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From worldwide, high-tech businesses and a store owner whose family has more than 100 years of history in the city to an Olympic gold medalist who has run all over the world, they all have one thing in common. They Choose Hampton.
  
Steve Brown  "I choose Hampton because of the civic engagement that allows every member of the community to get involved in the direction of the city.”

Steve Brown is a local resident, minister and community activist who works tirelessly to help make Hampton a better place to live, work and play. Hear why he chooses Hampton to live, work, play and make a difference. Watch the video here
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"We chose Hampton for the opportunity to grow, be closer to our customers and be closer to the water."

In business since 1977, Appomattox River Company has been a leader in paddle sports and one of the largest canoe and kayak specialty stores around. From kayak fishing, to whitewater kayaking, to canoeing, to stand-up paddle boarding, Appomattox River Company has someone who can help you find the right paddle craft for your next adventure. Watch the video here
NekoCon 2014
"Japanese Anime enthusiasts choose Hampton for NekoCon 17."

Costumed role-players Angel Nordike and Caitlin Taffe come dressed for the 2014 anime convention, NekoCon. Find out why this Hampton event draws 5,000 fans each year. Watch the video here
Woods Orchard "From fresh produce to giving tours, we’ve chosen to grow our family business in Hampton for over 50 years."

Woods Orchard is part working farm, part market, part tourist attraction -- and all family, says Billy Woods. Three generations hop into action when busloads of children arrive to take a hayride through the pumpkin patch, see bee hives and learn how food is grown. Watch the video here.
The Point  "We chose Hampton to open our dream restaurant and to be part of shaping the future of Phoebus.”

The Point at Phoebus brings a farm to table sustainable approach to dining and agriculture. Sourcing most of their foods from local farms and producers, their menu is prepared from scratch in house to ensure the best quality, flavor and freshness. Stop by the Point to enjoy delicious food paired with a great selection of craft beers, spirits and signature cocktails. Watch the video here
ChickfilA Mercury Blvd "We’ve seen great success in Hampton because of its vibrant location and strong workforce."

Founded in the early 1960s, Chick-fil-A has steadily grown to become the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States. Chick-fil-A has set itself apart by pioneering innovations and delicious products — including the ever-popular Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. See how they have grown in Hampton since 2008 by leveraging an excellent location and great workforce. Watch the video here.

TeCC "Hampton is a hub for technology and it makes good business sense for us to be where the action is."

The Technology Commercialization Center (TeCC) comprises a consortium of technology and business experts who help inventors take their products from the lab to the marketplace; and helps established companies with their business needs. The commercialization of technologies results in new products and enhancement of existing products. Watch the video here.

 Sentara CarePlex "Sentara CarePlex Hospital chooses to serve Hampton with state-of-the-art healthcare and exceptional service."

Sentara CarePlex Hospital is a technologically advanced, acute care hospital, and Certified Primary Stroke Center located in Hampton, Va. The 224-bed hospital offers an eICU to monitor patients even more closely with state-of-the-art equipment and computer software. Sentara CarePlex Hospital provides care through advanced surgical programs, emergency cardiac intervention and fellowship-trained physicians. It is also home to an Orthopedic Hospital. Watch the video here.
 Choose Hampton VA "We choose Hampton because it’s got that nice hometown effect."

A lighting store in the Phoebus section of Hampton, Cody's Lighting and Repair serves all your lighting needs including parts, restoration and repairs. Their vintage lighting is professionally restored to “like-new” condition and with over 3,600 table lamps, chandeliers, floor lamps and vintage lighting on display. They are the largest and most varied source of old time lamps, lighting parts and fixtures regionally. The Phoebus area reminds Mr. Henson of growing up in Missouri and is now proud to call Hampton, VA home.  Watch the video here.
 Bria Kelly Chooses Hampton "I have performed on national stages but I choose to perform locally because of the energetic Bay Days crowds!"

17 year old Smithfield native Bria Kelly is a local and national favorite. Her talented voice and guitar playing made her a “Season 7 Semi-finalist” on "America’s Got Talent”. Although she performs nationally, you can also find her at many local venues including the 2014 Bay Days Festival. Photo Credit: Lee Rosenberg, East Beach Photography.
Hampton City Schools  "Our daughter has just blossomed into this environment. We really are grateful that we chose Hampton City Schools."

Watch as military retiree and Department of Defense employee Michael and Anna Bennett explain why they chose Phenix Pre K-8 for their daughter to attend. Watch the video here.

 Mrs. Wilson "I was born and raised in Hampton's Aberdeen Gardens and chose to return because there is nowhere else I'd rather be."

