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W.T. Anderson Provides Innovative Roofing Solutions For Homes And Businesses

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Sponsored Content: At Home, Archive
  • June 27, 2024

W.T. Anderson is always looking for new ways to push the envelope when it comes to providing their customers with the newest and best roofing products. As an example, two years ago they announced they had been selected as the first contractors in Coastal Virginia to offer GAF Timberline Solar™, a roofing system that not [...]

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Virginia Air & Space Science Center 

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Sponsored Content: Activities & Events, Archive
  • June 27, 2024

Your imagination will soar when you visit the award-winning Virginia Air & Space Science Center, the official Visitor Center of NASA Langley Research Center, as you observe historic aircraft and spacecraft suspended from the Center’s 94-foot ceiling and enjoy IMAX films in 3D on a giant screen. This world-class facility, nestled in Hampton’s picturesque downtown [...]

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Rajput Indian Cuisine

More Than Good Food

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Sponsored Content: Food & Drinks, Archive
  • June 27, 2024

Meet a Remarkable Restaurateur Who Has Nourished the Coastal Virginia Community for Decades  Community service is at the heart of all of Dr. Yash P. Chhabra’s operations. Chhabra, President and CEO of Rajput Group of Companies, owns the beloved Rajput Indian Cuisine and Raput Indian Eats restaurants on Virginia’s Southside, as well as runs a [...]

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Jack Frost Landscapes and Garden Center

Thinking of Landscaping?

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Sponsored Content: At Home, Archive
  • June 27, 2024

You need to know jack!  According to a recent study conducted by Clemson University, improving your home’s landscaping from “average” to “excellent” can increase the home’s value by 10 to 12 percent. Depending on the size of the property, that number can grow (bigger is better), and it can also go up based on the [...]

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Visit Yorktown Virginia

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Sponsored Content: Getaways, Archive
  • June 27, 2024

American history, special events and riverfront fun! What sets Yorktown apart as a destination is that it is a thriving modernday mecca, while also being a preservation of the colonial era. Visitors to Yorktown have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in America’s story as they participate in present-day history-making. Yorktown Market Days are one [...]

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Watermen Spirits Orange Crush

Crushing the Orange Crush Game

  • By Leona Baker
  • Drinks, Food & Drinks, Restaurants, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Main Squeeze: How the Waterman’s Orange Crush inspired the region’s juicy love affair with VB’s signature citrusy cocktail By Leona Baker | Photos By Jacqui Renegar, Performance Foodservice Virginia At the risk of crushing a few hearts in the 757, this origin story starts with a shot of truth. Neither Waterman’s Bar & Grille nor [...]

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Made in VA Biennial, Virginia MOCA, Opens July 12 (Hank the Aquarian, Wash Me & Comb Me, 2023)

Events Calendar July-August 2024

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Activities & Events, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

SPECIAL EVENTS Beginning July 5: Beyond Monet & Beyond Van GoghView more than 400 of Claude Monet’s artworks through an exhilarating multimedia experience during “Beyond Monet.” Get tickets for this and the return of “Beyond Van Gogh.” Virginia Beach Convention Center. beyondmonet.com July 5, Aug. 2: City Center Summer Block Party SeriesEnjoy live music, food [...]

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CoVa Dining Guide: Pizzerias

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Restaurants, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Pies in the Sky: These Coastal Virginia pizzerias have local roots and they’re here to calm your ’zza cravings one slice at a time In our Dining Guide section, we feature some of our favorite dining establishments in the region, selected and listed by cuisine type, theme or geographic area. In this edition, it’s all about pizza.  [...]

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FRESH CATCHES The Seafood Givesti, a pasta dish inspired by a bit of local restaurant history, the eye-catching tuna stack, and craft cocktails at the recently reopened Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown.

Riverwalk Restaurant Is Back in Yorktown

  • By Leona Baker
  • Food & Drinks, Travel & Getaways, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Take Me to The Riverwalk: Destination for seafood lovers on the Yorktown Waterfront reopens in celebratory style under new ownership By Leona Baker | Photos By Jacqui Renager, Performance Foodservice Virginia The vibrant Shrimp Givesti on the menu at the recently reopened Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown is a delightfully simple dish of sautéed shrimp, caramelized [...]

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2024 Best Of Awards Results

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Best Of, Features, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

About the CoVa Best Of Contest  The results of the 2024 contest were gleaned through an open online voting platform from Jan. 2-March 4, 2024, available through the Coastal Virginia Magazine website (coastalvirginiamag.com) and publicized via the magazine’s various print, digital and social media. A record number of votes, nearly 250,000, were cast in 2024 [...]

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Try These Sizzling Summer Cocktails

  • By Leona Baker
  • Drinks, Features, Recipes, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Mixing it up at some of your favorite Virginia Beach restaurants with crafty, colorful cocktails you’ll want to sip on all summer long By Leona Baker | Photos By Jacqui Renager, Performance Foodservice Virginia See Also: Crushing the Orange Crush Game How the Waterman’s Orange Crush inspired the region’s juicy love affair with VB’s signature [...]

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Stretching the Definition of Men’s Fitness

Muscles and meditation at yoga studios where practitioners reduce stress, increase flexibility, enhance strength, improve posture and prevent injury The definition of a “strong man” has changed significantly since the Gold’s Gym era. During Arnold Schwarzenegger’s time, a man was only considered strong if he pumped at least twice his weight in iron and flaunted [...]

