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January 10, 2011

Merchants Square Spiffs Up for Spring

scaffolding and heavy equipment have appeared in Merchants Square this January as merchants take advantage of the winter season to spiff up and to make some needed infrastructure upgrades.

Coming This Spring

The two most extensive construction projects are taking place at the corner of North Henry and Duke of Gloucester Streets. Workers are renovating the former SunTrust Bank Building to transform it into Chef David Everett’s latest restaurant, the DOG Street Pub.

Across the street, the College of William and Mary Bookstore is undergoing a complete interior renovation that will enable the store to provide exciting new products and services including an expanded café and a technology store. The renovation also includes installation of a grand escalator connecting the two floors. The bookstore will remain open throughout the renovation.

Both projects are expected to be completed by April 2012.

Behind-The-Scenes Improvements

Other projects currently under way that may impact retailer hours, parking lots and sidewalks include:

  • Replacement of heating and air conditioning equipment at Berret’s Seafood Restaurant. Berret’s is closed through Jan. 13 to accommodate the work.
  • Infrastructure work at Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream. The shop is closed through Jan. 11.

    Merchants Square remains open for business with a variety of dining opportunities at restaurants, entertainment options at the Kimball Theatre and great shopping to cure the winter doldrums.

    Merchants Square, the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned Historic Area, is home to more than 40 shops and restaurants. Most of the stores and all of the restaurants are locally owned and operated. Locally owned specialty boutiques offer products ranging from ladies, men’s and children’s apparel to fine jewelry, art, specialty foods and gifts.

    In 2005 Merchants Square was added to the National Register of Historic Places along with the Williamsburg Lodge and the Williamsburg Inn to make up the Merchants Square and Resort Historic District. In 2009 the American Planning Association named Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square one of America’s Top 10 Great Streets.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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