Because a drayage load can mean a few different things, confusion among carriers is common. Many carriers link drayage with going into a port, but that isn't always true. While all drayage loads typically originate from a port of entry, there are often several legs of a drayage journey before a container turns up at its final stop. Legs of a drayage load may include:
You may be thinking, what's so important about drayage? It's such a small step in the container storage transport process. In reality, it's an integral piece needed in the logistics industry and a crucial part of U.S. supply chain management.
To truly understand the importance of drayage, let's use flowers as an example. Most cut flower shipments enter the market from areas in South America until they end up at Dutch auction houses. Once there, wholesalers purchase flowers in bulk and send those products to retail outlets worldwide. Because flowers are perishable, they typically need to be refrigerated and are often shipped in reefer containers. These refrigerated vessels must maintain a certain temp to prevent loss.
Drayage companies like RelyEx allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services. Drayage companies allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind, because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services.
If port drayage is compromised, it can cause delays and even fines. You know the packages you get delivered to your front door from apps like Amazon? Without drayage and drayage brokers, one or two-day shipping times wouldn't even be possible.
As a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. alone, it seems like drayage shipping issues shouldn't exist. But the fact is inefficiencies and congestion are still major problems at ports. Whether it's a lack of carriers, absent chassis, or overburdened terminals, delays lead to missed deadlines, lost revenue, and worse.
But anytime challenges exist, so too do innovative solutions.QUOTE REQUEST
At RelyEx, we like to consider ourselves problem solvers. The nature of the container drayage industry presents new challenges every day, but we're firm believers that there's a solution to every hurdle we encounter. And while some drayage businesses implement a reactive approach, RelyEx customers choose us for our proactive mindset. We take pride in solving your company's drayage challenges to help you avoid frustrating fees, missed expectations, and delayed shipments. We strive to make every transaction successful and streamlined by partnering with shippers who prioritize transparent, prompt, and accurate communication.
RelyEx approaches your business from the customer's perspective - a unique approach that helps us provide high-quality, effective drayage services. We've been in the customers' shoes, know their pain points, and because of that, provide first-hand solutions to stressful supply chain issues. With over 30 years of collective knowledge, our team excels in:
Our varied, high-level drayage shipping experience helps us achieve our overarching goal: expertly managing your freight movement needs. That way, you can direct your time and focus on growing the core aspects of your business while we handle the heavy lifting. Throw in proactive planning to avoid bottleneck situations and strong communication for transparent customer relations, and you can see why so many companies trust RelyEx.
When it comes to shipping logistics, it only takes one mistake by a mediocre worker to disrupt your business. That's why, at RelyEx, we pride ourselves on forming and nurturing relationships with carriers who match our standards of care. Our founding partner started his career transporting freight for companies as an on-demand carrier. He uses that knowledge to maximize the resources of our carriers so that our customer's expectations aren't just met - they're exceeded.
Based in the port city of Norfolk, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.
Customers choose RelyEx because:
Some drayage brokers don't care how customers feel about their service as long as they sign a contract and get paid. As a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx takes the opposite approach. We're motivated by the opportunity to overachieve for our customers and to provide them with the best logistics experience possible. With professional experience as carriers and shippers ourselves, we know the roadblocks and challenges you're facing. We excel at mapping out the best plans of action to solve those problems. But that's just the start.
Our tracking experts monitor and manage every aspect of your drayage shipment from booking to delivery, 24/7. Once booked, we look for the availability of your containers hourly once they're at port. When they arrive, our team acts quickly to access your storage containers when they're available.
Plus, RelyEx ensures your company's requirements are met by the carrier during loading and delivery and provide necessary documentation as fast as possible. With real-time tracking updates and access to our customer service professionals, your team has complete visibility throughout the shipping process.
Over the years, RelyEx has built a strong network of drayage carriers, transloading locations, and container storage spaces to provide you with the best possible options to match your drayage service needs. We know that searching for quality service presents an added layer of complexity and stress to our customers. That's why we work hard to take that off your plate by connecting you with our reliable shipping partners.
With a background moving freight as an on-demand carrier, our founding partner understands how to maximize the resources and equipment of our carriers to match your needs.
Like other industries, the global logistics space is complex. Mistakes will be made, and problems will happen. With those truths in mind, RelyEx has built its reputation as problem solvers. Unlike other drayage companies, we don't shy away from this industry's complexities because we take pride in solving problems. Even better, we aim to do what's needed to avoid those problems altogether.
As your logistics partner, we will provide your company with accurate, transparent, and prompt communication. If there are unexpected issues, we'll notify you immediately and will provide several options to remedy the problem. We even offer custom reporting for large clients who need at-the-moment updates and quick access to shipment documentation.
Why let the unpredictability of your industry dictate your success? With a background working in manufacturing, our founders are familiar with the demands of managing production schedules and sales orders. That experience makes it abundantly clear to us that every business and industry is different. If you struggle with seasonal surges or other factors, our team supports your business with a mapped-out plan and schedule, so you stay ahead of the game.QUOTE REQUEST
Typically, shippers need four specific documents to clear shipments through customs: A Bill of Lading (or BOL), a commercial invoice, a packing list, and an arrival notice. Seasoned drayage brokers like RelyEx are used to preparing these documents, but new shippers tend to miss this step due to inexperience.
If a shipper only pays for part of their shipment, a vessel operator may refuse to release their freight until their bill is fully paid. Payment delays lead to cargo detention at the port of entry, which triggers demurrage charges.QUOTE REQUEST
Paperwork is needed when you're shipping goods with a drayage company. When documents like the Certificate of Origin or Bill of Lading arrive at their destination late, you can expect demurrage fees. RelyEx avoids this situation entirely by being proactive when submitting paperwork.
Additional causes for demurrage fees can include:
At RelyEx, we know first-hand how stressful supply chain problems can be for business owners. Though drayage shipping might seem minor on the surface, it affects every stage of your shipping process. And when inevitable hurdles manifest, RelyEx propels you over the proverbial roadblocks with a proactive mindset and a passion for challenging projects. We believe that all problems have a solution, and our unique vantage point allows us to provide first-hand solutions to customers in a wide array of industries.
When it comes to your business, don't settle for anything less than RelyEx. Contact our office today to learn more about how we make your shipping experience streamlined and stress-free.843-885-3082
Home to the world’s largest naval base, Norfolk is home for many who served in the military. You’ll find several veteran-owned businesses throughout Norfolk, with their own unique story and journey. We hope you’ll support these Norfolk veteran-owned businesses not just around Veterans Day but throughout the year.Pendulum owner Dylan Wakefield was in the Navy for eight years as a chef on submarines. Once his navy career ended, he wanted to continue his passion for food and recognized Norfolk’s need for a neighbo...
Home to the world’s largest naval base, Norfolk is home for many who served in the military. You’ll find several veteran-owned businesses throughout Norfolk, with their own unique story and journey. We hope you’ll support these Norfolk veteran-owned businesses not just around Veterans Day but throughout the year.
Pendulum owner Dylan Wakefield was in the Navy for eight years as a chef on submarines. Once his navy career ended, he wanted to continue his passion for food and recognized Norfolk’s need for a neighborhood butcher shop. In 2014, Dylan and his wife, Dana, decided to open Pendulum Fine Meats. It’s become a staple in Norfolk, a familiar place for community members to connect with their food, ask about the farmers and how the animals were raised. Locals pop in and out, friends gather around family-style tables for lunch, and Dana’s mother makes desserts from scratch. Their lunch menu is drool-worthy and because they’re a whole animal butcher shop, no piece goes unused, from beef bones for stock to tallow candles to roasted skins for pets. Dana and Dylan love their location in the Ghent neighborhood for its historical buildings, sense of community and walkability, and we know you will too!
Bold Mariner owner Michael Stacks is a third-generation brewer and Navy veteran. His grandfather and father were both homebrewers in Michigan, and since the Navy brought Michael to Virginia, he decided to carry on the family tradition here in Norfolk. Michael attributes a lot of the brewery’s success to head brewer John O’Reilly, who is also from a Navy family. The duo has successfully created many ales and lagers and keeps their brew game strong.
Tucked in the Railroad District of Norfolk, Rip Rap is owned and operated by Liam Bell, a former Coast Guardsmen. Homebrewing was a hobby of Liam’s while in the Coast Guard, and since turning it into his career, he hopes to spread his passion of beer to each person that walks in. The theme of coastal waterways is felt throughout the microbrewery. Liam himself painted the interior mural showcasing the Chesapeake Bay’s waterways. Their beers are enticing and ever-changing, so once you find something you love, you may want to stock up.
Twin brothers Erik and Sean Copack grew up in Orlando, Florida before both joining the military. They always had a love for coffee, but their extensive travels around the world broadened their appetite and amplified their appreciation for the coffee bean. Now, veterans, they are creating some of the most tasteful and compelling lattes in our city. Their rotating seasonal flavors are a bit out of the ordinary—butternut/acorn squash craft latte or fig/brown sugar craft latte, for example—but always a hit. They also typically incorporate notes of citrus into their coffee as a tribute to their original sunshine state. Their beloved shop is bursting with plants, and the team is extremely accommodating and friendly. It’s hard not to be an avid Kobros Coffee drinker.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11, which falls on a Saturday this year. In observance of Veterans Day, there are ceremonies and parades planned across the WAVY viewing area. See the list below for locations, dates and times. Veterans Day City Closings 2023 HAMPTON ROADSChesapeakeJoin the Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. fo...
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11, which falls on a Saturday this year. In observance of Veterans Day, there are ceremonies and parades planned across the WAVY viewing area. See the list below for locations, dates and times.
Join the Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. for a special Veterans Day Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the Chesapeake Veterans Memorial in front of City Hall.
November 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.North Phoebus Community Center249 West Chamberlin AvenueThis free breakfast is dedicated to all the brave military veterans. Attendees must be a military veteran.
Veterans Day CeremonyNovember 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Hampton VA Medical Center100 Emancipation DriveThe event, held near the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay on the grounds of the medical center, is our opportunity to recognize all those who have served and reflect on the importance and magnitude of their commitment.
Answering the Call- Veterans Day at Fort MonroeNovember 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Continental ParkFort MonroeThroughout the weekend there will be Living History Interpreters in Continental Park giving an immersive experience of what life was like for soldiers in various conflicts involving the United States military.
Veterans Day Football GameNovember 11, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.Armstrong StadiumHampton UniversityJoin the Hampton University Pirates as they take on William & Mary this Veterans Day at Armstrong Stadium. There will be a special halftime surprise during the game!
General Douglas MacArthur Memorial
Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander will provide remarks at a Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 at 2 p.m at the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial at 198 Bank Street. The featured speaker is Lieutenant General Brian W. Cavanaugh, Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Command; CommandingGeneral, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic; and Commander, Marine Corps Forces North.
The ceremony is free and open to the public.
A wreath-laying will follow at the memorial rotunda.
Old Dominion University Ceremony
Old Dominion University alum, Capt. Janet Days, the first Black woman to serve as commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, will be the keynote speaker at Old Dominion University’s Veterans Day observance.
The event will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 on Kaufman Mall (or the lobby of Webb University Center in case of inclement weather). To attend the ceremony, RSVP here.
Join the City of Portsmouth for its Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the High Street Landing flag pole.
Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center Ceremonies
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services, or DVS, is scheduled to host Veterans Day ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 10. The Commonwealth’s Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the new Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center. Marks the official grand opening of Virginia’s newest Veterans Care Center.
Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
Traffic will be blocked in parts of Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday, November 11, 2023 for the Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Virginia Wesleyan University Veterans Day Ceremony
Virginia Wesleyan University will hold a special ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day on Friday, November 10 at 12 p.m. on Godwin Lawn, featuring former Navy SEAL and volunteer assistant men’s lacrosse coach Sam Jones.
“Veterans Day has always had special meaning for me as my father served in the Second World War,” says VWU President Scott D. Miller. “With so many veterans in the Coastal Virginia community, honoring Veterans Day is a small way that we can thank those who have given so much.”
Virginia Beach History Museums
The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, will present “A Veteran’s Story,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum (PACTS/UKHS), 5100 Cleveland St., in honor of those who have served in the United States military.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at this link.
The City of Williamsburg invites the public to help place more than 500 flags on the graves of veterans in Cedar Grove Cemetery at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. Anyone interested should meet Caretaker Bill Brown at the flagpole in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Flags will be provided.
The Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s Annual Veterans Celebration will be held on Nov. 9, 2023 at 9 a.m. The school is located at 48576 Hwy 12 in Buxton.
The day commences at 9:00 AM in the CHSS cafeteria, where veterans are invited to gather, reconnect, and enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by CHSS Foods and Nutrition classes.
Fall (aka sweater weather) has arrived, bringing with it a slew of fantastic events and activities, plus eats and drinks. Arguably one of the best times of year to visit Norfolk, fall means weather that’s just right, sunny days and brisk, cozy evenings and a ramped up festival season. We’ve put together some local favorite activities and recommendations for your ultimate fall bucket list in Norfolk!@codex_vaSure, you can enjoy oysters ...
Fall (aka sweater weather) has arrived, bringing with it a slew of fantastic events and activities, plus eats and drinks. Arguably one of the best times of year to visit Norfolk, fall means weather that’s just right, sunny days and brisk, cozy evenings and a ramped up festival season. We’ve put together some local favorite activities and recommendations for your ultimate fall bucket list in Norfolk!
Sure, you can enjoy oysters from any coastal town, but have you tried a Virginia oyster? Fall is oyster season, and November is Virginia Oyster Month! Dining at one of Norfolk’s many oyster restaurants will allow you to taste the character of our waters in one quick, complex bite.
With crisp fall air comes pumpkins, full moons and all things spooky. So, head to Velvet Witch, a modern, witch boutique in the Freemason neighborhood where the owner is a psychic medium and professional tarot card reader. After your reading, shop the store for all your incense, crystals, candles and magic supplies. Other local options include Aries Apothecary in Riverview and The Crystal Sunflower in Freemason.
It’s officially pumpkin spice season, but that’s certainly not the only fall flavor around. Check out our coffee guide on where to find the best cup of joe, and explore menus to find your perfect sip of autumn. Go traditional with a PSL, or discover a new favorite flavor like Biscoff, coriander caramel, hickory boysenberry or whiskey brown sugar. Plus, you can get perks as you sip with our Perk Up Pass, offering discounts and rewards at participating coffee shops.
Visit one of our breweries and enjoy a seasonal brew! Smartmouth Brewery has the Princess, a Märzen (copper lager) that boasts the perfect union of caramel toffee sweetness with warm, toasty maltiness. This is their version of an Oktoberfest beer that is named for the fair and fertile Princess Elizabeth (she birthed 13 royals) and is the namesake of the river that courses through our region, the Elizabeth River. Elation Brewery Company is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration where wearing dirndls and lederhosen are highly encouraged.
Attend one of Norfolk’s seasonal farmers markets to find plenty of fresh fall produce including squashes, pumpkins and fall flavored sweet treats like cinnamon apple scones.
Norfolk Botanical Garden is the perfect spot for a stroll with a hot latte to admire fall flowers, which include the popular Chrysanthemum (mums) which can be found in the Matson Garden. Keep in mind that our fall foliage usually does not occur until November, so you can still see green leaves in September and October. Once those leaves start to turn, the experience is nothing short of magical.
Since Norfolk’s temperature is perfect this time of year, it makes for the best time to attend an outdoor waterfront festival. Attend the Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival and you’ll find yourself sipping some of Virginia’s finest grapes. That same weekend, you can also peruse paintings, pottery, jewelry and more from artists local, regional and beyond at the Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival. Another great option is the NEON Festivalcelebrating Norfolk’s very own arts district. For more of our fall festivals, click here.
Football season has arrived, and our friends at Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University are just waiting for you to cheer them on! Attend one of their home games to feel the Norfolk spirit, or if you’re looking to cheer on your favorite college or NFL team, head to Waterside District. They broadcast the games on massive screens while selling plenty of wings and beer for you to enjoy.
Head to one of our bakeries or restaurants for scrumptious seasonal desserts. You will find everything from traditional apple pie from Stockpot to pumpkin cheesecake brownies from Bar-Q Desserts. If you’re a fanatic ice cream lover all year long, Strawberry Fields creates some amazing fall flavored gelato like brown butter pecan.
As cooler temperatures make their debut in Virginia, strolling the ERT is much more enjoyable. Whether you walk, bike, run or picnic along the ERT, relax your day away by listening to the swaying of the fall leaves. For chillier days, don’t forget to treat yourself to a Mermaid City hoodie from our Mermaid Market, conveniently located Downtown.
Journey through some of Downtown’s otherworldly histories from ghost stories and real life tragedies to experiments from another dimension. Norfolk Tour Company will guide you through the depths of Norfolk to explore all the spooky charm our city has to offer.
The city of Norfolk would not be the creative, diverse and vibrant community that it is without the endless contributions made by Black residents and business owners. Some of these Black-owned businesses have become staples, while others have just planted their roots. From scrumptious soul food to self-care sanctuaries, we celebrate these businesses within our city and encourage you to visit their establishments to continue to support and lift them up. Here are a few Black-owned businesses to get you started.The street view of 350 Gra...
The city of Norfolk would not be the creative, diverse and vibrant community that it is without the endless contributions made by Black residents and business owners. Some of these Black-owned businesses have become staples, while others have just planted their roots. From scrumptious soul food to self-care sanctuaries, we celebrate these businesses within our city and encourage you to visit their establishments to continue to support and lift them up. Here are a few Black-owned businesses to get you started.
The street view of 350 Grace is a sleek and simple black and white facade, but once you open their front door, a vibrant blue, white and brick interior greets you. Their menu is a perfect marriage of traditional Southern comfort food and modern cuisine. Not only is the food delicious and innovative; it is completely gluten- and grain-free. Chef Willie Moats brings extreme talent to the 350 Grace menu with dishes like Black Garlic Molasses Glazed Half Cornish Hen served with maple sweet potatoes, fried okra, tomato marmalade and melted goat cheese. Their cocktail menu favors Southern concoctions like the Salted Grapefruit Bourbon Martini (Jim Beam Black, ruby red grapefruit juice, simple syrup, grapefruit zest), or try an after dinner drink like Mississippi Mud (Goslings Rum, creme de banana, half-and-half and Hennessy). To cap off the meal, indulge in a Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread Brûlée served with fresh blueberry jam.
Southern wraparound porches will catch your eye when you drive by Bar-Q’s location nestled inside Bold Mariner Brewing Company. Then, your attention will quickly divert to the oversized meat smoker that resides in their parking lot, leaving you to wonder just how delicious their barbecue must be. Next, comes the beautiful aromas of freshly smoked meat that will have your mouth watering almost instantly. Bar-Q has an à la carte menu, but we highly suggest filling up a platter with their moist brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, rich mac and cheese, spicy (but not too spicy) jalapeño and cheddar links and classic cornbread. Pitmaster Jayme Campbell is a barbecue pro but embraces his creative side and hosts occasional BBQ Sushi Nights at the brewery.
Shop this streetwear brand with a high fashion aesthetic inside Selden Market. They specialize in ready-to-wear fashion and accessories.
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Norfolk, Brothers is the perfect mix of the traditional dining experience with a contemporary flair. Founded and inspired by NBA referee and Norfolk native Tony Brothers, the restaurant offers a fine dining experience that is vibrant, inviting and entertaining. Brothers boats a broad menu that will entice the most sophisticated and adventurous palate. Kindred spirits are invited to enjoy the finest cut of chops, a variety of fresh seafood and a robust selection of spirits.
Canvas Social Cuisine, located in the heart of Downtown Norfolk serves up comfort food, soul, Caribbean and American inspired dishes.
Did you know that Norfolk is home to a black-owned record store? Even though vinyl sales are skyrocketing in the U.S., only a fraction of the country’s 2,500 record stores are Black-owned, according to an article from Insider. At Freshtopia you can browse their vinyl record collection, shop for “fresh” hip-hop-related gear or catch beesus the DJ spinning live on fresh radio.
Get Well Soon founders Virginia Thornton and Zahra Ahmad have created a self-care sanctuary to cater to a need they saw in themselves and in their community: suffering anxiety and depression in silence. Get Well Soon offers guided meditation, yoga, massages, facials, brow and lash services, an infrared sauna and a merchandise shop. This fun and welcoming environment is ideal for achieving healthier minds and bodies.
There is something truly elegant about a macaron with its delicate, almond meringue discs and decadent fillings in all flavors. Kisha Moore, owner of Hummingbird Macarons, fanned the flames of our macaron obsession since opening her sweet shop in the NEON Arts District. Kisha’s creativity is appreciated through her fun macaron flavors including peach habanero, sea salt caramel and South Pacific (an infusion of Thai basil, blood orange and calamansi juices). While macarons are her speciality, keep a lookout for her lemon meringues, chocolatey Vegan cookies and funfetti cakes.
This all-vegan restaurant located in Park Place brings alternative options to meet without compromising the flavor. The secret is Jikoni Kush, a non-hybrid grain hailing from the tropics of Africa. Try their vegetable pasta mixed with Jikoni Kush, tomatoes, mushrooms, mixed bell peppers, onions and avocados, smothered in Jibini (Alfredo mixed with spicy Jamaican jerk sauce and topped with potatoes). Looking for something sweet? Try a vegan smoothies made with almond milk, organic agave and cashews for added creaminess. This cafe shares its location The House of Consciousness bookshop, promising that if guests arrive with an empty stomach and open mind, they’ll send them back full.
Owner Chris Simmonds launched this zero waste + refill shop in multiple cities throughout the region, including Norfolk. His Ghent shop features sustainable alternatives to everyday items that are healthier for you and our planet. Look for eco-friendly products made from natural ingredients that are free from harsh, synthetic chemicals and stem from makers who are environmentally aware. Household items like soap, lotion and deodorant are sold in recycled, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging—or without packaging at all. While you’re there, peruse the vast, curated selection of nonalcoholic beverages at Ceremony, a section of the store within Less Than.
Real food, real good! That’s the motto at My Mama’s Kitchen where Owner and Chef Motier “Moe” Stevenson proudly shares his family’s Southern comfort recipes with excited patrons at his East Beach restaurant. There are many must-try menu items, including Mama’s Wings, shrimp or catfish po’ boys, The “Drip” Sandwich, fries and cornbread. Brunch is served on weekends, and dessert is a must, especially if you’re getting the Strawberry Smash.
Curated by Nicole Dortch, Petit a Petit (French for little by little) is a full-service luxury lingerie boutique offering bra fitting appointments, virtual shopping, fashion events, gift registry, studio services and more. The company carries bras to fit sizes A–) and styles for bridal, lingerie, hosiery, lounge and sleepwear, maternity, post-surgery solutions and men’s underwear. Owner Nicole Dortch aims to empower and mentor young women to be successful in life, promising positivity, financial literacy and change.
Experience an elevated dining experience on Granby Street with Prime 255, located in the heart of Downtown Norfolk. The restaurant combines a luxury atmosphere with craft cocktails and culinary delights.
Pure Lagos is an Afropolitan Boutique and Art Gallery. African art pieces decorate the walls while African jewelry, clothing and accessories are featured throughout the store. Owner Sia Alexander not only sources all of these goods from Africa herself but prides herself on being a Fair Trade boutique. With a degree in Human Psychology and incredible knowledge in herbology, nutrition, yoga and spiritual healing gained from time spent in Paris, Capetown and West Africa, Sia offers African holistic health consultations to assist with deep healing.
Shark City Naturals is a family-owned and operated, all-natural cosmetics company. The products were initially created to combat adverse reactions from products made with unknown substances but quickly evolved into a business providing a variety of beauty products made with wholesome ingredients.
Established in 1924, Stark and Legum, a haberdashery, is a Granby Street landmark offering customers the finest selection of men’s clothing, including designer suits, shoes and hats. Their talented and knowledgeable staff will help choose the best apparel and accessories for any occasion.
With a mission to share the true taste of West Africa cuisines with our region in an authentic, fresh and contemporary way, Yendidi is a cultural gem in our city. Start with an Afro Pie, a flaky, buttery pie filled with vegetables and a choice of beef, fish or chicken. Opt for a Ghana salad as a lighter option, or dive into a combination platter like Black Beans Jolly Burrito. With a tantalizing selection of soups and stews, plus meat, poultry, seafood and vegan options, there’s something to excite everyone’s taste buds at Yendidi.
You’ve just made a port stop in Norfolk—welcome! We know you’ll want to make the most out of your visit to Norfolk with just a short amount of time in port. We’ve created some suggestions of things to do on your Norfolk cruise layover. Below are some of our most iconic places within the city. When you step off the cruise, you’ll be confident in knowing what you want to see and do.Looking for maps or just want to talk to a local about the best things to do? Head to our newly renovated ...
You’ve just made a port stop in Norfolk—welcome! We know you’ll want to make the most out of your visit to Norfolk with just a short amount of time in port. We’ve created some suggestions of things to do on your Norfolk cruise layover. Below are some of our most iconic places within the city. When you step off the cruise, you’ll be confident in knowing what you want to see and do.
Looking for maps or just want to talk to a local about the best things to do? Head to our newly renovated Visitor Center on 232 E. Main Street, Norfolk about a five-minute walk from the cruise terminal. Inside you will also find our shop, the Mermaid Market, for Norfolk- and Virginia-themed gifts and for everyone back home.
