From Our Publisher
As we approach the Holiday Season, despite the
convenience on-line shopping, we would like to offer
a suggestion. Why not turn to our community of
merchants and service providers and give them the
support they wait for all year long. At a time when so many
Washingtonians are out of work, (many of them furloughed as
I write this) why not vote with our dollars and get “real social.”
Our community of merchants and services can give you a million
reasons to stay off line this holiday season; Personal service,
a smile and a thank you, and a real person to lend some
advice and handle any problems.
I come back to the 3/50 Project which suggests that if only half
the population spent just $50/month at three local enterprises
it would generate $42.6 billion in revenue. For every $100.00
spent with our local merchants, $68.00 is returned to our community
in taxes, payroll and other expenditures- buy online
and we get nothing. On-line shopping is convenient, and everyone
loves a deal. But we need these local merchants to keep
our communities vibrant, support our little leagues, schools
and employ our kids. Please try. Thanks.
Eleanor Herman is a hoot. A published author of multiple titles
including “Sex with Kings,” “Courting Troubles” is about early
courthouse dealings in Fairfax that had the whole library in
At the Oakton Wine Shop we saw the work of Joey Havlock and
sent Keith to bring us the story…and the pictures. You can find
a nice selection of Joey’s art there, as well as a great selection
Keith also gave us a peek into the hot new group and sounds
of Passion Pit, Michael Nesmith (formally of the Monkees) and
Jonathan Edwards. Thanks Keith.
Barbara Januszkie paints with colors that are easy on the eye
and wonderful for the soul. VinoVolo has opened in The Galleria,
Neisha Thai has new digs, and we love the flavors of
Patrick and Julie Bazin’s Alegria on Church Street in the heart
Linda Barrett gives us some help “Toasting the Holidays” and
we have a gift guide with some ideas for gift giving this season.
Whole Foods in Vienna will begin selling our publication in its
Vienna Store through our new “Change for a Dollar” program.
It’s a partnership both Tracy Zambito and I enjoy-giving back
to the community. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the
publication will go to local charities. Thank you Tracy. And
thank you for your support.
We want to welcome and thank our new Art Director and Production
Manager Emily Baird. She has poured her heart into
bringing us a new look to enhance your reading experience.
And a million thanks to our new advertisers. We could not publish
the “enjoyable read” without their advertising and support.
We hope you will keep them in mind when selecting products
and services this holiday season.
And finally, from all of us, best wishes for a safe, Happy Holiday
Season. We truly appreciate your support and friendship. Your
commitment to our community never ceases to amaze me. See
you in 2014.