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Know Your Business: Spotlight on Home-Based Businesses in New Town
Posted on May 1, 2021 7:00 AM by Town Crier Staff
It was great to get submissions from our local entrepreneurs! Please keep them coming as we will extend our spotlight into New Town's home-based businesses to our June issue CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR BUSINESS
Little Foxes - Gina Marquis
My husband and I recently moved to New Town this year and love it so far! Along with us, we’ve also brought my home-based yarn dyeing business: The Little Foxes. ️
I am originally from NJ, but met my husband in college - he grew up in Williamsburg and his family still lives here as well. We’ve lived in northern NJ/ NYC for the past 5 years and recently bought our first home in New Town! I have been dyeing and selling yarn for almost 3 years now, along with designing knit and crochet patterns, sewing project bags, and recently started creating related accessories with resin!
Sweet Ellie Photography & Wagging Tails - Nicole Moyer & Michelle Daikos
These two businesses are collaborating as two women-owned small businesses to offer a fun package for a walk/groom/photos. I am a pet photographer (new to the area) and have purchased a townhouse in Pogonia Towns (can't wait for it to be done)! Michelle is a homeowner already living in New Town.
Triangle Skateboard Alliance 510(c)(3) - Max Pfannebecker
Triangle Skateboard Alliance (TSA) is a New Town based 501(c)(3) created with the mission to build and improve skate parks in and around Virginia's Historic Triangle and create a culture of service in the skateboarding community. The group is currently building a new skate park in Middlesex County slated to open this June and is working with James City County on a future expansion of the skate park located on Longhill Road at the JCC Rec Center.
Additionally, TSA is hosting their first youth skate camp at James City County Rec Park this June 21-15 - signup link HERE
The Bright Solutions - Sarah Bright Yaneza
Sarah Bright operates a consulting firm that provides accounting and financial management support to not for profit organizations. I started this business in the DC area in 2008 and carried it to Williamsburg when we moved here in 2018. 
Becky's Basket Shop - Rebecca Butler
Becky’s Baskets Shop is my new ETSY business, started during the pandemic. Before Covid, I had been selling my handmade pine needle baskets at street fairs and teaching classes at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center.  All of this came to a halt when the pandemic hit, so I had to reinvent my business for the online world. Based on my experience teaching classes, I developed kits for those who wanted to learn pine needle coiling.  I opened a small shop on ETSY in June 2020 and started selling the kits as well as some of my own completed baskets.  Eventually I added prepared pine needles and exotic wood basket centers for those who wanted to move beyond kits and design their own baskets.  I was surprised by the popularity of my little shop and now think of it as a major part of my home-based business.  I am looking forward to participating in craft fairs again this spring and summer.
3- Day Bike About, LLC - Deana Sun
My home-based business is 3 Day Bike About, LLC. My business partner, Cynthia Bashton, and I organize small, 3 day bicycle tours in small towns in Virginia to support a local charity and the local economy. The events are limited to 400 participants and take place over a 3 day weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday). Cynthia lives in Richmond so we do a lot of planning remotely.
This year’s tour will be here in Williamsburg on June 18-20 at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. On Friday, the riders will take the Virginia Capital towards Richmond. On Saturday they will take the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to Chippokes Plantation State Park and ride in Surry. On Sunday the routes visit various parks in the area, such as Freedom Park, York River State Park and Waller Mill Park. We offer both short and long routes in order to accommodate all cyclists.
10% of all registrations and 50% of all sponsorship money will be donated to The Arc of Greater Williamsburg this year.
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