Posted by Editorial / Friday, March 7th, 2014
By Stefanie Gans
When I pitched the dessert issue to my editor and publisher I didn’t imagine a night where I would skip dinner and instead eat three different desserts at three different restaurants in two different towns. My publisher joked he wanted to weigh me before and after I finished working on this sugar-bomb cover story. I laughed at the time. But then I woke up after my dessert binge and still felt sick. The life of a food writer isn’t as glamorous as it sounds.
What I ended up finding across Northern Virginia—a fried cupcake in Fairfax, a perfect chocolate mousse in Woodbridge, a pile of pretzels and popcorn with melted dark chocolate ganache (called The Junk) in Mosaic District‘s Angelika Film Center & Cafe—made up for my prolonged upset stomach. A pastry chef is an endangered species in the slim-profit restaurant world, but even in places where a chef pulls savory and sweet duty, there’s a lot to be grateful for on the chocolate side of the menu. Even at the movie theater.
By Janeé Williams
Getting your dog groomed can be a uneasy process for you and your pet. Your dog can become uncomfortable when a stranger tries to come near it’s body or face with a razor, stopping the grooming process all together. It is important as a pet owner that you know what you can do to make sure your dog has the best grooming experience possible. Megan Craig, a certified groomer at Affectionate Pet Care, offers her best tips for great grooming experience.
NVM: How can you prepare your dog for the grooming process?
MC: “One way to prepare your dog for grooming is to familiarize them with some of the sensations they might experience during grooming. Something as simple as regularly touching your dog’s feet, face, and ears can go a long way. Another way is to exercise your dog by taking it for a walk or run, or by visiting a dog park or doggy daycare. This will help the dog be more relaxed and calm for grooming, making it a much more enjoyable process for the dog.”
NVM: What will my dogs first grooming experience be like?
MC: “Your dog’s first groom will probably just include a bath, nail trim, and a small amount of hair trimming, as well as some time getting used to the dryer. Depending on the comfort level of your dog, there may be no trimming involved, and the groomer may instead choose to hold the hair clippers next to the dog while the clippers are on, helping the dog get use to the sound of vibrations. The groomer may also try to do a small amount of trimming around the eyes and face of the dog in order to get the dog accustomed to having scissors around the face.”
NVM: What’s another way to help produce a stress-free environment for your dog?
MC: “Reduce the amount of matting that your dog has. To prevent matting, it is important that you brush both the top layer of your dog’s coat, as well as the hair closer to the skin. Keep in mind that certain dogs’ coats tend to develop mats more quickly than other dogs. Dogs such as Huskies and Shepherds, or any breed of dog that has a double coat, can have a lot of undercoat to brush out. To be sure that there is no matting developing, you can also run a comb through the dog’s hair. If you are unsure of which brushes and combs you should use, your groomer can give you suggestions on which would be best suited for your dog’s particular coat.”
NVM: How often should you get your dog groomed?
MC: “Most groomers suggest you have your dog groomed every 6-12 weeks, depending on your dog’s type of coat and your desired coat length. “
With these suggestions, you can ensure your dog will have the best grooming experience possible. Visit your local groomer and find out what is the best grooming experience for your dog.
Affectionate Pet Care
3851 Pickett Road
Fairfax, 22031 (703) 250-5233
By Katie Bowles
VRE trains in Manassas canceled after person was struck and killed
Jury duty phone scam affecting Arlington residents
Winter weather advisory in effect until noon
Woman accused of murder in Sterling will undergo another mental evaluation
Verdict reached in Fairfax road rage killing
By Anjelica Michael
In October 2013, Hayes Organization Solutions was born out of 21-year-old Brandon Hayes‘ Fairfax apartment. “I’ve always been an organized person” said Hayes. “When I started working with friends and family and organizing their homes, a friend recommended I start my own business.”
As part of a generation of budding entrepreneurs, Hayes took the next step and put his dream into motion.
A Michigan native and George Mason University student, Hayes saw there was a market for home organization and decided to pursue it, forming his own before even graduating. We talked to Hayes to learn more about his business, and what makes it different from the competition.
“We can do anything from just going into your closet and color-coordinating your clothes, to a whole closet redo,” Hayes said. “It’s all about functionality and easy access. Each time we go into a home it is different, because it is specific to what a customer wants. Catering to the individual is what its about.” Hayes said that he wants his team to get to know a client before any work is done to evaluate works best for them and their every-day lifestyle.
When asked if he feels like his age plays a role in his business, Hayes laughed and said, “Of course people take it into consideration. But I notice all the ever-changing trends in homes. I notice what works and what doesn’t.”
