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PUBLISHER'S LETTER Hey there, Alexandria! We have finally arrived! This is Issue Ten and it marks the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of VIP Alexandria Magazine!


Not only is VIP celebrating its first birthday, but we were also recently nominated as a Rising Star Finalist for The Chamber ALX 2020 Best in Business Awards! We are so thrilled and humbled to have been nominated alongside so many inspiring local businesses. Wishing everyone the very best of luck! So now that all of our big announcements are out of the way, let's get on with the show! Welcome to the Fashion Issue, Alexandria! Once again, photographer Jonathan Thorpe nailed our cover! And don't our models look absolutely stunning? We had such a great time this month, working with fashion influencers, local boutiques, jewelry designers and hair and makeup professionals to bring our fashion feature to life! If you want to check it out, you don't have to look for! Just open the book to the center spread to get started! Though fashion plays such a huge role in our lives during this time of the year, let's not forget about the other big 'F' word... FOOTBALL! We are so excited to be the official media sponsor of The Chick N' Smoot Show, broadcasting LIVE from Augie's during every Washington Football Team game this season! VIP's Jeanette Wages had a chance to sit down with the guys for an exclusive interview, and you can read all about it on page 57. Well, I won't keep you. There is plenty to read in the pages ahead. Thank you again, Alexandria, for welcoming us with open arms! If you thought we had fun during year one... you just wait! You haven't seen anything yet!

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FEATURES 10 Salute to Service: 4 Ways Defense Credit Unions

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Salon MONTE Grand Opening Story by Kellie Gunderman Photography by Victoria Mance

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4 Ways Defense Credit Unions Are Showing The Love Brought to you by the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) | Story by Len Likas

The Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) represents 180 Department of Defense not-for-profit credit unions currently serving active and former military members and eligible civilian employees of the federal government. DCUC’s core mission is to champion these credit unions as the first and best choice for America’s armed service members and educate them on matters of financial literacy. Defense credit unions are wide-ranging and may be specialized to different localities and branches of the military, but they all offer financial products to meet almost any banking need, from checking and savings accounts to home mortgages and personal loans. Moreover, they typically offer their members better rates than what they’d find at competing commercial banks. However, money-saving is not all they have to offer. As you’ll soon see, these credit unions are proud to make a positive impact in their members’ lives through inspiring outreach programs in communities across the nation. Today we’re highlighting four unique organizations that exemplify the mission statement "Serving Those Who Serve "and show how they’re making a deep and meaningful impact in the lives of America’s armed service communities.

Andrews Federal Credit Union (AFCU) Serving the multi-branch personnel of nearby Joint Base Andrews, as well as Joint Base McGuire-Lakehurst-Dix and our military serving in Europe, AFCU is an innovator in understanding the importance of a firm foundation of


financial literacy for our military members. Every military member knows one of the biggest obstacles to mission success is readiness. To build strong teams that are ready and capable of success, the members of those teams must be focused on doing their jobs. You don’t want your people distracted by lingering issues back home, like worrying about a late car payment, accidental overdraft, or any other common financial hardships Americans face. To help our military stay focused on the task at hand and ensure mission success, AFCU was the first to champion the new official “Armed Forces Financial Guide”. This invaluable handbook covers all topics related to personal finance and goes a long way to delivering a solid education on money matters without the need for a teacher or classroom. Readers get solid advice on how to handle life’s inevitable financial challenges whenever and wherever they pop up. They’ll also gain newfound appreciation for the rewards that come from consistent, principled decision-making throughout their career, during and after their service, and into retirement. The guide is easy to use and understand and can benefit anyone no matter their experience. Best of all, it’s available free and can be downloaded in PDF format from

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PENFED) PENFED is a prime example of how a defense credit union can be a good neighbor to our


communities in times of need. Beyond the bond of family and the duty of service, we all have friends and neighbors who share our communities. Sometimes members of our communities are overlooked. The elderly in particular have special needs and don’t always have family to look out for them. In this challenging time, PENFED recognized the need to reach out to the elderly residents of our community right here in Alexandria, Virginia. In a tremendous gesture of goodwill, representatives of PENFED came to the neighborhood Safeway grocery and surprised the seniors who came to shop that day by handing out $10,000 in gift cards. Imagine these seniors living on fixed incomes getting the chance to buy some extra staples for their cupboards or freezers, something to brighten their living spaces like a fresh bouquet, or some special treats for the grandkids for their next visit. This is the spirit of giving back.

As PENFED proudly shows, its mission as a communityfocused credit union means lending a helping hand to those who need it most. They’re bringing people together right here in our own backyard in Alexandria, and you can’t put a price on that. For more information visit:

Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) NFCU has something really unique and interesting going on right now and if you’re a hockey fan, you’re really going to love this. They’re sponsoring a program in collaboration with the NHL. It’s called NHL Stick Tap for Service, and if ever there was an inspiring story to tell about soldiers finding a new outlet to channel their energy in a healthy way, this is it. It’s a troubling fact that our military members sometimes suffer psychological trauma and stress from their time in service. Life after active-duty in a combat environment can be extremely challenging for the best of us – and

losing bonds of camaraderie and absence of interaction with peers can mark the beginning of a downward spiral. One former soldier found an answer. After losing three friends and fellow veterans to suicide, Bobby Colliton of

the 22 Foundation was formed-- a new hockey league and mentorship program just for veterans. Colliton’s group now boasts more than 400 members across three New England states. He’s just one of four inspiring finalists who were recently announced in this annual contest that truly embodies the spirit of giving, mentorship, sacrifice and service. To learn more about the winners, please go to:

State Department Federal Credit Union (SDFCU) SDFCU is building bridges with a new program called Diversity and Inclusion Project, run by the Filene Research Institute. Drawing inspiration from National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rodney Hood – who called out the lack of people of color in leadership positions – SDFCU is one of several credit unions jointly sponsoring this ground-breaking five-year research project. The Project seeks to establish best practices with respect to promoting a more diverse and inclusive environment throughout the financial services sector. To learn more go to: Burlington, Massachusetts looked to the game he knew and loved from childhood. “The only escape I could find was through hockey,” said Colliton. He began looking for like-minded veterans and found them. Soon the Skate for

Over 25 million armed forces personnel are already enjoying the many benefits that come from membership in a defense credit union. Join one today and affirm your part in a grand tapestry of interconnectedness.


