Letter from the Publisher

2016-01_JanFebHappy New Year and welcome to 2016—another year of building the “Next Great American City!” The changes are everywhere, and we are in awe of the hard work and dedication of so many involved. Lucky us!

In this issue, Bonnie Stephens looks at the extraordinary private schools dedicated to superior learning across all grades. She shares education opportunities that set new standards of learning for decades to come. Thanks Bonnie.

I love breakfast. Especially when I get eggs just the way I like them. We asked Lisa Shapiro to show us where we can fuel up for the day. Plus, Judy Caplan shares her thoughts on “What’s Healthy Now.”

Looking for some romantic getaways to cure that cabin fever?  We’ve got some suggestions that are very close to home. And speaking of romance, Lisa knows of some warm and romantic dining spots where you can celebrate in the heart of Tysons. Allison spent some time at The Salamander Resort and Spa—what a wonderful place! Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14th. (Don’t forget!)

In my earlier days, my parents were diplomats. I lived many years in the Middle East where Hookah bars were a cultural staple. Now, they’re popping up all over our area, so we asked Charles Donnavan to take a look into the trend. Thanks Charles.

We can’t get enough of Nia’s work!  Keith Loria interviews the hometown artist and shares her thoughts. Linda Barrett teaches us how to pair wine with cigars, and Renee Sklarew visits two new restaurants in the area: Iron Chef House in Mosaic District and Crust Pizza in Vienna. Our Talk of Tysons section includes a few new dining adventures that have recently opened.

We get a lot of compliments about our magazine and the stunning design work of our Art Director, MJ. But in reality, we couldn’t do what we do without Stephenson Printing. George Stephenson has been in the printing business all his life, and at a time when very few industry mavericks are still around. But George won’t quit! (We won’t let him.) His hard work and friendship with our magazine has been monumental to our success. Read his story by Rick Mundy. Thanks George!

Also in this issue: keeping your pet parasite-free; advice by love coach Amy Schoen; Sun Design’s Kitchen makeover; The Memory Café; fun with Jan King; Around Town; updates on Tysons; and so much more.

As we begin our eighth year, we want to thank our advertisers, writers, contributors, and especially YOU—our wonderful readers! We are so fortunate to have the support of so many in this wonderful community.

I know I speak for everyone here at VivaTysons when I wish you and yours health, wealth, peace and joy in the coming year.


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