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Sterling Restaurant Supply: A Real Life #KitchenGoals Pinterest Board

You know the feeling of culinary inspiration to get your dinner game on point after watching an episode (or entire season) of Top Chef? Yes, you know — the one that prompted you to put on your chef’s hat that you haven’t worn in years and try a new recipe that Gordon Ramsey would LOVE! That feeling. Even if your meal ended up being surprisingly delicious based on your history in the kitchen, we would guess that it did not look anything like what you saw on TV.

Enter: Sterling Restaurant Supply. But be warned, you may need supervision from a friend when you enter the store because it will feel like you’re in a real life Pinterest board labeled “#kitchengoals”.

The SRS showroom floor was giving us all of the #fallfeels.

 

Before we go into our time at Sterling Restaurant Supply, let’s set the record straight with a few important points. Sterling Restaurant Supply is a company of Fortessa Tableware Solutions and has a storefront that is open to the public right here in One Loudoun. The space next door is a Fortessa Tableware Solutions showroom just for commercial customers to shop by appointment only. Now, let’s move into our experience at SRS and why we wish we could say, “Four of everything please!”

(Check out the photo for a peek into the Fortessa Tableware Solutions Commercial Showroom!)

We think the most effective way of giving you the important stuff without giving everything away is to tell you 3 reasons why Sterling Restaurant Supply is the coolest tableware store we have ever been to.

Building Exterior and A Peek Into the Commercial Showroom

 

Reason #1: There is something for everyone

As we learned from our time speaking with Fortessa Tableware Solutions CEO Scott Hamberger and the SRS team, the store rarely sees a customer walk in and walk out without purchasing at least one item. Because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love food? Whether it is an entertainer who finally found the perfect wine glasses to impress their weekend guests or someone who has been looking for a wedding gift to give to a sushi connoisseur, you will find something here, and you will love it.

Nothing stole our hearts faster than these tiny leaf-shaped plates. Is it just us or is this table setting bringing some serious Thanksgiving vibes to your Next Level Home?

Leaf Shaped Plates - Fall Festive table Setting

This chic dinner party setting doesn’t need any other reason to exist besides the fact that it makes us feel fancy and sophisticated.

Black & White Setting with Heart-Shaped Bowl

 

Reason #2: There are unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.

Want a variety of taco stands to choose from for Taco Tuesday just like Uncle Julio’s? They have it. If you want to serve your coffee creamer out of a cow (because who wouldn’t?), they have that too. If you’re really interested to see how one-of-a-kind some of these pieces are, slink around the corner of the FTS showroom and if you look inside the large glass windows, you might just see someone sitting at a pottery wheel. Note: this person can also see you, so don’t do anything weird.

Cloud Terre Studio is a pottery design studio, also a Fortessa Tableware Solutions company, where Scott introduced us to founder Amber Kendrick who creates exquisitely designed tableware collections for global clients like The Ritz-Carlton. But lucky for you, anyone can purchase some amazing pieces from Cloud Terre in the SRS store here at One Loudoun!

 

Reason #3: You can buy the same tools as gourmet chefs, but use them in your everyday life.

As fate would have it, Copperwood Tavern’s Executive Chef, James Duke, arrived at SRS before an appointment in the showroom next door, and we asked him to accompany us to the “Chefs Essentials” section for proof that he uses the exact tools sold in the store. It went something like this:

“What products in this section do you use?”, we asked, hoping that we would uncover a new truth like the end of every Game of Thrones episode.

Chef first pointed to a hand grater and said, “We can never have enough of these because we always lose them,” leading us to wonder how a kitchen constantly loses hand graters (the jury is still out on this one).

Okay, he got us there, but moving on. “It’s funny, I told my sous chef to pick up one of these today, but I could have just bought it here,” he said about another item.

Then came the big one when he said, “We have about 50 of these. Really… everything here!” MYTH. BUSTED.