Many of us are having to face the challenges of returning to physical workspaces. If you don’t have the option to continue working remotely, you may be noticing some stress, fear, or anxiety surfacing about your return to the office. Uncertainty and the unknown have always been part of the human experience. 2020, however, has challenged many people with a whole new level of experiencing uncertainty. Some people thrive and do well with the unknown, while others become paralyzed with fear. Anxiety is fueled by the unknown. Our brains just want answers! When we don’t have answers, it leaves our brains to wander, often leading to worse case scenarios (in the psychological world, we call this catastrophizing). As you start to prepare to head back in, pay attention to your thoughts. What are you really worried about? Is it possibly being exposed to the virus? Is it settling back into a more rigid routine? Or, could it be you have really enjoyed working from home and you don’t want to go back to the office? When we can identify the thought, it can be helpful in terms of discerning between a thought and an emotion. For example, perhaps you are not feeling as stressed or anxious as you think. If you realize you are having the thought “I have really enjoyed working from home and I don’t want to return to the office” perhaps


you are experiencing the emotion “dread” instead of stress or anxiety. If you do notice the thoughts you are having are causing you more anxious feelings, there are some very simple things you can do to help calm your nerves and feel more in control. Here are the top five things I recommend doing to feel prepared for your return to work and to continue to feel safe as you transition back to the office: Plan for safety and communicate: Before returning to the office, address areas of concern regarding your safety. This could include having a conversation with your supervisor about working less popular shifts, allowing for less contact with others. Communicate your feelings and needs with your supervisor. If you would like an isolated desk or area to work, make sure to advocate for yourself. Ask for a modified schedule to allow for fewer days in the office, if reasonable, with some days still allowed to work from home. Maintain safety protocols: Continue to follow state and federal guidelines when returning to work. Maintain safe physical distances from others while traveling to the office and working in the office. Continue to wear a mask in public spaces and while around others. Carry hand sanitizer with you and wash your hands often. Ask

"What are you really worried about? Is it possibly being exposed to the virus? Is it settling back into a more rigid routine?... When we can identify the thought, it can be helpful in terms of discerning between a thought and an emotion." your supervisor what safety and sanitary precautions are being taken at your office. Having this knowledge may help you feel safer. Avoid common areas and high traffic areas in the workspace. Focus on what you can control: Even though at times it can feel like we don’t have a lot of control over things, when we take time to slow down and focus, we often find that we have control of many every day choices. When transitioning back to the office, take time to focus on what choices you have over your health. For example, taking care of your health and well-being by exercising, eating well, going to therapy, advocating for your needs, and sleeping 7 hours per night will all help promote a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system can help fight off viruses and maintain stable mental health. Grounding exercises to calm your nerves: This simple exercise will help relax your mind and body if you are experiencing acute anxiety. Simply engage your five senses and remember the number five. Before going into the office, or while sitting at your desk, take five

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Kickoff to Oktoberfest at Hops N Shine Story by Kellie Gunderman | Photography by Jeff Heeney

Hops N Shine recently celebrated the start of Oktoberfest with a ticketed kickoff event hosted on their new outdoor patio. Their large selection of craft beers on draft and regular food items were available, but it was the authentic German fare that stole the show! To keep patrons and staff safe, the Del Ray business enforced COVID-19 related restrictions, including the use of masks when away from tables and rigorous cleaning of tables and community areas when not in use. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hops N Shine has created an innovative, virtual platform that hosts various ZOOM events each week. Additionally, family meals are available for pick-up. To stay upto-date, be sure to follow them on Facebook at

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MISCONCEPTIONS, FUN FACTS, FOOD, MUSIC, FASHION & MORE! Story by Jeanette Wages | "A German Girl Living In An Alexandria World"

Moving from Germany was a bit of a culture shock for this girl, going from Heidelberg, Germany to Seattle, Washington and now Alexandria, Virginia; all extremely different places. One of the things that has shocked me the most—beyond the extreme amounts of delicious seafood and my birthday (which falls on Tag der Deutschen Einheit or German Day of Unity) no longer being a holiday—is Oktoberfest, or Wies’n if you’re a Bayern (Bavarian) native, and the notions that go along with it.

Misconception No. 1

Oktoberfest is in October. Actually, Oktoberfest ends on the first Sunday in .October, which—for this 16-day festival—means it traditionally begins in September.

Misconception No. 2

Oktoberfest is “like, um, a German Independence Day Drinking Fest”... Quite the opposite. The festival originated on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese von SachsenHildburghausen. They invited the entire country out to celebrate. Lawn games and horse races were all a part of the celebration, but no alcohol was served. Everyone had so much fun they decided to continue the party each


year as a celebration of life and prosperity. We have all just been having a killer anniversary party for people we never met for 210 years. I don’t know about you, but my marriage lasted three years and I’ve been celebrating my divorce for over ten, but hey a party is a party, right?

Fun Fact No. 1

This year was only the 25th time in history that the festival was canceled. Other reasons the festival has been canceled include wars and the plague.

Misconception No. 3

Oktoberfest beer. Yes, Fest Bier is real. No, we don’t call it Oktoberfest bier, how silly would that be? Can I have a 4th of July Bier? No, it’s a Bud Lite. Märzen or Märzenbier (German: March or March beer, respectively) is a lager that originated in Bavaria. It has a medium to full body and may vary in color from pale through amber to dark brown. In the USA, it tends towards the lighter side when labeled Oktoberfest.

Bier Facts:

There are only six breweries allowed to have tents in München (Munich) for Oktoberfest proper: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten. This doesn’t mean Germans don’t love all our local breweries, but to be in this festival they must be brewed in Munich. Also, according to the original Bavarian Purity Law in 1516, there are only 3 ingredients used in the brewing process: water, barley and hops. The importance of yeast was not known at the time and was added later to the current purity requirements.

