Coastal Virginia Magazine - October 2017

A Powerful Legacy: Restaurant Entrepreneur Tom Power Sr.

Power takes many forms. Forceful. Political. Formal. But none has had more of a tasteful impact locally than that embodied by Tom Power Sr., the gracious entrepreneur who died in June while ocean swimming in Bermuda, his favorite exercise in a…

CoVa Mom Role Models: Cheryl Tan

Photo by David Uhrin If you watched the morning show on WAVY-TV 10 any time between 2004 and 2014, you probably recognize Cheryl Tan. For 10 years, Tan woke up at 2 a.m. and began her work day at the…

CoVa Mom Role Models: Bettie Bell

Photo by David Uhrin Bettie Bell, of Newport News, found out she was pregnant the day she was scheduled to attend foster parent training. She had struggled with infertility, so she was thrilled by the news. However, she had also…

CoVa Mom Role Models: Susanna Davis

Photo by David Uhrin The first thing most people notice about Susanna “Susie” Davis (that is, after her beautiful skin and eyes) is her wit. Her legendary “what-do-you-mean-show-restraint-I-am-showing-restraint” exuberance is matched only by her intelligent humor. “I look for the…

Artist Paints Eastern Shore at Between the Waters Bike Tour

God’s Little Acre. That’s what Bethany Simpson’s best friend—her granddad—called the Eastern Shore when she was growing up playing in the remote beauty of Red Bank, a wild twist of blue waters and emerald green marshes on the lower Shore’s…

Left Side: Federal Government Funding Public Broadcasting

Last spring, in an appeal to his arch-conservative base, Donald Trump pledged to eliminate funding for PBS and NPR, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Trump certainly wasn’t the first…

Norfolk's Bonchon Restaurant Review

I tend to think my tolerance for spice can withstand most restaurants’ ideas of spicy, but my recent visit to Bonchon is one that had me beat. Bonchon, Korean for ‘hometown,’ is a franchise known for their fried chicken and…

Virginia Zoo Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara

Virginia Zoo's Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara with AJ, an 85-year-old, 507- pound Aldabra tortoise. Photo by David Uhrin With wild animals of all shapes and sizes, scales and feathers, the Virginia Zoo is considered home for a distinctive collection…

Addressing Sensitive Subjects With Children’s Books

When kids ask questions about difficult topics, parents at a loss for words can turn to books for answers. Several authors with ties to the Coastal Virginia region have penned books addressing tough subjects, such as a newborn in the…

Searching For Sea Glass

There’s a spot on the North End, not far from where the ocean meets the bay, that’s the best place in Virginia Beach to find sea glass. Among locals, it’s the worst-kept secret in town. It’s a private beach and…

99 For The 1 Mobile Outreach Truck Helps The Homeless

There’s a vibrant vehicle rolling through Virginia Beach on a very important journey. 99 for the 1 is a mobile outreach truck with a mission to bring the daily needs of the homeless directly to them. Created by Jeremiah and…

Vegetable Beers at Benchtop Brewing

Mom always said to eat your veggies, and now Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing is making sure you drink them too. Bringing homegrown flavor to city dwellers, the Chelsea neighborhood brewery is on point with some off-kilter vegetable brews. Benchtop’s beers have…

Expert Advice For Planning Your Next Special Event

Fall is a fantastic time for get-togethers in Coastal Virginia. So if you’re looking for some help when it comes to planning your upcoming family reunion; personal events like weddings, birthdays or milestone anniversaries; or any other private gathering, area…

Hampton Roads October Family-Friendly Fun Events

Fall is the perfect time to make some long-lasting memories, and there are plenty of events in Hampton Roads to spark adventure. Mark your calendars for these family-friendly activities coming up in October.     Children’s Storytime at Barnes & Noble…

Best Ways To Fight Common Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes are a common problem for anyone who spends a lot of time reading or staring at a computer screen all day, or for people who spend a lot of time exposed to sunlight and wind. In many cases…

Hampton Roads VegFest at Chesapeake City Park

Planting the seed for a food movement, the second annual Hampton Roads VegFest returns for another year of vivacious vegan dishes from local restaurants. This year’s event will be held Oct. 8 at Chesapeake City Park. Presented by the Smithfield…

Virginia Beach Man Shares Weight Loss Journey With TOPS

Nearly two years ago, James Williams weighed 367 pounds and struggled getting up the driveway of his home in Virginia Beach. Realizing that his weight might lead to the resignation from his dream job as an emergency department technician, Williams…

Fun Meetup Ideas For CoVa Moms

There are few certainties when it comes to motherhood, but we are pretty confident in knowing that as much as moms adore their children, they also need a well-deserved break from time to time. Mom dates provide the perfect opportunity…

5 Beach-Inspired Decorating Ideas For Your Home This Fall

While we are quick to welcome back pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween decorations and autumn-scented candles, we are hesitant to bid farewell to summertime. We cautiously welcome the cooler temperatures of September, thankful that we are soon to be spared from…