The same chefs who make us salivate over a mere Instagram photo of their gourmet dishes (we’re talking to you Copperwood), come here to hand pick each tableware piece to provide unforgettable dining experiences. Where the front of the house meets the back of the house, you will find the same exact tools that culinary experts use around the world!


SRS “Back of the House” section

 

I can tell you that after our visit, the next time we enter SRS, I will be running, not walking, to purchase a few items that I can’t stop thinking about (Cough, cough, a tilted wine carafe and matte-pink plates). Fortessa Tableware Solutions also has a really cool story attached it, but we won’t discuss right now since it would take a full hour, which is why Scott told us that they had to turn it into a video for new hires to watch. But as we know from hearing many a story, if it takes an hour to tell, it has got to be a good one!

So head on over to Sterling Restaurant Supply and get to know this wonderful company who have moved their way into the One Loudoun family! And finally, we raise you a royal blue Cloud Terre plate to your first-apartment thrift shop dining set! Bon appetit One Loudouners!

The One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair: The ONE Way to Start Every Weekend

The One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair got the best of us on a crisp fall Saturday morning, where “I’m just going to look around” turned into “Will I be able to fit everything into the car?” Like a dog seeing a squirrel, each step provided a new distraction and more things we needed to take home. Wow that granola looks amaz- OOH pumpkins! I can’t wait to carve – OMG they have fresh cut flowers! Wait… is that a real baby cow?

There were so many questions and warm and fuzzy feelings going on at once it was difficult to contain the excitement. Spoiler: we weren’t the only ones who were excited to be there.

 

Hello friends, and welcome to the one thing you will be looking forward to every single weekend from now on. When was the last time you went somewhere and thought that was how you wanted every weekend to start off? If your answer is “not in a while”, you probably have not been to the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair. Together, they are like a miniature fall festival, sans apple-bobbing and hayrides (but don’t be shocked if they have those also). These markets run YEAR ROUND, but we just happened to visit during our favorite season.

If you have children, be sure to bring them with you on your visit because it’s the perfect place for an Insta-worthy family outing, and to keep them entertained for at least an hour or so. The energetic atmosphere of live music, sweet smells of baked goods, live animals (see photos) and chatter of neighbors is enough to brighten anyones day, even if they’re going through the terrible twos!

Baby Cow, Toddler and Chickens

 

Of all of the weekends we could have chosen to visit this playground of produce, today was the pie baking contest. We tried about 15 different types of pies before 10:30am and even got to vote for our favorites. If this is what Saturday mornings were like for the rest of time, we would be okay with it. Breakfast of champions!

 

Baby Cow, Toddler and Chickens

Put some heart and soul back into your home-cooked meals by picking up locally grown seasonal produce. 10/10, we would highly recommend getting some kind of squash (tis the season) and whipping up a nice hearty soup, or even a roasted veggie spread on top of your favorite protein. Just looking back at this rainbow of vegetables makes us want to grow our own, but we will leave that to the pros.

 

Not only is there produce at the markets, there are also a large assortment of sweet treats, meats, snacks, baked goods, artisanal gifts and more! Here are just a few that sparked our fancy:

 

In the middle of the farmer’s market, we could not help but stop in awe at a large wooden stand of glittery homemade soaps and an entire stack of shelves filled with bath bombs. These handmade products make the perfect guest bathroom accent or a gift that says, “I love you and also want you to smell great.”

If you are feeling like you don’t know where to begin for your holiday shopping, this is a holiday-lovers paradise. At this one stop shop, you can order your Thanksgiving turkey from a local farm, pick up one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for everyone on your list, and begin to plan out the entire menu for your annual holiday dinner party. Plus, there is something new every week at the Artisan Fair, like these adorable Halloween wreaths.

