Posts Tagged ‘Alexandria’

Hungry for Linkage: Vienna Inn Celebrates 55 Years

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Mason Social / Ashleigh Hobson Photography

Mason Social / Ashleigh Hobson Photography

By Stefanie Gans

Vienna Inn celebrates its 55th anniversary this week with a half-priced kid’s menu plus other specials. [FB]

School lunches around the world interpreted by Sweetgreen salad chain. [Fast Company]

SER,the Ballston restaurant challenge winner, will open soon. [WCP]

Arlington’s Boccato Gelato and Espresso turns, partly, into the new CoworkCafe during the day. [WBJ]

Mason Social, with dishes of lamb and pork meatballs, celery root hummus, burgers infused with bone marrow and fried chicken thighs with dumplings, opens in Alexandria tomorrow for lunch at 11 a.m. [Mason Social]

Maybe grass-fed beef isn’t better. [WaPo]

10 Things to Take the Kids to in February

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Edited by Lynn Norusis

George Washington Birthday Parade

Photo courtesy of Tisara Photography.

1George Washington Birthday Parade
Visit Old Town Alexandria and join in on one of the largest parades celebrating our founding father. The one-mile route hosts nearly 3,500 participants as they wind through the streets of the city. / Feb. 16


Alice in Wonderland at Hylton Center

Photo courtesy of Gerry GoodStein.

2‘Alice in Wonderland’
The Emmy-nominated troupe, Pushcart Players, delights young audience members with a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of tea parties, rabbit holes and mad hatters. / Feb. 28


3TechQuest: Eye in the Sky Game
Kids ages 10-14 can learn the role of an intelligence analyst in the Cold War by trying to find a missing plane through information they gather about four objects in Udvar-Hazy. Very hands-on, the program involves secret codes and ciphers and includes hands-on activities for the kids. / Feb. 7, 13, 14 and 21


Chinese New Year at Franklin Park Arts Center

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4Chinese New Year
Bob Brown brings his puppets along to Franklin Park Arts Center to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the year of the sheep. There will be crafts and refreshments to accompany the Pandamonium show at 3 p.m. / Feb. 21



Steve Songs

Photo courtesy of Steve Songs.

Steven Roslonek, the 15-year veteran of children’s music and the man behind SteveSongs, has played his blend of silly, entertaining and educational song stories and melodies at renown venues such as The Kennedy Center, Wolftrap, Fenway Park and even a show at the White House. He now brings his act to Jammin Java for one day only. / Feb. 14


‘Inside Out’

Photo courtesy of Imagination Stage.

6‘Inside Out’
Bedtime is the time for creative minds as Imagination Stage takes audience members to the room of make believe with dancing fish, fantastical creatures and sock dance concerts. This interactive show will have children up and exploring their imagination. / Feb. 19-21


16th Annual Clarendon Alliance Annual Mardi Gras Parade

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 716th Annual Clarendon Alliance Annual Mardi Gras Parade & Bayou Bakery Block Party
The streets of Clarendon turn over to the festivities of Mardi Gras with music, dancing and floats. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery is also getting into the fun with a block party for the entire family. The New Orleans chef will serve up Muff-a-lottas, Andouille and shrimp gumbo, BB King Cake and more. Carnival costumes are suggested as there will be prizes awarded throughout the night. / Feb. 17


 8‘The Beverly Hillbillies’
The antics of rural hillbillies turned millionaires brings excitement to the stage with Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre’s latest performance. / Feb. 7-8, 13-15


Cartoon Skate at Reston Town Center.

Photo courtesy of Reston Town Center.

9Cartoon Skate
Don some ice skates and hit the rink with some of your child’s favorite cartoon characters—Scooby-Doo, Cat in the Hat and more—Saturday mornings at Reston Town Center.  / Every Saturday


Comedy Sportz

Photo courtesy of Comedy Sportz.

