Posts Tagged ‘Arlington’

Q&A: Doku Fashion’s Akila Hunte on Bringing Global Style to NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 19th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

Do you have that friend that travels the world and has amassed an amazing and unique wardrobe because of it? Thanks to the founders of online retailer DOKU, that dream of a specially curated global closet can become a reality. We got the scoop from the Arlington-based co-founder Akila Hunte on why this new website is a win for the NoVA fashion scene and when you can expect a pop-up store in our area.

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Q: What prompted you to start this online boutique in Arlington?

I went to undergrad in D.C. along with our co-founder. After college, we moved to Arlington and really loved the area! We started traveling together and discovered so many amazing designers. However, once we returned to the states, it was really hard to place orders with the designers as a customer. Either the shipping rates were outrageous or the designers didn’t have a secure way to purchase their items. This is was the birth of DOKU.

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Q: How do you decide what designers to carry?

Our mission is to give emerging, indie designers a platform to retail their clothing outside of their local markets. During our recruitment efforts, we want to see that prospective designers have participated in major shows in their local market (i.e, Ghana Fashion & Design Week, Altaroma Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, etc) and are contributing something fresh and new to fashion.  We also look at their aesthetic to determine if it would be a good fit for the various types of women that we target. Since our customers’ style runs the gamut, we make sure that every designer we bring on board will fit one of the various style persona(s). Additionally, we request samples from each designer prior to stocking their items to ensure that the finish and quality craftsmanship is present.

Q:Why do you think this site will interest the Northern Virginia shopper? 

Women in Northern Virginia are some of the most well-educated, well- travelled women in the country. As a result of their exposure to various cultural influences, a desire for access to a global closet has emerged. Who doesn’t want to be able to easily purchase a designer dress online that they saw while on traveling on business in Accra?

Q: When do you expect to host a pop-up in the area?
We will be partnering with some local bloggers to host an event in Early Spring 2015.


photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Obama Lifts Cuban Trade Embargo; Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release

By Michael Balderston

Obama lifts trade embargo with Cuba following release of Alan Gross.
(Washington Post)

Arlington’s Artishphere is set to close in June after consistently failing to break even.
(Washington Post)

Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’ after threats from cyberhackers.

Fairfax competes against Prince George’s county for new FBI headquarters.

D.C. Council approves new D.C. United stadium.

Taliban storm high school in Pakistan; Metro service restored

By Carten Cordell

Taliban storm an elite army high school in Pakistan, at least 126 dead
(The Washington Post)

Metro service restored on Orange, Blue and Silver lines after water main break
(The Washington Post)

SunCoke Energy idles some Va. mining operations

Virginia Officials Consider Widening I-66 Through Arlington

Covet Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 15th, 2014

 Covet Boutique in Arlington

Photo by Erick Gibson.

Destination: Located in Arlington just down Wilson Boulevard, Covet is a one-stop shop for the gifts you love to give and get.

 Covet Boutique in Arlington

Photo by Erick Gibson.

Atmosphere: Tucked away in a quaint old house that was once an insurance agency, this adorable boutique is a store where the exterior does not prepare you for the pleasantries you will find within. With a light and whimsical air, Covet makes you feel right at home as though you just walked into your best friend’s beautifully decorated house with delicate and thoughtful décor.

Bread and Butter: With about 80 percent of the store being sourced through Etsy’s wholesale website, a customer is sure to find a unique gift. Items range from local finds such as Sydney Hale Co.’s candles and home fragrances from Purcellville to San Diego resident JaxKelly’s gemstone-inspired earrings. A customer will be sure to find the right kind of hand-crafted gift.

Sweet Surprises: Owner, Autumn Clayton, is the sweetest surprise in all of Covet’s vast collection of goods. Her willingness to help customers, attentiveness and determination to get to know the person behind the product she is selling is as rare as the items carried in-store.

Fiercest Fan: A little bit of something for everybody. As Clayton explains, “I don’t think I have any one ideal customer. Whether it is a husband coming in to look for something for his wife, or a woman looking for the perfect thing for her friend’s 40th birthday or her teenage niece; I want to help find something different that will appeal to them.”

Blows to the Budget: Items range from $40-$85, from quirky cards or charming knickknacks to stunning jewelry. If you are really looking to spend, pop art paintings are offered by various artists, such as Sabrina Cobada, for $900-$1200. –Cate Jensen

Destination:  Covet
5140 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

(December 2014)

A Food-Inspired Gift Guide

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

NoVA shopkeepers reveal the hot items of the season. —Nicole Bayne & Susannah Black

Northern Virginia Magazine Foodie Gift Guide 2014

Photo by Mollie Tobias.


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‘Diner’ Returns to Its Roots for World Premiere

Signature Theatre will host the world premiere musical adaptation of Barry Levinson’s 1982 film.

Sheryl Crow Diner musical

“Diner the Musical” features Music from Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow. Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre

Who says you can’t come home? After a bumpy road, the musical adaptation of Barry Levinson’s 1982 film “Diner” is doing just that with its world premiere at Arlington’s Signature Theatre. With music from Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow, book by Levinson and choreography and direction from Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall, Signature has landed a juggernaut to help celebrate their 25th anniversary season.

In development since 2011, the “Diner” world premiere was delayed in San Francisco in the fall of 2012, and then again on Broadway in April 2013. Original producer Scott Zeiger left the production and was replaced by Scott Landis, who, with the rest of the creative team, decided that a regional theater near the Baltimore area, where the film is set, would be the perfect locale to get “Diner” going.