Glittery Soaps, Homemade Wreaths and Bathroom Accents

 

One of the most delightful parts about the One Loudoun markets was that it felt like a big family reunion – like Oprah was there saying, “You get a hug and you get a hug!” Within minutes of being there, we heard hellos and how are yous left and right. Although it felt like everyone there already knew each other, people started coming up to us too, curious about the camera we had in tow and asking if we had tried a specific type of pie yet. First timers will not feel left out for a second.

One of the reasons there is so much hype around farmer’s markets to begin with is that they are inspiring. Exploring a market featuring vendors and people who live where you do truly makes a community feel like a home. So, before you even think about sleeping in too late this Saturday, get out of bed, bring your favorite coffee or tea from Starbucks, and meet us at the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair. For all the market details and hours, visit Loudoun Farmer’s Markets Website.

NOVA Plastic Surgery Just Got an Upgrade… and We Look Fabulous!

NOVA Plastic Surgery is passionate about delivering a memorable experience, while helping you become your best self through our clinical excellence and knowledge. On August 28th, 2017, NOVA Plastic Surgery became its best self! We have officially relocated into our new office in One Loudoun with a considerable upgrade.

While we updated our look, we retained our dedicated team that is passionate in supporting our clients. Among the team is our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Fadi Nukta and Dr. Khalique Zahir, Physician Assistant, Michele Gittings, Master Aesthetician and Laser Technician, Dareen Azar, Medical Assistant Frank Drew, and our amazing administrative team. Your experience when you first walk through the doors is as important to us as you achieving the results you desire. With the move to our new office, we have elevated that experience!

Fostered on the idea of a global approach, the NOVA Plastic Surgery experience combines office procedures, advanced homecare, and professional treatments in one. Your experience with us is a journey, and we’re with you every step of the way. First, we start with a consultation, where we address your skin care and cosmetic concerns and provide you with the education and information you need to move forward. Second, we will provide you with a treatment plan and maintenance strategically tailored to you, using our state-of-the art tools and procedures. Lastly, we will ensure that your evolving skin care needs are met and that you are supported by a team who lives and breathes excellent skin care.

What’s New

We have added many features and services with our new location. A new feature that we’re very excited to debut is our VIP Rewards Membership! We want you to be as passionate about enhancing your natural beauty as we are, so with our rewards membership you can achieve this while also receiving rewards and membership benefits.

Skin care isn’t just achieved in our office, it’s also achieved at home with a regular skin care regimen. In the new location, we are introducing our SkinCeuticals Skin Bar. With our Skin Bar, you can test products with one of our providers and receive a skin care regimen specifically tailored to you.

If you’re in a hurry, but still want to rejuvenate and refresh your skin, an express treatment might be just what you’re looking for. Our express treatments are another new feature we’ve added, with a range of signature treatments, our aesthetician Dareen will have you feeling like a better you!

Please come and join us in our new state of the art location and see what we can provide for you. Through the month of October, we are offering a complimentary gift (while supplies last) with every new consultation. Book a consultation with us by calling (703) 574-2588.

5 Things That Happen When You Go to The Carnival at One Loudoun

As we approached the front entrance to what would be our playground for the next few hours, sensory overdrive ensued as we crossed through the threshold of ticket booths and a rush of adrenaline followed. Lights, laughter, and that familiar carousel tune. This is it. We were finally here and about to enjoy (hopefully) one of the great American pastimes right here in One Loudoun: The Carnival.

Because we want to prepare you for your time at The Carnival, here are 5 things that are sure to happen during an evening under the hotdog signs.

 

1. You will look absolutely ridiculous on the rides

The hair will be flying everywhere, you will laugh uncontrollably, and you might even lose a flip-flop if you aren’t careful. With your besties by your side, it won’t even matter until you see the photos that your friend, who is “not a ride person,” took from the ground. But trust us; throwing your inhibitions to the wind are necessary to fully engulf yourself in the carnival ride experience.

