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New Dimensions in Dentistry

Remember when you used to go to the dentist or orthodontist, and they would mix up that putty-like impression material in order to make a mold of your teeth? Well, thanks to a modern innovation in radiography, the same thing can now be accomplished by taking three-dimensional images of your jaw and teeth to make [...]

Yendidi Restaurant

5 to Try at Yendidi Restaurant

Images courtesy of Yendidi Restaurant Coastal Virginia has become a melting pot for international fare. Adding some spice to our regional restaurant offerings is Yendidi Restaurant, serving flavorful, authentic Ghanaian and West African cuisine. Yendidi opened for takeout back in June but is now seating diners inside the restaurant. Chef, owner and Ghana-native Josephine Oteng-Appiah, [...]

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5 Ways to Help Coastal Virginia’s Performing Arts Community

The darkened theaters at the Met and on Broadway represent the ultimate symbols of the pandemic’s devastation of the art world. There are so many things to care about and fight for in 2020, but we’ve all seen the ways that the arts can give us solace, connection and inspiration in these challenging times, and [...]

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Moe Stevenson: A Craftsman of Comforting Cuisine

If comfort food were an art form, Motier Stevenson could be hailed as Coastal Virginia’s Leonardo da Vinci. Stevenson is chef and co-owner of My Mama’s Kitchen, a homey restaurant near Norfolk’s East Beach dishing out Southern-style cuisine with a smile. Stevenson, known as “Moe,” began his culinary career in an unlikely way—during a semester [...]

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Spiced Cranberry Curd Tart Recipe

That eye-popping crimson color. That silky sweet-tart cranberry curd with just a hint of classic holiday spices. And last, but certainly not least, that delicate crunch of a blissfully buttery pistachio crust. Wow your family, your guests—or, hey, even just yourself if you’re opting for a truly socially distanced holiday season—with a dessert that’s not [...]

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A Conversation with Virginia Beach’s New City Manager Patrick Duhaney

Virginia Beach’s new city manager, Patrick Duhaney, has no shortage of challenges ahead of him. On the job for a little more than two months, he steps into the pivotal role following the resignation of previous city manager Dave Hansen in August 2019 and as the Commonwealth’s most populous city grapples with the unprecedented health, [...]

Apex Entertainment

Apex Entertainment Brings Family Fun to Town Center

The former Dick’s Sporting Goods location at Virginia Beach Town Center will soon be sporting in a whole new way. Apex Entertainment, a family entertainment company that originated in Marlborough, Mass., is scheduled to open its fourth U.S. location there, featuring a host of fun activities for kids, parents and laser tag lovers of all [...]

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A New Space for Sports at the Virginia Beach Sports Center

“This is the kind of game-changing project Virginia Beach is known for,” Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer told the socially distanced crowd gathered in the fall sunshine outside the entrance to the Virginia Beach Sports Center for a grand opening celebration on a Oct. 1, “and I think you’ll all agree that it couldn’t have [...]

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2020 Coastal Virginia Shop Local Guide

What better holiday season than 2020—this wild ride of a year—to eschew those mail-order mainstream gifts or big box store baubles in favor of shopping local for the ones you love? Imagine how much we could do for our local economy and culture if we all decided to make Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28, 2020, [...]

Truitt House

A Taste of Suffolk History at the Truitt House

Violet-eyed film icon Elizabeth Taylor knew how to make an entrance—on screen and off. In the grand foyer of the Truitt House in downtown Suffolk, I can’t help but imagine an impossibly bejeweled Taylor elegantly descending the shallow steps of the home's exquisite floating staircase. She may have done just that when she visited the mansion along with her sixth husband, would-be U.S. Senator John Warner. No [...]

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Next-Level Holiday Side Dishess

Photos by Jenna McKenney While very much beloved, those old faithful side dishes can often get the short end of the stick in terms of our creativity. As we prepare to gather around the table with friends or family this time of year, consider spicing up that stuffing or adding a little pizzazz to those [...]

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2020 Giving Back Awards Winners

While this year may be one most of us are anxious to put in the rearview mirror, 2020 was also a time when those willing to be of service to their communities reflected the best of human nature while faced with the worst of circumstances. The 10 amazing nonprofit organizations and 10 community-minded businesses featured [...]


2020 Community Impact Awards Winners

The businesses listed on the following pages—from food trucks to law firms, dental practices to security agencies—do so much more than serve customers. Please join us in celebrating our Community Impact honorees for all the ways they go above and beyond in making a difference for others. Armada Hoffler Properties Virginia Beach “Since the inception [...]

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2020 Nonprofit of the Year: Survivor Ventures

“In the movies, [human trafficking] is this big kidnapping situation. You’re taken away and never heard from again, but it’s not like that. It’s actually the complete opposite. Most of the time, it’s the people that you trust, love and confide in that lead you to ‘the life’.” Olivia Reposa describes the reality of human [...]

