Sensational Singles 2014




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Coastal Virginia Magazine Sensational Singles 2014

We take care to choose Sensational Singles each year who are motivated, successful and determined to take full advantage of the best spots in our region. So, this time around, we decided let the Chelsea Business District in Norfolk serve as our backdrop. Though it’s existed for decades, this up-and-coming area is experiencing a rejuvenation spurred by trendsetters and entrepreneurs. It’s pretty much the perfect place for a single person to hang out and possibly meet their match—or just have a great time.

 

Photos: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography 

Hair and makeup by Heather Pierce Greene and Kristan Barclay of Dolce Vita Salon & Day Spa, Yorktown. Special thanks to the folks at The Muse Writers Center, for providing us a home base for our photo shoot. The Muse offers classes, readings and special events.

Make plans to attend this year’s Sensational Singles Soiree Nov. 13 at Eagles’ Nest, Chesapeake, where our 20 singles will be up for a date auction!

 

Sensational Singles 2014 Brandon VaughneBRANDON VAUGHNE

Age: 27

City: Virginia Beach

Occupation: Group Sales Manager, The Founders Inn & Spa

Kids? If yes, how many? No.

Ever been married? No.

Length of longest relationship: 1 year.

In the market for? Women.

Dealbreakers? Facial hair.

I never leave the house without ...  my clothes.

Guilty pleasure? Peanut butter.

On a first date I never ... go to an Italian restaurant. Bad breath ...

If I had one wish: Travel the world.

My first kiss: My mom. Wasn’t yours?

Worst habit? Short, sarcastic answers to questions.

Most people don’t know this about me: I was born in Erie, Pa.

Phobias? Going back to Erie, Pa.

Biggest goal in life? To be a father.

Favorite neighborhood? Sandbridge.

Most exciting trend? Mud runs and obstacle races.

If you were an entrepreneur, what sort of business would you start? A wine bar.

Your life’s biggest development so far was ... joining the hospitality industry.

Best date spot in Coastal Virginia? So you can ruin my secret!? Not a chance.

My take on Coastal Virginia’s singles scene: There are single people here? Mind = blown.

What do you find sensational about yourself? I’m successful, outgoing, family-minded, love God, enjoy life and am extremely laid back. And I can juggle ... seriously.

Why do you think you are single? Because I’m not dating anyone.

 

Sensational Singles 2014 Frank McLawhornFRANK MCLAWHORN

Age: 35

City: Newport News

Occupation: Realtor

Kids? If yes, how many? Yes,1.

Ever been married? Yes.

Length of longest relationship: 8 years.

In the market for? Women.

Dealbreakers? Smoking, laziness.

I never leave the house without ... my head. Everything else might fall victim to my ADHD .

Guilty pleasure? Cookies. I had to start a cookies anonymous group. It failed—someone brought donuts to the first meeting.

On a first date I never ...  say never.

If I had one wish: Busch Gardens would stop being bought and sold like a street walker on a busy corner.

My first kiss: Behind a church. Holy water still boils to this day over that.

Worst habit? Speaking my mind, bluntness.

Most people don’t know this about me: Even though I have a tough shell, I have a sensitive side too.

Phobias? Germs and dirty bathrooms.

Biggest goal in life? To enjoy life and remember how precious it is/

Favorite neighborhood? Fair housing question (can't answer). All the real estate agents reading this are laughing.

Most exciting trend? Hipsters are finally going out of style.

If you were an entrepreneur, what sort of business would you start? I am an entrepreneur, and the service industry.

Best date spot in Coastal Virginia? All of it! Is there anywhere you can’t have a good time?

My take on Coastal Virginia’s singles scene: Meh, there is a scene with singles in it.

What do you find sensational about yourself? It’s definitely got to be my personality since my parents’ genetics failed me in the looks department.

Why do you think you are single? Pssshh, it’s gotta be everyone else's fault.

 

Sensational Singles 2014 Laila Muhammad​LAILA MUHAMMAD

Age: 33

City: Chesapeake

Occupation: News Anchor

Kids? If yes, how many? None.

Ever been married? No.

Length of longest relationship: 5 years.

In the market for? Adventure! Surprise me. Skydiving, Rocky Mountain climbing, 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.

Dealbreakers? Bad breath and body odor, subject-verb disagreement, cheating, Lakers fans.

I never leave the house without ... lip gloss! My lips are way too “obvious” to be ashy.

Guilty pleasure? Eating Chick-fil-A every Friday for my cheat meal and watching Say Yes to the Dress marathons.

On a first date I never ... allow a man to pick me up from my house or talk about anything too serious like money or marriage.

If I had one wish: Win the Mega Millions lottery game.

My first kiss: At a zoo on a school field trip. It was a quick peck—with a boy, not a zoo animal.

Worst habit? Blowing bubbles when I chew gum.

Most people don’t know this about me: I have freckles.

Phobias? Spiders, snakes, rodents.

Biggest goal in life? To host a national talk show.

Favorite neighborhood? Sandbridge.

Most exciting trend? Pole fitness.

If you were an entrepreneur, what sort of business would you start? An accessories line or a talent agency.

Best date spot in Coastal Virginia? Go Ape! in Williamsburg.

My take on Coastal Virginia’s singles scene: Diverse. There are many festivals, concerts and other events throughout the year that provide the opportunity to meet new people. You just have to be open-minded.  

What do you find sensational about yourself? I work hard and play hard, I love to travel, I’m comfortable and confident in my own skin, I’m not afraid to do karaoke even though I can’t sing, I make an awesome homemade kale soup, I enjoy giving back and mentoring.

 

Coastal Virginia Magazine Sensational Singles 2014 Cherae Chaney​CHERAE CHANEY

Age: 22

City: Virginia Beach

Occupation: Entrepreneur and Nanny

Ever been married? No.

Length of longest relationship: 6 months.

In the market for? Motivated, inspirational people.

Dealbreakers? Selfishness.

I never leave the house without ... my ‘Nanny Bag’ (it has everything in it from scissors to a change of clothes to safety pins).

Guilty pleasure? Dancing to show tunes.

On a first date I never ... run out of things to talk about.

My first kiss: Awkwardly cool.

Worst habit? Singing at inappropriate times.

Most people don’t know this about me: I work four jobs.

Phobias? Bugs.

Biggest goal in life? To change stereotypes and open minds .

Favorite neighborhood? Sesame Street (I mean seriously, think about it).

If you were an entrepreneur, what sort of business would you start? I started my nanny business to help families with their childcare options.

Your life’s biggest development so far was ... my confidence to start my own business, The Nannies Nest.

Best date spot in Coastal Virginia? Performance venues.

My take on Coastal Virginia’s singles scene: A mystery.

What do you find sensational about yourself? My ability to relate to anyone.

Why do you think you are single? If I knew, I am not sure I would change.

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