Photos courtesy of Sherród Faulks

Where Beautiful Things Are Born

Designer Sherród Faulks is deep. He keeps an ancestral altar in his house “to be reminded of where I come from and who I come from,” he says reverently. And he’s Black: “All the Faulks in this area descended from one runaway slave.” But that isn’t why he labeled his burgeoning brand Deep Black. “That’s [...]

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What’s Old Is New in Edenton

Edenton in autumn feels like a cozy blanket that’s been handed down through generations. It’s a destination where you can curl up, relax and be heart-warmed in the present while connected to the past. Here, life seems to slow down. There are horse-drawn carriages, lantern-lit houses and a quiet harbor. From historic ghost walks to [...]

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Luxury for Less: 2023 CoVa Idea House

What does the Food Network’s hit show Chopped have to do with a luxury townhome development in Chesapeake? According to Stephen Quick IV, everyone in the development and construction business has essentially the same “basket of ingredients” with which to create; his company just thinks about how to use them differently. Quick, a principal with [...]

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Kids and Mental Health In Coastal Virginia

In January 2022, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) opened a seven-bed, medical-psychiatric unit. Along with other services, the staff can stabilize a patient’s physical symptoms related to an eating disorder and start mental health counseling while doing so. It’s the care Trinity Gallagher needed six years earlier—but couldn’t find locally. At the time, [...]

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Photo By Leona Baker

Glamp It Up This Fall

If roughing it in the woods isn’t quite your jam or you left your sleeping bag days behind along with the relics of your college dorm room, good news. You can still enjoy an overnight or two in the great outdoors—just with a little more décor and maybe even AC, a comfy mattress and a [...]

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BLT Sandwich. Photo Courtesy of Codex

Pedal or Perambulate to Gunner & Marley’s

Downtown Norfolk’s Granby Street is buzzy with word that Codex, a haven for haute cuisine that’s down-to-earth and accessible, is doing lunch. But to be precise, Gunner & Marley’s by Codex is doing it. Chef-owner Ian Hock gave his counter-service luncheonette in the garage-door-fronted space housing Codex a distinct moniker to signal that it’s even [...]

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Belvedere Coffee Shop Next Gen

Pharrell’s Something in the Water wasn’t the only major Beach comeback this year. The Belvedere Coffee Shop & Diner has been resurrected in The Moxy Virginia Beach Oceanfront, two dozen blocks from where it was founded. Locals and serial vacationers who were crushed when the half-century-old greasy spoon at 36th and Atlantic was demolished in [...]

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Photos by David Uhrin/Courtesy of Moxy Virginia Beach

New Oceanfront Hotel Has Moxy

At most hotels, ripping the art off the walls will get you shown the door. At Moxy, guests are encouraged to rip away. But Moxy isn’t most hotels. Pads of contemporary prints clipped to the wall meant for tearing and sharing are just one of many fun and funky features at the new Moxy hotel [...]

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Barbies and Beer at ODU

A new partnership is brewing with Old Dominion University and it happens to be just in time for the arrival of a certain full-figured fashion doll who took the big screen by storm and had us all thinking pink this summer. ODU and New Realm Brewing Co. recently announced a multiyear partnership that designates New [...]

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Local Flavor in Franklin

The organizers behind a brand-new two-day festival, to be held in Franklin Oct. 7-8, 2023, hope to highlight “the best of Virginia cuisine, music and community.” The event is being put together by Sedley-based Hubs Peanuts, Commune—a farm-to-table restaurant with locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and River Road Farm—a farm in Franklin specializing in ethically raised, [...]

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Aladdin Photo by Deen Van Meer, Courtesy of Disney/Broadway in Norfolk

Hot Seats: Fall Arts Preview

As always, there is a lot going on for lovers of the fine arts in Coastal Virginia during this season of falling leaves and chilling temps, including an exciting lineup of performances, exhibits and special events. Check out our editorial picks for some of the season’s don’t-miss arts happenings. On the arts news front, Virginia [...]

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Celebrate the Season on the Shore

When those cool autumn breezes finally provide some welcome relief from summer’s heat and humidity, the Eastern Shore of Virginia beckons locals and visitors alike to make the most of the season in its charming coastal towns. Fine fall weather and famous sunsets set the backdrop for exciting activities, scenic beauty, cultural events and, of [...]

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Launched: Kyle Humphrey

From being a producer at WTKR News 3 and her on-camera work for WHRO, Kyle Humphrey—a former Miss Phoebus—is well known in Coastal Virginia, her home. Some 20 years ago, though, another coast was calling. With TV producers, moviemakers and fellow actors, Hollywood beckoned. Since then, Humphrey has successfully answered the call from the West—appearing [...]

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Bedding Refresh

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s the significance of how we spend our time at home, and, for many of us, that has led to the realization that it may be time for some redecorating. We would argue your bedroom is the perfect place to begin. And there’s no better time [...]

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Mindfulness for Kids

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Parents, educators and caregivers alike have long relied on this timeless mantra to teach children the importance of kindness and respect. What the Golden Rule fails to address, however, is the proper etiquette for self-care. This gap begs a number of pressing questions. Do I respect [...]

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2023 Top Docs Winners

Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Doctors 2023 For over ten years, Coastal Virginia Magazine's Top Docs peer to peer survey has conducted polls in health care to identify the physicians other physicians trust most. It's almost like asking: “If you or a loved one needed a physician to whom would you refer?” We asked Coastal Virginia [...]

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Black Angus Dish: Spiros’ Chicken

What’s in a Dish? Spiros’ Chicken

Black Angus Dish: Spiros’ Chicken The Dish: Spiros’ Chicken The Origin: Created by and named for former Chef Spiros Boubas Why People Love It: Behold perfectly crispy, herby, lemony chicken skin and flavorful, slow-cooked tender meat served with potatoes that have been simmered and lightly crisped in the chicken’s juices. It’s not fancy. It’s just [...]

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French-Inspired in Phoebus

By Leona Baker. Photos by Jacqui Renager/Performance Foodservice Virginia Chef and restaurant owner Dana Clark Epstein’s Hampton roots run deep. When she was a kid, her family owned a lumber company in the heart of Phoebus, originally opened by her great grandfather back in 1908. A few generations later, young Dana would occasionally wander down from the [...]

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