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97 applicants seek grants to take over Norfolk storefronts

Ninety-seven ranks as an A-plus on most grading scales. It also got high marks from business boosters in Norfolk last week. It represents the number of applications for the Vibrant Spaces program, aimed at further enlivening downtown.

Wasserhund brewery brings German lagers to Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH Behind every good beer, there’s a story. The Wasserhund Brewing Company story starts in a small apartment in Northern Virginia, travels to Germany and lands in Virginia Beach at Hilltop. On a mid-July afternoon, Aaron Holley, his wife, Christine, and his brother-in-law Craig Lubinski rolled up their sleeves inside the new brewery.

Don't forget: State sales tax holiday this weekend

The state’s sales tax holiday begins today and goes through Sunday.  The holiday runs through the weekend and exempts certain school supplies, clothes and shoes from sales tax. This holiday also exempts hurricane and emergency preparedness items along with certain energy efficient appliances.

Lynnhaven Mall goes through major makeover

VIRGINIA BEACH Have you been to Lynnhaven Mall lately? You’ll hardly recognize it. Gone are the clunky escalators; gone, too, is the second floor with its food court. Center court, once a kiosk-cluttered maze, is now an airy, bright lounge with cushioned seats and sofas. Maria Lamb went to the mall with her 5- and 7-year-old daughters on a mission one July morning.

Kroger recalls seasonings for risk of salmonella

Kroger has recalled four types of seasoning after a sample from a South Carolina store tested positive for salmonella. Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds were produced on the same equipment as the product found with the contamination, according to a news release. The company has recalled all of the seasonings as a precaution.

Good customer service is indeed getting harder to find

Have companies ditched their obligation to provide solid customer service? Sure seems that way sometimes. Let me give you three examples of poor service I’ve received in just the past couple of months:

Egg prices stable after big jump, Virginia survey says

Soaring egg prices have nearly cracked consumers' wallets this year, but the latest numbers might go over easy with Virginians.
The average retail price of a dozen large eggs was $2.44, virtually unchanged from $2.45 in June, according to the monthly "market basket" survey released this week by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Cheap fuel drives United and Southwest's record earnings

Cheaper fuel and full planes are adding up to record airline profits, and the carriers are sharing the bounty with stockholders. They're even giving passengers a break on fares.

Fresh Market is coming to Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH The heart of Town Center is chock-full of retail shops and restaurants, but grocery stores have remained on the fringes. That's about to change. The Fresh Market will set up shop next year at Pembroke Mall in the northwest corner of the Sears building. The store will open in April, Ramsay Smith, president of Pembroke Commercial Realty, confirmed Tuesday.

Applebee’s giving away free appetizers today

Applebee’s is giving away free appetizers today at participating locations. Restaurant officials want to give away millions of their new Churro S’mores and Sriracha Shrimp around the country, according to their Facebook page. For details, visit the restaurant’s website.

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