The purpose of NFK is to give voice to the unheard stories, build community identity, and provide a new platform for local commerce. We love the greater Norfolk area and we intend to leave it better than we found it.
Local media has been in a state of decline and decimation in our region. We aren’t unique in this. Towns, cities, and counties across the country are losing the outlets that serve them. One core problem is that the ad revenue on which these outlets rely has declined substantially. Media and news from NFK are supported by the shop. When you buy from our shop, you support our efforts to cover the region and you also support the business or artist whose product you purchased.
This publication will feel a bit different than most, and that’s on purpose. We’re striking out on a new path, so unlike the media outlets of the past, we don’t pretend to be objective. The stories featured here are from members of our community. We encourage those contributors to celebrate what they love, offer suggestions for improving the community around them, or shed light on lesser-known subjects.
Paul Stetson Rice
Paul is the creator of NFKVA.com. He was born and raised in Norfolk, graduated from Virginia Tech, and narrowly avoided law school. Chat with him about economics, entrepreneurship, hip-hop, and hiking. When he's not working on five different projects, you'll catch him sharing a beer with friends at a local brewery.
West Ghent, NFK
Erin Lindstrom is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with a heart for local business. She’s a New York native who before officially planting roots in Norfolk, called Boston, London, Savannah, and Austin home. When she’s not co-hosting the Currents Podcast or producing and performing with Commonwealth Comedy, you can find her at the beach on OV or at Stella chatting about business, life, spirituality, parenting, and politics (probably all at the same time).
Catie was born in Norfolk and as an adult has lived here for two years and change. She has a master's in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia. She likes hiking, playing trivia, being a flaneuse, pinball, memes, and growing vegetables.
Talbot Park, NFK
Rachel Reiss moved to Norfolk in 2021, and, true to her native Floridian roots, has been enjoying life near the beach. Since her day job as an HR Program Manager has gone remote, it offers her the flexibility to explore the area’s rich history, culture, and diverse food scene in her spare time. She is also a passionate pianist, aspiring yogi, and self-proclaimed health nut who loves to cook. Rachel lives near Talbot Park with her husband, Phil - a CHKD resident - and their Maltese, Minnie.
Tiffany grew up in Chesapeake but has called Norfolk home for the past seven years. She fell in love with the city while working with Festevents during college summer breaks. She graduated from James Madison University (Go Dukes!) with a degree in corporate communication. Tiffany now works as a digital marketing specialist and enjoys strolling and rollerblading her way around Norfolk. She lives in Ghent with her husband Trevor, and their two cats, Tux and Joe.
I moved to Berkley in 2022 after graduating from Colgate University with my bachelor’s in Environmental Geography. I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, living in DC, Annapolis, and southern Maryland, and have been on boats since before I could talk. I’m passionate about the environment, outdoor recreation, and science communication, and I currently work as an educator for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and boating journalist for SpinSheet magazine. When not writing or educating, you can find me sailing with my boyfriend, Nic, aboard our 31-foot antique sailboat or fixing something on it.
I moved to the Berkeley neighborhood in 2019 after finishing my nuclear engineering training for the navy in Charleston, SC. I’ve been cooking and taking photos for as long as I can remember, and have a passion for both food and highlighting important topics through multimedia journalism and photography. I’m currently writing my first cookbook, and in my free time, my girlfriend Kelsey and I sail our 31-foot antique sailboat around the Chesapeake bay. I’m also an avid Muay Thai kickboxer and recreational skydiver.
Stephanie Lask, aka Steph Love, is a spoken word artist, teaching artist, event host, web designer, and graphic designer originally from Virginia Beach. She graduated from Norfolk State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She is the slammaster for the Verb Benders Slam Team, a teaching artist with Arts For Learning, a host of a few open mics in the 757, and a web and graphic designer for non-profits and small businesses across the area and the country. Stephanie is a hip-hop junkie, vinyl collector, and cat lady currently residing in Norfolk, where she's a member of her neighborhood’s civic league.