Coastal Virginia Magazine - May-June 2021

Hot Summer Spins

It’s getting hot out there. And that means it’s high time for some even hotter tunes to serve as your perfect summer soundtrack. The music nerds, AKA experts at local AFK Records, who have been “cheerfully slinging vinyl and books…

Cooler Cocktails: Summer Drink Recipes

Photos by Janice Marshall-Pittman Like every local restaurant during the pandemic, Williamsburg’s The Hound’s Tale, “an English gastropub with international…

Totes Adorbs: Bags for Summer

By Erika Guess Cast off your wool scarf and put your sweaters in storage, because summer is here. As you adjust your wardrobe for the season, don’t forget about your bag. That black leather tote looks great with your peacoat,…

Flights of Fancy

Images courtesy of CapstoneWhen Sam Hundley’s Gifts of the Magpie was released by Capstone Editions on March 1 of this year, the retired Virginian-Pilot graphic designer and Norfolk-based “American Scrap Artist” added children’s book author and illustrator to his resume. Stories…

Boating Life Reimagined

Imagine that you have access to a private fleet of clean, well-maintained vessels: bow riders, deck boats, center consoles, pontoon boats and more. Visualize arriving at your local boat club. You’re greeted by a dock concierge who relieves you of…

New Openings and Revamped Menus from Coastal Virginia Restaurants

Eurasia Hits Refresh Eurasia Café’s just-revealed makeover brightens things up by carving out side windows for natural lighting and moving the bar up front where you can slake your pandemic-weary thirst for travel with a Wanderlust starring butterfly pea-infused Gunpowder…

Thinking Out of the Box

By Erika Guess Spring/summer planting season is upon us. Container gardening is a fun way to liven up your outdoor spaces and make them pop, whether you’re decorating an entryway or accenting an entire yard. My mother is an avid…

Saté Kitchen Sates

When the pandemic forced Embassy Suites by Hilton in Hampton to furlough Kyle Fowlkes, the executive chef put pedal to the metal (and medals, given all he’s racked up in competitions) with Saté, The Roaming New American Kitchen, a catchy,…

Christy Coleman is Reshaping Our Story

Photos courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation As a seasoned historian, Christy Coleman knows the importance and power of museums, historical narratives, and inclusivity and doesn’t shy away from what some may consider challenging conversations. “I’ve always been intrigued with how…

A to Z Summer Fun in Coastal Virginia

Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. And, wow, do we ever need it after the last year. So, take a cue from a classic by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, relax and enjoy yourself this…

Elevated Experiences Aren’t a Mirage at Amiraj

Some restaurants are described as love letters, perhaps to a cuisine or a locale. But Amiraj, Nawab’s new incarnation in Williamsburg, is a thank-you note. Unveiled last fall, the sophisticated Indian restaurant reflects owner Ashok Arora and his team’s gratitude…

Three Adventures on the Virginia Capital Trail

When it opened to pedal pushers and pedestrians alike in 2015, the hope was that the Virginia Capital Trail would be a route dedicated to recreation, healthy living—and, of course, history. The 51.7-mile, multi-use trail runs from Virginia’s past capital…

Local Energy Drinks for Pre-Workout Fuel

We all have days when our natural energy just isn’t enough. Sometimes we need a boost to take our sweat session to the next level—or just muster the motivation to get started. Thankfully, local brands are coming up with energy…

Southside Woodshop is Counter Intuitive

“I lost a bet,” Jud Dinsmore quipped when asked how he came to open The Southside Woodshop in Portsmouth, which specializes in custom solid wood countertops, butcher blocks, bar tops and tabletops. The truth is there was some winning and…

Norfolk's Siren Skate Shop is on a Roll

By Hannah Serrano Photos by Will Hawkins Years ago, when Siren Skate Shop owner Mike Merritt was looking to buy some custom-built skateboards for his three sons, he of course made the obligatory trip to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, where…

Holy Dank Spice Blend

What happens when a “bored man” meets a “full spice cabinet”?  A whole lot of goodness as it turns out. On a Sunday in 2018, Norfolk Academy sophomore Walter Frazer’s older brother, home from college, asked Walter to cook him…

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