Letter from the Publisher

2015JanFebHappy New Year and welcome to the new “downtown” of the Washington Metropolitan Area.  And when we say new, we mean new.  New shopping and dining districts like the Mosaic, the smorgasbord of  new restaurants and entertainment venues here or arriving soon, new options for health and beauty,  new and interesting places to visit and people to meet.  Right here, in Tysons!

And with the addition to the Silver Line, our area’s merchants and service providers have a whole new clientele available to them just a few short steps away.

Have you spent any time this year at the Plaza at Tysons Corner Mall?  Ice Skate?  Had some chocolates at the German Market Place this holiday?  Strolled along Strawberry Lane in the Mosaic District?  This is not your father’s Tysons Corner.

Our writers and contributors had you  in mind and heart for this issue.  Mary Jeanne Cincotta has some ideas on romance for Valentine’s Day, Rick Mundy spent some time at the new Cypress Fitness and The Sylvestry in McLean,  and Linda Barrett teaches us how to create our own wine tasting notes.

Say “Cheese” and smile with Keith Loria as he takes us through some thoughts on cheese.  And talk of smiles, Renee Sklarew  explores the world of “Kid Friendly Restaurants”  for those of us whose dining options are decided by our kids. We know you’ll chuckle at Jan King’s thoughts on giving up smoking.

Renee also reviewed Sea Pearl in Falls Church and Shamshiry in Vienna-giving us two more exciting reasons to celebrate our town!

Our friend and valued contributor,  Marcia McAllister of The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project  has been an integral part of our mission to bring our readership the updates of our new city.  Marcia has been battling some illness and we hope to have her back on our pages soon.  We send our prayers for a full  speedy recovery.  Marcia, we miss you.

I would like to take a moment to thank our advertisers and supporters for our success in 2014.  We feel very fortunate to know and be working with so many wonderful people—how lucky are we?  I would also like to thank and congratulate our artists and writers for the successful launch of Le Nouveau Moi, our new purse companion beauty publication.  Our publisher, Mary Jeanne Cincotta, has raised the bar for us once again and we are grateful for her talents…we will do our best to do her proud.

And a big “Thank You” to our readers who keep us on the kitchen table and support so many of our local merchants and service providers.  You rock!

Have a healthy and Happy New Year.  Cheers!

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