Shop for Tots

As you gather with friends and family to give thanks for all your blessings, we ask that you do what you can to help those less fortunate. Join Hatchett Design Remodel is collecting Toys for Tots this Thanksgiving weekend. It’s traditionally the best weekend to shop, so you can save while you give!

The big stores, like Walmart, will be featuring special Black Friday deals on toys.  Kohl’s, for example, has up to 50-60% off their Black Friday deals, including classic wooden toys by Melissa & Doug.

Donate Board Games When Shop for Hatchett's Toys for Tots

Boutiques and Mom & Pop shops all over Hampton Roads will be offering special deals throughout their stores, toys included. Shop on this day and support two great causes – Buy Local and Toys for Tots. Check out local toy stores like POP Kids Store in downtown Norfolk or Matt & Juliette in Williamsburg. Boutiques such as Le Marche and A. Dodson’s in Ghent aren’t specifically “toy stores”, but they have a great selection of unique gifts for kids of all ages – and you’ll probably find a little something for yourself in there as well!

If all that tryptophan leaves you too tired to get off the couch to tackle sales on Friday or Saturday, then Cyber Monday is for you! Pretty much any store with a website will be featuring special savings on Monday. Amazon’s Best Sellers list is a great way to find out what’s popular with the kids this year.

Shop for Truck Toys for Hatchett's Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots provides gifts to children of all ages, but tweens and teens tend to be overlooked. Please keep these kids in mind while you shop. Electronics, classic board games, craft kits, and sports equipment are all good ideas for these taller tots.
Shop for Teens Sports Equipment Toys for Tots
We’re accepting toys and monetary donations now through December 13th at both our Newport News and Virginia Beach showrooms. Please drop off your unwrapped toy anytime during our business hours, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Thanks in advance for helping us spread hope this holiday season.  It’s not just a toy – it’s a gift of joy!

Kicking Off Toys for Tots

At Hatchett Design Remodel, there’s nothing we love more than seeing an expression of pure joy on someone’s face. That’s why we work so hard to make our clients happy, and it’s why we love contributing to Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots is a long standing tradition in the U.S. Marine Corps, and their mission is to bring “a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas.” That’s a mission we are on board with at Hatchett Design Remodel. The toys we collect on their behalf stay local and go to children right here in our own community.

From admin and management to design and construction, the Hatchett team supports Toys for Tots internally, and we would like to increase our impact by inviting you to contribute.

Toys for Tots Collection at Hatchett Design Remodel
How You Can Help
Whether you live on the Peninsula or the Southside, we have two convenient locations where you an drop off your donations. Our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach are open Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm. To contribute, all you have to do is bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of our showrooms and place it under the tree.
Good Days to Shop
As you’re out doing your holiday shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, please keep our Toys for Tots kids in mind. Your donations will be given to children of all ages. If you need help choosing a toy, check out this Good Housekeeping list of top trending toys for 2019 or Amazon’s best sellers.

 

Donate Toys Kids of All Ages at Hatchett Design Remodel
We’re accepting toys and monetary donations now through December 13th at both our Newport News and Virginia Beach showrooms. Please drop off your unwrapped toy anytime during our business hours, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Thanks in advance for helping us spread hope this holiday season.  It’s not just a toy – it’s a gift of joy!

Halloween Fun in Hampton Roads

There’s a nip in the air, and it’s finally beginning to feel like Halloween. Hatchett Design Remodel is in the spirit, and we’re here to help you get into your ghoulish groove with a few fun ideas for kids of all ages.

Halloween Decor Jack O'Lantern Eating a Smaller Gourd

No Halloween is complete without a proper Jack O’Lantern, but we know it can be a lot of work. Save yourself time and hand cramps by cleaning the inside of your pumpkins with a drill.  This how-to video breaks it down step by step. Simply use a beater from your mixer as the drill bit. You’ll be amazed how well this works – adults only though! Once you’ve got it cleaned out, the next step is carving. Check out this link for ideas that you can copy and ones that may inspire an original design.

