What to do with Waterside?August 24th, 2009 at 11:37 pm by Nicole Livas under Personalities, Politics
With all the stories in the news about the bars “Have a Nice Day Cafe” and “Bar Norfolk” getting padlocked by security and no longer wanted in Waterside by the city of Norfolk, I can’t help but think about the old Waterside from back in the day. Even though I grew up in Virginia Beach, Waterside was a destination for people of all ages from all over Hampton Roads when it first opened.
The Fudgery, Phillips Seafood, Pierces Pitt Barbeque, a pizza shop, a Chinese restaurant, lots of boutiques. Those were the days!
Some say the city of Norfolk recruited the big name chain bars to help revive the waterfront building, but is now looking for something different to bring back the family friendly atmosphere at all times.
The renovation of Town Point Park outside of Waterside is gorgeous and it’s slowly bringing folks back to hang out on the lawn, run through the fountain, walk or run along the border.
The commemorative bricks are fun to look at- especially when you recognize the names! Inside Waterside, you can watch a puppet show, grab a bite to eat, listen to live music or work out at the Gym Downtown’s new location there. The retail appears to be rebounding… there’s a new Foxers lingerie boutique, the popular Virginia store and a few other old faithful shops that remain.
I think Norfolk city leaders should take a trip to Columbus, Ohio and check out the North Market.
Here’s a description from its web page:We are butchers, bakers and candy makers. We are fishmongers, greengrocers and restaurateurs. We grow, catch, find, make, produce, distribute, cook, create and invent our wares.
We are Columbus’ only public market and an incubator for small businesses. And we are the place to shop, eat, mingle and people-watch.
The North Market is home to dozens of unique, independent merchants and farmers who deliver personal and personable service every day of the week. It’s no wonder a million people visit each year.
I visited the North Market for the first time in the spring and loved it! The best thing about Waterside is it’s on the water!! Imagine the possibilites of spending the entire day eating, relaxing, exercising- whatever you want to do. Hopefully it will continue to bounce back and folks will get on the same page about what they really want it to be. What are your memories and thoughts about Waterside? Please share them below.
Ava Hurdle reports on the latest in the Waterside bar battle: