Coastal Virginia Magazine - January 2017

Cooking Up New Ideas

David Hausmann moved to Coastal Virginia with his family when he was 8 years old. He went on to graduate from James Madison University with a degree in Cell Biology and was considering going for his doctorate but wanted to…

The Laws of Adoption

For couples or individuals considering adoption, the goal is simple: welcome a child into their loving home. However, the paperwork and red tape that stretch between adoptive parents-to-be and the day they bring home a new family member can seem…

Buying The Farm

John Wilson, aka Farmer John, has been the owner of New Earth Farm since 1995 and a self-proclaimed “soil farmer and bacteria herder.” This Doyenne of Dirt possesses the passion of a missionary and the knowledge of a scholar when…

Long Live Leesburg

Every time I traverse a new locale in Virginia, I’m in awe at the natural beauty, history and, frankly, good eats that our commonwealth has to offer. Welcomed by a winding road with weeping willows, this is the scene for…

Urban Theory Studios

A little bit of West Coast cool is infusing East Coast tradition in the form of Urban Theory Studios. There since 2015, artist-owner Kelly Seeber, a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, creates energetic paintings with an urban edge…

Beer My Valentine

Everyone knows that chocolate and wine is a match made in perfect palate heaven. However, with all the breweries popping up in Coastal Virginia, we’re feeling a little hoppy this Valentine’s Day and decided to go a deliciously different route.…

A Growing Group

You don’t have to live in the country to live off the land. From gardening to canning to soap making, the Virginia Urban Homesteaders League offers a range of workshops for Coastal Virginians who are eager to roll up their…

A Fit Foodie

As a teenager in Los Angeles with a penchant for high-calorie ethnic foods, Jalil Lindsey-Lowe nearly lost an opportunity to serve in the United States Navy at 18. She just barely got her weight down to meet the military’s requirement,…

Coastal Virginia Magazine Winefest 2017

Celebrating good times with Virginia wines, the Coastal Virginia Magazine 2017 Winefest was held Saturday and Sunday, January 28–29 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Vendors included more than 20 Virginia wineries and cideries, specialty foods and arts and crafts. The festival also…

Going Locavore

Sydney Meers ​Photos by Jim Pile and Beth Hester “Food cultures concentrate a population’s collective wisdom about the plants and animals that grow in a place and the complex ways of rendering them tasty. These are the mores of survival,…

2017 Dish Of Coastal Virginia

Serving local, sustainable cuisine isn’t just something a restaurateur chooses to do from time to time; it’s one of many commitments that come with owning a restaurant. Others include dedicating much time and money to the business, working late hours…

Left Side: A House Divided

In the weeks following the election of Donald Trump, a question echoed throughout the land: How could this have happened? To understand the answer, we have to go back about a year to a campaign speech Trump gave in Iowa.…

Right Side: A House Divided

It was the battle of the tallest dwarves, or, if you like, a race between the Titanic and the Lusitania. Maybe there is a presidential contest somewhere in American history that was more repellant than that of 2016, but I…

Restaurant Weeks To Relish

It’s that time of year when folks spend unmentionable amounts of time hungrily browsing the menus of restaurants they so adore and eateries they’ve been wanting to try. They narrow down their top choices, based on which deal sounds the…

10 Tips For Downsizing

When you choose to downsize your home's belongings, whatever the reasons, here are a few tips to keep in mind: 1. Start culling right away, several months before you move. 2. Declutter in stages. What you thought you couldn't part…

The Upside To Downsizing

“When you retire, you are forced into a different lifestyle,” reflects Joe Cosimano, a retired high school foreign language teacher in Virginia Beach.   Recently, Joe and his wife Claudia, also a retired high school foreign language teacher and department chair,…

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,…

Top Lawyers Reception 2016-2017

On Nov. 30, Coastal Virginia Magazine held a reception at the Virginia Arts Festival building in Norfolk to recognize the Top Lawyers of 2016-2017. Sweetwater Cuisine provided a delightful assortment of savory and sweet bites for guests to enjoy, and…

10 To Taste: New Restaurants In Coastal Virginia

It seems that Coastal Virginia has boomed with new business this year, and, luckily for us lovers of good food, much of that business has been in the form of restaurants. We’ve also noticed a wonderful trend in the types…

Meals To Remember

When you think of senior living dining facilities, does the first image that pops into your head look like a cafeteria buffet line? Well, think again. According to Robbie B. Smith, chief operating officer at Harbor’s Edge Retirement Community in Norfolk,…

Get Pumped: Keeping Yourself Heart Healthy

February is American Heart Month, which is a great time to commit to a healthier lifestyle and make small changes that can make have a big effect on your heart’s health. According to Dr. Deepak Talreja of Bayview Cardiovascular Associates…

Top Lawyer of Adoption, Marital and Family Law

Cheshire l’Anson Eveleigh started her academic career thinking that she wanted to be a nurse. Partway through her undergraduate studies at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, she decided, “this science stuff is not for me,” and switched her major to…

2017 CoVa Idea House: Bright and Beautiful Ideas

On a bright, beautiful and freezing cold day in December, I was treated to a private “sneak preview” tour of “The Gloucester,” Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 2017 Idea House. It was similarly bright and beautiful. The second such partnership between Coastal…

All Juiced Up: Local Options for Liquid Sustenance

With the new year often comes a determination to eat and feel better. Juicing has been touted for its health benefits and can be a refreshing way to restart eating or drinking habits that may have fallen a little off…

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