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.

The Iron Chef competition at the Tom Tom Festival pits six sous chefs against each other in the battle for the best dish using ingredients sourced at the City Market. Photo: Tom Daly

Tom Tom prepares for edible events and more local food news

Tom Tom prepares for edible events  Tom Tom Founders Festival is just around the corner, April 11-17, and as the annual festival continues to grow, so does the list of food-and-booze-related activities. Farm to Table Restaurant Week For the third year running, Tom Tom will host a Farm to Table Restaurant Week, presented in partnership […]

The City Market, which runs from April through December, starts up again from 7am to noon Saturday, April 2, in the parking lot bordered by Water and South streets and First and Second streets. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

City Market returns, and more local food and drink news

City Market returns, and other food and drink news Spring has finally sprung, and on Saturdays in Charlottesville, that means only one thing: The City Market is back. Starting at 7am on April 2, more than 100 vendors will set up booths between Water and South streets near the Water Street parking garage downtown from […]

Serina Ong, the job-hunter. Photo: Amy Jackson

Now generation: Why there’s so much chatter about millennials

Kids these days, amirite? Seems we all just can’t stop talking about the millennial generation, and everyone has a different perception of who they are, when they were born, what they want, where they’re going and how they’re impacting society. Stories about millennials—how to market to them, ways to teach them, why you should (or […]

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 […]