Brenda Reid of Howard Hanna

Turning dreams into reality for Virginia home buyers Developed, built and sold 180 neighborhoods in Hampton Roads | A leader in economic growth and development throughout the region  Brenda Reid has spent her life helping people realize the American dream. Reid, 59, president of Howard Hanna Southeast, says that, aside from raising two great kids—now [...]

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A Healthy Outlook for the Region

Each year, Coastal Virginia Magazine celebrates our region's outstanding medical professionals in the annual Top Docs issue. Though that publication will appear in September, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to shine the spotlight on our Top Docs All-Stars, those physicians who’ve been selected by their medical peers as Top Docs for five years or [...]

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Berry Cool Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Make Your Own Strawberry Ice Cream You know warm weather is almost here to stay in Coastal Virginia when local farms are bursting with row after row of plump, ripe strawberries. And, while the beloved Pungo Strawberry Festival may be on hold once again this year, pick-your-own strawberry farms are going strong. Go from just [...]

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Sweet Picks Strawberry Picking

Here are a few spots where you can pick your own strawberries in Coastal Virginia. Be sure to check with each farm for details, times and dates. These weather-dependent seasonal crops, costs and services vary from year to year.    Historic Greenbrier Farms 225 Sign Pine Rd., Chesapeake Ever notice that rustic white farmhouse with [...]

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Sail and Savor Adventures

In the tiny village of Weems, not far from the town of Irvington on Virginia’s Northern Neck, Clay Dingledine, dressed in a flannel and khakis with his long hair tied at the nape of his neck, offers a friendly wave from the dock of Carter’s Cove Marina. As the afternoon sun begins its decent to [...]

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Tour De Norfolk

It’s the first day of April, and Joshua Weinstein—founder of Norfolk Tour Company—has led a small group of people to a mural titled Symbiotic Nuances, painted by Solomon Isekeije, director of the Division of Fine Arts at Norfolk State University. Weinstein invites the audience to observe how the mural’s color palette is representative of the [...]

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Turning the Page Summer Reading

Summer is our favorite time to bask in the intellectually stimulating and simultaneously relaxing pastime of reading. Whether enjoying a beautiful love story on the beach or a mystery thriller consumed during an intense summer storm, it’s a great season to get lost in worlds other than our own. To compile this summer reading list, [...]

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Just Add Water

Ever wish you could feel like you’re on vacation in your own backyard? Who hasn’t? If you’ve already achieved comfy seating and tranquil mood lighting but still feel like there’s something missing, perhaps it’s a water feature. The soothing sounds and mesmerizing appeal of cascading water can instantly transport you to a calming paradise. Your [...]

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Artist in Residence: Charlotte Potter Kasic

How does a glassblowing dancer from Vermont end up the helm of an art museum in Virginia? The path was far more logical and linear than it may seem for Charlotte Potter Kasic, who was officially named executive director of ODU’s Barry Art Museum early last year. After earning her undergraduate degree from New York’s [...]

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Feast Mode Burger

It’s CoVa Burger Battle Time

The tastiest event between two buns is back, just in time for summer. Coastal Virginia Magazine’s CoVa Battle of the Burgers will be returning to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 11, 2022, from noon-5 p.m. Some of the area's finest restaurants will be offering up their most creative and delicious [...]

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99 Days of Summer Fun

Mark your calendar for these 99 Days of Summer Fun Events and check out our 2022 Summer Fun Guide! Thrilling Memories From his first time soaring through the treetops as a teenager on the Loch Ness Monster, this writer was hooked on all things Busch Gardens, now a year-round experience for kids and adults By [...]

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The Wonders of Worm Poo

“You don’t remember the Civil War battle of Moose Hill?” is Bill Clark’s incredulous comeback whenever folks ask why he calls his worm farm Moose Hill. He lets them squirm, then congratulates them: “Good. Because there wasn’t one!” Lured to his farmers market booth by its eyebrow-raising slogan: “Got Worm Poop?” they quickly realize that [...]

