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Downtown Norfolk Council

Cleaning  Up  After Your Pet Is the Right Thing To Do.
And It’s the Law.*




With the recent residential boom in Downtown, we also have an increase of furry friends in the Downtown area. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind the community about the Norfolk City Code regarding canine litter and what DNC is doing to assist pet owners in picking up after their pets. 

Norfolk City Code Section 6.1-72 specifies an owner, or person in control, of any animal must clean up after their pet and dispose of the defecated matter in a proper waste receptacle. 

DNC has bright yellow “See Spot” dog bag dispensers strategically located on trashcans throughout Downtown. We also have free bag dispensers that attach to a leash available that Ambassadors often have on hand to distribute to pet owners. If you are interested in a free leash bag dispenser, please email

Thank you for helping us continue to keep Downtown friendly, safe and spotless. 

*Norfolk City Code Sec. 6.1-72

Starbucks Evenings Concept Coming to Granby Street 

Opening soon at 145 Granby Street, the newest Starbucks coming to Downtown will offer wine, craft beer and small plates in addition to their traditional coffee, espresso and tea offerings.

The Starbucks Evenings concept has been rolled out in other markets such as Dallas, Miami and Northern California and Downtown Norfolk is part of the continued expansion. The Evenings concept offers a selection of wine and craft beer along with all your favorite signature coffee and tea beverages. Check out a Starbuck’s Evenings sample menu here


Google Names Norfolk as Virginia’s 2015 eCITY


Downtown Norfolk is proud to be a part of the city that Google has named as its 2015 eCity for Virginia. 

The award recognizes cities with strong online business communities – businesses that use the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. 

Many of our Downtown businesses  have definitely contributed to Norfolk receiving this honor. 

You can check out all of the other cities selected here.

Farewell to Public Service Ambassador Val!

Since 2000, Public Service Ambassador Valerie Kenny has been a member of the DNC team and has played an important role in the success of the ambassador program. 

Whether she was driving F.R.E.D, greeting visitors from a cruise ship or providing directions to a garage or restaurant, Val was always ready to help with a big smile and positive attitude. 

After 15 years with the DNC, we wish Val the best with her retirement and a special thank you for her service to the Downtown community.



Thank you to our Holidays in the City Sponsors!

We are coming to the close of another fabulous six weeks of holiday celebration and it would not have been possible without our generous sponsors! 


Presented by:


Sponsored by:



Bank of Hampton Roads • Barnes & Noble at Tidewater Community College
California Pizza Kitchen at MacArthur Center
Courtyard Marriott Downtown • Grow • MacArthur Center
Norfolk Waterside Marriott  • Residence Inn Downtown • Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
 The Real Estate Group • The Virginian-Pilot • Tidewater Community College
Top Guard Security • TowneBank  • Wells Fargo
 Wells Fargo Advisors • Wyndham Garden Downtown

Recent News Articles

"Unsilent Night" Music Parade Marches on Despite Drizzle in Norfolk, December 3, The Virginian-Pilot
Major Apartment Project Planned for Downtown Norfolk Tower, December 15 The Virginian-Pilot
The Next Big Piece of Public Art to Hit the NEON is “Seep”, December 16, AltDaily
Vibrant Spaces Winners Announced: Crepes, Prince Ink & Muddy Paws Coming to Downtown Norfolk, December  17, AltDaily
Starr Hill Brewery Joins Plan for Norfolk's New Waterside, December 17, The Virginian-Pilot
"Arches of Light" to Return to Granby Street, December 21, The Virginian-Pilot

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Each month, we will feature some of our favorite Downtown Norfolk photos shared on Instagram. Post your pictures and tag #DowntownNorfolk to be featured!

Photo shared by: kerrihardwick


Photo shared by: mary_schmidt


Photo shared by: jdavidhillery


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