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.

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 […]

“It’s all about the experience, and a good bartender is supposed to make people feel at home,” said Christian Johnston, manager of Tavola’s recently opened cicchetti bar. Image: Virginia Hamrick

In balance: Waiting for dinner at Tavola just got easier

The ability to interact with and understand people is a crucial element when it comes to making the perfect drink, Christian Johnston said, and it’s in no small part what he’s trying to accomplish behind the bar at Tavola. As for the new cicchetti dishes, Keaveny’s goal is to present something that will pair with a cocktail and prepare the palate for a full meal, but won’t overshadow the main event.

“It’s all about the experience, and a good bartender is supposed to make people feel at home,” said Christian Johnston, manager of Tavola’s recently opened cicchetti bar. Photo: Virginia Hamrick

In balance: Waiting for dinner at Tavola just got easier

We’ve got good news for those of you who love everything about Tavola except for the fact that you almost inevitably have to wait for a table. No, they still aren’t accepting reservations at the Belmont hot spot, which means the chances of strolling in for dinner on a weekend and getting seated right away […]

As the third-oldest in the country, the spring-fed pool at Blue Ridge Swim Club earned historic landmark status earlier this year. Photo: Tom Daly

Splash from the past: Blue Ridge Swim Club celebrates 102 years

Whether you’re a believer of climate change or not, there’s no denying that it gets hot as Hades here during the summer. The Charlottesville/Albemarle area has its share of holes in the ground filled with water where you can get a respite from the sweltering heat and so-thick-you-can-taste-it humidity, but there’s at least one pool […]

Photo: Amanda Maglione

Fur friendly: A traveling petting zoo offers kids and pets playtime

Christine Eichler’s fondest childhood memories are of running around with all the sheep, horses and rabbits at her grandparents’ animal farm in New Jersey. “It was like the SPCA of the county,” she said with a laugh, recalling how her grandparents happily took in farm animals that needed homes. “That was always my happy place, […]