August 2014 Issue


Get happy with the August 2014 issue of Virginia Living, as music producer, business mogul and Virginia Beach native son Pharrell Wiliams talks to us about his hometown and his foundation, From One Hand to AnOTHER. We also meander through the Eastern Shore and find charming towns, lush farmland and serene oceanfront vistas—and all the characters and stories that inhabit this landscape where sea meets sky. We offer recipes for cool salads that will take center stage on your summertime table, and explore the world of tractor pulling in the Commonwealth—a sport all about power, ingenuity and raw determination. Dean King explores the mysteries (and pleasures) of binge, er, reading and New Orleans-born Chef David Guas of Arlington’s Bayou Bakery tells us about his second restaurant opening soon and the launch of his new show on the Travel Channel. Plus Melito’s World Famous Hot Dogs in Richmond celebrates 80 years, deadly (or delicious?) fungi, the opening of the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol and more, including our second annual special section devoted to Dental Health. Join us as we learn about the latest in cosmetic dentistry procedures and present Virginia’s Top Dentists 2014.  Pick up a copy of the August 2014 issue today!

Photographer Mark Edward Atkinson shows us some of his favorite people and places on the Eastern Shore, a place where sea and sky converge in a burst of color and where the daily rhythm of hard work is rewarded in repasts. more


A salad is a symphony of the senses—a mélange of colors, shapes, textures and flavors. Like fine art, some are carefully crafted blends of ingredients in precise arrangements. more



Robert Meganck

What doesn’t kill you makes for a nice salad. more


Courtesy of Friends of James River Park

Rediscover swimming holes and lazy days. more


For the freshest of summer’s bounty from the Bay, head to Saxis. more



Kevin V.Q. Dam

Railfans gather to spot the Old 611. more



Debby Thomas

New museum celebrates Bristol’s status as the “Birthplace of Country Music.” more



Brian Stauffer

If you didn’t have braces as a teenager, is it too late to get the smile you always dreamed of? Not by a longshot. Sandra Shelley explores the latest in cosmetic dentistry. more


Francie Hester’s work explores the concepts of time and memory. more

House + Garden

Scouring medieval London for a book of murderous (and royal) prophecy. more


Gary Hovland

Swapped suitcases cause stir in Staunton. more


Tessa Meyer

A legendary restaurateur celebrates 80 years of history. more


With a new show on the Travel Channel and a second restaurant opening this year, Chef David Guas of Arlington’s Bayou Bakery is on a roll. more



Adam Ewing

Tractor pulling is about power, ingenuity and raw determination, having originated in the days when farmers vied for bragging rights to owning the strongest horse. more



Mark Edward Atkinson

Mega-watt music star and Virginia Beach native son Pharrell Williams is helping kids learn to believe in themselves. more


Tessa Meyer

A legendary restaurateur celebrates 80 years of history. more


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