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Vibrant Spaces Sprucing Up Downtown Norfolk

You may have heard about a “little” program called Vibrant Spaces recently. It might have been in Alt Daily…or maybe Inside Business. Or maybe you’ve even visited the website created by our friends over at Grow Interactive!

Drew Ungvarsky GrowVibrant Spaces is an exciting new project by the Downtown Norfolk Council designed to upgrade storefronts and inspire creative proposals to bring in businesses reminiscent of cool scenes like Nashville or San Francisco.

Nashville Imogene

Hudson Grace Storefront

So if you’ve been dying for Downtown Norfolk to get a new indoor bowling alley, now’s your chance to submit a proposal! If you’re selected, you could receive $20,000 and half off rent for TWO YEARS!! Think we need a new outdoors store? Submit your proposal! Ready to bring us a new Asian-Latin fusion restaurant? Check this out!

A total of SIX proposals will be chosen to inhabit a unique variety of space offerings. We should know, we’ve been to all of them! Jpixx worked with Grow and DNC to capture detailed shots of all of the spaces, and we also filmed the DNC Meeting where Drew Ungvarsky presented the details of the presentation (video to come). Be sure to check out the website to see the photos!

Photographer Vibrant Spaces

Vibrant spaces is also looking to spruce up existing storefronts by offering to match up to $10,000 for business renovations (should your idea be selected). Want a new sign? Perfect! Inspired by home improvement shows and ready to smash that front wall for a giant window concept? Smash away, my friend.* Make it big! Make it bold! Make it vibrant!

Applications close July 8, so get over there and make your dream a reality.

*Jpixx is not responsible for any demolition or reckless behavior inspired by this post. PLEASE contact DNC and read up on guidelines before going cray cray on your business. Matching grants will only be provided to vibrant ideas selected by the Council.


Dining and Dashing Around Downtown Norfolk

To say we’ve been busy the last couple of weeks would be the understatement of the year. From film festivals….

NOVA Film Festival

to softball and cornhole tournaments…Cornhole Virginia Beach

to a return to our beloved Norfolk

Photographer Rooftop

we’ve been quite busy. Most recently, we’ve been working with the Downtown Norfolk Council to capture the essence of the city and the places that draw so many crowds each year.

We’ve already been to the World Trade Center, Dominion Enterprises, Sushi King,

Norfolk Sushi King

the Tap Room Tap Room Friends

(where Nate took a bit of a tumble)

Injured Manand the Barrel Room.

Barrel Room Norfolk

And we still have more places to see!

Whether you’re strolling down Granby or checking out the local arts district, there’s so many reasons to visit Norfolk. Find out why Skye Zentz loves the city here!

Sea Level Festival Returns for Another Year

It feels like we just wrapped up the 2014 Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival and the Emerging Artists Contest, and here we are again for another year! The 8th Annual Festival, benefitting Tidewater Arts Outreach is back with an awesome lineup! You can keep up with all the latest photos and videos right on the 2015 page.

Instruments of Art Gala

It all starts Thursday, April 2 kicking off at FM Restaurant with Paul Norfleet, followed by Matt Vollmer at Gershwin’s, Jacob Vanko at Grilled Cheese Bistro and ending with headliner Sarah Jarosz. The first three events are free and you can buy tickets to Sarah Jarosz right here.Concert Sarah Jarosz

On Friday, the fun continues with more free events! Come celebrate the kick off to First Fridays from 5 – 8:30 p.m. in the Norfolk Arts District. Admire the intricate instruments, pose with animals at the petting zoo and take home a tshirt and balloon animal. Afterward, visit the Parlor on Granby for a Local Artists Showcase.

Festival Audience

Wrap up the Festival on Saturday starting at the School of Rock at 11 a.m. for a Jesse Chong Workshop: Tech Gear for the Solo Artist. Then, join us over beers (or soft drinks) at O’Connor Brewing Co. for the WE ARE NFK LAUNCH PARTY. We’ve got several musical acts lined up, ending with Skye Zentz and the Jpixx collaborated music video premiere. It’s free and family friendly; why wouldn’t you be there?!

Next, scoot yourself over to the Emerging Artist Showcase at 7 p.m. at the Hackney Theater. Tickets are just $10 in advance or $15 at the door – buy yours here!

Singer Logan Layman

It all ends at Charlie’s Cafe at 10 p.m. with a free show of Who We Are Not.

We can’t wait to enjoy all the festivities and hope to see you out! For more updates, check out the Sea Level page on our website. And be sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates throughout the festival.