Halloween Pumpkin Patch You-Pick Farm Hampton Roads

Picking out the perfect pumpkin can be as easy as hitting your local grocery store, but you can make it more of an event by visiting a pumpkin patch near you. From Williamsburg and Newport News down to Norfolk and Virginia Beach, here’s a list of local farmers’ markets, pumpkin patches and u-pick fields and farms that offer the full Hallo-experience. Make a day of it with hay rides, corn mazes, concessions and great photo ops! Be sure to check dates and times at the location near you.

Halloween Decor Curb Appeal

Outdoor decorations don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. All you really need are a few bags of cotton spider webs, dried corn stalks and an assortment of pumpkins and gourds to create curb appeal that is sure to attract the cutest trick-or-treaters.

Halloween Eyeball Party Punch with Ice Hands

Having a halloween party? Then you may want to whip up a signature cocktail. Tasty produced this video that gives you the recipe as well as step by step instructions for their Eyeball Halloween Party Punch. We must say, the ice hands are a very nice touch!

Halloween Appetizers Prosciutto Wrapped Skull will Olive Eyeballs

You’ll also need to serve up some food for the ghouls and goblins, so check out these gruesome apps by Buzzfeed Nifty. The Guac O’Lantern and Prosciutto Skull are sure to be party pleasers; but host beware, your guests may lose their appetites!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel – we hope it’s a SCREAM! Get creative, be safe and have fun!

Labor Day Staycation

It’s the unofficial last weekend of summer, and it’s a three dayer! What are you going to do? If you’re wishing you’d made vacation plans, but think it’s too late… think again. From Virginia Beach up through Newport News and Williamsburg, Hampton Roads has so much to offer tourists (whether they live here or not). Hatchett Design Remodel has a few suggestions on how to make your Labor Day weekend the best staycation ever!

Staycation Virginia Beach Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Play on the Water

The forecast is perfect for spending time on or by the water, so try something new! You could spend a day in the sand at the oceanfront. A perfect day like that needs a perfect ending, like a guided Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Tour across Linkhorn Bay in Virginia Beach. You may even have a close encounter with an Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, blue herons, or kingfishers.

For more of an adrenaline rush on the water, check out Great White Watersports with locations on the Peninsula and Southside. You can take advantage of their jetski dolphin tours or just do your own thing. They also offer flyboard rentals for those daring (and coordinated) enough to try it!

Play Ball!

For those who’d rather spectate than participate, the Norfolk Tides are in all weekend at Harbor Park – with fireworks both Saturday and Sunday night. Come root for your home team as they take on the Charlotte Knights.

Staycation Norfolk Tides Baseball and Fireworks
Take a Tour

Looking for a fun and educational way to spend a beautiful day? Check to see if your city has a walking tour. Places like Colonial Williamsburg offer several guided walking tours as you might expect, but there are lots of self-guided walking tours as well. The Casemate Museum in Hampton mapped out this walking tour of Fort Monroe.  For insta-worthy photo-ops, The City of Norfolk has a self-guided downtown Mermaid Walking Tour as well as a guided Mural Tour through the NEON District.

A budding entrepreneur recently launched a new Pedal Brewery Tour just in time for Labor Day weekend. You may have seen these self-propelled tour buses in other cities, but now you can safely pedal your way through Norfolk’s most popular brew pubs.

Staycation Brewery Tour Virginia Beach to Newport News to Williamsburg

Or plan your own brewery tour! Hampton Roads as a whole offers about 30 local taprooms. Depending on how much ground you want to cover, your customized craft beer bonanza could stretch from the Farm House  in Virginia Beach up to Oozelfinch in Hampton and Alewerks in Williamsburg. Please be responsible and designate a sober driver to ensure that everyone safely has a good time.

Take a Hike

If you prefer a nature trail to an urban tour, take a hike! Noland Trail in Newport News is a local favorite. This five-mile loop makes being in the middle of a city feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. The whole family, whether 2-legged or 4, is sure to enjoy!

Staycation Newport News Noland Trail Hike

You’ve got three days, so choose a few of these options and plan a fun-filled staycation right here in Hampton Roads. Whatever you decide to do this Labor Day weekend, Hatchett Design Remodel hopes it’s with friends and family. Enjoy the day off… you’ve earned it!