Business notes: May 16

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Coastal Virginia Magazine has recognized 16 York County businesses and destinations as the region’s best in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Yorktown restaurants, museums and other attractions took home a total of 23 awards from the magazine. The awards are decided by popular vote, with readers voting more than 200,000 times in over 150 categories.

Yorktown’s Marl Inn won the overall gold award for Best Local Bed and Breakfast. The inn’s owner, Amy Demetry, says it is the first time that the bed and breakfast has been recognized by Coastal Virginia Magazine readers.

“The inn has been in business for about 22 years, and we’ve been the owners for two and a half, but as far as I know, we’ve never been nominated before,” said Demetry. “We were pretty happy just to get nominated and then to win overall, that was great.”

Yorktown Pub won the gold and bronze awards for Best Lunch and Best Nightlife. The pub’s manager, Charlotte Lee, says the award always brings a surge of new customers.

She attributes the restaurant’s success to its diverse offerings and dedicated staff.

“We’re like a family here, so I think if you really like what you do and you surround yourself with people that feel the same way, great things can’t but happen,” said Lee. “It’s also great that we won a different award, I think we’ve won for best sports bar and best seafood, but lunch and nightlife are wonderful.”

A full list of award winners will be announced in Coastal Virginia Magazine’s July/August issue.

Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg recently celebrated its fifth anniversary serving the Williamsburg area with a series of events aimed at educating the community.

Bill Downey, president and CEO of Riverside Health System, says the fifth anniversary celebration was the organization’s way of giving back to Williamsburg residents.

“As we come upon the fifth anniversary of Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg, I am grateful to the community for their support and trust in the care we provide,” said Downey. “I also congratulate each team member at Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg for their commitment to our mission: To care for others as we would care for those we love.

One of the events hosted by Riverside was “Camp E.R.,” where the hospital’s nurses taught kids basic first-aid strategies and how to respond to a variety of medical emergencies. Neil Burns, marketing and business partner with Riverside, says the event was focused on educating local families.

“Each table was geared to be educational with age-appropriate information,” said Burns. “We had stations for treating minor wounds like a scraped knee, CPR and how to recognize symptoms of a stroke, but all brought down to a kid’s level.”

Burns says Riverside saw a good turnout to all of the week’s events, with Mayor Paul Freiling joining Riverside at its 360 Degrees of Care event, where hospital representatives discussed Riverside’s impact on the Greater Williamsburg area.

“I look forward to what the next five plus years holds for this hospital,” said Adria Vanhoozier, vice president/administrator of the hospital.

Area real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of a 5,888 square foot office condominium in the Busch Corporate Center at 477 McLaws Circle. The Bolster Family Trust purchased the property from Gregg Klich Enterprises, LLC for $1,165,000 as an investment.

According to a release, the space is being used as a medical office and is occupied by Sentara Medical Group.

Drew Haynie of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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