Letter from the Publisher

2014NovDecWhat’s Up?  Look up. What a changing skyline we have in store for us.  Tysons Tower, the 552,000 square foot office building,  the 19 story Ovation at Park Crest, the 26 story Ascent and more are popping up around us. And with them, so many new restaurants, retailers, and service providers-it’s hard to keep up. We keep trying, tough to get it all in.

Meet Renee Sklarew, one of our favorite food writers who recently reviewed two new restaurants in our market, Gypsy Soul  and True Food Kitchens, both in Mosaic. Thanks, Renee.

Rick Mundy found a celebrity living in the Rotunda. Well known and accomplished opera star Carol Cramer  is still singing and teaching a new generation of opera singers.

Judy says “Whole is the new Nutrient” and Cindy shows us how to keep our cardio “fresh.”

Allison writes about the wonderful Parma Spa in Vienna, and Keith shares the story of Ken and Maral Achikian of Achikian Jewelers on Church Street in Vienna. Rick Mundy give us a look at the non-profit “Our Daily Bread” and their work in Fairfax County to help those who struggle to make ends meet.

Bubbly from Virginia?  Linda knows and tells.  Thanks, Linda.  Recently, Jim Wordsworth was honored by  the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce.  His Community Impact Award is spot on and we congratulate him and Karen.

Tis’ the season—and we have some ideas to make the most of it.  Check some recipes from our area’s celebrated chefs, find glorious ethnic foods, last minute catering solutions, and events you won’t want to miss.  This issue is filled with ideas to help make the holiday more magical, and you don’t have to leave Tysons!  Included are some ideas for gift giving from a small selection of small shops, last minute gift cards and restaurant  gift certificates, and Holiday “Happenings.”  We included a section on special holiday events for your consideration.

Once again, we hope you will consider doing some of your shopping in our smaller, independent retailers who need every dollar of your support these days.

We extend a special thanks to our advertisers, new and old, and our readers who are the reason we come to work each day with a renewed sense of purpose.  We will keep trying harder to bring you the “Best of Tysons.”

All of here at Calamity Media extend our warmest wishes for a safe, glorious holiday and a happy and healthy New Year.  Stay safe.


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