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Experience One Loudoun: Evolve Salon and Spa

 

Our best-kept secret is finally out! Evolve Salon and Spa is One Loudoun’s premier location for all of your salon and spa needs. Located inside of The Fitness Equation, Evolve Salon and Spa opened its doors in February of this year and set the standard early on for professional and luxury salon and spa services! Recently, we took a trip to Evolve so that we could learn more about everything they have to offer, get to know the team, and experience a transformation for ourselves.

 

Evolve Salon and Spa inside  The Fitness Equation.

Evolve Salon and Spa inside The Fitness Equation.

Sonia and Chris are the owners of Evolve – each with their own backgrounds in the field, with a combined 45+ years of experience. Sonia worked in the original salon of the Fitness Equation in Reston and free-lanced as a hair stylist for 18 years. Chris attended Graham Webb in Arlington, worked as a hair stylist for several years, and later purchased a home in Ashburn, hoping to one day open a salon at One Loudoun.

As they tell it, fate brought the two business partners together at Evolve. The name came from Sonia’s favorite idea of an “evolution” from “a little seed into a beautiful flower”. Chris suggested they shorten in to “evolve” and the rest was history!

The Color Bar at Evolve: All hair color and mixing on display for guests to see while they enjoy a coffee, hot tea, or variety of fruit enhanced water.

The Color Bar at Evolve: All hair color and mixing on display for guests to see while they enjoy a coffee, hot tea, or variety of fruit enhanced water.

The first thing to know is that guests at Evolve do not have to be a member of The Fitness Equation! Evolve offers a long list of services including hair, skin care, makeup, nail and massage services. In addition to offering a multitude of services, Evolve is an exclusive area retailer of Kérastase professional hair care products, and also offer products from IS Clinical, Aquage, Gehwol, and Wella.

The manicure, pedicure, and shampoo stations at Evolve.

The manicure, pedicure, and shampoo stations at Evolve.

While we were there, we opted for hair “transformations”, as Sonia called them, (which were certainly unforgettable) including a shampoo, cut, and style. First was the shampoo treatment, which was incredibly relaxing and unlike anything we had experienced before. The Evolve signature shampoo service included a scalp massage, hot towel treatment, and wash, all while you are lying on a shampoo bed.

Getting the Evolve signature shampoo treatment

Getting the Evolve signature shampoo treatment

As two women who do not get their hair professionally cut often, both of us desperately needed some TLC for our locks. We both had the pleasure of having master stylist and owner, Sonia, cut and style our hair.

Owners Chris and Sonia working their magic at the salon.

Owners Chris and Sonia working their magic at the salon.

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Sonia knew exactly what to do based on our hair types and explained what she was doing every step of the way, with lots of laughs exchanged in between. Sonia was also willing to listen to each of our concerns and asked us about our hair care routines.

Her years of experience and her fun and infectious energy makes you excited to be sitting in her chair. She provided tricks and tips for us throughout the styling session and chatted with us about everything from her favorite products to what we were doing over the weekend. Check out our before and after photos below!

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Visit the Evolve team at The Fitness Equation open houses (held every month), or at one of their own events. Evolve recently hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness event at their salon featuring giveaways, refreshments, and pink hair extensions, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Koman Foundation. The salon plans to host events every few months, so keep an eye out on their Facebook page!

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Owners Chris and Sonia at Evolve’s Breast Cancer Awareness Event

The low down: The stylists and the entire atmosphere at Evolve puts you at ease right away. From the relaxing shampoo and head massage to the actual cut and style, you automatically trust what they are doing. We will absolutely be back to experience their other services.

Perhaps one of the most endearing qualities about Evolve is that the staff truly is like a family and they welcome each guest in with open arms. Every single guest that walked through the door at Evolve received a warm greeting; whether it was a familiar face receiving hugs from Sonia, or a new customer getting their first salon and spa tour.

You can find the Evolve team at One Loudoun’s 4th Annual Tree Lighting giving away $10 and $20 gift cards, as well as other goodies, and talking about all of the services at Evolve. With the holidays coming up, what better gift to give than the gift of relaxation for a spa day, couples massage, or total hair transformation!

To make your appointment today, visit spaevolve.com, or call 703-723-8200 and be sure to follow Evolve on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for promotions and deals!

