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Alvaro Coronado made it the top 3 Best Jewelers Category!

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Alvaro Coronado made it  the top 3 Best Jewelers Category!

Richmond Times Dispatch BestFest Thursday, October 26th. Alvaro Coronado made it the top 3 Best Jewelers Category. Thank you for your votes of confidence. Placement of the top 3 will be announced at the Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia. Be watching for updates.

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Vote for Alvaro Best Jeweler 2017 Richmond Times Dispatch contest

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Vote for Alvaro Best Jeweler 2017 Richmond Times Dispatch contest

Town of Ashland, Virginia Nominated in Top 5 Best Jeweler Category RTD Ashland, Vote us #1 Here’s the link:...

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July 16, 2017 – Come see us at the Altria Theater for Richmond Weddings Summer Fashion Show

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July 16, 2017 – Come see us at the Altria Theater for Richmond Weddings Summer Fashion Show

On July 16, 2017, come join jewelry designer, Alvaro Coronado and bead artisan, Caroline Coronado at the Altria Theater for Richmond Weddings Summer Fashion Show hosted by Tiffanys Bridal of Richmond. Alvaro and Caroline are busy at Coronado Kingdom, creating beaded hair accessories and beaded bouquets to adorn exquisite Tiffanys Bridal dresses. Don’t miss this event. Imagine spending the day with gorgeous bridal textiles and designs, beadwork by Alvaro and Caroline Coronado as adornment, at the incredibly beautiful Altria Theater and in the Commonwealth’s Capitol, Richmond. What a glorious plan for a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy our face book page and click the event link to order tickets easily and in advance on line and avoid same day at the door lines. Click for more information on our Facebook...

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Wed Magazine, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Wed Magazine, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Richmond Bride Magazine Summer and Fall 2016

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Richmond Bride Magazine Summer and Fall 2016

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Richmond Bride Magazine December 2016

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Richmond Bride Magazine December 2016

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A Christmas ornament fit for a postcard town

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A Christmas ornament fit for a postcard town

Click here for article in Herald-Progress If seeking a vintage Christmas vibe, one need look no further than Ashland. Complete with train tracks and old timey candy at the local vintage grocery store, the town practically radiates festivity during the holidays. Last year, Ashland residents and owners of Alvaro Coronado Inc.  Alvaro and Caroline Coronado brought Ashland’s charm to the Executive Mansion, with a handcrafted ornament that donned the tree. The ornament depicted the iconic Ashland Theater in all of its vintage beauty. Virginia localities had the opportunity to submit ornaments to be placed on the Governor’s tree, an honor which the Coronados hadn’t originally planned to seek.  According to Coronado, the Ashland Main Street Association approached her and her jewelry making husband last October to submit an ornament. Unsafe weather prevented the Coronados from taking a trip they had planned, and they decided to try their hand at creating an Ashland ornament for the contest. “We wanted something that represented the community and one of the biggest things that the community focused on was recreating the icon of the Ashland Theater,” Coronado said. With 48 hours to plan, create and submit their design, the couple got to work melting and welding during the storm. “It was a mad dash and we had no plan, it was as you go,” she said. “We worked pretty much continuously for those two days and nights.” The design of the theater included the green and red “lights” found on its exterior, which coincided with the Christmas theme. The Coronados even tried to match the font used on the theater in their own replica. From his work bench, Coronado could catch glimpses of the theater from his window for comparison in his work. “We had to use pretty much what we had around here,” Coronado said. These on hand materials proved to be more than enough to create an ornament fit for an Executive Mansion. Coronado shaped sterling silver into the form of the Ashland Theater, melting and molding the metal in his work area. The red and green lights on the theater were replicated with Swarovski crystals set into tracks that fit into the larger piece. Arranged outside of the miniature version of the theater are several symbols of both the theater’s and Ashland’s history. A heart representing the song “Ashland, Our Valentine Town” is next to a star and moon, which is symbolic of Ashland as the Center of the Universe. Secretariat was one of the first films to show at the theater when it was re-opened again, and is represented with a horse in the window. A couple kissing in front of the theater signifies the first dates and romantic evenings that have taken place at the theater. A bow on top of the ornament represents the theater as a gift from the Whitaker family, who donated the theater to the Town of Ashland in 2013. Coronado said that her husband does most of his experimentation and planning in metal rather than on paper while creating his three dimensional artwork. A metalwork master, he plays with space and shapes guided by his years of experience. The original ornament has recently been sold to a collector as a gift for his wife. Last holiday season after the original ornament was created,...

