Business Spotlights

Business Spotlight: Sweethaven Lavender

A tranquil and enchanting rural landscape lined with rows of fragrant lavender leads up to a white Victorian-style barn. Trailing down a gravel road, you have arrived at Sweethaven Lavender, a family-owned lavender farm welcoming guests to relax in the fields while picking lavender flowers or savoring a picnic. The Messer family has created an… Read more »

Business Spotlight: Mod & Soul

Stroll into the Selden Market, located in Downtown Norfolk, to find a lineup of small businesses set beneath draping twinkling string lights in an open-concept indoor shopping center. A simple and contemporary sign hangs and reads Mod & Soul, a chic and effortless clothing boutique for the everyday woman. Mod & Soul is owned by… Read more »

Business Spotlight: Smooth

A skin and waxing boutique in Downtown Norfolk was built on the desire to connect with people one-on-one and help them feel more comfortable in their own skin. With nearly 20 years of experience as an esthetician, Nickie Janes opened Smooth to bring an elevated skincare and waxing experience to Coastal Virginia. Smooth has expanded… Read more »

Business Spotlight: The Stockpot

A local favorite, The Stockpot is known for serving healthy, made-from-scratch comfort food in Downtown Norfolk at the Selden Market and in the ViBe Creative District of Virginia Beach. The ever-changing menu has an international flair and introduces guests to different and unexpected flavors and styles of cooking in an approachable way. Patrick Edwards and… Read more »

Business Spotlight: GLOW Apothecary

Beauty begins from within. That is the whole-hearted mantra of a wellness and beauty boutique located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Sarah Creech opened GLOW Apothecary in the fall of 2018 to create a place for the community to see, feel, touch and taste wellness, beauty and skincare products, including tea, makeup, moisturizers, supplements and… Read more »

Business Spotlight: Leesa

A nationally known brand focusing on elevating life and being a force for good rests along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. A direct-to-consumer mattress company, Leesa inspires people to focus on their wellness one night (or mattress) at a time. When starting Leesa, Jamie Diamonstein and David Wolfe wanted to create an intentional sleep experience that… Read more »

Business Spotlight: PlantBar

A mother-father-daughter trio are the minds behind the local plant store and terrarium workshop PlantBar. It has blossomed into more than the Ryan family imagined. 22-year-old Bailey Ryan has set the vision for PlantBar, a place where all generations can come together and work on the same craft. A wave of greenery and a breath… Read more »

Business Spotlight: Jars of Dust

Stroll to the end of The Alley in Virginia Beach’s ViBe Creative District to Jars of Dust, a pottery studio and shop handcrafting functional ceramics for everyday life. You will be greeted with the warmest welcome from the owner and potter Mallorie and her regal pottery pup, Brown. Glowing with natural light, the shop is… Read more »

Business Spotlight: Farmhouse Brewing Co.

Tucked away in the corner of Virginia Beach is a family-owned brewery and cidery, the first of its kind in the state. Farmhouse Brewing Co. rests on 8.6 acres in the heart of Kempsville and brews flavors inspired by the roots planted on the property over 100 years ago. Farmhouse is the brainchild of Eddie… Read more »

Business Spotlight: Lolly’s Creamery

The coast of Virginia Beach became sweeter with the addition of a family-owned, small-batch ice cream shop, located in the ViBe Creative District. Lolly’s Creamery is becoming notably known for their creative and classic ice cream flavors, which owners Joey and Jacklyn Launi say have been a dream to bring to life. As you stroll… Read more »