🌱 Most Businesses Will Stay Despite Crime + NSU Grad Clothing Line

Good day, neighbors! Carla Varner here with today’s issue of the Norfolk Daily.


First, today’s weather forecast:

Sunny to partly cloudy. High: 58 Low: 50.


Here are the top three stories in Norfolk today:

  1. More than half of Norfolk city center business owners (51%) strongly agree they have reason to fear their businesses will suffer in light of recent crime in the area. Yet 54% said they had not considered moving. The information was taken from 40 responses to a 13News Now Investigates online survey that was sent to downtown business owners. (13newsnow.com WVEC)
  2. Ashley Jones, a Norfolk State University graduate and creator of a high-quality streetwear line called Tones of Melanin, hopes to represent historically black colleges and universities in department stores. Currently, the clothing line that celebrates “all shades of brown” can be found at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Belk and 18 HBCU bookstores as well as Fanatics.com. Jones started the graphic design business while an undergrad at NSU. (8News)
  3. Across the river from Norfolk is Mercy Chefs, a Portsmouth-based emergency relief organization that has been helping Ukrainian refugees in Europe for more than four weeks. The faith-based nonprofit distributes “restaurant-quality” prepared meals to Ukrainians crossing the Romanian border. “It’s just inhumane what is being done to the people of Ukraine. To be here to do this is extremely rewarding,” said Founder and CEO Gary LeBlanc. (WYDaily)

Today in Norfolk:

  • 757 Plant Swap – Spring Swap At Selden Market (10:00 a.m.)
  • The Dinner Detective Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show At the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront (6:00 p.m.)
  • Buckshot At elevation 27 (8:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Just one look into the eyes of these cats, dogs and rabbits is sure to melt the hearts of those who browse this selection of pets from Norfolk area animal shelters. Save a life by adopting or adopting one or more. (Norfolk patch)
  • The City of Norfolk is hosting two public service career fairs at the MacArthur Center on Wednesday April 20 and Saturday April 23. The city is working with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Norfolk Works to offer two workshops on “Interview Skills”. (News 3 WTKR Norfolk)
  • Norfolk Police are preparing to distribute hundreds of free monthly bus and paratransit passes to seniors and adults with special needs. The Department’s “Ticket to Ride” program is made possible by a grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Systems. (WAVY.com)

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