Kitchens That Pop

Anyone who follows home décor trends on social media and beyond will already know: bolder, more saturated colors are edging their way into a world of all-white kitchens. Sometimes it’s subtle—a hint of an interesting hue on the kitchen island. Other times, more in-your-face with a bright paint choice all over.

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Franchises for Food Lovers

Photos by Matthew DelDonna and Kelsey Thomas From gigantic pizza slices to lobster rolls, it is no secret that Coastal Virginia is quickly becoming home to numerous casual chain restaurants and popular franchises that originated outside of the area. Whether they’re stationing themselves at the beach, in downtown areas or in their own unique spot, [...]

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Portrait Mode: Glen McClure’s New Work

By Janine Latus Glen McClure sat in his back yard, pouting. The pandemic had stretched on for an interminable month, and the photographer couldn’t take his cameras to the streets as he normally did to capture pictures of shipyard workers, roller derby queens and random people walking by. He couldn’t fly back to Ireland to [...]

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Coastal Virginia Is for Lovers: 25 Staycations Ideas You’ll Love

Feature Photo Courtesy of Fowler Studios Grab a date, a hubby, a bestie, or an entire gaggle of your closest gal pals and book a weekend of fun for art lovers, history lovers, wine lovers or whatever makes your collective hearts happy on Valentine’s or any time. You’ll fall in love with these ideas for [...]

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Comprehensive Dentistry for Total Wellness, Beauty & Function

 NOW THAT OUR SMILES ARE BEGINNING TO BE REVEALED TO THE WORLD AGAIN, MAKE SURE YOURS IS BEAUTIFUL!  Have you ever wished your smile was brighter, straighter or generally appeared healthier? No matter what your concern, contemporary cosmetic dentistry has a solution for you!  92% of Americans believe that a beautiful smile is an important [...]

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Find Room for Peace in Your Home

“When you walk through your front door, how do you want to feel?” That’s the million-dollar question before taking on any design or decluttering project, says Anna Beth Eskridge, owner of Making Room for Peace, an interior design and professional organization firm based in Williamsburg. Inspired by a recent home transformation for which Eskridge helped [...]

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Matters of the Heart: Oral and Heart Health

Forty years ago, the link between poor oral health and other systemic health issues like cardiovascular disease was poorly understood, and those health practitioners and researchers who were seriously exploring the concept were considered outliers who were possibly a bit kooky. But this attitude is changing along with a mounting body of research that reinforces [...]

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Pickling Season: Pickleball Is All the Rage

The repetitive plunking sound of plastic balls popping off paddles gets louder as players continue to join in the back-and-forth volley going down at Lake Placid Park in Virginia Beach. Seasoned swatters and newbies alike fill the four outdoor courts on a recent morning that’s prime for a match or two of pickleball—a game that’s [...]

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New Year, New Flavors: 17 Restaurants to Try in 2022

Feature Photo by Sara Harris Photography 17 New Restaurants to Try Compiled by Leona Baker, Marisa Marsey, Arielle Patterson, Barrett Baker and Robey Martin Amedeo’s Ristorante in Suffolk Photos by Leona Baker The team that brought you elegant eats at Vintage Tavern and River Stone Chophouse are now taking you straight to Oderzo, Italy via [...]

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What’s in a Name: Amedeo’s Ristorante

Amedeo Obici was 11 years old when he left his home in Oderzo, Italy. His father unexpectedly died when he was seven, and his mother was forced to sell the family business. His uncle in America suggested that Amedeo should come stay with him to find his fortune. Amedeo didn’t have a dollar in his [...]

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Captivated in Cape Charles: The Road to a Renaissance

Cape Charles is having a moment. Maybe more than a moment. You might call it a renaissance. One in which lifelong locals are joining forces with creative entrepreneurial spirits hoping to capitalize on the unique charm that recently led Southern Living magazine to crown this Eastern Shore destination the “Best Little Beach Town in Virginia.” [...]

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Meet Virginia’s Teacher of the Year

By Gail Kent, Photos Courtesy of Chesapeake Public Schools When you walk into Daphne Fulson's second grade classroom at Portlock Primary School in Chesapeake, the first thing you'll notice is the full-length mirror. It isn't there to check grooming, but to reflect her students' self-worth and confidence. Circling the mirror's edge are cards with affirmations: [...]

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Extreme Brownies: New Cookbook

Extremists can make the world more dangerous, but there is one who’s making it more delicious: über-baker Connie Weis. Her platform is chocolate, and her new cookbook 50 More Extreme Brownies takes a deep dive into the same dark obsession that drove her first treatise on over-the-top treats in 2014, Extreme Brownies. With this new [...]

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Ready Reads: New Books By Local Authors

The Tender Grave By Sheri Reynolds Bywater Books (2021) Summary by Janine Latus In The Tender Grave, Sheri Reynolds immerses readers in the thin strip of the Eastern Shore, populating a town that bears resemblance to Cape Charles—Reynolds’ home—with colorful characters leading complex lives. A chatterbox of a boy insists that he wore magical flip-flops [...]

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Launched: Actor Aaron Dalla Villa

Interview by Kelsey Thomas, Feature Photo Courtesy of EDSTA Aaron Dalla Villa’s goals weren’t always to be a professional actor; In fact, he thought he was destined to be a dancer for the rest of his life. His love for the arts stemmed when he was just 11 years old and saw the jazz band [...]

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A High Bar for Giving: Lawyers Who Give Back

By virtue of their profession and high public profile, law firms are exceptionally well positioned to support the communities they serve through the collective charitable efforts of their organization. From food banks to women’s shelters, firms give of their time, talent and treasure to numerous worthy causes. Separately, attorneys often augment their firm’s giving by [...]

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Smart House

What’s so SMART about it?

The world has always been fascinated by smart homes, smart describing a home’s automated technology. Walt Disney dreamed of what the world could look like with his Carousal of Progress. We’ve seen the future portrayed by the Jetsons, Marty McFly, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. While pop culture may have missed a few details, smarter [...]

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