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Fresh Air Fitness

If we gleaned anything from the pandemic, it’s to make the most of what we have. Gym and fitness studio closures forced athletes to seek alternative venues for exercise. While our world is returning to normal, that doesn’t mean we should let our region’s amenities go unused. This summer, revel in the warm weather and [...]

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The 99 Days of Summer Fun Calendar

May 30: Memorial Day Celebrations around the Region   June 1: Ynot Wednesdays Concerts Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza   June 2: Sunsets on the River Concerts, Thursdays Hermitage Museum & Gardens   June 3-5: Bodacious Bazaar Hampton Roads Convention Center   June 4: Hilton Art Walk Historic Hilton Village   June 4-5:  Blackbeard Pirate Festival [...]

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Cookies That Pack a Punch

Antwain Britt’s gourmet cookie empire started, as almost none do, in a training gym. Having wrestled during highs school and his brief time at college, Britt quit the sport when the realities of adulthood took over. By 27 he was deeply disenchanted: job a dead end, marriage ending. Time to get back to fighting, he [...]

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Herb Appeal

Although you can start any herb plant with seeds, I have always found it much easier to run to my local home improvement or garden store and buy some that are already well on their way. Depending on the amount of time it takes for the seeds to germinate, starting from seed could take several [...]

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Mall Makeovers, Candy Crush and More

Mall Makeovers Once pop culture epicenters as much as retail juggernauts, malls as we once knew them may finally be relegated to the realm of retro set pieces (think Stranger Things Season 3). Many local malls have struggled, exacerbated by online shopping and the pandemic. Some, like Peninsula Town Center, have gone the open-air, mixed-use [...]

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Five to Try: Local Surf Shops

By locals, for locals. These five surf shops have withstood the test of time and bring to the Coastal Virginia community a creative and exclusive selection of surf and skate gear. Whether you hang 10 or ride half-pipes, these retailers can service your every need.   Wave Riding Vehicles Not only is Virginia Beach home [...]

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Bruce Rader Moves On… and Up?

Bruce Rader and I were together at WAVY TV for about 14 years, but we did not “run” in the same circles. He is North End, I am Kempsville. I was “dayside,” in management for a couple years at the station and then a news reporter for a decade; he anchored sports and worked nights. [...]

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The Summer of Seafood Boils

When it comes to down-and-dirty eating, chicken wings and crab legs have met their match with seafood boils. They are hot, buttery, drizzled with lemon juice and covered in a fiery red dusting of seafood spices. It’s frowned upon to dive into a seafood boil with utensils, too; when the pot’s contents are dumped onto [...]

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Feelin’ the ViBe

You can’t miss the ViBe Creative District that is nestled near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and surrounded by unique neighborhoods that are full of personality and charm. Perhaps the area stands out to you for its bright, colorful and artistic appearance or maybe for its surrounding street names, like Baltic and Mediterranean to name just [...]

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Virginia Plum Chutney

Plum Delicious Virginia Products

As it turns out, Virginia is for Plum Lovers. From Flint Hill to Virginia Beach to Wirtz, these three Virginia-made products are jam-packed with the sweet-tart fruit. You can eat your plums and drink them too. Spicy Plum Chutney Virginia Chutney Company Flint Hill When proud English-born Americans, Clare and the late Nevill Turner, moved [...]

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Presidential Treatment: W.T. Anderson

 Your investment deserves Presidential treatment from W.T. Anderson Local roofing company honored as top 1% in the nation | Triple Excellence Award | Customer Protection Excellence | Training Excellence After recently attending the GAF Conference & Expo in San Diego, California, Tom and May Anderson of W.T. Anderson Corporation brought back some valuable industry insights. [...]

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Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On

During the first production of Tidewater Community College’s Shakespeare in the Grove in 1997, a thunderstorm blew down the set. Twenty-five years later, on June 22–26, another storm will grace The Grove stage on the Chesapeake campus with the festival’s production of The Tempest. “There’s always a twist,” says Shakespeare in the Grove artistic director [...]

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