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Focusing on greenery – but not what you may think. Pantone has chosen green as the color of the season.

Cooling down this summer with hot cocktails.


Hanging out in cool Montreal.




A design destination. Susan Nelson and Todd Martz open Home on Cameron in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia




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12 | DETAILS Beach Towels 13 | JOHN’S FAVORITES 14 | ARTS Focusing on rising star Kelly Towles. 20 | DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Briana Silva 21 | CULTURE Celebrating JFK’s centennial and Markus Lüpertz. 22 | DESIGN NEWS The 10th Annual DC Design House location has been announced. Thos. Moser presents “Dedicated to Art” summer exhibit in Maine showroom.


33 | KID’S CORNER Kids love to volunteer. Read up on how to get them motivated. 34 | CALENDAR Upcoming events in Washington D.C. 35 | DC FUN FACTS The Washington Monument edition.

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38 | FOODIE David’s 388 Restaurant 39 | SPECIAL 4 fun activities in DC this summer. 42 | STYLIST White is the color of the season. How to wear it in style. 44 | MONEY & FINANCE Get a beat on finances with this summer’s financial strategies.


46 | REAL ESTATE John Eric’s real estate highlights 52 | BUZZ The news that all of Washington is talking about. IN EVERY ISSUE 54 | BLACK BOOK Visit the best gelato shops in Florence.




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CONTRIBUTORS CHARLES M. TAPPAN, JR. Before joining Republic National Distributing Company LLC, Charles worked in finance, as a broker on Wall Street and as an equity trader. He decided to make the leap into the Hospitality industry in 2011 while looking for the fountain of youth, and since


then he has worked as a bartender at some of the best hotels and restaurants in Washington, DC, including Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt and the Jose Andreas Think Food Group. Not only is he a member of the US Bartender’s Guild and DC Craft Guild, but he is highly decorated in the mixology community.


MARC SCHLIEFER has been in the financial planning business since 1978, when he joined


Equity Planning Institute, Inc. He became President of Equity Planning Institute, Inc. in 1996.

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With over 33 years of practicing financial planning, Marc has worked mainly on individual financial planning and counsels clients on all aspects of their financial life. SHERRY MOELLER co-founder and principal of MoKi Media, was a previous editor in chief of Capitol File magazine/Niche Media covering politicians, celebrities, fashion, travel, hospitality and lifestyle in Washington, DC and around the country. She now specializes in public relations for interior design, architecture and hospitality clients, among other luxury brands.


DAVID BROWN became a pioneer of design in some of DC and Virginia’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. As an executive with Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton & Valentino, he has been fortunate to travel extensively across the United States and Europe through his work. David’s eclectic style and appreciation for architecture is reflected in his work thanks to his unique cultural perspective gained through his travels.


LOUISE JONES Louise Jones is a 9 year-old, fifth-grader who has been writing her whole life. She has many interests, including playing basketball, taking ballet and art classes, hanging out on Facetime with friends and studying foreign languages. She writes on issues related to kids and what she believes parents should know.

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SUMMER IS HERE! This makes me very happy. I enjoy hot weather and I love the vibe of Washington during this season. There is much to see and to do in our Capital City and everyone’s mood is sunny! In this issue of John Eric Home, we celebrate the summer. It is packed full of interesting articles, tips and features to help you enjoy this leisurely season as well. Our “Stylist” section features the hottest trend of this summer – wearing white – while “Home Trends” features another color – green – the hue chosen by Pantone as the color of the season. In “Black Book,” we head to Florence to dig into the best gelato on offer in this historical and artful city and, continuing, our travels, head to cool Montreal in “Destinations.” And, for those heading off to the beach, or lounging around poolside, “Details” will give you some great examples of the trendiest towels on the market. Also, in the spirit of our summer theme, “Money and Finance” explores summertime financial strategies. For those whose children are home for the summer holiday, make sure to check out “Kid’s Corner,” where our ‘Tween contributor, discusses great ways for them to volunteer while on vacation. Finally, if you are looking for activities, we highlight several in which to indulge in our “4 Great Activities in DC” feature. I hope that everyone has a wonderful summer season and that you meet us back here in the John Eric Home pages this fall. Now, EVERYONE INTO THE POOL! Enjoy,

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OLD MONTREAL – VIEUX PORT One of the loveliest cities in the Americas resides in our neighbor to the north. Montreal is a fantastic city, full of oldworld design, modern-world sensibilities and layer-upon-layer of charm. It is steeped in tradition yet hip and trendy and, of course, inhabited by Canadians. It is one of the friendliest cities on the planet. In this month’s Destinations, we head to Old Montreal – Vieux Port – to explore.



