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Downtown Silver Spring Shopping Guide

December 12, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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There’s no better place to do your holiday shopping than the vibrant retail district at Downtown Silver Spring. From fashionable to athletic to gourmet, the shops at Downtown Silver Spring offer something for everyone on your list. Stop by this Saturday, December 13th and enjoy holiday music from 2 PM – 4 PM on the plaza and snap a unique holiday photo in front of the 35′-holiday tree. Downtown Silver Spring is just steps from EYA’s new townhomes in Silver Spring at Chelsea Heights.

Take a Stroll Through Alexandria’s Holiday Market

December 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo by @Cliff1066 Flickr.Photo by @Cliff1066 Flickr.

This holiday season, venture off King Street to nearby Carlyle District for Alexandria’s acclaimed Holiday Market. Located just three blocks from King Street Metro station in John Carlyle Square, the event is a lively European-inspired Holiday Market, complete with arts, crafts, gifts, European fare, sweet treats, specialty beverages, Santa appearances, kids’ activities and live entertainment.

The Holiday Market is open weekends from 11 AM – 8 PM, with additional open hours posted on their website.  This weekend delight your senses with sounds from Seth Kibel, one of the region’s most admired woodwind specialists, Saturday from Noon – 2 PM.

From EYA’s Old Town Commons Townhomes in Alexandria and EYA’s Oronoco Waterfront Condominium residences in Alexandria, stroll down to King Street and hop on the free trolley. It runs every 15 minutes and travels from the waterfront to King Street Metro station.

Happy holidays!

Get Merry at Mosaic District

December 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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The holidays are upon us and Mosaic District is spreading the holiday cheer with an array of fun events! From photos with Santa to horse and carriage rides, Merry Mosaic features something for everyone this holiday season.

Photos with Santa: Now through Christmas Eve, Santa will be making daily appearances at Target to take photos with the kids. Stop by the first floor lobby for a special family photo.

Horse and Carriage Rides: Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Mosaic District from December 12th – 20th. Rides will begin in the park behind Dolcezza on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 PM – 9 PM.

Gift Wrapping: Get your gifts beautifully wrapped in the Mosaic District lobby between Take 5 Boutique and Swirl & Sip on Saturdays from 12 PM and 5 PM. Donations will support the Junior League of Northern Virginia.

Brunch with Santa: The man in red will be stopping by Gypsy Soul for brunch with the family on Sundays, December 14th and December 21st. Brunch begins at 10 AM featuring charcuterie, eggs, biscuits and gravy, holiday cookies and more. $25 for adults and $15 for children. Reservations are recommended.

We hope you have a great holiday season!

More Retail and Green Space Coming to Downtown Silver Spring

November 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Downtown Silver Spring offers residents the perfect walkable lifestyle with easy access to Metro, shopping, dining and more. In the coming years, residents will have even more retail choices and green spaces to enjoy with the redevelopment of the Blairs apartments complex.

The redevelopment will replace older apartments and parking lots with new multi-family units, shopping and public spaces. The plan calls for 2,800 residential units, 450,000 sq ft of retail and commercial use and 20% of the area reserved for public space and urban parks. When complete, the area will be transformed into a more urban, pedestrian-friendly space.

Preliminary work of demolishing the first phase of buildings has begun. Construction on new buildings is scheduled to begin in early 2015 with the entire project expected to take a decade to complete.

EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights, is just steps from all the exciting downtown retail shops, restaurants and nightlife. Stop by our sales center at 630 Ellsworth Drive and start living your walkable lifestyle today!

Shop Local: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deals in Old Town

November 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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The Old Town Boutique District is gearing up for a Black Friday extravaganza! Many of your favorite shops will be opening early on November 28th and offering once-a-year deals on clothes, accessories, home goods and more. Early bird shoppers will be rewarded with the best deals as many stores will be featuring 30% off starting at 6 AM, 20% off starting at 8 AM, and 10% off starting at 10 AM. View the list of participating shops and their special offers here.

The free King Street Trolley will begin shuttling shoppers from the metro at 6 AM. The city will also be offering free parking at meters and city garages all day long.

After a fun day of shopping, head over to Market Square for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Beginning at 6 PM, the festivities will include special appearances by Mayor Euille and Santa Claus, live performances and the lighting of the City tree.

