Small Business Spotlight

Each month, the “Small Business Spotlight” will feature one of the many small businesses that call Coliseum Central home. If you are interested in featuring your company, please contact Angie at

Martha Bennett opened Momo’s Café (1930 Power Plant Parkway) in Newport News in 2012 to expand her personal chef and catering business. In May 2022, she relocated to a larger space in the Power Plant shopping center.

Momo’s Café specializes in homemade food made with local ingredients. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Tuesday-Saturday in the café and offers individual lunch and dinner options via a rotating personal chef menu with advanced ordering. Momo’s also provides catering for any occasion, from small business lunch to large wedding. Ask Martha what makes her business special and she says, “Our food! Everything we do is a labor of love.” Click here for more information.

Coliseum Central Benefits

Are you taking advantage of all of the programs and resources allotted to you as a member of Coliseum Central? Each month we’ll highlight one of the benefits available to District businesses.

A good marketing strategy is important to the growth of your business. But where do you start? Coliseum Central has partnered with The Vacation Channel to create a free Marketing Toolkit for District businesses. The toolkit includes helpful tips, best practices and templates for social media, flyers and press releases. Whether you need help with media relations, social media, photography, or graphic design, this toolkit will give you a solid foundation to build awareness for your business. To download the toolkit or learn about other benefits, click here.

Grow With Google

There’s still time to RSVP for the August Roundtable. On August 17, join Grow With Google Trainer Randi Penfil as she discusses how to manage your business information on Google search and maps. Learn how to use your business profile to connect with potential customers plus tips, tricks, and what’s new at Google! RSVP for this meeting here.

Events & Entertainment

Disney On Ice

Disney on Ice returns to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) October 13-16 for seven shows. Disney on Ice presents Frozen and Encanto is a new show that celebrates the love of family. Sing and dance with Mirabel, Isabela and Luisa from Encanto. Join the race to find Elsa, dream about summer with Olaf. and sing along with Kristoff and Sven from Frozen. Tickets go on sale August 16. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon

The 11th annual BayPort Foundation Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon Weekend presented by Bon Secours takes place September 30- October 2. The event features a 5K, half marathon, Shell Yeah! Challenge (5K and half-marathon) and Kids Kilometer that can be run in-person or virtually.

In-person races begin in front of the Hampton Roads Convention Center, follow along the streets of Hampton and end in front of the Hampton Coliseum, where a post-race celebration takes place.

Whether you come to run, volunteer or be a cheerleader, this family-friendly event has something for everyone. For more information, to register, or sign up to volunteer, visit


Tastefully Yours

Tastefully Yours, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s largest fundraising event, is returning to the Hampton Roads Convention Center on Thursday, September 29, 2022. This food, beer, and wine-tasting event provides an opportunity for area restaurants to showcase their signature dishes. The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has limited space available for participants. There is no fee to participate. Businesses are asked to donate their bite-size samplings for the event. For more information or to register, contact Donna Tighe at

Tickets are on sale now to attend the event. To purchase tickets, click here.

Operation School Supplies

Hampton Roads Educators’ Credit Union (2130 Cunningham Drive) is partnering with WAVY TV for Operation School Supplies. Help give students the tools for success by donating school supplies August 1-27. Join them at the branch for a live event with WAVY TV on August 12th from 3:30-7PM. For more information click here.

Enjoy Your Summer in Hampton

Are you planning a staycation this year? Coliseum Central is home to 14 hotels that are perfect for a mini getaway. With shopping, dining, and attractions close by, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy your summer in Hampton. Click here for more information.

Resilient Hampton

Hampton has been named the Resilient Virginia Community of the Year by the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association for its “outstanding example for how to undertake resiliency planning,”

The association pointed to the work Hampton has done through its Resilient Hampton initiative as an example for other localities who are evaluating the impacts of climate change. To learn more about Resilient Hampton, click here.

Lunch & Learn Series

The Peninsula Home-based Business Network is hosting a virtual Lunch & Learn Series monthly through September. On August 10, Rachel Frazier discusses How to Structure Your Prices.

All sessions are free. To register, click here.

Upcoming Blood Drives

August 30
Hampton Coliseum
1000 Coliseum Drive

Private Development Updates

Ribbon Cuttings

Momo’s Cafe

Momo’s Café (1930 Power Plant Parkway) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 21. Councilman Chris Bowman was on-hand to help Martha Bennett officially open her restaurant, catering, and personal chef business. Click here for more information.

Old Point National Bank

Old Point National Bank (2101 Executive Drive, Suite 100) held a grand re-opening celebration for its Executive Tower branch on July 27. Remodeled earlier this year, the branch offers a new teller line, lobby and community meeting room.

Coming Soon

Latitude Climbing + Fitness

Construction is underway for the Latitude Climbing + Fitness facility in Peninsula Town Center. The rock climbing gym features bouldering, sport climbing, and top ropes. Daily yoga and fitness classes are also available. For more information, click here.