By Lydia Wheeler
M.A.M.A.S. Creative Sweets specializes in fruit pies that go above and beyond the traditional.
Shannon Kokot, with the help of her husband Keith, makes watermelon, grape, honeydew and blueberry no-bake pies, among others, in her shop in Windsor.
"The pies are a new concept," Kokot said. "The only thing that's baked is the crust. I consider myself a sweets shop."
In addition to fresh fruit pies, M.A.M.A.S. sells chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped pretzel rods, chocolate-dipped frozen bananas and chocolate-dipped, candy- coated chocolate chip cookies.
The store name is an acronym for "Making a Moment Always Special," Kokot said.
Pie prices range from $15 to $28 and chocolate-covered treats are $1.75 each. The store, which opened in July, is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All About Virginia & More, a Virginia-made and Virginia-related gift shop, just opened a second location in Hampton Roads.
Owner Karen O'Brien James said she thought she was going to have to close her store in Norfolk's Waterside Marketplace, so she opened a second location in Suffolk at 120 Main St. across from the Plaid Turnip.
Norfolk City Council recently signed off on a deal to lease Waterside. The Cordish Cos., of Baltimore, will assume management, operations and leasing of the retail mall.
"We heard from the city that we would have to renegotiate our contract with the new company," O'Brien James said. "We do intend to do that."
All About Virginia & More has been located in the waterfront mall across from Hooters for the last 13 years. The store carries Civil War memorabilia, nautical and beach -themed gifts, and gourmet Virginia foods.
The Suffolk store is open Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Waterside store is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The William Pitt Store is a new historic retailer in Colonial Williamsburg.
Located on the northwest corner of Duke of Gloucester and Botetourt streets, the store is a children's shop that offers toys, games, historic apparel, publications and some 21st- century products like stuffed animals.
The store, which has been renamed, was originally known as The Davidson Shop after one of its most famous occupants, Robert Davidson. The one-time mayor of Williamsburg lived and operated an apothecary on the property in 1773, according to a news release.
In the second half of the 18th century, Sarah Walters, a widow, owned the property but lived in the neighboring William Waters House. Between 1775 and 1778, she leased the store to William Pitt, the son of the "traitor" George Pitt. Unlike his father, according to the release, Pitt stayed in Virginia and sold an array of items at the store including silk, ladies accessories, furniture, hardware and spices.
The William Pitt store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
CrÃ¨me 321 Boutique, a men's clothing store, opened last month on West 21st Street in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood. The store is a sister store of Cream, located in MacArthur Center downtown. Cream offers more traditional brands like Diamond, The Hundreds, 10 Deep and Play Cloths, while the Ghent store, named CrÃ¨me, carries higher-end brands like Kaws, Comme des Garcons, Marcelo Burlon, MCM, BBC, En Noir, Just Don and Pyrex Vision.
Donut Dinette has reopened in Ghent after a seven-month hiatus.
The Norfolk diner closed while owner Greg Pastore recovered from neck surgery. Pastore has owned the diner, which opened in 1949, for the last eight years and starting Sept. 1, the breakfast and lunch spot at 1917 Colley Ave. was expected to once again start making its namesake - doughnuts.
"We're going to be making them in-house again," Pastore said.
Though he said there is a rumor around town that he sold the recipe to a competitor, it's not true.
Donut Dinette is open Monday to Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday and Saturday nights, the diner reopens to serve the late-night crowd starting at 11.
"We've added breakfast burritos," Pastore said. "We're also known for our pancakes."
360 Vintage Designs has unique, affordable clothing for back to school.
Tracey Langford's gently used men's and women's clothing and accessories store, at 439 S. Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach, has vintage and modern handpicked garments.
"I go to estate sales and I look for quality items," she said. "I bring them back to my shop and mark them up a tad to keep them affordable."
Styles range from the 1920s to modern day. The store, which open in June 2012, carries scarves, hats, belts and jewelry.
"I think it's a neat store," Langford said. "The garments are unique and gently priced. There are no two garments alike."
360 Vintage Designs is open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
The Dump is expanding to a new market out of state.
The Virginia Beach-based furniture outlet store, owned by E.J. and Randi Strelitz, who also own Haynes., is opening its largest-ever store in Chicago.
The $18 million store was scheduled to open Labor Day weekend in Lombard, Ill. The Dump chain now has 11 locations in seven states including Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and New Jersey. Locally, the store is located at 801 N. Military Hwy. in Virginia Beach.
West Marine, a boating supply and accessory retailer, will host a grand opening for its new Virginia Beach store Sept. 12 through 15.
The Watsonville, Calif.-based company's new 23,000-square-foot flagship store is located at 4000 Virginia Beach Blvd. in Loehmann's Plaza.
Grand opening events will kick off Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with "Cruising for a Cause Charity Night." Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the Great Bridge Fisherman's Association, Catchin' for Kids, BoatUS Foundation, Virginia Beach Anglers Club, Portsmouth Anglers, Norfolk Anglers and Wish-a-Fish Foundation. Other events include a live auction beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Walmart Neighborhood Market is opening in Williamsburg.
The 43,000-square-foot store is the anchor tenant in the newly built Old Settlers Market at 4670 Casey Blvd. and the first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Williamsburg. The grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 18.
The store joins Michael's, Stein Mart, Home Goods and Shoe Carnival in the shopping center. With up to 95 employees, the neighborhood market plans to focus on fresh and organic produce, said John Engleman, a Walmart spokesman. Jason Robinson has been hired as the store manager. The Gloucester native comes from the Walmart Supercenter store on East Rochambeau Drive. Walmart started the grocery-only concept store in 1998 and has 250 stores nationwide.
Simply Susan's Bakery and Cafe celebrated its grand opening in Suffolk late last month.
Located at 149 N. Main St., the bakery owned by Susan Glover sells pies, cakes, muffins, cheesecakes and caramel popcorn with chocolate drizzle - a shop specialty. Coffee from Lexington Roasters is also available. Open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Simply Susan's also caters and accepts customer orders.
Serendipity Hair Salon in Suffolk is open in its new location at 113 W. Washington Street.
Owner and master stylist, LaTroy Brinkley, moved the full-service salon from its Main Street location to the bigger space last month.
The salon offers beauty treatments such as make-up application, brow shaping and skin care.