Shopping for a Cause

Food Pantry Volunteers

Once a month, several members of Chesapeake Bank get together for a special day of shopping. At the end of their trip, they leave empty-handed, but with full hearts.   Through the United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s Community Resource Center and the Peninsula Food Bank, five to eight of our associates volunteer to help feed […]

Eat Local – Willaby’s Owner Talks Renovations, Craft Beer, Live Music


We recently had the chance to catch up with William Barnhardt, owner of Willaby’s Café and Catering in White Stone to talk about what’s new at Willaby’s and some of the unique offerings for customers. Read on to learn more about its restaurant renovations, craft beer offerings and Friday night band line-up.   Chesapeake Bank:  […]

Winter Blues Jazz Fest Brings Music, Art, Food & Film

Winter Blues Jazz Fest

Jazz will be in the air next weekend.   The Winter Blues Jazz Fest kicks off Thursday, Jan. 15 and features a fusion of music, art, food, drink and film over four days in Williamsburg. Jennifer Raines, the owner of Quirks of Art, and Steve Rose, president of Eco Discovery Park and owner of Williamsburg […]

Spotlight on Gloucester

Spotlight on Gloucester

It’s an exciting time to live in Gloucester. This month, Gloucester Village Main Street was one of three Virginia communities awarded with a $100,000 grant from the state to support small business development. The funding was a part of the Governor’s strategic vision for economic development and centers around an entrepreneur contest in each of […]

Giving Back: ‘Camden’s Cause’

Camden's Cause

The season of giving is in full swing. For one member of our extended Chesapeake Bank family, the season of giving – and giving back – never ends.   Meet Camden Giroux, the 12-year-old grandson of Kathy Jarvis, a Commercial-Consumer Loan Associate in our loan processing center. For the past few years, Camden has made […]

Return of #GoLocalHolidays Twitter Chat

Go Local Holidays

Chesapeake Bank again will take part in the Independent Community Bankers Association’s (@ICBA) #GoLocalHolidays Twitter chat.   The focus of the chat, which will take place Friday from 2-3 p.m., is “all things local” during the holiday season. We’re taking part as a panelist because it’s a natural fit to promote shopping locally in our […]

‘Tis the Season for Giving

Give Back

As we enter the “season of giving,” we know we’re only as strong as the communities we serve.   Chesapeake Bank and our employees encourage you to join us in supporting area nonprofits and service organizations that play an essential role in the growth and well-being of our communities. Here are some of the organizations […]

Thank You for Another Successful Shop Local Day

SLD Thank You

Together, you, Chesapeake Bank and our area chambers have created a shop local movement that reinforces the very real connection between shopping locally and a stronger local economy.   By any measure, our fifth Shop Local Day was a resounding success. More than 335 businesses from the lower Northern Neck, Mathews County, Gloucester County and […]

Shop Local – Meet Karen Riordan

Karen Riordan

Meet Karen Riordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance since January 2014.  With an extensive business and marketing background, including tourism marketing, Karen shares her perspective on the importance of shopping local.   Chesapeake Bank: Please tell us a bit about yourself and your role with the chamber. […]