12 Characteristics of an Amazing Community

The greatness of a community cannot truly be measured by anything but how much residents love living there! With that being said, what we can do is pinpoint a few things that are common signs of a great community, with the help of a list curated by Trulia.com. As they state in this article, “You’re not just buying or renting a home – you are also becoming part of a neighborhood.” Take a look below to discover how everything on their list can be found here at One Loudoun!

Great Schools: The Loudoun County School District has been recognized as one of the top in Virginia, the 3rd best according to Niche.com. Living in One Loudoun guarantees that your children are given exceptional opportunities to learn and thrive in the classroom.

Neighborhood Association: A neighborhood association makes life for residents so much easier by organizing conveniences that would otherwise become a headache. To learn more about the One Loudoun Neighborhood Association, visit https://www.1lna.com.

Safety and security: As a close-knit neighborhood and community, we strive to provide safety and security on a regular basis for you and your family. Additionally, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently being built right here at One Loudoun.

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Outdoor amenities: There are many outdoor amenities available to residents of One Loudoun, just within walking distance of your home! Some of the favorite amenities include Central Park, The Plaza, nature trails, and the pool, playground, tennis courts, volleyball court and more at The Club at One Loudoun.

History: The history of Ashburn, VA is reflected by the unique landscape and historic wonders surrounding One Loudoun. Our community amphitheater, The Barn at One Loudoun, is also a historic building, dating back to the 1800’s when it belonged to Mr. Charles Harris. Harris was one of the first African-Americans to own land in the area and often hosted gatherings on his properties, which is now reflected in the gatherings hosted at The Barn.

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Access to care: Our community is centrally located near all types of businesses offering health and wellness care. One Loudoun is home to My Eye Dr., Kravitz Orthodontics, Ashburn Oral Surgery, Advanced Corrective Chiropractic, Loudoun Smile Center, and Pediatric Dentistry of One Loudoun. We are also located less than 3 miles from the nearest hospital.

Family friendly: With areas specially designed for families in mind, what better place to raise your family? Across the One Loudoun community, there are multiple playgrounds, parks, and even The Plaza has a fountain perfect for the kids to play in during the warm months. We even have our own elementary school!

Public transportation: Since One Loudoun is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport and other conveniences of Northern VA, public transportation is key. To learn more about the transportation systems in Loudoun County, click here.

Restaurants and shopping: One Loudoun is Loudoun County’s premier destination for dining and shopping! The community is continuously welcoming more shopping and dining options to our repertoire, with more coming soon, like Eddie Merlot’s, Fortessa Tableware Solutions, and Boho Nation!

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Nightlife and entertainment: There is never a shortage of fun things to do here at One Loudoun! From year-round community and neighborhood events, to the Alamo Drafthouse and other trendy bar/restaurants like Bar Louie, your day from sun up to sun down is sure to be anything but boring!

Walkability: See for yourself on our interactive site plan: you can walk everywhere in the One Loudoun community! This one of the aspects that residents love the most; you can walk from home to the store or out to dinner and not worry about driving around!

A perfect match: One Loudoun is suited to fit all types of lifestyles. Whether you are part of a young family, or looking to retire soon, there is something for everyone here in Loudoun’s New Downtown!

In case you were wondering, YES, you can purchase a brand new home right here in One Loudoun! Visit our website here to discover One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA!

Why LoCo is the Happiest County in the Nation, Again!

“Loudouners” continue to have even more reasons to be proud of where they live, as our very own Loudoun County continues to be recognized for its growth and popularity. For the second year in a row, Loudoun County, VA was ranked the happiest county in the nation!

What do you mean “happiest”?

Every year, SmartAsset uses census data to analyze a mixture of positive and negative factors for counties in the country with a population over 50,000 to find out which ones are the most “happy.” Positive factors consisted of marriage rate, income ratio, life expectancy, and physical activity rate, while negative factors included poverty rate, unemployment rate, divorce rate, and personal bankruptcy rate. After all of these rates are determined for each county in the study, they are weighed and assigned an index where Loudoun County was a 100, therefore placing it at the top of the list!

How Does Loudoun County Compare?

