Go Green

The Gift of Going Green

Considering the holidays’ impact on our environment seemed like a good, mindful place to start. What are some ways to make the holiday season leaner and greener? How can we deck the halls with less waste? Give gifts with fewer boxes and bows? Clean our plates without cluttering up landfills? Trim the tree while taking [...]

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Sweet Bombs Away

Cocoa bombs exploded onto the scene a few years ago, their chocolaty goodness amplified by the “oooh…aaah” theatrics of watching their delicate chocolate shells melt away when steaming hot milk or cream is poured over them into a mug. The contents of the “bomb”—typically powdered cocoa and marshmallows—flows out into the milk and melts along [...]

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Service Dogs for Those Who Served

“A trained service dog is the best medicine for individuals with deep invisible wounds. It’s an opportunity not to survive, but to live. Without Mutts With A Mission, my obituary would have been written years ago.” – Cheryl Caves, U.S. Army Veteran and Mutts With A Mission graduate   “I would come home every night [...]

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Get Well Soon Xo

Nourish the Soul

Self care. As if by clairvoyance, Virginia Thornton and Zahra Ahmad pinpointed the number one need of people in a post-pandemic world. The challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak—layoffs, financial constraints, remote learning, family separation and loss of life – bore heavy burdens on nearly every individual across the globe. Less than one month before [...]

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Coleman Bridge photographed by Sean Smith

Moving Images: Sean Smith

Sean Smith’s fascination with photography began when he was a staff member at the Williamsburg Inn in the 1990s. That’s when a coworker sold him a Pentax K1000, the classic, all-manual “tank” of a camera beloved by photography students—back in the pre-digital, traditional 35mm film days—for its durability and simplicity. He took a few photography [...]

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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Atlantic on Pacific Deal: Oysters, Double Patty Burger, Cocktails CoVa’s Choice: Oyster Rockefeller’s washed down with Overcast This posh, oceanfront find is yet another Southside eatery that caters to locals’ thirst for weeklong happy hours. Look to The Atlantic for your seafood fix because during happy hour, every day from 3 to 6 p.m., oysters [...]

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Historic Holiday Season

As pandemic restrictions have eased and special events and gatherings have gradually started to return, Colonial Williamsburg has come up with a creative approach to its popular annual holiday celebrations, opting to extend its Grand Illumination—typically a one-weekend event jammed packed with thousands of revelers from Merchant’s Square to the Colonial Capitol—to three consecutive weekends. [...]

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Girl Scouts

Famous Former Girl Scouts Honored

A little rain couldn’t dampen the girl power and good vibes at the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s Famous Formers Luncheon, held under a tent overlooking the water at Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club in Virginia Beach on September 23. The organization’s first major in-person event since COVID, this annual celebration honors change-making women leaders, all [...]

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Eric Newman: From Pain to Purpose

Photos by Misty Prewitt Every year, 16,000 families in the U.S. are faced with an unthinkable diagnosis: their child has cancer. For Eric Newman’s family, that news is all too familiar. At age 3, Newman was diagnosed with liver cancer and was given a slim chance of survival. After two years of treatment, Newman went [...]

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Cauliflower Power: Creative, Healthy Recipes

Lowly cauliflower is not so lowly anymore. High in B-vitamins, a similar nutrient called choline, vitamin C and other antioxidants and phytonutrients, along with fiber and protein. Cauliflower offers anti-inflammatory and cancer protection properties, gut health and brain development, among other things. Still, I suspect that does not entirely account for the recent cauli-craze. I [...]

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Beauty Beyond Borders

Celebrities, influencers and other high-profile figures constantly curate collections of pricey apparel and colorful makeup kits to spread brand awareness and generate income. International supermodel and Virginia Beach native, Pritika Swarup, understands launching a beauty brand differently, however. Swarup’s signature line—Prakti—is her opportunity to empower women, uplift communities and give back to Indian craftswomen. Swarup’s [...]

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A Hidden Gem in Wine Country

From the moment you step in, your gaze and energy are drawn through the building’s main floor—centered on a light-filled, spacious foyer and dining room with vaulted ceilings—to a set of glass doors with transom windows that form a cathedral-style panoramic view of rows of grapevines cascading downhill against a backdrop of the Blue Ridge [...]

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2021 Coastal Virginia Shop Local Guide

Bling When social engagements are rare occasions, you better make sure you look fabulous—and maybe even a little flashy—when putting together your extra special look. Help your fellow divas and fashionistas by gifting items like these attention-grabbing finds that will ensure they step out in style. Multi-band ring in 14k yellow gold with three round [...]

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2021 Giving Back Awards: Helping from the Heart

Intro By Leona Baker Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual Giving Back Awards are designed to honor the region’s outstanding nonprofit organizations and businesses* that transform our communities and enrich the lives of others in a variety of ways with charitable or cultural missions or through partnerships and programs. This year's honorees were selected by our Coastal [...]

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Blue Crab Purple Pig Drinks

Colorful Plates in Poquoson

Photos by Jim Pile After serving in the Coast Guard for four years, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America and became a chef. He started out in his new career working in his hometown—Cleveland, Ohio. But the hours were long and the kitchen culture was brutal. Wildman went through a divorce, then burned [...]

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East Coast Mid-Century Vibes

All Photos by Will Hawkins Television shows, advertisements, home interiors magazines and mainstream home goods stores have all embraced the look. While these homes were deemed “tear downs” not so long ago—or on the receiving end of unfortunate remodels to “update” them—an increasing number of today’s homebuyers, like Julie and Jerome Hashagen of Norfolk, see [...]

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