Business notes: March 31

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The minds behind Quirks gift shop on Prince George Street are planning a new offering right around the corner. The Sideshow will complement their current business with a gallery featuring fine glass, furniture, jewelry and more beginning in April.

“We are trying to go more upscale with this place,” said owner Jennifer Raines. “We’re a little offbeat and we plan to continue that, although some of the things that we have will be more like fine art. Not all of it is going to be super quirky.”

The business will adopt a vintage circus theme, although not all the items inside need to adhere to it.

“We just wanted to find an environment where we could have the most fun, be the most inspired, be the most crazy and artistic that we could be,” said manager Kendra Law.

The gallery will fill the building previously inhabited by the Master Craftsmen, which recently closed after 35 years of business. In April 2017, Quirks moved from a larger space on High Street to its Prince George Street location; the Sideshow endeavor allows for more breathing room and quality interactions with customers, Raines said.

“We don’t have the room over there to do what we want to do,” she said. “This space physically feels like the right space to do what we want to do.”

The Sideshow’s grand opening is scheduled for April 28. It is located at 221 N. Boundary St.

At their March 27 meeting, the city Architectural Review Board recommended the approval of a new gas station on Capital Landing Road.

This follows the gas station’s developer, Colonial Plaza LLC, purchasing 1.98 acres of land at 904 Capital Landing Road from ATHA, Inc earlier this month.

The real estate developer aims to give the new gas station a modern feel, with minimalist design aesthetics and a restaurant area inside the convenience store.

“In a lot of mid-century architecture, you had those sorts of embellishments,” said review board member Mark Kostro, referring to the building’s modern design elements. “I think that works with the rest of the architecture here.”

The Architectural Review Board took issue with some of the gas station’s more modern design, including a mixture of wood and brick siding on the store and the width of the beams supporting the canopy roof above the gas pumps. After suggesting that windows should be added to the convenience store’s entry gable and that the entire building be moved back five feet, however, the conceptual design was approved.

“I generally like the design,” said board member Andrew Edwards. “It’s very different from anything else we have here.”

The project now goes to the city’s planning commission for further approval. An opening date has not yet been announced.

» Area real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has released the a list of their new leases in the Hampton Roads area. Items of note include:

» German AutoWerks LLC has leased 4,000 square feet at 207 Production Drive, Yorktown.

» Home and Turf Inc. has leased 2,565 square feet at 1574 Penniman Road, Suite A, Williamsburg.

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

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