Coastal Virginia Magazine - October 2019

Portsmouth Craftsman Creates Robotic Artwork with Repurposed Objects

You could say David Ratcliff lives by the R’s found in the hierarchy of waste: reduce, reuse, recycle and robots. Yes, robots. Ratcliff repurposes, restyles and reimagines miscellaneous materials and found objects for his line of Ratbots—skillfully sculptured artwork made…

Meal Planning with Food Sensitivities

Photos by Ashlee Glen Sometimes it feels like we live in a time of almost total food-confusion. Science keeps changing its mind about what is healthy—and what was good for you last year might very well kill you now. New…

A Parent’s Guide to Meal-Prepping

Five p.m. found me dashing from my home-office to the car, fumbling with the ignition switch as I told Google to call my 12-year-old son and glanced at the rearview mirror in hopes that, please Lord, I hadn’t (yet again)…

A Mid-Century Modern Home Reimagined in Virginia Beach

Make a couple of turns off Mill Dam Road in Virginia Beach and you might just think you’ve arrived in Palm Springs. But, no, you will have stumbled onto Woodhurst, Coastal Virginia’s premier enclave of Mid-Century Modern homes built back…

Hamilton Perkins Collection: 5 Unisex Bags to Buy

Plastic water bottles, billboard vinyl and pineapple leaf fiber. Those are the three ingredients to the rapid success of local handbag designer Hamilton Perkins. After spending nearly a decade in the finance and retail arenas, Perkins decided to use his…

Community Leaders Look for Ways to Prevent Opioid Addiction

Dr. Jonathan Strand, M.D., an interventional physiatrist at Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, has been practicing medicine in Coastal Virginia for two years. During that time, he has talked to patients about spinal cord stimulators a couple of times a week—every week.…

Heart-Healthy and Delicious Recipes You’ll Love

Ask any marathon runner: the hardest part of most challenges is mental. And that includes substantial changes to lifestyle like the way we cook and eat. But if you or your doctor has determined that you need to clean things…

How Push Comedy Theater’s Brad McMurran Became a King of Comedy

Saturday night in Norfolk’s downtown NEON Arts District often finds stand-up comic and founder of Norfolk’s Push Comedy Theater Brad McMurran leading his celebrated improv troupe through a rendition of his smash-hit The Unusual Suspects: An Improvised Murder Mystery. The show has sold…

Hangry's Food Truck Sets Up Shop in Virginia Beach

Some food trucks in Coastal Virginia are shifting into permanent digs. One of the latest is Hangry’s, setting up shop in a sunny little spot in Thalia Bay Shoppes. Its toque-wearing calavera logo with knife and fork “crossbones” heralds a…

PlantBar at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Bailey Ryan is on the forefront of the creative plant industry. Her trendy Oceanfront workshop fosters education and imagination and has sparked a resurgence in modern green spaces. PlantBar’s story, however, is also rooted in the passion and entrepreneurship of…

5 Best Camping Spots in Coastal Virginia

As the unbearable summer heat fades into refreshing evenings complemented by crickets chirping and frogs croaking, one of our favorite activities is embarking in a good old-fashioned family camping trip. No matter where you reside in Coastal Virginia, you don’t have…

Chincoteague is Changing for the Better

On Friday, June 21 Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Director Evelyn Shotwell was bustling around downtown’s Robert N. Reed Waterfront Park preparing to launch the town’s new 50 Years of Love summer concert series. It was late afternoon and Main Street…

Private Schools Use Innovative Technology to Enhance Education

Technology today is being designed to help people do things better and faster, and local private schools are certainly taking notice. Through the use of technology, private school teachers are better able to customize the learning process for their students…

Town Center Cold Pressed Expands with Roastery

Don’t head to the new Town Center Cold Pressed on Ghent’s 21st Street for your morning juice or java; it doesn’t open until 5 p.m. That might come as a head-scratcher for frequenters of its other three cafes. But if…

Preventives and Treatments for the Most Common Cancers in Men

Cancer does not discriminate. Whether these malignancies are caused by genetics, environmental exposure or simply bad luck, the road to recovery is harrowing and unfortunately, not always guaranteed. Men are particularly susceptible to a handful of cancers that carry a…

Senior Living Communities Make Residents Feel at Home

It’s been said that home is where the heart is. So, when an individual or couple feels the time is right to move to an independent or assisted living community, they should follow their heart and choose a place where…

BoBo’s Fine Chicken Plates Nostalgic Southern Cuisine

Usually when entering a fried chicken joint, the first thing to hit you is the fragrant aromas of frying oil and poultry. When you walk through the double doors of BoBo’s Fine Chicken, however, you smell, well, nothing. The retro-style…

Outer Banks Fall Has it All with These Events

Ask almost anyone who lives on the Outer Banks what their favorite time of the year is, and there’s a good chance the answer will be fall. The heat of the summer has backed off a bit, the ocean water…