Author: Barrett Baker

What’s in a Name?

  Amedeo Obici was 11 years old when he left his home in Oderzo, Italy. His father unexpectedly died when he was seven, and his mother was forced to sell the family business. His uncle in America suggested that Amedeo…

New Year, New Flavors: 17 Local Restaurants to Try in 2022

Feature Photo by Sara Harris Photography 17 New Restaurants to Try Compiled by Leona Baker, Marisa Marsey, Arielle Patterson, Barrett Baker and Robey Martin Amedeo’s Ristorante in Suffolk Photos by Leona Baker The team that brought you elegant eats at…

Colorful Plates in Poquoson

Photos by Jim Pile Executive Chef Barry Wildman, of the recently opened Blue Crab & Purple Pig Bistro in Poquoson, almost didn’t become a restaurant owner. In fact, he almost stopped cooking altogether. After serving in the Coast Guard for…

Raise a Glass for Conservation at Sly Clyde

  For those who enjoy a good adult beverage but may want a change from your average beer and wine selections, Sly Clyde Ciderworks in the Phoebus neighborhood of Hampton provides an interesting diversion. With various cider-based offerings ranging from…

Torggler Center: Building on a Fine Arts Legacy

Photo by Barrett Baker The Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) closed its doors at the end of 2020 after 58 years of service to the local arts community and patrons. The new Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center on the…

Sitting Proper at Proper Barber Shop

Photos by Luke & Ashley Photography John Piña has always been interested in fashion, fitness and fun. Originally from California, Piña began his life on the East Coast up north, living in New Jersey and working in New York where fashion…

Home Sweet Bidding War

For Ayla and Patrick Joynt, the experience of shopping for their new home in Coastal Virginia was a rollercoaster ride. They were outbid not once, not twice, but three times on houses—at least one of which they describe as “a…

A Conversation with Owner of Aloha Snacks Jesse Wykle

Jesse Wykle is a man on a mission. He officially opened his own restaurant, Aloha Snacks, in Virginia Beach in early 2018. Shortly after, he was contacted by the Food Network to compete on their popular cooking show Beat Bobby…

Cancer in the Time of COVID

Battling cancer is difficult enough without extraneous circumstances or complications. Trying to do it while there is an international pandemic going on makes the fight that much more difficult. But that’s exactly where Deanna McRae King found herself after doing…

Local Team Fat Kid Appearing on “Great Food Truck Race”

On Thursday, March 19 at 9 p.m., the Food Network premiered The Great Food Truck Race: Gold Coast in which seven teams of aspiring food truck owners from across the country compete for a $50,000 grand prize. Joining them are local chefs Jason…

Top Lawyer of Real Estate: James Lonergan

James “JB” Lonergan began his career with Pender & Coward more than 35 years ago. At the time, the firm didn’t have nearly the 40-plus attorneys that are on staff today, but they wanted to be able to represent their…

Rising Sea Levels Cause Major Problems for Homeowners

According to a 2017 federal climate report, sea levels have risen 8 inches since 1900. That might not sound too apocalyptic until you realize that the last three inches have occurred since 1993. Models are predicting that number could go…

Top Dentist 2019: Dr. Shaun Rai

Dr. Shaun Rai truly loves being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. A typical day for Dr. Rai is primarily filled with office-based oral surgery, which includes removal of wisdom teeth, surgical management of impacted teeth, dental implant surgery, bone grafting and…

Top Doc of Urology: Dr. John S. Liu

There’s a lot to be said for environmental influences. Dr. John S. Liu is keenly aware of this. He comes from a family that is in the medical profession and, as a result, grew up in a setting where he was…

Battle of the Burgers: 24 Burgers Paired with Craft Beers

2018 CoVa Battle of the Burgers Champ Repeal Bourbon and Burgers. Photo by David Uhrin When you consider the standard components that make up a burger, individually, they’re not that riveting. A patty. Cheese. Lettuce. Tomato. Condiments. Two buns. But…

CoVa Mom Role Models: Theresa Ceniccola

Qualifying as a CoVa Mom Role Model candidate takes hard work, a challenge Theresa Ceniccola accepts every single day. She is a marketing strategist and writer, president and founder of the International Christian Mompreneur Network, vice president/chief operating officer at Red…

Top Doc of Geriatric Medicine: Dr. Robert Palmer

Dr. Robert Palmer didn’t realize he wanted to go into geriatric medicine until he was already well established in his medical career. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, then left for Los Angeles after graduating.…

Top Doc of Geriatric Medicine: Dr. Jacob Almeida

Dr. Jacob Almeida of Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) has been interested in life sciences, like biology, all his life, and he’s always had an interest in helping other people. With those two things going for him, it’s no wonder…

The Vanguard: Virginia's First Brewpub and Distillery

Serendipity. That’s how The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery Owner Randy Thomas describes a series of events that almost begged him to create and operate the first brewpub in Virginia that also houses a distillery owned by the same group. In…