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.
Fireside Chophouse boasts a cozy, familial feel within its warmly lit space and touts hearty homemade dishes always crafted on site and served up by its hospitable staff. Start off with the jumbo shrimp cocktail ($8.95) or the hot spinach and artichoke dip ($5.95) flanked with chips and a heated exchange between verdant veggies. Fans of the carnivorous can delight in the filet mignon ($24.95) donning a meaty beret of succulence or the grilled pork chop ($15.95), boneless and brushed with an apple butter glaze. The sesame seared tuna ($18.95) packs a proteined wallop at your taste buds, while the penne pasta ($12.95) jingles with a tomato cream sauce and the grilled chicken salad ($11.95) offers a lighter nosh option for garden and poultry lovers alike. Ravenous tykes can dig into the Jr. steak and fries ($7.95) or the chicken strips and fries ($6.50), while sweet tooth owners will embrace the apple pie with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce ($5.50) or the triple chocolate ice cream cake ($5.50) hurtling a trio of mahogany decadence at your appetite.
A body-strengthening leader in the region, The Pilates Center offers fledgling flexibles a healthful array of skilled, Stott Pilates–certified instructors, small class sizes, and a variety of beginner's sessions held six days a week. Founded by Joseph Pilates, the titular workout regimen works on lengthening the body while strengthening the core and toning the limbs, transforming sluggish and unmotivated bones closets into graceful soul sacks teeming with espresso-bean levels of energy. Alight upon various equipment, such as the Reformer, the Arc Barrel, the Cadillac, and the Model T, to enhance midsection fortitude while learning key movements and stretches.