Group on a Ride

2. It will shakeup your date night

Smiling? Laughing? What is this craziness?! Do yourself a favor and skip the weekly Netflix date and opt for something more, well, FUN. Whether crushing your significant other in a game of mini-hoops or hanging onto their arm for dear life at the top of the ferris wheel, there’s no doubting that the carnival will make you feel as carefree and playful as when you were kids. Come on over to The Carnival and have a date Danny and Sandy style. Ah, summer lovin’.

Couple on Date Night eating Funnel Cake and Riding Bumper Cars

3. #TreatYoself is an all day motto

Fried Oreos? Sure. Corn dogs the size of your arm? Why not. Be prepared to indulge in the finest carnival cuisine you’ve ever laid eyes on. Pro tip: have each of your friends get something different so you can have a taste of each without getting full to the point of no return(ing to the rides).

Collage of friends eating carnival food

4. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime

It’s the moment of truth. Your little one gets on a carnival ride for the first time ever. The uncertain expression on their face fades as the ride starts to move and there it is: a smile finally forms as they feel the pure bliss of flying for the first time. You can’t help but take about 234 photos during the next minute of cuteness overload, and immediately realize you’re going to need more photo storage on your phone this summer.

Bumper cars and Rides with Friends

5. You realize you’ll be back

When the kids hop back into the minivan to go home, faces covered in chocolate sauce and limbs hanging heavy from exhaustion, you will surely hear them plotting their itinerary for the next visit… which they innocently expect will be tomorrow. If you came with your significant other or gaggle of girlfriends, you now have a foolproof destination for a summer evening of letting loose and having fun.

Friends on Merry-go-round

Take it from us; the carnival is a ONE of a kind experience, and will be one of the best days of your summer. As you can see, it also makes for some amazing photo ops. The Carnival is coming back from August 16-27 by popular demand, so schedule your next night out right here at One Loudoun.

Group Photo of Friends

Get to Know the One Loudoun Parking Garage [Infographic]

You may have seen the new parking garage here at One Loudoun, but we can bet that you don’t know how many spots there are, or all of the cool technology incorporated into the structure. Check out the infographic below to get to know the One Loudoun Parking Garage a little bit better!

The Story Behind Our New Look & #TheONEThingYouNeed Contest

If you frequent our website or any of our social media profiles, you may have noticed some changes in the past few months. Along with new photos and a new tagline, we have incorporated hashtags to create a campaign that mirrors real life experiences that happen right here at One Loudoun! As a highly engaged community, we love the feedback we get on social media, so we have used YOU as our inspiration for the new campaign.

Recently voted as “The Place to Be Seen” by the Loudoun Times Mirror, we are honored that patrons choose to spend their time here. We truly appreciate all of your comments, responses, and opinions, and are excited to continue growing as the ONE thing you need!

 

#TheONEThingYouNeed CONTEST AND RULES 

We had so much fun creating hashtags for the new campaign that we thought, who better to hear from than the people who know One Loudoun best – YOU! So, we decided to create a contest that will celebrate our fans and show how much we love to engage with them.

During our #TheONEThingYouNeed Contest, a new photo will be posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday. When a photo is posted, we invite our followers to comment on the photo with an original hashtag describing or relating to the photo. On the Friday of each week that a photo is posted, our team will choose a winner to receive a special prize. At the end of the entire contest run, all  winners will be entered to win a Grand Prize.

Please read all of the rules below before participating to make sure your entry is valid!

  1. An individual user can only post one hashtag per contest post, per platform.
  2. Limit of one hashtag win per participant.
  3. For an entry to be considered to win, the user must “like” or be following One Loudoun’s profile on the platform where the entry is submitted.
  4. At the end of each 5-day timeframe after a contest photo is posted, winners will be notified via the platform where their entry was submitted.
  5. At the end of the entire contest run, a Grand Prize winner will be notified via the platform in which their previous winning entry was submitted.
  6. Any inappropriate or offensive hashtags will be deleted from the comments of the post. Additionally, the user’s activity may be reported or banned from One Loudoun social media platforms.
  7. Submitted hashtags are subject to use by One Loudoun for future branding and advertising purposes.