As a military wife, Margaret Wilson traveled around the world with her husband. But when it came time to put down roots again, she chose to come back and support the neighborhood she calls home,  historic Aberdeen Gardens. Wilson’s story is part of Choose Hampton, a campaign to build pride and excitement in our community, highlight the city’s successes and build our business base. Watch the video here
 Registrar Corp chooses Hampton "We choose Hampton's educated, multilingual workforce to serve our clients in 162 countries" 

Registrar Corp was founded in 2003 to assist businesses with compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) regulations. Since opening its headquarters in Hampton, Registrar Corp has expanded to seventeen international offices and has aided more than 20,000 companies across 162 countries. Employees include former U.S. FDA officials, scientists, and industry experts. Watch the video here
 St. George Brewing Company "St. George Brewing Company chooses Hampton for one of its key ingredients, water." 

The folks at The St. George Brewing Company - named for England’s patron saint of chivalry - have been inspired to produce several award-winning ales and lagers. The owners chose to locate the brewery in Hampton because of our “awesome” water. Watch the video here
 Fulton Design Choose Hampton "The supportive business community and central location make downtown Hampton the perfect choice for Fulton Design" 

Fulton Design is a one-stop provider of graphic design, advertising and branding services in Hampton, Virginia. Located downtown, owner Bob McCracken has built a network with other small businesses that help each other thrive by sharing their ideas. Fulton Design is committed to the highest level of service and quality in everything he does. Watch the video here

 Langley Speedway "Great shopping. Great dining. And a great experience for race fans. That's why Langley Speedway chooses Hampton." 

From its modest opening in 1950 as a dirt track with few amenities to today’s paved showplace, Langley Speedway has consistently stayed ahead of the competitive and administrative curve. Today it holds the reputation as one of NASCAR’s best weekly tracks. Watch the video here
 The Heritage at Settlers Landing  "People choose to live downtown for its great location."

These unique downtown Hampton apartments are bringing new life to historic Downtown Hampton. Fine dining, shopping, art galleries, festivals, museums and other attractions within steps of your doorstep are just a few reasons to Choose Hampton. Watch the video here
Paradise Ocean Club 
"Paradise Ocean Club chose a unique and historic property."

Music, food, sun and sand. The Paradise Ocean Club at Fort Monroe has it all. But owner Baxter Simmons says he chose the location because of the unique and historic nature of the beachfront property. Featuring everything from fresh seafood to steaks and wraps, the club has become a “go to” destination in Hampton. Watch the video here
Barking Dog 
"We chose Hampton because it is a rapidly changing and fun place."

The Barking Dog on Sunset Creek in Wythe is more than a hot dog and burger
Joint. With outdoor seating directly on the water it's no wonder why people flock to this local restaurant in search of great food and good conversation. Co-owners Sean Pepe and Gary McIntyre, with the help of social media and word of mouth, have made the Barking Dog succeed in bringing an entire community together. Watch the video here
The Prince Ink "Prince Ink chooses Phoebus because it's a great location where you can look outside and see the past.”

The Prince Ink. Co., is a printing and design company in Hampton that is passionate about craftsmanship. Boasting a strong work ethic and close attention to detail, brothers Dustin and Matthew Wallace chose historic Phoebus to locate their business. Watch the video here
ZelTech "I chose to start ZelTech in Hampton and its been one of my better decisions. The city is a great place to conduct and grow businesses.”

ZelTech is an international consulting company headquartered in downtown 
Hampton that offers high-tech support services, training and software to the 
military, homeland security and other clients. Although the company operates in 
more than 20 locations worldwide, ZelTech chooses to make Hampton home. Watch the video here

Benton Knight

"We choose Downtown Hampton for the central location and convenience it offers our customers"


A part of Hampton for almost 60 years, Benton Knight, Ltd. continues to provide 
customers with the finest in tailored men’s clothing and accessories. Benton 
Knight chooses to makes downtown Hampton home, and to promote other 
downtown businesses and attractions as well. Watch the video here

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"Crossfit Stimulus chooses Hampton for its success and growth opportunities."

Crossfit Stimulus got its start just a few years ago in a one-car garage. Today, it’s the largest Crossfit gym in Hampton Roads, in a new, 15,000 square-foot facility that welcomes men and women of all ages and walks of life. Crossfit chose to stay in Hampton because of the many opportunities in the city for success and growth. Watch the video here

Old Point

"We choose to locate our corporate headquarters in downtown Hampton and couldn’t be more proud."


Old Point National Bank has been committed to Hampton since 1923, when it first opened at the corner of Mellen and Mallory streets. Today, the bank named after the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse has 18 branches across the region, but it still chooses to proudly call Hampton home. Watch the video.

m2 Pictures

"m2 Pictures chooses Hampton for its diverse terrain, architecture and people." 

