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Pearls of Wisdom

With age comes wisdom—and wisdom teeth. When they need to come out, it’s best to get them out when young, experts say. ​Wisdom teeth, the third molars, are the last permanent teeth to appear, usually between the ages of 17 and 25, according to the Mayo Clinic. Experts say between 80 and 90% of young adults require extraction due [...]

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2022 Top Dentist Winners

About Our Survey Summary. To create the list, the magazine contracted DataJoe Research to facilitate an online peer-voting process. DataJoe Research is a software and research company specializing in data collection and verification, and conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers. DataJoe checked and confirmed that each published winner had, at [...]

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Savor Featured Getaway: The Charlottesville & Albemarle County

The Charlottesville & Albemarle County Charm What first comes to mind when you think of Charlottesville and Albemarle County? Perhaps it’s the rich history offering visitors a vibrant glimpse into the past. Maybe it’s the impeccable wine scene that helped to put Virginia on the map as one of the country’s top wine-producing states. If [...]

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Jacqui’s Holiday Charcuterie Tips

Taste of the Season

What says celebration more than a colorful, delicious charcuterie board to share with family, friends and a good bottle of wine? At a recent Coastal Virginia Magazine photo shoot, we took ours up a notch with these beautifully designed holiday charcuterie spreads created by local cooking instructor Jacqui Renager and featuring primarily products sold at [...]

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Dinners, Do-Overs and Deals

Dinner Will Be Served at Clayton’s “It’s going to be so beautiful at night,” Ralph “Clayton” Anderson gushes. “Cars going by will look in and see the flames shooting up from my wood-fired oven.” He’s envisioning the evolution of his roaringly popular Clayton’s Counter Delicatessen (CoVa 2022 Readers’ Choice for Best Sandwiches) into the rechristened [...]

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Closeup with Musician Michael Marquart

Musician and recording artist Michael Marquart has grounded himself in music for most of his life. At the age of 13, he was performing originals in Wisconsin bars before joining Iowa-based Tokyo Rose in college. He toured with bands like ’80s New Wave phenom A Flock of Seagulls and lent his percussive skills to Canadian-bred [...]

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Booze at the Beach 

Beach Vodka Is Born Again Stephanie Somers and Tony Gower Jr. introduced this born-again distillery to Virginia Beach patrons on July 1. Since then, the Beach Vodka brand has immersed itself into nearly every facet of the Coastal Virginia community taking local eateries, tailgates and ABC Stores by storm. Somers and Gower, now humbled by [...]

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Black Philanthropy

Diversifying Philanthropy

We were founded with the idea that you’re not a silo—it’s about who you can help and impact through the products and services that you sell and the people you can help.”—Randy Williams, owner of Talley & Twine Young Black donors and community activists are changing the image of philanthropy. “People don’t know that two-thirds [...]

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Be Merry at the Mercantile

They say, “write what you know.” For Karen Barrs, owner of Little England Mercantile, “buy what you love,” might be a better fit. That’s how the Newport News native started shopping for the eclectic “provisions with purpose” that now fill her charming retail store in Gloucester Point and its newest location at the Virginia Beach [...]

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Adopt a Plane at the Military Aviation Museum

Adopt a Plane at the Military Aviation Museum

The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach is a premier aviation museum with one of the largest military aircraft collections in the world from the World War I and World War II era. The museum restores and flies these rare aircraft at the museum and at air shows across the United States. Through the museum’s [...]

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JCOC to Build Affordable Housing in Virginia Beach

At a press conference in September, representatives of the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC), the city of Virginia Beach and others gathered to announce that the JCOC has raised more than 80% of the $14 million goal for its Help. Hope. Healing. Capital Campaign to provide funding to build 38 affordable housing units on its Virginia [...]

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Welcome to Missy Elliott Boulevard

“Misdemeanor’s in da house,” and now she’s got her very own street. Portsmouth’s own Melissa Arnette Elliot, aka hip-hop icon Missy Elliott, was recently honored by Portsmouth City Council, which voted unanimously to rename a portion of McLean Street to “Missy Elliott Boulevard.” The street accesses Victory Crossing Shopping Center, Tidewater Community College and the [...]

