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, 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 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 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.
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.
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.