“The Tide” Music Video Launches

It’s been quite a year creating the music video for Skye Zentz’ song “The Tide.” Through the efforts of so many people, we have been able to capture the heart of Norfolk with scenes all over the city. From Nauticus to the Norfolk Botanical Garden, we’ve seen it all. Now, we want to share the video with you at the official launch party this Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at O’Connor Brewing Co.

Norfolk Sailors

Come enjoy a wide range of family activities with face painting from 2-3 p.m., outdoor art with Amanda Page from 3-4 p.m., and so much more! There will even be a photo booth called “Little Norfolk, Big Me” featuring a miniature replica of Norfolk (you can be Godzilla! Just don’t actually smash the models, ok?).

The event will also feature acts from Little Pants and Ian Randall Thornton, local bands that will blow you away with their talent. You can also hang out with PBS Kids at their van with dozens of toys and giveaways!

Kitsch Virginia Norfolk

And did we mention Skye Zentz will be performing?! Gather around as she teaches you the moves to her new song and dance along to the music video premiere! There’s so much going on at the launch party, just one of the pieces of the 8th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival benefitting Tidewater Arts Outreach. Hope to see you there!

A Brand New Look For Every Book – Grand Opening at Slover Library

Books have the power to challenge the minds of every individual, whether young or old. Who wasn’t inspired when Dr. Seuss told them “Kid, you’ll move mountains!” And didn’t Sam I Am get us to try new things before making blind assumptions?

The impetus behind a great read to see more,  reach higher and push the boundaries of imagination is compounded and multiplied in every local library. Now, with the Grand Opening of the Slover Library, the city of Norfolk is welcome to unleash the potential hidden among the pages.

We partnered with the library to create this video invitation for you and your family to come out and visit this weekend for all the fun festivities.

The new library will open at 10 a.m. on January 9 with the First Book Checkout ceremony performed by Mayor Paul D. Fraim. Celebrations will continue all weekend through January 11 with Dr. Seuss-inspired activities, games, and entertainment. Rumor has it the Cat in the Hat will even be in attendance.

See you there! And remember, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Red, White and Bleu! 2014 Annual Wine Festival

What could be better than a weekend of wine, food and music? We don’t know either, that’s why we partnered with Festevents to produce this film of the 27th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival at the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront.

More than 30 Virginia wineries came out to the festival to represent their craft, and Festevents even helped coordinate transportation for those guests who maybe weren’t so ready to drive themselves home.

For winos and wannabe-winos, Festevensts also arranged Sip-N-Learn seminars featuring sommeliers and wine professionals who gave tips on everything from selecting the right wine to pairing the right red with the right dish.

We ran into several friends along the way, who were more than happy to invite us to a glass or two.

Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

If you missed the Wine Fest this year, be sure to attend next year’s event because…wine not???

Celebrating Mike Evans, “The Ultimate ‘Possibilist'”

This December, the folks at Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company (HEWV) took a moment to celebrate the career of beloved founder Mike Evans. A narrative tribute was the highlight of the celebration, featuring several of the company’s employees and clients nation-wide. 



Deborah Marquardt, Hanbury Evans public relations director, said Evans continues to be the quintessential leader. “I’ve come to believe the impossible things because Mike is the ultimate ‘possibilist,’” she said.


The Jpixx video crew visited the Hanbury Evans office to help capture employees’ favorite moments with Evans that inspire the rest of his team to believe in themselves and put forth their best effort. Of course we couldn’t have done it without the help of our assistant Jerry, a handy cellophane prop who contentedly watched with a bagel by his side.  

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas Cellophane

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Jpixx at Hanbury Evans in Norfolk

And with a Hot Ticket it’s a Golden Day

This year, we had the pleasure of working with our new client Cox11 across several projects in their Hot Ticket series. With Hot Ticket, Hampton Roads receives heightened attention through special features on local events, concerts and festivals.

Will Rodriguez, a video producer at Cox11, contacted Jpixx about a project with a quick turnaround. Both the 26th Annual Virginia Children’s Festival and War of the Wings were the same day with the former in Norfolk and the latter in Virginia Beach. Challenge accepted.

The Children’s Festival drew children and parents alike for a wide variety of attractions including storytelling, hands-on workshops, arts and crafts, and costumed characters. Teviya and Epic even made it out to see Maisy Mouse.

Maisy Mouse at Children's Fest Norfolk

From there, we headed off to Virginia Beach for a good old fashioned wing showdown. After a long morning, you could say we were a little hungry. Right as we were about to head for the wings, it was time to shoot the War.

Jessa’s heart said “Nooooo!!!!” but managed to keep semi-calm and carry on.

