Coastal Virginia Magazine - July 2014

LIFT up, Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach was ranked as the No. 1 fittest city in America by Facebook last year, and now the positivity of that statistic is affecting the lives of the city’s people in need. Since March 2014, a program called LIFT…

A Stress-Free Retirement

We all know when we do it. We buy a little something more expensive than we can afford. We know we should save for retirement but haven’t contributed to our IRA. We let inertia take hold and keep putting off…

No Pain, More Gain

The excruciating pain radiated from Patricia Fox’s neck into her right shoulder. Advil didn’t help. Tylenol didn’t help. Pressing down on the areas didn’t help. She kept thinking ‘this will clear up and go away,’ but instead the pain got…

Get A Thicker Skin

Whether you’re in your 30s or your 80s or somewhere in between, you want to put your best face forward. With Fractional CO2 Laser treatment, you can look fresher and healthier—without surgery. The nonsurgical Fractional CO2 Laser stimulates your skin…

Battle Of The Bulge(s)

If you’re fighting the battle of the bulge(s) with your body, you’ll be happy to know that improved weapons in the fat fighting arsenal combine to give excellent results in body contouring, says Dr. John Mancoll of Mancoll Cosmetic and…

Standout Sandwiches

One of the most widely available foods known to man and beast must be the sandwich. The sandwich is ubiquitous, available as a breakfast, lunch and dinner option, as well as appetizer, snack and dessert. There are simple sandwiches—say, a…

Coastal Virginia Cocktails and Conversation

Summer is a season, it seems, when time slows down a bit. Days are long, stretching well into the evening. Folks move at a slower pace. Families take well-deserved vacations. Summer is a season, therefore, perfect for entertaining. As the…

Beyond the Voices

The first thing you notice when you visit Studio Center is the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. “Help yourselves,” Chris Wilson says as she offers a plate of gooey goodness to the group of visitors relaxing in the…

A Bridge To Somewhere

Driving along Shore Drive on the Lesner Bridge, a visitor can take in the fishing boats on the glimmering water and the seafood restaurants dotting the shore and never suspect that this, one of Virginia Beach’s signature gateways, is deteriorating.…

Rolling Through Roanoke

Railroad lines weave strategically through Roanoke and help define this “Star City” of Western Virginia. Roanoke boasts a population of nearly 100,000 and takes its nickname from the 88-foot-high Mill Mountain Star, shining in lights since 1949. The star stands…

Introducing The Coastal Virginia Idea House 2014

2014's COVA IDEA HOUSE These days, there is a lot of talk about “updating” in architectural and interior design. But come October 2014, the first Coastal Virginia Idea House—a partnership between Coastal Virginia Magazine and Chesapeake based Stephen Alexander Homes—will…

Right Side-Dollars for Defense

It has been said that budgets are moral documents because they represent the priorities of a country. Actually, there’s a big difference between morals and needs, but you get the idea. So, when there is commentary that it is immoral…

Left Side-Dollars for Defense

Whenever the subject of military-spending comes up, I’m reminded of President Eisenhower’s farewell address to the nation. To my mind, it was as prophetic as George Washington’s, if not more so. Eisenhower could have focused on America’s triumph in World…

Red Feathered Nest

“Do you ever go down on the prices?” a customer asks Betsy Fowler, co-owner of Red Feathered Nest, a vintage store in Newport News. She indelicately picks up a crewel-stitch floral rug that was handmade in Delphi. “They have ’em…