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A Harder Target Empowers Women Through Self-Defense Training

“Eyes, ears, groin, bite.” I repeat this phrase over and over again until finally it’s committed to memory. Following each reprise is a demonstration of eye jabs, ankle stomps, groin slaps and knee strikes, all of which I practice while…

Ring in the Holidays at Dickens’ Christmas Towne

Returning to the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center for its fourth consecutive year is the festive family attraction Dickens’ Christmas Towne. This seasonal pop-up transforms Norfolk’s premier waterfront venue into a cheerful, 15,000-square-foot Victorian London streetscape complete with…

Tipsy Terrariums at Hinterland Trading

As someone who has never kept a plant alive for more than a few days, the idea of spending an evening carefully crafting a decorative plant terrarium and taking it home to be responsible for it was a bit daunting.…

SUP Guide: Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginians have access to dozens of incredible waterways. From the Chickahominy River to the Chesapeake Bay, there are so many beautiful creeks, inlets and marshes to explore. What better way to experience them than on a paddleboard? Paddleboarding has…

Diver Down: A Scuba Lesson at Lynnhaven Dive Center

I’ve braved waves on a surfboard and have set sail on the bay by boat, but I’ve yet to take my aquatic undertakings underwater with scuba diving—that is until my visit to Lynnhaven Dive Center and its thatched roof off…

Restaurants with Stylish Restrooms

Today’s restaurant owners spend thousands of dollars creating unique, enticing establishments that reflect their food philosophies. Everyone knows that we “eat with our eyes,” so that means that the food needs to look appetizing, if not artful, on the plate.…

Hiking Williamsburg’s Bassett Trace Nature Trail

Is there more to do in Williamsburg than the Colonial Cotillion? You bet. Warm weather on a weekend getaway to Virginia’s second Colonial capital found my partner, Bob, and I weaving endless leisurely circuits by bike throughout the historic area…

5 Best Bike Paths in Coastal Virginia

Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk As spring arrives with blooming bouquets of flowers and bright rays of sunshine, clean and convenient, stylish and swift bikes make for a nice way to get outdoors and get around. Many Coastal Virginia cities are…

Spirit Cruises Debuts Virginia Elite

Making a prestigious premier last fall when it was christened by Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, the new Virginia Elite docked at Town Point Park is an impressive inclusion to the downtown waterfront. Alongside the Waterside District and Hilton Norfolk…

The Creative Wedge: An Artisan Market in Virginia Beach

Barbara Densley and Sloane Solanto refer to themselves as “makers.” These artists met on the show circuit and eventually found themselves in business together. Since 2013, their Hilltop shop, The Creative Wedge: An Artisan Market, has celebrated the handmade from…

Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival

Coastal Virginia residents who want to rub elbows with authors and learn more about the craft of writing can do so at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival, taking place Saturday, Aug. 12. What started out as a book signing request…

Your Better Beach

An ideal collection of beach treasures should consist of seashells and sand dollars, not shards of glass, cigarette butts or pieces of plastic. Even though the latter items aren’t nearly as fun to find, there’s now some reward in discovering…

The Village Blacksmith

I’ve always admired people who work with their hands—those who can look at any given medium and visualize its potential, then expertly go from raw to finished with an unmatched skill that seems so effortless. So, as a person who…

Bella Tu Boutique

Bella Tu. Beautiful You. Bella “Too.”  You are beautiful also. Bella “Two.” Beautiful the second time. Open at its current location on Virginia Beach Boulevard since summer 2016, this upscale shop offers a boutique feel without boutique price tags. “We,…

So, What's Your Story?

Story Exchange writing prompts such as these may be used or not be used by the storytellers: “A time you lost something or someone you loved;” “A time when you had to be a good friend or someone was good to you;” “A time when you made a (difficult/fun/challenging/enlightening) decision and how it changed your life.”

Step Into Serendip

Tucked into a courtyard-style cluster of boutiques in The Palace Shops between 21st and 22nd Streets in Norfolk’s Ghent, the new incarnation of Serendip is splendid.

What’s New On The News Set

The set, combined with new graphics launched over the summer, completes an exciting overhaul for WTKR News 3 and creates a lot of momentum for the CBS affiliate heading into the fall television season.

Post-Cancer Couture

The boutique’s manager, Teresa Kelly, has a long history of fitting people with prostheses, and she understands the challenges women encounter when shopping at a traditional clothing store after a mastectomy.

Board Meets Barre

As I lie on my back—feet firmly planted, hands clasped behind my head—twisting to reach my right elbow to my left knee, I think about how good it feels to stretch and move—and how my abs will probably be sore…

Escape Room, Virginia Beach

When my husband and I first started dating during my senior year of high school, I never would have thought that 12 years later, we’d be stuck in detention together. But here we are, inside a classroom, with both our…

North End Bag Company

From a love of two North Ends—of Boston and the North End of Virginia Beach—Aaron McLellan and his wife, Sarah, started North End Bag Company with just one sewing machine. A North Boston native, Aaron moved to Virginia to attend…

Eco-Dog Unleashed

Eco-Dog is one long, tall drink of water. It is long on innovation in answer to a tall order: design and build an ecological, sustainable, solar-powered, rainwater-catchment, bio-filtered water fountain for dogs. Created by the dynamic Norfolk-based teaching-artist duo of…