Wandering around the streets of Vieux Port can be intoxicating, feeling as if you have been transported across the Atlantic and landed on the continent without flight. The streets and alley ways are full of gorgeous architecture that houses on street level, myriad boutiques, restaurants and cafes. It is a city where you feel perfectly comfortable shopping, eating, drinking and meandering around the cobblestone streets for the entire day or lacing up your trainers and hitting tourist attractions. Both work, that is the beauty of Montreal. For those who prefer to hit Old Montreal streets casually, exploring the cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques, there are a few to note down. Délices Érables et Cie in the heart of Old Montreal takes local maple syrup, honey, and cranberries and turns them into delicious treats. Their products have no added sweeteners and are made from completely natural and locallygrown products. On the shelves, you’ll find creamy maple cookies, salted caramel lollipops and maple tea. They have a wonderful treat called Maple Vinegar Pearls which explode in your mouth and are a great addition to salads. And, their staff is extraordinarily friendly – they help by making suggestions and hand you samples to try. It is seriously not to be missed. There are many dépanneurs (convenient stores) around Montreal, but Le Petit Dep is unique. This little boutique serves a variety of needs. You can get their homemade salads, sandwiches and soups, while bringing home a jar of local syrups, honeys and oils. For those with a sweet tooth, local cookies, chocolates, pastries and ice cream from Les Givrées are on offer. Of course, you can always have a coffee or beer from a local microbrewery at Le Petit Dep too. Old Montreal is one of the few places where it is both fun and delicious to make your dinner by stopping by its scores of restaurants and ordering appetizers. In one night, you can devour charcuterie and oysters, pate and escargot, poutine (you cannot forget Canada’s national dish) and kobe sliders, calamari and

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French onion soup and crepes while restaurant hopping through the streets. It is a great way to experience the seriously good restaurants in Old Montreal and slug down quite a few glasses of red to boot. Another great way to experience the great food the neighborhood has to offer is on The Old Montreal Food Tour. The tour stops at 6 different tasting locations, four of which are beautiful Old Montreal restaurants and one stop invites you to try their local craft beer. Between the food tastings, your knowledgeable guide takes you to famous landmarks and dives into the history of the area. One of the most famous landmarks in the neighborhood is the church Notre-Dame-deBon-Secours. Ever hear Leonard Cohen’s song Suzanne? Here’s a little-known fact about it: when Cohen sings “And the sun pours down like honey/On our lady of the harbor”, he’s talking about the Montreal sun shining down on Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel’s rooftop statue. And that river he’s talking about? The St. Lawrence. The stunning inside of the Chapel is open to visitors. One of the coolest parts of Old Montreal is actually not street level. It is part of their underground city. The elaborate tunnel features some of the city’s best spots. The Old Montreal portion hides away a piece of the Berlin Wall, free for your viewing. You can also make a few wishes in a fountain, and tackle your high-end shopping duties down there. Finally, speaking of shopping, stop by Marche Bonsecours. It is a four-level market that’s been around since 1848. The historical site is impressive on its own and the shopping is great. The building houses everything from art galleries to soap stalls to tourist shops (great place to pick up a pair of “Canada” gloves or t-shirts). It is a fun place to spend the afternoon. If your bucketlist does not include a visit to Montreal – pen the entry in their quickly. You won’t be sorry as it really is a great town…




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Summer is here and we are all excited to hit the surf! Whether you are planning a seaside retreat or countless hours poolside, here are some cool beach towels with which to dry yourself off…



1. CGEAR SAND-FREE MAT, MEDIUM (L.L. BEAN) CGear’s patented Sand-Free technology allows sand and other particles to fall right through this unique mat instead of collecting on top. A great choice for the beach or as a doormat outside your tent. 2. FLIP FLOP BLUE (TARGET) This Electra blue tossed Flip Flop Beach Towel will get you cool and comfortable at the beach or pool. Sheared terry face gives a soft comfortable feel. Just shake off the sand and pop into the washing machine for easy care. 3. TURKISH PESHTEMAL TOWEL (AMAZON) Hand woven and eco-friendly towel, the Peshtemal towel has a high rate of water absorption. Unisex and multipurpose towels, they can be used at the beach, gym, spa, pool or on the yacht. It can also be used as Sarong, Pareo and scarf. 4. REVERSIBLE AWNING STRIPE BEACH TOWEL (POTTERY BARN) Woven for reversibility and yarn dyed for color that lasts, these towels are the ideal companions for summer days at the beach, pool or lake. Made of 100% cotton, the towel is yarn-dyed in an incredibly rich color that holds its vibrancy over time. (By buying cotton products from Pottery Barn, you’re supporting responsible cotton production through the Better Cotton Initiative.)




1. C SALT GOURMET MARKET Summer isn’t summer without visiting my favorite Gourmet market that creates amazing meals while on vacation. This is one of Maine’s true gems. Their sandwiches, steak tips and desserts are truly amazing. You’ll go back again and again. http://www. 349 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 207-956-7700. 2. THE LOBSTER SHACK AT TWO LIGHTS The place to go to enjoy the best Maine Lobster Rolls, fried clams and fried shrimp. For that big fried food splurge, this is it. Not to mention, it has one of the very best views, period. 225 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 207-799-1677. 3. OTTO PIZZA We called looking for delivery and they were unable to deliver to ourparticular house in Cape Elizabeth. So, we hoofed over and wow, it was well worth the 10-minute drive. It was the best pizza I’ve had in years. This Maine landmark has expanded into Boston. Let’s hope in the future that they make it to DC. Be sure you have a slice or two or three. Yes, it’s that good! 159 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME, 207-517-3051 4. TWO LIGHTS STATE PARK Either before or after you had lunch at The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, you need to make sure you spend some time at this state park. It’s at the head of Cape Elizabeth and the views, the rocks and the beauty are hard to beat. JUL | AUG | SEPT 2017






In his solo show, “The Death of Ulysses,” muralist Kelly Towles wooed viewers with small-scale depictions of fantastical stories told through contemporary culture. Prior to this gallery show, his larger-than-life installations at U Street Music Hall, Toki Underground, D.C. Brau, not to mention on buildings and street corners all over the capital, have inspired art enthusiasts. The D.C. native keeps an enchanting workspace at 52 O Street that showcases “artifacts” from past projects — be sure to pop in during the upcoming 52 O open studio days.

Opposite Page: Cyclops Top Right: Circe Left: Ulysses

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Every year since 2000, Pantone has chosen a color that reflects the current cultural climate. This year is no different and we are already seeing a significant impact as it influences trends in all facets of design—architecture, interior décor, fashion, food, travel—the list goes on. Greenery signifies beginnings: a fresh new look, healthier foods and crisp green grass and the outdoors during spring and summer. But most prominently, the yellow-green hue (specifically, Pantone 15-0343) comments on the concept of “environment.” A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate. Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. “There’s a growing desire to reconnect with nature and what is real, and find ways to disconnect from technology. We need a break. We need to stop and breath,” according to Laurie Pressman, the Pantone Color Institute’s vice president. “(Greenery) is about unity and community—connecting to oneself and others and a higher purpose, Nature.” This spring, Greenery bursts forth and provides us with the reassurance we yearn amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose. “At New York Fashion Week, the designers were explaining how we live in this modern world where technology will always exist, but there’s this need to turn to design to go to the opposite side - to nature,” Pressman said. Appropriately, Greenery was especially prominent on this year’s runways, walking in various forms at Gucci, Kenzo, Balenciaga, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Rowley. Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As displayed

in PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications. Along with the unveiling of the color of the year, Pantone created a pairing of spring color collections combining Greenery with neutrals, pastels, bright, deeper tones, metallic, and even the two 2016 colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Ultimately, Greenery calls to mind the ‘re-’ words: refresh, revive, restore, renew, replenish, regenerate, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, and reoxygenate. Design is an outlet for all of these fresh beginnings. And the yellow pigment in Greenery references the sun, the symbolic light that people need in these times. In conjunction with New York Fashion Week, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report provides a comprehensive overview of fashion designers’ use of color in their spring 2017 collections. Featuring the top 10 shades seen on the runway, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report is your essential color guide to the season. “(The 10 colors) fully capture the promises, hope, and transformation that we yearn for each Spring,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said of the Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report “One of the things that we saw this year, was a renewed sense of imagination in which color was appearing in context that was different than the traditional,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling. From the warmth of sunny days with PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow to the invigorating feeling of breathing fresh mountain air with PANTONE 18-0107 Kale and the desire to escape to pristine waters with PANTONE 144620 Island Paradise, designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each Spring.”

The top colors for Spring 2017 fashion are:

PANTONE 17-4123 NIAGARA Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.

PANTONE 13-0755 PRIMROSE YELLOW By contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

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PANTONE 19-4045 LAPIS BLUE Conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.

PANTONE 14-4620 ISLAND PARADISE Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.

PANTONE 17-1462 FLAME A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.

PANTONE 13-1404 PALE DOGWOOD Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.

PANTONE 15-0343 GREENERY Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

PANTONE 14-1315 HAZELNUT Rounding out the spring 2017 colors is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional color that effortlessly connects the seasons.

PANTONE 17-2034 PINK YARROW Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, ignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.

PANTONE 18-0107 KALE Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliagebased green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.

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BRIANA SILVA Brianna Silva is an up and coming Washington interior designer who creates high-end interior design without the ultra high-end price tag. In a short time, she has created an impressive portfolio of beautiful residential homes as well as commercial spaces like restaurants, bars, and small offices. She’s collaborated with well-respected DC based architect, Francisco Beltran, where her designs reflect an elegant and rustic feel. In addition to working locally on designing homes in her beloved Washington, DC, Brianna has created beautiful interior designs globally through online interior design services. On why she loves interior design, Brianna shares: “The first is creating a concept and story that my clients love. By creating a story, cohesion is created and design elements fall into place one-by-one. My second favorite part of a project is getting lost in the nitty-gritty details – whether that be finding the perfect accessory, the perfect sofa, or perfecting the detail on a piece of millwork.”




JFK CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION To commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s birth on May 29, the Museum will display nine photographs of the 35th President and his family within the American Presidency exhibition. The photographs, taken in 1961 by world-renowned photographer Richard Avedon, capture the Kennedys a few weeks before the presidential inauguration. The President Elect, Mrs. Kennedy and their children Caroline and John sit in front of Avedon’s plain, white background.

National Museum of American History Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W. May 25 - August 27, 2017


The Phillips Collection 1600 21st Street, NW May 27 - September 3, 2017

One of the most important post-World War II artists in Germany, Markus Lüpertz helped chronicle and shape the postwar image of his country, achieving enormous success across Europe. Astonishingly, this is his first major museum retrospective in the United States. This exhibition, organized in close collaboration with the artist himself, explores his five-decade career, from his earliest works—the perplexing “dithyrambs” and provocative manipulations of German motifs, such as helmets and fields of wheat—to the more recent paintings that are redolent with mythological subject matter and art historical allusions. Markus Lüpertz coincides with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History (May 24–September 10), an in-depth exploration of the artist’s revealing early work. Together, the two presentations form Lüpertz’s first major US museum retrospective.

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THE 10TH ANNUAL DC DESIGN HOUSE LOCATION ANNOUNCED 9004 Congressional Court in Potomac, Maryland is the site of the 2017 showhouse The 2017 DC Design House,, will be held at 9004 Congressional Court, Potomac, Maryland, from Saturday, September 30 through Sunday, October 29, 2017. Benefiting Children’s National Health System, the 10th annual event will include a Decade of Design Celebration in the home’s ballroom on Thursday, September 28, a daily onsite café by Saint Germain Catering, and special events throughout the month-long event. Listed at $10.48 million by Fouad Talout and Pascale Karam of Long & Foster Real Estate, the four-story, 27,256 square-foot Potomac home includes nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, four half baths, lower level ballroom, cinema, two-story library flanked by his and her offices, multiple kitchens and an elevator. Built in 2009, the home sits on two acres with a pool and pool house featuring an apartment and covered terrace. All ticket sales as well as a portion of proceeds from boutiques and designer sales, with most items in designers’ spaces available to purchase, are donated to Children’s National with more than $1.78 million raised in nine years. This year’s paint sponsor is Sherwin Williams and wallpaper sponsor is Thibaut, with additional sponsors to date including: Angie Seckinger Photographer, At Home Group, Children’s Health Board, DC Living Real



Estate, Foxcraft Design Group, Fred Home Improvement, Home & Design, MoKi Media and Saint Germain Catering. DC Design House Inc. is comprised of an all volunteer staff including Corporate Officers Skip Singleton and Taylor Wells and Corporate Board Members Kathy Barker, Susan Hayes Long, Sherry Moeller, Sharon Putterman, Randie Reilly, and Debbie Singleton, who work in concert with the Executive Committee consisting of Iantha Carley, Terry Castellani, Christina Emmerman, Heidi Fahey, Quintece Hill-Mattauszek, Alison Munoz, Stephanie Robinson, Jean Seline and Susan Wisor.

THOS. MOSER PRESENTS “DEDICATED TO ART” SUMMER EXHIBIT IN MAINE SHOWROOM Featuring Corcoran Gallery of Art & George Washington University Artists Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture,, announces its “Dedicated to Art” summer exhibit in its Freeport, Maine showroom. As part of an ongoing effort to display Maine artwork, the exhibit features 83 paintings, prints, drawings and photographs from 24 artists who have a connection to Maine and attended or taught at either the Corcoran Gallery of Art or George Washington (GW) University. Building upon a long-standing association, GW recently took over the Corcoran College of the Arts and Design and the historic Corcoran Gallery of Art building, while the National Gallery of Art assumed custody of the Corcoran’s art collection.

Top Right Skowhegan Landscape” by Bernard Langlais (Corcoan), oil on canvas Top Left “Gold Tree #7” by Joyce Tenneson (GW & Corcoran) 24” x 30”, face mounted to acrylic, (2012)

ABOUT THE ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE THOS. MOSER EXHIBIT: • Among the artists are: Bernard Langlais (Corcoran), photographer Joyce Tenneson (GW and the Corcoran), Hudson River School painter Christopher Pearse Cranch (GW), who ministered in Maine in 1830s and 1840s and then summered in Maine periodically between 1875 and 1890, Cicely Aikman (Corcoran), modernist James Daugherty (Corcoran), and figurative expressionist painter Abraham Rattner (GW and the Corcoran). Rattner, whose work is featured in the Leepa-Rattner Museum outside Tampa, taught at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1948 and then again in 1950 when Langlais, Charles DuBack, and Corcoran professor Brockie Stevenson were students; they also have work in the show. • Among the Corcoran and the GW artists who currently live in Maine year-round and have work in the show are: Margret Baldwin, David Estey, Nina Fuller, Roberta Goschke, Jenny Moore, Lavendier Myers, Chris Osgood, and Amy Wilton. • Among the Corcoran and the GW artists who summer or vacation in Maine are: Diana Ansley, Peter Egeli, Janis Goodman, Kate Hardy, Rosie Moore, John Morrell, Don Ripper, Charlotte Whitney Stevens, and Joanne Williams. The collected works will on display through October 10, 2017. A second opening reception will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Thos. Moser, 149 Main St., Freeport, Maine, 207.865.4519.

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DESTINATION Susan Nelson and Todd Martz open Home on Cameron in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

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It all began about 13 years ago when Susan Nelson was first starting out as a designer and visited American Eye Showroom in the Washington Design Center and met one of the owners, Todd Martz. They immediately clicked. “He got my design aesthetic and was an invaluable ‘partner’ for my design projects over the years,” Nelson says. Once Martz sold his share in American Eye two years ago, he was on the hunt for his next venture and that’s when things fell into place. “We decided to open a shop together,” adds Martz. Called Home on Cameron and located at 315 Cameron Street in Alexandria, Virginia, the new design destination is located in a former tobacco warehouse. Nelson and Martz have shopped national shows, vintage markets and collaborated with artisans to bring consumers and the trade a selection of products for every taste and style. A vast assortment of furniture, including custom tables and upholstered chairs, plus pillows, antiques and

colorful accessories for home and pets are among the products on display. Items are grouped as vignettes that can be purchased in their entirety or piece by piece. “Our goal is to offer products that can be purchased on the spot to refresh your home immediately, as well as provide a place to order fabrics and styles that suit your space,” Martz says. “We want to be a one-stop shop for ideas, education and advice to make your house your home.” Curated art from both established and emerging artists, as well as the option to design your own table and work with a decorative artist are among the specialties of Home on Cameron.

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“We don’t necessarily have the same approaches to design, but we often think the same and even finish each other’s sentences,” Nelson adds. “But most importantly, we complement one another’s designs.” Nelson, who studied interior design at Marymount University, brings practical and personal design solutions to decorating challenges. She has a love of color and the ability to mix patterns to create inspiring spaces. Martz, who studied interior design at the University of Maryland, has an extensive historical knowledge of architecture and furniture styles that enhance his adept use of color and texture to design energized rooms and entire homes. Besides selling furnishings and accessories for the home, Nelson and Martz also offer interior design services. Home on Cameron hours are: Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 4 p.m., Monday closed, Tuesday by appointment, or any day by appointment. Underground and municipal parking lots are close by for easy access. “We believe that entering your home should make you happy,” Nelson says. “We want to be your destination for creating spaces you love. After all, there’s no place like home!”

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KIDS CAN VOLUNTEER TOO! Volunteer work is great for kids in a lot of ways. You should get your kids involved with it. It helps them build good habits for the future. Volunteer work or community work is good for your kids because it teaches them to help others when they need help. It makes kids appreciate what they have because many people are less fortunate than they are. Children can meet new people when they volunteer, and who wouldn’t want a new friend? It teaches kids to do helpful and kind things for free. Plus, it gives kids an idea of what real work will be like when they are older. There are a lot of different kinds of volunteer work, so your kids won’t get bored. Kids would really enjoy volunteering at an animal shelter. You can raise money for the shelter, walk the dogs, help organize and put supplies away. Cleaning and grooming the animals is also a lot of fun, and parents can answer the phone. I volunteer at an animal shelter near my house, and I have tons of fun helping out and seeing the animals, especially the dogs. Another idea is for kids to participate in a walk or a race. Walking or running for a cause is awesome because it helps a charity and it is fun and healthy for children to do. I did a 5K race with my mom to support the awareness of breast cancer since my mom’s friend had it and survived. The next way kids can volunteer is at a food bank. Here they can sort the food, organize it, put it away, or distribute the food. I think a really fun way to volunteer would be at a nursing home. Kids can read books to the elderly or sing songs with them. Both the children and the elders can tell stories to one another, take a walk, or play all sorts of board games. A great way for teenagers who are fourteen and up to volunteer is to become a junior firefighter. We always need more firefighters. Smaller children can always sort through their toys and clothes and donate them to places such by Louise Jones

as Goodwill and the Salvation Army. Children of any age can always get gloves and help pick up trash on the side of the road with an adult. Picking up trash and litter is a wonderful way to protect and help the environment. Sometimes it can be hard to start something, especially to try and get your kids wanting to do it. They can do charity work once a week or once a month, or once a year. Every little bit counts! In the summer when I volunteer at the animal shelter I normally go once a week on Wednesday or Thursday. If you are doing a walk or a run try to raise money once a week until the race. If your kids don’t want to go you can let them pick a cousin or a friend to go with them and make it more fun for them. To make your child want to go, and keep going, reward them after they have gone so many times. Rewards could be to go out for ice cream or a movie. I’m sure your kids will like to volunteer!

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BREW AT THE ZOO July 20 National Zoo, Washington DC.


Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) host the annual event each summer that brings together more than 60 of the nation’s finest microbreweries for beer sampling.

Celebrate Alexandria’s Scottish Heritage with live music and dance competitions, a British Car Show, children’s games, Celtic crafts and foods.



Explore local farms and purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, and other local products. Several farms have hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations and other fun and educational activities for all ages. CITI OPEN TENNIS CLASSIC AT ROCK CREEK PARK TENNIS CENTER July 29-August 6 Citi Open Tennis Classic at Rock This classic is a wildly popular annual men’s tennis tournament held in Washington, DC.

Bring the kids to explore the firehouse museum in Old Town Alexandria and enjoy crafts, live musical entertainment, free giveaways and more.

The sporting event includes a scenic course that winds through the National Mall, a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course through the streets of Washington and Maryland, finishing with a 10k run past the city’s historical landmarks.



More than 100 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches and dinners for reduced prices.

Annual street festival in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.


CAPITAL DRAGON BOAT RACES August 26 Journey to the Southwest Waterfront and celebrate Chinese culture. This is a family-fun event for the waterfront community near Washington, DC. MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL August 26 - October 22 The annual fall festival features a 16th century English village with authentic combat armored jousting, costumed characters, arts and crafts, food, live music and dancing, games and lots more. NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL September 2 Visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books at the Convention Center.



WASHINGTON REDSKINS OPENING GAME September 10 The Washington football team plays in their home opener. Enjoy the football season and cheer for the Redskins.



The Cover was made from Maryland marble and the monument is 555 feet tall. The original elevator ride to the top took 20 minutes. Only men were allowed in the elevator as it was thought to be unsafe. Women and children had to climb all 897 stairs. The monument is the tallest structure in Washington, DC and, until the Eiffel Tower was built, it was the tallest in the world. Once you make it to the top you can see over 30 miles.

The same trowel was used to lay the cornerstone of the Washington Monument that, in 1848, George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the capitol in 1793. There are 50 flags surrounding the building representing each state. Fastest known ascent time via stairs 6.7 minutes (2005)




EL DIABLO Glassware: Collins Glass Method: Combine ingredients, except for ginger beer, in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain over ice into a collins glass – Top with ginger beer, and stir to mix. Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Avion Reposado .5 oz. Crème Cassis .5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice Ginger Beer Garnish: Lime Wheel Summer fun starts with a getaway trip. Unfortunately, the devil is in the details, and how to get to that somewhere special can feel more tedious than terrific. However, a devilishly delicious cocktail reward is sure to hit the spot. This summer, take flight, and kick back with a true classic, the El Diablo. This libation is steeped in classic tequila style with a mix of spirit, citrus, and liqueur. A little sweet pairs up perfectly with a little sour. A touch of traditional earth and grilled fruit notes of the Avion Reposado accentuate just enough “strength of spirit” without getting lost in flavor or abrasiveness. Ginger beer, gives the go ahead for lift off. The spice of the ginger and the texture of the carbonation easily lift this cocktail in the air. This summer, no matter the distance travelled, or the details encountered, after arriving to the desired destination, toast to clear skies with a scintillating summer special in the El Diablo.

CLOUD NINE Glassware: Footed Pilsner Glass Method: Place Margarita Popsicle in a footed Pilsner glass and top with sparkling Rose. Margarita Popsicle: Combine, pour into popsicle mold, and freeze overnight – Makes 4 small popsicles *Depending on size of popsicle mold – *Optional: pour into ice cube molds and use 3-4 ice cubes. Ingredients: 1 Margarita Popsicle Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rose Garnish: Lemon Twist *Margarita Popsicle: .5 oz. Avion Silver .5 oz. Cointreau 2 oz. Lime juice

2 oz. Simple Syrup 4 oz. Water In summer, the place that make a well-made Margarita, is normally the place to be. The legendary drink didn’t become the most popular cocktail in America by accident. The perfectly balanced combination of tartness, sugar and crispness has proved a refreshing remedy to countless thirsty souls. This modern version ups the ante so to speak, trying to one up summer on its own game of whimsy. To freeze the classic, sugar and water are used to bring the alcohol level to a point where it can freeze. After picking out the appropriate vessel (molds can be simple ice cube trays or playful tiki mugs,) batch the cocktail to amount needed and place in the freezer. When finally frozen, the cocktail itself is simple to make by placing the popsicle in a glass and slathering it with succulent sparkling wine. Cava is a great touch here, and a dry, floral rose, adds all of the right notes and sings to the skies. While cocktails are always in season, this summer, reach for the skies with a rendition that is ready to be had on Cloud Nine!

FIRST CLASS Glassware: Rocks Glass Method: Combine ingredients into a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain over one large ice cube into a rocks glass. Ingredients: 2 oz. Avion 44 Reserva .25 oz. Luxardo Maraschino .25 oz. Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup 2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters Garnish: Flag Garnish of Orange Peel and Cherry A luxurious beverage begins with a luxurious base and when searching for a little summer style, an “old fashion” never trends out. There is no better way to start than with Avion 44. Aged for 43 months in American oak barrels and finished for the last month in petite barrels rotated daily, the Reserva exudes class. Traditional tequila notes of tropical fruit with white pepper and earth tones are all present; however, the extra time in oak adds vanilla, caramel and candied fruit to further delve into rich luxury. Classic orange bitters and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur add a brilliance that pops like a sunrise view from 40,000 feet up while travelling across the world. Tying it all together, coconut palm sugar adds depth and body, creating a comforting feel in the manner of luxurious travel accommodations. This summer, if that seat upgrade is just a touch out of reach, upgrade the day with a cocktail that is pure First Class. *Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup: Combine equal parts water and coconut palm sugar in a stainless steel saucepan, bring to a simmer and stir till properly integrated. Coconut Palm Sugar is available at major retail food outlets like Harris Teeter and Whole Foods.

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FOODIE TASTE OF THE TOWN Something Special in Maine! Our Maine vacation took an unexpected delicious turn as we found ourselves at David’s 388 for dinner. The quick backstory, we were looking for something new to try as we had already hit our old favorites earlier in the week. A few taps into Google and boom! There we had it. Thank you, Trip Advisor, and the countless diners who posted great reviews about this gem. I’m a huge fan of Trip Advisor vs. Yelp. Yelp tends to be for people who enjoy complaining. As soon as you opened the door, you were greeted by a warm and friendly staff, an open kitchen with chefs laughing and smiling while they cooked and a packed bar….. you knew this was a winner. Our party of four settled into a table next to the kitchen and the magic unfolded. First up, presented by the server, specialty cocktails, the Casco Bay Mover, Surfing Chef, Cape Elizabeth and one not on the menu, the Mayfair. All were excellent, but the Mayfair was the clear winner. It’s a perfect choice for a beautiful summer’s eve. The drink is Hendricks Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup in a salt and thyme rimmed birdbath glass. Next up, a lovely basket of homemade rosemary ciabatta bread arrived at our table. Homemade bread always gets me and this was warm and delicious. You can truly judge a restaurant by its bread. Their dinner menu is broken up into four sections, small plates, starters, salads and entrees. We wasted no time and ordered our first courses: pan seared fish cake, crispy fried pot stickers, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, the arugula salad and the green bean and asparagus Caesar. The fresh and simple ingredients of each dish made them



all delicious. They weren’t over seasoned. Restaurants are notorious for over seasoning their food, not here. I would truly order them all again. Then came the main course and wine selection. The wine list has just enough variety and we were blown away by how reasonably priced the bottles were. Cakebread chardonnay was a steal! We ordered a bottle promptly. For dinner, we ordered the gingerscallion crusted salmon, prosciutto wrapped jumbo prawns and two orders of the Australian lamb rack. As I ordered the salmon, I want to say that it was simply amazing. I would truly order this every day. Clean plates and smiles were a clear indication of how much each of us enjoyed our meal. Did we have room for dessert? Yes, we did. Their dessert menu is fantastic and we probably would have ordered everything but we didn’t. We did order the Maine blueberry sorbet, warm chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream and New York style cheesecake topped with caramel sauce. The dessert was the perfect end to an amazing evening. We loved it so much, we went back the following night! If you are traveling to the Portland area in Maine, this should definitely be on your agenda. Restaurant David’s 388 Restaurant Chef de Cuisine – Kelsey O’Connor Sous Chef – Ian Paine Chef / Proprietor – David Turkin 388 Cottage Road South Portland, Maine 04106 207.347.7388


Not-To-Miss DC Festivals This Summer

TRUCKEROO – JULY 21, AUG. 18, SEPT. 22 One Friday each month from May through October, Truckeroo brings local food trucks to the Fairgrounds at Yards Park in the bustling Capitol Riverfront neighborhood to dole out everything from cookies and milk to Vietnamese sandwiches. About two dozen wheeled food sellers show up and there are picnic tables and shade to keep things cool. CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL – JULY 6-30 During the edgy Capital Fringe Festival, you can catch out-there performances from local creatives, including improv dramas, punk rock shows and colorful dance shows. Events take place at libraries, museums, galleries and the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Tickets and passes go on sale on June 19, and keep your eye on the festival’s website for updates. COMCAST XFINITY OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL – AUG. 24-26 It’s not quite summer unless you enjoy movies under the stars. Comcast Xfinity and Strathmore Campus present this three-day outdoor film festival (films begin at dusk each evening) that benefits the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities. The entire family can settle down on the Strathmore lawn, enjoy on-site food from Ridgewell’s and take in a classic movie. Lineup coming soon. 17TH STREET FESTIVAL – AUG. 27 This annual festival honors the incredible diversity of restaurants and retailers on 17th Street NW in Dupont Circle, as well as its communal vibe. More than 100 vendors will be on-hand showcasing their offerings and over 50 artists will display jewelry, crafts, fine art and more. There will also be live music, a kids’ zone featuring a moon bounce and a pet zone for those looking to shop or adopt a new pet!

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Wearing white from head to toe is proving to be one of summer’s biggest style moves. Forget about the Little Black Dress, this season, it is all about the Little White Dress. Houses from Chloe to J.W. Anderson have taken the black dress and turned it on its ear for summer. For men’s fashion, white denim jeans paired with white t-shirts and white suits are all the rage. Dolce and Gabbana, Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani have all walked models in white suits down the runway to celebrate the summer.




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Now that we are in the middle of summer, it’s a great time to look at how you want to spend your free time. Free time can include going to the beach, picnics, family reunions, summer camp for your children, vacations and a variety of other lifestyle options. As financial advisors, it is a good time to help clients design how they want to spend their free time in the future. Deciding on purchasing a beach, lake or mountain home is one of the fun parts of my job. Helping the client figure out if they are going to purchase the property as an investment property or for the personal use of their family to have a lifestyle that they have been dreaming of and planning for is part of what we design with our clients. A lot of times we work with clients that know exactly what they want and it’s our job to see if we can make the dream a reality or help them modify their dream into a plan that works for them. This can mean anything from renting a vacation property for the summer or purchasing a vacation property and using it all of the time or renting it out part time and using it in the off-season. There are plenty of potential tax breaks available to owners of vacation homes. I would advise talking with your tax professional to see how they can help you. Some of the benefits are if you rent the house for just 10 days per year, that rent can be tax free. However, if you rent the house for the season or

the year, the rents would be taxable. Other than beach and mountain homes, clients may want to vacation around the globe during the summer; we can help them see where the bargains are based on currency rates. Right now Canada is a bargain, the exchange rate is $1.35 Canadian dollar to $1 US dollar, so it is a good time to travel where the US dollar goes far. It’s also a good time to lock in and prepay for hotels, as long as you are sure that you are not going to have to cancel your plans. That way you will at least lock in the exchange rate for that part of the trip. Many people take time off during the summer and it may be a good time for a trial run in some of the areas that you may be considering for retirement. Staying somewhere for a few weeks to explore the day-to-day living situation is a good way to see if you could actually live in that location. It’s a great way to experience the local lifestyle. I would not recommend staying at a resort; instead I would stay at a local type of hotel where you can get more of a local flavor. Swim up bars and massages are great, but you probably will not be spending your day-to-day life that way. So, pick a nice, local place that allows you to experience the life you would normally live in that area. Other summer strategies may include planning a family meeting to discuss your plans and goals

and get everyone on the same page. We can also help with some of these meetings. They are very rewarding because it engages both the older and younger generations in a conversation on how to work together to accomplish their goals. If you want to set up a family meeting and want us to help with some of the details, please email me at . I would be more than happy to discuss structure and the best strategies for these types of these meetings. If you need any clarification or want to see how some of these strategies would work for you, I am happy to discuss. Until the fall, I hope you have a great summer. Securities offered through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through CWM, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC is under separate ownership from any other named entity.

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OLD TOWN NORTH The Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the Old Town North Small Area Plan, a framework to transform more than 200 acres, anchored by a shuttered power plant, into a pedestrian-focused, arts-heavy neighborhood. A 21-member committee spent the last 18 months formulating the vision for a 206-acre section of Old Town bordered by North Washington Street to the west, Oronoco Street to the south, the Slaters Lane area to the north and the Potomac River to the east. (WBJ)



A 27-year-long battle of epic proportions finally came to an end when Mayor Muriel Bowser cut the ribbon on the new Klingle Valley Trail, a $6 million seam of porous asphalt cutting through the valley and along a small brook that feeds into Rock Creek. The trail takes the place of Klingle Road, a 0.7-mile roadway that threaded east-west through Rock Creek Park between Mount Pleasant and Cleveland Park. The road, which had always suffered from poor drainage and maintenance was closed to traffic in 1990 after a storm washed out a portion of it. The fight over the road’s reconstruction, which dragged on through the administrations of six D.C. mayors and five U.S. presidents, set environmentalists against drivers and east against west. (WAMU)

HOUSE POUCH Moving to a new city is tough — especially when you’re a young adult with no car, no furniture and no clue as to how you go about finding the best bang for you buck. That’s where HousePouch comes in - the for interior decorating. HousePouch lets you compare and buy items from a variety of different shops—like Amazon, Walmart and Target, just to name a few—from one shop. HousePouch even filters out items from larger retailers to find the items that are at the right price point and have the best feel for a millennial consumer. And, with their commission based revenue model, the price the customer pays is the same they would pay on the specific retailer’s site. Each time a sale is made, HousePouch takes a 5-10 percent sliver of the sale, depending on which retailer they’re working with. (DC Inno)

THE ANTHEM When a new concert venue at The Wharf holds its grand opening this October, the Foo Fighters will headline. It’s a good fit for The Anthem, a $60 million venue on the Southwest Waterfront from the owners of the 9:30 Club, because Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl has talked about how influential the original 9:30 Club on F Street was for him as a burgeoning musician growing up in Virginia. “There was never any question about who would open. There was no Plan B,” said the chairman of I.M.P. and coowner of the 9:30 Club and The Anthem, Seth Hurwitz, in a statement. “It was always just the Foos. I texted Dave some photos of the venue after we started building it and asked him ‘Who else should open it?’ He said ‘Nobody.’ That was the end of it.” (dcist)


GELATERIA LA CARRAIA Piazza Sauro Nazario, 25/R - Ponte alla Carraia (on the Oltrarno side) and Carraia 2 on Via dei Benci The gelato here is super creamy and soft and there are loads of flavors to choose from. The display case itself is a kaleidoscope of color. CARAPINA Via Lambertesca, 18 and Piazza Oberdan The ice cream at Carapina is made with natural, high quality ingredients: only fresh, seasonal fruit, whole fresh milk, quality chocolate and coffee from central America. You won’t see the gelato here, as they are kept in silver canisters deep in the counter to maintain the temperature constant at which it is kept soft. The quantity of flavors is limited given the seasonal variety, but the gelato is made fresh daily and made again throughout the day as needed right in the back area of the shop. PERCHE NO? Via dei Tavolini, 19-rosso Specializing in homemade gelato since 1939, they make their gelato with all natural ingredients, with vegan and soy options as well. They have a special taste of the day every day, from pine nuts, rose and English trifle on Mondays to ginger, cheesecake, apple pie and matcha green tea on other days of the week.

ICE CREAM Ice cream screams summer and, perhaps, there is no better ice cream in the world than that found in Florence, Italy. Gelato, which incorporates more milk than cream in this traditional seasonal favorite, is a staple in this Renaissance city. If you happen to be walking the streets of Michelangelo and Galileo, make sure to stop by one of these shops for the best the city has to offer‌

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