A few factors stick out about Loudoun County when you dive deeper into why we are so happy! Loudoun County’s poverty rate is lower than any county in this particular study, coming in at just 3.8%. In addition to this, the unemployment rate is at 3.2% compared to a national average of 4.9%. Of the almost 1,000 counties included in this study, Loudoun County’s income ratio is the fourth highest at slightly above 2.5, which shows that the median income is over twice the cost of living. All in all, Virginia fared pretty well in this study too, with Fairfax and York both joining Loudoun in the top 25 happiest counties.

So, how can I live in Loudoun County?

Are you interested in living in the happiest county in America? We thought so! As a thriving mixed-use community, One Loudoun, named the Community of the Year at the 2015 Great American Living Awards is where you can live, play, dine, shop, and more, all in one place! Discover the future of living at One Loudoun with brand new homes coming soon from Stanley Martin Homes! These beautiful city style condominiums are NOW SELLING, so visit our website for more information!

Sources: smartasset.com, Washingtonian.com

Stanley Martin Homes – Now Selling at One Loudoun!

Just imagine walking from your beautiful new home to the grocery store, your favorite restaurant, or even to the local elementary school to drop the kids off. We know that all One Loudoun fans have been patiently waiting, and we are happy to announce that there are more new homes coming to One LoudounStanley Martin Homes is NOW SELLING beautiful city-style condominiums in Loudoun’s New Downtown!

About Stanley Martin Homes

Stanley Martin Homes is one of the largest homebuilders in the Mid-Atlantic and have been recognized time and time again for their outstanding quality and design. Now celebrating their 50th year in business, Stanley Martin continues to specialize in new home construction and strives to live up to their tagline “your life is our blueprint”.

About These Homes

With 2 beautifully designed home models to choose from, Stanley Martin is continuing the trend of city-style homes exclusive to One Loudoun. The Westminister and The Grosvenor will both be 2-level condominiums featuring garages, outdoor spaces, an open floorplan, and so much more! New homes from Stanley Martin offer different options and features that create a world of convenience, including “Green Living” features for lower utility bills and personalized interior features from their Design Studio.

Why Live at One Loudoun?

Living in a brand new home at One Loudoun provides an all-encompassing lifestyle where everything is located in one place! Downtown One Loudoun offers the convenience of dining, working, shopping, and more in a single location. There are over 15 restaurants, specialized shops, a gourmet grocer, a cinema, and just about everything you need for day-to-day errands and entertainment! Outdoor amenities include miles of paved pathways, Central Park, The Plaza, a community amphitheater, and more.

In addition to all of the conveniences of downtown, there is a world of amenities just for residents of One Loudoun. The Club at One Loudoun features an outdoor pool facility, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and houses indoor basketball courts with other meeting rooms for social events. If we haven’t convinced you yet that One Loudoun is right for you and your family, our community is also located just minutes from commuter routes, 3 miles from Washington Dulles Airport, and 25 miles from Washington, DC.

For more information on living in a brand new Stanley Martin home at One Loudoun, visit https://oneloudoun.com/living-at-one-loudoun/

The Wishing Tree at One Loudoun

The Wishing Tree is a short-term childcare center located in downtown One Loudoun where parents can drop off their children, ages 3-12, for up to 3 hours at a time. The Wishing Tree is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, and is perfect for when parents need a few hours to themselves get work done, enjoy a romantic night out, or just have a little “me” time.

At the Wishing Tree, children are treated to a wide variety of fun activities that allow their creativity to run wild while also having the educational component that parents love their kids to be exposed to. Arts and crafts are an essential part of life at the Wishing Tree and they always have an on-going project. Currently, kids are creating a fairy village and the next project will be a mural. They have daily story time with captivating books as well as healthy snack options that are a hit with kids and parents alike.

Every weekday from 10-11 a.m. the Wishing Tree has free Circle Time for members and non-members alike. Children of all ages are welcome and the Circle Time is done in both English and Farsi. Circle Time consists of numerous engaging activities, including stories, songs, crafts, and educational components like learning about the weather and the calendar. Every week Circle Time is focused on a different theme in order to expose kids to a wide variety of topics and make each week a unique experience.

Currently, the Wishing Tree is running a promotion where when you sign up for a membership you get an extra free visit each month for the rest of the year! To learn more about what the Wishing Tree has to offer visit their website at www.wishingtreekids.com.