Founded in 2006, M2 Pictures has quickly become an award-winning producer of
ratings-grabbing television and unscripted programming. The company has produced hundreds of hours of programming for Animal Planet, National Geographic and many others. M2 chooses to make downtown Hampton home for its headquarters, production support and studios.Watch the video

Mark Tysinger
 
"We choose Hampton because of our longstanding relationship with the City"

Founded in the 1920s by a "butcher who became an auto magnate," the Tysinger auto dealership was a fixture in downtown Hampton until 1988, when it was moved to Magruder Boulevard in Hampton. The company remains a city booster and chooses to stay in Hampton because of it's long-standing relationship with the city. Watch the video.

 International Childrens Festival Choose Hampton  
"We choose to celebrate diversity with International Children’s Festival, join us!"

A vibrant, downtown party held on the third Saturday of April, the International 
Children’s Festival
is an opportunity for children and those young at heart to 
experience the sights, sounds and cuisine of distant places. For 14 years, festival 
organizers have chosen Hampton to be home for this international celebration. Watch the video

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"The dedicated and highly skilled workforce make Hampton the perfect choice for Alcoa Howmet."


Headquartered in Cleveland, Alcoa Howmet is a world leader in the casting of superalloys for jet engines and airframes as well as industrial gas turbine engine components. With 27 manufacturing facilities worldwide, the company chooses to stay in Hampton because of the dedicated and skilled workforce, access to secondary education for employees, and convenient location. Watch the video
 Versability Resources
"We are a major service provider but also a major business and employer . . . and we choose Hampton as our headquarters."   

The staff at Versability Resources - formerly known as the ARC of the Virginia Peninsula – is committed to creating new opportunities that highlight the abilities of people with disabilities. A major business and employer in Hampton Roads, Versability was started in Hampton 60 years ago. Today, it continues to “Choose Hampton” as home while also serving individuals in Newport News, Poquoson, York and 10 other counties on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Watch the video

 Hampton House Auctions
"Our customers come from all over the state and beyond, but we choose to locate our business in downtown Hampton."   

Controlled sales, negotiated sales, auctions, appraisals and evaluations are just some of the services offered by Hampton House Auctions and owner G. Amory LeCuyer. There is detailed explanation of the company’s philosophy on the Hampton House home page, www.hamptonhouseauctions.com. It ends by saying: “Even if we are not the solution we probably know who is.” Hampton House Auctions chooses downtown Hampton as its home. Watch the video


NIA

"We choose Hampton because it is the cradle of aerospace history and remains at the forefront of aerospace technology."

A non-profit research and education facility located in Hampton Roads Center, the National Institute of Aerospace conducts leading edge aerospace and atmospheric research. Formed by a consortium of leading research universities, including Hampton University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, the Institute is thriving here in what Institute President Douglas Stanley calls the “cradle of the aerospace industry.” Watch the video

 Mango Mango

"We spread it, mix it, shake it, stir it everywhere, but we call Hampton our home."

After stepping into the national spotlight with a September appearance on ABCs “Shark Tank,” the three Hampton women behind 'Mango Mango’ Mango Preserves – an offshoot of the catering business they started in 2007 - saw orders skyrocket. Today, their preserves can be found in local stores, online and in Whole Foods groceries. Lakesha Brown-Renfro, Nzinga Teule-Hekima and Tanecia Willis opened a new office and packaging space in January of 2014, with plans to roll out several new products in coming months. And they choose to do business in downtown Hampton. Watch the video

 Choose Hampton

"We've chosen Hampton for over 100 Years."

Patrick’s Hardware first opened its doors as a general store on Queen Street in 1895. Today, at that same location, it’s a third-generation hardware, glass and paint store serving customers from Richmond to Norfolk. Watch the video
 
Choose Hampton

"I run all over the world, but I choose Hampton as my home."

Olympic Gold Medalist Francena McCorory is a track and field star, who travels around the world to race in places like London, Monaco, Stockholm and Zurich. But she always comes home to Hampton. Watch the video


Choose Hampton

"We are one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the U.S. with a global impact and we choose Hampton as home."

Measurement Specialties, a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, has over 3,300 employees operating in 20 sites throughout Europe, Asia and North America, and they chose Hampton, Virginia for their corporate headquarters.

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"The vibrant community and variety of offerings made us choose Hampton to start our business."

“Highly refined…. Extremely delicate and light…” That’s not just a definition for their name but the goal for Ethereal Cupcakes, which is run by Loranzo and Carolyn Whitfield. In addition to wedding cakes and cupcakes assembled when you buy them, the Whitfields like to highlight their all-natural products and customer service. Hampton’s Peninsula Town Center is where they choose to do business.