Hell’s Kitchen finalist Bryant Gallaher was among the guest judges who each sampled 50 wings in order to make a decision.

War of Wings Virginia Beach

Finally, we were able to take turns at our own samples of Hampton Roads’ finest. You could say the hunger left Jessa a little delusional as she headed straight for the untouched mounds of garlic mashed potatoes. Except the bowl of “potatoes” was really a generously whipped serving of butter. #NoThanks

After exceeding expectations with our non-traditional approach to film and photography, Cox11 has called us back for more shoots with an express wish that we continue to implement our style in further videos.

“It’s cool because we get to see so many events that are happening,” Jon said. “We get to be part of it.”

We’re so happy to have worked with Cox11 this year and look forward to many more shoots with them in 2015.

Creating a Body of Work for APM Spine & Sports

Tuesday marked the final day of shooting for APM Spine & Sports Physicians. Over the past few months, we’ve been gathering footage from interviews to B-roll in order to capture and represent all that the practice has to offer. The Jpixx team has filmed over the course of 3 shoot days to capture both locations and all doctors associated with the practice.

The marketing piece will be used in both offices’ waiting areas and be featured on the company website in order to create awareness of all the services APM offers.

“Folks might come here for one particular ache or pain and we want to spread the word that we treat a variety of issues,” practice administrator Rita Boslet said.

Our team started the morning by capturing B-roll of a real lumbar epidural procedural at APM’s Norfolk office. First, the photographers had to suit up in radiation gear.

Photographer in Radiation Vest

Once again, this project was in partnership with the wonderful Pam Catindig of Maverick Marketing, who waited patiently outside as the procedure took place. She said it was important that these were real patients undergoing actual procedures in the footage, allowing other patients to see how services are performed.

The final video will run between 30-45 minutes in length and feature physician interviews, procedural footage and facts to educate patients as they wait in the reception area.

For more pictures and updates on Jpixx activity, be sure to like us on Facebook.

Capturing the Heart of Norfolk

Today was our fourth day of shooting for the Downtown Norfolk Council. Our digital team continued to visit a variety of local shops, restaurants and downtown destinations – to capture the essence of the city from fitness to framing. (In the process, we’ve been able to visit some of our ongoing clients (Nusbaum, Grow, and Nauticus.) One of the locations we visited included a stop at Fitness First on Tazewell. Photographer Jessa even managed to fit in a workout.


One of the great parts of working on this project has been the influx of local volunteers eager to represent their hometown and favorite venues. We’ve enlisted a wide array of models, included Cat (pictured below), who enjoyed a chocolate facial during the shooting process at Smooth.

Photographing Facial

After we got over our massage envy, our photography crew headed across the way to Nest while director Jon Abrahams finally took a minute to rest and grab some lunch. Sometimes the life of the artist means you have to suffer some ground work.


Photographing Nest

If you’re wondering who our new addition is, meet Grace – our graphic intern for the day. Despite the sad face, she said she enjoyed the experience and hopes to return to help again. Best of luck in your endeavors, Grace!

Photographer and Intern

All of our Downtown Norfolk photos will be compiled into an image gallery for use by the DNC’s new website, launching next year. Be sure to keep an eye out for features of your favorite Norfolk businesses. Goooooooo Norfolk!

“The Tide” Norfolk Music Video Update

Get ready folks! The big premiere of the music video for Skye Zentz’ “The Tide” has been scheduled for a splash in Hampton Roads THIS SPRING.  But first, a look back.

A big shout out to all those who PACKED THE PLOT with us on July 18th for our grand finale shoot of “The Tide“!  What a blast!  We had about 100 people show up, including a mermaid!

If you missed it, check out the drone camera shot below for a glimpse of what the video will be like!  There was dancing, singing, and plenty of good times had.  We have to give a shout out to Panavoir for providing their food truck at our event.


The overall support by local businesses and organizations has been tremendous.  Even Mayor Paul Fraim sang along!  The people involved have been wonderful and play a big part in making this project possible.  Did you catch The Tide on the front page of the Virginian-Pilot?  How about on Channel 13?  This is the most publicity we’ve ever received.  It’s exciting!

The video is not yet done but we are excited to see how it comes together.  Skye has been truly amazing to work with.  She brings such positive energy to all our shoots.  Her love for Norfolk shines at each location we visit and we’ve been all over Norfolk.

Joe, our marketing intern, has done a great job handling a lot of the producing and marketing for this music video.  He even volunteered to be the Virginia Wesleyan College mascot, Bob Marlin, at our VWC shoot!


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