Author: CovaMag

Esprit Décor Home Furnishings

At Esprit Décor Home Furnishings, it’s our commitment to quality, customer service and professionalism that makes the difference. Our staff of expert designers and professionals are here to guide you as much, or as little, as you like. No one…

Many Happy Returns to askHRgreen.org!

What is an appropriate gift for a 10-year old? A lava lamp, a new bike, markers for doodling, a hammock for day dreaming? Our friends at askHRgreen.org would probably go for all of these things, but the best gift we…

She Said She Shed

By Erika Guess Photo by Janice Marshall-Pittman In 2019, Katie Williams told her husband Brandon she’d like to reclaim some space in their backyard for a home office. She had started a remote position with Aflac in North Carolina, and…

ECSC: The Longest Ride

  By Hannah Serrano While most of us missed the beach entirely last summer, an extremely scaled-down version of the East Coast Surfing Championships barreled ahead under stringent safety precautions, making it the oldest continuously running surfing competition in the…

Best of the Blocks: CoVa's Coolest Neighborhoods

What gives a neighborhood its character? Is it the homes, the people, the location? Sure. But then there’s the vibe, the energy, the golf carts, the dog parks, the corner cafes. There’s the history and comradery. The theaters, restaurants, churches…

Totes Adorbs: Bags for Summer

By Erika Guess Cast off your wool scarf and put your sweaters in storage, because summer is here. As you adjust your wardrobe for the season, don’t forget about your bag. That black leather tote looks great with your peacoat,…

New Openings and Revamped Menus from Coastal Virginia Restaurants

Eurasia Hits Refresh Eurasia Café’s just-revealed makeover brightens things up by carving out side windows for natural lighting and moving the bar up front where you can slake your pandemic-weary thirst for travel with a Wanderlust starring butterfly pea-infused Gunpowder…

Thinking Out of the Box

By Erika Guess Spring/summer planting season is upon us. Container gardening is a fun way to liven up your outdoor spaces and make them pop, whether you’re decorating an entryway or accenting an entire yard. My mother is an avid…

What is the Mouth/Body Connection?

Simply stated, what happens in the mouth affects the body, and vice versa. A November 2016 scientific study by medical doctors Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen has unequivocally confirmed the cause and effect relationship of periodontal disease to high blood…

Norfolk's Siren Skate Shop is on a Roll

By Hannah Serrano Photos by Will Hawkins Years ago, when Siren Skate Shop owner Mike Merritt was looking to buy some custom-built skateboards for his three sons, he of course made the obligatory trip to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, where…

2021 Summer Fun Guide

 Local Attractions Hunt Club Farm Hunt Club Farm offers something for everyone, from young to old and in between. On the farm, we raise chickens, goats, and other livestock. We also provide educational field trips and feature nature and…

Wining and Dining in Phoebus

When you dream of opening a cozy, intimate wine bar with big international menu flavors to match, you can’t let a pandemic put the cork back in your unbottled enthusiasm. And, like many local restauranteurs, the owners of the new Fox…

Green Thumb Guidance

Keep your garden thriving all summer long with tips from our local expert Jack Frost Landscapes & Garden Center. After a chilly winter, gardeners, both novice and experts, are eager to get outside and get their hands in the dirt.…

CoVa Battle of the Burgers is Back

Coastal Virginia Magazine is thrilled to share that the CoVa Battle of the Burgers will be returning to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from noon-5 p.m.* The CoVa Burger Battle brings together some…

The Beauty of Bread at Angie's Bakery

By Hannah Serrano As both a fine art painter and an artisan baker/small business owner, Ken Garcia Olaes is having his proverbial cake and eating it too. But instead of cake, it’s ensaymada—a fluffy, swirly cloud of Filipino-style brioche slathered…

Hunger for Change

By Clayton Singleton Too often, I scroll food delivery apps on my phone, begrudge which grocery to visit or stare into my fridge indecisively like the cereal aisle scene in the film The Hurt Locker. I commonly refer to these…

Coastal Virginia Spring Arts Preview

By Hannah Serrano To say it’s been a tough year for the arts is, of course, a vast understatement. Arts organizations and venues are fighting hard to survive. Some remain shuttered through the fall; some are streaming digital performances in…

Gardening from Scratch

By Ashleigh Meyer The most difficult time of year for me as a gardener is the window between winter and spring, when the planting season is tantalizingly close, but the ground is still too frozen, and the last frost of…

Learn How to Get Your Virginia Medical Marijuana Card

Did you know that Virginia doctors can recommend medical marijuana for any condition they feel will benefit the patient, including anxiety, cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, glaucoma and PTSD? Read on to learn more! Use Code COVA21 for $20 off your…

Transform Your Backyard into a Staycation Retreat

Local expert, Visionscapes, shares the latest trends to turn your backyard into an at-home oasis. Images courtesy of Visionscapes Land Design Inc. It goes without saying that we’ve certainly been spending a lot of time at home, particularly in the…

Culinary Delights, Inspired

Delicious delicacies and excellent libations abound in the crown jewel of coastal Virginia — Hampton! Whether you’re a sophisticated foodie, Southern comfort food fan, craft beer aficionado, libation lover, seafood connoisseur, or simply someone who loves enjoying a delicious meal,…

Visit Suffolk, Virginia

To capture the full flavor that is Suffolk, Virginia, one must blend a rich agricultural foundation, the historic charm of repurposed landmarks, the delicious creations of local chefs, the thrum of live bands setting the mood for street festivals, and…