Fest Fashion Fact

Surprising to most tourists, Oktoberfest is still very much a local event with about 85% of attendees being from Bayern, or at least Germany. This makes it less surprising to see people wearing traditional Bavarian outfits to the fest. Most commonly, lederhosen for the men and occasional women and dirndl for the ladies. Dirndl comes

Fun Fact No. 2

While people line up as early as 8:00 in the morning to get the best spots in the tents, Oktoberfest cannot officially begin until the mayor taps the first keg. This typically takes place at noon on the first Saturday of the festival. “O’zapft is!” and the fun begins!

Fun Food Fact

Vegetarians, please skip this fact. I always see a ton of pretzels and brats eaten at American Oktoberfest, which are delicious. But there is so much more to Oktoberfest cuisine and you would be surprised to learn that more Hendl (roast chicken) is sold than Brats. 510,000+ whole roast chickens eaten, plus 60,000 sausages and 59,000 pork knuckles. You can also enjoy delicious Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Käsespätzle (German Cheese Noodles), and grilled fish on a stick. To drink like a German, you have to eat like a German.

Fun Fact No. 3

In 1908, at 17 years old, Albert Einstein worked the festival with his uncle’s electrical company, screwing in light bulbs in the tents.


in three pieces with a blouse, skirt and apron. The placement of your dirndl bow is very important, as it tells people your relationship status: Left side if you’re single (ledig). Right side if you’re taken (vergeben) or married (verheiratet). In the middle if you are either a child (kindl) or a virgin (jungfrau). On your back if you are either a waitress or widowed (verwitwet). Men often wear traditional Alpine hats made of wool with either a feather or tufts of hair from goats or wild boar, as well as souvenir pewter pins. Traditionally, the bigger the feather or tuft of hair on your hat, the wealthier you are, as it is a sign of high standing.

Music Fact

I know everyone thinks Polka music when it comes to Oktoberfest, however German Oompah is what is actually played (and yes, there is a difference). Polka relies heavily on the accordion and has its roots in Czech and Poland, while German Oompah is a brass band. You will hear a lot of traditional German drinking songs with covers mixed in. People swaying along and raising their glasses to “Ein Prosit.” The Chicken Dance, on the other hand, is Swiss. When you hear it, please don’t blame us!”


German Ein Prosit Lyrics Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der gemütlichkeit Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der gemütlichkeit (Cheer!) Eins, zwei, Drei g'suffa! Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi, Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi, Prosit English Ein Prosit Lyrics (Translation): "A Toast" A toast, a toast! To cheer and good times! A toast, a toast! To cheer and good times. ONE! TWO! THREE! DRINK UP!








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Oktoberfest 2020 at Village Brauhaus Story by Kellie Gunderman | Photography by Jeff Heeney

Due to the cancellation of Oktoberfest in Germany, the famous Paulaner Brewery, which typically "taps the keg" at the Munich celebration, decided to live stream keg-tappings found around the globe and Old Town Alexandria's very own Village Brauhaus was one of the selected locations. In celebration of this exciting occasion, Village Brauhaus recently invited patrons to join them for an indoor & outdoor, social distancing Oktoberfest event. Guests wore authentic German lederhosen, dirndls and accessorized with protective masks. Though some removed them for a quick pic with VIP!

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Warriors for St. Jude Volunteers comes from all walks of life. They can be any gender, race or even age. These are 3 stories of local heroes, who have dedicated themselves to the battle against childhood cancer. Story by Jeanette Wages

September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently hosted Walk/Runs across the country. This year they went virtual with an interactive app to make the walk fun and exciting for those raising money. Danny Thomas opened the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in 1962 to help end childhood cancer, while also making sure no family ever had to choose between bankruptcy and their child’s life. Since day one, no family has ever received a bill from St. Jude, including food and lodging for the families while their child is in treatment. This is all made possible by private donors, fundraisers and, of course, volunteers.

Molly Bullington After a visit from the Tooth Fairy, Molly was chatting with her grandmother, “Grinky," about how she had almost $100 saved. Like grandmothers do, Grinky asked Molly what she had planned for all of her money. Molly hadn’t thought about it yet, but this set her to ponder what she could do with her funds. Most children would want toys or candy. Molly decided she wanted to donate the money to the sick kids at St Jude that she had seen on TV. Later that day, Molly went to her dad, Ben, telling him she was $3 short of $100, but once she got there, she wanted to donate it. Ben was floored by the generosity of his daughter and he and his wife, Nicki, gave her the last $3 to hit her goal and arranged with the local St. Jude ALSAC office to make the donation in person. Molly’s generosity did not stop with that $100. Molly then began thinking of creative ways to earn more money to donate to St. Jude. She started watering the flowers for


her next-door neighbor every day. Another neighbor, Elisa, donated masks she had made by hand for Molly to go door-to-door asking for donations in exchange for masks. Molly has been able to generate over $250 dollars from exchanging masks for donations and over $300 in total to date.

Stephanie Lista & Eric Moran Three years ago, Stephanie and Eric met. On one of their first dates, Stephanie introduced Eric to a part of her world that has been near and dear to her heart for over

five years by taking him to a gala for St Jude. Stephanie runs in honor of her father, who passed away 25 years ago of brain cancer and, for all of the kids battling cancer. Stephanie believes “Being a St. Jude hero is bigger than crossing a finish line; it's a constant reminder that every time we sign up for a race, we are helping a child live. Being a St. Jude hero is hope. Hope that one day we will find a cure, hope that our fundraising efforts will help another family celebrate another birthday together, hope that another child will get to receive their "no more chemo" party and walk out of the St. Jude campus cancer-free. Being a St. Jude hero has allowed me to meet amazing people including St. Jude families, along with making lifetime friends.” Eric not only fell in love with Stephanie, but with St. Jude as well, when he went to Memphis for his first marathon. “Experiencing how heartwarming it is participating in the Memphis Marathon Weekend and seeing all the kids cheering you on because they know you're helping them reach goals each and every day with our support— and hopefully realizing someday that they were strong enough to persevere through all the hardships.” They

have since run five races together as St. Jude Heroes and volunteered at countless events. Together, they have been able to fundraise over $12,000 since 2018 towards their goal of $50,000.

