Coastal Virginia Magazine - March-April 2020

Experience the Estate at Kingsmill

Commanding what is surely one of the most breathtaking views of the storied James River is the Estate at Kingsmill. Stretched atop a gentle rise at the end of a winding wooded lane, the Estate is a luxe lifestyle destination…

Sydney Meers Brings New Restaurant to Selden Market

Two months after turning off Stove The Restaurant, Sydney Meers knew that retirement was the right call. Then came month three. Petting his three cockatoos and two cats, it hit him: “This is not fulfilling” (his rescues probably thought otherwise).…

Rumba, a Rare Food Court Find

With all the hoopla over big city food halls, you might be surprised to learn there’s a foodie destination in Patrick Henry Mall’s food court. At Rumba Cafe, the scintillating flavors of Cuba convey via lechón asado (roast pork), shrimp…

Rustic Spoon-fed at Virginia Beach’s The Rustic Spoon

Ryan Hines pulls out an item from his desk with unabashed excitement, fingering it delicately as if marveling at a diamond. It’s his Grandmother Lillie Mae’s, circa 1930s, biscuit cutter. “Look carefully,” he says. “See Hines etched into it?” It’s…

The Coach House Returns to Norfolk

Originally, John Power was just going to consult on what to do with the former Chow space on Norfolk’s North Colley. “But the minute I stepped in, I knew I was the one that had to do it,” says the…

Norfolk’s Glass Light Hotel Illuminates Food Art

Dale Chihuly’s Ikebana Glass on Glass Paintings. Peter Bremers’ Duality. Serge Gouloumès’ Slow Cooked Farm Egg. Be careful with the first two, they're part of the Perry glass art collection displayed for the public, as well as guests, in the…

Healthcare Heroes

  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for everyone, but -- aside from coronavirus patients and their families -- no one more so than health care professionals. Like law enforcement and firefighters, they are rushing toward the danger while everyone…

The Arts Must Go On...Virtually

Experience the Virginia International Tattoo through VAF's new Virtual Connections program. Stay-at-home orders may have you missing afternoons lingering at your favorite art museum or the excitement of experiencing a live performance on stage, but the COVID-19 quarantine doesn’t have to…

Six Easy Spring Backyard Projects to do During Quarantine

In our pre-quarantine lives, the spring season likely meant being slammed with work obligations, end-of-school events and exams, sports tournaments and more. However, now that we are sheltering in place, there are few better ways to make the best of…

Daring to Be Powerful: YWCA Women of Distinction

Photography by Dave Uhrin and Jim Pile Nine women join the ranks of our region’s most powerful female leaders in the 32nd year of the YWCA South Hampton Roads’ Women of Distinction Awards. From courtrooms and classrooms to marine life…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Aleea Slappy Wilson

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, City of Norfolk “An impactful leader allows their life to be an example that inspires, challenges and encourages others to show up as their best most incredible selves.”   Aleea Slappy Wilson may only be…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Jeannette Rincon

Communications Command Operations Department Head/Lieutenant, United States Coast Guard “Our people are our most important resource and we need to make sure we take care of them so they can maximize their contribution to our service.”   Jeannette Rincon committed…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Allyson McNaughton

Veterinarian, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center “As I talk to [students], teach them and show them new things, their excitement, questions and growing interests reminds me how lucky I am to do what I do, and my passion for…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Judy Jankowski

Head of School, Chesapeake Bay Academy “Our commonalities far outweigh our differences if only we are open to looking outside of ourselves.”   If given the opportunity and proper support, everyone can reach their full potential. Judy Jankowski quickly realized…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Elle Harris

Executive Director, The W. Agency, Inc. “There’s no glass ceiling if there is no ceiling.”   Elle Harris has donned a host of leadership titles and mentor positions at local nonprofits, civic leagues and churches, but recognition is not what…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Mary Blunt

Senior Corporate Vice President (retired), Sentara Healthcare “Your health is your greatest personal asset and [is] invaluable. We need to respect it and nurture it for the future.”   Graduating from a physical therapist to the senior corporate vice president…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Richardean Benjamin

Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University “Education is synonymous with knowledge, and knowledge and information are the gateway to the world.”   With five degrees and over a dozen prestigious accolades, Dr. Richardean Benjamin is the epitome…

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction: Andrea Bear

Owner, Bear in Mind Strategies, LLC “Increasingly, both locally and globally, women working together are able to improve the world around them. So, yes, I think the “W” does make the difference, which is good for all of us.”  …

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…

Flying High at the Military Aviation Museum

Double Trouble Two is a North American P-51 Mustang, the type of fighter plane flown by Americans that saw combat in the Second World War. It’s the kind of warbird in dogfights that dodged and nosedived, shelled the Axis powers…

r. LUSK Studios Specializes in Decorative Arts

Photos courtesy of r. LUSK Studios Tucked amongst locksmith, auto repair and sign shops, a tattoo parlor, a kitchen and bath showroom and an HVAC supply company near Virginia Beach’s Town Center is a small business of a different ilk. …

Virtual Workouts to Do at Home

With all gyms and fitness centers on COVID-19 lockdown, getting in your usual workout routine might seem daunting. It’s easy to make excuses at a time like this but being dedicated to social distance doesn’t mean you should sit around…

Remote Work: 5 Tips for Staying Productive and Organized

Had you asked the U.S. workforce two months ago, the majority would view the #WFH movement as a luxury. But as the spread of COVID-19 exacerbates the need for remote work, U.S. professionals are realizing the downsides to being away…

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