Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree Preview

With 56 licensed distilleries and seven licenses pending, the number of operational distilleries in Virginia is the largest in the nation, nearly doubling that of Kentucky and Tennessee respectively. As the South’s palate for distilled spirits becomes more adventurous, the nation’s finest master producers are inspired to experiment with a great variety of spirit derivatives, [...]

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Creative Workout Options for CoVa Moms

There’s no question that modern mothers face a multitude of challenges every day. For many, one of those challenges is finding a way to stay in shape. Amid the daily shuffle of keeping the kids fed, clothed, entertained, educated and sane, caring for your own health and well-being can easily fall by the wayside. But [...]

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Morning of Hope in Virginia Beach

Coastal Virginia offers many opportunities to promote good physical health. Now there’s an event to promote good mental health as well. On Sept. 9, anyone who has been touched by depression or suicide is invited to gather at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach for Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, aiming to raise awareness of depression [...]

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Top Doc of Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Dr. Alfred Abuhamad, professor and chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and associate dean for Clinical Affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), didn’t originally plan on being a part of EVMS’s team. Whether it was fate or just lucky circumstance for Coastal Virginia, he found his way here, oddly enough, through an [...]

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Advances in Medicine Help Couples Overcome Infertility

For couples struggling with infertility, the doubt and uncertainty about their chances at parenthood can be almost unbearable. But thanks to advances in reproductive medicine, more and more couples are overcoming infertility to experience the joys of parenthood.   Factors of Infertility Infertility can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to certain [...]

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In Vitro Helped To Make The Nield Family Complete

Laurie Nield always knew she wanted children—in fact, she always knew her number: four. When she presented this information to her now-husband, Joey, before they got married, he laughed. “He said, ‘I’ll agree to one. I can be talked into two. But I am never having four,’” Laurie recalls. Eighteen years of marriage and yes, [...]

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CoVa Couple Starts Their Family Through Surrogacy

Chris and Candace Wohl married right out of college, but their plan was to wait a while before having children. That plan changed when Chris developed a brain tumor a year into their marriage. After Chris endured dozens of visits to the hospital, several brushes with death and two craniotomies, the couple had a change [...]

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New Hope Center For Reproductive Medicine’s 20th Anniverary

If anyone stumbled upon the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine’s 20th anniversary party last July, they would have never guessed there was anything different about the hundreds of children running around, rock climbing, playing games and standing in line for popcorn. But these children were all there at the Virginia Zoo that hot July [...]

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Maternal Mortality

There is a disturbing trend happening in the United States that is going in the wrong direction from most of the civilized world. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), maternal mortality rates in the United States have risen from seven or eight cases per 100,000 live births 30 years ago to [...]

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Infant Loss: A Couple’s Moment With Their Daughter

Jake and Katie Davenport couldn’t wait to meet their first daughter, Grace, and hold her in their arms. Like most parents, they would treasure the first minutes of their child’s life. But the Davenports knew they had to make each second count because the first 90 minutes they spent with Grace would also be the [...]

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Kennedy’s Angel Gowns Helps Heal Bereaved Families

Photo courtesy of LaKaye Mbah Photography Eight years ago, Virginia Beach resident Heather Wilson was preparing for the birth of her first daughter, Kennedy Milan Wilson. She had set up the baby’s nursery, decorating with a theme of butterflies in hues of pink, white and beige. All of Kennedy’s newborn clothes had been carefully washed [...]

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CHKD’s NICU Provides Advanced Medical Treatment For Babies

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a special hospital department dedicated solely to caring for babies born prematurely or with serious medical conditions. In the NICU, doctors and nurses use medical equipment developed to care for and treat the tiniest of patients, providing hope to families and saving the lives of babies. Coastal Virginia [...]

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Top Docs and Dentists 2017 Reception at Virginia Beach MOCA

On Sept. 7, Coastal Virginia Magazine held a reception honoring the Top Docs and Dentists in our region as voted by their peers. Doctors, dentists and their guests on the Southside gathered at Virginia Beach MOCA for drinks, catered food from Sweetwater Cuisine and struck a pose for photos in front of a green screen [...]

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Top Shelf Tailgating

As fall fills the air, leaves blissfully transform, and pumpkin-flavored everything hits the shelves, we’ve got our minds on one thing: football season—and, more specifically, tailgating. While we love loading up the truck with all the fundamental Bs (burgers, brats, buns, beer), we dare you to step up your game this year with upscale options, [...]

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Outer Banks Autumn Events

Ask almost anyone who lives on the Outer Banks what their preferred time of the year is, and they’ll say, “Fall.” The temperatures have backed off just a bit, the water is still warm, and there is so much to do. We’ve put together a list of events through the beginning of November that highlights [...]

