Inside the Isle Newsletter...August 2020
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J&C's Pitt and Play
New Arcade Opens in Windsor

It's all fun and games at J & C’s Pitt and Play in Windsor. This new gaming spot opened in July with arcade games, pool tables, air hockey, cornhole, food and much more. Owner Jonathan Sutton’s kids, Jonathan, Jr., and Cheyenne, are the J & C in J & C’s Pitt and Play. He did this for his kids and the community to give them something to do. “I felt that opening this business would give our kids a safe and fun place to come and enjoy,” said Sutton, who also enjoys cooking and being able to share good food with everyone.You pay the games to play (50 cents or $1.00 per game). The snack bar sells a variety of items priced between 50 cents and $2.00 and also does different promotions. The business also has a private room that can be reserved for birthday parties.
J&C’s Pitt and Play is located at 11339 Windsor Blvd. in the Primerica building and is open Monday-Friday, Noon to 10:00 p.m., Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays, at call. Masks are required for entry, and everything is disinfected hourly. For more information call Jonathan Sutton at 757-277-3514.

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Focused Psychiatric & Mental Health Care Opens in Smithfield
On July 23, 2020, the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Focused Psychiatric and Mental Health Care Services, LLC at 1801 South Church Street, Suite 2, in Smithfield. Owner Angela M. Allen recognized that the Smithfield area lacked in psychiatric medication management providers and chose to locate her practice in Smithfield to be more convenient for patients so they do not have to travel outside of the county. Focused Psychiatric Services provides psychiatric assessments to include determining the need for psychotropic medication therapy and psychotropic medication management.
Pearl's Boutique Celebrates Grand Opening in Smithfield
On July 29, 2020, the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting to officially welcome Pearl’s Boutique to 221 Main Street in Smithfield. The ceremony was followed by a Business After Hours networking event. Pearl’s opened its doors in April; however, the ribbon cutting was postponed due to COVID-19. Pearl’s Boutique, named after owner Holly Hobbs’ grandmother, offers a variety of apparel, home décor, and accessories by name brands such as Nora Fleming, Happy Everything, Mudpie, Southern Tide, Cigars, Hobo, Mariposa, Melissa and Doug, Scout, Katie Loxton, Orca, and Swig.
The Christmas Store of Smithfield Wins Retailer of the Year Award
The Christmas Store of Smithfield was named Gift Shop Retailer of the Year for the Peninsula Division of Retail Alliance. The Christmas Store was founded in 1994 by Jim and Elaine Abicht as a hobby stemming from their many years of collecting antique Christmas items. Through travels about the country and meeting other collectors, who themselves had year-round Christmas Stores, Jim & Elaine decided to open their own store when the opportunity arose. They started out small in just 600 square-feet and expanded to their current location of 5,500 square-feet in 2001. In addition to Christmas ornaments, decorations, gifts and collectibles, the store carries items for every major holiday.

The Retailer of the Year Awards honor Retail Alliance members that have demonstrated the very best in product quality, customer service, community involvement and reputation.

The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds. Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000. FLYER

***Please note that if your business received the Isle of Wight County Business Interruption Small Business Grant, you are currently not eligible to participate in this grant program.***
Business Interruption Grant Remains Open for Small Businesses
Apply Today!
Isle of Wight County and the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor established the COVID-19 Business Interruption Small Business Grant Program to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 recover and reopen. This grant program is fully funded by Federal CARES Act proceeds and the County began accepting applications June 5th.

This grant is one-time financial assistance for eligible, for-profit small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) to reimburse the costs of business interruption directly or indirectly related to certain sections of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53. Grants are available for an amount up to $2,000 per business. There is a limited amount of funds for this program, and the application period will close when funds are depleted. Grant applications will be processed and funded on a first-come, first-served basis upon submission of a complete application and all supporting documentation.

This program is administered by the Isle of Wight Economic Development Department. The grant application is available on the COVID-19 Grant Program website.


For more information, contact Nicole Talton, Economic Development Coordinator, 757-365-6251 or
Virginia Develops New Emergency Temporary Standards for Businesses

The Safety and Health Codes Board of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has developed a new emergency regulation, as directed by Governor Northam, that creates additional requirements for Virginia employers related to workplace safety due to COVID-19.

For more information, view this VA Department of Labor presentation and download the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention.
JULY 2020

 Isle of Wight County 20 116 134
 Town of Smithfield 6 17 48
 Town of Windsor 4 17 14
 TOTAL 30 150 196
*Includes home occupations and out-of-town contractors.

Download the Complete Business License List:  PDF Format (.pdf)  Excel Format (.xlsx)

New Business Highlights:

Crossroads Corner Grill (Smithfield)
Integrative Touch & Wellness (Smithfield)
Jenelle's Janitorial Services (Smithfield)
TJ's Landscaping & Pressure Washing (Smithfield)
Virginia Hair & Nail Design (Windsor)
Titan Mobile Home Supplies (Carrollton) - new owner

We extend a warm welcome to all of our new businesses. Thank you for putting down roots to grow in Isle of Wight County!
Join the Isle of Wight Chamber on Wednesday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom for an informative webinar with Edward Jones Financial Advisor Keith Compton, Jr. and Benefits Specialist Kent Fortner with Innovative Insurance Group. They will explore available health insurance opportunities for your business and touch on the latest stock market trends and how they relate to an election year.
Town of Smithfield's COVID-19 Mask Grant program for local businesses
In an effort to assist the business community, the Town of Smithfield has secured a supply of masks to be provided to Smithfield businesses free of charge. Each business is eligible for up to 100 free masks to provide to staff or customers in order to comply with the Governor's mask mandate. Businesses must have a brick and mortar storefront and a current Town of Smithfield business license.

To receive the masks, complete an application at the Visitor Center at 319 Main Street between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Featured Available Property
Charming Victorian home on Main Street in Historic Downtown Smithfield is available for sale. This 2,196 square-foot home sits directly across from the Smithfield & Isle of Wight Visitor Center and has great visibility. In the past this location has been a coffee shop and is currently operating as an art gallery. The back yard is a well-kept secret with great potential for outdoor seating and serving. The property has 3 bedrooms, 1 full and 1 half bathroom and can be converted back into a personal residence. Bring your ideas, your creative talent and passion, and your business plan to this site and join other businesses on Main Street.
For more information, contact Jon May, Fathom Realty, 757.356.1226 or
Search the County's available properties database for more commercial or industrial properties. If you own or represent a commercial property in Isle of Wight County that is available for sale or lease, please CONTACT US, and we will add it to our database.

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Economic Development Staff:
Chris Morello

Kristi Sutphin
Economic Development Coordinator

Nicole Talton
Economic Development Coordinator

Gloria Spratley
Administrative Assistant


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