Keep an eye out for posts going up across our social media profiles, and make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

The One Loudoun Salad Guide – Spoiler Alert: #TOTSONASALAD

 

It’s 2017 and we’re here to tell you that salads are the new sushi burrito. That’s right trendsetters, salads are back and in a big way. Thankfully, there’s no need to wait in line around the block to get the most delicious salad in town because One Loudoun has all of the salads. Yes, all of them. From a burger joint to a farm to table eatery, we set out on an epic salad quest and are delighted to report that our findings did not leave us disappointed.

 

 

The Steak + Greens salad at matchbox

One of life’s greatest questions: appetizer or entrée size? If you love food as much as us, the answer is always entrée. It was like the chef at matchbox read our minds when he recommended we order the steak + greens entrée salad. A plate full of pepper-crusted steak, blue cheese, fresh greens, and red wine vinaigrette? Sign us up immediately. We haven’t even mentioned the best part of the salad, because it deserves its own introduction. Homemade tater tots. No, you didn’t read that wrong. TOTS ON A SALAD. Needless to say this salad was devoured at a record pace and we will be heading back to matchbox in the very near future for an encore.

 

The Pear and Blue Cheese Salad at Bar Louie

If you’re thinking that Bar Louie taps out at just wings and flatbreads, you couldn’t be more wrong. Their pear and blue cheese salad delivers a one-two punch with the perfect blend of sweetness from the pear and dried cranberries and the savory flavor of the grilled chicken. The awesome staff at Bar Louie agreed that this was one of their favorites, and our taste buds happen to think they’re right. Not to mention, this salad would look great on Instagram. #saladgoals.

 

The Burger Salad at b One Loudoun

Relax, carnivores. We are not telling you to forsake your precious burgers. The genius people at b One Loudoun thought that as if serving you a zillion burger choices wasn’t enough, they decided to make one into a salad. What do you get when you throw a delicious burger on top of a giant bed of lettuce, surrounded by a ring of pickles and topped with fried onions and, again, TOTS? The most delicious deconstructed burger ever. Shame on us for ever thinking that burgers are one size fits all, because this salad just blew our minds.

 

Farm-to-Table Salads at Copperwood Tavern 

At Copperwood Tavern, we felt like we were tasting the rainbow, as they gave us FOUR beautiful salads to try. The colors of the fresh vegetables were so vibrant, we couldn’t wait to dig in, even though we were already quite full of veggies. Not only are their farm-to-table salads pretty, but they also taste amazing. The Farmer’s Salad had a little bit of everything, from poached pears to pomegranate seeds to a bomb pomegranate balsamic dressing. Speaking of bomb, the dressings on all of the salads really stood out, and come to find out, they’re all homemade. We see you, overachievers. For those veg heads out there, try their Baby Kale Romaine Caesar salad or the Red Quinoa salad. If you really want to pile on the goodies, add chicken, steak, or shrimp to any salad.

Farmers Salad, Red Quinoa Salad, Baby Kale Romaine Caesar Salad, Tavern Salad

Like your parents who say they don’t *really* have a favorite, we would also be lying if we said we didn’t have our favorites on that day. Who knew a salad tour would get so competitive? We’ll definitely be back soon for more salads, but for now we can’t really move. Everywhere else be warned, because One Loudoun’s salad game is strong and delicious.

Don’t be fooled, these are not the only delicious salads you will find at One Loudoun, with many other fan favorites featured at Sense of Thai, World of Beer, Spinfire and more! Visit oneloudoun.com for more information on all of the restaurants in One Loudoun, and make sure to visit the restaurant websites for more information about menus and offerings.

