Hampton’s top 2020 small business, attraction developments

We are in the final stretch of 2020. Despite all the odds, there were many positives for Hampton’s businesses and attractions this year. New businesses opened, the Waterwalk trail was completed, and some of our favorite attractions received exciting upgrades! 

As the year comes to an end, we are recapping the top events, openings, and developments that happened in Hampton in 2020 and offering a sneak peek into 2021. These events helped us get through the year. Please continue to support Hampton’s businesses and attractions in the new year! 

 Charlotte’s Cafeteria by Simple Panache opens in Phoebus. 

The Simply Panache group added a new restaurant to their repertoire this year. Charlotte’s Cafeteria is an a la carte service cafeteria serving delicious food to visitors. Charlotte’s menu changes every day and features comfort food favorites like meatloaf, fried chicken and veggie lasagna. Another great addition to Phoebus, we are excited to see them continue to grow in 2021.

Fort Monroe Visitors & Education Center officially opens in November.

Enhancing the experience for visitors, the Fort Monroe Visitors & Education Center is the perfect place to learn about Hampton’s more than 400 years of unique history. After learning, you can explore the Fort, and take the Fort Monroe Walking Tour to complete your visit. Be on the lookout for group tour opportunities in the near future. 

Fox Tail Wine Bar adds a new experience to historic Phoebus.

Opening in October, Fox Tail Wine Bar brings a cozy and exciting adventure to Phoebus and Hampton. Fox Tail offers a variety of wines by the glass or bottle, hand selected and prepared charcuterie boards, and a unique dinner service.  

James T. Wilson Fishing Pier reopens after repairs.

Closed since November 2019 for repairs, the James T. Wilson Fishing Pier reopened in October. A Hampton treasure, the re-opening of the pier gave fishing enthusiasts much needed joy. We cannot wait to enjoy the pier during its full season next year from March to December, 31! 

St. George Brewing Company expands and re-brands.  

The oldest brewery in Hampton re-branded this year, and added to their outdoor seating arrangement to accommodate more visitors. St. George Brewing Company is the perfect spot for tours, special events, and fun with friends and family. If you haven’t visited, make sure to add them to your 2021 bucket list!

Virginia Air and Space Science Center opens new exhibit. 

After closing for a few months for a new face lift, the Virginia Air and Space Science Center re-opened in December with a new name and new space exploration exhibit. The Center offers a lot of room for families to explore.   

War Memorial Stadium receives Improvements. 

War Memorial Stadium, built in 1948, received some great enhancements and upgrades this year. An artificial turf field was installed, the natural turf outfield was redone and a building was added along the 3rd base line. 

Waterwalk at Central Park Completed.

The Waterwalk that spans from Air Power Park to the Power Plant shopping area was completed in 2020. The two and quarter-mile linear walking path created a trail for those visiting and living in Hampton to take a stroll at any time of the day. Walkers, runners, and bikers of all ages are able to explore this hidden path. It is a peaceful location, and great for enjoying the beauty of nature.

Coming in 2021! 

Baker’s Wife Bistro + Bar is now taking reservations for a January opening.  

The Baker’s Wife Bistro + Bar will serve French and American style cuisine, from Au Gratin to French Fries and Filet Mignon to NY Strip. Opening early 2021, this new addition will bring another new experience to the Phoebus area. 

1865 Brewery will be the first Black owned brewery in Hampton Roads. 

Located in Phoebus right outside the gates of Fort Monroe, 1865 Brewery will be steeped in history. The owners will also make history, as the first Black-owned Brewery in Hampton Roads. Opening in 2021, the brewery will feature a broad-selection of small-batch craft beers. 


Have a wonderful New Year. We will see you in 2021 for more fun!