Assemble a group of go-getter artists, restaurants and businesses into a few blocks located in the heart of the resort area and just try to not catch the ViBe.
Together, these artists, restaurants and businesses are here with the intentions to inspire you, fill your bellies with locally-grown or fair-trade products, sell you hand-made, vintage, quality art and make sure you’re walking under sunshine with delicious food and beverages.
The ViBe Creative District — here it is on Facebook — was formally established April 21, 2015. Since then, restauranteurs, artists and business men and women have been producing art, food, coffee and selling you everything you may need for a happy beach–and life–experience.
The Eats & Drinks
Mission: In French, the word Commune translates to the smallest territorial division. In English, it means people coming together. This is what Commune is all about. Sourcing food solely from our territory, and bringing people together through that food. Commune serves local, organic, seasonal, sustainable fare in an open concept and community seating style. In the words of the creators of Commune, “when food is grown with respect, picked at its peak, served close to its source, and prepared with care, the finished plate is a culinary experience that nourishes and satisfies on many levels.” The food, paired with a carefully curated Virginia wines and local beers in a casual, inviting atmosphere, makes them a stop worth making.
Their goal is to create spirits of exceptional quality that feature local ingredients. 10% of their proceeds go to the Navy Seal Foundation.
Eco-friendly Mediterranean & Middle Eastern bistro with an outdoor deck & drag shows at brunch.
Craft beer and curated provisions. A VB-lovin’ husband and wife entrepreneurial team with a passion for good craft beer and eclectic, curated foods. As a classically trained chef (Tim) and an experienced restauranteur (Kristina) were drawn to a VB Historical Registry 1940’s era building in the Arts and Culture District to develop a space dedicated to the art of food, beverage and conversation. Featuring work by local ViBe artists Patrick Ryan (Benevolent Furniture), Igor (Igor Customs) and Aaron McLellan (North End Bag Co.)
Hearth offers wood fired New American cuisine with a nod to southern roots, craft beer, cocktails and wine. Located on the corner of Virginia Beach Blvd (17th Street) and Mediterranean Avenue. They have on-site parking available, as well as bike racks for your convenience.
Java Surf Cafe and Espresso Bar is a locally owned and operated restaurant on the corner of 19th Street and Mediterranean Ave. Fresh, healthy foods – there isn’t a frier in the entire building – along with art by Onietonie Co. Designs and live musical guests.
Grab some comfort food, a cold beer, refreshing mimosa and have full-of-laughter conversations with a stellar staff (one of which was a star on the Price is Right). Open 7 am-5 pm Mon-Sat.
A small team of self-made roasters, their journey lies in bringing a unique, perfectly complex cup of coffee. Humble hard work, attention to detail, and a deep love of flavor are what power their coffee-making process. From how they source the beans to roasting and serving them, they’re a hometown operation that reveres community and the fierce good will that can be shared over coffee.
Grab a sub before heading to the beach or snap a photo in their giant chair.
The Art(ists): Creating & Selling Art
A whimsical place with many varieties of fine arts, hand-crafts, music and much more. They host many artists, of which most are local. The Dragonfly Studio began in 1996 as a pottery studio. Now they sell paintings, bracelets, necklaces and pottery.
A team of visual storytellers who specialize in creative video and photography services. Their crew of creatives work with clients from initial concept development to final product delivery. Their goal is to help each client communicate their story, reveal their vision and reach their audience effectively.
For custom sign design and painting, as well as striping, artist Igor is who you need. He moved to Virginia Beach after leaving his dead-end job. People begged him to paint their signs, their cars, their bikes, their helmets or whatever. Igor’s work has been featured in magazines and on television, but he doesn’t need all that. He just likes to paint.
Home to artist Troy Summerell’s work for Onietonie Co. Designs. You can see his murals featured in ViBe Creative Arts District, the NEON District, and in various different cities.
A non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time. MOCA aims to stimulate critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community. MOCA plays an active role in beautifying and keeping art alive in the ViBe Creative District.
The Businesses: Places to Shop, Get healthy, Learn, Grow & Network
Here for your beach attire. Originally founded by Lee Jones, 17th Street Surf Shop has the beach goods.
Handcrafted furniture, founded by Patrick Ryan. Benevolent Design Co. focuses on combining style, environmental responsibility and honoring the past by giving it new life through carpentry. Ryan’s mission is simple: “To give you custom pieces that not only work for you but speak to you. Every piece has a story to tell. Be benevolent!”
Bluebird’s Garage is a full service vintage rental and concept design company. They collect pieces that speak to you, the camera, and your guests, offering unique and custom items for your party, wedding, photo shoot or event. Their thoughtfully curated studio is available for rent for your interior shooting needs. They host seasonal dinners called Creative Union, a networking experience for creatives. The space features the first mural created for the ViBe Creative District by artist Troy Summerell.