Ron Coleman Ron Coleman has 13 years of experience in the field of non-profit fundraising for organizations like the United Arts Organization, raising money for theaters, and Homelessness Prevention fundraising to keep families in their homes. Having three sons of his own—Bobby, Matthew and Jacob, it was a no-brainer for Ron to join the ALSAC team for St Jude as the Regional Development Director two years ago. His primary focus in those two years has been in Fitness Events, including managing the St Jude annual Walk/Run and Heroes Program. The Heroes Program currently has 1,600 runners in the DC region who enter races locally, as well as nationally and internationally, to raise funds for childhood cancer research. The Walk/Run is one of the most awaited events for the DC office, with typically about 2,000 participants every September. Each Walk/Run is planned and organized by a volunteer committee with the support of Ron and the rest of the ALSAC DC team. This year, Ron had an unprecedented challenge when events in the DC area came to a halt and his team had to think quickly how to keep people engaged and continue having a fun event, even if it was now virtual. The virtual walk on September 26th has turned into an amazing success, despite the challenges Ron and his team faced. People still managed to fundraise and hit their goals, realizing childhood cancer wasn’t going to wait for a pandemic to be over. Ron has shared his passion with every volunteer coming in to the DC events and his hope that one day no parent will have to hear the words “Your child has cancer.”



Celebrating 17 Years of Kings on King Story by Jeanette Wages | Photography by Jonathan Thorpe

Twenty-two years ago, Glynn Jones and Tony Hughes came to Miami from Manchester, England for a long vacation and just decided not go home. Enjoying the Southern Florida lifestyle for five years, they decided to go on another adventure and ended up in Alexandria, Virginia. Once they decided to make Alexandria their home, they opened Glynn Jones Salon on King Street with just four chairs, a receptionist, and Glynn as their only stylist. Since then, the salon has expanded to 30 chairs, 25 employees, and a second location in DuPont Circle.

man behind their BritBoss brand. BritBoss is the men's grooming product line you can find in the salon and online, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, beard oil, and pomade designed for their male clientele. After plenty of compliments on their unique styles, a clothing store was added to BritBoss’ website and is available in their store in DC. The clothing brand is mainly

Glynn and Tony beam with pride over what they have built in the last 17 years in Alexandria. “We are a family, some of our stylists have been with us for 16 years,” Tony tells us. Stylists coming straight out of school come to work as an apprentice with Glynn. Most remain at the salon, while some move on. One even went on to open his own salon in NYC after his apprenticeship.

“We are a family, some of our stylists have been with us for 16 years.” - Tony Hughes Like most businesses, the salon was hit hard with the shutdowns and was closed for nine weeks. During that time, they decided to begin a ROOTS 2 GO program where clients could receive the exact formula to cover their roots until the salon could reopen. Clients knew this system wasn’t going to be at the same level as seeing their stylist, but appreciated the loving care of their salon family still making them feel human during a time where nothing felt like real life. They continue the program, even with things reopening, to help those clients still not comfortable going out and about. Some clients even order their perfect color to be shipped across the country. While Glynn is the man behind the hair, Tony is the

men’s clothing, but have added some women’s pieces due to demand. All shoes are designed by Anthony Hughes and are made in Italy. They describe the clothing as casual and sporty, and like Hughes and Jones, and imported from the UK, Italy, France, or Greece. Glynn Jones Salon | 720 King St., Old Town (703) 549-4000 | |



Man Cave: 'Let's Kick It' Shoe Guide Brought to you by E 'Brocky' McKnight of Whiskey & Kicks

Whiskey & Kicks was established in 2017 in Washington, DC…over a glass of brown water. Whiskey & Kicks is a Show about Booze and Shoes! CEO, E 'Brocky' McKnight sets out into the DMV to speak with some of the top bartenders, mixologists, distillers and bar owners as well as sneaker boutique owners and big time shoe collectors. They have Real Talk About Booze and Shoes!

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Brocky believes that everyone has a shoe story! Whether you wear sneakers, cowboy boots or sandals, everytime you leave the house your shoes are carrying you through another chapter of your story. And it's that idea that inspired VIP Alexandria Magazine to partner up with Whiskey & Kicks to bring you our first Man Cave feature: the 'Let's Kick It' Shoe Guide.

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PS0906 openly prioritized aesthetics over athletics. It shows a move away from a shoe designed for elite athletic purpose or even playground purpose, and was shifting the sneaker design toward an expression of style.

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With a global pandemic, fashion has seen a huge shift and I don't expect that to change. I think it's amazing how designers have adapted and I fully expect trends this season to be heavy on at-home comfort and wearability across a few seasons. I expect to see lots of leather, embellishments, patchwork, and suit separates, with an emphasis on tops, blouses, blazers, and sweaters as we have transitioned to mostly online meetings and events, and I do think loungewear will continue to make a statement. Masks have also become a huge part of fashion and I foresee fashion-forward masks and mask accessories like mask chains to continue to lead. This fall I'm personally focused on shopping locally for my fashion must-haves. I have always loved to support local, but this year it's more important than ever to continue to support our local shops and our community- not to mention, Old Town has some of the best boutiques in the entire Northern VA/DC area.


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The pandemic has forced many of us to work from home, so it's no wonder why loungewear trends are making a huge comeback this season! Neutrals have definitely replaced colorful prints for both men and women. Blacks and camels will be hot colors this year and silhouettes will vary. But one thing is for sure: it's all about being comfortably chic this season!



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I’ve been stalking my go-to sources for fashion and I’m excited for what’s trending this fall season. Fringe, plaid, metallics, patchwork, neutral tones, and jewel tones are some of my favorites! My style is definitely a mix—sometimes I dress a little more boho which makes me excited for the fringe trend this season. Sometimes I go for a little more edge so I’m here for the metallics with a biker jacket kind-of-look. Majority of the time, I like to keep things minimalist and neutralcolored, so I’m stocking up on fall pieces that are beige, brown, and ivory. I really admire all of the local boutiques in Alexandria because they have some of the most adorable pieces that are always on point with what is trendy. When you shop from small, local businesses you’re supporting someone’s dream and it's important to me to try and make it a point to support these businesses when I can!


