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Marketing firm finds success in Portsmouth

By Emily Morman The Virginian-Pilot PORTSMOUTH Max Greenhood decided to paint his business’s walls mustard yellow so people wouldn’t mistake it for an antique shop. In a juxtaposition of the old, the new and the empty, RocketBike sits on High Street in Olde Towne, amid the vintage shops and vacant storefronts. The digital marketing firm, which joined the neighborhood in August 2014, has seen rapid growth since it moved in, even as the city has faced challenges. RocketBike has a typical startup story. Greenhood, a graduate of James Madison University, began freelancing in his sister’s basement in Harrisonburg. After working abroad for a few months, he moved to Charlottesville, where his freelance career went “terribly,” he said. So, in 2013, he moved to Portsmouth, where he has lifelong connections. Greenhood, 27, was born and raised in a house on Washington Street, and his father owned Brutti’s restaurant on Court Street before it closed in June. Although he started using the RocketBike name in 2012, it wasn’t until the move back home that the company really took off. “That was when the floodgates opened,” he said. And where does the name come from? “There’s the good answer, and then there’s the true answer,” he said. The good: It matches the vision he has for his company, a marketing firm that’s sleek, fast and high-tech. The true: Every other name that made sense had already been claimed. Soon, he had more work than he could handle by himself, so he hired a developer. They worked out of Greenhood’s spare bedroom. Eventually, they decided, they needed a real office. That led them...

All I Want For Valentine’s Day is A Chocolate Factory

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex Saturday, February 13, 2016, *1:30 p.m Chocolate Dipping & Tasting With MaryAnn Boho of The Williamsburg Chocolateir   Take a dip –into chocolate with special guest, Maryann Boho of The Williamsburg Chocolatier as she shares her expertise and samples with museum visitors who are interested in eating chocolate. Boho will share easy hands-on, chocolate dipping techniques for visitors to try, and taste. Fee: $2.00 includes materials and samples. Also join us in making a special valentine day card for that special someone. Materials are provided. Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 757-393-8543 http://www.portsmouthartcenter.com/...

Mannino’s in Portsmouth to Host a Winemaker’s Dinner

By Judy Cowling The Virginian-Pilot correspondent If butter poached lobster satay with flying fish roe and lemon truffle extra virgin olive oil paired with a 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay sets your heart racing, then mark your calendar for Feb. 2. Mannino’s is hosting a four-course dinner at its Portsmouth location to feature a different Folie a Deux wine to complement each course. The winemaker, Joe Shirley, will be on hand to educated and illuminate. There’s also a prosciutto-wrapped asparagus salad with house smoked goat cheese and poached Bosc pear as well as a dehydrated bacon seared petite Colorado lamb chop with purple potato puree and a sun-dried cherry Cabernet reduction. Dessert is a white chocolate blueberry bread pudding with cocoa raspberry glaze. Reservations required. A seat at the table costs $75 and the event starts at 6 p.m. Mannino’s Italian Bistro, 606 High Street, Portsmouth, 757-966-7522, manninositalianbistro.com...

The Brothers Farm Market in Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA

The Brothers Farm Market will be in front of the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center (corner of Court and High Street) from 10am – 1pm on Saturday, January 16, with lots of fresh veggies for you to choose from including a large variety of greens, root veggies, apples, eggs, butter and cheese to name a few! Stop by and get your veggies on!  ...
2015 Olde Towne Scottish Walk. Happy Hogmanay!

2015 Olde Towne Scottish Walk. Happy Hogmanay!

Each New Year’s Eve, people from all around eastern Virginia, come to Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia for the annual Scottish Walk. Modeled after Scotland’s Hogmanay Festival, a day when townspeople honor their community and merchants and offer blessings for prosperity in the coming year. The procession includes locals, family, friends and visitors led by pipe-and-drum bands. The participants gather at the corner of Queen and Washington streets and march through the historic streets of Olde Towne ending at the High Street Landing where all join hands and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Gather at Queen and Washington Street’s.  Assemble at 4 p.m. and step off at 4:30. The Scottish Walk is free to all–rain or shine.  Contact Susan Cocke for more information (757) 650-3052. The Story Behind the Music: ‘Auld Lang Syne’   Many people are familiar with ‘Auld Lang Syne’ yet few may actually know what ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is all about.  Of course, many people will instantly associate the words with “Scotland” or perhaps ‘New Year’.  Some people consider it to be an international expression of friendship, fellowship and hope.  Others perceive it to be a simple song, presented at the conclusion of a social gathering, remembering the past and re-affirming the importance of our future, and those important to us.  Of course ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is ALL of these things! “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish poem that was written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.  It is well known in many English-speaking (and other) countries and is often sung to celebrate the start of the New Year...
Olde Towne Portsmouth Merchants Holiday Open House

Olde Towne Portsmouth Merchants Holiday Open House

Please join these Olde Towne Portsmouth merchants for a special pre-holiday event featuring products and gifts for the home, garden as well as men’s and ladies apparel and accessories. Shop our unique stores and boutiques for that special person on your Christmas list and for year-round giving too! Friday, November 20, 2015 from 5 pm til 8:30 pm. Some stores serving light refreshments.           Bowman’s Garden Center & Cafe 315 Green Street 757-393-2070 Featuring one of the region’s best collections of Christmas ornaments, home decorations and unique gift items. Bowman’s famous holiday potato bar is simply not to be missed!   Anderson Wright Rooms & Gardens 622 High Street 757-398-0990 Best known for their collection of garden urns, fountains and statuary, Anderson Wright will feature Christmas ornaments, home decor and holiday gifts for that special loved one.   Kitchen Koop 638 High Street 757-399-4475 The total gourmet kitchen shop for all seasons!   Paulette Joseph 614 High Street 757-553-0586 Exquisite fashion accessories and beautiful home furnishings is Paulette Joseph. Great holiday gifts too!   Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery 620 High Street 757-399-5012 Visit the worlds most unique and diverse nautical store now in it’s new Olde Towne location. Find the perfect nautical gift for the salty dog in your family. Featuring new marine bronze and metal castings by Norfolk artist Larry Bage. Serving light refreshments.   Way Back Yonder Antiques 462 Washington Street 757-398-2700 Now in their new Washington Street location, Way Back Yonder offers fine antique furnishings and accessories for those seeking quality vintage and antique items. Great collection of estate jewelry...
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