PETERSBURG, Va — Financial problems in Petersburg aren’t stopping business development in the city. The city welcomed its 23rd new business this week.
“Business is still booming,” explained Danielle Fitz-Hugh, president and CEO of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. “People are picking Petersburg in spite of some of the economic conditions that the city is facing.”
Two new venues opened for business in Petersburg this week. Victoria Revilla is opening a hotel on Sycamore Street.
“I understand the value in Petersburg,” she told 8News Reporter Nakell Williams. “I just want to be a part of the revitalization. I have confidence that the poor management that we have at the city management level does not necessarily impact on entrepreneurs like myself.”
It took Revilla five years to bring the six-room boutique home-away-from-home to life.
The hotel’s name, The Jury’s Inn, is inspired by the courthouse across the street. It was her dream to start a business after 31 years of service in the United States Army.
The hotel room fees will start at $100 per night.
A new farm business is also located at 145 Halifax. It could help make the city’s low access to fresh produce a thing of the past.
“We re-granted to four entrepreneurs almost $60,000. One of those grantees was Virginia Vegetable Company, and he’s operating Petersburg Grows urban farming right here in the city,” Fitz-Hugh said.
“Currently I have one urban garden, and I’m working on two new ones with residents,” explained Paul Meyer, founded of Petersburg Grows. “That is something I want to move towards with smaller lots.
“I’m basically looking for residents that already have vacant lots that would like to open it up to an urban farmer and grow on it as a market garden and sell those vegetables in the city.”