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Downtown Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 




Not a fan of cooking on Thanksgiving? Would you rather leave your kitchen clean and all the work to the professionals? Well, you are in luck because many Downtown restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving and are featuring fantastic special menus for the occasion. Make your reservations now!

219 An American Bistro: 11am-8pm

456 Fish: 11:30am-8pm

Big Easy Oyster Bar/Norfolk Seafood Company: 11:30am-8pm

Byrd and Baldwin Bros. Steakhouse: noon-8pm

Omar’s Carriage House: 1pm-8pm

Shula’s 347: 11am-11pm

Texas De Brazil: 11am-3:30pm & 4-9:30pm

Todd Jurich’s Bistro: 11am-3pm

And if you are ready to get out of the house after a day of eating and football, Baxter’s is opening at 7pm on Thanksgiving day. 

Corks and Caps Opens on Main Street 

Main Street is now home to Corks and Caps. The recently opened store, located at 240 E. Main Street across from the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, carries boutique wines, beer, gourmet snacks and upscale mixers. Their unique selection offers wines from small vineyards from all over the world and costs range from $10 to $400. They also have a variety of beer selections, including a beer from Santorini, Greece. They are open seven days a week and if you visit on Fridays from 4-7pm you can enjoy a free wine tasting. 



Grand Illumination Parade Volunteers Needed!

We need your helping hands on Saturday November 19 to make this year's Grand Illumination Parade a magical experience for everyone. We have volunteer opportunities for groups, organizations and individuals. This is your chance to show your dedication to the community. Click here to sign up!

Downtown Meters Now Accept Credit Cards 


New meter heads were installed this week that accept credit cards, allowing for even more convenient payment options  Downtown. The smart meters accept credit cards, coins and smart cards. The Division of Parking is offering a free exchange for new smart cards as the cards currently in use are not compatible with the new meters. To exchange, just visit the Parking customer service center at 222 E. Main Street. Smart phone users can still continue to take advantage of the mobile payment service with the Passport App

Healthy Downtown Norfolk – Advice from the Experts at Jim White Fitness 

Have a Happy and Healthy Halloween

This may sound frightening but did you know the average child consumes roughly 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night which would take walking nearly 44 hours just to burn them off? Scary! Follow these tips to ensure that you and your family have a happy and healthy Halloween.

Fill up on the good stuff. Before you and your family go out knocking on doors, be sure to eat a well-balanced, nutrient dense-meal.  You’ll be full and less likely to overindulge on the sweets.

Get to stepping. Instead of driving your children from door to door load up your bags with water and snacks, tie up your tennis shoes and get to walking. You could even start a friendly competition amongst family members for first dibs on your favorite candy by tracking your steps using your phone or pedometer over the course of the evening.

Divide and conquer. Go through that pile of sweets and take out the most desired for you and your kids. Have a limit on the total number you’ll keep in the house (ex: 100 pieces) and give the rest away like your children’s school teachers or even the mailman - anyone who may enjoy a sweet treat.

No need for tricks with healthy treats. Instead of adding to all of the sugary candies that the kids will be getting from other houses, you can give out healthier options like sugar-free hot chocolate packets and cereal bars.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you find yourself overindulging and you just can’t say no to those tasty peanut butter cups, go ahead and indulge a little but be sure to get right back on track the next morning! You’ve earned it with all that walking, so don’t spook yourself out. The most important rule is to enjoy that time with your family.


Business Spotlight – Spruce Home + Design


Spruce Design Group has had an office in the Freemason area for over four years and when Serendip relocated to Ghent, they had the perfect opportunity to expand and relocate to the amazing space at 243 W. Bute Street.

The home and design store officially opened in their new location in September and the concept of Spruce Home + Design is that customers can access designer lines and receive expert assistance to ensure you are making the right choice for your home and lifestyle.

They carry an impressive line of products including case goods, lighting, wall coverings, rugs, pillows and accessories. The store also has unique gifts and plans to host a local artisan pop-up shop during the holidays. As a special offer just for DNC members, you can receive 20% off any one item on the floor and free shipping on custom furniture orders.



Oct 24 - UBS Financial Services moving to Wells Fargo Center
Oct 24 - Norfolk weighs proposal to allow food trucks in more downtown spots
Oct 25 - New parking meters coming to Downtown Norfolk
Oct 26 - 500 East Main in downtown Norfolk sells for $10.7 million
Oct 26 - Norfolk opens new dog run for canine residents to play in
Oct 26 - Downtown Norfolk Goes Dog-Gone Crazy


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