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Power family works together in Williamsburg food ventures

Power family works together in Williamsburg food ventures

Family histories are defined by a host of different events. In the Power family, the milestones frequently revolve around the retail and restaurant business they have nurtured for more than 40 years.

Since 2003, Tom and Mary Ellen Power, and their three children — Cathy Power Pattisall, Mary Ellen Power Rogers and Tom Power Jr. — have operated The Cheese Shop and the Fat Canary restaurant on Merchants Square in Williamsburg. But this unusual partnership was unwittingly hatched in a small wine and cheese shop the parents opened in 1971 in a Newport News shopping center.

It was called The Cheese Shoppe, and Tom Power had seen a similar operation in Baltimore where he...

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