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Amenities and events in the Washington Metropolitan area

Super Bowl Gatherings in Your EYA Neighborhood

January 30, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Whether you are rooting for the Seahawks or Patriots, or just a fan of the commercials, this Sunday’s Super Bowl is a great opportunity to gather with friends and enjoy the local establishments in your EYA neighborhood.

Silver Spring

Super Bowl excitement is in the air at Fire Station 1! A 100-year old restored Fire House in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, the venue features 3 levels, 2 bars and 10 big screen HDTVs. Doors will open at 4:30 and early arrival is encouraged. VIP packages are available and you can continue the festivities until 2 am at their After Party.

Bethesda

If you prefer to entertain friends at home, Luke’s Lobster Roll has a great Super Bowl catering option. For $11 per person, you will get a tasty ½ lobster roll, chips, pickle and Shipyard beer. $110 minimum required. What better way to finish off the meal than with Georgetown Cupcake’s Super Bowl Dozen! You can choose between the “Go Hawks” or “Go Pats” decorated cupcakes.

Old Town Alexandria

Old Town is full of game day excitement with many great venues to watch the big game. The medieval-inspired John Strongbow’s Tavern will have 2 huge 120” projection screens showing the game and plenty of Super Bowl food and drink specials. Reservations are encouraged. If you are a Patriot’s fan, Murphy’s Irish Pub is “where die hard fans gather to cheer on their team.” Meet other Patriots fans and enjoy their game day specials.

Fairfax

Watch the game at Dogfish Head Alehouse or pick up some party food to go. Special take out packages and growlers are available. For entertaining at home, check out the many shops and restaurants at Mosaic District to pick up some great party foods. Red Apron Butcher is offering game day specials, including subs, chili, dips and charcuterie boards. Be sure to place your order soon. And delight your guests with Artisan Confections special Seahawks or Patriots bon bons for dessert!

Enjoy the game!

What’s New in Old Town

January 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Homemade pizza with a glass of beer

Move over King Street. Some of Old Town’s best new eateries are finding a home in the north end.

Five major residential communities in Old Town are driving the growth of new retail north of Wythe Street, nearer to Braddock Metro Station.

Harris Teeter has recently opened in the lower level of The Kingsley and offers an impressive selection of to-go meals as well as Express Lane service for those on the run.

In the 1111 Belle Pre building, Lost Dog Cafe has opened their fifth location, now in Old Town. The spot offers dine-in pizza, sandwiches and beer – along with takeout. Also in Belle Pre will be Sugar Shack Donuts, a Richmond-based bakery.

The Asher apartments will welcome Bastille Restaurant, which is relocating from their former home on N. Royal Street into their new space at 620 N. Fayette. Bistro Royal will be taking the former location on N. Royal.

And of course, EYA’s Old Town Commons townhouse neighborhood and The Oronoco Condo have spurred the growth of independent retail such as the much anticipated Mason Social modern American spot with full-bar, which will open shortly.

 

Resolutions for a Walkable Lifestyle

January 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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As we welcome a new year, many of us will make resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. More and more research indicates that living in a walkable neighborhood is good for you. From better health to reduced crime rates to increased social interactions, walkable urban living has many far reaching benefits. The studies show:

  • There is a significant connection between walkability and health benefits
  • Walkability encourages more civic engagement in our communities
  • Walkable urban environments spur social interaction and creativity
  • Walkability is a key to influencing housing prices

EYA is passionate about 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 resolve to start living your walkable lifestyle today!

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!