Featured Slideshows

Fairburn Drive at Christmas

David Hungate

Here’s a look at just a few spots to get you ready for the season. Think your holiday decorations are better? Send us your photos for a chance top have them featured online or in a future issue! Read more

Home & Garden

Billy's in Downtown Roanoke

David Hungate

The new incarnation of the venerable downtown spot has both a feel of the old place as well as a flavor of its own. Read more



David Hungate

It is the inner sanctum of Virginia Tech Football. It’s where players contemplate. Coaches motivate. And, if it’s a good season we hope for, winners celebrate. Includes photos not seen in our September/October issue! Read more

Online Extras

The Dorlini Family.

Ryan Stone

John and Theresa Dorlini – architect and interior designer respectively – took a sturdy four-bedroom, three-bath, 1960s ranch and made it distinctively their own. Read more

Adam Cohen and Steven Strauss of Structures.

David Hungate

Adam Cohen and Steven Strauss of Stuctures Design Build are not just near-evangelical about the “green” Passivhaus design, they are also actively putting up structures employing its tenets. Read more

One of a Kind

Tara Lilly

Jason Specht has placed thermometers all around the home he and his wife Stephanie built with Passivhaus technologies – just part of the package of steps and techniques that has kept energy costs in the $40-$50 per-month range. Read more

The Jackman home

David Hungate

Retired Major General Galen Jackman and his wife Cathy looked at countless homes at their desired location of Smith Mountain Lake before finding their “forever” home, and at the right price. Read more

A Taste of Virginia Tech

Courtesy Krista Gallagher and Kris Schoels

A new cookbook has arrived, and it’s just in time for tailgating season. Here's a peak at five select recipes from the book (including two not found in our September/October issue!) Read more


Dr. Rita Bishop

Gene Marrano

Read what four local superintendents and one college president suggest parents and students keep in mind as a new school year approaches. Read more


Aaron and Michelle Dykstra - Six-Eleven Bicycle Co.

David Hungate

They range from two employees to nearly 50. What they have in common is a good idea, hard work and a measure of success, even against the headwinds of a stubborn economy. Read more

, Local Businesses

Local Roots Bar

David Hungate

From a cheese tray that redefined the concept through stunningly fresh – ingredients and ideas – appetizers, from elegant entrees to desserts traded back and forth, our diners found full satisfaction. Read more

, Dining

Natt Condo

Robert Natt

Robert and Angela Natt’s downtown-Roanoke condo combines convenience for both their jobs with whimsy and fun generated by both the condo and the pieces they’ve put in it. Read more

Home & Garden

“House Whisperers” Transform a Salem Ranch


Stacks of firewood serve as a fortress for what at first glance seems a modest vintage ranch in an established Salem neighborhood. Read more

Home & Garden

Frank Beamer

Dave Knachel / Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s football coach draws strength from a family character steeped in tragedy – both deep within that family’s history and also from his own life-changing childhood accident. Read more

People & Family