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.

Champion Brewing Company owner Hunter Smith says the Richmond location, which opened in February, will allow them to get their beers in front of customers looking for the newest thing in the craft beer world. Photo courtesy of Ash Daniel.

Charlottesville favorites expand to Richmond

If you’ve made the trip down I-64 recently to check out an REI garage sale or pop in at the General Assembly, you may have noticed a familiar sign or two in the area. Restaurants and breweries that are native to Charlottesville continue to appear all around our eastward neighboring city—and while we love any […]

The Fitzroy's street corn off the cob. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

K&F: Side dishes worth building a meal around

Let’s take a moment to celebrate the unsung culinary heroes, shall we? The sweet potato casserole so often overshadowed by the turkey. The tricolore salad pushed aside to make room for the pulled pork. Side dishes are so much more than fillers. Plus, cobbling together a meal out of sides is often less expensive than […]

Photo: Robert Llewellyn

Give a little: Big-day gifts for your special someone

You’ve pored through the registries, made a list of practical needs for every room in the house and created a honeyfund for that trip to Bermuda. But what about that special from-me-to-you gift for your spouse on the big day? We’ve got some ideas for you. For her Wish bubble bath from Roxie Daisy Light […]

Zoom Indoor Cycling owners Justin (pictured) and Cara Goodman brought in a light wall, created by a designer in the United Kingdom. The lights sync up to the music, to give you an added push during your workout. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Zoom Indoor Cycling joins the local boutique fitness scene

When the owner of MADabolic grins at you from her bike and says, “Sometimes this class kicks my ass,” you know you’re in for a good workout. On Saturday, June 26, about a dozen people clipped onto bicycles in the rows of stationary bikes at Zoom Indoor Cycling, located in the Barracks Road shopping center, […]

Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Local buzz: Hungry Hill Farm keeps the bees

It’s honey season, y’all! Bee colonies like the ones at Hungry Hill Farm have been buzzing around for months, and it’s time to reap the rewards. According to farm owner Glenn Clayton, June and July are the “height of the honey flow,” and one beehive can hold upward of 60,000 honeybees this time of year.  […]

Wineworks Extended, owned by Michael Shaps and located on Avon Street Extended, is a tasting room arm of Michael Shaps Wineworks. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Michael Shaps Wineworks opens new facility and other restaurant news

Wegmans hasn’t opened its hallowed doors yet, but at least one new business nearby is up and running. Located at 1585 Avon St. Extended, Wineworks Extended is the newest iteration of local custom contract winemaking operation Michael Shaps Wineworks. The warehouse was originally scouted out as a bottling facility, and owner Shaps says he figured […]

Imsook “April” Lee and her husband, Doyoung Moon, opened Doma Korean Kitchen on West Main Street at the end of May. The menu features build-your-own entrées such as stir fry with rice or noodles, with protein and veggies and a selection of sauces. Photo: Ryan Jones

Doma opens for business and other restaurant news

Imsook “April” Lee and her husband, Doyoung Moon, moved from Korea to the United States in 2006. The daughter of a restaurant owner who loved to cook, Lee worked in a Washington, D.C., deli, where she gradually introduced Korean sauces and items such as kimchi onto the menu to see how American customers responded to […]

Roberta Vivetta Cintelli, chef at Ristorante il Falcone in Poggio a Caiano, Italy, will be cooking at Tavola, owned by Michael Keaveny (left), this week as part of a summer culinary exchange. Photo: Ryan Jones

Tuscan chef spends the week cooking at Tavola, and other restaurant news

They say in America that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Turns out that’s pretty universal. “Her love for food started with a love for her husband, because the restaurant owner was her husband,” says Caterina Martini, translating for seventh-generation Italian chef Roberta Vivetta Cintelli. “She started cooking at the restaurant […]

Heirloom, a farm-to-table restaurant and rooftop bar at the Graduate Hotel, opens next week. Locally sourced ingredients are the focus in the kitchen and behind the bar. Photo: Stephen Barling

Graduate Hotel preps for opening of rooftop restaurant and bar

Pork belly donuts. Now that we have your attention, let’s talk about a new spot that’s about to open across from the UVA hospital next week. Introducing Heirloom, a farm-to-table restaurant and bar on the ninth floor of the Graduate Hotel Charlottesville, where the old Red Roof Inn used to be. “We don’t want to […]

Tavola’s cicchetti bar manager Christian Johnston used Potter’s Craft Cider grapefruit hibiscus cider to make a reduction for his Floreale cocktail, which also includes Hendrick’s gin, coriander, black cardamom and lemon. Photo: Staff photos

Tavola’s Christian Johnston takes craft cocktail title

Drinking 12 cocktails over the course of six days is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. Last week the Tom Tom Founders Festival hosted its first local cocktail competition, which is exactly what it sounds like—a dozen area mixologists were tasked with creating an original craft cocktail for the week of the festival, […]

Dr. James Tickel is a seventh-generation chiropractor who worked in a traditional manner early in his career but has moved into a more integrated, holistic approach. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Chiropractor combines physical and emotional treatment

“Don’t let me push. Hold. Deep breath in, hold. Think about feeling too much on your plate, overly sympathetic, taking on other people’s problems. Let your breath out. Deep breath in. Think about letting people deal with their own stuff, hold, healthy boundaries, breathe out.” “Has this guy been reading my diary?” I think to […]

Donnie Glass and Matt Wolf, owners of catering company Banyan Day Provisions, source all of the seafood, including oysters, scallops, shrimp and salmon, for Timbercreek Market’s seafood counter. Photo: Tom McGovern

Local fishmongers make fresh seafood easily accessible

Charlottesville may be a couple hours away from the nearest ocean, but luckily that doesn’t stop seafood from making its way into the hands of capable fishmongers here in the mountains. We talked to a few of the guys who are making a splash around town. Donnie Glass and Matt Wolf Banyan Day Provisions Donnie […]