Restaurant Offerings to Taste at CoVa Best Of Party

Most would agree that there are three major elements required to host a fabulous party. A stunning venue? Check. Music made for dancing? Check. Mouthwatering cuisine? Oh, yeah. Plus, you’ll be in good company—the best company, in fact. You’re invited to celebrate alongside the winners of Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Best Of Readers’ Choice Awards at [...]

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Mayor Bobby Dyer Talks About the Virginia Beach Tragedy

Each time a mass shooting occurs in our country, the entire nation feels the shock. But when it hits close to home, the sense of devastation is exponentially greater. And so it was in Virginia Beach, on May 31, when a man who had just resigned from his city job entered Building 2 of the [...]

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We Are #VBStrong

On May 31, our community was changed forever. In the days that followed, we worked to process vast ranges of emotion, trying to piece together how this could have happened in our beloved beach town. As we all struggled to make sense of something so horrific and unexplained, there was an outpouring of support shown [...]

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The Bakery on Mason Opens in Cape Charles

The Bakery on Mason in Cape Charles just opened, but it’s not exactly a newbie. Folks know it as The Bakery at Riverside Farm, beloved at Eastern Shore farmers markets as well as Virginia Beach’s Old Beach Farmers Market, though it’s debatable which is more popular: Baker-Owner Louise Orlando or her sourdough loaves (made from [...]

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5 Go-To Gazpachos at Local Restaurants

Gazpacho at The Stockpot. Photo by David Uhrin When it comes to chilled soup, gazpacho is our go-to. We love you, borscht, but hot in winter is our preferred delivery method, and sorry vichyssoise, you pale in comparison. Vivid and vitamin-packed, gazpacho makes a complete refreshing meal on a sultry summer’s day. And while most [...]

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Pop-Up Yoga Creates a Fitness Community

Depending on your age, you might think of yoga as a millennial fitness trend, slightly older than the Pure Barre and CrossFit craze, or as a “crunchy” counter-culture trend that gained a foothold c. 1970 with “hippies” in the U.S. right along with sprout- and granola-munching vegetarians.  But long before yoga was associated with the [...]

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La Patrona Taqueria in Virginia Beach

If you drive by fast, it looks like the sign says Tequileria. Closer inspection reveals Taqueria, and La Patrona is all about tacos (featuring handmade tortillas) and other street food including gorditas, sopes, huaraches and elote in a former Captain D’s converted into a spiffy bar and grill that could double as a shrine to [...]

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Preventative Medicine: Healing and Wellness with Alternative Treatments

Dr. Marion Constantinides, Applied Health Professional Applied Kinesiology AppliedHealthVa.com 757-965-2476 Marion Constantinides was in her final term of her pre-med program at the University of Colorado when she realized something that would change her career path and the course of her life: she didn’t want to just treat sick people in a hospital. She wanted to [...]

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2019 CoVa Idea House: These Idea House Kitchens are a Home Chef’s Paradise

With the unveiling of the Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea Houses still a few months away, we offer these sneak peeks into two enticing spaces: the tuxedo kitchen of The Rose Eleganza located at The Oaks at Fenton Mill in Upper York County and the deluxe kitchen of The Blacksburg located at Ashby’s Bridge in southern Virginia Beach.   [...]

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Summertime Soirée: Recipes for Easy Entertaining Outside

Photos by David Uhrin One of the best perks of summer is the opportunity to enjoy a meal outdoors. Whether on the patio or by the water, we love packing a cooler, firing up the grill and pouring a few chilled sips as we converse with friends. What we don’t love, however, is spending hours [...]

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Ray Ray’s at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Groupies of Ray Labuen who have followed him for decades from The Belvedere Coffee Shop to Doc Taylor’s and beyond are as ecstatic as he is that the deft chef finally has a place of his own: Ray Ray’s in the former Mayflower Café on 34th Street at the Oceanfront. He’s amplified the breakfasts and [...]

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Virtual Technology Provides Better Medical Care Options to Patients

If you’ve ever had the flu or some other illness that needed a medical professional’s attention, you know how difficult it is to make a doctor’s appointment in the first place. Then there is getting up on the day of the appointment, making yourself presentable enough to go out in public, driving yourself to the [...]

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ODU’s New S.B. Ballard Stadium

ODU football fans have been eagerly awaiting the rebuilding and expansion of S.B. Ballard Stadium. Named after alumnus Barry Kornblau, the stadium promises enhanced seating and modern amenities to make the overall experience more exciting and enjoyable. Construction began last summer and is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 31, just in time for the [...]

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Wintergreen is a Year-Round Resort for Nature, Recreation and Relaxation

A haze of blue hues hangs on the horizon where the mountains meet the sky and the clouds cap the treetops. Standing near a summit, I hear the sound of songbirds and a breeze rustling the leaves between the trees. There are over 30 miles of hiking trails wandering within 11,000 acres of lush woodlands [...]

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CoVa Best Of Party 2019

Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual Best Of Party was held on Thursday, July 25 at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Downtown Norfolk. Partygoers enjoyed an evening of Sizzle, Salsa and Swoon as the event themed Hot Havana Nights celebrated the magazine’s Best Of Readers’ Choice Awards winners. Guests wore la flamenca and cocktail dresses, [...]

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ForKids Helps Homeless Families in Coastal Virginia

Shortly after Thaler McCormick went to work at ForKids—an organization that provides a variety of support services for homeless individuals and families—she sat down to interview one of her first clients, a woman named Carla.* (*Some of the names in this story have been changed to protect identities.) “I asked her what her goals were,” [...]

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Run for Your Life: Fitness Enthusiast Crystal Harper Shares Running Tips

Crystal Harper used all the strength she had to beat cancer. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of 25, this local meteorologist tried to keep up her active lifestyle for as long as possible but naturally found herself getting weaker and struggling with her endurance and stamina. When she finished her last [...]

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How Corrective Eye Surgery Helps You See More Clearly

It’s not uncommon to have your vision change as you get older. As we age, it gets more difficult to focus on objects up close because the lens inside the eye begins to lose its ability to change shape. This is a condition called presbyopia. For those who want to correct this but don’t want [...]

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Pungo Board House: Local Surf Shop in Virginia Beach

Despite hailing from the bucolic area of Pungo, Dylan Rogers is no stranger to the surf. At just 13 years old, Rogers and his younger brother Lucas were surfing amateur competitions at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and shredding weekend waves along Sandbridge Beach and the Outer Banks. While Lucas picked up boards and a professional [...]

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Inspirational Runner Completes 7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents

“I just wanted to be able to run 1 mile on a treadmill,” remembers J.P. Caudill. “I thought to myself, ‘I hate running, but let’s see what happens.’” More than 10 years have passed since the independent IT consultant and Virginia Beach resident overcame his 1-mile hurdle. Caudill now serves as a certified running coach [...]

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ABLE By Amanda Campbell: Fashionable Clothing for All Women

Photo by Alexander at Jawfox Photography. Models Catherine Owens and Margaret Massie. ABLE By Amanda Campbell is making a fashion statement by designing socially conscious clothing for women. “I want to empower women and make them feel confident and beautiful in their body,” says founder and designer Amanda Campbell. In a society that can skirt [...]

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