But despite starting a business when many of his contemporaries are worried about graduation, Hayes is confident in his abilities.
“I’m serious about what I do, and I am in someone’s home to do a good job. Not everyone starts a business at 40.”
Keeping on trend and up to date with new tools are important, but Hayes says it goes beyond that. He always tells clients with kitchen organization projects to go grocery shopping beforehand, so he can see the products they use on a regular basis and work that into the organizational design of the space.
“I like to incorporate style into the space,” he said. “If I go into a space and organize it without knowing the person, sure, it will look nice and trendy, but it won’t work. It needs to be personalized to their daily routine.”
So why start the business in NoVA and not his native Michigan? “There are a lot of homes and businesses and everyone is on the go.” Hayes pointed out that people in Northern Virginia want the perfect home, and with perfection comes organization.
Even if you are on a budget, Hayes said there are solutions that are wallet-safe, ” You can find a lot of things at Target or on Amazon that are nice and inexpensive.”
In the end, Hayes just wants people to be happy in their homes with spaces that they are comfortable in. “I’m looking to create a perfect plan that fits their needs.”
For more about Hayes Organization Solutions, visit its website at www.hayesorganizationsolution.squarespace.com.
By Anjelica Michael
Brandon Hayes of Hayes Organization Solutions in Fairfax gives us his best tips to help organization situations in your home.
1. With children, keep things at their level within their space
“If you put things at your level and not theirs, they’ll never use it,” Hayes said. Make everything at easy reach for your children, then they can help with clean up as well.
2. Use a shoe organizer in your pantry
“These are good for planning out weekly lunches and putting snacks aside for kids when they come home.” This could save time and possibly prevent a mess.
“Hangers can change your life,” Hayes said. Different types of hangers can save space and make things more accessible. This is also important to save your clothes. Hayes recommends phasing out plastic hangers that can damage your clothing and cause stretching.
Don’t buy something help with organization because it seems functional. You need to know that you will utilize it daily. “It’s easy to go to The Container Store and freak out, but this can waste a lot of time and money.” Know ahead of time what you need and visualize it in your space. If you see it collecting dust, it isn’t a smart purchase.
To learn more about Brandon Hayes and his home organizing business, visit www.hayesorganizationsolution.squarespace.com/
By Janeé Williams
Man arrested after fatal stabbing in Fairfax
Russian figure skater falls during routine
University of Maryland hacked: 309,079 social security numbers stolen
Posted by Editorial / Thursday, February 20th, 2014
By Taylor Ness
Calling all beauty junkies and spa lovers! The D.C.-based luxury beauty retailer and spa Bluemercury is coming to Fairfax Corner. The grand opening on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. will feature champagne, cupcakes by Cupcakes Actually, giveaways, makeovers and facials. The event is open to the public, but don’t forget to RSVP (the first 100 attendees will receive deluxe sample bags, so don’t be late). Luxury brands like Laura Mercier, NARS and Kiehl’s are handled by expert staff, guaranteeing customers unparalleled product knowledge. By the end of this year Bluemercury will celebrate it’s 15th birthday and 60 locations across 19 states.
Posted by Editorial / Thursday, February 13th, 2014
By: Stefanie Gans
Mike Cordero likes to keep things fresh, which is apparent when you look at today’s debut of A-Town‘s new menu, or for the new restaurant offerings he has planned in Arlington.
The owner of Primetime Sports Bar and Grill in Fairfax, Bronx Pizza in Arlington and Flat Iron Steak & Saloon in Alexandria, Cordero plans to turn A-Town into a dining destination with what he calls “American fusion comfort food.” That means a mash-up of global cuisines, making A-town “not just about getting a beer,” says Cordero.
His new dishes include chicken fried bacon served with sausage country gravy, which he dubs, “kind of a heart attack on a plate” and Asian dumplings with the Cajun flavors of andouille sausage with Creole seasoning. The menu also includes flatbreads, burgers (with a pretzel bun option) and a raw bar.
But this menu change is the least of Cordero’s news. The 54-year-old, who’s owned more than 50 restaurants since the late 1970s, is planning another four.
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By Anjelica Michael
Have you recently moved or gotten a new job in the area and are worried about your pet adjusting? If your pet is getting lonely at home in a new environment, PetSmart’s Doggie Day Camp is a place for you to bring your dog to play, eat pet-friendly ice cream and bond with other dogs while you are at work. Dogs need friends just as much as their human counterparts, so this may be a place to set up future pet play dates. This service is available at the Vienna, Springfield, Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax and Alexandria locations.