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Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

November 5, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Guest Post from the EYA Foundation:

This year, give thanks by giving back. Many local organizations are seeking volunteers to assist with Thanksgiving meal deliveries, holiday events and fundraising efforts. Here are just a few of the many volunteer and donation opportunities available this holiday season.

Volunteers from DC Central Kitchen prep food. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons from @dccentralkitchen.

Volunteers from DC Central Kitchen prep food. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons from @dccentralkitchen.

Food & Friends

Food & Friends helps people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-changing illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries. Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities include helping with logistics and holiday meal delivery. Clients will receive a complete turkey dinner for four and Thanksgiving Day delivery shifts begin at 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM and 12:00PM. Also, if you are looking for a pie that will “warm your heart,” Food & Friends is selling Thanksgiving pies with the proceeds benefiting those in need. Pie flavors include Spiced Pumpkin, Homemade Apple, Oh So Sweet Potato and Nutty Pecan.

The Salvation Army Feast of Sharing

The Salvation Army is currently seeking volunteers the week of Thanksgiving to help with their 2013 Feast of Sharing event. Volunteers will help prepare and serve a festive Thanksgiving meal to 4,000 DC residents on November 27th. The Salvation Army is currently seeking local chefs to help prepare meals and volunteers to help with event set-up, meal serving and engaging with guests. Volunteer opportunities run from November 23rd to 27th.

SOME Trot for Hunger

If you want to do good while burning a few calories, sign up for the So Others Might Eat (SOME) Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger. The 5K run starts/finishes at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC and proceeds benefit DC’s homeless by providing food, clothing and healthcare.

View additional volunteer opportunities here.

EYA Wins Big in Washington City Paper’s “Best Of”

April 12, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Washington City Paper readers have recognized our work before, but we’re thrilled to win a record THREE awards this year in the publication’s annual “Best Of” reader poll.

The Best Of poll is the paper’s most anticipated issue, in which Washington’s most adored shops, restaurants, businesses and destinations are put to the ultimate test: an online poll where readers pick their favorites.

This year, EYA was selected for recognition as:

Thanks to all of our friends, followers and homeowners who made this special recognition possible! It’s serendipitous that we’d be given this honor just shortly after we celebrated our 20th Anniversary.

We hope to continue to build the area’s most admired urban neighborhoods for the next 20 years, too!

 

 

 

Shopping Like a Local: Holiday Gift Guide

December 14, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

For all you last minute shoppers looking for the perfect holiday gift, ditch the crowds at the mall and consider these creative holiday gifts just steps from your EYA neighborhood.

Brookland

What could be better for that special someone than a night on the town? Book a performance at local favorite Dance Place then stop by Menomale for tiramisu or chocolate truffles. For the fitness guru in your life, consider a gift certificate to Excel Pilates or Northeast Tae Kwon Do. Excel Pilates offers yoga, zumba, mat classes and more. Northeast Tae Kwon Do offers both adult and youth programs and even a Tiny Tigers class for children ages 3 to 4. You can also pick up amazing cupcakes at Divinely Decadent Desserts or fill a growler with craft beer at Chocolate City Brewery.

Old Town

Has the lady in your life been dropping hints about the latest must-have boots or designer handbag? If so, then stop by The Shoe Hive on Tuesday, December 18th from 7 – 9 PM for “Men’s Night.” Let the staff help you find the perfect gift while you enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For the “man who has everything,” consider a shopping excursion to Dash’s Clothier, where your main squeeze will find elegant, distinctive and luxury clothing items such as suits, jackets, shirts, ties and more – all at 25% off for the holidays.

Tell the dapper men in your life to head to Dash's for a truly luxurious shopping experience.

Wish Lists can be fulfilled for the entire family on Wednesday, December 19th at Red Barn Mercantile. The shop will stay open until 9 PM to host “Wish Lists Granted,” a special event designed to help you get the perfect gift. Plus, when you spend $100, you’ll receive a free $15 gift card for an easy stocking stuffer. See more Old Town boutique holiday events and special deals here.

