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Business: Dollar General coming to Knotts Island, will build right next door to family-run market

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – A Dollar General store is coming to Knotts Island, the small Currituck County community that, aside from ferry service, is isolated from the North Carolina mainland but connected to rural areas of Virginia… Continue Reading

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Blue Pete’s owners to open new restaurant, Redhead Bay Café, in April

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS – The brothers behind Blue Pete’s Restaurant plan to open a new restaurant at the former location of Creeds Café. Nick Cleanthes said he and his brother, Aristotle Cleanthes, are looking at breakfast, lunch and maybe… Continue Reading

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From Colombia to Virginia Beach, Specialty Club Coffee offers carefully-sourced coffee and beans

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Mauricio Mova, founder and owner of Specialty Club Coffee, says that he has always had a passion for coffee, and he found a way to channel his passion into a business. Mova roasts coffee… Continue Reading

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A hopeful future for Blue Pete’s after flooding — and still more flooding — hits longtime Pungo favorite

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Wind tide flooding forced Blue Pete’s Restaurant owners Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes to close their doors to business for several days in mid-September for the second time in less than two months.  High waters from… Continue Reading

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At FilFest USA 2018, a community gathering for all — and a big dance

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS OCEANFRONT — FilFest USA 2018, the fourth year of an annual festival celebrating Filipino culture in Hampton Roads, came to Rudee Loop this year, bringing thousands of people out for a gathering of family, food and fun. This… Continue Reading

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Pungo Pantry in Virginia Beach is a rising business which focuses upon fresh, local ingredients

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — You have to love to cook to channel your passion for home-baked goods into a career – and perfecting your recipes takes patience and a sense of humor, according to Megan Brassart of Pungo… Continue Reading

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At Bonney & Sons in Pungo, the ‘crab boss’ oversees longtime business providing the freshest local catch

BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Every morning around 7 a.m., Floyd E. “Dunie” Bonney, Jr., slips a key into the lock of a red door in a white building at the corner of Princess Anne and Indian River roads and he… Continue Reading

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Sawdust Road is a coffee shop with artistic spirit in the heart of Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — The name has changed, and coffee and lunch items have been included in the offerings, but locally-inspired art and photography still are a primary focus at Sawdust Road, which opened this past month in the… Continue Reading

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This year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival included a parade that soared

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Nelson Eskey didn’t get a clear view of the parade below when he flew a World War II military aircraft above Princess Anne Road during the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, May… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: An agriculture economy on our scale

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — Pop quiz: Which of the following terms does not fit with the others? GDP, trade wars, tariffs, short-term profit calculations, quarterly reports, soil stewardship, derivatives, the Gaussian copula formula. The what? That last one is real,… Continue Reading