“A call came asking if we would have any interest in premiering ‘Diner,’” says Signature’s Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. “The writers knew our track record of producing new work and it was the perfect fit.”

Kathleen Marshall Diner Musical

Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall choreographs and directs “Diner the Musical”. Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre.

One of Signature’s calling cards over its 25 years has been their development of new projects. The theatre has had 38 world premieres since its conception, including a musical adaptation of Iris Rainer Dart’s novel “Beaches,” which wound up being the theatre’s highest selling world premiere. But Signature is extremely excited about “Diner” in large part due to the talent involved.

“It’s not too often an artist who has sold 60 million copies comes to Signature,” says Signature’s Managing Director Maggie Boland about Crow. Boland had to make some last minute shifts, however, to make sure they could lock up the premiere.

“It happened at just the right moment as we were finalizing the season, schedule and budget,” says Boland.

“Diner” was able to slide into a space previously occupied by a revival of “The Fix,” a musical by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe. According to Boland, the shows were close enough in budget that the switch wouldn’t cause any problems. “The Fix” has been pushed to the 2015-2016 season.

Above all, Signature is confident in the show. Set in 1950s Baltimore during Christmas, “Diner” follows a group of friends who reunite for an upcoming wedding. Together they face the realities of adulthood—marriage, money and the mysteries of the opposite sex—at the place they will always belong, the diner.

“For folks who love the movie ‘Diner,’ the musical is going to be exactly what they’re looking for,” says Boland. —Michael Balderston

“Diner” premieres December 9 and runs through January 25, 2015;

(December 2014)

Hungry for Linkage: Cocktail Week + Mayo Wars + Soup for Thanksgiving

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 17th, 2014

Tim UR/

Tim UR/

DC Cocktail Week starts today with specials at over 55 restaurants, including Epic Smokehouse, Mazagan Restaurant & LoungeStone’s Cove KitBarTRIO and many more in NoVA. [RAMW]

Arlington‘s Eventide is now closed. [ARLnow]

The mayo wars. [Mother Jones]

Virginia beer survey: “More than 79 percent of respondents … said they had visited a brewery because they were going to a winery or were on a wine trail.” [Loudoun Times Mirror]

In praise of soup on Thanksgiving. [WaPo]

Ebola-stricken doc dies in Nebraska; Feds suprise NFL with inspection

By Carten Cordell

Martin Salia, Ebola-stricken surgeon, dies in Nebraska hospital
(The Washington Post)

Federal drug agents launch surprise inspections of NFL teams
(The Washington Post)

Arlington Neighborhood tries to Save 200-Year-Old Tree

Draft report: Ride-sharing to top taxis in Va.

Antares Rocket Explosion Hasn’t Stopped Its Manufacturer From Getting NASA Contracts

7 Nutcracker Ballets in Northern Virginia for 2014

Nucracker ballet in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Teri Virbickis/

By Micaela Williamson

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and these local professional performances of The Nutcracker leave audiences enchanted without requiring a trip into the city.


Institute for Performing Arts, Nutcracker in a Shell All Jazzed Up

Nov. 22-23
Heritage High School

The Creative Dance Center introduces younger audiences to the tradition of The Nutcracker through a jazzy version performed by “children for children.”


Gainesville Ballet

Nov. 28
Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Gainesville Ballet brings together professional dancers with local student performers in two full-length ballet performances of The Nutcracker on Friday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.   The perfect way to start the holiday season!


Northern Virginia Youth Ballet

Nov. 29
Hylton Performing Arts Center

This intricate, full-length production of The Nutcracker features stars from The American Ballet Theatre as well as talented dances from the Northern Virginia Youth Ballet.


Fairfax Ballet

Nov. 29-30
W.T. Woodson High School

Since 1991, The Fairfax Ballet has been dazzling local families with their beautiful production of The Nutcracker. This year’s performance features Company dancers, students from the Russell School of Ballet and professional guest artists.


Ballet NoVA Center Dance Company

Dec. 4-7
Thomas Jefferson Community Theater

This professional performance includes children and professional dancers, stunning customs, and gorgeous scenery. For the little ones, Ballet NoVA is offering a special “petite preschool performance” on Dec. 12 and 13. This performance at the Falls Church center includes 45 minutes of Nutcracker highlights.


Loudoun Ballet Company

Dec. 19-21
Freedom High School
South Riding

A Loudoun county family tradition, the Loudoun Ballet School is pleased to present its 25th anniversary of The Nutcracker. The performance combines the talents of local and professional dancers. This year on Saturday, Dec. 13, the ballet is offering a special Nutcracker Tea Party, complete with tea sandwiches, scones, beverages and Nutcracker characters, at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg. Prepaid reservations are required here.


Virginia Ballet

Dec. 27-29
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale Campus

Enjoy the Northern Virginia region’s longest running classical production of The Nutcracker featuring over a hundred students in a colorful selection of costumes. The performance is scheduled after Christmas, allowing families to enjoy the show without the craziness of the holiday rush.

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.




Spacecraft Lands on Comet; U.S. and China Reach Climate Agreement

By Michael Balderston

European spacecraft lands on speeding comet.

U.S. and China make historical climate agreement.

Metro unveiling new faregates that will allow for riders to pay with smartphones.

Arlington property tax projected to rise in 2015.
(Washington Post)

Virginia Department of Transportation installing new technology to make I-66 more predictable.

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