About the team:

Together, Brittany, Jayme, and Andria make up the One Loudoun Experience Team. Each month, they set out to experience something new located right here in One Loudoun. Their mission is to provide honest, first hand accounts of the things they see, hear, do, and feel while being introduced to a new restaurant, shop, or activity, like discovering great salads!

The Fitness Equation: This is Not Your Average Gym

The Fitness Equation, or TFE for short, is located right next to the free parking garage at One Loudoun, and thank goodness because it was raining on the day of our visit. We walked into the lobby and knew right away that it was not going to be like every other gym.

The receptionist pretty much lost it (in a good way) when we told her we were there for a tour. She chatted about how much we were going to love it. Literally, she told us, “You’re going to love this place,” in addition to, “Don’t get me started on the views. They’re amazing!” After hearing the receptionist’s rave reviews, we already had high expectations.

One of The Fitness Equation’s VPs, Jason Kangarloo, was nice enough to meet us and take us for a tour of the entire facility! He met us downstairs in the lobby, and with an excited demeanor, brought us up to the main level of TFE.

The Main Corridor of TFE

Before our tour, he explained to us that the goal of TFE was to make fitness accessible to everyone. Since time is such a factor for squeezing in a workout, TFE holds Les Mills Grit classes designed to give you a high intensity full body work out in only 30 minutes. With super convenient self-locking lockers in the main hall, you can pop in and out in under an hour and still get a complete workout. 

The word, “amazed” couldn’t even describe how we felt walking around TFE. Was this actually a gym or a fancy hotel? We couldn’t be certain, because The Fitness Equation thought of everything.

TFE is the perfect example of how health has no age limit or specific lifestyle attached. We saw every type of person, from a young mother with her baby, to a group of business professionals stopping in during their lunch break. Every convenience you could want in a gym to make your life easier, you will find at The Fitness Equation.

Andria testing out some features in the Functional Training Room

We also appreciated that this gym isn’t a maze like some gyms, where rooms are tucked away or closed off. The main hallway extended all the way back to the “kidz” gym, and on the either side are the Evolve Salon & Spa, luxury dressing rooms, functional training room, group exercise room, group spin room, and mind & body room.

The Mini Ninja Warrior Course inside the “Kidz Gym”

Jason took us into each room and explained everything to us in great detail, from the classes they offered; to why the group exercise room floor was sort of bouncy. Much of his dialogue included something along the lines of, “If you want to do this, then we have x, y, and z. But if you’re more concerned with this, then follow me to the next room and I will show you something better!” About three minutes into the tour, he had already sold us.

The Group Exercise Room at TFE is the largest in the area!

After the tour, Jason took us to the upper level of the gym, and introduced us to TFE’s Fitness Director, James Dunn, who has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer. He gave us a more in-depth tour of the strength and cardio level of the gym, where we quickly realized why members are so loyal and comfortable here at TFE. Talking to James was like chatting with your favorite uncle. He joked around and wasn’t too serious, but you could tell he was passionate about his work.

Just one of the Strength Training areas on the Upper Level of TFE

As we walked through the different spaces with James, his close relationship with all of the members was obvious. James said hi to several members by name in the mere ten minutes that it took to take us through the entire floor, introducing us along the way.

The NBA-sized basketball court at TFE

Our favorite part of our visit was when we got to test out all of the fancy equipment! James showed us some of his favorite features and spaces while we explored each area. He showed us a specific machine to point out the digital repetition counter, when the member using the machine exclaimed out of the blue, “It’s my first day, and I love it here already!” We laughed out loud at his candid excitement, and James swore he didn’t tell him to say that.

We went on to test a few machines, impressed by how clean and easy to use they were. Most importantly, we didn’t feel uncomfortable while we were working out. The Fitness Equation’s facilities are not cramped like other gyms, and thank goodness, you will never have to wait in line. Side note: how amazing are these views from the cardio area?!

