Bob Harman, aka Bob The Weaver, is a truly interesting man with a great story. Read about him running moonshine and weaving the old way in our latest issue. See it here online: www.Distinctionhr.com

Bob Harman, aka Bob The Weaver, is a truly interesting man with a great story. Read about him running moonshine and weaving the old way in our latest issue. See it here online: www.Distinctionhr.com

Hello, friends!
Welcome to our last issue of 2013 – and the year’s biggest. The weather is starting to chill, driving us indoors a bit, slowing us down. That’s the season’s own gift to us, isn’t it? A natural pause, a chance to reflect on the year, on our loved ones, on our homes. We take this deep breath before the new year, with its promise and excitement,  carries us along once again.
In this issue, we celebrate the home in myriad ways. We offer a beautiful guide to gifts for the kitchen, a natural center of the home. There are simple and gorgeous items for novices and experts alike. We also bring several holiday baking recipes, from gingerbread houses to sweet potato pie.
And along with our guide to giving, we give a nod to receiving with an essay about thank-you notes. Their protocol has changed over the years, even though our need to express gratitude hasn’t. 
This issue is bursting with other features. For our take on winter fashion, we take you to the Wells Theatre, which is celebrating its centennial this year. The theater provides the lush backdrop for beautiful gowns – and it’s where John and I find ourselves at left. Also, be sure to go online to find a behind-the-scenes video of the fashion shoot. 
The Wells and fashion mix tradition and trends in sometimes surprising ways. Tradition gets an even closer look elsewhere in this issue. We take you duck hunting with a fourth-generation guide off Knotts Island, and introduce you to a sixth-generation weaver in western Virginia who is finding a new lifeline making the fabric for high-end scarves. We take you behind the Virginia tradition of distilleries, and to a company in Mechanicsville that is making Old World salumi here in the New World. (And it is really good.)
And we always like to have a little fun in Distinction. So you’ll find a story about Martha Glasser, whose ’69 Ferrari was once owned by Nancy Sinatra. And you’ll find a little letter from Poseidon, who wonders what the big deal is about that guy Neptune.

There’s so much more in this issue, and so many more stories we look forward to telling in 2014 and beyond. As always, thanks for joining us.

Hello, friends!

Welcome to our last issue of 2013 – and the year’s biggest. The weather is starting to chill, driving us indoors a bit, slowing us down. That’s the season’s own gift to us, isn’t it? A natural pause, a chance to reflect on the year, on our loved ones, on our homes. We take this deep breath before the new year, with its promise and excitement,
carries us along once again.

In this issue, we celebrate the home in myriad ways. We offer a beautiful guide to gifts for the kitchen, a natural center of the home. There are simple and gorgeous items for novices and experts alike. We also bring several holiday baking recipes, from gingerbread houses to sweet potato pie.

And along with our guide to giving, we give a nod to receiving with an essay about thank-you notes. Their protocol has changed over the years, even though our need to express gratitude hasn’t.

This issue is bursting with other features. For our take on winter fashion, we take you to the Wells Theatre, which is celebrating its centennial this year. The theater provides the lush backdrop for beautiful gowns – and it’s where John and I find ourselves at left. Also, be sure to go online to find a behind-the-scenes video of the fashion shoot.

The Wells and fashion mix tradition and trends in sometimes surprising ways. Tradition gets an even closer look elsewhere in this issue. We take you duck hunting with a fourth-generation guide off Knotts Island, and introduce you to a sixth-generation weaver in western Virginia who is finding a new lifeline making the fabric for high-end scarves. We take you behind the Virginia tradition of distilleries, and to a company in Mechanicsville that is making Old World salumi here in the New World. (And it is really good.)

And we always like to have a little fun in Distinction. So you’ll find a story about Martha Glasser, whose ’69 Ferrari was once owned by Nancy Sinatra. And you’ll find a little letter from Poseidon, who wonders what the big deal is about that guy Neptune.

There’s so much more in this issue, and so many more stories we look forward to telling in 2014 and beyond. As always, thanks for joining us.