The comedic crew tailors their show to all ages during this fast-paced improv show that has two teams battling for the most laughs. / Friday and Saturday Evenings


(February 2015)


Tips and What to Buy at the OTBD Warehouse Sale This Weekend

Posted by Editorial / Monday, February 2nd, 2015

By Angela Bobo

photo courtesy of Spotted MP

photo courtesy of Spotted MP

This Saturday, Feb. 7, marks the 10th Annual Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale. For six hours, over 20 of Alexandria’s top boutiques will offer discounts up to 80 percent off.  This is your chance to score designer items at a bargain price, but with up to 1,000 shoppers visiting that day, it can also be hectic. In an effort to help you find the perfect pieces, we have reached out to the OTBD to preview some select items and offer tips on how to shop successfully.

The Tips:

1)      Arrive early. Doors open at 9, so it’s best to get there at least 30 minutes before.

2)      Less is more. Wear leggings and close-fitting clothes so you can strip down and try on stuff easily. There are no dressing rooms.

3)      Leave your coat in the car.

4)      Have a strategy. Look at the list of participating stores and plot where you want to go first. If you are a shoe lover, focus on shoes. If you love clothes, focus on that.

5)       Have fun, and be nice. There is no tackling ladies for garments.


The Products:

  • She’s Unique Phyllis+Rose Mini-V Necklace, Sale price: $75, Original Price: $110./ Photo courtesy of Spotted MP.

  • Bishop Boutique Milly ‘Blake’ Satchel, Sale price: $175, Original Price: $465. / Photo courtesy of Spotted MP.

  • Coco Blanca Greek Key Pillow Sale Price: $14.40, Original Price: $48; Burlap Pillow; Sale Price, $14.40, Original Price: $48.95. / Photo courtesy of Spotted MP.

  • The Shoe Hive Superga Leopard Sneaker Sale Price: $30, Original Price: $76. / Photo courtesy of Spotted MP.

  • Ivy Lane 2015 Planners Sale Price: $45, Original Price: $98. / Photo courtesy of Spotted MP.


Hungry for Linkage: Virginia’s First Hops Processing Facility is Coming to Loudoun

Posted by Editorial / Monday, January 26th, 2015

Bastille owners Christophe and Michelle Poteaux  / Photo courtesy of Bastille

Bastille owners Christophe and Michelle Poteaux / Photo courtesy of Bastille

By Nicole Bayne

D.C. Meat Week this year includes meet-ups at Pork Barrel BBQ (tomorrow at 7 p.m.) and Sweet Fire Donna’s (Thursday at 7 p.m.). [FB]
Mad Fox Brewing Company hosts a five-course Robbie Burns Beer Dinner tonight at 7 p.m. for $75 per person. [tickets]
Bastille reopens today for dinner, 5-10 p.m., at the new location: 606 N. Fayette St. in Alexandria. [FB]
Virginia’s first hops processing facility is coming to Loudoun this year in time for the fall harvest. [Richmond Times]
Researchers from NIH: “the more coffee people drank, the lower their melanoma risk.” [LA Times
Every recipe needed for Super Bowl 2015. [Bon Appetit]
*This post has been updated, as Bastille will not open for lunch today.

18 New and Almost Open Restaurants, Breweries and Coffee Shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

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Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open and soon-to open.

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Duchess M

Posted by Editorial / Monday, January 19th, 2015

 Duchess M in Old Town Alexandria

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Located right in the hustle and bustle of Old Town Alexandria, Duchess M is a perfect new addition to one of Northern Virginia’s ultimate shopping spots.

Duchess M in Old Town Alexandria

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Atmosphere: This business is a family affair. Owner Susie Pollard Freimanis and her mother Mary Pollard, for whom the shop was named, work side by side. You can even occasionally find her two daughters running around the store, which is no surprise considering the boutique’s bright and feminine aura. A customer would never know that this shopping destination used to once be a beauty salon.

