Looking for amazing Ice Cream in Norfolk?
Ice Cream is one of my favorite desserts. I can remember Sunday afternoons, as a kid, with my family where we would go out for an Ice Cream treat – it was a weekly thing.
If you are as much of an Ice Cream fan as I am and you have not been to Doumar’s in Norfolk, you are missing out on a hidden hotspot in Hampton Roads!
Located off Monticello Avenue, Doumar’s Drive-In has been in the Hampton Roads area for over 100 years. The original owner invented the waffle cone maker! How awesome is that? This restaurant was featured on the Food Network TV Show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri. The history of Doumar’s began at the 1904 World’s Fair.
The owner saw an ice cream stand that had to stop sales because they ran out of paper bowls, while another vendor close by was making waffles served with whipped cream. The idea spawned a creation that would go on to change the way we see and eat ice cream today. What would a good ice cream sundae be without a waffle cone or bowl?
If you have ever indulged in one, you have Mr. Doumar to thank for it. Many have tried to replicate this, but Doumar’s is the original, and the recipe has not changed in over 100 years.
Today, the shop looks just like it did when it was created and resembles your typical 50’s Drive-in.
When you arrive, you are drawn back in time to live the days of old. Carhops deliver your order by roller skates and the 50’s style décor makes the experience feel that much more nostalgic. The menu originally consisted of only ice cream flavors served in waffle cones.
After a few years in operation, the family expanded the menu to accommodate and serve guests all year around, instead of just during the warmer months.
Now you can buy Carolina BBQ, burgers and some of best handspun shakes around. If you leave hungry, it would be your own fault. With so many decisions to choose from, you can consume an entire meal and top it off with a beautiful waffle cone sundae, complete with a cherry on top!
Doumar’s is family friendly and it is certainly something you should set out to try, at least once! If you have not been there yet, you’ve got to give them a shot.
Review of Harold's Restaurant in Virginia Beach
I relocated to the area about 17 years ago, and one of the very first local hotspots I got to learn about and visit was Harold’s Restaurant in Virginia Beach. Situated in a shopping center near the Town Center area, and just off Virginia Beach Blvd, Harold’s is a family style restaurant that always pleases our family. They truly have something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters!
The restaurant is not OVERLY ornate, so if you are going for the ambiance and décor, this is not the restaurant for you. It IS very clean and welcoming. There is a “Cheers-like” atmosphere to it, and you will always see folks sitting around the bar, which is situated in the center of the restaurant. In the back is a small game room and a pool table, which is perfect for entertaining children as they wait for their meal. The menu, however, is outstanding! Their pizzas are a household favorite. They are made fresh and your average chain restaurants cannot compare to them. Another favorite of our family is the breaded mushrooms – a must try, if you are a fan. If you are a fan of Gyros – you can find good ones here! The menu has pastas, salads, pizzas, and traditional Greek fare. The portions are very generous and you will never walk away hungry.
We have been visiting this restaurant since we found out about it. There is NEVER a wait, mostly because it is truly a local’s kind of place. We have always had friendly staff wait on us and it’s not uncommon to see the owner – Harold- walking around and greeting the guests at their table who come to his restaurant for a good meal. He is always appreciative of your business. Our family has fond memories with this restaurant go back as far as when our son was born. I was trying to induce labor and heard about “basil” being a good inducer. I asked the waitress to load me up, to which she asked the Chef to accommodate my request. 48 hours later, my son was born. The day we left the hospital, we stopped at Harold’s and shared what had happened, and for many years after that they referred to him as “The Basil Baby.” True story!!
So, if you are looking for a good home-cooked meal and a laid-back environment, I highly recommend giving Harold’s Restaurant a try.
Looking for a General Contractor in Virginia Beach?
There are so many locally owned businesses in the Hampton Roads area and it’s refreshing to hear about the successes they’ve had. I had the pleasure of being able to sit down for a few minutes with the owner of WHE Construction, Bill Etheredge, who operates his business in Virginia Beach, VA and he had some interesting facts to share about his business.
Can you tell us a little bit about your business?
Bill: We started the business in February 1999. I was working as a general contractor for my dad and I was a superintendent/field supervisor for his company. We had a big contract with the naval base doing window and door replacements and renovations. I was working in the field and had to answer to my dad. I was basically doing quality control for the business. It was a 6-year contract and I really started to work it halfway through.
Since I knew how to do it all myself and I knew the contract wasn't going to last forever, I decided to start my own company.
At first, I was sub-contracting a lot of the work but then I decided to move into more residential work, doing things like siding, roofing, remodeling, room additions and garage builds. Today, we have several crews that handle everything from new construction and remodeling to other projects.
That sounds interesting. What was the toughest thing for you when you were starting the company?
Bill: Keeping busy and having enough work to do would have been the biggest challenges. That, and finding good help and workers. I don't just hire anyone. I prefer to hire people that I know or through someone who was referred to me.
Sounds like you have found a way to make it work for you. If you had start it all over, what would you have done differently?