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Coastal Virginia Fall Foliage Trails

Autumn is easily my favorite season to be outdoors in Coastal Virginia. A much-needed reprieve from brutal humidity combined with not-too-cold-yet temperatures and trees ablaze in bright hues makes me giddier than a quad-shot pumpkin spice latte. Our region is made for folks like me who love fall and also enjoy an active lifestyle, with [...]

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2020 CoVa Idea House: Home Is Where the Harbor Is

Coco Chanel, the iconic post-WWI French fashion designer, once famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” As the award-winning team at Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods set about designing the Marina Cottages at East Beach, they “channeled” Chanel’s less-is-more philosophy. Reimagining the casual coastal lifestyle in [...]

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Main Street Morsels in Downtown Suffolk

You stroll past a rustic-chic restaurant whose founder cooked at the legendary James Beard House. Turn the corner, there’s a sushi bar whose chef-owner trained under Iron Chef Morimoto. Take several steps down the street, and chili-spiked watermelon and pineapple spears in fiesta-colored Mexican fresh fruit cups dazzle you. Are you in hip Santa Monica? [...]

Mint Color Scheme Adds Charm to Your Wedding Day

A Refreshing Wedding Color to Take Your Breath Away

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Losing Weight: Gravity-Defying Float Spas Can Help Ease Stress And Manage Pain

I still needed to pack and prepare myself and my two children for a trip the following day. I worried about unfinished freelance projects, and I battled unrelenting thoughts of surviving virtual school instruction once again in just a few weeks. Stressed, yes. But as crazy as it sounds, I welcomed the anxiety on this [...]

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Photographer Darcy Cole Captures Virginia’s Pony Herds

Photos courtesy of DSC Photography Darcy Cole takes off down a trail on Assateague Island in Virginia’s far northeastern corner. Here, she hunts horses. And when she sees one? She starts shooting. Over and over. With a camera. This photographer captures the famous Chincoteague Ponies in pictures and promotes these ponies with calendars, an identification [...]

Intermittent Fasting

Local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Weighs In on Intermittent Fasting

I recently posted on social media inquiring about friends’ experience with intermittent fasting. Having chalked the whole concept up to a fad used by celebrities and health gurus, I was floored by the responses I received. Not only had dozens of neighbors, former classmates and coworkers tried intermittent fasting, but many reaped major health benefits [...]

The Nature Bus

Hop Aboard The Nature Bus

Photos courtesy of The Nature Bus “My heart and my soul are meant to be outdoors,” says Suzanne Moss. Moss, a former elementary school teacher, wanted to share her love of nature with others, so in 2017 she started a new business, The Nature Bus. Based in Virginia Beach, and departing from the REI at [...]

Holistic Family Solutions

Seeds of Success: Meet the Hampton Couple Behind Holistic Family Solutions

Ali Afonja and Stephanie Jackson Afonja believe a lifetime of wellness starts with planting fruitful seeds. Healthy habits that lead to forever happiness, they say, are rooted in promoting nutrition, fitness, cognition and spiritualty. The couple, with a combined 23 years of experience in the mental health industry and each with a master’s degree in [...]

Gazebo on the Point

Gazebo on the Point in Virginia Beach is a Retreat on Broad Bay

Photos courtesy of Dragon Photography Tucked on the tip of a seven-acre wooded peninsula in Virginia Beach is a retreat like no other. Gazebo on the Point, AKA “Paradise on the Point,” is a uniquely beautiful fusion of man-made luxury and exquisite natural resources on Broad Bay. Approachable by land or by sea, “waterfront bungalow” [...]

Yolima Carr

Living Landscape Artist: Yolima Carr

Photos by Beth Hester Since 1993, Yolima Carr has been a stalwart fixture on the local horticultural scene. From her first job pulling weeds as a gardener at the Norfolk Botanical Garden to her current position as the Elizabeth River Project’s (ERP) Conservation Landscape Curator at Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth, Carr’s passion for [...]

Jane Gardner

Requiem for a Foodie Friend: Jane Gardner

I’d love to be meeting Jane Gardner for lunch today. Alas, the extraordinary woman Coastal Virginia knew as an award-winning reporter and trailblazing female anchor (at a time when that gender-descriptor was requisite), died on July 11. That’s how I first knew her, too, mesmerized by her poised delivery on WTKR and WVEC, moved by [...]

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Elizabeth River Project Establishes the Resilience Lab

It sounds counterintuitive. Deliberately constructing a groundbreaking, 6,000-square-foot building with campus along Norfolk’s busy north Colley Avenue strip is crazy, right? Not when you appreciate that the site was deliberately chosen to test resilient design and construction practices in response to rising seas and to demonstrate innovative approaches to creating the coastal community of the [...]

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5 Fall Beers from Coastal Virginia Breweries

Fall ushers in cooler temperatures, amber-colored landscapes and a new season of craft beers. The light, citrusy flavors of summer IPAs transition into richer, spiced autumnal offerings from Coastal Virginia breweries. Here are five fall brews that are perfect for enjoying while carving pumpkins, watching Halloween movies or around a toasty firepit. Be sure to [...]