One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 Clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, organics and naturals, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2013 alone, the company donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations.
Hampton Roads IcePlex caters to skaters of all experience levels, from tot lessons for 4- and 5-year-olds to its hockey league exclusively for polar bears. Youth and adult hockey leagues pit hockey enthusiasts against other local teams for exhilarating season play. The rink welcomes figure skaters of all backgrounds to lay claim to the ice as well, performing the simplest of two-foot spins to the most complex slam-dunks.
Five Points Community Farm Market was established in 2006 as a cooperative that allows market managers to work with more than 50 local farmers to collect, price, and sell quality local produce and products. The market is housed in an air-conditioned facility, allowing shoppers to browse healthy options grown in the fertile state of Virginia, such as orchard- grown apples ($1.79/lb.), crisp cucumbers ($1.99/lb.), sweet potatoes ($1.29/lb.), eggplant ($2.99/lb.), and vine- ripe tomatoes ($2.59/lb.), without sweating or withering into a human raisin beneath the sun.
Welton’s Seafood Market stocks patrons’ pantries with fresh seafood, locally grown produce, and gourmet prepared foods such as its signature tomato pie. A pound of swordfish ($17.99/lb) imbues meals with fighting spirit, and a plate of scottish salmon ($16.99/lb) pairs well with a plaid, pleated garnish. Shellfish aficionados can also cook up a dozen littleneck clams ($5.99) or pilfer pearls from a dozen Sewansecott ocean-salt oysters ($10.99). Local farmers, including Pickett’s Harbor Farms in Cape Charles and Cromwell Farm in Pungo, supply seasonal produce such as butter beans, sweet corn, zucchini, and beets to stock Welton’s shelves, and customers can also pluck fresh herbs from the market’s back garden to spice up meals with less hassle than stealing 10-foot-tall chilies from the larders of local giants.
The men and women at Jessy's Tienda y Taqueria are on a mission to bring a bit of Mexico to the people of Norfolk?whether through homemade recipes or authentic luchador masks. Taking a walk across the taqueria's black and white checkered floors reveals all sorts of sights from south of the border. Families and friends sit at booths eating chips with guacamole and plates of tacos filled up with beef cheek, carnitas, and carne asada steak. Head to another area, and you'll find display cases filled to the brim with pan dulce?sweet pastries, tres leches cakes, including a new pi?a colada recipe, and other baked goods. Other new menu additions include huaraches rancheros, enchiladas in mole verde, and sopa de mariscos frescos, a fresh seafood soup.
In addition to a restaurant, Jessy's Tienda y Taqueria houses a retail store filled with colorful goods from south of the border. Sombreros line the shelves and pinatas hang down from the ceiling like chandeliers that are trying to develop a more laidback, modern style.
A tree that thrives in desert areas, the terebinth has historically represented refuge and shade for weary travelers–and Terebinth Patisserie & Bistro hopes to provide a similar service. Only here, unlike for travelers in the desert, visitors to the bistro are greeted with a spread of fresh food and accompanying drinks. Handcrafted soups, salads, and five different paninis pair perfectly with espresso, or pots of specially selected tea. After main courses, French macaroons, cakes, and tarts claim any empty real estate that remains in bellies.