Author: Melissa Stewart

Online Farmers Markets: From Dirt to Doorstep

Karla Robinson used to consider herself the meat and potatoes type, but a passion for produce grew when the “veggie fairy” began making weekly visits to her front porch. “I grew up in the Midwest and summer meant salads—of iceberg…

Take the Cake with these Wedding Cake Trends

The cake—it’s something everyone at the wedding looks forward to, whether it’s watching the bride and groom playfully feed each other the first slice or diving into the decadent buttercream and perfect almond sponge. Thankfully, Coastal Virginia bakers are satisfying…

VB Picnic Co. is Spreading the Love

Just when you thought picnics couldn’t get any more romantic, imagine how in love you would be with casual outdoor dining if the setup, seasonal spread and clean up were all taken care of—by someone else. Twin sisters Abbey and…

Three Adventures on the Virginia Capital Trail

When it opened to pedal pushers and pedestrians alike in 2015, the hope was that the Virginia Capital Trail would be a route dedicated to recreation, healthy living—and, of course, history. The 51.7-mile, multi-use trail runs from Virginia’s past capital…

Local Energy Drinks for Pre-Workout Fuel

We all have days when our natural energy just isn’t enough. Sometimes we need a boost to take our sweat session to the next level—or just muster the motivation to get started. Thankfully, local brands are coming up with energy…

Indoor Climbing Gyms Rise in Popularity

If you want to see a skilled climber scale 56 feet of rock with ease, no need to head to the mountains. Instead, drive to the parking lot of Pembroke Mall. The floor-to-ceiling storefront windows of Latitude Climbing + Fitness…

Free to Be Green Juice Recipe from Free Range Juice

This recipe is a veggie-forward juice from Free Range Juice loaded with fruits and veggies like Vitamin K-packed cucumbers, green apple (Vitamin C and potassium) and super-packed kale with Vitamins K, A, C, Manganese and copper. The health benefits associated…

Adding Green into Your Nutrition Routine

We’ve been told to “eat the rainbow” to achieve well-balanced nutrition, but it turns out concentrating on one particular shade can really color your life with good health and happiness. Yes, we mean greens. Kale, spinach and chard. Wheat grass,…

Running with Rover

From 5Ks and marathons to everything in between, Kim “Rooster” Rossiter and his daughter Ainsley ran 100 races together during her life. When she passed away in 2016 from a rare neurological disorder, Rossiter kept on running … and running.…

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: A Taste of Texas

Texas native Tim Dodd satisfied a local legion of barbecue enthusiasts in September when he opened a brick-and-mortar version of his A Taste of Texas food truck and catering business. The new space is located in an eclectic and hidden…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021: The Pink Dinghy

Listening to the story of The Pink Dinghy’s opening is a lesson in perseverance. Construction delays, an elderly woman crashing her Nissan into the side of the building…and then COVID, of course. It sounds unbelievable, but despite all of these…

Born Primitive Fitness Apparel is Work Hard Wear

Photos courtesy of Born Primitive Born Primitive is much more than a brand. When enthusiasts exercise in their “apparel of the driven,” they embody a work hard, no excuses mentality that has been a secret to success for this local…

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…

Coastal Virginia Fall Foliage Trails

Autumn is easily my favorite season to be outdoors in Coastal Virginia. A much-needed reprieve from brutal humidity combined with not-too-cold-yet temperatures and trees ablaze in bright hues makes me giddier than a quad-shot pumpkin spice latte. Our region is…

The Arts Must Go On...Virtually

Experience the Virginia International Tattoo through VAF's new Virtual Connections program. Stay-at-home orders may have you missing afternoons lingering at your favorite art museum or the excitement of experiencing a live performance on stage, but the COVID-19 quarantine doesn’t have to…

Six Easy Spring Backyard Projects to do During Quarantine

In our pre-quarantine lives, the spring season likely meant being slammed with work obligations, end-of-school events and exams, sports tournaments and more. However, now that we are sheltering in place, there are few better ways to make the best of…

Virtual Workouts to Do at Home

With all gyms and fitness centers on COVID-19 lockdown, getting in your usual workout routine might seem daunting. It’s easy to make excuses at a time like this but being dedicated to social distance doesn’t mean you should sit around…

Mint Color Scheme Adds Charm to Your Wedding Day

Berta Bridal Evening Collection bridesmaid dress style 19-64. Berta.com Whether you decide to go with a seafoam shade or select a soothing sage, a mint scheme can add vintage vibes, modern sophistication or coastal charm to your big day. This…

Wellness Wonder Woman: Kristen Crowley

Photo by James Patrick Photography For 12 years, Kristen Crowley slept an average of four to five hours a night. Her grind began at 2:45 a.m., she worked from 3:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then spent most of the time…

10 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginia is a place flourishing with flavor, thanks in part to some exceptional eateries that opened recently. From a raw bar and tiki bar to a gem for gluten-free fare, a waterside watering hole with views aplenty and that…