The Newport News City Council established the Newport News Green Foundation in 1998 in response to the vast urban development that had overtaken the city. The foundation became an independent nonprofit soon thereafter, and began landscaping along urban corridors to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Today, the Green Foundation acquires spaces within the city and beautifies them with plants to create wildlife habitats and sources of clean air. During regular service days, volunteers come together to beautify a space—clearing, digging, plowing, and planting. Since its inception, the Green Foundation has transformed spaces throughout the community, including 4.84 acres behind the Brentwood Shopping Center and 2 acres at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and McLawhorne Drive.
Elegance Nail Salon offers manicures and pedicures at the salon, but the technician will also pack-up the filers and polishes and bring the pampering treatments to you. In addition to spa and gel mani-pedis, the tech has put together signature packages: the Just the Two of Us package is a romantic spa mani-pedi getaway, during which the mood is set with candles, music, and chocolate, and even offer the option of a CPR-certified babysitter to watch the kids. For children who would rather participate in the pampering than be babysat, Elegance offers Little Diva mani-pedis, and even throws Little Miss Diva parties where children aged 5–12 can get gussied up while gossiping about the classroom goldfish.
The rollicking sounds of blues artists headlining the two stages of the restaurant’s performance venue filter through this barbecue hot spot. It features spice-rubbed meats served up with a selection of homestyle sides. The menu centers on hickory-smoked beef, seasoned and smoked pork, and rubbed and grilled chicken and ribs that are steeped in spices, like Marco Polo’s scrapbook. The restaurant outfits tables with a selection of spicy, savory, and slightly sweet sauces, allowing patrons to customize heat levels on entrees or provide a flavorful accompaniment to fried pickles, baskets of corn bread, or Mojo pit beans.
Green Clean Auto Wash locations help drivers scrub their buggies clean with automatic or self-serve washes. With trigger-controlled pressure pumps and non-toxic solvents and products, they also look out for Mother Nature, using up to 80% less water and recycling the runoff.
At Janna’s International Dance Studio, owner Janna Beaufait draws upon more than 30 years of Middle Eastern dance experience to teach shimmies from across the globe. Students of all ages and skill levels can chisel their earthly edifices in yoga or Zumba classes, practice the seductive art of belly undulation, or learn how to navigate dance floors in a range of styles. Like tandem unicycles, ballroom, salsa, and hula classes are designed to help couples move together with precision and grace. Ballroom classes explore a specific dance style such as swing or cha-cha over the course of four weeks; in addition to practicing footwork patterns, students learn how to lead or follow their partner. Salsa classes teach New York–club-style swivels and shimmies, and six-week hula classes bolster romantic bonds as partners swivel hips in unison and gaze into one another’s monocles. Fueled by traditional Polynesian music and modern tunes, each session imparts flirty hand and torso movements through a simple choreographed routine.