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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


Ashton Keely

Leather becomes wearable art at the Oceanfront.  There’s a distinctly Western air at Ashton Keely’s studio, where she crafts jewelry, bags and wallets, leather-pocket tees, and other goods – including bow-tie collars for the cultured pup. Bracelets and cuffs, from $20; bags, from $165; … Continue Reading