Best Nest Interiors Relocating to Virginia Beach

Inside Best Nest on Mason Street, the preeminent interior furnishings business on the lower Eastern Shore.


January 8, 2013

Another lower Mason Avenue business is leaving town.

Best Nest Interiors, located at 115 Mason Avenue, has announced that it will close its Cape Charles store after Monday, January 14.

The announcement came in an email from Town Council member Joan Natali to subscribers of “Cape Charles Happenings.”

According to the announcement, Best Nest is relocating to the North Beach Shoppes on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach across the street from Kroger, one block from the bridge tunnel.

“We hope to continue to be a part of Cape Charles. Our home is here and we will maintain a warehouse here for our Cape Charles customers,” owners John Selway and Nikki Schroeder wrote. “We will be keeping in touch with all of you as we make our exciting move to the ‘big city.’ We value all of the support we have received on the Eastern Shore for the last six years.”

The owners anticipate opening the Virginia Beach store  January 18.

Best Nest also once operated a store on Highway 13 in Cheriton but closed it several years ago.

Best Nest has furnished a number of prominent homes on the Eastern Shore, including the new Bay Creek house next to the lighthouse which recently sold for $1.2 million completely furnished.

The west end of Mason Avenue has seen several commercial departures recently, with the biggest hit being the closing of Bank of America at 201 Mason. The bank building subsequently was purchased by the Town of Cape Charles for use as a library.

Harbor Grille at 241 Mason Avenue closed in 2011, but Brown Dog Ice Cream opened at the same location this past July. However, Brown Dog is closed for the winter.

Before Brown Dog opened, a frozen yoghurt shop was planned for the 200 block of Mason, but the owners got no further than erecting a sign before work stopped.


Lynn Gray opened Shore Imagination at 205 Mason Avenue in conjunction with her realty office in 2012, but in the process vacated her former real estate office at 219 Mason.

Mayor Dora Sullivan opened “Low Tide Treasures” last year in one of the Sullivans’ suites at 109 Mason Avenue, but another business in one of the suites reportedly is planning to move out of the area within the next few months.

Meanwhile, thanks to the efforts of such persons as Sandy McFall at Gallery 209, many of the vacant storefronts have been decorated with artwork — a vast improvement over brown paper.



6 Responses to “Best Nest Interiors Relocating to Virginia Beach”

  1. Anthony Sacco on January 7th, 2013 11:11 pm

    Last person to leave, please turn out the lights. I remember in World War II, I was being transported by train from New York to California to be shipped out into the Pacific. We made several stops so the personnel could stretch their legs. I remember this place with a lot of houses, a post office, and a bar. I asked the officer why no one was there. He told me, “Once this was a town with a lot of people, but now it’s Ghost Town.” “What happened,” I asked. “People got fed up and left for the cities because there were no jobs,” was his reply. That was over 70 years ago. That scenario actually will happen to Cape Charles if we don’t learn from history.

  2. Deborah Bender on January 8th, 2013 7:39 am

    I am sorry to hear that Best Nest is leaving our town. I bought the most beautiful sofa and chair there a few years ago. I try to support local businesses as often as possible. One of my favorite shops is Bad Girlz and I never go there without a stop into Fig’s antique shop. I wish more locals would shop local, but it’s hard for many folks considering this is the second poorest county in Virginia. Good luck John & Nikki!

  3. Stefanie Hadden on January 8th, 2013 8:37 am

    So sorry to hear this- you cannot find two nicer, friendlier business people than John and Nikki. I always loved shopping in their store for special gifts, and gazing longingly in their windows at night after closing. They will be missed.

  4. Nancy Proto on January 8th, 2013 9:48 am

    Sad. Very sad indeed to see Best Nest head over the Bay. I loved the store from the moment I stepped into it so when we were ready to build our home here in town I contacted Nikki to see if she does consulting work. She did and together – really just her – we picked out everything needed to build our home: cabinets, tile flooring, wood flooring, etc., EVERYTHING right down to the color on the walls to the knobs on the cabinets. I also have from Best Nest beautiful furniture, rugs, lamps, etc. Always friendly, always helpful. I will miss you John and Nikki – see you in Virginia Beach. We wish you all the best!!

  5. Evelyn Pinili on January 8th, 2013 10:55 am

    Sad to hear John & Nikki are closing Best Nest! We bought our sectionals there a few years ago and that was the best decision we made, instead of buying across the bay!
    We’ll miss you both! Good luck & God Bless!

  6. Gene & Colleen Kelly on January 9th, 2013 8:20 am

    Very sorry to hear of this. Many of our guests made purchases that they were thrilled with! John & Nikki will be sorely missed, a touch of class on Mason, that will be difficult to replace! Wishing you all the best across the Bay!