The Benefits of A Farmers Market

Delicious and fresh produce can be hard to find, and many forget about local farmers that make a living growing the food that we all crave and love. There is nothing better than a fresh tomato, or a plump peach that you can take with you for a picnic on The Plaza at One Loudoun. Here are a few reasons why you should come out to the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and support our local farmers and artisans!

Availability

Local farmers’ markets have always been around, however, in recent years it seems as though they are popping up everywhere! For people who love to get fresh, cheap, and organic food, the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market has you covered. Every Saturday, from 8 a.m. until Noon, make sure stop by One Loudoun (May through October) located at Exchange Street and Endicott Alley, Ashburn, VA 20147.

Variety

This market features a wide variety of vendors including Anna’s Daughter, who specializes in homemade jam using only locally grown produce, and the Baguette Republic, who makes fresh bread and pastries. If you want to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables, Douglas Werner Orchards, Honey Brook Farms, and Valencias Produce are a few of the many vendors who have all of the produce you desire. Fresh eggs, tomatoes, herbs, and berries can also be found at this local market.

Local

Not only is the produce fresh, but also it is local! Supporting local businesses help keep a community thriving, like our home of Loudoun County. Local farms have decreased in recent years due to the high cost of running a farm, and increasing competition from large grocery stores that use cheap produce and farms that produce mass amounts of everything. By supporting local farmers markets, you are helping support your neighbor and their business!

Affordable

The local farmers recognize the support they receive, which boosts morale and gives them more drive and capital to continue doing what they love. For such a high-quality product, the prices at the market are more affordable than most organic grocery stores. With these great prices, you can stock your fridge for less money and introduce healthy alternatives to your family’s kitchen. A majority of the farms will sell all organic products, leaving out the pesticides, hormones, and chemicals that are infused in most grocery store foods.

Take time on a Saturday and join us at the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m until noon! Not only will you find fresh and healthy produce, you will also run into the people of your community. This is a fun place to catch up and meet with friends while supporting your local farmers. Visit us online for more information.

Source: http://loudounfarmersmarkets.org/markets/ashburn/

One Loudoun is Located in the Best Small City in VA!

Here at One Loudoun, we pride ourselves on our beautiful mixed-use community where residents can live, work, dine, shop, and more, all in one place! Not only does our community provide all types of amenities and services for it’s residents, but we are conveniently located in the surrounding metro Washington D.C. area in Ashburn, VA. WalletHub recently named our hometown of Ashburn the Best Small City in Virginia and 13th Best Small City in America!

In order to rank 1,286 small cities in the U.S. between 25,000 and 100,000 residents, the analysts at WalletHub used a detailed methodology including 22 different metrics. The four categories of metrics were affordability, economic health, education/health, and quality of life. The scores of each category were determined and then each city was given an overall score, where Ashburn, VA ranked #13 on the list. In addition to a rank of #13 overall, Ashburn is #2 in the Economic Health category and the #1 small city in Virginia. Take a look at what our community in Ashburn, VA has to offer:

Homes

Our beautiful single-family homes by Miller and Smith will blow you away with their Chicago-inspired exteriors and state of the art interior features! Each new home comes with amazing features to accommodate any family, such as, an open floor plan, 2-car garage, sleeper porch, loft, and 4 bedrooms. With a limited quantity of homesites remaining, you will not want to miss the chance to live in a brand new home in One Loudoun!

Downtown

One Loudoun thrives off of the idea of “new urbanism”, which is the idea of having everything you need all in the same place that you live. The walkability of our community has a lot to do with the downtown area of One Loudoun, which contains an assortment of restaurants, stores, services, entertainment, and more! One Loudoun is constantly adding new and exciting things to our community and you can check out what is new on our blog.

Sources: Wallethub.com

A Look Inside: The Clubhouse

One Loudoun’s Clubhouse, also known as “The Club”, is the uncontested focal point of One Loudoun’s residential community—offering residents of our award-winning community a variety of world-class community amenities, meeting spaces and more—all under one roof!

