Rose & Womble Offices Celebrate Halloween

It has been said you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure but no one told our REALTORS® and employees! This Halloween several of our offices and New Homes sites decided to get into the Halloween spirit and mix a little fun with business.

Our Lynnhaven office held a Social Media Halloween Happy House where the REALTORS® were encouraged to dress up and boost up their social media game. There was a contest for the best costumes with cash prizes. Laurie McGraw who dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West was declared the winner.

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The Greenbrier Resale Office holds an annual Pumpkin Carving Contest – awarding prizes to the scariest, funniest, and most creative pumpkin.  Ellen Drames won Funniest for her Ebola pumpkin, Christina Reeser won Most Creative for her Cinderella Coach pumpkin, and Pam Evans took home the prize for the Scariest Pumpkin. The Rose & Womble Marketing department was also included in the fun and there was a huge pot luck spread of amazing food.

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Reminder It’s Daylight Savings This Weekend

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Doesn’t it seem like we just sprang forward? This Sunday, November 2nd it’s time to “Fall Back” . . .here are some good reasons for the time change

Extra Sleep – it’s like the best reason why this is a good change

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A reminder to check your smoke alarm batteries

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It means Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming – of course all the displays where the Christmas decorations have been out could have clued you in too.

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Even more excuse for having a pumpkin spice flavor something – the weather should get colder

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Did we mention the sleep?

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Now for those of you who do not like change here are some tips to help survive the change

  • Don’t change your routine on November 1st – that means keep to your normal sleep routine and pattern, it will help you adjust
  • Take this opportunity to review your own sleep patterns and adjust.
  • Make sure to maximize your sun exposure
  • Boost inside light

 

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Hump Day Hot Property: Cypress Walk

Cypress Walk Exteriors

Located at 16th Street and Cypress Avenue – just 2 blocks from the oceanfront – is the quaint 11 home community of Cypress Walk built by Bishard Homes. Three level living with a 2-car garage, these 3 bedroom, 3.5 homes offer spacious interiors with fine features you’ll love.

Exteriors include Hardie Plank siding, 30-year architectural shingles, decorative, carriage-style metal accents and balconies, decks and porches (per plan). Professionally landscaped yards provide low maintenance beach living.

Living within walking distance to the beach definitely has it’s perks. Grab some waves in the morning, bask in the afternoon sun on the beach or take a leisurely evening stroll along the shoreline or boardwalk. You need to hurry there are only 3 left! Want to know more? Just Ask Jen at 757-774-6999 or visit www.rwnewhomes.com to find your new home.

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Halloween Safety Tips

In just a few days the little ghouls and goblins will be all over saying Trick or Treat. If you’re participating here is a list of safety tips for a fun Halloween

Know the correct times for your city  – majority of cities are starting around dusk and ending at 8:00 pm – and trick or treating should be for those 12 and under.

Here's a city-by-city guide of Trick or Treating times

Here’s a city-by-city guide of Trick or Treating times

  Some basic safety tips

  • Bring a flashlight or have the kids carry glow sticks
  • Make sure to cross the street at corners and take care to look both ways
  • If possible use face paint instead of a mask which could obstruct children’s vision
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths – if there are no sidewalks then stay on the left side of the street facing traffic
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up
  • Use reflective tape or wear a light color costume
  • If you’re driving SLOW DOWN in residential neighborhoods. Children will be excited and may accidentally dart into traffic
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways
  • Don’t eat any open candy or treats – wait until you get home and examine everything

 

 

 

 

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Beer Tastings and so much more at Homearama This Weekend

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We want to thank Hamilton Riley, from Virginia Brew Review for writing this great wrap up of local beer options just in time for the Beer, Brats, and Boats weekend at Homearama! If you decide to go to Homearama you’ll be treated to some awesome tasting options of some of these beers.

You’ll also be able to tour some amazing homes too. Happy Weekend!

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By Hamilton Riley, Virginia Brew Review

Welcome to Hampton Roads. If you have just moved here and are busy unpacking boxes, congratulations! Why not celebrate with a beer? If you are thinking about moving here and are searching for houses, that can be exhausting as well. Why not stop for a beer? You really don’t need a reason to stop and enjoy a beer.

The Commonwealth of Virginia and Hampton Roads have been brewing beer dating back to the first colonies in and around Williamsburg, but the local craft beer history only dates back about 20 years when the first ‘microbreweries’ started to appear around Richmond. A lot has happened since then and Virginia breweries are starting to make a name for themselves on both the national and world stage. Here are some places that you really should make some time to visit and check out for yourself.

Alewerks Brewing Company, Williamsburg, VA

Hidden off Rte. 60 close to the Prime Outlet Mall is one of the better breweries in all of Hampton Roads, Alewerks has been a staple of great beer to the residents of the Peninsula since 2006. They have found the perfect blend of year-round options with superb seasonals that make it a great destination multiple times. Their Washington’s Porter and Tavern Ale headline their year round offerings, both on the darker side of the spectrum: be on the lookout for their Brewmaster’s Choice, which pops in and out of circulation. Bitter Valentine is a Double IPA and is considered one of the best beers in the state. Keep your eyes out in the Spring for the Springhouse Ale, which is a citrusy, spice-laden farmhouse ale that is perfect during the summer months and really makes you feel that you are back in the Colonial Era.

Brass Cannon Brewing, Williamsburg, VA

If you are feeling a little adventurous and are willing to take a ride up to Toano and Anderson’s Corner, stop by this newcomer. Brass Cannon has only been open a few years, but has made a decent dent in the maltier, Scottish styles of beer. While their list is not overly expansive yet, the Angry Scot is one to take a look at. It is a Wee Heavy (think a lot of caramelized malt) and one of the only places in the state that actually turns out this type of beer in Virginia, usually reserved for breweries across the pond.

O’Conner Brewing Company, Norfolk, VA

Right smack dab in the heart of Norfolk, this brewery was built from the tide up, leading the way in the ‘craft beer’ movement in and around Ghent. They have built solid year-round beers, with their Red Nun Ale (all the beers are nautically themed) being the top of the lot. It is an Irish Red Ale that starts slightly malty and citrusy, but finishes clean. Other favorites include their Great Dismal Black IPA, where malt meets hops, and their El Guapo, which is a medium hopped IPA with an Agave sweetness.

Smartmouth Brewing Company, Norfolk, VA

Not too far away from O’Conner is newer brewing company that has really exploded in Hampton Roads. Built around 3 flagship beers, Smartmouth has been delivering some quality products to Southern Hampton Roads and the Peninsula these past few years. They also made a dent here recently by putting those beers in aluminum cans, something that had not be done in the Hampton Roads region often, if ever. The Rule G IPA, Alter Ego Saison (citrus/spice wheat beer), and Murphy’s Law Amber are always quality and extremely tasty. Two others to try at their brewery are their Notch 9 Double IPA, which has won several awards, and their Cowcatcher, which is an extra smooth milk stout.

St. George’s Brewing Company, Hampton, VA

Near Magruder Blvd and NASA Langley, this homegrown brewery has really evolved in the past few years. Expanding their repertoire to over 20 varieties of beer, it would be hard to find a beer from them that you would not enjoy. The best from these guys have to be the most straight forward as their Pilsner and Porter are worth the trip alone. While they get into the Old World styles as well, their Golden Ale stands out as a malty/citrusy beer that is very light.

Young Veterans Brewing Company, Virginia Beach, VA

Talk about a beer with a story. Located off of Dam Neck Road near NAS Oceana and founded by two veterans with a passion for beer, they have been making some very good beer for only being around 2 years. While their list is fairly small, you must try the Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen, aptly named for the tropical fruit aftertaste, and the Night Vision Stout, that is very light and tastes of coffee and chocolate.

About Virginia Brew Review: A site for beer lovers from Virginia sharing our opinions on beers, breweries, and great places to find them. Although we will be talking a lot about beer from The Commonwealth, we will also review beers from all over the east coast, US, and anywhere else that we find beer done right. You can follow them on Twitter @vabrewreview

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