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Still Sailing: The American Rover at 35

Its red sails have become a signature sight on the Downtown Norfolk waterfront, and this year the American Rover celebrates its 35th year in operation. Principal owner, Brook Smith, recalls how at just 25 years old, he became the head…

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…

Heirloom Restaurant: Food and Family

Dictionaries define heirloom as “a valuable object that has belonged to the same family for many years,” noun. The crew at Heirloom, the elevated farm-to-table restaurant near the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, parsed its meaning long before opening in December…

Summer Vino Trio at Williamsburg Winery

In the cool, dimly lit cellar at The Williamsburg Winery, winemaker Matthew Meyer strolls row after row of aging vintages before inserting a glass wine thief into an oak barrel, carefully drawing out a sample of their Adagio signature red…

Worth the Weights: Strength Training Tips

Photos by Luke and Ashley Photography Research has consistently shown the importance of resistance training in overall fitness. Adding weight to your workout can do wonders for bone health, muscle strength, metabolism and much more. When fitness coach Gary Deagle…

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…

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…

Hailstork: Music from the Heart

Most people tend to slow down when they enter their golden years—but that’s hardly the case for world-renown composer Adolphus Hailstork, who recently retired from his teaching position at Old Dominion University. At age 80, the Virginia Beach resident is…

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…

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…

Amazing Avocados and Dreamy Greens

Grilled or sliced, savory or sweet—creamy avocados corner the fresh market in these summery salads and a cool treat Photos by David Uhrin Hipsters may have made them meme-worthy—$22 avocado toast, anyone?—but there’s a reason nutritionists and foodies alike sing…

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…

Going Green on Your Big Day

Follow these five suggestions to make your wedding more ecofriendly, with small changes that can make a major impact. Send Green Invitations Start your environmentally friendly wedding off by sending out green invitations. Have your save the dates and invitations…

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.…

Hot Summer Spins

It’s getting hot out there. And that means it’s high time for some even hotter tunes to serve as your perfect summer soundtrack. The music nerds, AKA experts at local AFK Records, who have been “cheerfully slinging vinyl and books…

Cooler Cocktails: Summer Drink Recipes

Photos by Janice Marshall-Pittman Like every local restaurant during the pandemic, Williamsburg’s The Hound’s Tale, “an English gastropub with international…

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,…

Flights of Fancy

Images courtesy of CapstoneWhen Sam Hundley’s Gifts of the Magpie was released by Capstone Editions on March 1 of this year, the retired Virginian-Pilot graphic designer and Norfolk-based “American Scrap Artist” added children’s book author and illustrator to his resume. Stories…

Boating Life Reimagined

Imagine that you have access to a private fleet of clean, well-maintained vessels: bow riders, deck boats, center consoles, pontoon boats and more. Visualize arriving at your local boat club. You’re greeted by a dock concierge who relieves you of…

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…