The most unique feature in TFE has got to be the rock-climbing wall and we knew we weren’t leaving without giving it a go. James told us about the safety features and showed us how to strap in, and before long, we were pros — or at least we liked to think we were. He even offered to take a photo of us up on the wall! (See said photo below)

While the facilities are beyond impressive at TFE, there are certain things that hit you on a personal level and make it seem like this gym was created just for you. Here, members can be in and out in 30 minutes, or stay for hours and never get bored or feel like they’ve overstayed their welcome.

Our favorite features of TFE include:

  • 2+ hour childcare at the Kidz Gym, including an infant room, mini Ninja Warrior course, large play structure, and more
  • The full service salon and spa, where TFE members receive a discount!
  • Personal, group, AND sports performance training
  • 70+ fitness classes per WEEK
  • Equipment with digital repetition counters, TV, and internet access
  • Easy access/keyless lockers, showers, changing rooms, saunas
  • Long hours of operation (M-F 4a-11pm, Sat 7a-9pm, Sun 8a-8pm)
  • On-demand virtual spinning classes (in addition to instructor led classes)

To give it to you straight: The Fitness Equation is not your average gym. What we thought might be strictly for the posh crowd, turned out to be a very welcoming space where everyone would feel comfortable. As one member shared with us later on, “I never thought of myself as a gym person, but at TFE you don’t have to be a gym person. You can just be yourself!”

If you don’t believe how impressed we were by TFE, stop by any day of the week, take a virtual tour, or try it for free before committing to a membership!

Sources: http://www.thefitnessequation.com/

 

About the team:

Together, Brittany and Andria make up the One Loudoun Experience Team. Each month, they set out to experience something new that is located right here in One Loudoun. Their mission is to provide honest, first hand accounts of the things they see, hear, do, and feel while being introduced to a new restaurant, shop, or activity, like working out at TFE!

Plan Your New Year’s Eve at One Loudoun!

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and while we are all excited to start fresh in 2017, there is still one more celebration left – your New Year’s Eve! Maybe you want to go out with some friends for a few cocktails, or maybe you’d rather entertain guests at home. No matter what your ideal New Year’s Eve celebration looks like, let us guide you with some suggestions that are sure to make your New Year’s Eve totally carefree!

If you’re throwing a party at home:

Some of you may be brave this year and host a New Year’s Eve shindig at your home, and hats off to you! For a successful celebration, remember to prepare accordingly, including food, decorations, and any refreshments. If you’re stumped on what food to put out, pay a visit to The Fresh Market right here at One Loudoun! With premade platters and even an online ordering service, providing yummy treats for all of your guests could not be easier. Taking the decorations up a notch this year? Be sure to stop by Great Gatherings for all of your festive tableware, décor and accessories. After all, what is New Year’s Eve without a bit of glitz and shine?

If you want to amp up your look:

At One Loudoun, adding sparkle to your New Year’s Eve look has never been easier! Pamper yourself with an amazing blowout or up-do at Flow Blow Dry Bar, some festive holiday makeup by the professionals at Evolve Salon and Spa, or opt for a relaxing massage to get rid of your holiday stresses! Our three brand new women’s boutiques also have amazing holiday inspired pieces to add that little something extra to your New Year’s Eve style! Stop by Scout and Molly’s Boutique for some edgy New Year’s Eve looks, or Boho Blanco and Boho Nation for a more casual, yet sparkly, ensemble.

If you’re going out for New Years Eve:

Loudoun County’s premier destination for nightlife is right here in One Loudoun! In addition to many popular bar and restaurant choices to ring in the New Year, some of them are even hosting New Year’s Eve parties! Check out a list of special events happening here at One Loudoun, and remember to reserve your spot before time runs out!

  • Copperwood Tavern is offering a $55 prix fixe three-course dinner with options including maple leaf duck breast, Surf and Turf, filet mignon, and more! Ticket price also includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Make reservations here.
  • Matchbox One Loudoun is offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu for their New Year’s Eve celebration! Visit their website for more information: http://bit.ly/2hgkODz
  • Bar Louie is hosting a New Year’s Eve party and VIP tickets are $50. The tickets include party favors, a breakfast buffet, live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and more! Visit the event on our website for more information: http://www.oneloudoun.com
  • World of Beer One Loudoun is hosting their own New Year’s Eve bash with music from DJ John Coulter and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight! More info here: https://www.facebook.com
  • Sense of Thai St. also has their own version of a New Year’s Eve celebration with DJ Snow spinning Classic Motown, Funk, Disco, R&B, and Hip Hop from 10pm-2am and a dance party to go along with it. There is no cover or dress code! Visit http://www.senseofthai.com

If you’re keeping it low key:

Sometimes a low key New Year’s Eve is just what you need after the crazy holiday season that you and your family have already experienced! For a more relaxed evening with your family, take the kids to a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where you can immerse yourself in one of the latest movies to hit the theater. For a tasty treat afterwards, there is never a bad time for frozen custard or a shake at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard. Just be sure to warm up before going back outside!

For more things to do at One Loudoun, explore our website at oneloudoun.com!

Experience One Loudoun: Boho Blanco / Boho Nation

 

Boho Blanco and Boho Nation are the two newest boutique stores to join the One Loudoun family, and they are officially OPEN! Last week, we took a visit to these two amazing stores to get the inside scoop on what they are all about!

 

Boho Blanco and Boho Nation are two different stores, but the interior spaces are connected. As owner Rick explains, it is a way for guests to mix and match the different styles found in each shop, while still distinguishing each as their own. In these shops you can find amazing clothes, jewelry, and accessories for any occasion!

Boho Nation

 

Boho Blanco

As you can see in the photos, many of the decorations are patterned and colorful, like the tapestries and wood textured walls. The clothes and accessories are hung on rustic fixtures made of old ladders or wooden frames.

Boho Nation

If you are wondering the difference between the two boutiques, let us first point out the most obvious similarity, being the boho, or bohemian style. If you are not familiar with what exactly this means, bohemian style is often described as ‘unconventional’. Typically the clothes are a mixture of unique textures, colors, and patterns, which come together for a free-spirited look.

Boho Nation

Boho Nation at One Loudoun is only the store’s fourth location so far! This boutique is geared more towards the younger generations and many pieces represent the latest trends with a bohemian flare. In this shop, you can find pieces that have edginess to them, whether it’s a crop top or a cutout dress.

Boho Blanco

Boho Blanco is targeted towards a more sophisticated age group, which is by no means boring! The clothes are focused around a more neutral or black and white palette, with splashes of color mixed in. Silhouettes found in Boho Blanco are flowy and flattering on many types of figures, with just the right amount of shape to create a sexy look.

Boho Blanco

Although each shop may be geared more towards a certain age group, there are no boundaries! For example, a funky-fringed jacket in Boho Blanco was purchased by a 17 year old, and the next day by a 70 year old. In both of these shops, it’s not the clothes that make you; it’s you who makes the clothes!

We immediately noticed a few things about these eclectic boutiques while browsing and trying on some adorable outfits. The first thing was that the price point for these clothes is very affordable. In certain stores, one would maybe only purchase one item, but because the prices in both Boho stores are so reasonable, it is easy to buy a couple of amazing items without breaking the bank!

The second thing we noticed was the quality of the clothes. After speaking with the staff, we learned that all of the items are either produced in the U.S. or from fair trade brands. Each item is hand selected, and the shop only carries pieces that they believe are great quality for the price!

If you’re looking for a unique gift this holiday, or a piece for yourself that you won’t find anywhere else, stop in to Boho Nation and Boho Blanco for a fun shopping experience! Both boutiques are located on Exchange Street in One Loudoun, right next to Scout & Molly’s Boutique.

For more information on Boho Nation and Boho Blanco, follow them on Facebook or visit their website at http://www.bohonation.us/.