Posts Tagged ‘Fairfax’

William T. Clothiers

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

 William T. Clothiers in Fairfax.

Photos by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Located in Old Town Fairfax on the corner of University Drive and Main Street, William T. Clothiers brings all of the charm and convenience of a custom clothier right to you.

Atmosphere: The layout of the shop provides a warm and relaxed environment. The hardwood floors, leather chairs and classic wooden furniture elevate the high-end clothier experience. From the antique suitcases and photos to the Union Jack dresser, no detail is spared with the décor.

 William T. Clothiers in Fairfax.

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Bread and Butter:  “We bring our customers in and the depth of our experience that Pam [Mauch, designer] and I have in the clothing industry as far as fashion and fit, that’s what really sets us apart,” says owner Todd Baldwin. Whether clients go to the store or Baldwin goes to them, there are fabrics to choose from in every pattern and color as well as ties and pocket squares.

Sweet Surprises: Luxury materials are used in every custom piece designed for men and women. The shop uses fabrics from mills in Italy and England. Accessories such as alligator belts are also an important addition to any look.

Fiercest Fan: Professional men and women who are looking for high-end custom-made clothing in classic designs for any occasion.

Blows to the Budget: Prices range from $75 to $195 for ready-made knits and denim, while custom-made suits can be around $500 for a yard of fabric depending on the type. -Danielle Harvey

Destination:  William T. Clothiers
10389 Main St, Fairfax

(November 2014)

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.




Curry Mantra 2 and Curry Mantra 3 Closing; Asad Sheikh Opening New Indian Restaurant in Arlington

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 27th, 2014

Curry Mantra & Curry Mantra 2

Curry Mantra & Curry Mantra 2

By Stefanie Gans

“My goal is to go big now,” says Asad Sheikh. The owner of the Curry Mantra chain of Indian restaurants is closing Curry Mantra 2 in Falls Church and Curry Mantra 3 in Vienna to open a bigger, more upscale restaurant in Rosslyn.  

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Hit the Malls and Shopping Centers for Trick or Treating in Northern Virginia

Mall Trick or Treating in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Dayna More/

By Micaela Williamson

Market Common Clarendon Fall-o-ween
Oct. 25, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Free fall fun at its best! Jam with great musical entertainment from local favorites, Mr. Knick Knack at 10 a.m. and Rocknocerous at 11:45. Little ones can enjoy three hours of trick-or-treating at retailers, a petting zoo, face painting, photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and treats and tastes from restaurants.


Brambleton Town Center Trick or Treating
Oct. 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Costumed children can enjoy an afternoon of trick or treating at participating Brambleton Town Center retailers.


Fairfax Corner Spooky Tots
Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

On Wednesday morning, the Plaza at Fairfax Corner will be filled with Halloween themed activities such as spooky entertainment by Shazam Magic, trick or treating at participating shops and restaurants, balloon twisting, face painting, games and giveaways. Plus, the first 150 children will receive a special Halloween themed wand. Don’t forget to wear a costume!


Virginia Gateway Spooky Tots
Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m- 12:30 p.m.

Just like their sister site at Fairfax Corner, Spooky Tots at Virginia Gateway will feature a show by Shazam Magic, trick or treating at participating shops and restaurants, balloon twisting, face painting, games and giveaways. Wear a costume and come early since the first 150 children will receive a special Halloween themed wand.


Dulles Town Center Mall-O-Ween
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.

Candy Cauldrons will be placed throughout the center for children under 10. The event will also feature Halloween themed family arts & crafts in the Eatery food court, near the Play Park from 5-6 p.m.


Fair Oaks Mall Mall-O-Ween
Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.

Get on your costumes and head to Fair Oaks mall for a popular Halloween tradition. Now in its 27th year, the Fair Oaks’ Mall-O-Ween features store-to-store trick or treating with witches, wizards and towering ghouls.


Trick or Treat at Manassas Mall
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.

Bring your costumed kids and trick or treat throughout the mall at participating stores.


Potomac Mills Mall-oween
Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Potomac Mills will host one of its most popular events, Mall-o-ween, including mall-wide trick-or-treating on Friday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For added fun, guests will also have their choice of face painting or balloon art. Participating retailers will display a Halloween sticker in their window.

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.




Where to Find Locally Made Syrups without a Pumpkin Spice in Sight

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

House-made syrup at Killer E.S.P.

The ingredients for Killer E.S.P.’s raspberry syrup / Photo courtesy of Rob Shelton

By Nicole Bayne

In today’s craft coffeehouse culture of sourcing single-origin roasts and taking many dedicated minutes to pour one serving of coffee, these delicate flavors extracted with the help from trained baristas don’t require enhancements. But that purity is over once fall hits and pumpkin spice syrup takes over the world. 

If you like to know where your coffee is sourced, where it’s roasted and exactly how, and for how long, the grinds interact with water, but still want a little sugar in your life, these NoVA coffee shops make their own syrups—none of which mimic the scents of a particular seasonal pie—and combine them with bean blends for personalized, but still pure, combinations. 

Housemade Syrups: Vanilla, Raspberry
From: Killer E.S.P. 