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Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Turtle Mural

Turtle Takeover at the Aquarium

After a call went out to artists earlier this year for the opportunity to paint a 2,508 square foot canvas on the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center’s north building façade, it was Winchester-based artist Sarah Gallahan who was selected by the Virginia Beach Arts committee to create the stunning new mural that now greets [...]

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Barbara Lewis (center) pictured with (from left) Dan Hoffler, Bobby Dyer, Mark Hudgins, Adelle Rosco and Morgan Davis. Photo by Ramone Photography

Barbara Lewis: Virginia Beach’s First Citizen

There is a short list of names as synonymous with the culture of Virginia Beach and the city’s development over the last half century as that of Barbara Lewis. So, it comes as no surprise to the many who have known and worked with her over the years that the Town Center City Club owner [...]

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From the Ground Up with Farmer John

If you want to know the best time to plant peas and spinach in Coastal Virginia, how to cultivate great soil locally or the finer points of chicken ownership, “Farmer John” is your guy. A longtime Virginia Beach farmer formerly with Pungo’s New Earth Farm and Farmer John’s Market at Farmhouse Brewery in Kempsville, John [...]

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Hampton Aquaplex Making a Splash

It took about 760,000 gallons of water and several days to fill the eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool at the new Hampton Virginia Aquaplex. Now it’s time to dive in. Situated adjacent to the Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum, this state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind in Virginia and a game changer for [...]

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North End Bags Turns 10

Since North End Bag Co. started creating hand-crafted canvas and leather goods in its tiny shop in Virginia Beach’s ViBe Creative District in 2012, you might say the cat has gotten out of the bag. These days, you’d be hard-pressed to spend a few hours out and about in VB or around Coastal Virginia without spotting [...]

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Trending Touches Fabric and décor at Artéé Fabrics & Home in Virginia Beach.

Old Fashioned and On Trend

In a world where fast furniture has become as prevalent as fast food, sturdy family heirlooms have often taken a back seat—or maybe a trip to Goodwill—in favor of assemble-it-yourself affordability. But the pandemic, supply chain issues and continuing inflation have caused many folks to take a well-deserved second look at Nana’s sofas, chairs and [...]

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A Modern Twist in Southern Shores

A Modern Twist in Southern Shores

At the intersection of love, loss and longing sits a house perched high up on a forested dune in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There, the grownup version of a girl of the ’60s realized her dream of a long, lean mid-century modern house like the floorplans she had drawn during church decades before. A [...]

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IV Therapy Clinics

Dripping with Success

In a cozy room complete with candles, soft music, white twinkle lights and heated blankets, wellness-seekers of all kinds relax and chat while needles inject them with a variety of vitamin-infused drips. It’s an IV coffee klatch of sorts and an atmosphere that patients embrace at Hang 10 Drips. “It’s such a community here,” says [...]

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Sweet Treats & Fab Finds

Couture Crunch If granola wasn’t in your holiday gameplan, it is now. Hudson Henry is what other granolas want to be when they grow up. Baked in tiny Palmyra, Virginia, this divine mixture even made Southern Living swoon. Pick some up at Westside Produce and Provision in Norfolk. $11.85, Sweet Heat AR’s Hot Southern [...]

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2022 Giving Back Award Winners

2022 Giving Back Awards Winners: Ready, Set, Give

Intro by Leona Baker, Editor-in-Chief The Coastal Virginia Magazine team is honored to present our annual Giving Back Awards recognizing some of the region’s outstanding nonprofit organizations and businesses that make our communities and the lives we lead here safer, healthier, happier and more equitable for all who call Coastal Virginia home. This year’s honorees were selected by [...]

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Generating More Girl Power

©Photo above by Adam Muller 2022 Non Profit of the Year: Girls on the Run Jennie Spears had strict orders: “You have to sign me up the first day,” Spears remembers her daughter, Makayla, urging her, “because it always fills up.” Makayla had tried gymnastics, soccer, baseball—each one time. Then in third grade, she found [...]

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