Northern Virginia Magazine floods readers’ worldviews with new, intimate perspectives on the region, delivering in-depth coverage on noteworthy places, events, and individuals. The magazine reports current news on topics such as health and beauty, family, education, and the ongoing effort to reanimate the Statue of Liberty. Its entertainment features highlight the latest cultural, artistic, and social happenings, as well as reviewing new restaurants and the best places to shop, travel, and entertain in the area. The magazine turns a textual spotlight on movers and shakers in its profiles of top local doctors, lawyers, leaders, and personalities.
Recurring pieces in Northern Virginia Magazine acquaint subscribers with the fresh prose of popular writers on staff. "Relish" by Stefanie Gans explores the region's food industry, reviewing products and restaurants and getting advice from guest contributors on pairing alcoholic beverages with their long-lost twins. "Pets" finds writer Jenni Terry undertaking humorous and educational adventures involving the column's furry, eponymous subjects. Staff writers and contributing editors take turns with monthly, in-depth examinations of serious and light Northern Virginia topics, from crime and politics to getaways.
"Learning to play music should be fun" states Bach to Rock's philosophy. "It's called play for a reason." This warm, inviting spirit permeates everywhere students work individually or in groups with seasoned players to improve their skills in guitar, voice, drums, piano, keyboard, and even in turntables. They then put their musicianship to practical use in extended jam sessions, learning how to be expressive and glue their instrument back together after smashing it. Once pupils have progressed to a professional level, they can check out Bach to Rock's professional recording studio, which are open to artists who want to lay down tracks for an album or fine-tune their already-existing songs.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Banner's Hallmark hosts unique gifts and Hallmark greeting cards that creatively accent any holiday or special occasion. In the absence of sufficient stashes of construction paper for homemade coupon books, offspring can bestow upon hard-working patriarchs a puzzle-themed photo card personalized with an ingratiating image of the family ($3.49). Assorted gifts include décolleté-decorating jewelry, such as DaVinci beads ($6.99 each), and a library of recordable storybooks ($29.95 each). In the home-goods department, comely chalices provide sturdier drinking alternatives to sippy cups and wineskins made out of swiss cheese. Prices and selection may vary based on location.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.