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Amenities and events in the Washington Metropolitan area

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!

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!

EYA Holds Day of Service at Byte Back

October 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
2014 EYA Day of Service

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!

Moments from Mosaic: Date Night at TRIO Grill

October 17, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Living in Mosaic District, you don’t have to venture far to have a romantic night out. TRIO Grill, a modern American restaurant from the folks behind the CIRCA restaurants, embraces the art of the date night with excellent ambiance, an unbelievable menu ranging from the finest steaks to the freshest seafood, and an extensive beverage program run by a master mixologist. TRIO is located at 8100 Lee Highway, just moments from Mosaic District.

To prime you for your next special night out, we asked Aaron Rentfrew, General Manager and Sommelier at TRIO, to offer some standout menu items and wines:

  • Starting this fall, TRIO’s menu will play up its light items, debuting exciting entrees like marinated and grilled jumbo gulf Shrimp with Georgia stoneground grits, as well as a Fresh Seasonal Fig Salad. These newcomers join the likes of TRIO’s legendary Branzino.
  • Lighter items aside, TRIO is known as a place for steaks and chops. Try a New York Strip with the Pio Cesare l’Altro Chardonnay (Piedmont, Italy 2010), which is approachable and drinkable throughout dinner and pairs well with all kinds of meats, or the Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, CA 2011), whose medium-high tannins and medium-full body suits red meats well.
  • Additionally, our ribeye and lamb both pair excellently with the Honig Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, CA 2011). This vintage features estate-grown fruit with full body and full expression of the grape and solid tannins for nice fruit and oak flavors.

Think of TRIO Grill when you plan your next date (or any special night out with friends and loved ones). Stop by the Mosaic District sales center for a special voucher to use on your first visit to TRIO. See you there!

Take the Pledge: Go Car Free on September 22nd

September 12, 2014 | by | 1 Comment
Pledge to go car free on September 22nd and use alternative transit such as Metro, bikeshare or walking.Pledge to go car free on September 22nd and use alternative transit such as Metro, bikeshare or walking.

On Monday, September 22nd, Washington area drivers will take part in a worldwide movement to support sustainable transportation by pledging to go car free or car-lite. Car Free Day is an international event that takes place in 1,500 cities across 40 countries to celebrate alternative forms of transportation.

To participate, fill out the pledge to go car free or car-lite and use alternative transport such as a bicycle, public transit, carpool or walking. Plus, by simply submitting your pledge, you are entered to win great prizes including a Kindle Fire, Sole Custom Bicycle, memberships to Capital Bikeshare and ZipCar, Metro passes and more!

EYA recognizes the benefits of going car free and is committed to creating distinctly special neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way. Visit our website to learn more about our walkable neighborhoods and start living your car free lifestyle today!

Phase 2 Townhomes Grand Opening at Mosaic District

September 9, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes. Stop by the Grand Opening on September 20th to learn more!Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes. Stop by the Grand Opening on September 20th to learn more!

We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our Phase 2 Townhomes at Mosaic District on Saturday, September 20th! Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes just steps from all the exciting new Mosaic District retail shops and restaurants. Stop by to discover why so many people are calling Mosaic District home!

Phase 2 Townhomes Grand Opening
Saturday, September 20th
11 AM – 6 PM
3002 District Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

Priced from the mid $700s, the townhomes feature 3 and 4 bedroom floorplans, lofts with rooftop terraces and private garage parking. Dozens of Washington’s iconic new retail shops and restaurants are now open onsite at Mosaic District, including Gypsy Soul, Matchbox, Swirl & Sip, Taylor Gourmet, Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen, the Angelika Film Center and much more. The community also offers great amenities including a free shuttle to the Dunn Loring Metro station, less than 1 mile away.

Come by the Grand Opening on Saturday, September 20th to learn more about this exciting new urban neighborhood!

12th Annual King Street Art Festival

September 5, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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On Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, Old Town’s acclaimed King Street will be transformed into a world-class outdoor art gallery. The 12th Annual King Street Art Festival will showcase over 200 artists from the U.S. and abroad featuring more than $15 million worth of handcrafted art and one-of-a-kind wares!

From Washington Street to the waterfront, artist booths will line the street offering festival patrons fine art paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. The weekend will also be full of hands-on activities, live music and the return of the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser! For a $15 donation, you will receive a hand-made ice cream bowl full of delicious ice cream from Artfully Chocolate. Proceeds will benefit the Art League’s ceramic department. The event is free and open to the public.

King Street in Old Town offers festivals year round. EYA is now selling townhomes and condominiums within walking distance of King Street and the Alexandria waterfront. Old Town Commons features townhomes with garage parking and rooftop terraces. The Oronoco offers expansive one-level luxury condominiums on the banks of the Potomac River with unparalleled amenities such as heated pool, outdoor kitchen, concierge services, dog washing station and more.