What’s new: food writing + The Scout Guide

I have a few exciting journalism moments to report from the past month. I’ll be taking over the Richmond Times-Dispatch‘s weekly “Dining Out” column, which publishes on Thursdays in the Dining section. Each week I will visit a restaurant in Richmond and write about my experience — the food, drinks, service, people, ambiance, consistency, etc. Dana Craig has been writing the column for the past decade and I’m excited to fill her shoes. More from the Times-Dispatch on the transition here. My first column will run Thursday, July 24.

Also, earlier this month, I started copy editing for The Scout Guide, which is headquartered out of Charlottesville, Va. TSG has more than 50 publications in major cities across the country. I’ll be copy editing and fact checking their publications on a freelance basis.

In other news, a few of my Southern Living stories are slated for publication soon. Stay tuned!

xo, marissa

What’s new: Alcohol, art, travel + writing

Since January I have been hustling, learning a new full-time job and writing more freelance copy than ever. I’m feeling inspired, ambitious and hungry for more. There’s a fire in my belly to write new pieces, and more importantly, a drive to break out of my comfortable and habitual writing format.

Here are a few highlights from the past six months:

New job In January I made the very difficult decision to quit my job as Richmond mag’s associate editor and R•Home’s managing editor for a job as communications manager at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. At VisArts I wear many hats: I do public relations, marketing and branding, ad purchasing, graphic design, website and social media updating, among may other things that come my way in the form of communications. I couldn’t completely say goodbye to my former job, so I’m writing for Richmond, R•Home and Richmond Bride magazines on the side. (This reminds me: You should pick up the Summer 2014 issue of Richmond Bride mag to read my Q&A with couture wedding dress designer Aimee Lauren. She is creating exquisite gowns!)

Southern Living stories For nearly two years I’ve been freelancing for Southern Living, and in the past few months I’ve been working on a handful of travel and style stories for the publication. My pieces are slated for publication at the end of the summer and early in the fall. This writing gig is such a blessing. When I was at Boston University’s journalism school I remember seeing a travel journalism class and thinking “What a dream job.” Some days, I take a step back and look at what I’m writing for Southern Living and my heart just explodes. I grew up with the magazine on my parent’s coffee table and my mom taught me how to cook out of SL’s cookbooks. It’s beautiful to have many chapters in my life with this publication.

Paste magazine stories In April I started writing stories on the alcohol industry for Paste magazine. My pieces include features, lists, recipes, reviews and hopefully in the future a few personal essays. To see what I’m writing for Paste, click here.

Virginia Press Awards In early April I attended the VPAs. I knew I won an award but wasn’t sure what for specifically. Turns out R•Home mag won first place for cover design. I’m so happy to share the award with two of my favorite Richmond publishing ladies, Brandon Fox and Lee Hawkins. Lee Hawkins is an amazing, talented graphic designer who is forward-thinking and always knocks it out of the park with her designs at the VPAs. If you’ve ever picked up R•Home off the local newsstand you’ll know what I’m talking about: all Lee’s cover designs are winners.

Art stuff With my new job at VisArts I have been taking art classes. I just finished up a six-week Intro to Woodworking class and next week am starting a graphic design class to better my marketing skills. I’m enjoying these extracurricular classes because I’m using my brain and hands in a new way.

A few other exciting projects are on the horizon. Stay tuned! xo, marissa

R•Home’s May/June 2014 issue

Rhome may:june 2014 coverIn the May/June issue of R•Home magazine I did a Q&A with Bill McCarthy, a local picker and furniture transformer. A few months ago when doing a scour of Born Again Furnishings, I came across a delightful bar cart that he made. I asked the owner of Born Again Furnishings about Bill and found out that he works with my friend designer Wendy Umanoff. (If you saw Wendy’s loft in the September/October issue of R•Home you’ll see that indeed her space has some of Bill’s pieces.) Anyways, I bought Bill’s cart, brought it home and now use it as a bar cart in our home. Buying this piece and seeing his other beautiful pieces inspired me to reach out and do the Q&A for the mag. To read the story click here.

Shepherdstown, West Virginia travel story in Southern Living

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Pick up a copy of Southern Living’s May issue to read my travel story on Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a charming little town an hour-and-a-half drive from Washington, D.C. My story highlights the cool places to shop and tasty places to eat in the little town of 1,700 people. Also in this issue, my friend and fellow journalist Kristin Luna wrote a wonderful travel piece on Louisville, Kentucky’s East Market District. It’s always a treat to share some ink with writers you admire. Happy reading!

Virginia travel stories in Southern Living

southern living april 2014 coverHey friends,

I wrote a travel story on Lynchburg, Virginia, that is published in the April issue of Southern Living. Lynchburg always will have a special place in my heart. After leaving Colorado, I lived in Lynchburg for about two years and worked at the town’s newspaper as a page designer and copy editor. When I moved there I was lost and confused and ended up finding myself and a tribe of people I have come to love. So, having this travel story published means very, very much to me. Be sure to grab a copy or read the story here. My story is only printed in the MVA travel zones, which are distributed in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Also, back in November Southern Living published a travel story I wrote on where to shop in Charlottesville, Virginia, on their website. Read that story here.