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Flight Simulators Designed by Coronado Air Hangar Inspires Hanover & Beyond!

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Flight Simulators Designed by Coronado Air Hangar Inspires Hanover & Beyond!

Alvaro Coronado, a resident and business owner in Ashland, Virginia is an empirical engineer. While the U.S. economy seems to be failing and manufacturing leaving our borders, Alvaro, innovative, inventive and determined, without engineering education and training, has U.S. history repeating itself in an attempt to restart the Industrial Revolution of our world’s super power, by building three flight simulators in his living room; two of which he sold to a 70 year-old Vietnam Marine Veteran helicopter pilot, providing him with a way to renew his skills, recall a chapter in his life, and reconnect with other military buddies, all right from his home, defying and challenging himself not to be confined despite his ailing health. Alvaro, a Colombian immigrant, and now US citizen, says he never forgets that he is on borrowed land and is grateful for what the USA has gifted him the most, OPPORTUNITY. A true believer in anything can “start with just one” he is working to renew America’s spirit of entrepreneurship. His third, and newest build out, is what is known as a glass cockpit. Having pushed the limits in software and hardware through the past few years of trial and error, it has tons of gadgets, gauges, screens, tablets, applications, and more. His new cockpit is also for sale, however, as often happens by accident and circumstance, flight simulation gaming has quickly presented itself to be a catalyst for an academic and vocational Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) economic market niche; as it truly proven to be a “kid magnet”. Taking their lead from the kids who have talked us up after a fun visit, local school board administrators and members, vocational education program coordinators, school principals, and government officials, some of whom are pilots themselves, have reached out to virtually fly with us to see what the kid’s chatter and excitement is all about. Through his build out of gaming flight simulators in his living room, Alvaro has managed to create interactive entertainment for children who think they are just virtually having fun, while in reality, that fun experience is providing them with so many real-world experiences and teaching them about physics, weather, wind, climate, geography, topography, astronomy, space exploration, mathematics in computing fuel loads for distance, passenger and cargo loads, engineering, navigation, record-keeping, detailing, location of countries, states, cities, latitude, longitude, land and sea, monuments, mountain ranges, cultures, compass and map reading, altitude, reading of gauges like altimeters, speed, horizontal, vertical and global positioning systems, radio, tower and coding communications, airport locations and codes for real-life travel, familiarity with flying vs. fear of flying, history of military, aircrafts, wars, G-forces, historic people. It is hard to believe there is so much more to offer, but there truly is, and those things are in addition to perhaps careers as a pilot, mechanic, engineer, or astronaut. Above all what drives (oops perhaps flies) us here at the Coronado Air hangar, to building these incredible self-contained tiny classrooms, is our concern that the next generation needs development beyond dependence on GOOGLE for answers to their real-life and real-world situations. So, by Alvaro building his virtual fleet under Coronado Airlines is using 21st century technology to draw kids in as virtual pilots, co-pilots, mechanics and engineers, and kids unknowingly are learning old school lessons...

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Ashland man flies a Boeing 737 in his living room

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Ashland man flies a Boeing 737 in his living room

