You’ll soon be able to find shaved ice, milkshakes and other cold treats along Bypass Road when SnoMania Island opens in the former Dairy Queen building next month.
Owner Kraig Ware said he expects to open at the new location in the second week of April. SnoMania Island first opened in Toano at 7852 Richmond Road in 2017, he said, but as the business became more popular, Ware and his family wanted to expand.
The opportunity arose when Ware spoke with former Dairy Queen owners Ann and Mark Campbell, who were looking to lease the 932-square-foot space. The Dairy Queen closed last September after 17 years in business.
The ice cream and shaved ice shop will offer hand-dipped ice cream, hand-spun milkshakes, sundaes and more, Ware said.
“SnoMania Island primarily focuses on incredibly tasty treats and shaved ice, of course,” he said. “We also provide malts, and not a lot of people do that anymore. It’s just a step back in time and it’s a very family-friendly atmosphere.”
Work is currently underway to remodel the store’s interior and exterior, he said. When it opens, SnoMania Island’s Bypass Road location will match the Toano shop’s beach atmosphere with added surfboards and shipwrecks, Ware said. It will retain the drive-thru already in place at the shop.
For more information, visit snomaniaisland.com or call 757 345 8506.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg raised nearly $15,000 for Central Florida-based nonprofit Give Kids The World Village during the park’s opening day on March 23, according to a recent company news release.
In exchange for special passes that allowed participants to access park rides before it opened to the general public, 85 participants raised or donated at least $100 in support of the nonprofit, according to the release. The group, which works to fulfill wishes for critically ill children and their families, will use the funds to provide free week-long vacations.
“We hope the money raised brings joy to the many deserving families,” Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Park President Kevin Lembke said. “It was our honor to host this event at Busch Gardens.”
Since it was founded in 1986, the nonprofit has fulfilled vacation wishes for 3,000 Virginia families and more than 165,000 families internationally, Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth said.
“We share many of the same goals – bringing happiness and joy to families,” she said in the release.
The Williamsburg Community Foundation recently elected Lori Conen, John Haldeman Jr., Joe Harrow and Carter Sonders to its 2019-2020 board of trustees, according to a news release from the organization.
The group, which focuses on fundraising and distributing grants, scholarships and long-term endowment funds to charitable causes in Williamsburg, has distributed a total of $6.7 million in donations in the past two decades.
Conen is an executive partner with the College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business, and has previously served on the state’s Workforce Council, along with leadership boards for the Thomas Nelson Community College Foundation and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
Haldeman has experience in investment management and has served on several area boards including the James City County Planning Commission and Workforce Housing Task Force.
Sonders has served on the Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship Committee since 2012.
Harrow brings experience as a former chairman for Hospice Support Care of Williamsburg and Williamsburg Land Conservancy, according to the release.
For more information, visit williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org.
Area real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced a number of new and renewed lease transaction in Greater Williamsburg:
» Morgan Stanley renewed its lease of 6,435 square feet at 437 Duke of Gloucester St. Dawn F. Griggs, SIOR and Drew Haynie handled the lease negotiations.
» Gordan & Rees leased 5,330 square feet at 5425 Discovery Park Blvd. Dawn F. Griggs, SIOR handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant.
» R Specialty Optical Fibers, LLC leased 3,745 square feet at 5248 Olde Towne Road, Suite 1. Andy Dallas, CCIM, SIOR handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant.
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