Founded by athlete and dancer, Teresa Floyd, Flo Pilates’ mission is to to increase awareness about overall health and wellness. She uses the Pilates method to help students rehabilitate injuries, build confidence, and strengthen muscles that support functional movement. Students range from those needing alternative recovery methods for injuries, to healthy, seasoned athletes seeking to increase core strength and flexibility. The goal is to help sustain and elevate the overall health of her clients using the teachings of Joseph Pilates.
A boutique selling today’s fashion trends with a twist. Every mademoiselle can find clothes and accessories for a fun and fancy time in the ViBe Creative District and beyond.
Found Objects is a curated collection of found objects. Owners wander far and wide gathering antique furniture, accessories, textiles, industrial objects, architectural fragments, and about anything else we feel has a presence, is useful, and is a good value. To maintain a high level of quality and taste, they make a concerted effort to minimize mass produced merchandise in our dynamic collection, which changes almost daily.
Hardy’s wants to change the way people view jewelry. Hardy’s believes jewelry is an art form – a medium of expression meant to be worn. They work with established master craftsmen and emerging artists. As they say: “Art. See it. Hear it. Wear it.”
Access to special, high-end home products. From the design to complete service, they start with your vision, or offer innovative solutions to consider. Their designers, millwork specialists and other refined professionals are completely dedicated to creating a space that’s uniquely your own.
Every person on earth has something to carry, something to care for. North End Bag Company knows that getting your stuff from one spot to the next is an important part of everyday life. They design bags the “old fashioned” way, which means they sketch and start over and curse at the sewing machine until we land on the right design.
Summer Sip & Snip workshop series this week. Participants join at the shop to learn simple processes for creating natural garden-style flower arrangements. Each participant receives a vessel in which to create their arrangement and to take home. Wine and champagne are provided, along with all design supplies needed. The schedule will be:
- June 15, 2016 – Dahlia Workshop 6-8 p.m. – We’ll share this sexy garden flower, which participants can see growing in the gardens behind our shop.
- July 1, 2016 – First Friday Summer Garden Flowers Workshop 6-8 p.m. – Participants will visit our gardens to see the summer blooms and then return to the studio to create their masterpiece.
- July 16, 2016 – Summer Garden Flowers Workshop 3-5 p.m.
All workshops are held in our shop at 501 Virginia Beach Blvd. Suite D.
Family owned and operated since 1987. They have a selection of pistols and handguns, ammunition, small safes and lockboxes, fine collectibles, men and women’s jewelry, and electronic devices. They do appraisals and fire arm instruction.
Interior design, fabrics and accessories with a little bit of clothing.
Furnishings with a past. Simple not stately. Elegant not formal. Comfortable living.
The name Wareing has been synonymous with physical fitness for almost 100 years. As early as 1923, Bill Wareing, Sr. began coaching group training and gained a reputation as a physical culturist. His son, John Wareing, took over the family business in 1960 when he opened the very first Wareing’s Gym on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach.
Surfboard manufacturer, Surf Shop, Surf brand est.1967; Surf brand clothing, accessories; Surf Camps, lessons, rentals, Skate camp.
The Happenings: Join the party! Upcoming Events & More
“Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” is a collaborative initiative by organizations – MOCA in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art Magazine in San Francisco, California. Website here.
ViBe Story Exchange: Sharing human stories by turning them into art. Join us every Second Saturday, noon – 4 PM, to experience stories turned into art.
June: Flo Pilates hosts the photography story exchange.
July: Java Surf hosts the spoken word and music story exchange.
August: Studio 17 hosts the dance story exchange.
September: Esoteric hosts the film story exchange.
October: Croc’s hosts the theater story exchange.
First Friday ViBe: Local businesses host first Friday events to promote community connection, local business and art.
The ViBe Creative District is a group of people from all different places – artistically, geographically and experience-wise. But one thing is for sure: when the call for volunteers to paint a fence neon green went out, people showed up: business owners, artists, volunteers, neighbors, from children to adults, and the fence was painted green. The people of the ViBe Creative District have meetings of goals and visions over craft beers and locally-grown food, so even when ideas differ and personalities challenge each other, there’s the clink of a beer glass signifying one thing: artists, business owners and community members can come together here to celebrate life, push forward with grassroots efforts, and provide opportunities for people.
Thank you to the generous sponsor of this post, Rose & Womble.
Rose & Womble Realty Co. was born and bred in Hampton Roads – our owners live and work here in the Seven Cities. We are a family-owned and operated business – with multiple generations working at all levels, from agents to managers.The leadership within the company is LOCAL – not out of state – but right here in Hampton Roads.