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Fall 2017 Performing Arts Events

If you’ve never been to the theater before, there is something indescribably exciting about watching a live performance. The performers project a pure passion for their craft. The music fills your entire being and carries you away with the rest of the production. And it’s all live, so there are certain nuances to every word [...]

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A Weekend At Graduate Charlottesville Hotel

Some of our greatest lessons were learned in college. Certainly through classes and textbooks but also through the overall college experience: sharing a dorm room with a person you’ve never met before, making lifelong friends and memories, experiencing moments and situations that shape you into the person you are. Sometimes we imagine returning to our [...]

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Perfect Fall Getaways

The arrival of autumn comes with colorful foliage, cooler air and all of the seasonally inspired flavors. Here are some perfect escapes that make the most of fall:   Charlottesville A stay at Charlottesville’s Graduate Hotel rekindles memories of your college years and makes for a perfect fall getaway for a weekend. Located within the [...]

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Searching for God in the 7 Cities: Christianity, Part 1

Christ and St. Luke's Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and [...]

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5 Beach-Inspired Decorating Ideas For Your Home This Fall

While we are quick to welcome back pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween decorations and autumn-scented candles, we are hesitant to bid farewell to summertime. We cautiously welcome the cooler temperatures of September, thankful that we are soon to be spared from the humid, summer heat, yet saddened by the nearing end of our beach days and [...]

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Top Docs and Dentists 2017 Reception at The American Theatre

On Sept. 21, Coastal Virginia Magazine held a reception honoring the Top Docs and Dentists in our region as voted by their peers. Doctors, dentists and their guests on the Peninsula gathered at The American Theatre in Hampton for drinks, catered food from Peninsula Food Truck and posed for photos in front of a green [...]

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Fun Meetup Ideas For CoVa Moms

There are few certainties when it comes to motherhood, but we are pretty confident in knowing that as much as moms adore their children, they also need a well-deserved break from time to time. Mom dates provide the perfect opportunity to reset, bond—and do a bit of venting—away from the little ones. But don't let [...]

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Virginia Beach Man Shares Weight Loss Journey With TOPS

Nearly two years ago, James Williams weighed 367 pounds and struggled getting up the driveway of his home in Virginia Beach. Realizing that his weight might lead to the resignation from his dream job as an emergency department technician, Williams knew he had to make a change. Today, Williams has lost a whopping 167 pounds [...]

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Fall Lawn Care Planning For Great Looking Grass Next Spring

You might think the time to start working on creating a beautiful lawn begins in the spring, as soon as winter releases its icy grip on us. But according to Justin Carver, general manager of Earthscapes Lawn and Land Service in Norfolk, the time to act is before the first frost hits this season. “I [...]

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Best Ways To Fight Common Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes are a common problem for anyone who spends a lot of time reading or staring at a computer screen all day, or for people who spend a lot of time exposed to sunlight and wind. In many cases there are easy solutions to help reduce the feeling of dryness or irritation, but in [...]

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Hampton Roads October Family-Friendly Fun Events

Fall is the perfect time to make some long-lasting memories, and there are plenty of events in Hampton Roads to spark adventure. Mark your calendars for these family-friendly activities coming up in October.     Children’s Storytime at Barnes & Noble Lynnhaven Oct. 17, 24, 31: Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Barnes & Noble welcomes kids and [...]

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Expert Advice For Planning Your Next Special Event

Fall is a fantastic time for get-togethers in Coastal Virginia. So if you’re looking for some help when it comes to planning your upcoming family reunion; personal events like weddings, birthdays or milestone anniversaries; or any other private gathering, area venue experts are at your service to help you put together everything from a small [...]

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Vegetable Beers at Benchtop Brewing

Mom always said to eat your veggies, and now Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing is making sure you drink them too. Bringing homegrown flavor to city dwellers, the Chelsea neighborhood brewery is on point with some off-kilter vegetable brews. Benchtop’s beers have largely played tribute to food and agricultural roots with a grain-to-glass mentality because of Owner [...]

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WAVY-TV’s Don Slater Is “On Your Side” When Forecasting Weather

Photo by David Uhrin Don Slater’s catalyst for becoming a meteorologist was pretty simple. As a kid, he saw a local weather forecaster and proclaimed, “I can do that. That’s easy.” Apparently he was right because we went to college to learn the trade and got his first job without posting a single resume. One [...]

