Created in CoVa: January 2021

by CoVaBizMag

By Beth Hester

Nancy’s Famous Sauce

created in CoVa-Nancy's Famous SauceNancy Williams was well-known for the fried crabs she’d serve at family get-togethers and for the savory dishes she’d prepare for church events and catered festivities. But what really put Williams on the map was the special sauce she created to accompany those famous fried crabs. Williams considers her versatile Famous Sauce to be a crowning culinary achievement. She perfected the original recipe in 2005, and she’s been supplying it to condiment aficionados throughout the country ever since. It’s not a barbecue sauce per se, but it’s delicious on ribs and grilled shrimp. It’s not a traditional marinade, but it’s great on baked chicken. It’s unexpectedly sensational when lightly drizzled over collard greens. Want it hot? Add a tablespoon full of red chili pepper flakes to the bottle and shake. Williams says that everyone deserves “a taste of royalty.” Her versatile sauce has been so well received that regular customers frequently order an 8-pack. Check out her Facebook page for current pop-up shop and famer’s market locations, or simply give her a call to arrange convenient pick-up.

CORRECTION: The print version of this story incorrectly listed Nancy Williams’ last name as Wilson. This version has been updated to reflect the correct name. | 757-241-0133

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

At the turn of the century, Brent Heath’s grandfather moved south to Gloucester, Virginia where he was struck by the numbers of women who would wait at the steamboat landing with carefully packed cartloads of fresh daffodils to supply the Baltimore and New York markets. He’d purchased a 28-acre farm where he eventually allowed his love of those popular, spring-flowering bulbs to blossom. Today his descendants live and work on that same farm, but now they breed daffodils, supply other varieties of flower bulbs to distinguished public gardens around the country, and serve discerning gardeners who want “the best of the best.” Business has been booming during the COVID-19 pandemic as people have rediscovered the joy of playing in their yards and gardens, found a balm for the soul by planting bulbs, or set out to surround themselves with lovely perennials carefully curated by Brent and Becky’s. Visit their website which is full of horticultural eye candy and request a catalog, or stop by the Bulb Shoppe and Gardens for gardening-related gifts and seasonally available bulbs. A calendar of on-site educational programs and birding events are also listed on their site.

created in CoVa-brent and becky's bulbs | 877-661-2852

Sorrentino Mariani Furniture

Norfolk-based Sorrentino Mariani is family-owned and among the few American companies still designing and producing custom, high-end contract furniture for hospitality properties, government facilities and senior living villages. From the Williamsburg Lodge to the Sebastian Resort at Vail, Colorado to Misawa Air Force Base in Japan, all of Sorrentino Mariani’s clients can select furnishings from multiple collections, or have designs created from scratch. There are infinite combinations of finishes and fittings as well as specialty glass and custom metalwork options. The company’s team is proud of the personalized approach each client receives at every stage of the design, manufacturing and delivery process. Dedicated to giving back to the Coastal Virginia community, Sorrentino Mariani participates in a “teach and train” program that gives non-violent felons the opportunity to learn the skills they need to succeed in business and in life. From its beginnings as a small hobby furniture business based in a garage, Sorrentino Mariani has evolved into a global, contract furniture powerhouse.

created in CoVa-Sorrentino Mariani Furniture | 757-624-9025

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