Photographer Eric Lusher going to great heights to capture the perfect angle while shooting the Bill Deal, the Architect, story in our latest issue.  Check out the photos and story here: http://bit.ly/14zhTVf

Photographer Eric Lusher going to great heights to capture the perfect angle while shooting the Bill Deal, the Architect, story in our latest issue.  Check out the photos and story here: http://bit.ly/14zhTVf

Hello, friends!
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 - EditorJohn Fall - Publisher
http://www.distinctionhr.com

Hello, friends!

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

http://www.distinctionhr.com

When Albert Doumar is done with cone making, a task he calls his daily exercise, he carefully takes off his black apron, dusted in flour, and adjusts his signature suspenders before he takes a seat at a booth.  http://www.distinctionhr.com/2013/05/ice-cream-man/

When Albert Doumar is done with cone making, a task he calls his daily exercise, he carefully takes off his black apron, dusted in flour, and adjusts his signature suspenders before he takes a seat at a booth.  http://www.distinctionhr.com/2013/05/ice-cream-man/

Hello, readers!
I am so excited to introduce this issue because it epitomizes what we love so much about our region, and what we seek to bring you: passion. People who are passionate about creating, passionate about the way they live, passionate about doing what they love. We take a little peek into the worlds of several of the region’s artists. These are people who intricately and intimately create their vision of the world and share it with the rest of us. And we take a look at an art community flourishing in an old bakery in Norfolk. Our region has spawned so much talent –artists of national and international renown – and we can bring you only a glimpse of it in one issue. Keep an eye out for more.
Many of us also have a great passion for food. It has to sustain not just our bodies, but also our curiosity. It’s our culture and comfort. Around these parts, barbecue inspires such fervor. So we sent out a North Carolina native in search of some pork that made him feel at home. And he found a lot of it. Of course, we couldn’t possibly include all the wonderful barbecue in our region, so check out his favorites and find your own. I did. In the picture above, you can see John and meabout to stuff ourselves (I’m a sucker for that Soo-ey Sweet sauce) at the Belmont House of Smoke in Norfolk. However you like it, there’s plenty here for you to discover. And speaking of food, check out luscious recipes for all those tomatoes that will soon be gracing your backyard and local farmers markets, as well as a conversation with Fabio Rinaldi, of Norfolk’s Sirena restaurant.
Also in these pages, we take you into the heart-pounding world of big-game hunting on the water – sight casting. These anglers stalk their prey, laying eyes upon the fish before the heated pursuit. And we join a family farm, where they make their living straight off the land.
And of course, what would Distinction be without a bit of fun? Come on a road trip back in time in our summer fashion preview.
As always, thank you for reading.
- Judy Le, Distinction editor

Hello, readers!

I am so excited to introduce this issue because it epitomizes what we love so much about our region, and what we seek to bring you: passion. People who are passionate about creating, passionate about the way they live, passionate about doing what they love. We take a little peek into the worlds of several of the region’s artists. These are people who intricately and intimately create their vision of the world and share it with the rest of us. And we take a look at an art community flourishing in an old bakery in Norfolk. Our region has spawned so much talent –
artists of national and international renown – and we can bring you only a glimpse of it in one issue. Keep an eye out for more.

Many of us also have a great passion for food. It has to sustain not just our bodies, but also our curiosity. It’s our culture and comfort. Around these parts, barbecue inspires such fervor. So we sent out a North Carolina native in search of some pork that made him feel at home. And he found a lot of it. Of course, we couldn’t possibly include all the wonderful barbecue in our region, so check out his favorites and find your own. I did. In the picture above, you can see John and me
about to stuff ourselves (I’m a sucker for that Soo-ey Sweet sauce) at the Belmont House of Smoke in Norfolk. However you like it, there’s plenty here for you to discover. And speaking of food, check out luscious recipes for all those tomatoes that will soon be gracing your backyard and local farmers markets, as well as a conversation with Fabio Rinaldi, of Norfolk’s Sirena restaurant.

Also in these pages, we take you into the heart-pounding world of big-game hunting on the water – sight casting. These anglers stalk their prey, laying eyes upon the fish before the heated pursuit. And we join a family farm, where they make their living straight off the land.

