MULTIMEDIA COLLECTIVE BUILDS NETWORK OF ARTISTS

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY WILL FISHER

While their home base isn’t exactly the “Fortress of Solitude,” located in the middle of the Arctic Tundra, The Cold Collective, headquartered in Richmond, Va., is no longer a secret society. On July 16, 2016, the brand will launch its debut projects and shine some light on the rising talents in this growing  digital community.

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DC MUSIC DOCS LAUNCH WEEKLY WEB SERIES

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Dominic Elliott and Mylie Durham IV began playing music together in 1997 when the pair started their first band, FREELOAD, while attending Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. Since then, the two local musicians, who’ve grown up in the Washington, D.C., metro area, continue to perform in various ensembles. 

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VIERRA: THE LAST WATCH YOU’LL EVER NEED TO BUY

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JEREMY WELLS

From the boardroom to the beach, Vierra Watches are appropriate for any occasion. Founded by Eric Genazia and Jeremy Wells, both graduates of Christopher Newport University and brothers of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, the two men sought to turn their love for watches into a career. In November, the duo launched an Indiegogo campaign, which is currently more than 140 percent over funded. Whether you wear their watches to catch some surf or at work, you will surely make a splash.

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GROWING BIGGER AND BETTER: RAYTHEON DUNN’S DETAILS

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PHOTOS BY RAYTHEON DUNN

A polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas, such as music, art, and scholastic achievement. The term is often used to describe great thinkers of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment who excelled at several fields in science and the arts. In modern day terms, Raytheon Dunn is such a man. Not only is he the lead guitarist and vocalist of the Virginia Beach-based indie rock band DEAR ADAMUS, as well as a singer-songwriter on his own, he is also a talented artist, focused on superdetailed pen drawings from paper to a growing number of platforms.

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ADROIT THEORY BREWS DUALITY IN SHORT SUPPLY

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY ADROIT THEORY BREWING CO.

Every beer has a story to tell, and Adroit Theory Brewing Company are the storytellers. Based in Purcellville, Va., the brewery has been leading the growing brewing and distilling community in the Commonwealth for the past two years. Through their spirit of innovation and collaboration, many have sworn themselves as followers and enemies — never in between. With an extensive lineup of beers and other collaborative projects in the works, this small brewery is quickly growing out of the darkness.

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A NEW CLASS OF STREET WEAR: THE DWEEB LIFESTYLE CO.

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY MARC MANGRA

Growing up, Jamaal Williams had a dream. Though he was rejected by a major clothing company, he never gave up on that dream. While attending college, Williams launched The DWEEB Lifestyle Co., which reflected his life motto — “Don’t. Wanna. Ever. End-up. Broke.” Since then, his brand has evolved from ordinary street wear to extraordinary fashion.

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BREWING CRAFT BEER AND WINE WITH HONOR

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY HONOR BREWING COMPANY AND WINERY

We all have a story tell, and the stories we all need to hear are those whose lives are cut short. According to an article by Military Times, in 2014, nearly 302,000 troops have deployed around the world, and the continuing conflicts in the Middle East, as well as other parts of the world, have taken the lives of more than 80,000 U.S. soldiers. To help the families tell the stories of these men and women who lost their lives serving our country, Honor Brewing Company and Honor Winery set to the task of providing an avenue to celebrate their lives over a round of craft beer and wine.

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BURNING BRIGHT: NOVA PROJECT GIVES NORTHERN VIRGINIA AN ARENA FOR HOMEGROWN WRESTLING

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INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ALEX ALOISE

In 2015, pro wrestling officially became cool again. Hip hop artists like WALE and KILLER MIKE have made their love of the mat game extremely well known. ESPN’s SportsCenter and Grantland covers WWE like it’s the NFL. John Stewart’s first new job after leaving his desk at “The Daily Show” was guest hosting SummerSlam and hitting John Cena with a chair. Cities all across the country have benefitted from wrestling’s resurgence, with different independent promotions putting on shows every week. On September 25, that all changed with NOVAProject, the debut event from NOVA Pro Wrestling.

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SWIMMING UPSTREAM: THE VIDEO FAN FIGHTS THE RISING DIGITAL TIDE

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INTERVIEW BY ALEX ALOISE

PHOTOS BY SCOTT ELMQUIST AND JULIAN MAY

I grew up in video stores. My movie-obsessed path started with Erol’s Video, which was founded by a Turkish immigrant to Virginia named Erol Onaran and sold to Blockbuster Video for $40 million in 1990. Blockbusters came and went, and never had what I wanted, but they gave me the Bruce Lee and Mel Brooks fixes I never knew I needed. For an entire generation, video stores were the gateways to new worlds, characters, and stories. Yet, as vital as they were to the social and cultural fabric, they couldn’’t last forever. But one video store in Richmond still stands, despite today’s increasing demand for digital content.

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KO DISTILLING SERVES GOOD SPIRITS AND SERVICE TO THE VIRGINIA COMMUNITY

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY KO DISTILLING AND JOE FITZ MEDIA

Graduates from the United States Merchant Marine Academy abide by the motto “Acta Non Verba,”  meaning deeds not words, and they are leaders that exemplify the concept of service above self. As graduates from the class of 1982, KO Distilling co-founders Bill Karlson, CEO, and John O’Mara, president and head distiller, understand the importance of service to the community and enjoy great locally sourced spirits.

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