Letter from the Publisher

Happy Holidays!  As the festive season approaches in America’s Next Great City, we are all holding our breath in hopes of robust sales for our merchants and service providers and few traffic problems as shoppers rush home with their treasures.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Our friend, neighbor and best selling author, David Baldacci is releasing his new blockbuster, Long Road to Mercy in November.  We thought this would be the perfect time to send our writer Kathleen McDonough to talk books and new characters with the author.

Great interview by Kathleen, and a highly anticipated bestseller—available just in time for gift giving! Thank you Kathleen.

MJ Cincotta and our editorial staff have put together some great holiday events, gift ideas, and party planning options for your consideration this season. Michael Evans of Helga’s Caterers asks What’s Your Party Style? and shares some great ideas. Thanks Michael!

Linda Barrett brings us A Taste of Cider and some selections for our seasonal consideration and enjoyment. Cider’s back!

What’s new in kitchen and bath design? We sent Analiese Kreutzer to find out…and we name some of the area’s best contractors.

Interesting story from Amanda Socci on how Fairfax County Schools are Igniting Student Success, and Financial Advisor Dan Lash shares thoughts on Special Needs Planning which should be helpful for families thinking ahead for their children with special needs.

Our Allison Chase Sutherland is back on the hunt for those special getaway spots close by. And she’s found one in Virginia’s Hunt Country. Read about The Black Horse Inn and dream about booking your own ultimate Hunt Country escape.  Thank you Allison.

Not sure why, but suddenly ramen is all the rage. Ramen houses are popping up everywhere and we couldn’t be happier!  Rene Sklarew reviews Jinya Ramen Bar in the Mosaic District and loved it!  Try it—you’ll love it, too!

What’s an Amberg IMS 5000? Amanda Scarangella of the Metro Dulles Corridor Project will tell you in her Tysons Update article on the amazing progress of the Silver Line.  

Every other month is simply not enough to get you all the news you need to know—there’s just too much going on around us. Early in November, and in an effort to keep up with Tysons many changes and opportunities, we’ll be launching TysonsToday.com, a thrice-weekly email to keep our readers informed, engaged and closer as a community. You can subscribe at www.tysonstoday.com. Stories, updates, personalities, restaurant deals, fun, contests and conversations on what’s next in America’s Next Great City.  We would love to have you join us!

As we do every year, we ask that you please consider our local merchants and service providers when making your holiday gift selections this year. Those dollars spent locally go a long way in supporting our local economy and the tax base that provides so many of the important services we receive and rely on. Our local merchants need our support today more than ever—let’s be there for them this year!

And while we’re on the subject, we have added a link on VivaTysons.com should you chose to donate this giving season to the American Red Cross in their efforts to help the many ravaged areas across the country. Every little bit counts.

As we celebrate our 10th year of publishing, please know how much all of us at Viva! appreciate your readership and support. This adventure has been amazing.  Tysons!  How lucky are we?

Finally, from all of us here at Viva!, please accept our warmest wishes for a safe and wonderful holiday season and best wishes for good health and prosperity in for the coming year!

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