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Shopping locally not only reinvigorates your local economy, it's more socially responsible and you are much more likely to find something truly unique.


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Fashion is changing all the time from season to season, year to year. Sometimes things go out of fashion just to come back years later, yet some things never go out of fashion. Madonna once sang "Express yourself!" Fashion in my eyes is just that. Fashion is personal. Feel comfortable. Stand out from the crowd. If you feel great when you look in the mirror, own it! Express yourself!


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My favorite items to pull out in the Fall are my booties. Booties are classic and trendy every year. In fact, I loved pairing them with this outfit. They turned my whole look from BOLD to FIERCE! My personal favorite booties are white snakeskin. This Fall... it's all about the python!


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There is going to be a wide spectrum of fashion trending this Fall due to the pandemic. Either you want to go big because you haven’t been getting dressed as much or you want to maintain comfort. If you’re wanting to go big, bold metallics and rich colors like marigold are trending as well as exaggerated shapes like puff sleeves on everything - jackets, blouses, dresses. And if you’re the latter looking for comfort, matching knits in luxe fabrics will definitely be trending so you can elevate those sweats.

Cropped Sweatshirt | Periwinkle High Waisted Jeans | Periwinkle Earrings | Queen Bee Designs Model: Christina Calloway

I think it is important now more than ever to source clothing locally to support your community economically, but also to build your community. We are in a time where people are more open to and conscious about learning about others and their life experiences, and although it seems trite, what better way to learn about and build your community than while doing something common like shopping and interacting with the awesome small business owners in the area!


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something from Queen Bee Designs," Allison explains. Though Allison's mission began as an effort to bring her beautiful jewelry and accessories at affordable prices to women, her giving nature and philanthropic spirit also led her to use her influence and store to advocate for women in need. While at an event for The Junior League of Washington, Allison was introduced to the non-profit organization Suited for Change.

Story by Kellie Gunderman | Photography by Victoria Mance

Suited for Change assists local women as they navigate their path to financial independence. This is achieved through coaching, skills training and, of course, professional attire. These three pillars of the program empower the women who are served to project confidence and self-worth; both vital to securing and sustaining professional employment. When Allison learned of their need for professional attire, she knew right away that this would be something she could help with, and it wasn't long before her clothing drive began.


How the owner of Queen Bee Designs partnered up with Suited for Change in a clothing drive that changed women's lives.

Fashion. The concept means different things to different people. It can be a very personal form of expression or provide joy to someone wearing something that makes them feel powerful, beautiful or in control. And in some very rare instances, fashion can inspire -- providing new beginnings and play a vital role in securing a better future for an individual and their family. When Allison Priebe, lovingly referred to by the local community as Queen Bee for nearly twenty years, opened her boutique, she quickly gained a well-deserved reputation for making every woman who steps through her doors feel like royalty. "A woman can create a buzz without having to say a single word when she wears


"I knew that money is very tight for people all over our region during the pandemic and a lot of women are working from home. I knew several ladies who wanted to get rid of their suits and professional clothes by purging their closets in hopes of helping other women to get ahead." - Allison Priebe, Queen Bee Designs

If you're wondering how the drive went, just ask Allison and her dedicated group of volunteers who spent weeks sorting through more donations than anyone could have ever expected. Allison credits much of the drive's success to the local women who turned out in support of Suited for Change and its mission. "This clothing drive was important because it allowed women to feel like they were doing something to help others."

"Right now many of us are isolated and not able to do as much as we would like to do in our community. The act of giving to others in hopes that they would thrive is a win win for all involved." - Allison

In addition to making a significant donation to Suited for Change, Queen Bee Designs had enough clothing on-hand to also assist local Alexandria non-profit organization, The Friends of Guest House. The Friends of Guest House works to help women who have been incarcerated readjust into society. Women live at Guest House for several months as they learn new skills that will help them to be productive members of society and ultimately break the cycle of incarceration. It is Allison's sincerest hope that the clothing drive will assist them in feeling capable, fearless and ready to take on the world as they step out and take their first steps into a brighter future.

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Alexandria Old Town Art Festival Story by Kellie Gunderman | Photography by Jeff Heeney

With a new name and location, the Alexandria Old Town Art Festival was recently held—with plenty of safety protocols in place to keep patrons and artists alike safe. Typically hosted on King Street and known as The King Street Art Festival, the city and the Old Town Association felt that the new location would provide solutions to the challenges faced with the intense traffic and parking. Both reserving time slots to visit the festival and wearing face masks were required. Hand washing stations and hand sanitizers were provided throughout. Though patrons were encouraged to look and not touch, the festival provided all visitors with a wonderful opportunity to venture out into the world for a great cause -- supporting artists when they need it most.

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52 Thursdays co-founder, Sarah Phillips, made the bold decision to take on “The Scout Guide” here in Alexandria. She accepted the helm with an understanding that there would be obstacles along the way. “The Scout Guide" was already established here in Alexandria, so my biggest challenge was being the new kid on the block and earning the trust of the small businesses and readers in our community.” Sarah’s impressive background in social media resulted in an improved online presence for the publication and it didn’t take long for her fellow business owners and readers to notice. Her editorial vision to show Old Town in a new light and her innovative collaborations began to help the community grow together. Though "The Scout Guide Alexandria” has left its footprint in more than sixty different cities across the country, Sarah says she can’t imagine doing this anywhere else.