Located along Russel Branch Parkway directly across from the Barn at One Loudoun, this three-level, 16,000+ square foot clubhouse boasts a distinct, modern design all it’s own. In fact, the Club’s distinct architecture and interior design was recently honored at the 2015 GALA Awards,  with two awards of merit for Design and Architecture of a Free-Standing Clubhouse, and Interior Merchandising within a Free-Standing Clubhouse over 6,000 square feet. Let’s take a closer look at this award-winning amenity:

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Inside The Club

Inside the Club at One Loudoun, you’ll find a magnificent great room, an expansive meeting/banquet room, spacious conference rooms, a variety of glamorous entertaining spaces, management offices and a snack shack. The Club’s interior boats a chic, modern design, evident in the architecture and decor—making the Club the ideal location for the occasional community happy hour or club meeting.

Additionally, the Club is also home to a variety of fitness-focused amenities including a world-class fitness center, state-of-the-art dance studio and an indoor basketball court and more. Whether you’re looking to focus on your fitness with in a quick work out in the fitness center, join your neighbors for an afternoon yoga class in the dance studio, play a pickup game of basketball with a few friends or catch up with friends—the Club is the place to be!

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The Pool

The Club’s outdoor pool facility is truly state of the art—with an expansive, resort-style pool, separate toddler pool, sundeck and snack bar! We think you’ll agree—the Club’s resort-style pool facility offers homeowners at One Loudoun the perfect place to unwind!

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The Tennis Courts

The Club’s outdoor amenities expand beyond the resort-style pool—with a number of outdoor recreational courts, including two state-of-the-art tennis courts, along with a volleyball court and multi-purpose court.

Whether you’re looking to fit in a quick workout, hone your tennis skills or relax poolside—you can do it all at the Club at One Loudoun! For more on the Club at One Loudoun, check out this stunning bird’s eye view of the Club at One Loudoun on YouTube! To learn more about the unique perks of living at One Loudoun, browse our stunning collection of new homes at One Loudoun today.

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Happy Hour Hot Spots of One Loudoun

It’s no secret that One Loudoun’s vibrant, mixed-use community is Loudoun’s New Downtown with our wide selection of retailers—from restaurants, taverns and bistros, to a variety of retail shops, a dry cleaners and more! The restaurants here at One Loudoun offer a variety of happy hour deals and specials you won’t want to miss. Read on to learn about a few of the happy hour specials and afternoon hot spots currently underway at  One Loudoun:

Bar Louie

Happy Hours: Monday-Friday, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Bar Louie is an eclectic, urban bar, best-known for their dynamic beer selection, signature martinis and cocktails, and infamous Blues & Brews (every Thursday, 5:00pm-close) and $5 Burger Night (every Tuesday, 5:00pm-close). Bar Louie’s extensive Drink Menu is chock full of  martinis, cocktails, mocktails, margaritas, mojitos, wine and more! To learn more about one of One Loudoun’s hallmark watering holes, check out Bar Louie on Facebook, or visit their website.

Family Meal

Happy Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Bryan Voltaggio’s modern take on the classic diner features a number of delicious dishes, with an extensive drink menu. Family Meal’s weekday happy hour specials include $6 cocktails, $5-$6 wine and all draft beers for $5/ glass and $15/pitcher! For more, check out Family Meal on Facebook, or visit their website.

Glass Half Full Taproom

Happy Hours: Periodic All-Day Happy Hours and Specials

Glass Half Full at the Alamo is a neighborhood bar built by beer lovers, for beer lovers. Glass Half Full offers the finest microbrew and craft beers around, in addition to a truly exceptional selection of handcrafted, classic and one-of-a-kind custom cocktails—found on their drink menu. For more on Glass Half Full, visit their website or check them out on Facebook.

Okada Japanese Restaurant & Bar

Happy Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 3:30pm-6:30pm

Okada offers happy hour specials on their martinis, cocktails and a variety of domestic, draft and import beers—along with their delicious selection of fresh sushi, Hibachi-style entrees and authentic Japanese culinary specialties. For more, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.

5ence of Thai

Happy Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 4:00pm -7:00pm & 10:00 pm-Midnight; Friday & Saturday, 10:00pm-2:00am

5ense of Thai offers happy hour specials every day of the week, with a special Happy Hour Menu that is sure to impress. 5ence of Thai’s Drink Menu includes a wide selection of alcoholic beverages including: Cocktails, Mocktails, Draft Beers, Wine, Whiskey and even Sake and Soju! Be sure to stop by 5ence of Thai every Monday for half priced bottles of wine as well. For more on 5ence of Thai, visit their website and be sure to check them out on Facebook!