Bread and Butter: For having just opened this past October, Duchess M already has a strong identity. Freimanis describes the store’s strong suit as being able to go from “daytime to evening.” From a strong designer collection of Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk and Ted Baker to 7 for All Mankind denim and a table filled with luxury fur scarves by Linda Richards, customers get the quality they pay for. Anyone can come out of this boutique with a chic look for the winter.

Sweet Surprises: Although Duchess M carries mostly name brand items, Freimanis will make “specific edited buys” of a label. Therefore while it might be a name you recognize, it won’t necessarily be an item you have seen elsewhere—for instance, a shopping mall.

Fiercest Fan: With Duchess M only being a few months old, it does not quite have one concise customer yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fans. “It is a diverse mix [of customers] especially because Old Town is such a traditional environment. We wanted to make sure we had things my friends would like, but my mom would like as well,” Freimanis says.

Blows to Budget: A customer can find warm ponchos and tops for just around $45, mid-range Ella Moss sweaters and blouses in the $100 range. A designer dress might be upwards of $500.
Cate Jensen

Destination: 805 King St., Alexandria; 571-982-3118

(January 2015)

4 Kid’s Fitness Trips to try this Winter

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Wintertime is interesting when it comes to kids, especially coming up with ways to let them blow off some of their energy that won’t have you, in turn, pulling your hair out.

Knowing how treacherous our winters have become, shooing them outside to play may not cut it. Here are some unique classes to check out that will have them using some of their pent-up liveliness in a healthy way. –Lynn Norusis

Urban Evolution Parkour

Photo courtesy of Urban Evolution.

Looking at the way children play, you’d think they were part ninja; the way they run at their top speed, hurdling themselves over and under obstacles. With Urban Evolution’s Parkour for Kids classes, the children get to romp about in an environment that will teach them fundamental skills in a play atmosphere. Classes start with those as young as 4 years old. As the age levels increase more refinement and conditioning is incorporated into the training, with 14-year-old students being able to test and graduate into the adult program.

Urban Evolution
Alexandria & Manassas


Zumba in DC

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Dancing is in a child’s nature. A tune doesn’t even have to be playing, and they will hum it out and move to the beat. At Zumba, instructors take this love of movement and flow fitness into the choreographed routines. Steps are broken out into games and activities, some with the cultural elements from the dances. Not only do the children get to rock out to the music, they are also taught balance, coordination and confidence along with teamwork and leadership skills. Classes across the area are set up for 7- to 11-year olds through Zumba Kids and 4- to 6-year olds through Zumba Kids, Jr.

Multiple NoVA locations


The craze of CrossFit is now reaching children. Programs throughout the area focus on the basic skills of weightlifting and agility on a minimalistic scale—requiring little if any equipment. The focus in CrossFitKids is fun with integration of building basic exercise routines that children can take with them throughout life: strength, stamina, speed, coordination, flexibility, to name a few. Programs are offered for preschoolers—with exercises such as jumping jacks, crab walks and bear crawls—through teens—with exercises such as speed ladders, handstands, squats and more.

Multiple NoVA locations


 Sportrock Climbing Center rock climbing

Photo courtesy of Sportrock Climbing Center.

Rock climbing
Sportrock Climbing Center, with locations in Alexandria and Sterling, have a multitude of options for children who want to scale walls. From open climb times—for those who want to get a taste for climbing—to climbing teams, instructors help children learn the basic techniques for top roping (with the use of a harness and rope) and bouldering (sans harness and rope). Safety is priority and is taught throughout every lesson. And for those wanting to jump right in, Sportrock also offers overnight lock-ins where instructors teach children everything they need to know: harnessing, knotcraft and belaying.

