Coastal Virginia Magazine - January-February 2022

A High Bar for Giving: Lawyers Who Give Back

By virtue of their profession and high public profile, law firms are exceptionally well positioned to support the communities they serve through the collective charitable efforts of their organization. From food banks to women’s shelters, firms give of their time,…

Launched: A Conversation with Actor Aaron Dalla Villa

Interview by Kelsey Thomas, Feature Photo Courtesy of EDSTA Aaron Dalla Villa’s goals weren’t always to be a professional actor; In fact, he thought he was destined to be a dancer for the rest of his life. His love for…

Ready Reads: New Books By Local Authors

The Tender Grave By Sheri Reynolds Bywater Books (2021) Summary by Janine Latus In The Tender Grave, Sheri Reynolds immerses readers in the thin strip of the Eastern Shore, populating a town that bears resemblance to Cape Charles—Reynolds’ home—with colorful…

Build a Better Brownie: Connie Weis' New Cookbook

Extremists can make the world more dangerous, but there is one who’s making it more delicious: über-baker Connie Weis. Her platform is chocolate, and her new cookbook 50 More Extreme Brownies takes a deep dive into the same dark obsession…

VA Teacher of the Year: Reaching Hearts and Minds

By Gail Kent, Photos Courtesy of Chesapeake Public Schools When you walk into Daphne Fulson's second grade classroom at Portlock Primary School in Chesapeake, the first thing you'll notice is the full-length mirror. It isn't there to check grooming, but…

What’s in a Name: Amedeo's Ristorante

  Amedeo Obici was 11 years old when he left his home in Oderzo, Italy. His father unexpectedly died when he was seven, and his mother was forced to sell the family business. His uncle in America suggested that Amedeo…

Pickling Season: Pickleball Is All the Rage

The repetitive plunking sound of plastic balls popping off paddles gets louder as players continue to join in the back-and-forth volley going down at Lake Placid Park in Virginia Beach. Seasoned swatters and newbies alike fill the four outdoor courts…

Matters of the Heart: Oral and Heart Health

Forty years ago, the link between poor oral health and other systemic health issues like cardiovascular disease was poorly understood, and those health practitioners and researchers who were seriously exploring the concept were considered outliers who were possibly a bit…

Find Room for Peace in Your Home

“When you walk through your front door, how do you want to feel?” That’s the million-dollar question before taking on any design or decluttering project, says Anna Beth Eskridge, owner of Making Room for Peace, an interior design and professional…

Comprehensive Dentistry for Total Wellness, Beauty & Function

 NOW THAT OUR SMILES ARE BEGINNING TO BE REVEALED TO THE WORLD AGAIN, MAKE SURE YOURS IS BEAUTIFUL!  Have you ever wished your smile was brighter, straighter or generally appeared healthier? No matter what your concern, contemporary cosmetic dentistry has…

Portrait Mode: New Work from Glen McClure

By Janine Latus Glen McClure sat in his back yard, pouting. The pandemic had stretched on for an interminable month, and the photographer couldn’t take his cameras to the streets as he normally did to capture pictures of shipyard workers,…

New Year, New Flavors: 17 Local Restaurants to Try in 2022

Feature Photo by Sara Harris Photography 17 New Restaurants to Try Compiled by Leona Baker, Marisa Marsey, Arielle Patterson, Barrett Baker and Robey Martin Amedeo’s Ristorante in Suffolk Photos by Leona Baker The team that brought you elegant eats at…

Captivated in Cape Charles: The Road to a Renaissance

Cape Charles is having a moment. Maybe more than a moment. You might call it a renaissance. One in which lifelong locals are joining forces with creative entrepreneurial spirits hoping to capitalize on the unique charm that recently led Southern…