“This town is so special to me and I’m thankful for all the relationships I’ve made along the way.” To Sarah, being the editor of “The Scout Guide Alexandria” is not just a job — it’s her whole world. “I’m a small business owner just like the rest of my members. I love my community, it’s my home, too, and take this position seriously as I feel a responsibility to continue to help Alexandria grow and prosper.” With ideals such as this, it’s no wonder Sarah was selected to be one of The Chamber ALX’s 40 under 40 winners this year. “I was so honored. It has been a wonderful experience

getting to know the chamber and all they do to support our community. I am really looking forward to working with them over this next year and beyond.” If you’re wondering if the pandemic has slowed down Sarah and “The Scout Guide Alexandria," you don’t need to worry. The sixth volume is currently in the works and set to be released in Spring 2021––. Overcoming the challenges that have been presented this year was not easy. Luckily for Alexandria, thinking outside of the box is what Sarah is known for. Sarah made it her mission to continue supporting local business owners while many of them were forced to temporarily close their doors. She opened up “The Scout Guide's” social media channels to provide a platform for them to continue serving their clients in unique ways and partnered with McEnearney Associates to offer weekly Master Classes for business owners. “We want to be a resource for the community during hard times but also a distraction. Be sure to follow “The Scout Guide” on social media, as Sarah has promised the announcement of several exciting projects that will be launching in the next year here in Alexandria. “My goal is to continue to see Alexandria prosper and thrive and I hope that TSG Alexandria can play a part in that…. I can’t wait to see these plans come to fruition." For more information on the 40 Under 40 Awards Program and The Chamber ALX, contact



The Pompadour Fade Story by Andrew Gates | Photography Courtesy of Cut & Shave Barbershop

If you’ve seen the pompadour fade around Alexandria, you aren’t alone. You know the look – thick on the top, but cool and short on the sides. It’s become the most requested men’s hairstyle at Cut and Shave Barbershop, which has two locations in Alexandria.

“We basically do whatever styles clients ask for,” says Le. “The trends I see at our shops are the fade with low or medium skin.”

The classic pompadour hairstyle first became popular in the 1950s, but the look has changed a lot since then. Back in the 50s, the style was more structured and neater. Today, there is more variety in the style, be it looser, tighter, or more natural.

I love doing hair, so just being able to make customers happy with their haircut is my favorite. -Xuan Le

With so many ways to customize the cut, it's no wonder that the pompadour fade has become popular. On the top, the hair can be as tight or loose as you want. On the side, the skin fade can be as low or thick as you want. The hairstyle allows for tremendous customization and individualization for that personalized look. Further variation can be added when you incorporate a beard or other facial hair, something not seen as often in the 50s, but much more common today. According to Xuan Le of Cut n’ Shave Barbershop, other commonly requested hairstyles are the undercut, quaff, comb over, and slick back.

Le loves doing hair and takes pride in every cut. “I love doing hair, so just being able to make customers happy with their haircut is my favorite.” Despite the current coronavirus pandemic, the barbershop remains open for customers, so long as they wear a mask. Next time you are due for a cut, consider giving the stylish pompadour fade a try! Cut N' Shave Barbershop (571) 970-4767 (Eisenhower location) OR (571) 312-0306 (Old Town North location)



Story by Kellie Gunderman Photography by Kevin Sturman The Washington Ballet has always been synonymous with high-end fashion. It’s no wonder the image we hold in our minds of professional dancers depict effortless beauty and poise. The mesmerizing costumes that appear to soar across the stage. The designer dresses, shoes & suits worn off-stage at so many public events. From the perfect pairing of designer and brand ambassador emerged a beautiful friendship. This was the case with Julie & Anya; two women with two very different, yet inspiring lives, who came together in support of their love for ballet and sustainability. These are their stories.

Anya Cole Anya Cole was born and raised in communist Poland. She had two loving parents and one brother. Her family did not have access to very much, so as children, Anya and her brother learned to get creative with what was available when it came to play. Anya has fond memories of making people and animals from chestnuts and matchsticks in the park.

"From necessity came creativity and sustainability." -Anya Cole

to occupy her time,but knitting wasn’t enough. Anya had a mission in mind; one that would provide support to women like herself. “HANIA New York” was founded in 2012. The collections created by Anya infuse contemporary style with the centuries-old tradition to which she had dedicated so much of her life. Each piece is the definition of quality, craftsmanship and sustainability, crafted using Scottish and Italian cashmeres from the finest mills in the world. Timeless and versatile, Anya’s vision is realized in each piece by a network of female knitters, many of whom do not speak English. "It was my desire to provide them with an opportunity to thrive in an environment where foreigners often struggle." Anya currently employs over 100 women who have chosen to create a new life here in America. In their home countries they were doctors, accountants and teachers. Here, they are dedicated to raising their children and caring for elderly family members. Unable to find employment in their own career fields due to language barriers, they knit from home. “I was in the same situation and it wasn’t easy. And now, I can give back. All of my knitters are very close to my heart and I feel privileged to be able to help them is much as I can. Never forget where you come from and what you learn in life.”

Anya was just nine years old when her mother taught her to knit. Anya was always reminded by her mother, “If you want something, you need to make it.” It wasn’t long before she realized her ability to bring any image she saw to life between her knitting needle and young fingers. When Anya realized her dream of becoming a ballerina, she continued to knit her own accessories and sweaters. Her mother’s lesson followed her into adulthood and eventually across the Atlantic to New York City. In search of a better life for her daughter, Anya escaped communist Poland by way of Munich, West Germany. The pair immigrated to the United States in 1988. “It wasn’t easy, but my daughter and I learned a lot. We were strong and we both had a drive to live a better life,” Anya proudly explains. Once she settled in New York City, Anya fell in love, married, and watched her daughter grow up and leave home. This is when her love of knitting reentered her life. At 55 years old, Anya needed something

Julie Kent

Like Anya, these women bring a rare gift to the fashion industry. Each one-of-a-kind HANIA piece is a reminder that beauty can, and will, always emerge by the generosity of those who are brave enough to dedicate their lives to others.


Julie was born at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. For as long as she can remember, dance has been interwoven into her life. There was no enlightening discovery or magical moment that inspired her to become a ballerina.

Principal Dancer and Associate Artistic Director for 42 years, and Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, who created extraordinary opportunities for Julie for over 20 years. “They each left an incredible imprint on my artistic life and I am forever indebted to each of them.”

Growing up with a mother who had been studying the art since she was a child in New Zealand, Julie and her older sister had a natural inclination to dance.

FASHION & FRIENDSHIP COLLIDE As HANIA began to grow, Anya knew that powerful imagery could help her to further the success of the brand. The more successful the brand, the more people she could help. To model her designs, someone was needed who understood the sensibility of the modern ballerina and could embody the authentic nature of the handcrafted knitwear. This is when Anya and Julie were introduced by a mutual friend.

