10 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

Photo courtesy of The Porch on Long Creek Coastal Virginia is a place flourishing with flavor, thanks in part to some exceptional eateries that opened recently. From a raw bar and tiki bar to a gem for gluten-free fare, a waterside watering hole with views aplenty and that new place destined to be your next [...]

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Virginia Arts Festival 2020 Season Preview

The Virginia Arts Festival’s 24th season will bring Norfolk State University Theatre alumni back home to the area and take the rest of us far away—to Wonderland, no less. Among the wide array of music, theater, dance and visual arts offerings from the VAF this winter and spring are Hong Kong Ballet’s Alice (in Wonderland) and [...]

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5 Must-Try Mocktails from Local Restaurants

Civil Libation Purple Rain Dry January is a thing. And if it’s your thing, we’ve got you covered. When your old alcohol acquaintance be forgot—at least for 31 days—you can still enjoy the craftiest of cocktails in the 757. And if a drink without booze sounds like a burger without beef, think again.   Sassy [...]

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Wellness Wonder Woman: Kristen Crowley

Photo by James Patrick Photography For 12 years, Kristen Crowley slept an average of four to five hours a night. Her grind began at 2:45 a.m., she worked from 3:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then spent most of the time left in her day juggling the demands of her active family, including two young children—after-school [...]

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Rising Sea Levels Cause Major Problems for Homeowners

According to a 2017 federal climate report, sea levels have risen 8 inches since 1900. That might not sound too apocalyptic until you realize that the last three inches have occurred since 1993. Models are predicting that number could go up by another 3 to 7 inches in the next year, and possibly as high as [...]

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Top Lawyer of Real Estate: James Lonergan

James “JB” Lonergan began his career with Pender & Coward more than 35 years ago. At the time, the firm didn’t have nearly the 40-plus attorneys that are on staff today, but they wanted to be able to represent their clients in all areas of the law. “When I first started with my law firm, [...]

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The Joy of Local Cooking Classes

Photos by Jim Pile and David Uhrin A certain level of deference is owed to a woman wielding a knife. In the case of high-energy Chef Mary Cook, make that three knives. The only three knives you’ll ever truly need in the kitchen, she cheerfully explains while deftly manipulating a trusty chef’s knife before laying [...]

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Top Lawyer of Workers’ Compensation: Charlene A. Morring

Coastal Virginia Top Lawyer of Workers’ Compensation Charlene A. Morring has an inclination to help others through her efforts as an attorney. Morring has practiced law for nearly 20 years, specializing in injury, disability and workers’ compensation benefits. Originally from Norfolk, Morring attended Old Dominion University and was the recipient of the Kaufman Scholar Award [...]

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Simplifying with Style at Home

Marie Kondo has nothing on Trish Pfeifer. Kondo, the Japanese doyenne of domesticity, is a professional organizer and wildly popular author whose name has become synonymous with stylish, Zen-like decluttering. However, the mention of thanking objects for their service before 86-ing them or holding each one aloft to determine if it “sparks joy” elicits a [...]

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What It’s Like to Receive an Organ Donation from a Loved One

How far would you go to help someone you love? Would you be willing to give them a piece of yourself—literally? While some of us have perhaps pondered this question, most have never been presented with the chance to prove our commitment. For Mike Reff, that opportunity arrived unexpectedly in the summer of 2018, when [...]

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Eat, Play, Love: Fun and Games at Laid-Back Eateries

A little over a year ago, the erstwhile Sonoma at Virginia Beach Town Center effectively transformed itself into the restaurant version of a mullet—business in the front, party in the back. Or maybe the other way around. Their long-running upscale wine bar and bistro concept featuring elegantly plated, locally sourced dishes and a custom-built wine-on-tap [...]

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2019 Giving Back and Community Impact Awards Reception

Coastal Virginia Magazine staff, honorees and guests gathered at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach on Nov. 7, 2019 for our annual Giving Back and Community Impact Awards celebrating area nonprofits and businesses that make a difference in our community. Top honorees for Giving Back were the Navy Special Operations Foundation (third place), [...]

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Cancer Prevention Advice from Local Doctors

February is cancer prevention month. What can you do to put statistics in your favor? According to Dr. Mathew Sinesi, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Chesapeake Regional Cancer Treatment Center, the best thing you can do is to follow the basics. “A lot of prevention comes from following the things your parents probably [...]

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20 Beloved Restaurants with Staying Power

No one looking for easy work ever said, “Hey, let’s open a restaurant!” Hours are long, success rates low. Still, our area is home to many beloved eateries that have survived and thrived for a score or more. In honor of the auspiciously numbered new year, we set our sights on 20 of them, each [...]

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A Day in the Life at Sugar Plum Bakery

Naomi waits patiently for the paratransit bus to arrive at her Virginia Beach home. She boards just before noon, mingles with fellow riders and offloads at Sugar Plum Bakery on Laskin Road. She then bounds through the automatic double doors braced with her infectious smile and usual eagerness to begin housekeeping duties. This is Naomi’s [...]

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Glass Art Takes Shape at d’Art Center with Glass Imaginings

The glass arts community in Norfolk mirrors the most marvelous glass art cultures found the whole world over. There are over 30,000 pieces of glass artwork in the Chrysler Museum’s collection, while their Perry Glass Studio is host to glass art production, glassblowing demonstrations and was the setting for the Glass Art Society Conference several [...]

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2020 CoVa Bride Winter Wedding Showcase

Future brides, grooms, family members and friends got a taste of wedding magic at the Coastal Virginia Bride Winter Wedding Showcase held on Jan. 5 at The Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach. Local wedding experts were on hand offering tips and inspiration on everything from that perfect wedding venue to flower and décor ideas to photographers, [...]

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2020 Coastal Virginia Magazine WineFest Recap

A celebration of good times with Virginia wines, the seventh annual Coastal Virginia Magazine WineFest was held on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Ten Virginia wineries, four cideries, three breweries, four distilleries and one meadery provided tastings while specialty vendors offered arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, home décor, gourmet foods [...]

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A Conversation with Patton Oswalt

Interview by Leona Baker You may know Patton Oswalt’s signature voice as Remy in Pixar’s Ratatouille or the narrator of the hit NBC TV series The Goldbergs. But the multitalented artist made his name on the comedy circuit and has found success in many areas of entertainment—from a variety of writing gigs to regular appearances [...]

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