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Give your sea legs a break and start your day in Norfolk by exploring our 10.5-mile-long riverfront trail, the Elizabeth River Trail, also known as the ERT. You can experience the ERT by bike, scooter or on your own two feet. With Lime scooters scattered throughout the city, you can easily hop on and off the trail from just about any location. Renting bicycles at Pedego, located in Downtown Norfolk is also an option to explore.
The ERT takes you through multiple neighborhoods with different waterfront views. Starting out at Norfolk State University, the trail winds you through a few historic neighborhoods and campuses and ends in the prestigious neighborhood of Lochhaven. The ERT is sprinkled with breweries and delicious restaurants along the way, and if you are not familiar with our city, it’s a great lookbook to a day in the life of a Norfolkian.
Selden Market is an eclectic, historic shopping hall that features local artisans, chefs and new pop-up shops. Because it is ever-changing, you’ll see different vendors with each visit to Norfolk. Visitors may find an assortment of offerings like handmade leather goods, unique jewelry, candles, international cuisine and more. For a full list of their current shops click here.
Just a short walk from the cruise terminal is Norfolk’s most charming and oldest standing neighborhood, Freemason. Located along the Elizabeth River, Freemason features beautiful, tree-lined cobblestone streets, manicured gardens and historic homes. While here, explore the Hunter House Victorian Museum and stop in for lunch at Freemason Abbey, a local favorite that is known for its she crab soup and is housed in a historic church. Are you a coffee connoisseur or just someone who needs a caffeine pick-me-up? Then head to Cure Coffeehouse, one of the best coffeehouses in town!
The beauty of seeing our museums and attractions is that you can spend as little or as long as you want at each of them. Here’s a quick rundown of our Downtown attractions: Nauticus, a maritime discovery center, which is next to the Battleship Wisconsin (one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy). Explore its deck through a self-guided or guided tour! Next, check out Downtown’s newest addition, the free Glass Light Art Gallery. This two-story gallery is made up of 65 small and life-sized pieces of glass art that come from a local family’s private collection. For a more outdoorsy experience, check out our rich history through the self-guided Cannonball Trail—a walk-it-yourself tour, through 400 years of Norfolk and American history. The trail winds along the shoreline of the Elizabeth River and through the districts of Downtown Norfolk. Another free attraction, MacArthur Memorial, is a museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the life story of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
Granby Street is an iconic street in Norfolk, and you can find just about any type of cuisine along its mile-long, marquee-lighted street. Enjoy an espresso with freshly-made crêpes for breakfast at Lamia’s Parisian-style cafe. Slurp down some local oysters or try our local’s favorite seafood soup, she crab, at Saltine. Spend an evening dining by candlelight at Luce, a finer-dining Italian restaurant, or try something out of the ordinary and completely irresistible at Codex.
Grab a refreshing drink by the water. At Waterside District you can enjoy drinks at their massive outdoor dining area that overlooks the Elizabeth River, Waterside Marina and more! This makes for a great spot to catch the sunset or simply watch the ships go by. You may even spot some Navy ships boating around.
NEON (New Energy Of Norfolk) District, our most vibrant district, is about a 20-minute walk from where your cruise ship pulls into port or a five-minute Uber ride. Wander around the district, and you’ll notice an abundance of vibrant murals, public art pieces and some of our favorite bakeries and restaurants, like Zeke’s Beans and Bowls and La Brioche, Norfolk’s most authentic French bakery. Looking for a more personalized tour of the district? Then head to Norfolk Tour Company’s website to book a guided tour. While you’re in the NEON District, be sure to take advantage of indoor art like the esteemed Chrysler Museum of Art or nearby d’Art Center, both free to browse!
If the weather allows, head to Norfolk’s 7.5-mile-long beach! The beach is a quick 25-minute Uber or taxi ride from the cruise terminal and will meet all your needs for a perfect beach day. Once you arrive to Ocean View, spend the day swimming with dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay, crabbing or sunbathing. Once you have worked up an appetite, head to one of Ocean View’s many beloved restaurants like Bar-Q, which is one of Norfolk’s best barbecue joints, COVA, a coffeehouse by day and brewery by night, or Ocean View Pier Restaurant for a spectacular water view. See more things to do in Ocean View!