Daniel Yakalavich will tell you, he grew up sheltered. He never smoked. Never drank. Never did drugs. He went to church. And he loved his Momma. Then, when he was about 15-years-old, he went to work for his uncle as a brick mason. “I didn’t have much of those high school years where kids go …


If there’s one thing that Olin Thompson is self-aware of in life, it’s what he loves. Golfing. Surfing. Hunting. Anything with a rod and reel in his hand. “Pretty much any time I can get outside, I’m outside,” Thompson said. But he also knows that to live, you have to work. And it could be …

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Homemaker. The dictionary is pretty specific in its definition of a homemaker. “A person, especially a housewife, who manages a home.” But Karen Barrs of Little England Mercantile sees it a little differently. While Little England Mercantile – a home and lifestyle store anchoring the Shops at Tidemill on George Washington Memorial Highway – does …


The amazing thing about the construction business is you can see the impact of the work you do. Take a company with a dream to expand their warehouse, or a medical practice that wants to build a new doctor’s office. An architect draws up the plans – that you can see. A framer puts up …

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Give him a few minutes and Mike Armentrout can list off dozens of ways the commercial construction industry has changed over the last few decades. Armentrout has been at it so long, he jokes, that he’s now getting hired to go in and renovate the very buildings he built 20 years ago. Design trends have …

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A microwave and Steve Spain. Ask Eddie Betz how he made his way from being the son of a teenage mother, surviving a challenging childhood, fathering three children by the time he was 20, taking a left turn in life, and then returning back to the right path, and you’ll hear a story ripe for …


Construction wasn’t a dream, per se, for Brandon Cosentino. At first, as a young teenager, it was a means to supporting his family. “My Dad passed away when I was 15,” Brandon said. “I had to help Mom pay bills and make sure everything was financially straight.” So he took advantage of a summer job …

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Ask Renal Loit to tell you about Estonia and his face lights up. His words flow freely, describing a country in line on the same latitude with Vermont, complete with similar climate, rolling hills and half of its borders overlooking water. The people are a conservative bunch, loyal to their country and full of pride …

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As a little girl growing up in Newport News, Debbi Gardner would look at the newspaper – in the days when they would publish sample house plans – and pull out her own notebook to design and draw her own versions. You could say she knew from an early age that her brain worked well …

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