Community Involvement

At Virginia Coney Island, we believe in helping the community as much as possible. On this page you will find news articles about us as well as our sponsorships and donations in the Jackson community. We live in this community, the community supports the restaurant, and we believe in giving back. Contact us for more information.
 

News Articles

MLive Article by Zeke Jennings
June 13, 2012

JACKSON, MI – In stopping by Virginia Coney Island, 649 E. Michigan Ave., at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, one would think the lunch rush would be over.

Apparently not, however. Virginia Coney Island was bustling with people at that time this week, something owners Eli and Jan Potter say is not an exception these days.

The Potters both said business has been above average since it was included in MLive Media Group’s Best Coney Dog in Michigan contest in April.

“It seems to be a lot of people coming in saying they haven’t been here in a while,” Jan Potter said. “For whatever reason they stopped coming, a lot of people have been giving us another try since the contest.”

Virginia Coney Island and Andy’s Pizza were included as stops for the contest. That was after MLive readers voted the two establishments as the two best places to get coneys in Jackson.

Read the rest of the article on MLive

MLive Article by Zeke Jennings
April 18, 2012

JACKSON, MI – The coney capital of Michigan – Jackson, of course – made its presence known Wednesday in MLive Media Group’s quest for the state’s best coney hot dog.

Entertainment writer John Gonzalez, aka “Gonzo,” made stops at Virginia Coney Island, 649 E. Michigan Ave., and Andy’s Pizza, 1208 W. Ganson St., to taste the coneys that MLive readers voted the two best in town.

Gonzo, joined by several Citizen Patriot employees, including Brian Wheeler, Brad Flory, J. Scott Park and myself, started around noon at Virginia, where we got a history lesson in coneys from former owner Craig Christoff and current owners Eli and Jan Potter.

“The soldiers from Fort Custer (in Battle Creek) all used to come over here,” said Christoff, who inherited the business from his father. “This building is made from the same bricks from the train station, which is the oldest working train station in the country.”

Eli Potter, who bought the business from Christoff five years ago, said Virginia goes through 600 to 800 hot dogs a day.

“The sauce, the onions – everything is made fresh every day,” he said.

Read the rest of the article on MLive

MLive Article by Zeke Jennings
May 13, 2012

JACKSON, MI – The coney capital of Michigan – Jackson, of course – made its presence known Wednesday in MLive Media Group’s quest for the state’s best coney hot dog.

Entertainment writer John Gonzalez, aka “Gonzo,” made stops at Virginia Coney Island, 649 E. Michigan Ave., and Andy’s Pizza, 1208 W. Ganson St., to taste the coneys that MLive readers voted the two best in town.

Gonzo, joined by several Citizen Patriot employees, including Brian Wheeler, Brad Flory, J. Scott Park and myself, started around noon at Virginia, where we got a history lesson in coneys from former owner Craig Christoff and current owners Eli and Jan Potter.

“The soldiers from Fort Custer (in Battle Creek) all used to come over here,” said Christoff, who inherited the business from his father. “This building is made from the same bricks from the train station, which is the oldest working train station in the country.”

Eli Potter, who bought the business from Christoff five years ago, said Virginia goes through 600 to 800 hot dogs a day.

“The sauce, the onions – everything is made fresh every day,” he said.

Read the rest of the article on MLive

 

Sponsorships and Donations

The owner, Eli, is a retired school teacher and believes strongly in supporting youth development. As a result, Virginia Coney Island sponsors many youth sports teams, school programs, churches, and other community projects. Here are a few of our recent sponsorships and donations.

  • Northeast T-Ball
  • Spring Arbor Little League Baseball
  • Wesleyan Church Summer Bible School
  • American Veterans Annual Block Party
  • Jackson High School Project Graduation
  • Hunt Elementary School

  • Northwest High School Project Graduation
  • The Hunters Safety Program for Children
  • Co-ed Sunday League Softball
  • McCulloch Academy Carnival
  • Queen’s OctoberFest
  • 4-H Youth Development Organization

  • Jackson Area Catholic Schools Fall Festival
  • East Jackson 6th Grade Basketball
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Annual Grand River Cleanup
  • Jackson Fire Department