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.

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 […]

FlyDog Yoga’s Eliza Whiteman fills a niche in the local scene by providing aerial yoga and a wide-ranging schedule of exercise classes, plus childcare. Photo: Amy Jackson

You can fly: Yoga studio brings fitness to new heights

It’s a few minutes before noon on a Wednesday, and women are stationing themselves in front of bright orange hammocks hanging from the ceiling. Some of them pull themselves into relaxed, seated positions in the U-shaped fabric, while others tug at the drapings and skeptically eye their surroundings. FlyDog Yoga co-owner Eliza Whiteman takes her […]

Founders of Back Pocket Provisions, Jen Beckman and Will Gray, are raising the bar (glass) for brunch and local tomato growers with their curated Bloody Mary mixes. Photo: Amy Jackson

Back Pocket Provisions makes its debut with three takes on the classic brunch cocktail and more local restaurant news

Back Pocket Provisions makes its debut with three takes on the classic brunch cocktail If you’re still buying factory-made Bloody Mary mix at the grocery store you’re doing it wrong. Introducing Back Pocket Provisions, the local, fresh-pressed brainchild of brother-sister duo Will Gray and Jen Beckman. The Sunday brunch—or Saturday lunch, Tuesday dinner, whatever—mixer comes […]

Kardinal Hall takes the traditional German beer garden to its modern equivalent with almost 40 beers to choose from, a gourmet bar menu and bocce courts. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

The Kardinal has landed: Beer Run team debuts new beer garden

Oktoberfest celebrations may be winding down soon, but at the new Kardinal Hall beer garden on Preston Avenue, the festivities have just begun. After months of construction and Facebook teasers, Beer Run owners Josh Hunt and John Woodriff finally opened the doors of their German-inspired restaurant and bar next to Timbercreek Market in the old […]

Splendora’s is adding a little more zing to it’s September gelato menu with pumpkin beer and cocktail-inspired recipes. Photo: File Photo

The scoop on Splendora’s limited-time, booze-inspired flavors and more local restaurant news

The scoop on Splendora’s limited-time, booze-inspired flavors I scream, you scream, we all scream for…pumpkin beer-flavored gelato? Splendora’s Gelato Cafe owner PK Ross never gets tired of experimenting with flavors (anybody remember the ghost pepper-honey-raspberry concoction?) and after weeks of doing diligent research around town she’ll be serving up scoops of beer- and cocktail-inspired gelato. With […]

A circuit gym that offers high-intensity, interval training workouts, 9Round has no class times, but features nine stations with specific exercises that change daily. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Pack a punch: 9Round offers 30-minute workout with no class times

Crowded fitness centers can be breeding grounds for competition and hostility. Regular gym-goers decked out in Lululemon who eat, sleep and breathe working out can come across as intimidating to novices, and nobody enjoys being stared down by someone who wants a turn on the treadmill during peak hours. Sherie and Ross Flores, a former […]