In Virginia Beach, Chicho’s seeks volunteers to deliver Christmas trees to Outer Banks beaches

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — On New Year’s Eve, some Christmas decorations came down at Chicho’s Pizza at the Oceanfront to make ready for 2020, and giant bags of colorful balloons were on hand. Just outside, a chunk of the lot near… Continue Reading


Offering hugs, high fives for the recovery of Virginia Beach community

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in the July 5 print edition. BY SHELLY SLOCUM OCEANFRONT — Dave Sylvester, known as “Big Dave,” traveled from Pennsylvania to console Virginia Beach following the May 31 mass shooting at the city municipal center.… Continue Reading


Eats: With Brooklyn Bagels, a taste of New York City arrives in Red Mill

BY SHELLY SLOCUM RED MILL — Charlie and Shannon Cohen have opened a bagel shop in Red Mill Commons called Brooklyn Bagels, and they aim to deliver the taste of a New York bagel. The Independent News spoke with Shannon Cohen… Continue Reading


Farmer John: Hard-working honeybees need a helping hand

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — All hail the mighty, tiny, flying teddy bear of the insect world – the honey bee. I love them because, well, I have to admit I really love honey. I have a sweet tooth a… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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