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Clay Barbour, Distinction Magazine, Hampton Roads, Editor, Distinction Magazine Editor, Virginia

New Editor Clay Barbour

I guess an introduction is in order. Or a reintroduction. I’m Clay Barbour, the magazine’s new editor. If my name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because I’ve written stories for you the past 2½ … Continue Reading


Rob Cross

by Mike Hixenbaugh photograph by Rich-Joseph Facun Rob Cross knew it was a risky move when he decided to book a quirky, one-woman, one-dog play for this year’s Virginia Arts Festival. He sat … Continue Reading


Pappy Van Winkle

by Lorraine Eaton    photography by Rich-Joseph Facun Blame the angels. They take theirs neat, deep in Kentucky warehouses – down where it’s cool and dark and the temperature remains constant, … Continue Reading



An introspective artist works with others’ treasures and creates his own – oblique, direct or homey. by Joanne Kimberlin photography by Eric Lusher Painter. Business owner. Wood crafter. Art … Continue Reading


A Boy and His Beagle

by Mary Architzel Westbrook photography by Roberto Westbrook I received a letter this spring from Moe, my dead beagle. It was addressed to my 3-year-old son, Luke: I’m in Doggie Heaven. I play all … Continue Reading



by Denise M. Watson    photography by Keith Lanpher David Edelen knew he was taking a risk when he and a business partner reopened Eurasia in 2007; the restaurant had closed only a few months … Continue Reading



In Harman’s Bag

She’s behind Distinction’s looks. Who’s behind hers? She looks, she likes, she styles, creating the fashion looks in Distinction. And her own? Harman’s choices: Loeffler Randall bag, $650; similar styles at LoefflerRandall.com Céline sunglasses, $425, Saks Fifth Avenue Stony Point Oribe … Continue Reading


Valaric Surfboards

A craftsman converts curiosity into tools for exploration. Endless waves, endless possibilities. Valaric Surfboards’ Jordan Brazie makes his boards by hand in Virginia Beach – custom, for people with a wave-riding idea they want to try, or tried-and-true models to give people, he says, “a new … Continue Reading


Summer Scents

Florals for the luxuriant warmth of the coast. stylist HARMAN KAUR PRADHAN    photograph by TODD WRIGHT  Make your flower bed and lie in it. Front row, from left: Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Rollerball, $28, and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Solid Perfume Compact, $48, both … Continue Reading