At Premium Outlets, two local businesses – Williamsburg Bazaar and Williamsburg Bazaar Too – offer customers products from approximately 100 national and local vendors.

One of the stores opened in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the other was a spin-off of a successful pop-up store venture from the mind and inspiration of owners Janey and Danny Sawyer.

“We first came to the outlets at their request,” said Janey Sawyer. “We were in partnership in Norge and operated Flipping Flea Too. The partnership didn’t work out and when they asked us to come here, we were ready.

The Williamsburg Bazaar opened in September 2019 with 52 vendors. Then came COVID and everything stopped. “We then moved into making masks – for hospitals, doctor’s surgeries wherever they were needed,” she said. “Next, a business owner asked us if we thought we could provide 300 boxes to distribute to his employees. Later, we prepared personal care kits, including hand sanitizers and different health care products. . »

In May 2020, the bazaar was ready to reopen and they had 52 vendors, actually small businesses, in a 3,500 square foot space at the mall, between the Book Warehouse and ASICS.

Then, as now, the store’s items include everything from woodwork to nautical, furniture to handmade lamps. There are also plush products, Amish country items, goat farms, honey bee items in various flavors, jewelry, home decor and more.

“Most of the vendors who were with us when we reopened are still with us,” said Janey Sawyer.

Last fall, an employee suggested the Sawyers consider a pop-up Christmas store. “We advertised vendors and suddenly 65 applied, including 10 from the current store,” she explained. “All featured some form of Christmas items.

“We were so successful that we decided to move from pop-up to Bazaar Too, which we now call a seasonal and gift shop.”

Located next to Timberland, Bazaar Too also carries items from various small businesses, but more seasonal in nature.

“We’ve been very successful,” said Janey Sawyer, “and we’ve received many awards, including two this year from Coastal Virginia magazine.” The Original Bazaar won a gold medal for best interior store and a bronze medal for best decoration store.

“I don’t know how we did, but the rewards are good. Last year we won the award for best consignment store and we really aren’t a consignment store, but again, recognition is precious. »

Lisa Lee is the manager of Williamsburg Bazaar and Katlyn Montgomery is the manager of Bazaar Too.

The company also operates the Norge Bazaar and the Ice Cream Shoppe at 7521 Richmond Road. Danny Sawyer is the manager of this business and also manages all accounting, payroll and financial operations for the three bazaars.

Insomnia Cookies, a cookie and candy store for college students, will open July 12 in Midtown Row near Monticello Avenue in Williamsburg.

Launched in 2003 by Seth Berkowitz in his dorm while a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Insomnia Cookies has over 200 locations. He specializes in delivering warm cookies at late hours.

According to the company’s website, the stores were born “out of an aversion to heavy late-night food and a sweet tooth,” said chief marketing officer Catharine Gatlin. “This is a place where sweets never sleep.”

Insomnia Cookies sells 17 types of classic cookies, including vegan options and other products including cookie cakes, brownies, milk and ice cream. There are locations in Norfolk and Richmond.

The Williamsburg store will be located at 100 College Row, Suite 2107, and is expected to be open Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to midnight.

Williamsburg Landing, a retirement community in James City County, has won LeadingAge Virginia’s 2022 Workplace Excellence Award.

Virginia’s nonprofit association of aging service providers, LeadingAge Virginia, recognizes a community of members “who demonstrate an investment in their staff and work environment for the provision of quality care and service and demonstrate ‘innovation in workforce development practices’, according to a new release.

This year’s award to Williamsburg Landing cited its “innovations in workforce development through the Williamsburg Landing Leadership Academy, which provides participants with the opportunity to learn about leadership, intelligence emotional, change management, empathy and career development.

Vice President T. Michael Creasy and Architect Peyton Bright of GuernseyTingle have been licensed as architects, passing state and national certification requirements including the Architect Registration Examination.

GuernseyTingle Vice President Kristin Baum has been elected to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Christopher Devine and Sam Rapoport have been elected vice presidents of SL Nusbaum Realty Co., which manages, develops and provides brokerage services for various types of properties in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.

• Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. renewed its lease of 12,000 square feet of office space at 351 McLaws Circle in James City County. Cushman & Wakefield’s Andy Dallas | THALHIMER negotiated the lease on behalf of the tenant.

• Williamsburg Music Association leased 1,944 square feet of office space at 4805 Courthouse Street in James City County. Williamsburg, Virginia. Cushman & Wakefield’s Andy Dallas | THALHIM took care of the lease negotiations on behalf of the lessor.

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