Month: August 2016

Experience One Loudoun: Great Gatherings

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If you’re a family who likes to entertain and have a great time in your own home, then Great Gatherings is the place for you! With all of the entertaining items you will need all in one place, you can put together the perfect outdoor space, rec room, bar area, or kitchen! Walking into Great Gatherings is overwhelming, but in the best way possible, because there are so many different options to complete the perfect space in your home!

The front of the store is lined with shelves and tables containing tableware, barware, and other dining accessories. Each display is arranged beautifully and meticulously coordinated by style, color, and design. How cute is this summery plate display in the photo below?

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Because Great Gatherings is a local business, with just 5 locations spread throughout Maryland and Virginia, you can tell the product selection is catered to the local scene. When checking out the tableware, we even found collegiate plates, cups, hand towels, and other accessories representing some of the local universities.

As for your bar area, Great Gatherings has all of the barware you would see at a professional bar space! From cocktail books, to mixing supplies, and glassware for every type of drink, they really have it all.

As you make your way further into the warehouse-sized store, you will begin to see a large assortment of outdoor furniture, from table and chair sets, to luxurious fire pits, couches, and more!

Among one of the many sections in this amazing store is the game section. Here, we came across the coolest version of “Clue” known to mankind, with 3D rooms built into a polished wooden box. There are other awesome game selections, like darts and plenty of options for a pool table!

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In the very back of the store you’ll find a great selection of bars. With a variety of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from, you will absolutely find your perfect in-home bar at Great Gatherings! They set up each bar inside the store so you can get an idea of what it will look like in your home – right next to the new matching pool table!

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Possibly the best thing about Great Gatherings is that no matter how many times you visit, you could walk through 5 more times and discover things you did not see before. This is why the amazing and knowledgeable staff is there to greet you right when you enter through the doors. They are happy to show you where everything is located and answer and of your questions.

Next time you’re here at One Loudoun, stop by Great Gatherings to browse, add to your Christmas list, or even purchase a brand new piece for your home! We promise you will be amazed by the selection and quality that GG has to offer!

Experience One Loudoun: b One Loudoun

“Burgers, Beer, Bourbon” is the tagline of b One Loudoun, one of the community’s amazing restaurants that opened its doors just this past January. What began as the simple idea of eating a quality burger while enjoying your favorite beer or bourbon and good company, eventually turned into b Restaurants. After visiting farms high and low to find out the secret to a perfect burger, the first location opened in Connecticut in 2006, coincidentally in the same state where the hamburger originated.

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Walking into b One Loudoun, you immediately get the feel of a restaurant inspired by bourbon itself. The comfortable atmosphere is a mix of modern and rustic, with warm woods, exposed brick, and red and auburn colored décor in addition to some amazing light fixtures.binterior

At b One Loudoun, a first glance of the menu caused a slight panic of “how can I choose?” With the help of recommendations from a few friends and our server’s knowledge of the popular dishes, we were able to finally make some decisions while chowing down on some pickles (made in house).bpickles

For a starter, we ordered the pretzels and house-made sausages served with honey mustard and jalapeno cheese sauce. It took only one bite of the sausage to recognize how fresh and well seasoned it was! The pretzels were perfectly baked as well and the jalapeno cheese dip was a great complement.

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Next it was time to order our main dishes (which we had the hardest time doing). When we say this establishment has nailed the meaning of a quality burger, we mean they use beef that is ground in house 2-3 times daily, hand formed, American and source verified, and always fresh (never frozen). Additionally, other ingredients are sourced from local farms and markets, while the pork and chicken are also fresh and ground in-house.

If you’re not into burgers, we forgive you, but there are also a plethora of non-beef burger options to choose from and the menu is very friendly to those who are gluten-free. Many appetizers are gluten-free and options include a GF burger bun or having your burger served “in the grass” (atop iceberg lettuce).

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Since we wanted to try a few different things, we decided on the Pretzel burger with fancy fries and the Burger Salad. The pretzel burger was cooked to perfection and oh so fresh! The pretzel bun was a fantastic addition and an option to add to any burger, although we have heard their regular buns are amazingly buttery and delicious too. The thing we loved most about this burger (and all of them on the menu) is that it was not overly decorated with toppings, which is ideal for tasting all of those delicious flavors from the fresh beef.

The burger salad is best described as a deconstructed burger: iceberg and romaine lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar, red onion, a ring of pickles, and oh yes, French fries (you can also get tater tots). This salad is tossed in their “special sauce” and topped with a cheeseburger and frizzled onions. The salad was so good, we have seriously considered eating our burgers in salad form from now on!

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After our delicious meal, we headed over to check out the bar, which is fully stocked with pretty much any kind of bourbon you could ever want. There are so many on hand, they need the entire wall to house them all and a ladder to reach the top shelf. The horseshoe shaped bar allows for plenty of seating and there are also high-top tables for overflow. As seen below, there are 14 beer taps, and over 60 bottled and canned beers, with many local favorites available!

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Ask anyone who has been to b One Loudoun, and they will tell you that the bourbon and beer lists offer an excellent selection and the burgers are fresh and tasty. So there you have it: burgers, beer, and bourbon served harmoniously together only at b One Loudoun! For more information on all of the restaurants at One Loudoun, visit our website at https://oneloudoun.com/.

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Source: http://www.burgersbeerbourbon.com/

One Loudoun Voted “Favorite Place to Meet With Friends”

The 2016 Loudoun Now Favorites of Loudoun County awards confirmed what most One Loudoun visitors are already well aware of; One Loudoun rocks! Readers of Loudoun Now submit nominees for a wide range of categories and then vote on those nominees to determine the winners. One Loudoun, its businesses, and its employees, raked in the awards, with 5 award winners and 7 runner-ups. One Loudoun as a community was the winner for the Favorite Place to Meet with Friends, no surprise giving the wide variety of cuisine, shopping, and activities. This award really speaks to how loved One Loudoun has become, as there were over 40 nominees for this category! One Loudoun was also a runner up for Favorite Date Spot.

The other One Loudoun winners were Atlantic Coast Mortgage for Favorite Mortgage Company, Uncle Julio’s for Favorite Mexican Restaurant, Kristi Hardy of Atlantic Coast Mortgage for Favorite Mortgage Broker, and Chad Parsons of Advanced Corrective Chiropractic for Favorite Chiropractor. There were also three other winners with strong One Loudoun ties: Jason Masi, a regular performer at Acoustic Wednesday who will next be preforming on August 10th, won Favorite Band/Musician, Barnes and Noble, which will soon be opening a location at One Loudoun, won for Favorite Bookstore, and Allen Cochran of Cochran’s Stone Masonry, the builders of the Barn at One Loudoun, was the winner for Favorite Stone Mason.

Our One Loudoun runners up were very impressive as well and easily could have taken home the top prize. In addition to the One Loudoun’s runner up finish in the Favorite Date Spot category, the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market was Runner up for Favorite Farmer’s Market, Alamo Drafthouse was runner up for favorite movie theater, Virginia Tire and Auto was runner up for Favorite Auto Repair Shop, Sport Clips at One Loudoun was runner up for Favorite Barber Shop, State Farm was runner up for Favorite Insurance Company, and Aaron Malofsky of Hail and Hog Kitchen and Tap was runner up for Favorite Bartender. Stop by One Loudoun and check out all these awesome honorees! For a full list of One Loudoun businesses visit our tenant directory.