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The wall collection began with this photo of Joel at Disneyworld wearing a Sam’s shirt.
Joseph E. Zaremski’s art career started when he was 80 years old. This is a fun favorite. (see column)
These customers wore Sam’s T-shirts while touring “the Bean” in Chicago.
This is another great piece by Joseph E. Zaremski hanging on a tribute wall at Sam’s Subs.

Off The Beaten Path

With Jack Armistead


In my fun seeking travels around southside Hampton Roads, one of my go-to spots is Sam’s Texas Sub Shop on N. Colley Avenue.

The food is delicious and the conversation is interesting as well as providing therpeutic enjoyment.

Sam’s is operated by Joseph W. Zaremski (call him Joe) and Jennifer Croom (Jen). Sam’s was an offshoot of San Antonio Sam’s, a popular restaurant and bar in Ghent on Colley Avenue for 20 years. Joe was proprietor there for the last 10 years before he moved on. It was another great spot with the Zaremski magic touch.

The walls of Sam’s will keep you occupied if you are waiting for your lunch or dinner. One huge side wall features numerous photos of customers who have traveled around the world in Sam’s Subs T-shirts. They strike a pose showing where they are with the back of the shirts prominently displayed. Many photos are of local landmarks including the duck on the Hague in Ghent a couple of years ago. The photos will make you smile.

Another wall is dedicated to Joe’s late Dad, Joseph E. Zaremski, who began an art career in retirement at age 80. Joe’s Dad’s friend, Dorothy Hudgins, an artist herself, pushed him to pursue art. And he was terrific at it. Some of his pieces are prominently displayed above. Joe’s Dad passed away four years later at 84. He left his mark with art that appeared fun and enjoyable to create.

The T-shirt craze on the wall began when Joe and Jen opened the shop for Joe’s sons eight years ago. It continues today. I will take my Sam’s Subs T-shirt with me this summer when I pursue another travel photography journey. It all began when Joel Norcini an employee of O’Sullivan’s across the street at the time, brought in a photo of himself in a Sam’s T-shirt at Disney World soon after the shop opened.

Sam’s Subs enjoys a loyal customer base consisting of ODU staffers, coaches and
players and many nearby residents. It’s a fun stop.

The shop opened when North Colley Avenue only had a few well known businesses like O’Sullivan’s and Fellini’s and Westside Produce and Provisions. That part of Colley is now thriving with many other popular businesses opening since then. See you at Sam’s! Look for my T-shirt!

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