Letter from the Publisher

2015_JulyAug_VivaTysons.inddThe summer issue has arrived! And Tysons and its neighboring communities have a wealth of things to do and see that bring relaxation to the mind and, with the sunshine, a little color to the cheeks. Maybe after a little al fresco dining at one of the newest Tysons restaurants, you’ll enjoy a show on the Wolf Trap lawn.  See the listing of new al fresco dining options   on page 114.

Expecting company this summer? Check out our listing of Summer Fun events on page 60, and waterparks for the kids—and if you think you might wear yourself out a bit too much, plan to put your guests up in one of our area’s hotels with special friends and family rates from our Suite Dreams listing on page 112.   

The performing arts this summer aims to please! Creative Cauldron in Falls Church has a plethora of new performances in store and the new Threesixty Theatre on Chain Bridge Road is showing Peter Pan on a new 360-degree CGI Stage.

Looking for a day trip? Allison Sutherland visits the Eastern Shore and the Historic Kent Manor Inn four miles from Annapolis. Or maybe a visit to a winery is on your list of to-do’s this summer. Take a peek at Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery in Delaplane, article by Linda Barrett on page 86.

The folks at QL+ and Food for Others have reason to toot their own horn. Hear more about how these non-profits are helping those in need in our community and consider participating in their efforts. The Food for Others 5K run is in September. Start training now.

Art and Frame in Falls Church is Tom Gittens’ new space and future home for our area’s local artists with 20 studio spaces for rent making Jefferson Street liken to the new Torpedo Factory in our area.

If you’re looking for a specialized service provider, please see our profiles of Tysons area professionals. Read more about the doctors, realtors, tax accountants, and dentists that raise the bar on service.

We might have gone a bit overboard with the Taste of Tysons this issue with our four restaurant reviews, but there are just so many new places to try, we didn’t want you to miss out on: Plaka Grill’s tasty gyros, Levant’s Middle Eastern sleek nouvelle cuisine, Evo Bistro’s Mediterranean-style tapas, and—really though—have you tried Amphora yet?

The promise of the new American city is attracting new small business owners with hopes of following their dreams. Read about Caryl Raport’s new Pilates studio and Sandra Panetta’s food truck to café business, Sweet Bites.

And be sure to check out the Talk of Tysons section for the latest news on upcoming store openings. Tysons, in the summertime has everything under the sun. Cheers…

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