The deals and discounts continue on November 29th for Small Business Saturday. Many of the boutiques will offer gifts with purchase, merchandise discounts, yummy treats and more. Plus, bring two receipts from local Old Town shops to the Alexandria Visitors Center and receive a free Rebecca Minkoff designer “Shop Small” canvas tote bag (while supplies last).

Happy shopping!

Tree Lighting Celebration in Silver Spring

November 14, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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It’s time to kick off the holiday season! Stop by Fountain Plaza in downtown Silver Spring on Saturday, November 15th for the annual Re-Imagining the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration. Not your traditional tree lighting ceremony, this event features “Silver Symphony,” a 35-foot tall public art installation made of chimes, bells, pinwheels and ribbons! Starting at 6 PM, the celebration will also include live entertainment, giveaways, hot cocoa, shopping and dining deals and more. Musical instrument donations will be collected to benefit local area schools.

Plus, you can enter to win a special VIP experience! The VIP Holiday Experience includes access to a special tree lighting viewing area, dinner for four at Copper Canyon ($200), four tickets to the Nutcracker presented by the Maryland Youth Ballet and more. The winner will be selected on November 12th.

Fountain Plaza is just steps from EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights. The townhomes feature timeless arts and crafts architecture, 3 or 4 bedroom floorplans, lofts and rooftop terraces. January move-ins are still available! Visit our sales center today at 630 Ellsworth Drive.

Thanksgiving Parade Marches into Downtown Silver Spring

November 14, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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It’s coming! The annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will make its way through downtown Silver Spring on Saturday, November 22nd. The parade will feature over 100 attractions including floats, giant balloons, fire engines, classic cars, marching bands, colorful dance troupes and more. This year, a brand new 12-foot inflatable turkey will make its debut and as usual, the parade will conclude with a special appearance by Santa.

The parade begins at 10 AM at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south along Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.

The holiday fun continues throughout the season with Deck Out Downtown. Every Saturday from November 29th to December 20th you can enjoy carolers singing holiday tunes, performances by local student groups and lots of great holiday shopping.

These fun events, and many others, take place just steps from EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights. If you want to start living your walkable lifestyle today, visit our sales center at 630 Ellsworth Drive to learn more.

EYA Holds Completion Ceremony at Old Town Commons

October 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Pictured left to right: EYA President & CEO Bob Youngentob, EYA Chairman Terry Eakin, ARHA Board Member A. Melvin Miller, Alexandria Mayor William Euille,   ARHA Board Chairman Merrick Malone, ARHA Board Member Karl Sandberg, EYA SVP Brian Allan Jackson, ARHA Board Member Carter Flemming, ARHA CEO Roy PriestPictured left to right: EYA President & CEO Bob Youngentob, EYA Chairman Terry Eakin, ARHA Board Member A. Melvin Miller, Alexandria Mayor William Euille, ARHA Board Chairman Merrick Malone, ARHA Board Member Karl Sandberg, EYA SVP Brian Allan Jackson, ARHA Board Member Carter Flemming, ARHA CEO Roy Priest

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, EYA gathered with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) for a Completion Ceremony at Old Town Commons.

About 100 partners, consultants and business leaders attended the ceremony, which celebrates the six-year redevelopment effort. What was once five city blocks of outmoded public housing at the James Bland Housing Site is now a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

Officials from the City of Alexandria, ARHA, EYA and community and business leaders at the Old Town Commons Completion Ceremony

Officials from the City of Alexandria, ARHA, EYA and community and business leaders at the Old Town Commons Completion Ceremony

The redevelopment is a model for the preservation of public housing and public-private partnerships. EYA, ARHA and the City of Alexandria worked closely together to work through a host of complicated development decisions and designs. Today, Old Town Commons is smart, green, livable and worthy of emulation, thanks to the dedication of countless consultants, employees and partners.    

The community has won numerous local, regional and national awards, including:

  • ULI Award of Excellence, 2014 Finalist, Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment, 2014 Best Use of a Public-Private Partnership
  • Best in American Living Awards (BALA), 2013 Gold Award, Neighborhood of the Year
  • Delta Associates Awards for Excellence, 2013 Best Mid-Atlantic Neighborhood Impact Condominium Community
  • Virginia Housing Awards, 2013 Governor’s Award, Best Mixed Income Project
  • The Great American Living Awards (GALA), 2011 Best Interior Merchandising, 2011 Best Designed Architecture, 2010 Best Green Community, 2010 Most Innovative Infill Neighborhood

The public rental apartments are now complete and the condominiums are sold and occupied. A limited number of new townhomes remain for sale. Learn more at http://www.eya.com/Old_Town_Commons.

EYA Holds Day of Service at Byte Back

October 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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On Friday, October 24, 2014, EYA employees gathered for their annual Day of Service in Washington, DC. This year’s recipient of giving was Byte Back, a DC-based non-profit which provides computer training and employment readiness classes to low-income individuals.

The EYA Foundation contributed nearly $50,000 in building improvements to Byte Back’s corporate headquarters and training facility in the Brookland neighborhood of the District. Their building was constructed in 1927. Renovations included a new roof, new kitchen, window repairs, door replacements, painting, cleaning and other improvements. Several of EYA’s consultant partners participated in the event, including Grafik Marketing & Communications, ColorNet Printing, TNT Services Group, Southland Insulators, ABW Appliances, Augustine Plumbing, North Atlantic Framing, CCM Capital Components & Millwork, Signature Companies, Summit Roofing and Eastern Applicators, Inc.

Volunteers also held mock interviews and a mentoring session for Byte Back students. Candidates picked up interview tips, resume critique and a $50 gift card to assist in purchasing career attire.

Byte Back has been widely recognized as one of DC’s best non-profits. Their impact is immeasurable and ranges from helping older immigrants learn how to skype with family, teaching general computer literacy skills such as applying for a job online, and providing high demand computer certificate training such as A+ and IC3. Byte Back students can earn up to $75,000 per year with training and certification and obtain jobs with employers such as Booz Allen Hamilton and the IRS.

Byte Back’s mission of enabling the District’s workforce is aligned with the goals of the EYA Foundation. Established in 2012, the Foundation receives a percentage of profits from EYA and deploys those funds in low-income neighborhoods throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.

Halloween Happenings in Your EYA Neighborhood

October 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Flickr's tawest64.Photo courtesy of Flickr's tawest64.

Looking for some Halloween fun? From the Silver Spring Zombie Walk to trick-or-treating at the local boutiques, check out these ghoulishly good events taking place in your EYA neighborhood.

Old Town Alexandria

Get a jump on your trick-or-treating in the Old Town Boutique District. Stop by on Saturday, October 25th for Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques from 11 AM to 6 PM. Old Town’s favorite shops, including Red Barn Mercantile and lou lou, will be giving out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages. Be sure to bring the kids by Pink and Brown for its 5th annual costume contest. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to the store.

For the grown-ups, head over to the Fish Market on November 1st for its Nightmare on King Street Halloween Bash. Come in your scariest or funniest costume. Prizes for best costume and scariest scream! For a fun date night, go see the classic interactive musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Now playing through November 15th.

Silver Spring

One event you won’t want to miss is the Silver Spring Zombie Walk! Back from the dead, this year’s Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday, October 25th in downtown Silver Spring. Gather with your fellow Zombies starting at 7 PM next to Jackie’s Sidebar then wander through the streets ending at the AFI Silver Theatre. Be sure to join the Zombie Dance Party along the way! The AFI Silver Theatre will be showing a Zombie movie and retailers will have Zombie-themed specials.

Fairfax

What better way to celebrate Halloween than combining trick-or-treating, shopping and cocktails! Mosaic District has all this and more for your Halloween enjoyment on Thursday, October 30th from 5 PM – 9 PM. Treat bags will be available on a first come, first served basis at the information table at the corner of District Avenue and Strawberry Lane. Come dressed in your best costume and get discounts at select local retailers including 25% off at Langford Market and 15% off at Mint Nail Lounge. Then head over to one of the exciting new restaurants for some scary good cocktails such as Deadly Hot Cider at Matchbox and Smashing Pumpkins at Gypsy Soul.

Bethesda

Bethesda Row offers some “retail scare-apy” on Thursday, October 30th from 5 PM – 7 PM. About 40 shops and restaurants will offer special deals, live entertainment and trick-or-treating for the kids. Participating retailers include Bluemercury and Paper Source, who will have a drawing for a $100 gift card to the store. Georgetown Cupcakes is offering its special Halloween Dozen cupcakes now through October 31st.

If you are feeling adventurous, book a table at Mussel Bar & Grille on October 29th for its Halloween “Mystery” Beer Dinner. For $65, you will receive a 4-course beer and food pairing menu, however the items on the menu are a mystery until you arrive!

Happy hauntings!