Soup is Good for the Soul

This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage, and a tart Granny…

Antigua Dreaming

Weeks after I returned from four fast days in Antigua, I could close my eyes and still feel the warm embrace of the long stretches of quiet beaches that hug the curvy Caribbean coastline and the clear blue sea. Oh, that blue. A blue that beckons, constant and seductive, promising and encouraging. A lens to another world. And, isn’t that what a…

The Front Door of the Community

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is “the front door to the community, the first thing visitors see,” Bradley Boettcher, director of marketing and air service development at the airport, says. He spends his days working to ensure that it’s a positive first impression.

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without.

That’s A Wrap

Like most things in life, presentation is key. Of course gift wrapping falls under this rule. Here's our 6-step life hack to wrapping like a professional. So say goodbye to amateur presents plagued with gift wrap gap or crumpled corners, and say hello to perfection.     

The Virginia Room

Are you looking for information about your family’s genealogy? An old building in Roanoke? The Civil War? Victory Stadium? Or even famed horse Secretariat? The Virginia Room at the Roanoke’s Main Library has your answers.


Made in Winchester, Kentucky, Ale-8-One recently made its debut in Roanoke—and other Virginia cities—at various Kroger stores. Developed during Prohibition, the popular 91-year-old Southern craft soda is often considered bourbon’s original mixer. Its real ginger and smooth citrus flavor profile makes it an ideal mixer for a variety of spirits—perfect for entertaining! The company still uses a handwritten secret formula,…

Oregon’s Sea Sentinels

The simple joy of taking a morning walk on a sandy beach is reason enough for me to hop in the car and head to the Oregon Coast. For those who require a more structured reason to visit Oregon’s bountiful coastline, consider taking a trip to see Oregon’s original lighthouses. These coastal workhorses—still providing light and safety to sea travelers…

Local Artist Annie Waldrop

Annie Waldrop’s goal is to live an artful life. She sees art in cooking, gardening and the furniture and accessories that surround her.

La De Da, a Staple of Roanoke Fashion

It’s just another afternoon at La De Da. Customers come and go in the 23-year-old store located on the Roanoke City Market, while owner Carole Hughes and her staff unpack new clothes and work to make the transition from summer to fall. Carole opened the store—on the corner of Church Avenue and Market Street—in 1994 and bought out her two…