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Cuisine at Slover Is Now Open




One of Downtown’s favorite lunch spots , Cuisine at Slover, is back open after being closed due to the electrical explosion at the Selden Arcade in April. 
Once again Downtown workers, residents and visitors can enjoy Cuisine’s fresh foods including classic sandwiches, Panini, salads, homemade soups and desserts. There is even a convenient grab-and-go selection for the busy lunchtime crowd. 

If you dine-in, the tables have docking stations and guests can use the library’s free Wi-Fi. 

The new hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am – 3pm. Click here for the menu.

Downtown Holiday Markets

There are so many reasons to love a Holiday Market. Finding unique and often handmade holiday gifts, supporting local artists and the opportunity to shop in an especially festive atmosphere are just a few of the reasons we are so excited to have several different Holiday Market’s Downtown this season that are all free to enter and open to the public.

Holiday Yule Log Bonfire and Holiday Market
Saturday, December 5 from Noon – 8pm at Town Point Park
Norfolk Festevents is adding a holiday market to their 2nd Annual Yule Log Bonfire event. Enjoy shopping at a variety of vendors along with a massive Yule Log bonfire, Christmas caroling and a visit from Santa. Hot chocolate, cider, craft beer, mulled wine and other holiday treats will be available for purchase. 

d’Art Holiday Gift Sale
Saturday, December 5  from 3pm – 7:30pm at the d’Art Center Offsite Gallery at the PNC Bank Building 
The d’Art Holiday Gift Sale will feature work from fourteen resident d’Art Center artists specializing in one-of-a-kind gifts including jewelry, ornaments, fine arts and more. There will be food and drinks and artist demonstrations. 

NEON Holiday Market
Saturday, December 12 from noon – 5pm at The Plot
The most wonderful time of year is just around the corner in the NEON District. After a sparkling debut during the NEON Festival, we are back to bring you the NEON Holiday Market at the Plot. Browse local vendors for handmade crafts, jewelry, accessories, artwork and much more. Enjoy warm & savory treats, sparkling lights and festive live music while you shop! 



New Member Spotlight – Tap It Local 


Tap It Local officially opened for business in early November in their location at 244 Granby Street. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, be sure to stop by and see the newest addition in our ever growing list of Downtown restaurants. 

Chef/owner Chris McGrath and his wife Ashley created Tap It Local as a place that features taps almost entirely dedicated to Hampton Roads beers and offers a full menu as well as daily specials. The atmosphere is welcoming and there is plenty of space as the upstairs is also open. They have pool tables and even an impressive custom beer pong table. 

They are open for lunch and dinner. Click here to find out more. 

Grand Illumination Parade Re-cap

We hope you were able to attend the 31st Annual Grand Illumination Parade. We had perfect weather and our participants put on a spectacular show for the 80,000 plus attendees along the 2-mile route.

We want to thank our 400+ volunteers that are essential to the successful execution of one of the largest and most well respected holiday parades in the region. Many of our volunteers return year after year and have truly become parade experts. We couldn’t do it without them!

If you missed the parade or just want to see it again, the parade will be re-broadcast in its entirety on ABC13 at 6am on Christmas Day, or you can watch online anytime here.

The parade was just the kick-off to Holidays in the City, six weeks of magical festivities in Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth. Click here for a complete calendar of holiday events and activities.

We also want to thank our generous sponsors. Their support helps us continue this cherished community tradition.

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The Great Hot Cocoa War

The Great Hot Cocoa War was a fun addition to the Downtown festivities for the Grand Illumination Parade. Dreamed up by the owners of Field Guide, eleven restaurants in Downtown and the Arts District created their own unique recipes for hot chocolate. Parade-goers could stop by each restaurant for a 10 oz pour for $2 and then vote online for their favorite cocoa.

Work | Release took first place in the Cocoa Cup, with The Grilled Cheese Bistro taking second and Famous Uncle Al’s in third. More than 1000 votes were tallied and almost everyone sold out, proving once and for all you can’t beat hot cocoa during a holiday parade. 


Recent News Articles

The Grilled Cheese Bistro: A bit of sass, a lot of innovation, November 10, The Virginian-Pilot
Glass Wheel Studio opens with new features, old touches, November 18, The Virginian-Pilot
Photos | Grand Illumination Parade in Norfolk, November 22, The Virginian-Pilot
The Great Hot Cocoa Wars, November 23, Southern Grit

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