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Nik and Elena - Social Media & Operations Manager

Owners – Elena Skaya Studios

Nik and Elena are happily married husband and wife team who dedicated their lives to motion and still photography. Their passion took them to multiple countries and each year the love for what they do for other people grows bigger.

Elena is a fashion-inspired wedding photographer who pushes her brides to get out of the box and Nik creates passionate and emotional wedding films for the most adventurous couples.

Natallia Ornelas - President

Financial Advisor – Northwestern Mutual

Natallia is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company. She helps clients with college planning, retirement planning, and life insurance planning.

Natallia and her team apply time-tested strategies, providing education and expert advice to help clients to make decisions based on their priorities.

Anna Ernest - Educational Mentor

Owner – Ernest Law Group PLC

Anna Ernest, the proud owner of Ernest Law Group PLC, is a highly sought-after and recognized advocate.  She represents clients in Family Law, Immigration, Personal Injury, and other civil matters in State and Federal courts.

Artur French - Director of Marketing

Owner – Local Muscle Consulting

Artur French, originally from Riga, Latvia is the owner of Local Muscle Consulting, an Internet Marketing firm that specialized in Search Engine Optimization and Customized Lead Generation for small and medium sized businesses across the United States.


Eleonora Whitfield​

Team Whitfield – Benham Signature Properties

Brad and Eleonora Whitfield come together creating Team Whitfield, two highly skilled agents dedicated to providing unsurpassed real estate services that exceed client’s needs.

Natalia Shusko

Real Estate Agent

Having lived in 4 different countries, I have the ability to adapt to buyers and sellers with a variety of different backgrounds. Because I have been doing Real Estate investment for last years, I possesses a broad understanding of what it takes to buy or sell a property.

Val Milan

Real Estate Agent

Hello neighbors! My name is Valentina and I was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine.
I live in Virginia Beach, have a husband and beautiful kids. 
I am licensed Real Estate agent in Hampton Roads area working with both sellers and buyers.

Anna Tihomirova

Owner – Solutions Mental Wellness

My name is Anna Tihomirova, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I earned my Master of Science from East Carolina University in 2011, where I studied mental health counseling. I obtained my B.A. in Business Management from Mount Olive University in North Carolina.

Sophia Komar


My name is Sofia and  I’m a designer. I’ve been working in the industry since 2007. If you’re looking to design or redesign your logo or website, need printed materials like business cards, brochures, or posters or need to create a complete product or company branding—I’m here to help. 

Sviatlana Torres

Photographer – Sviatlana Photography

My name is Sviatlana and I am wedding, engagement and family photographer in the Hampton Roads area. I cannot imagine myself without being able to express my creativity through a camera! I enjoy every second of photographing the love and happiness of others!

Svetlana Ramos

Baker & Cake Maker

Svetlana Ramos, was born in Russia, Krasnoyarsk. Studied Architecture for 6 years in Siberian Federal University and graduated with the masters degree. Immigrated to the USA in summer of 2008. Since 2012 I am a stay home mother. One of my hobbies and passions is baking.

Sveta Saunders

Independent Hairstylist on Shore Drive

Independent full service hairstylist on Shore drive.

Irina and Alexei

Owners – AirDuct Care Heating & Air Conditioning

AirDuct Care Heating & Air Conditioning is a division of CFC Inc. in existence since 2002. It was created to help Hampton Roads home and business owners with new duct installation, duct repairs, air duct cleaning and sanitizing of ductwork and also to provide heating and cooling services as well as crawl space related work. 

Irina Shumilova

Owner – Irina’s Little Things

Welcome to my Little Things world. My name is Irina and I love to present the hand-crafted hair
accessories, created utilizing the “Tsunami Kanzashi” technique. Kanzashi is an ancient Japanese
craftsmanship for producing exquisite hair ornamentation. In ancient times, hair accessories created by the hands of skilled masters were considered precious jewels and passed on through generations.

Dinara Koppayeva

Owner – Oh, The Cake!

My name is Dinara and I am a self taught baker. ‘Oh, the cake’ is my creation, where I can express myself through the taste and beauty of the cakes I bake. First, I began baking cakes for my family and friends, who inspired and push me on this path. I pay a high attention to details by choosing the best ingredients and creating a unique style in decorating.

Elena Schwartz

Owner – From Russian With LOVE Daycare

Mrs Elena Schwartz has a master’s degree in child education from Moscow State University of Art and Culture and 35 years of experience working with children.

Her study included not only music and art but it required to take many hours of pedagogy study as well. ​After she received her degree in chorus conductor in 1983, she started working with children as a singing instructor.

Alina Aksentiy and Daniel Bodale

Owners – Express Flooring

EXpress Flooring has more than 20 years of experience in the flooring industry, we proudly serve the Hampton Roads area of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth and Suffolk.

Whether you’re looking for exotic or a stunning hardwood, engineered or LVT-WCP, the experts at our flooring store in Virginia Beach can help you every step of the way, from sales to floor installation.

Yulia Novikova-Wythe

Owner – Get It Translated

Yulia Novikova-Wythe is a professional Russian Court Interpreter certified in the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland.

When not in court, she regularly accepts assignments for conference, medical, corporate, and investigative interpreting.

Her certified translations are deemed valid by all U.S. government agencies and institutions as well as at the Russian Embassy and Consulates.