Sportrock Climbing Center
Alexandria & Sterling

(January 2015)

Southern Cafe & Biscuit House: Stomping Ground Comes to Del Ray Next Month

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Bacon and Egg Biscuit, Steak and Kugeli / Photo Courtesy of Stomping Ground

Bacon and Egg Biscuit; Steak and Kugeli / Photo Courtesy of Stomping Ground

By Susannah Black

“You can do Southern food without being gravy-laden,” says Nicole Jones

Jones, the creative force in the kitchen at Stomping Ground, an upcoming, Southern-style restaurant opening in Del Ray next month, wants to debunk the myth that all Southern cooking is mac and cheese and fried chicken. Jones says she plans for ” healthy Southern recipes with Southern ingredients based in Southern tradition.” 

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Warm Up this Winter with Paint-Your-Own Pottery

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 9th, 2015

Pottery painting in Northern Virginia

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By Micaela Williamson

Your house is already too messy from snow days and delayed openings. Bring the kids to one of these great paint-your-own pottery places in Northern Virginia to create one-of-a kind treasured gifts to last a lifetime and get the creative spirits flowing.


Art from the Heart
325 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, 22554

No appointment is needed at this creative little studio. Try your hand at the great paint-your-own pottery selection or glass fusing. There are also “Pottery to Go” kits that allow customers to paint their pieces at home and bring it back to the studio for glazing. Refer to their website to learn about special events, such as a monthly homeschool days, preschool story hours, ladies’ nights and much more.


Clay Cafe Chantilly
13894 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, 20151

Clay Cafe Falls Church
101 North Maple Ave.
Falls Church, 22046

These award-winning pottery studios continuously offer the largest selection of pottery and glass fusion pieces in the metro area. Plus, all materials are non-toxic, lead free and safe for the environment. Besides pottery, young artists can participate in origami, bottle cap magnets, scrapbooking, beading and card making. Always check the website for special events, coupons, and promotions.


Color Me Mine Ashburn
22855 Brambleton Plaza
Ashburn, 20148

Color Me Mine Fairfax
4209 Fairfax Corner Ave.
Fairfax, 22030

So much at the Color Me Mine locations is geared towards families. There are frequent kids’ nights out and pajama paints on the calendar. All the paint used is non-toxic and safe for kids. Both studios are in great locations (Brambleton and Fairfax Corner) near lots of shops and restaurants.


Jimmy Potters
6504 Williamsburg Blvd.
Arlington, 22213

The motto at Jimmy Potters Studio is “there are no mistakes in pottery,” and they strive to create a fun, artistic space for people of all ages.  Jimmy Potters offers open studio time for clay work and paint-your-own ceramics, as well as parties, workshops, and special events. Their special handprint pieces make the perfect keepsake, and a staff member will even come to your home, upon request, to capture your little one’s handprint.


Kiln & Co.
132 Church St., NW
Vienna, 22180

Artists of all ages are invited to work with pottery, sculpture, painting and other mediums at this new whimsical studio in downtown Vienna. Special classes and workshops are offered like Mommy & Me (ages 12 & under), Cupcake Sundays, Daddy-Daughter Date Night and Come Play Footies Fridays.

Paint This
1013 King Street
Alexandria, 22314

Situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Paint This is a great outing. Families can select to paint pottery products such as dinnerware, ceramic pieces, and picture frames, or have a go at mosaics or glass fusion. Please check the website or call ahead for special events and promotions.


Paint Your Own Pottery
10417 Main Street
Fairfax, 22030

With a selection of over 600 pieces, everyone is bound to find something they want to paint. All their glazes are lead free and non-toxic. Studio hours, coupons, and updates are constantly updated on the website.


Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.

McDonnell to be Sentenced Tuesday; Jury Selection Begins in Boston Bombing Trial

By Michael Balderston

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell to be sentenced Tuesday on public corruption conviction

Jury selection begins for Boston bombing trial

Dogs rescued from South Korea meat farm coming to Alexandria

Chance of first snowfall of 2015 on Tuesday

Former Washington Redskin Fred Smoot’s domestic abuse trial set to begin

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