I have a few other travel pieces I wrote for Southern Living that I’m hoping to see in print soon. Stay tuned!

Cheers, marissa

My last issue as editor of R•Home

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The March/April issue of R•Home mag was my last issue as editor, and coincidentally it was an “artful” issue. I left my job at Richmond mag mid-January to take on a new job opportunity as communications manager with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. So, it goes to show that as I was wrapping up my last issue of R•Home, my mind was already embracing a new artistic perspective.

Here’s the line-up of R•Home content:

Department stories

The Goods Pantone’s colors of the year — Radiant Orchid
The Expert The art of collecting: Buying art for your home is as simple as knowing what you like
The Gallery Gallery Hopping: What’s happening now in Richmond’s art scene
At Home The Trouble with Sofas
Favorites Decisively on Display: Kenneth Byrd uses his merchandising background to accessorize his home with precision
Gardening Hardy Heirlooms: Zinnias take a licking and keep on ticking, beautifully
DIY Magnetic Beauty: Make the fridge even cooler with this quick, easy project
Viewpoint The Interpreter: Designer Thom Filicia wants to help clients express the narrative of their lives
Occasions Not-so-secret success: The Underground Kitchen surfaces for its first dinner event
Calendar March & April events: What’s happening around town
Q&A The new Bridget Beari: Susan Jamieson’s palette now includes a new line of graphic wallpapers
Back Page Stuff we like: Fern & Roby speakers, Justin Tran prints and spring reading material

Feature stories

Conversation Pieces: Ted Elmore’s Fan home inspires discussions on art, culture and beauty
Bring on the Light: A family transforms a dark Tudor into a bright, cheery home inside and out
Readers’ Favorites 2014

And here are some behind-the-scenes photos …

It has bee a blessing to work on R•Home with so many talented writers, editors, stylists, photographers, illustrators, and art directors in the past year. As I turn to a new chapter in my life, I’m so happy I have these ones to flip through and look back on. Thank you, all! cheers, marissa

Richmond magazine’s Weekend Escapes issue

richmond mag_march2014One of the last projects I worked on as associate editor at Richmond magazine was helping put together the travel package “Weekend Escapes” for the March issue. I wrote about an outdoor adventure I took to Bath County, Virginia, where I spent a few days mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking, canoeing and relaxing at Natural Retreat’s Meadow Lane properties. I was excited to see that my travel story made the cut for the cover. What a great image of beautiful Bath County! Grab a copy from newsstands! cheers, marissa

Richmond magazine’s 2014 Sourcebook

Richmond mag feb 2014In Richmond mag’s 2014 Sourcebook (February issue), I wrote the following stories. Be sure to pick up a copy of the mag to read them + watch the hedgehog video that is linked below.

Fast Friends Who and what to follow on social media

Innovative Renovations From industrial lofts to historic farmhouses, Richmond residents remake their spaces by drastically altering floorplans

Before You Buy Richmond’s home experts suggest five things to consider when purchasing a home

A Taste For the Exotic Meet some of the region’s unusual pets (To watch a video that accompanies my story about Spud the hedgehog, click here.)

Recent Richmond magazine clips

Finally getting around to updating the site with stories I’ve written for Richmond and R•Home magazines. Here are some of my recent clips.

Restaurant review: Phoenix Garden Vegetarian You won’t miss the meat at this vegetarian and vegan food cart. | Read the story

Q&A: The Heart of Hospitality The Kinfolk Table co-author Rebecca Parker Payne talks about life around the table. | Read the story

Travel: Colonial Williamsburg From pre- to post-revolutionary eras, Colonial Williamsburg is brimming with plenty of design inspiration. | Read the story

Styling: Good Morning The owners of The Magpie share recipes that will wake you up. | Read the story

Restaurant review: Perfect Pairings Albino Monkey + bacon-wrapped seared scallops at The Savory Grain | Read the story

Q & A: Crowning Craftsmanship Artist Sonya Clark weaves metaphorically and literally with hair and textiles. | Read the story 

Home: Little House, Big Philosophy A minimalist renovates her first home. | Read the story

Shopping: Retail on the Rise These shops add new faces and flair to the fabric of several neighborhoods. | Read the story

Parks Guide: There’s fun for fido too A guide to dog parks in the Richmond area. | Read the story

Parks Guide: Explore new sports and animal life A guide to kids parks in the Richmond area. | Read the story

 

R•Home’s January/February issue

RHome Jan:Feb coverTo welcome the New Year, R•Home magazine’s January/February issue features our annual Hot List, the top 10 innovators in Richmond’s design scene. We cherry-picked the coolest people, places and things that you should keep your eye on in 2014, ranging from the beautification of the Arts District, the Leigh Street Armory’s transformation into the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, and artists like potter Tasha McKelvey. We also feature two eclectic West End homes, brunch recipes by The Magpie, a Q&A with co-author of The Kinfolk Table Rebecca Parker Payne, and much more. You can buy a copy at Urban Farmhouse locations, Martin’s stores, as well as the Barnes & Noble at Libbie Place. Happy 2014! cheers, marissa