoe or kayak to the restaurant from down the river.
In the summertime, people are playing cornhole and sitting out at picnic tables, enjoying the weather. When my family comes to town for a summertime visit, Blue Pete’s is always a hit, as they serve some of the BEST seafood around.
Fresh catches and raw bar items are on the menu, as well as a variety of pasta, steak and sandwich dishes. The menu has something for everyone. Inside the restaurant is a bar that hardly ever has an empty stool and it is typical to see locals hanging out in groups by the bar on a Friday or Saturday evening.
After a good meal, you can take a walk on the many decks they have around the property to walk off your meal while enjoying the scenic views around the restaurant. If you have never been to Blue Pete’s it might be worth your trip to take a drive out the Muddy Creek and see what you have been missing!
Blue Pete's Restaurant
1400 N Muddy Creek Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Heading to MacArthur Mall?
Whenever I make a trip to Norfolk to go to MacArthur Mall, it is never complete without a stop in Charming Charlie’s. Unlike Claire’s, that typically caters to the younger crowd of ladies, this store is the perfect accessory shop for anyone who is a bit too mature for “teeny bopper” jewelry.
Until I found this store, I always had a hard time finding ‘career-minded’ accessories for my work outfits, without having to resort to places I wouldn’t normally shop, and often left stores feeling disappointed because I couldn’t find what I was after. Since finding Charming Charlie’s I have not had that problem ever since.
When you walk in the store, you see that key items are on full display, in the smartest of ways. I have never walked out of the store unhappy with a purchase, nor have I been unable to find what I was looking for. Even if I had an idea in mind, they always have something available that gets close to the mark, if not exactly what I needed.
The store focuses primarily on jewelry and accessories, like necklaces, purses and handbags, but they also sell a small selection of clothing. Each section of the store is broken down by “color” blocks.
Depending on what colors are in style for the season, you will see sections of the store, uniquely organized, to showcase all the items they sell in each of those color choices. They take the display ingenuity one step further and dress mannequins in complete outfits that they sell, complementing those outfits with their hottest styles of jewelry. Pretty smart! Upselling their products is taken to an entirely new level in this store.
Each section sells a variety of belts, necklaces, earrings, scarves, handbags, brooches, rings and clothing. It doesn’t matter what section or color you start with each section is set up much like the others and has similar products available in a more than one color. The price points are very affordable and they often have sales that are too good to miss out on.
Buy one, get two free sales are my favorite! In the very back of the store is a Rhinestone collection, which is very popular around the holidays and Prom seasons. When you have a need to get dressed up for special occasions like weddings and parties, this is the perfect place to go! They have tons of bracelets, rhinestone tiaras, headbands and anything else you can think of to provide that extra sparkle you need.
So, the next time you find yourself in the MacArthur Mall, check out Charming Charlie’s. You won’t walk out empty-handed.