Back-to-school supplies tax free this weekend

Students returned to class at Providence Classical School Monday. (Courtesy Providence Classical School)

Attention shoppers! Virginia is offering a sales tax holiday from Aug. 5-7 on qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items, and certain energy-efficient products. According to a news release from Governor Terry McAuliffe, the three day exemption from state and local sales tax was created to financially assist families during back-to-school shopping and […]

ALDI grand opening draws shoppers by the dozen

By 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, a crowd was already gathered outside ALDI for its grand opening. (Adrienne Berard/WYDaily)

Cathleen Handlin was up long before dawn on Thursday. A retired cultural anthropologist, Handlin, more than most people, appreciates social rituals. So when she heard that an ALDI supermarket was coming to Williamsburg, Handlin made a pact with herself that she would be the franchise’s first customer. “Even though ALDI is a German corporation,” Handlin […]

Craft brewery coming to JCC Marina

The entrance to the JCC Marina. (Photo courtesy of James City County)

A destination craft brewery is coming to the James City County Marina. Dave Baum, a James City County resident and founder of Billsburg Brewery, signed a lease Tuesday morning to establish the brewery at the marina. “It’s been the idea and the dream for years, and it’s all coming together,” Baum said. The IT professional […]

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 […]