BY CINDY HUANG Richmond Times-Dispatch Alvaro Coronado put on his headphones as sounds of flight attendants and passengers flooded the cockpit, his eyes looking straight ahead. He checked his various gauges and put his feet gingerly on the pedals. Then the plane lifted off the ground at 165 mph, without Coronado ever leaving his cozy home in Ashland. Coronado built the cockpit of a Boeing 737 in the middle of his living room. Four outdated Dell monitors display the changing view of the sky and earth. A keyboard allows him to use Microsoft software that simulates flight. Bent plumbing pipes hold the shape of the nose. Layers of thin metal sheets used for roofing are nailed to a plastic material around the piping. Hard spray foam used for insulation holds everything together. Coronado is a jewelry store owner by trade and a renaissance man by habit. He plays the flamenco guitar, creates replicas of museum artifacts, practices martial arts and, now, dabbles in aerospace engineering. “The whole thing started because I was afraid of flying,” said Coronado, his voice carrying a smooth Colombian accent. He said that if he’s afraid of something, it’s because he’s afraid of the unknown. And so he had to face it. “By learning all the sounds and movements the airplanes does, everything seemed so normal. The sound of the landing gears, the flaps,” Coronado said. As he flew his handmade Boeing 737 in his living room, his friend and pilot Col. Javier Garcia looked on. Garcia, who flew KC-130s in Iraq, explained how the steering wheel controls the altitude of the plane. “When you push (the steering wheel), the houses get bigger; when you pull, the houses get smaller,” Garcia said. He joked that the goal is to “keep the blue side up, brown side down.” Garcia said a real simulator costs millions of dollars. And Coronado’s simulator has the basic functions to keep a pilot in practice. “If I wanted to stay current, I would do this to keep my eyes where I want it to be,” said Garcia, referring to all the gauges and controls that pilots have to monitor and control. Coronado said he never went to flight school or engineering school. “I go to YouTube University,” he joked with a grin on his face. The process of building the plane involved trial and error and some unconventional thinking. Coronado’s wife and business partner, Caroline, said that when the project first began more than a year ago, her husband put the plumbing pipes in their tub so the hot water could help the pipes retain their shape. She joked that she doesn’t know how many wives would tolerate having plastic pipes in the tub and an airplane nose in the middle of the living room. But she’s proud of his fearless approach toward his projects. “He doesn’t think anything negative. He won’t open that crack to something not being possible. Then you’ve already defeated yourself psychologically,” Caroline said. She recalled him using chicken wire and papier-mâché when he first began constructing the plane. The next day, she said, it was all shriveled up because the paper contracted and bent the wires. “Alvaro had to go to Plan B,” Caroline said. “We’re probably on Plan double E now.” Coronado connects digitally with...

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Afraid of flying, this guy built his own cockpit

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Afraid of flying, this guy built his own cockpit

Instead of flight school, he chose ‘YouTube University’ By CINDY HUANG Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch ASHLAND, Va. – Alvaro Coronado put on his headphones as sounds of flight attendants and passengers flooded the cockpit, his eyes looking straight ahead. He checked his various gauges and put his feet gingerly on the pedals. Then the plane lifted off the ground at 165 mph, without Coronado ever leaving his cozy home in Ashland. Coronado built the cockpit of a Boeing 737 in the middle of his living room. Four outdated Dell monitors display the changing view of the sky and Earth. A keyboard allows him to use Microsoft software that simulates flight. Bent plumbing pipes hold the shape of the nose. Layers of thin metal sheets used for roofing are nailed to a plastic material around the piping. Hard spray foam used for insulation holds everything together Coronado is a jewelry store owner by trade and a renaissance man by habit. He plays the flamenco guitar, creates replicas of museum artifacts, practices martial arts and, now, dabbles in aerospace engineering. “The whole thing started because I was afraid of flying,” said Coronado, his voice carrying a smooth Colombian accent. He said that if he’s afraid of something, it’s because he’s afraid of the unknown. And so he had to face it. “By learning all the sounds and movements the airplanes does, everything seemed so normal. The sound of the landing gears, the flaps,” Coronado said. As he flew his handmade Boeing 737 in his living room, his friend and pilot Col. Javier Garcia looked on. Garcia, who flew KC-130s in Iraq, explained how the steering wheel controls the altitude of the plane “When you push (the steering wheel), the houses get bigger; when you pull, the houses get smaller,” Garcia said. He joked that the goal is to “keep the blue side up, brown side down.” Garcia said a real simulator costs millions of dollars. And Coronado’s simulator has the basic functions to keep a pilot in practice. “If I wanted to stay current, I would do this to keep my eyes where I want it to be,” said Garcia, referring to all the gauges and controls that pilots have to monitor and control. Coronado said he never went to flight school or engineering school. “I go to YouTube University,” he joked with a grin on his face. The process of building the plane involved trial and error and some unconventional thinking. Coronado’s wife and business partner, Caroline, said that when the project first began more than a year ago, her husband put the plumbing pipes in their tub, so the hot water could help the pipes retain their shape. She joked that she doesn’t know how many wives would tolerate having plastic pipes in the tub and an airplane nose in the middle of the living room. But she’s proud of his fearless approach toward his projects. “He doesn’t think anything negative. He won’t open that crack to something not being possible. Then you’ve already defeated yourself psychologically,” Caroline said. She recalled him using chicken wire and papier-mâché when he first began constructing the plane. The next day, she said, it was all shriveled up because the paper contracted and bent the wires. “Alvaro had to go to Plan B,” Caroline...

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