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99 For The 1 Mobile Outreach Truck Helps The Homeless

There’s a vibrant vehicle rolling through Virginia Beach on a very important journey. 99 for the 1 is a mobile outreach truck with a mission to bring the daily needs of the homeless directly to them. Created by Jeremiah and Rachel Fjeld of Virginia Beach, the nonprofit truck provides clothes, hygiene products, blankets, prayer and [...]

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Searching For Sea Glass

There’s a spot on the North End, not far from where the ocean meets the bay, that’s the best place in Virginia Beach to find sea glass. Among locals, it’s the worst-kept secret in town. It’s a private beach and has a “No Trespassing” sign, but nothing stands in the way of a hunter and [...]

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Addressing Sensitive Subjects With Children’s Books

When kids ask questions about difficult topics, parents at a loss for words can turn to books for answers. Several authors with ties to the Coastal Virginia region have penned books addressing tough subjects, such as a newborn in the hospital, a parent’s deployment and how to establish personal boundaries. With straightforward language and colorful [...]

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Virginia Zoo Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara

Virginia Zoo's Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara with AJ, an 85-year-old, 507- pound Aldabra tortoise. Photo by David Uhrin With wild animals of all shapes and sizes, scales and feathers, the Virginia Zoo is considered home for a distinctive collection of inhabitants—including Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara. McNamara Grew up catching garter snakes, box turtles [...]

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Norfolk’s Bonchon Restaurant Review

I tend to think my tolerance for spice can withstand most restaurants’ ideas of spicy, but my recent visit to Bonchon is one that had me beat. Bonchon, Korean for ‘hometown,’ is a franchise known for their fried chicken and Korean eats, and they joined the stellar lineup of restaurants on our own Granby Street [...]

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Right Side: Federal Government Funding Public Broadcasting

If you read enough opinion pieces you'll eventually see the phrase, "Full disclosure, I'm a barber, which is why I'm telling you to get a haircut." This is known as a CYA, something that protects the writer from the Internet trolls who will claim all sorts of ethical malfeasance. With that said, here's mine: "Full [...]

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Left Side: Federal Government Funding Public Broadcasting

Last spring, in an appeal to his arch-conservative base, Donald Trump pledged to eliminate funding for PBS and NPR, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Trump certainly wasn’t the first president to do so. These agencies have been favorite targets of conservatives since the Reagan [...]

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New Lipo Procedure Comes With Popular Improvements

Liposuction has come a long way in the 40 or so years it has been available. When it first came out, it was basically the use of a hollow metal rod attached to a suction system, in what was called “dry lipo.” According to Dr. John Mancoll at Mancoll Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Virginia [...]

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Artist Paints Eastern Shore at Between the Waters Bike Tour

God’s Little Acre. That’s what Bethany Simpson’s best friend—her granddad—called the Eastern Shore when she was growing up playing in the remote beauty of Red Bank, a wild twist of blue waters and emerald green marshes on the lower Shore’s seaside. “My mother didn’t believe in TV, so we were forced to get out and [...]

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Hampton Roads VegFest at Chesapeake City Park

Planting the seed for a food movement, the second annual Hampton Roads VegFest returns for another year of vivacious vegan dishes from local restaurants. This year’s event will be held Oct. 8 at Chesapeake City Park. Presented by the Smithfield Pig Save, a local advocacy group promoting cruelty-free treatment of farmed animals, VegFest seeks to [...]

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CoVa Mom Role Models: Susanna Davis

Photo by David Uhrin The first thing most people notice about Susanna “Susie” Davis (that is, after her beautiful skin and eyes) is her wit. Her legendary “what-do-you-mean-show-restraint-I-am-showing-restraint” exuberance is matched only by her intelligent humor. “I look for the absurdity and exaggerate it to drive it home,” she says. “I make fun of myself, [...]

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CoVa Mom Role Models: Bettie Bell

Photo by David Uhrin Bettie Bell, of Newport News, found out she was pregnant the day she was scheduled to attend foster parent training. She had struggled with infertility, so she was thrilled by the news. However, she had also dreamed of being a foster mom since she was 14, when her family opened their [...]

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CoVa Mom Role Models: Cheryl Tan

Photo by David Uhrin If you watched the morning show on WAVY-TV 10 any time between 2004 and 2014, you probably recognize Cheryl Tan. For 10 years, Tan woke up at 2 a.m. and began her work day at the television station at 4 a.m. And for a long time, it was a good fit. [...]

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A Powerful Legacy: Restaurant Entrepreneur Tom Power Sr.

Power takes many forms. Forceful. Political. Formal. But none has had more of a tasteful impact locally than that embodied by Tom Power Sr., the gracious entrepreneur who died in June while ocean swimming in Bermuda, his favorite exercise in a favorite vacation spot. Nearly half a century ago at a shop in Newport News, he [...]

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