Mosaic District

Get two gifts for the price of one at Freshbikes! This holiday season, Freshbikes is giving a free iPad Mini with every purchase of a new 2012 Cervelo R5. For the movie buff, consider a gift certificate to the newly opened Angelika Film Center. A state-of-the-art boutique cinema, Angelika showcases independent and specialty films and entices movie-goers with light fare, gourmet desserts, handcrafted espresso drinks, craft beer and wine pairings.

You’ll be tempted to shop for yourself at Last Call by Neiman Marcus’ “Holiday Wow Sale!” Now through December 17th, save 50% on all coats, cashmeres, sweaters, wraps and more. Deep discounts are available for the entire family with 40% off of children’s items, men’s sportswear and denim, jewelry and handbags.

Whatever your pleasure, a trip to Mosaic District will offer a complete array of eats, treats and designer specialties.

EYA Homeowner Spotlight: Russell and Robbie @ Mosaic District

December 12, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

This month’s Homeowner Spotlight is on Russell and Robbie at Mosaic District. Former commuters, Russell and Robbie are loving their new walkable lifestyle and have enjoyed watching the brand new Mosaic District retail shops and restaurants open just steps from their front door.

Russell and Robbie's favorite Mosaic District retailers include MOM's Organic Market, Four Sisters and Target.

1. Why did you choose an EYA property?

We became empty nesters about two years ago. We decided we wanted more conveniences and options in our life. So, when we started looking for a new place to call home it was a tossup between no more commuting 3 hours a day or a “life within walking distance.” We looked at a lot of places before deciding. EYA offered us everything we were looking for and more. We used to drive a mile to pick up our mail. So it is very exciting to walk over to all the shops at Mosaic. Our commute is now 3 miles vs. 3 hours. The time we have back is more than we expected. Not only did we get 3 hours a day back but we no longer have to go to bed by 9:00 pm and get up at 4:00 am. We love all the options we have with a new EYA home and community. Our life now is about enjoying our time with friends.

2. What attracted you to Mosaic District?

I would have to say, we saw the potential of what this home brought to our desired lifestyle. We moved in June 22nd and it’s been fun watching Mosaic develop and blossom. We love our neighbors and enjoy going out to dinner with them or having Terrace parties. We enjoy walking to Angelika to see a movie or a late night walk over to Cold Stone for ice cream. It’s been great watching the shops come in and having such a variety of options to enjoy.  Knowing more to come is exciting and also fun to watch and see what will come next.

3. What do you like most about your EYA house?

While I am not a tree hugger, I truly did like the idea of a house built to LEED standards. My company prides themselves on that certification and I know it’s truly hard to achieve. The rooftop terrace is definitely a huge plus and we do spend quite a bit of time on it. For a lot of the houses we looked at, the amenities we got standard with EYA would have been upgrades elsewhere. The biggest feature I love the most is the brick wall on the second floor. What a nice touch to have that option.

4. What is your favorite restaurant/bar/store/etc. in the area?

Hands down, it’s Four Sisters. The food is awesome, reasonably priced, the service is outstanding and the decor is warm and inviting. It’s so nice to have a grocery store within walking distance, too. MOM’s Organic Market and Target supply everything we need.

5. Have you met your neighbors? If so, how did you get to know them?

We met our neighbors before moving in at the Grand Opening back in June. Our sales team ensured we were involved and informed when local events were taking place. Since then, EYA has held several “Meet and Greet” events that have allowed us to meet the neighbors who haven’t moved in yet. Everyone coming into the area are genuinely nice folks.

6. How will you use your rooftop terrace?

There have been several get-togethers sponsored by EYA and a couple get-togethers hosted by neighbors. They have been a blast to go to and get to know everyone. Moving into the EYA community so early has helped provide a common bond.

7. Do you have a special place you like to vacation?

We like to go on cruises. Many times we will take a train to NYC and cruise from there. Outside of cruising, NYC is someplace we both would go to every weekend if it was feasible.

Holiday Season in Old Town: Scottish Walk Parade

November 29, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to visit Old Town this holiday season, stop by this Saturday, December 1st for the 42nd Annual Scottish Walk. Hosted by the Campagna Center, the Scottish Walk is a truly unique and enjoyable event.

Events include a holiday greenery sale, concerts and a parade featuring over 100 Scottish clans, pipe and drum bands, Scottie dog groups, dignitaries and more.  Beginning on the corner of Wilkes and S. Saint Asaph Streets at 11 AM, the parade is an Old Town tradition not to be missed!

Photo by cliff1066 via Flickr Creative Commons.

After the parade, stop by one of our new home sales centers at The Oronoco or Old Town Commons to discover how the Old Town lifestyle can be yours every day!

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at Mosaic District

November 29, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Kick off the holiday season at Mosaic District this Saturday, December 1st with the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.  Events begin at 11 AM with cookies, hot cocoa and free photos with Santa! The Holiday Tree Lighting will take place in Strawberry Park at 5:30 PM, along with a special performance by the World Children’s Choir.

The Townhomes at Mosaic District are just steps from Strawberry Park and the brand new retail shops and restaurants. Stop by this weekend to discover why Mosaic District is Fairfax’s hottest new destination neighborhood.

Shop in Style at Mosaic Fashion Night

November 9, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Looking for some Fall fashion inspiration? Stop by Mosaic District Tuesday, November 13th from 6 – 9 PM for the inaugural not-to-miss Mosaic Fashion Night. Hosted by the Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett, many of the newly opened retail shops will be offering special discounts, giveaways and more! Here’s just a taste of what’s in store:

Langford Market: Prizes and giveaways every hour plus the first 50 customers receive $200 worth of merchandise for $100

Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus: 30% off all apparel, shoes, handbags and clearance

South Moon Under: Cocktails, cupcakes, DJ, 20% off everything in store and free gift bags for the first 50 customers

Freshbikes: Free demonstrations, such as How to Fix a Flat, and discounts on maintenance supplies and cold weather gear

In celebration of Fashion Night, we will be hosting a special evening with Carlyn and Company, the award winning designers of EYA’s model homes. Stop by the Townhomes at Mosaic District and get a rare sneak peek at the hottest design trends and how to get the signature model home look. Enjoy some sips and sweets and get a glimpse of what’s next in home design!

Meet the Designers
The Townhomes at Mosaic District
Tuesday, November 13th
6 PM – 9 PM
3002 District Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

The Townhomes at Mosaic District are just steps from the DC area’s hottest new shopping destination. Come see why so many people are calling Mosaic District home and enjoy an evening full of fashion and design!

EYA Homeowner Spotlight: Veronica & Rob @ Old Town Commons

October 18, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Ever wonder who else is buying an EYA home? This month we are highlighting Old Town Commons homeowners Veronica and Rob. Outdoor enthusiasts and world travelers, Veronica and Rob enjoy the Old Town Commons walkable urban lifestyle and sense of community built among neighbors.

1. Why did you choose an EYA property? What attracted you to the surrounding neighborhood?

Before relocating to the DC-metro area, we purchased a home and ended up spending a considerable amount of time after work and on the weekends renovating and upgrading.  We were extremely disappointed with the time lost that could have been spent enjoying life with friends or exploring the local area, and we were determined that our next purchase would be move-in ready to our personal style.  Additionally, having lived abroad in Europe and Asia for much of our adult life, we missed the urban lifestyle where transportation, recreation, entertainment, and subsistence were only a few steps away from the front door.  Lastly, as avid dog owners, a dog-friendly neighborhood was a must.  EYA’s Old Town Commons development has met all of these requirements.

2. How long have you lived in this neighborhood, and what do you like about it?

We have lived here since September 2011.  Besides the pedestrian friendly amenities already discussed, what makes Old Town Commons special is the sense of community.  Reminiscent of bygone times in an American culture, with so many people living disconnected lives in the “burbs,” Old Town Commons offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow neighbors, building a sense of community where everyone looks after one another building a strong bond that will last over time.

3. What is your favorite restaurant/bar/store/etc. in the area?

We like La Tasca and Murphy’s Irish Pub for their food and live music.  La Madeleine is trés bon for weekend breakfast/brunch.  My personal favorite unique King Street shops are 3 Sisters, Lou Lou’s, and Why Not (a great source for fun and interesting children’s toys and stuffed animals).

4. What neighborhood activities, if any, do you participate in?

We have attended community block parties, hosted an outdoor movie night behind the houses, routinely gathered at our residences for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or we’ve gone out together as a group celebrating promotions, birthdays, and other moments of significance.  We love local races (running, biking, etc.) and we also are big fans of the Old Town Theater and the Old Town/DC restaurant weeks!

5. Have you met your neighbors? If so, how did you get to know them?

We know most of our neighbors through our dogs.  Old Town Commons is a very dog-friendly neighborhood.  Additionally, we are all very active and often run into each other during the evenings.  We also have a neighborhood community Facebook page where we share our thoughts, concerns, and community events.

6. Tell us a bit about yourselves. What are your personal interests / hobbies?

We are both career soldiers having served in the Army for over 20 years.  We have traveled the world; both hostile and friendly places!  We love to travel and anything outdoors… skiing, biking, running, scuba diving, motorcycling, etc.  Most of all, we love our two boys; weighing in at 145 pounds, they are a Newfoundland-Labrador mix and taking them on long walks in the evenings and on the weekends is a great way to unwind from the hectic pace of the world we live in.

Friendly Reminders for Getting Around Town this Weekend

October 28, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Got plans this weekend? Don’t forget to leave yourself a little more time to get around the DC metro area.

The Marine Corps Marathon will shut down several roads in the District and Arlington on Sunday.  If you need to cross the river, note that the Key Bridge will be closed until 12p.m. and certain 395 lanes will also be inaccessible.  You can find the course map here.

Metro will start running early at 5.a.m. on Sunday in light of the marathon, but Metro also expects delays for planned track work on the Green/Yellow, Red and Orange lines from 10p.m. today through 5a.m. Monday.  They recommend riders add approximately 20 to 30 minutes to their commute times for certain portions of these lines.

We’re left thinking: Perhaps it’s a good weekend to check out Capital Bikeshare or stick close to your own neighborhood?  After all, if you’re living in an EYA townhouse, you’ve got life within walking distance.

Halloween Haunts near EYA Neighborhoods

October 26, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Looking for a little Halloween fun around the corner from your new EYA townhouse?  Look no further.  The neighborhoods around Chancellor’s Row, Old Town Commons, and Capitol Quarter all have community events starting today — most of which are within walking distance!

Chancellor’s Row

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Map via Brooklandavenue.com/blog

What: Catholic University’s Halloween on Campus.  Expect candy, games, face painting and more.

Where: Marist Lawn

When: Tonight, Wed, Oct 26. 5-7pm

Check out this post from Brookland Avenue community blog for other events. 

 

Old Town Commons

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What: Trick or Treat with the Boutiques.  Shops will be handing out free treats, and potentially a few family-friendly tricks.

Where: the stores in Old Town’s Boutique District

When: Saturday, Oct 29.  During stores’ open hours

Click for a complete list of participating shops and special Halloween discounts/deals.

 

Capitol Quarter

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What: Eastern Market’s Hilloween.  Trick or treating, food & drink, music, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin carving and more!

Where: 7th Street, between C and D, SE

When: Monday, Oct 31. 5:30-7:30pm

Find more information on adults-only and even pet-focused events at The Hill is Home blog.