Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Local Resources

Everyone knows of a few local places that are really essential to their routine, whether it be sewing, construction, cooking or crafting. Since my routine varies by the minute, I've accumulated quite a few local resources which have been my life-savors the last couple years. I thought it was time I share some of these gems, and lemme know of any I missed!

Grand Mart produce section

Grand Mart
Where:  649 Newtown Rd., Norfolk | 757.490.7901
What:  The delicious goods you need to make the more exotic meals you really love. What's the best perk? It's SUPER cheap!
When:  9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily

Where: 2609 Granby St., Norfolk  |  757.285.5666
What:  Normal army surplus store goods, great camo shirts, nice canvas bags you could embellish, old souvenirs and Converse Chucks ($10 off normal mall prices). It's awesome because you never know what you will find!

The awesome collection of Amy Butler fabrics at Fabric Hut

Where:  2340 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk | 757.588.1300
What:  Virginia's largest independent retail fabric center for more than 40 years (so they say). A great resource for unique fabrics, yarns and everything between. May not be the cheapest place to shop, but you'll definitely get a good variety.
When:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Closed on Sundays

Beads and Rocks 
Where:  335 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach | 757.428.9824
What:  Beads and rocks offered at both retail and wholesale price. They've been in business for more than 25 years and can get you anything you need dealing with the beading world.
When:  Noon to 6 p.m. daily

Where: 119 East Princess Anne Rd., Norfolk  |  757.625.5833
What:  A family-owned everything-you-need-to-open-a-restaurant store (for more than 45 years at that!). Not super practical for most of our everyday needs, but they have some great high-end kitchen items at great prices. I'd say definitely stop in if you like to cook.
When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

Discount flower room at Norfolk Floral Wholesale

Where:  601 East Brambleton Ave., Norfolk | 757.625.0901
What:  Flowers! Real, fake, arrangements, individually. Weddings, funerals and everything in between. Plus, their ribbon room is to die for!
When:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Closed on Sundays

S.R. Goldberg Co.
Where:  711 Church St., Norfolk | 757.622.5364
What:  A neighborhood hardware store, locally-owned and operated. They carry all your basic hardware needs and has that smoke and wood smell - love it.

My recent purchase from Wine and Cake
(which has nothing to do with wine or cake):
a deviled egg made from pure chocolate!

Where:  6527 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk | 757.857.0245
What:  Pretty much your (should be) go-to place for parties, wine- and beer-making, cake and baking supplies and so much more. Wine and Cake started in 1973 and it shows through their 11-room store. Plus, they offer loads of classes for any age, all year round.
When:  10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, Closed on Sundays

Where:  5258 Fairfield Shopping Ctr., Virginia Beach | 757.495.7380
What:  You one-stop shop for everything paint and paper related. And it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a pro, they have items to fit anyone's level and budget.
When:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday,  Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

The sign is so true :)

Thrift Store City, probably my most favorite
Where:  1760 East Little Creek Rd., Norfolk  |  757.583.6936
What:  Just a good ol' fashion thrift store with everything under the sun at super cheap prices. What I love most is their fabric, crafts and patterns selection. It can be hit or miss, but isn't that the fun of thrifting?
When:  9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday

The great collection of vintage shoes at Echoes of Time

Where: 600 N Witchduck Rd #102, Virginia Beach | 757.428-2332
What: One of the best vintage clothing and costumes shops you will find in Hampton Roads - and reasonably priced!
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, Closed on Sundays
Where:  2500 Church St., Norfolk  |  757.640.0300
What:  A farm market and so much more...a used book store, recycling center for old electronics, fish market, a place to go and veg out for lunch with delicious food. Basically, a person who enjoys the others on the list would love this place :)
When: Closed Mondays thru Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays