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“This piece shows my ‘inner child’ artwork in comparison to my current work now. The style is intentionally messy to convey the mixed emotions and conflict that comes along as you grow.”
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ason Augustowski isn’t your typical high school teacher. He plays paintball with his students, sets up haunted houses in his classroom, and changes his facial hair more often than some people change their clothes. He also can claim the title of Best High School Teacher in Ashburn, thanks to topping the category in Ashburn Magazine’s Best of Ashburn 2021 survey. Augustowski has taught English at Riverside High School in Lansdowne for six years. (Yes, that’s technically Leesburg, but for our purposes, we count everything east of Goose Creek as Ashburn.) Before that he spent four years at Belmont Ridge Middle School, where he was also the school’s theater director, a role he continues in to this day. Kids are his world. He’s a sponsor for the organization PEER (Positive Experiences in Educational Relationships), which teaches kids basic counseling skills and allows older students to work with younger students. He founded the extracurricular Bowtie organization, in which teenagers talk to educators about their experiences to help teachers relate to today’s students. And he has founded a theater company to give aspiring thespians opportunities beyond drama club. Ashburn Magazine spoke with Augustowski from his home near Lansdowne Town Center about his career, his students and his passions.
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WHY DO YOU THINK YOU WON? WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR CONNECTION WITH YOUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES? “I teach kids first, not content. I have a relationship with every single kid. If I teach 150 kids, I know 150 kids, not just the 10 who raise their hands. Early in my career someone taught me, ‘No kid cares what you know until they know that you care.’ And that’s true.”
YOU ARE BIG INTO MUSICALS. YOU’VE DIRECTED QUITE A FEW AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL AS WELL AS FOR LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS. WHERE DOES THIS PASSION COME FROM? “That was just my big thing growing up. I was in all the shows in high school. I did all the plays that I could. I was part of the marching band — I played saxophone and guitar. I had a band in high school. We played in coffee houses.”
WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK YOU THINK HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? “For me — it’s kind of a silly teen novel — but one that really impacted me was ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ by Stephen Chbosky. There’s heart in it. I felt like when I was reading it – I wanted to help that kid, by becoming a teacher like I had always wanted to do. I switched majors – ended up getting my bachelor’s in English literature and a master’s in curriculum and instruction at Virginia Tech, and I have loved life every single second since.”
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couple of years back, Jean Sardoni was looking for an artistic outlet for her son, Michael, who at the time was a senior at Battlefield High School in Haymarket. Michael is autistic and enjoys expressing himself through art. But after high school, opportunities to pursue art were few and far between. “Art makes him happy,” Sardoni said. “It makes him feel like he’s contributing, and it soothes his anxiety.” She wanted to find a way to help Michael contribute to the community while securing some independence for him and giving him some direction for the future. It sounded like a tall order, but then she discovered Zenaviv, an Ashburn-based organization that pairs artists on the autism spectrum with paying art jobs. People on the spectrum often have challenges communicating verbally, but sometimes find they can express themselves through other means such as art. Harish Bikmal founded Zenaviv after his son, Himal, “found his voice in his paintbrush.” Himal was diagnosed at age 2 with severe, non-verbal autism. Now 19 and a student at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Himal is not usually expressive, but his father says when Himal sees his paintings hanging in the community, it’s easy to see and feel his pride and happiness. “Himal’s self-esteem really got a boost when his art was recognized and when others commented on it,” said Bikmal, who lives with his family in the Preserve at Goose Creek neighborhood. Bikmal officially launched Zenaviv in 2016 and gave up his career as a management consultant to work full time on the nascent brand. Zenaviv sells artwork created by artists on the autism spectrum to corporate businesses and also online. The organization’s customers include Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Four Seasons and The Jefferson hotels in Washington, and C2 Education Centers, a national chain of test prep centers. Altogether, Zenaviv has more than 60 corporate customers and partners who have bought artwork and help to spread
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its inclusive message. The artists receive two-thirds of the profits from the sale of their work. Zenaviv sells reprints of original works, which means artists can continue to earn profits. NOVA Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Ashburn purchased one of Himal’s paintings — a wintery nature scene — at a charity event, and it now hangs in one of their treatment rooms. “Every time Himal comes to visit, we can see how happy he is to see his art displayed. It brings joy to all of us,” said Dr. Valerie Woo, one of the practice’s partners. “What struck me about the piece was the way he could express himself through his work. All of our patients, parents and team are amazed at how beautiful it is.” Zenaviv’s name was the brainchild of Himal’s older brother, who wanted to convey the therapeutic nature of
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ne year ago, as we launched Ashburn Magazine’s inaugural Best of Ashburn survey, the community was just coming to grips with the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. It proved to be a trial by fire for many, but from the hottest fires come the strongest metals. Today, many Ashburn residents and businesses have found new strength and new purpose. With what we hope is the wind at our back, we have once again conducted our annual Best of Ashburn survey. We logged more than 60,000 votes cast by nearly 10,000 readers. It was a fantastic turnout that led to a fantastic list of people, places and businesses that are truly the Best of Ashburn.
Best OF THE BEST Ashburn is a diverse community, but one thing is clear — we like our seafood and we know where to find it. Ford’s Fish Shack repeated this year as the top overall vote recipient in the Best of Ashburn polling. In case you’re wondering, 2,203 businesses, people, organizations and places received votes this year, and here are the Top 10:
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Thank YOU For Choosing Stream Valley as Best Veterinarian '21! "All pets deserve Concierge Care. We have been the other family doctor for many local families spanning 20 years! We can assure your pet is not just a figure on a balance sheet."
- Mary A. Corey, D.V.M. Preventive & Diagnostic Medicine • Surgery & Dentistry • Obedience Classes • Boarding • Doggie Daycare • Professional Grooming
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Hours of Operation Monday - Friday: 7 AM - 7 PM Saturday: 8 AM - 3 PM Sunday (boarder pick up only): 5 PM - 7 PM
We're just a few feet away! 703.723.1017 42902 Waxpool Road Ashburn, Virginia 20148 www.streamvalleyvet.com
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Long & Foster’s One Loudoun office is honored to be this year’s winner in the Best of Ashburn Best Place to Work category. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the community and to readers for your support. At the One Loudoun office — home is here — at our office, in our community, in our backyard. Our positive team office environment shows in all we do. Whether you’re buying, selling or renting, the team at Long & Foster at One Loudoun is here for you. We’ll be your trusted advisor, your experienced negotiator and your skilled house hunter – working for you every step of the way on your journey home. P R E AC H E R
Father Nicholas Barnes ST. THERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH
S E N I O R L I V I N G FAC I L I T Y
Ashby Ponds 21170 ASHBY PONDS BOULEVARD, ASHBURN, 20147 WWW.ERICKSONLIVING.COM/ASHBY-PONDS 800- 839-3496
Residents of Ashby Ponds often refer to the community as a “small town under one roof ” for the wealth of amenities, all connected through climate-controlled walkways. High demand for the all-inclusive senior lifestyle prompted Ashby Ponds to add new amenities and new apartment homes to the campus. Ashby Ponds boasts 10 restaurants as well as fitness centers, all-season pools, a day spa and a fully staffed medical center. Assisted living, memory care and nursing care are also available on site. It’s no wonder Ashby Ponds is the area’s most sought-after address for active retirement living. Visit AshbyPonds.com for your complimentary brochure.
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Arts & Entertainment ARTIST
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Braden Quinlan MUSIC SHOP
Mintons Academy of Music 21690 RED RUM DRIVE, #157, ASHBURN, 20147 WWW.MINTONSMUSIC.COM 703-723-1154
Automotive AU TO D E A L E R S H I P
Lindsay Volkswagen 22455 LINDSAY CARS COURT, STERLING, 20166 WWW.LINDSAYVOLKSWAGEN.COM 703-810-7760
Lindsay VW is proud to serve the Loudoun community. We opened our Dulles location in 2004 and have enjoyed many wonderful successes. Our parent company, the Lindsay Automotive Group, has been serving the DMV since 1949 and has a tradition of achieving accolades from our brands as well as our amazing clients. Every team member we hire shares our passion for providing customer service that is unmatched by any competitor. Whether you’re shopping for a vehicle or need an oil change or just a cool keychain, we look forward to demonstrating the “Lindsay Difference” via phone, email, text or in person! Check us out at LindsayVW.com.
WINNER OF THE BEST FITNESS CENTER IN THE BEST OF ASHBURN 2021
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AU TO R E PA I R S H O P
C A R WA S H
Virginia Tire & Auto
Ashburn Car Wash
ONE LOUDOUN, 44705 WELLFLEET DRIVE, ASHBURN, 20147 ASHBURN FARM, 43781 PARKHURST PLAZA, ASHBURN, 20147 BROADLANDS, 43180 SOUTHERN WALK PLAZA, ASHBURN, 20148 DULLES, 44285 ICE RINK PLAZA, ASHBURN, 20147 VATIRE.COM 855-425-3677
Thank you for supporting Virginia Tire & Auto in the 2021 Best of Ashburn contest. We’ve been helping take the stress out of car care since 1976, and we’re proud to offer our automotive repair and tire services to the Ashburn area. Our clean, professional shops offer comfortable waiting rooms, ASE Certified Technicians, loaner cars, state-of-the-art equipment and more. Any make, any model, any job — we’re all your car needs. Call us or schedule an appointment online for service.
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Virginia Tire & Auto ONE LOUDOUN, 44705 WELLFLEET DRIVE, ASHBURN, 20147 ASHBURN FARM, 43781 PARKHURST PLAZA, ASHBURN, 20147 BROADLANDS, 43180 SOUTHERN WALK PLAZA, ASHBURN, 20148 DULLES, 44285 ICE RINK PLAZA, ASHBURN, 20147 VATIRE.COM 855-425-3677
(See write-up, Auto Repair Shop)
All of Us at Zazu are Honored - Thank you Ashburn!
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Beauty & Wellness Current Salon 44714 BRIMFIELD DRIVE, ASHBURN, 20147 WWW.CURRENTBYNESE.COM 703-724-9444
(See write-up, Hair Salon) N A I L S A LO N
Beauty Bar & Spa TA N N I N G S A LO N
Palm Beach Tan
19945 RIVERSIDE COMMONS PLAZA, SUITE 2, ASHBURN, 20147 KERRIPREAST.GLOSSGENIUS.COM 571-271-2962
44714 BRIMFIELD DR., ASHBURN, 20147 CURRENTBYNESE.COM 703-724-9444
Kerri Preast was born and raised in Ashburn and loves this area. She attended school in Reston for her Basic and Master Esthetics education and training and continues to excel in her field. During the past few years, her focus has been on growing a loyal clientele throughout Loudoun County. She is extremely blessed and proud to be running her own business in such an amazing area — and beyond grateful for being voted Best Esthetician. She has been a licensed esthetician for five years and specializes in lash, brow and skin services. Her studio is in the Sola Salons next to the Oak Health Club in Ashburn.
Current Salon aims to create a warm, personal experience for every client, every time. The Current Salon difference can be seen within each well thought-out detail — making each of our clients confident in knowing they have our full attention. That sentiment goes for clients as well as team members. Each stylist is encouraged to continue investing time, energy and training in order to bring the most innovative styles and techniques to our clients.
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Radiance Salon & Medi-Spa
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Experience Radiance! It is our mission to enhance each client’s natural beauty with the most advanced cosmetic and medical procedures that include all of the services of a traditional salon and a cutting-edge medical spa. Our energetic team of highly trained technicians and fully-accredited medical professionals customizes your beauty plan with refined salon finishes and antiaging treatments to achieve your personal objectives. Experience an upscale and inviting spa atmosphere where each client is treated as a favored guest and their expectations are surpassed.
Local Car Care You Can Trust. Thank you for choosing Virginia Tire & Auto as the Best Auto Repair Shop and Best Tire Store! For over 45 years, we’ve been your first choice for car care.
Drop by or schedule your appointment today! VAtire.com | 1.855.425.3677
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H A I R S A LO N
BEST OF ASHBURN 2021
Childcare & Education
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGR AM
P R E S C H O O L / DAYC A R E
Russian School of Mathematics
Chesterbrook Academy (Brambleton) MUSIC INSTRUCTION
21021 SYCOLIN ROAD, UNIT 55, ASHBURN, 20148 11250 ROGER BACON DRIVE, #19, RESTON, 20190 WWW.RUSSIANSCHOOL.COM 571-306-2355
The Russian School of Mathematics is an after-school K-12 math enrichment program with locations in 11 states and a virtual classroom. Recently featured on NPR and in The Atlantic as one of the key players in the “Math Revolution,” RSM has been ranked one of the best schools in the world by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. RSM helps children of all levels build a solid math foundation and develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for the future. Visit our website at RussianSchool.com.
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Linda Cirba with StageCoach Theatre Company OWNER OF SOVA-STUDIOS WWW.LINDACIRBAMUSIC.COM 703-646-0396
Our Family Caring For Yours So You Enjoy A Lifetime Of Fantastic Smiles
Comfort and satisfaction go hand in hand. You will enjoy relaxing music, water features and Netflix in a spa-like atmosphere.
Dr. Elizabeth Ramsey-Reeves and Dr. Carter Reeves
Thank You Ashburn for Voting Us The Best Dental Practice! OUR SERVICES: Cosmetic Dentistry • Dental Bonding • Dental Veneers • Gum Recontouring • Invisalign® and SureSmile® • KöR® Whitening Tooth Recontouring • Dental Anxiety Treatment • Dental Implants • Digital Design • General & Family Dentistry • Cleanings & Exams Dental Emergencies • Dental Sealants • iTero® Digital Scanner • Night Guards • Oral Surgery • Bone Graft • Implant Supported Dentures • Tooth Extraction • Cosmetic Rehabilitation • Remineralization Therapy • Restorative Dentistry • Sinus Lifts • Dental Bridges Dental Crowns • Dental Inlays & Onlays • Dentures • Root Canal Therapy • Sleep Apnea Appliances • TMJ Therapy
We Offer Excellent Customer Service & Bedside Manner First Impression Dental
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Primrose School at Moorefield Station 43345 BISSELL TERRACE, ASHBURN 20148 WWW.PRIMROSEMOOREFIELDSTATION.COM 703-726-9306
At the Primrose School at Moorefield Station, our vision is to deliver the best and most trusted early childhood education and childcare for our families. Our mission is to Primrose School at enable our families to achieve Moorefield Station balanced success in learning The Leader in Early Education and Care® and life for their children by 703.726.9306 | PrimroseMoorefieldStation.com consistently delivering innovative, high quality early education and childcare services. We encourage and support our teachers to be the very best at providing our services and achieve excellence in teaching. We provide a safe environment in which children are nurtured and encouraged to achieve active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts. We believe who children become is as important as what they know. SUMMER CAMP
Primrose School at Moorefield Station 43345 BISSELL TERRACE, ASHBURN 20148 WWW.PRIMROSEMOOREFIELDSTATION.COM 703-726-9306
(See write-up, Best Private School) T E AC H E R — E L E M E N TA RY S C H O O L
Erin Levy STEUART WELLER ELEMENTARY
T E AC H E R — M I D D L E S C H O O L
Dave Stephenson FARMWELL STATION MIDDLE SCHOOL
T E AC H E R — H I G H S C H O O L
Jason Augustowski RIVERSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
T U TO R I N G S E RV I C E
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Ahso Restaurant B A K E RY & PA S T R I E S
The Difference Baker 20937 ASHBURN ROAD, SUITE 130, ASHBURN, 20147 WWW.THEDIFFERENCEBAKER.COM 571-831-3988
44921 GEORGE WASHINGTON BOULEVARD, ASHBURN, 20147 WWW.SAIGONOUTCAST.COM 703-258-6562
Saigon Outcast is a mash-up of our Vietnamese heritage and our American upbringing, presenting you with an East-meetsWest menu and a boisterous atmosphere to match. We add a new twist to fast-casual dining – order at the counter, pour yourself a drink from our unique self-serve beverage wall with over 30 taps of beer, wine and sake, then grab a table, and partake in good times with good people. There’s no pretense here – let your hair down, chow down, imbibe and just be yourself. We’re sure our spin on timeless classics will satisfy your cravings for Asian cuisine.
Ahso Restaurant BARTENDER
Phil Duong AHSO RESTAURANT
When you’re ready to make a move... work with the best! VOTED BEST PLACE TO WORK! One Loudoun Office 703-724-9494 20396 Exchange Street, Ashburn, Virginia
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BEST OF ASHBURN 2021
B R E W E RY O R D I S T I L L E RY
Lost Rhino Brewing Company COFFEE SHOP
Blend Coffee Bar FA M I LY R E S TAU R A N T
Blue Ridge Grill FINE DINING
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D E L I /S A N DW I C H S H O P
Greek Unique 44632 GUILFORD DRIVE, NO. 107, ASHBURN, 20147 WWW.GREEKUNIQUEVA.COM 703-723-8645
At Greek Unique, our food is authentic to our Greek heritage, but being first-generation GreekAmericans we have taken the traditional cuisine to a whole new level with what we call “Greek Fusion.” New twists on old classics alongside an array of traditional Greek dishes mean there is something for everyone at Greek Unique. And we refuse to compromise on quality at our restaurant. That’s why we source our fresh ingredients from local farmer’s markets. Mixing it up and giving a new twist to Greek food, that’s Greek Unique! Opa!
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Scotto’s Rigatoni Grill
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Londa’s Laboratory Yolanda Latimer
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Ford’s On The Road
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Parrando’s TexMex Grill
Ford’s Fish Shack
Buffalo Wing Factory
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First Impression Dental 43810 CENTRAL STATION DRIVE, SUITE 100, ASHBURN, 20147 WWW.ASHBURNDENTALOFFICE.COM 571-465-2114
20600 GORDON PARK SQUARE, NO. 130, ASHBURN, 20147 FIREFLYACUANDWELLNESS.COM 703-263-2142
First Impression Dental has been family owned and operated in Loudoun County since 2012. Dr. Carter Reeves is a second-generation dentist who began pursuing dentistry at age 12. Watching his father’s compassion, expertise and professionalism gave him inspiration to become an ethical and caring doctor. Dr. Elizabeth Ramsey, the creative mind behind the principles at First Impression Dental, has served in the community in various philanthropic capacities for more than 20 years. Both graduates of Virginia Tech and the Medical College of Virginia, the Ramsey-Reeves principles are evident in the care and grace they share with those around them. Thanks for voting us Best Dentists in Ashburn! We are truly honored to serve in this community.
C H I R O P R AC TO R
Core Concepts Chiropractic by Roselle 42882 TRURO PARISH DRIVE, SUITE 207, BROADLANDS, 20148 WWW.CORE2CHIRO.COM 703-723-4178
THANK YOU, ASHBURN, FOR VOTING US BEST FLOORING COMPANY & BEST CARPET CARE!
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Health & Medical
BEST OF ASHBURN 2021
Dr. Carter Reeves FIRST IMPRESSION DENTAL
GENERAL P R AC T I T I O N E R DIETITIAN
Taylor Mras RIGHT THYME NUTRITION
Dr. Jeffrey Cohn BROADLANDS FAMILY PRACTICE
E Y E D O C TO R
Dr. Stacy Jaffe ASSOCIATES IN EYE CARE
Dr. Neal Kravitz KRAVITZ ORTHODONTICS
43810 CENTRAL STATION DRIVE, SUITE 100, ASHBURN, 20147 WWW.ASHBURNDENTALOFFICE.COM 571-465-2114
(See write-up, Dental Practice/Group)
P R AC T I C E /G R O U P
P E D I AT R I C P R AC T I C E /
Broadlands Family Practice
Let Me Enhance Your Natural Beauty Specializing in Lash, Brow and Skin Services
Well-groomed brows act to frame the eyes and highlight your best features.
Kerri and her 1 year old puppy, Maia.
“Got a Maskne Facial with Kerri yesterday and my skin is so much happier, it’s supple and glowing today. I swear she has magic hands!” 38 • ASHBURN MAGAZINE • MAY/JUNE 2021
• Lash extensions • Lash lifts • Brow & lash tints • Brow & facial waxing • Customized facials & more!
19945 Riverside Commons Plaza Ashburn, Virginia 20147 (Inside Sola Salons)
571-271-2962 Allbeautybykp@gmail.com https://kerripreast.glossgenius.com/
Thank You Ashburn for Voting Me Best Esthetician!
Plant your Roots WE ARE PROUD TO BE VOTED BEST BUILDER Van Metre has been planting their roots and growing local communities for over 65 years. We are committed to building homes and providing a sense of belonging for our homeowners. Now it’s your turn. Plant your roots, form deep connections to the surrounding community and grow the life you want. Start today by exploring neighborhoods blooming across Northern Virginia.
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CAPITAL AREA PEDIATRICS
Home & Garden
PL ASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Ty's Carpet Cleaning
P E D I AT R I C I A N
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Ashburn Psychological & Psychiatric Services 44095 PIPELINE PLAZA, SUITE 204, ASHBURN, 20147 ASHBURNPSYCH.COM | 703-723-2999
We are thrilled to be recognized by Ashburn Magazine readers as the best mental health practice in Loudoun County this year! Since 2005, we have been dedicated to excellence in psychological and psychiatric practice by offering our community a wide array of diagnostic testing, psychotherapy, medication and consultation services for children, adolescents, adults and families. At APPS, we effectively integrate the most recent advances in psychology and psychiatry with time-tested treatment approaches. We offer you the expertise you expect from a leading clinical practice in a supportive, nurturing and therapeutic environment. We thank you for your support and for entrusting your care to us.
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I N T E R I O R D E S I G N S E RV I C E S
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The Cleaning Authority THECLEANINGAUTHORITY.COM/LEESBURG 571-291-9954
Raising a Socially Responsible Child Premier preschool focuses on raising compassionate, caring children All parents want their children to develop traits such as compassion, generosity and kindness, but just like math and reading skills, the traits associated with being a socially responsible person must be nurtured and developed over time. The earlier these softer skills are fostered in young children, the more likely they are to be successful in school and life. Social and emotional development begins at birth, and the brain develops more rapidly during the first five years of life than at any other time. Cultivating character traits that lead to social responsibility such as caring, honesty and cooperation during this time is just as important as building the foundation for traditional academic skills. That’s why character development is an integral part of our exclusive Balanced Learning® curriculum at Primrose Schools®. “It’s our goal to help children build the foundation they need to grow into happy, successful individuals,” said Mike Hummer, Franchise Owner of Primrose School at Moorefield Station. “Nurturing good character is an important part of that mission. Character lessons are woven through our program and daily classroom experiences to help children learn about social responsibility and apply specific character traits to authentic situations.”
Character development has been a part of Primrose’s approach to learning since the company’s inception more than 30 years ago. Today, children learn about character every day through books, discussions, art projects, puppet play, games and role playing. For example, the Primrose Friends puppets help teach children traits like responsibility, honesty, caring and cooperation. Og® the Bookworm represents caring and reminds children through class discussions, literature and role playing to be kind to others, show appreciation, and help others when they can. Teachers also read books to children that convey important life lessons through relatable characters and story lines. Children are encouraged to think of real examples and make connections to their own lives. In addition to classroom activities, Primrose® provides hands-on learning experiences to help children develop character traits like caring and generosity. Activities include collecting books for children in need, doing chores at home to raise money to purchase canned goods for local food banks, and collecting items for local animal shelters. This kind of experiential learning helps children learn first-hand the joy of giving back and helping others.
Learn about the Primrose Schools Balanced Learning approach and Primrose School at Moorefield Station by visiting PrimroseMoorefieldStation.com or calling 703.726.9306.
High-Quality Preschool Experiences Lead to Future Success in School and Life
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Rock Water Farm Landscapes & Hardscapes 24778 JAMES MONROE HIGHWAY, ALDIE, 20105 ROCKWATERFARM.COM OFFICE: 571-918-9454
Rock Water Farm is a landscape design, build and maintenance business serving clients throughout Northern Virginia. We provide a full-service solution that includes everything from stone patios and fireplaces to swimming pools and beautiful landscapes. Our professional installers are proud to offer innovative design, superior products and a caring, professional attitude every step of the way. Whether a large estate or a neighborhood house or townhome, our goal is simple. We want you to have a property you can be proud of and have more time to spend doing what you really love. PEST CONTROL
22395 POWERS COURT, STERLING, 20166 PESTNOW.COM 877-284-2466
PestNow is a part of Ashburn. More than 20 years ago, four young men grew up here with a dream. They started their company by performing all of the work themselves and now have one of the largest pest control companies in the United States. The roots of their success are buried deep within Ashburn — it is their home. As part of the community, they share a vested interest in its safety and success. All of the work they perform, from termites and ants to bats and wildlife, they take care of it because this is their community, too! Thank you, Ashburn, for recognizing us!
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Pets P E T B OA R D I N G
Olde Towne Pet Resort 21460 SQUIRE COURT, STERLING, 20166 WWW.OLDETOWNEPETRESORT.COM 888-475-3580
There’s no place like home, but with the love and attention we devote to the pets in our care, a stay at Olde Towne Pet Resort is as close as it gets. Your pets are part of your family, and our family too. Our care includes 24/7 staffing, premier spacious suites, and features such as webcams, sound proofing, filtered auto-fill water dishes and a hospital-grade air system. With resort-quality boarding and activities such as day camp, swimming and cardio exercise, we offer the best in safe, secure, fun! From thoughtful creature comforts to extra cuddle time, every stay at Olde Towne Pet Resort is the closest thing to being at home.
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Woofie’s P E T S TO R E
DogGone Natural 44031 ASHBURN SHOPPING PLAZA, NO. 287, ASHBURN, 20147 21 CATOCTIN CIRCLE NE, LEESBURG VA 20176 WWW.DOGGONENATURAL.COM ASHBURN: 703-858-1112 LEESBURG: 571-291-3970
Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital 42902 WAXPOOL ROAD, ASHBURN, 20148 WWW.STREAMVALLEYVET.COM 703-723-1017
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Landsdowne Hole No. 7
hat is it about Hole No. 7? Ashburn Magazine reached out to local golf pros and club managers to find out which holes are considered the most challenging at the community’s four golf courses. For some strange reason — each and every time, the consensus was that Hole No. 7 was the toughest, despite the courses being built at different times and having different designers. “I can’t explain it,” said Linda Gaudi, a PGA and LPGA pro who teaches golf at Brambleton. “Every course is distinctly different. I guess it’s just ‘lucky sevens’ — or maybe it’s ‘unlucky sevens’ in this case.” With this mystery in mind, here’s a look at the hardest holes and the features that confound golfers all season long. We also asked avid golfer Mackenzie Warren to chime in with his take on the No. 7s. The Brambleton resident competes in Virginia State Golf Association tournaments around the state and is a Top 100 course rater for Golf Week Magazine.
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Brambleton Golf Course 42180 RYAN ROAD The Brambleton Golf Course is a public course, part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. It has trim fairways and rough laid out on relatively flat terrain. Golfers say it’s low priced and in good shape, and some refer to it as “very forgiving.” Dustin Bethauser is the general manager. He says the most challenging hole is probably No. 7, a par-5 that runs 589 yards from the back tees. It’s long and straight — but also narrow with woods on both sides. Even more challenging, there’s a small creek, hidden in the woods, that runs along the right side the entire length of the hole, then crosses the fairway in front of the green. “There are these big rocks on the far side of the creek – it’s not that wide, but the rocks make it look like it’s wider than it is,” Gaudi said.
Mackenzie’s Review: The seventh hole at Brambleton is a really stern test — one of the hardest holes I have played on a municipal course anywhere. From the championship tees, it is a monster. It requires three of your best shots of the day just to be near the green. The window for the drive is very MACKENZIE WARREN narrow, over a marshy creek bed. The woods on both sides are jail. Then for your second shot, you either have to hit a second consecutive bomb and clear a wall of rocks and a stream, or you have to lay up and hit your third shot through a narrow frame, still contending with the forced carry to an elevated green, which itself has two shelves and two bunkers. A par there is a relief, and a birdie a true achievement.
1757 Golf Club 45120 WAXPOOL ROAD 1757 is sometimes called a “shot maker’s course” because — with water on all but two holes — it takes a fair amount of precision to find success. The most challenging hole at the 1757 Golf Club is the 241-yard No. 7. That’s according to Dave Ahart, the course’s director of golf. “It’s a par 3 that probably averages a 4.7, which is a bogey. It’s definitely one of the hardest holes here,” Ahart said. “There’s an old saying that making a 2 on a par 3 is like skipping a hole. Well, making a 2 on No. 7 is like skipping two holes.”
Mackenzie’s Review: No. 7 at 1757 is a long, demanding par 3 in between two ultra-short par 4s. The two par 4s both are classic risk-reward opportunities, whereas No. 7 is all risk. You play uphill, more than 200 yards from some tees, across water and with water right. The bunkers are tough and the green narrow and deep. The depth has led me to hit everything from an 8-iron to a hybrid, depending on the wind. If you are left, flipping a wedge up to the green keeps the bunker and water in play. Par is excellent there. 56 • ASHBURN MAGAZINE • MAY/JUNE 2021
Belmont Country Club & Golf Course 19661 BELMONT MANOR LANE Playing at the Belmont Country Club course in Ashburn is experiencing a piece of local history. The manor house was built between 1799 and 1802 by the son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. President James Madison spent time there during the War of 1812. Fast forward two centuries, and the history continues when golf legend Arnold Palmer designed the golf course and played the opening round there in 2003. The hardest hole — as identified by club pro Adam Hibbs — is once again Hole No. 7, a par four that’s 454 yards from the back tees. “This hole might make you feel like taking up bowling,” Hibbs said. ADAM HIBBS “The first time I played that hole, I got a birdie,” said assistant pro Simon Dewsbury, fondly remembering one magic moment. “Ever since, I haven’t come close.”
Mackenzie’s Review: Palmer and his team did a lot with an inconvenient sliver at the edge of the property. The hole is long and very uphill overall. However, hitting a big tee shot to trim distance on the dogleg left brings trees and water into play. The smarter play is short and out to the right, but that could leave you 220 yards uphill to a well-guarded green with OB [out of bounds] to the right. Another issue: The fairway slopes downhill and left to a creekbed, even as you’re being asked to hoist a long and high approach to the right. In other words, you have a draw-biased lie from which you must play a fade-biased swing. I approach this as a par-5 I’m trying to birdie, versus a par-4 I’m trying to par. That frees me to plot out a threeshot route to the green if I don’t have the bestplaced tee shot. A miss 35 yards short and left leaves a pretty simple upand-down through the only unobstructed channel onto the green.
believes the Norman-designed course has the most challenging holes. Running along the banks of the Potomac River, the DAN WARNICK lowland course features plenty 44050 WOODRIDGE PARKWAY of marshes and water features. The Golf Club at Lansdowne, at the Lansdowne “Greg Norman named holes No. 6 through Resort along the Potomac River, has not one, not No. 9 as the ‘hardest mile in golf,’” Warnick said, two, but three separate golf courses: a Robert Trent singling out the 442-yard hole No. 7 in particular. Jones course, a Greg Norman course and a nine-hole “As you hit your approach, the green is guarded course called the Sharkbite. The different courses by a small bunker on the left and the water on the offer variety to the club’s members and their guests — right,” he said, adding that the open space near the from different types of grass to variations in terrain. Potomac adds to the challenges. “These holes are Dan Warnick is the pro at Lansdowne. He normally played into the wind.”
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Mackenzie’s Review: The Norman course at Lansdowne punishes wayward drives. Like other holes there, to score on No. 7 you need to be not just long and straight, but long and straight to the right spot to attack the pin. One relief about No. 7: Unlike the several holes that run directly along the Potomac River, at least a slice on this slightly inland hole won’t mean your ball winds up in Maryland. Joe Motheral has been a writer for more than 50 years. He’s a member of the National Press Club and lives in Lansdowne Woods with his wife, Marjorie.
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ast summer was miserable,” Lexi Denniston said recently, thinking back on the long, hot pandemic summer of 2020. “These poor kids were inside all the time. It was like maternity leave times a million.” Denniston lives in the Village of Waxpool neighborhood with her husband, Andy, and two elementary school-age sons. Like many parents, she was caught off guard when the pandemic closed community and public pools around the country, as well as putting the brakes on travel to hotels and beaches. Water-loving kids were suddenly high and dry. That’s why this year the Dennistons are building a backyard pool. “It’s the perfect time,” she said. “We can’t 60 • ASHBURN MAGAZINE • MAY/JUNE 2021
go through another summer having to keep our kids contained to the house.” Local pool builders say the surge in requests is unlike anything they have seen — and national statistics bear that out. According to the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, a trade organization for pool builders, 2020 saw historic growth for the industry — up 24%. And it appears to be continuing into 2021. “Our members are telling us that they are contracted out well into 2022,” said Janay Rickwalder, a vice president for the alliance. “Calls from prospective customers increased in volume significantly [last year] — from 150 to 700+ calls per week.” You don’t need to tell that to Joe Gwiz, owner of Lewis Aquatech, a Chantilly-based pool builder with many Ashburn clients. “Everything shut down and people were in a panic,” Gwiz said. “They started
calling in a mass frenzy to try and get on our schedule. Not just last year, but this year, too. Because I think people didn’t know if community pools were going to open this year either.” Even if you can get on a builder’s schedule, you may find wait times are extended more than usual. This is because many of the subcontractors and equipment providers who support the swimming pool industry are struggling to keep up with the sudden high demand. For example, the Dennistons’ pool was dug late last fall, before the ground froze. But they had to wait until February before they could be scheduled to have their gunite applied, a cement-like mixture that forms the shell of a pool. After that, the pool progress slowed because the company installing the fence around their yard was backed up. Building codes don’t allow
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(Left) The Denniston home in the Village of Waxpool neighborhood with their pool project under construction. (Right) Lexi and Andy Denniston with their sons, Max, 10, and Grant, 6.
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There’s one word for the real estate market: Hot. Listings are down, prices are up, and many sellers are receiving multiple offers within days of their houses going on the market. Countywide, the number of homes for sale was down 67% in March from the same month of 2020. In Ashburn, the number of closed sales was up 3.4% in March in the 20147 Zip code and 18.3% in 20148. The median sales price was up a whopping 20.8% in 20147 and 2.6% in 20148. Of note in the 20147 Zip code, the top two home sales in the past two months were both new townhomes in One Loudoun. Pictured below are the five highest-priced homes that sold in each of the two Zip codes between mid-February and mid-April, along with the sales price and other key information. Data and photos from Realtor.com.
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Secrets of Ashburn’s Favorite Bartender Ahso’s Phil Duong takes us behind the scenes BY C HRIS WADSWORTH 66 • ASHBURN MAGAZINE • MAY/JUNE 2021
WHAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE DRINK? “My favorite drink to drink would be a nice, aged scotch on the rocks. My favorite drink to make — that’s hard to say. I like to tailor my cocktails to the guests, so when they ask me to make them ‘whatever I suggest,’ I have a certain couple of questions that I ask them. I 100 percent enjoy the challenge and creativity.”
rom Sam and Woody at “Cheers” to Isaac on “The Love Boat” to Lloyd at the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining” — everyone has a favorite bartender. And Ashburn has a favorite, too. Phil Duong of Ahso Restaurant in Brambleton was voted Best Bartender in Ashburn Magazine’s Best of Ashburn 2021 survey. The 39-year-old is a Loudoun native and Brambleton resident. He started at the Sweetwater Tavern in Sterling and later became a mainstay at the iconic Mokomandy. Then Duong’s old friend from grade school, Jason Maddens, called and said he was opening Ahso and wanted his help. Duong has been with the restaurant since Day 1. They say that a good bartender listens to his or her customers, gives sage advice when warranted and never reveals the secrets and confessions they hear. So that’s why we had to do some serious arm-twisting to persuade Duong to share a few secrets he’s accumulated in his nearly two decades of bartending.
ONE DRINK YOU WISH NO ONE WOULD EVER ORDER AGAIN “A Long Island Iced Tea. Anyone who orders a Long Island Iced Tea is probably underage and has probably never been to a craft bar. When we were drinking underage at bars, that was our go-to drink , so it’s always had that aura around it for me.”
MOST MEMORABLE NIGHT BEHIND THE BAR “It was New Year’s Eve 2006. I was the new guy at an unnamed bar in Arlington. The place had just built a ‘back-bar,’ essentially a sixseat full bar in the back of the restaurant. The other ‘veteran bartenders’ at the place would never allow themselves to be put in the back bar, so that’s where I was scheduled. At the last second, [someone] decided to make the rear entrance of the restaurant — accessible through the lobby of a hotel — the entrance point for the evening — which was right next to the back bar. As a result, all incoming guests stopped at my bar first,
ordered their first drink and dropped a large tip on the bar so that I would ‘take care of them’ for the evening. By the time they got to the main bar, they were already set up with a drink and had given up their biggest tip of the night. I made bank, and the ‘veteran bartenders’ were furious. Everyone also wanted to do a shot with the first bartender they saw [me], and I ended up falling asleep in the cab on the way home, with pockets full of cash.” WILDEST CONFESSION A CUSTOMER HAS SHARED “What happens at the bar, stays at the bar.” (Editor’s note: Booo!) A
BEST HANGOVER CURE (BESIDES NOT DRINKING AT ALL) “My personal one is a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe and pho from Super Pho, a pho place in Herndon. The pho helps you sweat out all the toxins, and the smoothie adds nutrition back into your body.” ONE THING YOU WISH EVERY CUSTOMER KNEW “That everyone that is in the hospitality business is here for you; we’re here to make you happy. That’s the nice answer, a political answer. What I really want everyone to know is that making cocktails is really easy. My main job is to romanticize the food and drink so that when you come out to a restaurant, you have an actual memorable experience. We’re like a personal commercial behind the bar.” ASHBURN MAGAZINE • MAY/JUNE 2021 • 67
Rockwell’s America Explore the iconic artist’s work at a special exhibition BY JI L L DE V IN E
ife as I would like it to be.” That’s how Norman Rockwell, one of the most beloved American illustrators of the 20th century, described his signature images of an idyllic America. Best known for his cover illustrations for Boys Life, the Saturday Evening Post, Look and other magazines, Rockwell used levity and humor to chronicle six decades of American history, gently walking his followers through the Great Depression, two world wars, civil rights milestones and the wars in Korea and Vietnam. Ashburn Farm resident Josh Awtry has been a fan of Rockwell’s art since his childhood in Nebraska in the 1970s and 1980s. “Growing up and coming of age in the middle of America, looking at Norman Rockwell paintings reminded me of a place and time that we had just missed — that post-war, afterglow boom,” Awtry said. “The Main Streets with the barber shops and the stores and the cool signs. Looking at Rockwell’s works, you could feel what it was like 20 or 30 years before.” Now, thanks to a traveling exhibition at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, about an hour’s drive from Ashburn, Awtry and other Rockwell fans have the rare opportunity to view 27 of his original paintings up close. The exhibition also features vintage covers from all 323 of his Saturday Evening Post magazine commissions and a special print and digital display of his iconic Four Freedoms posters. Titled Norman Rockwell’s America, the exhibition is on loan from the National Museum of American Illustration in Rhode Island, and the American Illustrators Gallery in New York. Rockwell’s instantly recognizable style is highly lifelike and hyper-detailed. For many, his illustrations evoke nostalgia for simpler times with heart-warming scenes portraying ordinary people of all ages and walks of life doing everyday things — like threading a 68 • ASHBURN MAGAZINE • MAY/JUNE 2021
needle, reading the newspaper, shooting marbles or visiting the doctor. “Rockwell’s appeal is that he comments on the human condition in a way that we can all relate to,” said Nancy Huth, the museum’s deputy director of arts and education. “He focused on lighthearted emotion, friendships and family relationships, and his subjects covered the whole range, from posh international travelers and antique buyers to blue-collar
(Below) A visitor to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley looks at Norman Rockwell covers from “The Saturday Evening Post”; Rockwell’s “World War I Solider Marching with Children” from 1919; the artist’s “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country School” from 1946.
workers or children.” Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894. At age 14, he left high school to formally study art. By 19, he was hired as art director at Boys Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. His first cover illustration was for Boys Life, and his freelance relationship with that publication and the Scouts lasted more than 60 years. On display at the museum is On My Honor, Rockwell’s oversized charcoal-on-
LOCAL ADVENTURES paper study for the February 1953 Boys Life cover. Winchester resident Gerald Crowell said he came to the exhibition specifically to see this piece, which features a Cub Scout, a Boy Scout and an Eagle Scout saluting in front of the Boy Scout Creed. “I’ve been with Troop 2 in Winchester for a long time, first as a Scoutmaster and now as an assistant Scoutmaster, and I like how realistically Rockwell painted the Scout uniforms, right down to the troop numbers and uniform patches – almost like a photo,” Crowell said. Also on display are print posters of Rockwell’s famous Four Freedoms – Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. Rockwell created the Four Freedoms, based on a 1941 speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to raise money for the war effort in 1943. Acknowledging that the America that Rockwell portrayed in his earlier works was mostly ethnically homogeneous, a digital display is next to the Four Freedoms titled For Freedoms. It presents a series of photographs of a more inclusive modern America and is on loan from an artist-led organization of the same name. Also on display are some of Rockwell’s later works reflecting milestones or changes in racial thinking, including 1963 Portrait of Nehru and 1966 Peace Corps in Ethiopia (Schoolroom). Other works, such as Rockwell’s famous 1964 Look magazine cover, The Problem We All Live With, which depicts little Ruby Bridges’ police escort into her New Orleans elementary school in 1960, are not part of the exhibition but are testimony to Rockwell’s evolving view of life in America. “When you look at his stuff later, it mirrors the journey that a lot of people took, and when you look at his work towards the end of his career, he took topics like race that people weren’t ready to face and put it right out into the mainstream,” Awtry said. “Had he not made that leap, I don’t think he would be as relevant today.” A Jill Devine is a freelance writer and former magazine editor from Loudoun County who writes for a variety of Virginia publications.
IF YOU GO What: “Norman Rockwell’s America” Exhibition Where: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street, Winchester When: Through Aug. 8 Distance: About a one-hour drive from Ashburn More Info: www.themsv.org
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A D.C.-based fastcasual taco chain is expanding to Loudoun County and opening a location in Brambleton Town Center. Rebel Taco is taking the long vacant restaurant space to the south of the Brambleton Library entrance. Rebel Taco specializes in tacos, burritos, margaritas and more. It hopes to open sometime this fall.
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Last year, during the peak of the pandemic, the Regal Theaters chain closed all of its locations nationwide. Now, they are slowly reopening, and the Regal Fox movie theater at the Brambleton Town Center is scheduled to reopen May 21. Meanwhile, other Ashburn theaters, such as the Alamo Drafthouse and the AMC Loudoun Station 11 have been open but sometimes with limited hours.
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