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Put Rain to Work with a Rain Barrel

Capture nature’s watery bounty with a store-bought or homemade rain barrel, plus tips for reducing stormwater pollution from your yard Summer rain showers might put the occasional damper on your outdoor plans, but that lifegiving liquid is what makes everything grow and thrive. An easy, affordable way to put nature’s watery bounty to work is by [...]

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FIT FOR A QUEEN Costumes designed by Hampton University alumna Ruth E. Carter (pictured below), including those worn by Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda in Marvel's Black Panther, and other films like Coming 2 America and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.

Fashioning a Cinematic Universe

  • By Ava Baker
  • Culture & Community, People, Style & Shopping, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Ruth E. Carter, Oscar-winning costume designer for films like Black Panther and Amistad, reflects on her Coastal Virginia roots as part of the opening of a retrospective exhibit at Jamestown Settlement  In the middle of the room: the silhouette of a queen.  Sparkling metallic tulle over a bodacious cream gown inlaid with geometric motifs.  On [...]

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Wild Blue Acres

Escape to Hertford’s Wild Blue Acres

Rental retreat on NC’s Albemarle Sound, the creative brainchild of Press 626’s Lindsay Bennett, is an idyllic haven for getaways, weddings and blueberry bliss Perched at the cusp of the brackish waters of the Albemarle Sound and the bucolic farmland and forest of Hertford, North Carolina, is Wild Blue Acres, a mini resort with a [...]

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S.A. Cosby, Noir’s New Literary Lion

  • By Marisa Marsey
  • Culture & Community, People, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Mathews native S.A. Cosby’s award-amassing crime novels nimbly seed gruesome fictitious violence amidst real-life evils Don’t let the snide “bless their hearts” and body parts littering Tidewater fool you. New York Times best-selling author Shawn (S.A.) Cosby loves Virginia. “It’s a big part of my writing,” says the Mathews County native. “But for a long [...]

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Welcome to Worth Guitar Shop

  • By Beth Hester
  • Culture & Community, People, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Where Suffolk-based craftsman Tony Whitford’s handcrafted guitars strike a chord  Photos and Story By Beth Hester Way back in the day when a petite filet minion with two veg, tea and a roll was $5.95 atthe enigmatic Embers Steak House & Lounge (RIP) in Portsmouth, I was one-half of a short-lived acoustic folk duo. We [...]

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Boba Buzz

Catch the Boba Buzz

  • By Ava Baker
  • Drinks, Food & Drinks, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Shaken not stirred, the international bubble tea craze has brought new flavors and textures to Coastal Virginia Tea, milk and tapioca. While the exact Taiwanese teahouse to combine those melodious ingredients in the late ’80s to create what would become a global beverage innovation remains disputed, the sheer magnitude of boba’s cultural influence does not.  [...]

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VB Tiki Tours

Take a Tiki Tour in VB

Imbibe crushes on the creek on this must-try tiki cruise Pack your cooler and embark on a boozy ride aboard Rum Shaker, a bar-laden and thatch-roofed vessel operated by the skilled captains of VB Tiki Tours. Rum Shaker is the sole watercraft in the Tiki Tour’s fleet and carries guests through the glistening waters of [...]

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Get Beachy at 2Beaches

Shop Shore Drive’s upcycled oasis Photo Courtesy of 2Beaches Nestled in the Chic’s Beach community is 2Beaches studio, a charming bayside boutique brimming with unique upcycled and handcrafted finds. Founded in 2022 by longtime friends and local artists Kelly Guswiler and Rebecca Anderson, 2Beaches Studio is a haven for those seeking one-of-a-kind treasures or a [...]

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Paddle to Blue Pete’s

Dock and dine with Surf & Adventure Co.  Photo Courtesy of Surf & Adventure Co. Since 2000, Blue Pete’s Restaurant has served as a launch point for kayakers embarking on a spectacular sunset cruise with Surf & Adventure Co. Upon their return, guests are invited to explore beyond Blue Pete’s dock and into the eatery’s [...]

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Pinup Coffee Takes Off at Back Bay Brewing

  • By Leona Baker
  • Culture & Community, Archive
  • July 1, 2024

Roastery with vintage aviation theme opens in popular brewery Article and Photo by Leona Baker Virginia Beach-based Pinup Coffee’s recently opened location inside of Back Bay Brewing's Farmhouse Brewery on Kempsville Road has given the phrase “niche market” a new level of retro cool. The café is literally tucked into a niche at the base of [...]

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Take to the Treetops at Owl Creek

New heights of adventure At Nautilus Observation Tower Photo Courtesy of Owl Creek Landing As if the adrenaline-pumping ropes courses at Adventure Park aren’t thrilling enough, adventure seekers will soon get to explore the park’s 15-story sister attraction. The Nautilus Observation Tower is spiraling structure that will stand 125 feet tall and be fully ADA-accessible. [...]

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King of Hospitality Akhil Jain

Landmark Hotel Group President Reigns Over Virginia Beach’s 50th Neptune Festival Court By Chelsea Sherman Akhil Jain’s first memories of the Neptune Festival are that of a young child spending the last weekend of September at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, visiting artists’ stalls and watching the Grand Parade. Later in life, as his career in [...]

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