In 1985, Julie was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre by Mikhail Baryshnikov. She spent thirty years with the company, working with some of the great dancers and choreographers of the 20th century like the late, great ballerina Georgina Parkinson, her husband, Victor Barbee, who served as the American Ballet Theater’s


“I immediately felt a close connection to Anya from the day we met. We are both dancers! I was drawn to her energy, generosity and the strength she has called on throughout her extraordinary life experiences as a single mother, fleeing communist Poland… and eventually starting her own business. She is like a fairy godmother to me… always giving me light and courage.” - Julie Kent When Julie began modeling for HANIA, Anya lovingly began referring to her as the company’s “muse.” “When she puts on anything I make, I feel like my creation takes on life. It begins to move. She makes everything look beautiful,” explained Anya. As an artist who had spent her life creating “handmade art." Julie’s dedication to

handmade apparel evolved from the notion that anything made by your hands has a tangible history. From the very beginning, Anya could sense the love that Julie felt for each piece she modeled, somehow demonstrating the artistry, design and craftsmanship that is knitted into every garment. As their friendship grew, Julie’s children began to joke that her favorite color was cashmere.

STRONGER THAN EVER Julie gave her farewell performance from the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in June 2015 to a loving audience that had watched her evolve as a dancer over the course of three decades. Anya could not have been more proud of her friend. Julie had been the longest-serving ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre. Julie was soon approached by The Washington Ballet to become its Artistic Director. Though Julie eventually relocated her family from Manhattan to Washington, D.C., it took a time for her to make the decision.

crisis led the ballet to embark on new ways to serve the community. They continue to accomplish this through the “Stronger Than Ever Fund” which will sustain the ballet through these difficult times. They assure the public that there is “much beauty ahead.” This is a message that Julie unwaveringly supports. She was not in the least bit surprised that her friend had also offered to support the cause, saying, "This is typical of Anya's generosity and support of causes that she believes in. She is an incredible mentor and friend.... her personal strength, and her ability to transform any limitation into an opportunity or catalyst for creativity is a constant inspiration.” Though this inspiring pair miss being able to care for, love and be good to one another in person, their friendship continues to thrive through the quarantine, using technology to remain in touch. Anya admits, “The most difficult thing is not to be able to see each other and laugh together. We’ve taken trips to England and Italy in

“I kindly deferred. I was not at all ready to leave my ABT family and the life in NYC that I had been building since I was sixteen. But after months of reflection, my thoughts were distilled to these two profound motivations: I wanted to set an example for my children as an American woman, artist, ballerina and mother who was confidently willing to accept a challenge. And I was inspired by the privilege and opportunity to make a contribution to the artistic landscape of our nation’s capital.” And contribute to the artistic landscape of our nation’s capital she certainly does, through every performance at The Washington Ballet and into every life that benefits from the sustainable employment that is provided by HANIA. But friendships work both ways, and Anya certainly does her part to support Julie and her new home with The Washington Ballet. “Of course, when I met Julie, she was still performing at ABT. I was meeting a lot of dancers, but with Julie, it was so different. She is like my younger sister. Because of her, and her connection to TWB of course, I have a relationship with everyone. I think Julie and Victor are absolutely committed to TWB and from the time they moved there, I've traveled to see every performance to support them and TWB. I wish I could do much more.”

"I was meeting a lot of dancers but, with Julie, it was so different. She is like my younger sister." - Anya Cole Anya has, in fact, recently offered to donate a percentage of sales made to The Washington Ballet. The COVID-19

the past and have always found ways to combine Julie’s work and my own in a way that allowed us to spend time together. We visited a cashmere factory in Italy and after, I watched her perform. It was so much fun. I miss this so much.” When asked how she believes The Washington Ballet and HANIA will overcome the obstacles that have been created over the past several months, she confidently replies, “If you commit to something, and have values, do not ever give up. Just move forward and always be true and honest to yourself. Everything will fall into place.” To learn more about HANIA New York, visit or The Washington Ballet's "Stronger Than Ever" fund, visit



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Workplace romances can either be the best or worst idea-- luckily for Andrew Gates and Hannah Konig, it was the former. Andrew and Hannah met while working together at the Air and Space Museum, though neither remember the exact moment they me. With the help of a speedo picture and some cake, the two found a love connection that is out of this world. Though he can’t quite remember the moment he met Hannah, he does remember going to a party at her DC

apartment and bringing her cake-- because even though it wasn’t a birthday party, it was close to her birthday; so she obviously needed cake. She loved the sweet


gesture, which eventually carried through to their July 2020 wedding where she relinquished all control of the cake to Andrew. Wanting to have fun with his piece of the planning, Andrew went to three bakeries looking to make a purple cake with white frosting. Being more challenging than he expected, he landed on Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, creating what Hannah lovingly referred to as absurd. "I knew it would be something silly, but it didn't look like a wedding cake at all.” With blue and purple sprinkles covering a white cake, it may not have looked like a traditional wedding cake but it was loved by their guests and especially Andrew who had five pieces. The playful cake was not the only unexpected part of the couple’s wedding dreams. When Andrew proposed on a beach in Puerto Rico, and Hannah nodded in shocked awe at the topaz and white gold engagement ring, neither one of them could have expected having to plan two weddings: Plan A and Plan B. Due to COVID-19, their original Plan A wedding, including 120 of their closest friends and family, had to quickly be cut and rearranged to a small, intimate wedding of just 20. For Plan B, the couple moved their wedding to the LINE Hotel DC in Adams Morgan. Adams Morgan, being a place with sentimental value for the couple because of the many date nights spent there, also lent an amazing view of

DC for their personalized Independence Day weekend themed wedding. Wanting every detail to really speak to the couple, Hannah had her hair and make-up done by local business Gabby & Martha and wore a silver dress from Lovely

Bride DC party because the color reminded her of the Air and Space Museum where they met. Their old boss was the officiant while Hannah’s mother oversaw the Jewish ceremonial aspects of the wedding. The couple extended their celebration into the next day by watching the 4th of July fireworks from the hotel, topping off a magical DC wedding weekend.

