Author: Grace Silipigni

Nourish the Soul

A SPACE OF THEIR OWN: Get Well Soon represents owners Virginia Thornton and Zahra Ahmad's girl boss solution to a community in need of loving self-care, offering yoga, massage therapy, guided meditations and more. Self care. As if by clairvoyance,…

Beauty Beyond Borders

GLOBAL SMILE: Virginia Beach native Pritika Swarup is a global ambassador for Operation Smile whose new beauty line combines traditional Indian ingredients with modern textures to give women a confidence boost. Celebrities, influencers and other high-profile figures constantly curate collections…

Service Dogs for Those Who Served

“A trained service dog is the best medicine for individuals with deep invisible wounds. It’s an opportunity not to survive, but to live. Without Mutts With A Mission, my obituary would have been written years ago.” – Cheryl Caves, U.S.…

Grapes and Goats at Hampton Roads Winery

Bountiful harvests, bucolic beauty and a whole lot of history. That’s what you can expect during your visit to Hampton Roads Winery. Behind the sips and stories of this countryside escape are former Bay Staters Dave and Diane Sheldon. The…

Ladles of Love

Adjacent to Amy Markman’s contemporary Virginia Beach home is an immaculate 150-square-foot commercial chef’s kitchen dedicated to everything Soup Love. Among the industrial fixtures of stainless-steel refrigerators and sterile prep stations are bright pops of color from Markman’s collection of…

Elite Athletes: Top of Their Game

Photos by David Uhrin and Glenn Jones Every four years, hundreds of countries present their strongest, most dedicated athletes to compete on the world stage. They conquer every arena from snow-capped mountains, skating rinks and ice tracks to 50-meter swimming…

Outer Banks Boil Company Makes Virginia Beach Debut

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This statement certainly rings true for the founding trio of Virginia Beach’s Outer Banks Boil Company. The concept behind this alternative dining experience is a signature take-home boil prepped by the…

Coastal Virginia Farm Market Guide

April showers not only bring May flowers, but handpicked fruits, locally grown lettuce and Chesapeake Bay bites to farmers markets throughout Coastal Virginia. From the first sign of spring to the Hunter’s Moon in October, our region is flush with…

Set Sail at The Nautical Dog

Most pet owners can agree that we typically treat our furry friends better than we treat ourselves. We invest in the highest-quality foods, treats and gear that keep our beloved canines and felines happy and healthy. Amanda Wilbourne, owner of…

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: Callicoon Kitchen

What began as a humble food blog managed from a riverside farmhouse in upstate New York is now a rustic, full-service plant-based kitchen in Virginia Beach. The Hilltop market, dubbed Callicoon Kitchen,…

Unlock the Mysteries of The Ivy Hotel

Photos courtesy of The Ivy Hotel I ascend to The Conservatory of The Ivy Hotel and am instantly struck by its grandeur. A roaring fire radiates through the space, illuminating both the panoramic view of the downstairs courtyard and a…

2020 Nonprofit of the Year: Survivor Ventures

“In the movies, [human trafficking] is this big kidnapping situation. You’re taken away and never heard from again, but it’s not like that. It’s actually the complete opposite. Most of the time, it’s the people that you trust, love and…

Local Artist’s Pie Goes Viral

Pie fashion is high fashion for Virginia-based sculptor Karen Freidt, who swapped art supplies for kitchen utensils in her recent dive into creative baked goods. The former NASA employee experimented with elaborately carved pie crusts ranging from floral landscapes to…

Virginia is for Park Lovers

A narrow path ascends the banks of the nearby Broad Bay—the deep blue waters reflecting colored ripples from the rustling leaves of towering trees. The trail is heavily trodden, riddled with foliage and sand, and it is quiet, save the occasional crescendo of songbirds or quick staccato of a woodpecker's beak. When traversing the grounds of…

History Happens at Coastal Virginia Outdoor Attractions

Virginia is, quite literally, at the forefront of American history. The Commonwealth is the birthplace of our nation’s most significant settlements and most influential leaders. For centuries, our local soil produced bountiful harvests and bore the brunt of shipwrecks and…

Norfolk Botanical Garden Plants the Seed for Lifelong Grown, Learning and Innovation

We all have specific cities, venues and events we use to chronicle our lives. For some, their adolescence is archived by summer vacations along the Sandbridge shores or recorded by screams on the corkscrew turns of Busch Garden’s Alpengeist. For most Southside residents, however, their personal histories are tightly intertwined with Norfolk Botanical Garden.…

Back to the Beaches We Love

When you settle down in your hometown, you often take for granted its allure—its infinite sites, attractions and natural beauty that illicit jealousy in out-of-towners and spark marvel in new residents. We Coastal Virginians know this better than anyone. What we…

Daring to Be Powerful: YWCA Women of Distinction

Photography by Dave Uhrin and Jim Pile Nine women join the ranks of our region’s most powerful female leaders in the 32nd year of the YWCA South Hampton Roads’ Women of Distinction Awards. From courtrooms and classrooms to marine life…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Aleea Slappy Wilson

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, City of Norfolk “An impactful leader allows their life to be an example that inspires, challenges and encourages others to show up as their best most incredible selves.”   Aleea Slappy Wilson may only be…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Jeannette Rincon

Communications Command Operations Department Head/Lieutenant, United States Coast Guard “Our people are our most important resource and we need to make sure we take care of them so they can maximize their contribution to our service.”   Jeannette Rincon committed…