Saturday, December 2, 2023

ICYMI in Hampton and Newport News: Exclusive lounge, wrong bus stop, community bar and more

With dozens of headlines every week, it’s easy to miss some here and there. Get in on the conversation.

Here are this week’s most-read stories.

Sports bar

Robert “Free” Freeman and his best friend, Antoine Bethea decided to open a hangout spot where people from the community can relax and unwind. “We just wanted to have a place we can come to,” Freeman said, adding they didn’t want to open a club or a restaurant. READ MORE.

Two friends opened a community bar. One happens to be a football player for the New York Giants

Private lounge

Hampton residents know them for their Mango Mangeux bistroThe Hampton event venue, two Simply Panache Place boutique hotels, the Simply Panache Nail Bar & Pedi Spa on Mallory street, and now their exclusive lounge, Noir — The “Simply Panache Group” is conquering Phoebus and growing their lifestyle brand one business at a time. READ MORE.

This company is opening their fifth business in Phoebus. This one is exclusive

Hungry kids

She describes her childhood as being “food insecure,” and because she knows all too well the burden kids who face hunger carry, Kelsea Pernsteiner made it her business to raise at least $100, or enough to feed 1,000 children through No Kid Hungry by Thanksgiving. READ MORE.

She grew up ‘food insecure.’ Now, this Hampton woman is raising money to feed 1K kids

Wrong stop

Bus drivers working for the Newport News Public Schools are responsible for a variety of duties, including dropping off and picking up kids at designated bus stops. But what happens when a bus driver drops a child off at the wrong bus stop? READ MORE.

‘Somebody could have easily taken her and we would have never seen her again’: A child was dropped off at the wrong bus stop

Bee friendly

Congratulations are in order for the city of Hampton as City Council recently passed a resolution designating it as a “Bee City,” or a place where bees, and other pollinators including butterflies and beetles, can live and even thrive. READ MORE.

Hampton is now a ‘Bee City.’ Here’s what that means

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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