Author: Arielle Patterson

Wedding Trend: Lush Lighting

Among the many details of a wedding, lighting can be an underrated element. How you decide to illuminate your big day can make even the smallest touches shine and set the mood for your ceremony and reception. Get a touch…

2021 Juneteenth Events in Coastal Virginia

Juneteenth, also recognized as Freedom Day, honors the date that the last group of enslaved African Americans were freed in Galveston, Texas in 1865—more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation Order, which took effect on Jan. 1, 1863.…

Christy Coleman is Reshaping Our Story

Photos courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation As a seasoned historian, Christy Coleman knows the importance and power of museums, historical narratives, and inclusivity and doesn’t shy away from what some may consider challenging conversations. “I’ve always been intrigued with how…

The Buzz on Coastal Cocktails

Photos courtesy of Davis Ad Agency Enjoying a well-made cocktail once required either a trip to a local bar or a bottle of spirits, mixers and a shaker. That was before ready-to-drink beverages changed the game with an array of…

Spring Fever at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

While the Norfolk Botanical Garden is a year-round attraction, spring is when the wildflowers start to bloom, painting the landscape with an array of vibrant colors. Throughout March, the Botanical Garden celebrates the blooming daffodils with Daffodil Daze, while April…

2021 St. Patrick’s Day Events in Coastal Virginia

While the local favorite Ocean View St. Patrick’s Day Parade is canceled again, many area businesses are still able to host a variety of events this year. From live-streamed performances to events for the whole family, here are some ways…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021

Baby Izakaya Virginia Beach What the pub is to Ireland and the tapas bar is to Spain, so the izakaya is to Japan. Kevin Ordonez (already a star in our culinary firmament…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021: Roux Raw Bar and Grill

In an intimate Hampton restaurant, a brightly colored wall mural and Bourbon Street-style second line soundtrack transports diners to Chef Charlton Minor’s idea of New Orleans. Complementing the sights are the Cajun flavors that Minor is serving up at Roux…

What's New at Nauticus in January and February

Nauticus and The Battleship Wisconsin will kick off 2021 with a new exhibit, educational events and a Black History Month celebration. Here’s what’s new and happening at Nauticus in January and February: Beginning Jan. 30: Planet or Plastic? Nauticus will…

2021 Restaurant Weeks in Coastal Virginia

The holiday season may be over, but it’s the most wonderful time of year for Coastal Virginia foodies. Over the next few months, participating restaurants throughout the region will be offering dining deals in conjunction with each city’s Restaurant Week.…

5 to Try at Yendidi Restaurant

Images courtesy of Yendidi Restaurant Coastal Virginia has become a melting pot for international fare. Adding some spice to our regional restaurant offerings is Yendidi Restaurant, serving flavorful, authentic Ghanaian and West African cuisine. Yendidi opened for takeout back in…

Moe Stevenson: A Craftsman of Comforting Cuisine

If comfort food were an art form, Motier Stevenson could be hailed as Coastal Virginia’s Leonardo da Vinci. Stevenson is chef and co-owner of My Mama’s Kitchen, a homey restaurant near Norfolk’s East Beach dishing out Southern-style cuisine with a…

2020 Coastal Virginia Shop Local Guide

What better holiday season than 2020—this wild ride of a year—to eschew those mail-order mainstream gifts or big box store baubles in favor of shopping local for the ones you love? Imagine how much we could do for our local…

Hop Aboard The Nature Bus

Photos courtesy of The Nature Bus “My heart and my soul are meant to be outdoors,” says Suzanne Moss. Moss, a former elementary school teacher, wanted to share her love of nature with others, so in 2017 she started a…

5 Fall Beers from Coastal Virginia Breweries

Fall ushers in cooler temperatures, amber-colored landscapes and a new season of craft beers. The light, citrusy flavors of summer IPAs transition into richer, spiced autumnal offerings from Coastal Virginia breweries. Here are five fall brews that are perfect for…

Droofin Delivers Wine and Beer across Coastal Virginia

Norfolk-based startup, Droofin, is set to deliver wine and beer to thirsty residents on the Southside of Coastal Virginia. “Droofin is exclusively an online beer and wine ordering platform that delivers chilled, ready-to-enjoy products to your doorstep,” according to owner…

Young George Washington Comes to Life at Colonial Williamsburg

When we think about the life and legacy of George Washington, our mind envisions the statesman, military general, Founding Father and first president of the United States. Before he became an exemplary figure in American history, George Washington was a…

Commune Launches Student-Led Restaurant in Norfolk

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commune’s Norfolk location closed its doors. The sustainable restaurant is set to reopen this Saturday, Aug. 15 with a new culinary concept, CommunexCROP. In partnership with The CROP Foundation (CROP), an organization dedicated…

Uncomfortable Conversations

Our country is at a turning point. I never thought I’d see, in my lifetime, a civil rights movement for racial equality. Images of people marching down city streets and protesting outside city halls and police stations harken back to…