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


Small businesses in Virginia Beach backed by big ideas and potential

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Amy Cotter felt devastated when she learned that she would be retired from the U.S. Navy for medical reasons. So Cotter found a way to fill a void in her life by establishing The… Continue Reading


Local craftsmanship, artistry await holiday shoppers in Pungo, Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Sandbridge Christmas tree ornaments, surfboards designed specifically for local surf conditions, and artwork inspired by local scenes are among the handcrafted, Virginia Beach-made items that shoppers can find at local businesses this holiday season.… Continue Reading


Photos: A special show by Kellam High art students at The Tar Roof in Pungo

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The Tar Roof, a recent addition to Pungo’s “downtown,” hosted a senior display for the the advanced placement studio art students at Kellam High School this past month. Some of the work remained up through the… Continue Reading


At the Tar Roof, art, events, coffee meet in the heart of Pungo

BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Niche filled. The owners of the Tar Roof in Pungo didn’t plan it that way.  But since the three Beach photographers opened the doors of the former Burroughs family farmhouse as a gallery and small event… Continue Reading