Laura Ingles

Laura Ingles
Laura Ingles grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but came to Virginia at age 18 and never left. After graduating from Virginia Tech she dedicated a year and most of her sanity to a private wilderness boarding school for at-risk teenage girls, and Charlottesville became home in January 2012. Laura spent two years reporting the news for C-VILLE Weekly before taking on the role of Living Section Editor.

Charles “Tank” Tankersley opened Primal Strength Gym with the goal of providing a strength training environment that’s welcoming to people of all levels of fitness. Photo: Amy Jackson

Heavy lifting: Primal Strength Gym offers training for all levels

It may be hard to imagine a gym where heavy-lifting Strongman competitors and women trying to tone up both feel comfortable working out. Introducing Primal Strength Gym, a weight-lifting fitness center located at 1110 E. Market St. that revolves around building strength—for intense competition or otherwise. The brainchild of Texas A&M alum Charles “Tank” Tankersley, […]

Maya Wimer poses on a beach in Portugal. Photo: Courtesy Brian Wimer

What a trip! Local families try living abroad

Dorothy said it best: There’s no place like home. But what about those people who pick up their entire lives, move to the other side of the world and thus begin grappling with the task of redefining the concept of home? We sat down with four local families who did exactly that. La bella vita […]

Local coffee spot Mudhouse and charcuterie JM Stock Provisions are Good Food Award winners. Photo: Elli Williams

Mudhouse and JM Stock Provisions both named Good Food Award winners and other local restaurant news

Mudhouse and JM Stock Provisions both named Good Food Award winners How do you define good food? According to the Good Food Awards, the qualifications are pretty simple: “tasty, authentic and responsibly produced.” Tastemakers across the country submit products that fall under 13 categories, including cider, beer, cheese, confections, pickles and preserves. This year, two […]

Kristin Watson says workouts at Purvelo, her new spinning studio in the Ix building, are “totally about you, and what you need out of the class.” Photo: Amanda Maglione

Spin city: Purvelo brings intense cycle workouts to Ix

“The red knob controls your destiny.” That’s what Kristin Watson reminds all her new clients as they nervously clip themselves into an exercise bike for the first time after watching the previous class leave, jelly-legged and drenched in sweat. And she’s not exaggerating. Those little red knobs, which sit below the handlebars and turn to […]

Both city and county schools have made pushes to incorporate healthier options at meals. Photo: Tom McGovern

Kid’s menu: Schools offer healthier options

It’s 3:30pm on a Tuesday at Jackson Via Elementary School, and students as young as 5 are biting into fresh Pink Lady apples twice the size of their hands, nodding to one another in approval. They enthusiastically drain small cups of locally pressed apple cider, and several kids raise their hands to ask for a […]

Night and day: A few bedtime tricks can make all the difference

Night and day: A few bedtime tricks can make all the difference

You’ve probably seen those articles—the ones that spell out exactly how many hours of sleep children should get at each developmental stage and thus terrify you into thinking you’re a terrible parent if your first-grader isn’t getting exactly 10 hours. Local neurologist and sleep medicine doctor Chris Winter advises parents to take those numbers with […]

After almost 15 years, the Blue Light Grill seafood restaurant will close. Image: Ron Rammelkamp

Lights out: Blue Light Grill to close permanently

You may remember an announcement we made about Blue Light Grill a few months ago. In April, the Downtown Mall favorite that had been serving up seafood and cocktails since Coran Capshaw opened it 14 years ago quietly switched hands. Trinity Irish Pub and Coupe’s owner Ryan Rooney took over, and we were told the […]