And of course, what would Distinction be without a bit of fun? Come on a road trip back in time in our summer fashion preview.

As always, thank you for reading.

- Judy Le, Distinction editor

Looking back in time at Norfolk,VA with vintage photos.

Teenagers after school. Norfolk, Virginia, 1958.
By Paul Schutzer

Looking back in time at Norfolk,VA with vintage photos.

Teenagers after school. Norfolk, Virginia, 1958.

By Paul Schutzer

(Source: images.google.com, via bygoneamericana)

Driving around the Eastern Shore in Virginia can lead to finding amazing folkart.  Perfect adventure for a weekend afternoon.

Driving around the Eastern Shore in Virginia can lead to finding amazing folkart. Perfect adventure for a weekend afternoon.

Looking to do something different for Valentines Day?

Try a wine or beer tasting

Wine glassWith so many opportunities to explore various specialties, from wine and beer to cheese, chocolate and even olive oil, why not expand your palate with an evening of tasting? Not only will you be doing something new together, you’ll also gain a new appreciation for some of your favorite things. You can also opt for pairing courses – wine and cheese and even beer and cheese pairings can be a fun way to open yourself to new eating and drinking possibilities.

FASHION WATCHES /// Watchcraft.com Retailer: Silver Bonsai Gallery, 905 Highway 64, Manteo; 252.475.1413. SilverBonsai.com.

FASHION WATCHES /// Watchcraft.com Retailer: Silver Bonsai Gallery, 905 Highway 64, Manteo; 252.475.1413. SilverBonsai.com.


thebirchtastingnotes:

Alter Ego Saison by Smartmouth Brewing Company, Norfolk VA
Citrus, spicy, peppery in the nose. Herbaceous and subtle fruity Esters. Clean and dry finish.
Come by tomorrow and have a tulip!!
Story behind the name:“It’s named after me embracing my alter ego and basically leaving behind my lawyer career and becoming a brewery owner. Also all of my investors have their day jobs, but they embrace their alter ego on the side by participating in the brewery. We hope all of our consumers will embrace their alter ego and pursue what they really want to do.”

thebirchtastingnotes:

Alter Ego Saison by Smartmouth Brewing Company, Norfolk VA

Citrus, spicy, peppery in the nose. Herbaceous and subtle fruity Esters. Clean and dry finish.

Come by tomorrow and have a tulip!!

Story behind the name:
“It’s named after me embracing my alter ego and basically leaving behind my lawyer career and becoming a brewery owner. Also all of my investors have their day jobs, but they embrace their alter ego on the side by participating in the brewery. We hope all of our consumers will embrace their alter ego and pursue what they really want to do.”

epicurious:

Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs (Bon Appétit, July 2012)
Are they really the “best-ever”? Let us know!

epicurious:

Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs (Bon Appétit, July 2012)

Are they really the “best-ever”? Let us know!

COOL GADET!  SOLAR LAPTOP & MORE CHARGER!
-$399
No more waiting around for your laptop to be charged with the convenient 15-watt solar panel laptop charger embedded right inside a stylish and portable briefcase. Just one hour in the sun can give your laptop an extra 12 to 45 minutes of charge and can even fully charge your cell phone or other small electronic device. On top of saving energy, the bag itself has an eco-friendly composition of recycled PET bottles.
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COOL GADET!  SOLAR LAPTOP & MORE CHARGER!

-$399

No more waiting around for your laptop to be charged with the convenient 15-watt solar panel laptop charger embedded right inside a stylish and portable briefcase. Just one hour in the sun can give your laptop an extra 12 to 45 minutes of charge and can even fully charge your cell phone or other small electronic device. On top of saving energy, the bag itself has an eco-friendly composition of recycled PET bottles.

http://www.voltaicsystems.com/generator.shtml

Beautiful sunset picture on the eastern shore. Taken by our Creative Director EJ Toudt on assignment.

Beautiful sunset picture on the eastern shore. Taken by our Creative Director EJ Toudt on assignment.

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