Coastal Virginia Magazine - October 2012

Guiding Eyes

Puppies are one of the few untainted treasures of the world. Nothing can brighten a day like an armful of puppies to love you unconditionally. Now there’s a way to enjoy the company of cuddly pups while helping others. Guiding…

Altavista Getaway

The grass is always greener on the other side, and sometimes we need a break from the hustle and bustle to discover what's on the other side of the fence. When you're in this state of mind, we recommend heading…

Luray Getaway

Enjoy Shenandoah's most spectacular scenery and breathtaking vistas in beautiful Luray. Take the joyride of a lifetime and take in the colorful fall foliage from each of the panoramic 75 overlooks that Skyline Drive has to offer. Relax and enjoy…

Staunton Getaway

Quaint in size but grand in culture, Staunton is a Mecca for the arts--and the chocolate enthusiasts. Cocoa Mill Chocolatier's handcrafted truffles will send you straight into chocolate heaven. Sweet tooth aside, Staunton is also home to Blackfriars Playhouse, the…

On the Market

For area residents who have been looking for some good news in relation to the slumping economy, there are some positive signs on the horizon. To break the cycle of downward trends, one factor of the economy needs to show positive movement in order for the other trends to feed off of…

Breast Cancer Prevention

You’ve heard a lot in the last few years about genetic/hereditary causes of breast cancer. Those of you without a family history may be breathing a sigh of relief. Not so fast. Four out of five women who get breast cancer have no family history of the…

Prevention Plan

Regular health screenings are an integral part of the preventive care routines of millions of Americans. Early detection of many types of cancer and other diseases increases the likelihood that follow-up treatments will be successful. In the case of serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes,…

Sensational Singles 2012

Photography By David Uhrin, Lighting by Jim Pile Hair and makeup: Elizabeth Paschall and Sarah Mintzer of Salon Vivace (www.salonvivace.com). Mark Conway  Age: 37 City: Norfolk Occupation: Chef Kids? If yes, how many? 4.  Ever been married? Yes.  Length of longest…

Colonial Parkway Pleasures

Colonial Parkway is a graceful anachronism— a road our parents might have chosen for Sunday afternoon drives in the family sedan. There are beautiful views of the James and York rivers and pull-offs where visitors can read the interpretive signs,…

The Birds and the Bees

Unless you’ve been cooped up for the past nine months with no local media access, you’ve probably heard of Tracy Gugal-Okroy. She’s the spirited Virginia Beach chicken outlaw who has been persistently lobbying Virginia Beach City Council to legalize the…

A Tasty Tradition

The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is one of the tastiest times of the year. The event is a chance to taste almost two-dozen offerings from some of Hampton Roads’ best and brightest culinary professionals. For 19 years, the…

Dating 101

After I taught my children how to walk, talk, and write their ABC’s, I soon found them interested in dating. Sounds insane, right? What 5- or 6-year-old is possibly interested in a “relationship?” Much to my horror, I found lots…

A Major Deal - Right Side

A lot can be learned by comparing conversations. One took place in a minivan loaded with teenage girls. The other took place by those who have been hypnotized by the bright, flashy idea of a professional sports team coming to…

A Major Deal - Left Side

Twenty years ago, shortly after I moved to Norfolk, I had lunch with my friend Marc, with whom I had once worked at a newspaper in New York City. We’d both grown up there and shared, among other things, a…

Races To Watch

’Tis the season again. Election season, that is—as if you can’t already tell by the onslaught of political ads barking from just about every available pixel these days. Virginia is a hotspot this time around, thanks to a fierce U.S.…

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