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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…

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,…

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…

Holy Dank Spice Blend

What happens when a “bored man” meets a “full spice cabinet”?  A whole lot of goodness as it turns out. On a Sunday in 2018, Norfolk Academy sophomore Walter Frazer’s older brother, home from college, asked Walter to cook him…

The Buzz on Coastal Cocktails

Photos courtesy of Davis Ad Agency Enjoying a well-made cocktail once required either a trip to a local bar or a bottle of spirits, mixers and a shaker. That was before ready-to-drink beverages changed the game with an array of…

Spring Fever at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

While the Norfolk Botanical Garden is a year-round attraction, spring is when the wildflowers start to bloom, painting the landscape with an array of vibrant colors. Throughout March, the Botanical Garden celebrates the blooming daffodils with Daffodil Daze, while April…

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…

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…

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…

Apex Entertainment Brings Family Fun to Town Center

The former Dick’s Sporting Goods location at Virginia Beach Town Center will soon be sporting in a whole new way. Apex Entertainment, a family entertainment company that originated in Marlborough, Mass., is scheduled to open its fourth U.S. location there,…

A New Space for Sports at the Virginia Beach Sports Center

“This is the kind of game-changing project Virginia Beach is known for,” Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer told the socially distanced crowd gathered in the fall sunshine outside the entrance to the Virginia Beach Sports Center for a grand opening…

Hop Aboard The Nature Bus

Photos courtesy of The Nature Bus “My heart and my soul are meant to be outdoors,” says Suzanne Moss. Moss, a former elementary school teacher, wanted to share her love of nature with others, so in 2017 she started a…

2020 Marks the 20th Anniversary of The Norva

If the walls of The NorVa could talk, they’d probably ask how much time you have. The former Vaudeville theater in downtown Norfolk, originally opened in 1922, celebrated its 20th anniversary as a now-legendary local pop music venue on…

Live from FlatIron Crossroads

Rolling over the wide sweep of the York River and up into the wildwoods of the Middle Peninsula to visit FlatIron Crossroads, I don’t know what I was expecting. Certainly not a church of music that shimmies with holiness or…

Virginia Arts Festival 2020 Season Preview

The Virginia Arts Festival’s 24th season will bring Norfolk State University Theatre alumni back home to the area and take the rest of us far away—to Wonderland, no less. Among the wide array of music, theater, dance and visual arts offerings…

Bar Crawl Reimagined with Norfolk Pedal Tours

Whether you like to bike and brew, pedal and pour or cycle and sip, Norfolk Pedal Tours has you covered. The 15-seat touring vehicle is fueled by the cycling power of its riders and takes Coastal Virginia residents on a…

PlantBar at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Bailey Ryan is on the forefront of the creative plant industry. Her trendy Oceanfront workshop fosters education and imagination and has sparked a resurgence in modern green spaces. PlantBar’s story, however, is also rooted in the passion and entrepreneurship of…

5 Best Camping Spots in Coastal Virginia

As the unbearable summer heat fades into refreshing evenings complemented by crickets chirping and frogs croaking, one of our favorite activities is embarking in a good old-fashioned family camping trip. No matter where you reside in Coastal Virginia, you don’t have…

Pungo Board House: Local Surf Shop in Virginia Beach

Despite hailing from the bucolic area of Pungo, Dylan Rogers is no stranger to the surf. At just 13 years old, Rogers and his younger brother Lucas were surfing amateur competitions at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and shredding weekend waves…

ODU’s New S.B. Ballard Stadium

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5 Great Up-and-Coming Bands

Paul Shugrue’s WHRV 89.5 FM program, “Out of the Box,” is unique among mainstream American radio. Unlike most DJs, he plays nothing but brand-new music and has complete control over playlists. Launched in 2004, the show’s title alludes to “an…

ECMC Aims to Make Coastal Virginia the Indie Music Capital

Dreadnot, performer at ECMC 2019 The East Coast Music Conference (ECMC) is being held May 9­–12 at various venues in Downtown Norfolk. The four-day event is comprised of sessions geared to musicians and industry professionals and will feature live performances…