Colonial Williamsburg schedules winter programming pause

The Capitol is among the Colonial Williamsburg sites traditionally closed in January for maintenance. (WYDaily Staff)

Colonial Williamsburg will temporarily shut down some Historic Area, hospitality and admissions operations early next year to focus on preservation and training. The historical park traditionally implements a limited programming schedule each January to coincide with the seasonal lull in visitation that takes place just after the winter holidays. The next programming pause is set to […]


New logo IDs businesses supporting Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg will be looking to fill openings both inside and outside of the historic area at its two job fairs next week. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Shoppers in Merchants Square may notice something new this month in the windows of certain shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Colonial Williamsburg is debuting an official Merchants Square logo to designate businesses that support the organization’s mission of historical preservation and education. More than 40 businesses, all of which belong to the Merchants Square Association […]


New Virginia ABC store opens in Yorktown

The newest ABC Store is located at 201 Tradesman Way, in a multi-use retail development called Nelson’s Grant. (Photo courtesy of Virginia ABC)

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) recently opened a new store in Yorktown. The newest ABC Store – the Commonwealth’s 359th – is located at 201 Tradesman Way, in a multi-use retail development called Nelson’s Grant. The 2,664-square-foot ABC store is the third in Yorktown and one of five in York County. It […]


Drum roll please: Toano smokehouse plans major expansion

This concept art for Two Drummers Smokehouse in Toano shows two angles of the property entrance. (Image courtesy of James City County)

A popular Toano smokehouse plans to seat more people and diversify its menu upon completion of a major expansion. Two Drummers Smokehouse, located at 8864 Richmond Road, has served up barbecue and southern cuisine since 2013. Co-owner and chef Jason Wade said business is “explosive” and Two Drummers wants to keep up with the demand. […]


Williamsburg Chamber names three Small Businesses of the Year

Small Business of the Year Award winners left to right: Steve Tetreault (The Drying Company/ThermalTec), Jennifer Raines (Quirks of Art), Mickey Chohany and John Chohany (Second Street Bistro). (Courtesy GWCTA)

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance (GWCTA) recently celebrated national Small Business Month by awarding three local businesses with the Small Business of the Year Award. Quirks of Art, Second Street Bistro and The Drying Company are this year’s winners. The owners were recognized May 17 at the Launchpad, the Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator […]


Colonial Williamsburg names new VP of human resources

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Colonial Williamsburg recently named Nichole McDonald the organization’s new vice president of human resources. McDonald, who boasts more than 20 years of experience in senior human resources management, will take over the position effective Wednesday. Most recently McDonald has served as an executive consultant with The HR Source in Landover, Md. Previously she worked as […]


Colonial Williamsburg names new VP of development

Jim Thomas has been named Colonial Williamsburg's new Vice President of Development. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)

Colonial Williamsburg recently welcomed James Thomas as the organization’s new vice president of development. Thomas, who officially takes over the position July 1, comes to Colonial Williamsburg from Western Michigan University, where he served as vice president for development and alumni relations and executive director of the Western Michigan University Foundation. In those capacities Thomas […]


Pho 79 coming to New Town this fall

A bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup from Pho 79. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)

Locals soon will be able to pop over to New Town to enjoy a hot bowl of pho from one of the region’s most successful family-owned chains. Pho 79, which boasts seven locations throughout the Peninsula and Southside Hampton Roads, is coming to New Town Shops on Main in September. The restaurant will occupy approximately […]