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Christy Coleman is Reshaping Our Story

Photos courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation As a seasoned historian, Christy Coleman knows the importance and power of museums, historical narratives, and inclusivity and doesn’t shy away from what some may consider challenging conversations. “I’ve always been intrigued with how…

Alison Glass' Pattern of Success

Surface designer, Alison Glass, is based in the Yorktown area, but her reach extends far beyond. One of the designers with Andover Fabrics, a 100-year-old family-owned company based in New York City,…

Billy the Kidden Rescue Works Wonders for Cats

Billy the Kid may be history’s most notorious outlaw, but Virginia Beach-based Billy the Kidden Rescue (BTKR) has a far kinder and gentler reputation. Just ask Stevie Wonder, a fluffy gray and white cat who BTKR pulled from the Suffolk…

Moe Stevenson: A Craftsman of Comforting Cuisine

If comfort food were an art form, Motier Stevenson could be hailed as Coastal Virginia’s Leonardo da Vinci. Stevenson is chef and co-owner of My Mama’s Kitchen, a homey restaurant near Norfolk’s East Beach dishing out Southern-style cuisine with a…

Living Landscape Artist: Yolima Carr

Photos by Beth Hester Since 1993, Yolima Carr has been a stalwart fixture on the local horticultural scene. From her first job pulling weeds as a gardener at the Norfolk Botanical Garden to her current position as the Elizabeth River…

Young George Washington Comes to Life at Colonial Williamsburg

When we think about the life and legacy of George Washington, our mind envisions the statesman, military general, Founding Father and first president of the United States. Before he became an exemplary figure in American history, George Washington was a…

Flying High at the Military Aviation Museum

Double Trouble Two is a North American P-51 Mustang, the type of fighter plane flown by Americans that saw combat in the Second World War. It’s the kind of warbird in dogfights that dodged and nosedived, shelled the Axis powers…

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…

ABLE By Amanda Campbell: Fashionable Clothing for All Women

Photo by Alexander at Jawfox Photography. Models Catherine Owens and Margaret Massie. ABLE By Amanda Campbell is making a fashion statement by designing socially conscious clothing for women. “I want to empower women and make them feel confident and beautiful…

Windle McFly Rocks Out with The Deloreans

Photos by David Uhrin Windle McFly doesn’t really do khakis, tucked-in polo shirts or combed hair. This workaday wardrobe would be considered more like costumed garb for the rock star whose getup is all things purposely self-proclaimed shiny, tacky and…

Meet the Mayor of Virginia Beach

Photo by David Uhrin Running on a platform based on reinstating trust in local government, Robert “Bobby” Dyer was inaugurated as Virginia Beach’s new mayor this past November following a special election held in succession to Will Sessoms’ resignation earlier…

Artful Impact: OnieTonie's Public Art

Photos by David Uhrin Public art can give your city a sense of identity; it can inspire individuals to think creatively, unify neighborhoods and instigate a dignified pride in your community. Troy Summerell, better known by OnieTonie, his pseudonym for…

Williamsburg's Kid Food Critic

“Ambiance, flavor, presentation and service,” are the qualities food critic Leo Ruiz-Torres considers when he reviews his experience at a restaurant. “And if it’s kid-friendly or not,” Leo urgently adds. He’s a phenom as a foodie, a culinary connoisseur, a…

Sam The Lasagna Lady

For Samantha A. Peavy, life, like lasagna, has many layers to it, each with lessons in resilience, endurance, loving again and victory. As the author of Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life and award-winning owner and chef of…

Virginia Zoo Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara

Virginia Zoo's Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara with AJ, an 85-year-old, 507- pound Aldabra tortoise. Photo by David Uhrin With wild animals of all shapes and sizes, scales and feathers, the Virginia Zoo is considered home for a distinctive collection…

Performance Painter Gerome Meminger

You might say the art of local painter Gerome Meminger encompasses two sides. One is his fine arts side, where he’ll use small brushes to incorporate intricate detail to his pieces, sometimes spending weeks completing a single painting inside his…

NASCAR Driver Macy Causey

Photo by Brian Freer Macy Causey, a 16-year-old York County native knew from her earliest years spent at the track that she wanted to be a professional driver. Ever since, she’s been off to the races. Macy is a third-generation…