Order: Vanilla Latte; or White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha Latte made with Stumptown’s Hair Bender espresso blend and two pumps of syrup

Owner Rob Shelton says Killer E.S.P. is a “pumpkin–free zone” and uses certified organic vanilla beans in the vanilla syrup. A pastry chef makes the raspberry sauce-like syrup. “We’ve all just been trained to go and drink chemically induced potions,” says Shelton. “You can tell the difference immediately between chemicals and real vanilla.” 

Bonus: no-syrup-added Nutella Latte. Made with a teaspoon of Nutella it’s then followed by about 2 inches of hot milk before letting the concoction rest for a minute. Espresso is added after so it won’t sour. The rest of the milk is poured in last. / 1012 King Street, Alexandria 

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Hungry For Linkage: Reagan Airport Expands Dining Options + Souping is the New Juicing+ More Burger Joints in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


Courtesy of Jody Fellows

By Nicole Bayne

Dulce Crepes campaigns on Kickstarter to open in Fairfax. [Eater]

From learning about seasonal ingredients to embracing fats, lessons from cooking on a farm. [Bon Appetite]

Updates on the openings of Social Burger, Citizen Burger Bar and Zinburger. [Burger Days]

Juicing is out, souping is in. [Well and Good]

Mike Isabella will be opening another location of his restaurant, Kapnos Taverna, at Reagan National Airport, along with other local chains, Lebanese Taverna and Cava Mezze Grill. [WBJ]

Virginians like drinking Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. [Leesburg Today]


Farm-to-Table Turns Corporate: True Food Kitchen Opens Today in Mosaic District

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

True Food Kitchen

Photo Courtesy of Fox Restaurant Concepts.

By Susannah Black

The restaurant’s concept is simple: “farm-to-table, organic, local foods,” says Sam Fox, owner of True Food Kitchen. It’s the same ethos which has been driving the modern mom-and-pop shops and now is showing up in corporate America.

The East Coast’s first True Food Kitchen, based on the Mediterranean-leaning anti-inflammatory diet developed by Dr. Andrew Weil, opens today in Merrifield‘s Mosaic District.  

Weil, a renowned doctor, professor and author, collaborates with Fox to create this nutritional menu. With Weil’s assistance, Fox says “all of the food on the menu has been thought out about how it reacts in your body.”  For example, Fox says “a lot of our dishes are gluten-free or dairy-free” and added are “special spices and herbs to reduce inflammation,” as “Andy believes that inflammation is the root of a lot of diseases.” 

Also behind the menu, Michael Obermeier, Fairfax’s True Food Kitchen’s executive chef, relocated to the D.C. area from West Palm Beach after becoming connected with Fox: “Fox found me … I was looking to broaden my horizons and when this opportunity came my way, I kind of jumped on it.” Obermeier reiterates Dr. Weil’s and Fox’s dedication to a menu with nutritionally high standards. “Everything that we do is supposed to be natural … introduce nothing but good products.”

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UVA student from Fairfax missing; D.C. drivers among the ‘rudest’

By Carten Cordell

UVA student from Fairfax missing in Charlottesville
(The Washington Post)

Survey: District drivers among the ‘rudest’

Virginia lawmakers, Gov. McAuliffe agree on state budget cuts

Severance Faces Court Hearing In Alexandria 

New Stormwater Regulations Could Delay Silver Line Phase 2

Take 5 Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 15th, 2014

Take 5 Boutique.

Photos by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Centered in the urban chic Mosaic District in Fairfax, Take 5 surrounds itself by modern designs, candor beauty and essential shops. The husband-and-wife-owned boutique is a refreshing addition to the growing district that is a need-to-know shopping center.

Take 5 Boutique

Photos by Mollie Tobias.

Atmosphere: The store mimics the style of a SoHo gallery with pale walls, a glossy wooden floor and abstract art hanging from the walls. Racks of clothes are neatly organized around the perimeter, leaving room for easy browsing and a hard-to-miss fuchsia ottoman that is the centerpiece of the store. Walking into Take 5 you leave NoVA behind, and enter a world with complimentary espresso, high fashion and art.

Bread and Butter: The clothes at Take 5 are chic, handcrafted pieces that come straight from the runways. “We all have one or two hundred items in our wardrobe, but there’s only one or two pieces that we are absolutely obsessed with. Everything you see at Take 5 are those one or two pieces,” says co-owner Mahir Iskander. The store is filled with unique pieces including blouses, skirts, dresses and accessories created by European designers.

Sweet Surprises: Co-owner Sakina Iskander has designed a unique clothing line dedicated for women who have undergone a double mastectomy; the clothes are designed to fit better in the chest, creating a flattering piece that is elegant and feminine. The line is inspired by Iskander’s grandmother who passed away from breast cancer. It is due to come out Spring 2015.

Fiercest Fan: Ladies who embody a delicate balance of cosmopolitan, European and Washingtonian style, and are looking to make a statement with their clothes.

Blows to the Budget: Prices in the store run from $100-$5,000, ranging from small accessories to by-appointment gowns. -Helen Ray

Destination:  Take 5 Boutique, 2910 District Ave., Suite 155, Fairfax

(September 2014)

British royal couple expecting second child; New MSNBC show taping at Fairfax jail

By Carten Cordell

British royal couple expecting second child

New MSNBC show begins taping at Fairfax jail
(The Washington Post)

Fairfax teacher pushes for childhood cancer license plate

Fairfax County police chief lifts ban on U.S. flag patches
(The Washington Post)

Politicians: Ethics Reform Will Be Revisited In Virginia

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