The couple has no regrets about the change of plans. One day when life returns to its normal flow, they plan to have a huge party. Andrew tells us “Hannah was so into her emotions and nerves on our wedding day that she barely enjoyed the food, drinks and company. She's now truly happy that the super-big party with the excess food will be on a different day, when she will be able to comfortably eat, drink and socialize without the nerves!” Though plans may change throughout life, one thing will remain the same- Andrew and Hannah’s love, and Andrew’s love of cake.



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Brough to you by Your CBD Store Alexandria Story & Photography by Jeanette Wages

Cooler weather and the beginning of Fall can be all about football, friends and snuggling on the couch with a good Netflix binge. When cozying up on the couch or getting together for a game, snacks are almost mandatory, but let’s ditch the ordinary and boring. Here are some great options spiced up with a little CBD to help mellow your mood or brighten up the Autumn blues. Let’s start with what you will need from Your CBD Store: • • •

SUNMED USDA Certified Organic Fruit Slices Gummies SUNMED Honey Sticks SUNMED USDA Certified Organic Full Spectrum Tincture*


Live Oak Restaurant *Full-spectrum tinctures feature plant-rich CBD extract and a diverse, minor cannabinoid profile, including 0.3% THC for a robust entourage effect. Formulas come in a variety of CBD concentrations that allow for convenient and accurate personalized absorption.

CBD Hot Wings • • • • • • • • • • • •

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2 pounds chicken wings (can use whole, drumettes or flats) 1 stick grass fed butter 3 cloves minced garlic ½ cup Louisiana Hot Sauce (can use Sriracha or Habanero if you like) 45 drops CBD oil Pink Himalayan salt Fresh ground pepper Granulated garlic Granulated onion (powder will work but is second best) Smoked paprika Cayenne pepper Avocado oil or olive oil in an atomizer (PAM will work but it makes me sad)

Recipe: Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. When butter is melted, add garlic and allow to cool for about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add hot sauce and CBD oil. Mix with a whisk to combine. This sauce will separate some and will need to be remixed. Set sauce aside. Light the grill and turn to medium heat. Lightly season the wings with each of the seasonings. Lightly spray the wings with oil on each side. Place the wings on the preheated grill. Cook over medium flame, turning every 3-5 minutes. When cooked through, reheat the sauce and toss the wings in it. Serve with side such as carrots and celery with dipping sauces such as blue cheese, ranch and tzatziki sauce. CBD Charcuterie board ideas The simplest way to add CBD to your charcuterie board is to add a few of drops of CBD to your board before plating your spread of meats and cheeses. The oil will then infuse to each bite without overpowering the flavors. Here are some fun suggestions to add to your charcuterie board, but adjust and play to your taste and visual desire.

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10 slices Capicollo 10 slices Spicy Havarti cheese 1 package Herb-crusted or cranberry infused Goat Cheese 10 slices Old cheddar cheese cut into triangles 1 jar Fig spread 1 jar Red pepper jelly 1 package crackers or crisps 10 tbsp CBD butter (recipe can be found in our Men’s Edition) 1 stick French Bread 25 mg CBD oil mixed with olive oil in a bowl and use it for bread-dipping 1 package Cherry tomatoes 1 package Olives CBD Fruit Slices Gummies CBD Honey Sticks

For more information on Your CBD Store - Alexandria products, please visit Special thanks to Live Oak Restaurant & Osteria Marzano for designing the beautiful charcuterie boards featured.

10 slices Prosciutto

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Disclaimer: Neither Live Oak Restaurant or Osteria Marzano Restaurant are affiliated with Your CBD Store - Alexandria. Additionally, CBD products are not used in their establishment for recipes or by any other means. The CBD products photographed for this featured were added to the dishes by the VIP Alexandria Magazine staff.



Story by Jeanette Wages | Photography by Megan Terry Nothing about 2020 could be considered normal, especially when it comes to this year’s football season. The new normal is empty seats at the stadium and trying to find new ways for fans to experience games. For the Washington Football Team, it means a temporary name and a shift in image. Chick Hernandez and Fred Smoot were determined to find a new way to bring the enthusiasm and camaraderie of the stadium to the fans while stadiums are closed. They reached out on Twitter to find a location to host a weekly show. Enter Chad Sparrow and Larry Walston of Common Plate Hospitality with their Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden location.


Chick and Smoot loved the feel of the venue. With options for outdoor seating on the patio, curbside “tailgate” tables, indoor seating and an upstairs area they like to call the “sky box” it was a perfect fit for their interactive, destination show.

What should you expect from their show? A lot of energy and that game day feeling with pre-game, halftime, and post-game commentary. Chick explains how “this isn’t a job for us, it’s life... It’s an unusual time in the country and we want to make it feel a little more normal.” But a “normal” radio show would be too tame and PC for these two, who have worked together before and like to go “off the rails”. They aren’t afraid to talk about anything during their show. You’ll also hear a lot of howling, as Smoot is a huge supporter of changing the name to the Washington Red Wolves. “Washington had a great chance with name changes before and blew it with the Wizards. Now we can have a team where every dog within miles will be howling with the stadium. We can also keep the colors and HTTR,” says Smoot. If you’re missing that live game day action, head down to Augie’s early and enjoy the show or follow along LIVE on Twitter, iTunes, FB Live & Spotify!


Alexandria Drive-In: Trolls! Story by Kellie Gunderman Photography by Sarah Marcella

ALX Community and The Garden recently teamed up to solve the mystery that has been plaguing parents everywhere - "How do we get out of the house, have fun and do it safely?" The answer: the Alexandria DriveIn! At each movie Goodfynd provides a variety of sweet and savory food trucks, but there is no need to stand in line. In an effort to encourage social distancing, food can be ordered from your mobile device and is delivered directly to your car by trained volunteers on Pedego Electric Bikes. The family-focused, outdoor movie theatre recently showed “Trolls” and, like always, 100% of the proceeds were donated to Alexandria charities ACT for Alexandria and Athena Rapid Response. To learn more, purchase tickets to the Alexandria Drive-In, or become a sponsor, please visit


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