Welcome to August, when there’s something a little bit sweet to the stickiness in the air. Before we turn our thoughts to fall, let’s honor what summer brings us: Growth. Was it sproutlings in the backyard, or the notches that march slowly up the inside of the doorway, marking your kids’ noggins? Here at Distinction, we’re also celebrating growth. We continue to expand our story reach, understanding that great stories come from all over. At left, John and I are testing the wares at Shockoe Denim in Richmond, where the crew hand-sew and customize jeans. You’ll see the story on Page 64.
But as always, we love to feature those who are bound by tradition – and starting new ones. In our cover story, we take a tour through Virginia’s wine country, which seems to be growing exponentially. We bring you the story behind La Tienda, the premier online purveyor of traditional Spanish foods, based right in Williamsburg. And we take you inside a Trappist monastery in Crozet, where from the nuns’ life of austerity comes rich gouda cheese.
We’re also extremely excited about our digital growth. To learn more about Shockoe Denim, catch the video at DistinctionHR.com. We take you behind the scenes at the shop. See, too, our video with the photo essay on barber shops, those living pieces of Americana. It captures the everyday moments at Davenport’s Barber Shop that make it – and places like it – so enduring. Check out past videos there, too.
In addition to our own website, you’ll be seeing our stories in EP, The Virginian-Pilot’s tablet application. In August, DistinctionHR.com and EP will be sharing one of our stories exclusively: our piece on radio control pilots and their labor of love. Don’t call them toys.
In the magazine, you’ll find all kinds of talented and passionate people. Bill Schlaht, who has always had a knack for restoring things, turns his eye to the Portsmouth business district that holds his shop. Sister and brother Marissa DiGirolamo and Thom White are a force to be reckoned with in downtown Norfolk. And architect Bill Deal uses his creativity to shape the most important place of all: the home.
There’s so much that I’m excited to bring to you. As always, thank you for reading and giving us the opportunity to tell you these stories.
Judy Le - Editor
John Fall - Publisher