Named one of the 5 Best Places to Study Wine in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Washington Wine Academy has something for novices and experts alike. The school’s offerings include professional-certification classes, tours of local wineries, singles mixers, and wine-and-a-movie nights, all overseen by top wine writers and sommeliers. This blend of education and entertainment has proven successful: on average, the Academy educates more than 1,000 enthusiasts per month and hosts more than 300 wine and beer events each year.
Students and visitors gather in the academy’s brick and mortar wine school–the first of its kind in the DC area. A large hall provides the perfect setting for presentations or Model UN practice, and the nearby Crystal City Wine Shop stocks an extensive collection of beer and wines from around the world.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides trusted community doctors and a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames.
Together with company president Sue Downes, they equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them and MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Gucci, Coach, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
Today's side deal gets you a ticket to see Jane Franklin Dance's new work, Of Bones and Bridges. Inspired by nature's cycle of growth, destruction, and change, this composition explores the tension between people and the natural world. Head to Source, a recently renovated black-box theater in the 14th Street Corridor, for an evening performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, or a matinee on Sunday, February 28 (a $28 value). Pick up adult tickets at the box office on a first-come, first-serve basis for your chosen evening; if you're planning on bringing children, call ahead to reserve special $10 kids' pricing (to be paid out of pocket to the theater, normally $16).
Golden Boot Soccer helms its training camps with astute, talented coaches pulled from the ranks of ex-DC United players and other teams around the world. Kids can acquire the fine art of foot-fueled accuracy with the Art of Scoring camp's techniques and drills. During Goalkeeper camp, active coaches run drills that teach young defenders how to clutch and throw the ball out of the box, always placing an emphasis on protecting the goal and maintaining the ultimate goal—protecting the president. The Mini Kickers camp takes a stride towards toddler stardom by presenting fundamental and sporty concepts such as soccer rules, good sportsmanship, and teamwork in a noncompetitive, exploratory environment.
WiGoClinic – Cell Phone Repair Shop performs a wide assortment of smartphone fixes, including fitting damaged devices with solid new covers, which breathe new life into once unusable technologies. Trained technicians cradle cracked smartphones to soothe them into drowsy Airplane Mode, then gently unhinge shattered covers to clear delicate surfaces for a new protective window. Devices emerge from the phone hospital after roughly an hour with fresh screens that bestow the same functionality as the original factory cover. WiGoClinic also performs water-damage diagnostics, and boasts a high success rate in repairing drowned devices. iPhone repairs typically take less than an hour, and most operations can be performed while customers sit comfortably in WiGoClinic's waiting space, complete with kids' play area.
With vibrant specimens and detailed instruction, Petals for the People assists floral fans in creating their own fetching arrangements. Each customer will receive a bundle of seasonal flowers and greens that can be grouped into two or three arrangements, as well as access to helpful online instruction that can mold nature’s colorful flair into eye-catching bouquets. While many grocery stores stock flowers on the shelf for an extended period of time, Petals for the People collects the freshest and most intriguing flowers from the U.S., South America, Holland, and Thailand and ships them directly to the customer from its warehouse. The resulting product is a striking and long-lasting arrangement that’s sure to spruce up any home, office, or captain’s quarters on a circumnavigating carrack.