Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Beach Biz Pileup: Here’s what’s new and who’s moving

Beecroft and Bull's location on Pacific Place since 1979, top, and their future location in Hilltop North, bottom (Southside Daily/Rami Yoakum)
Beecroft and Bull’s location on Pacific Place since 1979, top, and their future location in Hilltop North, bottom (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Businesses come and go as they boom or they bust.

Sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of it all. In Virginia Beach new businesses or businesses that are changing hands must obtain a license from the city, and each month hundreds do.

During March and April more than 800 licenses were issued by the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office.

Here are a few highlights:

Beecroft and Bull

After nearly 39 years of doing business in the Oceanfront, Beecroft and Bull is moving inland from their Pacific Place location. The high fashion men’s shop is heading to a newer and bigger home in Hilltop North, taking over the space formerly occupied by Dan Ryan’s for Men.

They hope to be ready for business in the new spot by September.

“Leaving our home since expanding to Virginia Beach in 1979 was a very tough call, but in the end, the opportunity to create an even more special shopping experience in the epicenter of better retail near the oceanfront was too great to pass up,” said Craig Beecroft, owner and CEO.

The architectural firm of Tymoff+Moss in Norfolk is handling the redesign of the new space, which Beecroft describes as “vintage-modern.”

From Burgess to Virginia Beach

Seigler Reels announced last week that they will be moving their manufacturing operations to Virginia Beach from their current location in Burgess.

They’ll be taking up residence in the Oceana South Industrial Park on Taylor Farm Road where they’ve leased 1.59 acres and an existing 8,000-square-foot warehouse that they’ll upgrade by July.

“Seigler Reels is doubling in size and will bring a high-quality manufacturing operation to Virginia Beach and relocate six jobs here while creating six to 12 new full-time position with salaries exceeding $37,000,” said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren Harris.

The company makes 10 models of performance fishing reels that are sold in the U.S. and internationally.

Chicken, anyone?

Bobo’s Fine Chicken opened in April, taking over the Shore Drive spot where Charlie’s Pizza did business for some 70 years (3139 Shore Drive).

Owner Bo Figgett says the independent restaurant offers southern food that is familiar to those in the Tidewater area, via both a drive-thru and indoor dining.

Featuring fried chicken, homemade biscuits, ice cream, and other items that come from old family recipes the restaurant uses many locally sourced seasonal ingredients. They’re currently offering breakfast, lunch, and catering, but plan to expand dinner hours soon.

Cheesecake by the Ocean

What sounds more delicious than Cheesecake by the Ocean?

That’s the name of another business new to Virginia Beach. Owned and operated by Derek Zydanowicz, who says he has made more than 2,000 cheesecakes in his life, the business supplies the residents and restaurants of Hampton Roads with an authentic New York style cheesecake made from a 70-year-old family recipe (secret ingredient and all).

For information, menu, prices, or orders call 585-545-8605 or email

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