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Letter from Heaven

by Mary Architzel Westbrook Ever since our beagle died in April, I’ve been writing occasional letters to him with my three-year-old son. At night, we sit at the kitchen table, Luke tells me what to … Continue Reading

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Alchemy Norfolk

    by Joanne Kimberlin photography by Rich-Joseph Facun Pop-ups are an old idea made trendy. Alchemy is an old word made cool. Together they’re turning on the lights in a downtown … Continue Reading

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Creamy & Crisp

by Jim Raper photo by Roberto Westbrook Restaurateur Sydney Meers may be known for his eclectic cooking, but he’s from Mississippi and you can expect him to have the old standby of shrimp and … Continue Reading

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Patrick Mullins

As told to Mary Architzel Westbrook photograph by Rich-Joseph Facun Patrick Mullins: Plum Point Park, Norfolk Patrick Mullins is the associate artistic director of the Virginia Stage Company and … Continue Reading

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Alkaline Ramen

 Animal, vegetable, mineral: Kevin Ordonez melds them in ways that keep Alkaline packed. (Try the tater tots.) by Janine Latus photography by Todd Wright Kevin Ordonez knows noodles. He knows … Continue Reading

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LeGrand Kitchen

 Small restaurant. Big taste. So worth the wait.  by JANINE LATUS    photography by KEITH LANPHER  Steve Marsh holds an octopus by its head cavity and lowers its body into boiling water, blanching … Continue Reading

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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

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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

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Gardening Tools

But working with the rhythms of the garden might sweeten time’s passage. Dig in: Paperwhite bulbs, $1.19 each; bulb planter, $5.99; and Laura Ashley’s pigskin and cotton gloves, $16.99, all at Anderson’s. Tools in basket by Gardenwind, $24.99, at Garden Gazebo. At McDonald Garden Center:  Tula’s … Continue Reading