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Pinterests Worthy Homes from Sotheby's RESIDE Magazine

Twice a year, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty releases RESIDE Magazine, dedicated to the connoisseurship of art, travel, fashion, food, and D.C. living. The magazine is not only a great piece of marketing to share with our clients and friends about local and worldwide Sotheby’s reach, it’s also a great source of inspiration with some seriously Pinterest worthy interiors! Sitting next to an artful stack of statement coffee table books, RESIDE becomes a simple addition of elegance that reminds us how home really can be where the heart is, especially for those who showcase the beauty of the world through home design.

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New Ownership, New Brand for Local Coffee Shop

Under new ownership and a new brand, ESP Tea & Coffee is embracing the community with open arms, hoping to make a positive change to local charitable organizations and initiatives. Previously known as Killer ESP, the King Street coffee shop is operating under new ownership yet, still producing the same delicious lattes, coffees, teas, and sweet treats (including crowd favorite Dangerously Delicious Pies!). The “ESP” used to stand for “espresso, sorbet, pies.” Now, ESP stands for “extrasensory perception,” which truly encompasses the atmosphere of the coffee shop, including the “third eye” motif of the ESP logo and groovy San Francisco vibe inside.

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Expand Your Space by Thinking Outside the Box!

Spring is here and I can’t be more thrilled. It’s a wonderful time for change and renewal as we move into warmer weather and longer days. The dreary blues and greys of winter now blossom into floral pastels and lush greens of spring before summer. Spring is here, and it’s time to expand your living space as your yard becomes another room of your home!

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Turn the Heat Up! It’s Augie’s Charity Chili Showdown!

Three words: Charity. Chili. Showdown. Anyone who knows me knows I’m always in for fun with food and fundraising! Throw in a little healthy competition, and I’m sold. That’s all I needed to hear when I was asked to be on the guest panel of judges for this exciting event. It’s an Old Town Showdown (hey, that kinda rhymes!), happening March 21 at Augie’s Mussel House & Beer Garden! From 4pm – 6pm, four local Alexandrian cooks will be competing for the Chili Championship title with all proceeds benefiting Feed It Forward DC. Voting will be conducted by a judge panel (that I’m so excited to be participating on) and the winning chili will be awarded a championship trophy!

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Appreciating Home, One Year Later...

One year later and our world is still healing. From early quarantine craft projects to summer socially distanced time outdoors to family gatherings over Zoom and quiet holidays, our home has provided comfort and safety when nothing else has. There is truly no place like home.

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Fontaine Caffe, the Newest Addition to Your Morning Routine!

“Where the locals eat!” may be Fontaine Bistro’s slogan, but their Fontaine Caffe will take that to the next level, becoming a place where local bakery business will thrive. Fontaine Bistro, known for their French cuisine and sweet and savory crepes, has now opened a to-go coffee shop right next door at 115 S Royal Street. You may recognize the storefront as the creperie’s overflow or private party room. Now it serves a new purpose, as Old Town’s newest to-go coffee shop.

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Reflecting on New Orleans House Floats: Adapting to the Pandemic with Flare!

Weekly, we learn of local businesses and community members who are positively adapting to the constant challenges, directly and indirectly, brought about by the pandemic. Last week, New Orleans’ adaptation to Mardi Gras was such an inspiration in finding the bright side in any situation. Previously observed with an elaborate celebration of parades and masquerade balls, this year looked a little different when a socially-distanced Mardi Gras was needed.

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Ada’s On The River is Now Open… and BARCA Pier & Wine Bar is Coming Soon!

You’ve probably already heard talk of or walked past the new development in Robinson’s Landing. Well, Ada’s On The River has officially opened its doors and BARCA Pier & Wine Bar is soon to follow this spring! Late January 2021, Ada’s On The River gave Alexandrians a taste of something new. Next door to Ada’s, BARCA Pier & Wine Bar is preparing to open with a twist on al fresco dining, constructed in the ever popular industrial-chic style using repurposed shipping containers!

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Be Mine on the Water and Support Alexandria Seaport Foundation

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so let’s show love by supporting a local charity: The Seaport Foundation! Join me on February 11th as I host Be Mine on the Water supporting Alexandria Seaport. This unique virtual event will feature wine from Brut Wine Bar, paired with delicious gourmet chocolate, and my husband Geoff making his big comedy debut! Seriously, you won’t want to miss this. Be Mine on the Water, pre-covid known as Wine on the Water, is happening this week, Thursday, February 11th, from 7:30pm – 8:15pm from the comfort of your own home! For 45 fabulous minutes we’ll make fundraising fun!

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