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Retail Wizard Mitch Kirsner of Fantasy, in Newport News

Fantasy Celebrates 30 Years in Business

Fantasy Celebrates 30 Years in Business

By Jeff Maisey Newport News pop culture shop Fantasy, whose tagline accurately describes “From the Unique to the Bizarre,” is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. In a time when internet sales have decimated retail, Fantasy continues to flourish. We recently caught up with owner Mitch Kirsner to learn more about his secret to success.

Selden Arcade is now officially under construction

d’Art Center to Reopen in Late Fall

By Jeff Maisey On April 18, VEER Magazine reported d’Art Center and Selden Arcade would be closed for 5 to 6 months after a gas-line explosion left the interior of the Norfolk landmark damaged, displacing dozens of resident artists, the city’s Cultural Affairs Office and Bureau of Special Events, closed the Cuisine and Company site and

WINNING WORK: John Davis's film "Nica Esperana" won Best Student Documentary Short at the 2015 Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival. The 2015 Virginia Wesleyan graduate will begin pursuing a master's in film and electronic media at American University this fall.

RAISING HOPE: Virginia Wesleyan Mission Trip Inspires Student Documentary on Human Trafficking Recovery Program

Recent Virginia Wesleyan graduate John Davis ’15 wants to change the world. But instead of using political prowess, advanced technology, or complicated algorithms, he plans to use something else: his video camera. For the last four years, Davis has traveled to Nicaragua on an annual Spring Break Mission Trip organized by the College’s Chaplain’s Office.


GOOD VIBRATIONS: Drew Ungvarsky on Vibrant Spaces, Downtown Norfolk and more

By Jeff Maisey   Drew Ungvarsky is a bright guy and he has an illuminating idea for Downtown Norfolk. The plan, known as Vibrant Spaces, is simply this: provide street-level, storefront space currently not being used at a discounted rent with an injection of cash to entrepreneurial-minded people with a unique yet functional idea that

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Paul Shugrue’s Top Spins of the Week

The CD of the Week on Out of the Box is “Bound By the Blues” by Sonny Landreth. Hear Paul Shugrue’s review here: New this week: Florence + the Machine, Albert Hammond Jr., Amy Helm, Ben Lee, Clap Your hands Say Yeah, Daughn Gibson, Good Old War, Joss Stone, Melody Gardot, Rolling Stones (re-issue), Tom

Colonial Place neighborhood, Norfolk, VA. Photo courtesy of Wetlands Watch

Dutch Dialogues Virginia: Life at Sea Level Scheduled for June 19 to 23 at Slover Library

By Lori Crouch Dutch Dialogues Virginia: Life at Sea Level will bring experts on urban water management – from engineers to planners – to Hampton Roads to discuss, discover and design  ideas and solutions for the future. The kick-off session is scheduled for Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be held