Bill: I don't think I would have done anything much differently other than perhaps done more advertising, early on, since we were such a new company in the area at the time and people didn't really know who we were. You could be the best business in the world, but if nobody knows who you are, it can be hard to get new customers. You’ve gotta get your name out there.
Very true. What is the toughest part about owning a company in today’s business environment?
Bill: Well, getting and keeping good personnel would probably be the toughest thing. Scheduling the work can get challenging, sometimes, especially when you run into construction issues that take time to fix. You can't predict the weather, either.
If a customer were to choose between you and 3 other companies, why should they choose you?
Bill: I feel like I'm very honest with people. I treat them how I'd like to be treated and give everyone a fair price.
Fair enough. What do you feel is the #1 thing that's bringing in business today?
Bill: That’s an easy one - referrals. We also get some work from our website and other advertising, but about 80 percent is from referrals. When someone refers you, it almost feels like you know that person already. There is immediate trust is there.
That makes sense. So, Bill, as a local business owner, has the internet played a role for you as it has become more prevalent?
Bill: I would say, at one time, the phone book was used more, but it has faded away over time. There are still folks out there that don't used the internet and prefer the phone book whom we still get calls from here and there. I had a guy last week call me, who found us in the yellow pages and he doesn't even use email. I asked him “How will I get the quote to you?” He said “Just call me. I don't do any of that internet stuff, no faxing, no email, nothing.”
Wow, interesting. If you were to look out 6 months to a year into the future, where would you like to see your business and why?
Bill: I'd like to just see the work keep steady. I don't like to see it getting too big because you lose the one-on-one side of the business. A lot of times I'll go out and estimate the job and am also the same one who works on the job. I don't want to get so big where I lose the client contact and only get to see a finished job.
That’s great to remain humble. So, what exactly does WHE stand for?
Bill: Oh, it's my name, and it also stands for We Handle Everything.
Fantastic. Thanks, Bill. It was great speaking with you and thank you for your time.
And there you have it. WHE is another hometown business making a BIG mark in the Hampton Roads area.
Bill has done all he can to maintain personal contact with his clients, while keeping his business humble.
If there was ever a reason to shop with a local-based business, Bill has given many reasons why it can be a huge asset for not only the business owner, but for the customer, as well. They get business and you get one-on-one customer service.
With a company like WHE, you will never be ‘just another number,’ but you will be a face with a name they will remember.
1828 Legare Ln
Virginia Beach, VA
Looking for a Skin Care Salon in Norfolk?
Consider Preserve Skin for all of your skin care needs. You gotta be good to your skin, right? Well... That's their slogan!
Preserve Skin in Norfolk, VA offer a ton of services, check out some of them:
If you're looking to preserve your skin for years to come, give Preserve Skin in Norfolk a call today!
They'll set you up with an appointment and a consultation to recommend the best path to take towards your skin care goal.
9619 Granby St
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.
How About a Warm Slice of Deliciousness?!
If you stomach is in the market for a delicious Neapolitan pizza, then Pizza Bella Vista is where you should be setting you GPS to!
In business since May 11th of 2012, Pizza Bella Vista and the Signorelli family have made a name for themselves. Every pizza lover in Chesapeake have heard of them.
The key to their success, according to Michael Signorelli, has been the old-world techniques used in preparing every pizza as well as the freshest, local ingredients available to them. The combination of two creates the most delicious experience for everyone no matter their taste.
Pizza Bella Vista has tons of great offers for the community which are generally listed on their Facebook page and their website.
They do take reservations in case you're wondering. The restaurant is also a great place for groups of friends to hang out at, mainly due to the very friendly atmosphere and staff.
Satisfy your hunger and visit Pizza Bella Vista in Chesapeake, when you just gotta have pizza, we promise that you won't regret it!
Pizza Bella Vista
927 N Battlefield Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Looking For Something Different With A Little Spice?
Check out the Best Indian Restaurant in all of Chesapeake!
India Palace Bar & Grill offers both dine-in and takeout options. The Indian cuisine is incredible, the staff are super friendly and knowledgeable (in case you're unsure of what to get) and the service is quick.
There are many options to fit anyone's taste and the buffet is a very good opportunity for you to try and get a general idea for Indian food.
One of the bestsellers is surprisingly not any one of the dishes, but a drink!
Picture above and to the right displays multiple Indian yogurt drinks with mango called Mango Lassi.
According to the manager, every other person who dine's in at the restaurant orders a Mango Lassi to go with their meal, and it doesn't matter if it's lunch buffet or dinner options.
If you're looking to try some of the best Indian cuisine available in Chesapeake, get in touch with the India Palace Bar & Grill and we promise that it will be a wonderful experience!
The restaurant is located right off of Sam's Drive in Chesapeake. Parking is also available outside of the restaurant.
For catering options please visit:
India Palace Bar & Grill
1437 Sams Dr #124
Chesapeake, VA 23320
What's Better Than Frozen Yogurt?
Some of the best frozen yogurt in Virginia Beach can be found at The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar located in the Landstown Commons Shopping Center.
Their selection of frozen yogurt is absolutely incredible, we haven't seen so many flavors anywhere else and do get me started on toppings...
From cereal, crushed Oreo cookies and coconut flakes to fresh strawberries, blueberries and even kiwies!
Portion sizes are standardized by the size of the cup, with an optional sugar cone inside and all you can fit frozen yogurt and toppings!
It's definitely worth the try! If you're feeling like sweet goodness is what you're looking for right now, go ahead and stop by The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar!
Here's their address and contact info:
The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar
Landstown Commons Shopping Center,
3380 Princess Anne Rd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Then you've got to check out one or all of these best brewing companies in Virginia Beach. We've been working hard to determine the Top 3 in the area and here are the finalists:
1. Young Veterans Brewing Co.
Owned and operated by veterans Thomas Wilder and Neil Mccannon this young company has taken Virginia Beach by storm. They currently employ 3 people in our local community and are rapidly expanding their business.
2. Wasserhund Brewing Company
Wasserhund, means "water dog" in German, sincethe company was born out of passion and love for 3 things... Dogs, Beach and of course, German Beer. From day 1, company's goal was to familiarize Virginia Beach and it's beer loving residents with true, German beer culture.
Owners Aaron and Christine Holley are committed to improving our local community, which is why, every month they support a cause, chosen by the customers and donate a whopping 5% of their revenue for that month.
3. Pleasure House Brewing
A company with 4 owners: Tim O'Brien, Kevin Loos, Alex and Drew Stephenson. All of them have 1 common goal in mind... Bring joy to local beer lovers and serve our community. Their business is built on trust and selfless giving. They love to brew in small amounts to make sure there's always something new and fresh for you to try.
This concludes our list of 3 best breweries in Virginia Beach.
Be sure to give them a call, try their flavorful brews and leave comments about your findings.
If you'd like to recommend a local business for a review, please let us know here.
The Mavericks will be performing at the Sandler Center For The Performing Arts on Dec 7th.
Read more for brief description of group, ticket info and contact information...
The Mavericks started as a small band playing at the Miami Beach. Their most recognized skill is getting people to groove! What makes their music style different is the fact that it's a mix of punk, country and the standards.
They've been travelling the world and bringing their tunes to fans all over.
Ticket prices to this event vary from $40 to as high as $77.
Reach the box office at (757) 385-2787 and get your ticket before they run out.
That's right! The Pet Expo is coming to Virginia Beach in 2017. As of now, it's scheduled for the 9th and 10th of September, but you never know how things turn out a year from now, so stay tuned for the updates as it's coming up.
Things you can expect:
There will be FREE parking and no admission fees. You are also encouraged to bring your pet and enjoy the fun together!
This is truly a great event for all you pet lovers. Make sure not to miss it and check back for more info about the event.
Ocean View Beach Park in Norfolk
Saturday, Dec 10th
Tons of fun...
For additional info read more
Are you competitive, goofy and love sporty activities?
Then Tacky Sweater 5K is just what you need. But wait... Running is just one of the activities...
There will also be a 5K walking event and a competition for the best tacky sweater.
Everyone who participates in the run will receive a race themed T-Shirt, complimentary refreshments and even awards!
The run and fun begins at 9AM.
Course will begin and finish at the Ocean View Beach Park in Norfolk.
For additional information and event details please call: (757) 373-4174
Searching For The Best Hair Care & Waxing Experience?
Look no further! Aqua Salon and Spa got you covered from head to toe!
They provide a wide variety of beauty services for any and all of your needs.
The salon itself is extremely clean and bacteria-free as far as the naked eye can see of course.
Their focus is on organic & eco-friendly beauty services at affordable prices.
The owner, Alaida Melley, who is a native of The Dominican Republic, designed Aqua Salon & Spa as a reflection of her love for the beach, which is why it's located very close to the Virginia beach Oceanfront. She loves helping people stay beautiful and helping her local community.
Aqua Salon & Spa generally has line during their peak hours, and their high class customer service definitely plays a role in that, so if you're thinking about booking an appointment, I'd recommend you do it soon... Like right now!
Aqua Salon and Spa
4000 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Norwegian Tall Ship will be in Norfolk from November 7th to 14th and the best part is...
You can get on board the vessel!
Ship will be arriving at Town Point Park, Norfolk Waterfront on the 7th of November.
Vessel will be inspected upon arrival and all necessary maintenance/cleaning will be conducted until the November the 10th.
Public will be able to access the ship from the 10th to 14th, between the hours of 19am and 3pm except for the last day.
Statsraad Lehmkuhl will be departing on the 14th at 3pm sharp.
A few facts about the Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Length: 321 ft
Hull length: 259 ft
Height: 158 ft
Beam: 41 ft
Draft: 17 ft
Be sure to visit it during the days it's open to public and let us know how it was here.