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Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

Charming housewares and gift items can be found at Urban Farmhouse, a shop just below Covet, which we featured last week. Just opened this past spring Urban Farmhouse carries antique, European furniture and whimsical gift and home goods. This holiday season they go all in with unique items like miniature embroidered pillows, monogrammed marble cutting boards, witty tea towels and more. 

And, since they are new to the area and looking to expand into the community, they host wine nights the last Wednesday of every month from 5-8 p.m., but during the holidays are hosting a Sip & Shop Wine Night every Wednesday, so make sure to stop in and see, in person, some of the items we love in the shop as spotlighted below.

Holiday Gift Guide: Urban Farmhouse, Arlington

Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

Tucked in a row of industrial buildings alongside Rt. 50 in Chantilly is a winter wonderland. The store: Metro Flower Market. Our goal: find delightful holiday decor that we can buy for others, or ourselves.

Looking for that perfect piece to showcase on your holiday table? You can find it here. Want a whimsical addition to your tree? You’ve come to the right place. Having a hard time finding a beautiful hostess gift that will become a classic in any home? Scroll through the images below to get a taste of what Metro Flower Market offers. And, check out their workshop schedule to get involved in making your own fresh holiday decor.

Holiday Gift Guide: Metro Flower Market, Chantilly

Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

 

Lynn heads to Old Town Alexandria and takes us in her favorite jewelry store, She’s Unique. Here you can find gorgeous everyday, on-trend pieces and classic styles that are perfect for any and every special occasion.

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: She’s Unique, Old Town Alexandria

Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

Looking for a hostess gift for the person who has everything?  Or a nice gift for someone who has recently downsized and has little room inside?  We have the perfect place for you. Head down to the Wild Bird Center in the Oakton Shopping Center for some great hostess gifts that won’t clutter your home and also feeds our furry friends in the winter when food is more difficult to find.

The Wild Bird Center has all kinds of great gift ideas for seeded birdhouses and wreaths to birdhouses and all kinds of bird food.  They also have more traditional hostess gifts from local artists such as flour sack tea towels, wind-chimes which are made in Manassas as well as bird puzzles, finger puppets and even bird socks for that hard to find Secret Santa gift for the office.

Owner, Amy Schmonsees is a wonderful resource and is happy to help you pick out the perfect gift!

Wild Bird Center – Oakton
2916-B Chain Bridge Rd.
Oakton Shopping Center
Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 319-9453
Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Gift Guide: Wild Bird Center – Oakton

Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

In 2016 Ingrid and I had the distinct pleasure to represent the sellers of Wisakon Lane as they sold their home which included a custom built, 44-by-44-foot dream detached garage on 3 acres. To our good fortune we met the most wonderful couple Mary and Eric Jaeger who were PCS’ing to Virginia. Mary served in the US Army for 23 years and is retired, Eric is active duty Army and this home was the perfect setting for them to set up their life after retirement.

Eric learned woodworking at a very young age from his father. Herwig “Jack” Jaeger emigrated from Germany to the United States at the age of 18 where he had been an apprentice in the woodworking trade.  After settling with the family in Arkansas, he opened Jaeger’s Fine Woodworking, handcrafting custom cabinets and furniture. Eric started sweeping, sanding, straightening nails and maintaining the tools. Eventually he was entrusted to build drawers and learning his father’s craft. His father was a quintessential perfectionist and Eric inherited that trait?

Today they produce the most magnificent, one-of-a-kind pieces that make the most wonderful (and useful gifts). Ingrid and I fell in love with their work immediately and, almost without exception, every client we represent receives a custom, engraved gift from Wisakon Woods.

Among their beautiful items are cheese boards, cutting boards, wine displays, military coin displays, and much much more. Please visit their website for more information or give them a call at 571-332-9844.

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Wisakon Woods Custom Wood Works – Manassas

Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

 

Holiday Shopping on a Budget? No problem! Head down to the Inova Fair Oaks Thrift Shop in Fairfax Circle where you’ll find everything from holiday decorations, to housewares, clothing, exercise equipment, appliances, books, and more! The inventory turns over daily so you’ll always find something new.

Our very own Ingrid Barrett of FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate® Century 21 Redwood Realty volunteers every Friday! So swing by and say “Hi”.

Looking to clean out your basement, your closet and make room for holiday gifts? Consider a donation to the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Thrift Shop. Just pull up to the front and place your items on the cart in front. They will give you a receipt behind the register for your donation items and tax return.

 

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Thrift Shop
9683 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-273-3519
Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donations accepted during all business hours – clothing, household items, shoes, electronics, lamps, computer monitors (flat screen only) and small non-upholstered furniture.

Holiday Gift Guide: Inova Fair Oaks Thrift Shop – Fairfax Circle

Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

 

Red Barn Mercantile is the place to go if you aren’t quite sure of what exactly you are looking for. Perusing the shelves and displays you will soon find that you 100 percent need a wooden salt and pepper bowl, no one wants to don shakers on their holiday tables. And simply pouring a splash from the decanter? Oh no, that won’t do. A festive drink needs a pour of specialty syrups. Then, don’t even get us started on the tree ornaments. One glance at the display and you’ll be reworking your entire holiday decor. Best thing is you can’t go wrong with anything you pick up from this Old Town shop. Santa made sure of it.

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Red Barn Mercantile, Old Town Alexandria

Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

 

If you’re looking for unique, handmade gifts, Covet in Arlington is the store you want to make a trip to. Lynn made a stop at this lovely boutique housed in the upstairs of a home-turned-store right on Wilson Boulevard. Covet carries items from candles and home decor, both beautiful and witty, to jewelry and artwork. The owner, Autumn, considers her store part boutique, part gallery since her mission is to showcase independent artisan goods.

Take a few minutes to get a video tour of the store, along with gift ideas from Autumn, and then get more up close with the picture gallery below.

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Covet, Arlington

Kicking off the holiday season the team at FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate is bringing you gift guide ideas from some of our local boutiques.

 

If your looking for an experience in shopping and are in the Old Town Manassas area then you have to check out The Things I Love at 9084 Center Street. Ingrid heads here to find unique and beautiful gifts and an occasional afternoon tea. Check out this video with owner, Joanne, and the gallery pictures below.

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Things I Love – Manassas

Northern Virginia

Fairfax County Parkway Widening from Rt 29 to Rt 123

If your commute includes driving the Fairfax County Parkway between Routes 29 and Routes 123 then you are familiar with the back ups at Popes Head Road, Braddock Road and Burke Center Parkway. Earlier this fall VDOT held three public information meetings to address this stretch of highway.

VDOT Fairfax County Northern Virginia District

Project Overview:

  • Purpose: To relieve congestion and improve safety
  • Project Length: About 5 miles from Ox Road (Route 123) to just north of Lee Highway (Route 29)
  • Improvements: Widen the Fairfax County Parkway from four to six lanes from Route 29 to Route 123, build an interchange at Popes Head Road and the future Shirley Gate Road Extension, reconfigure intersections along project limits, improvements to the existing trail in the Fairfax County right of way, and build a new shared-use path to make the trail continuous within the project limits
  • Two Phases: 1) Popes Head Road and Shirley Gate Road Interchange, 2) Fairfax County Parkway Widening
  • Estimated Project Cost: $194.6 million

These meetings were of particular concern to me as my street is in a small neighborhood that backs up to the stretch of highway in question. Like our neighborhood, many neighborhoods up and down the Fairfax County Parkway were cut in half or lost buffer area when the Parkway was built. As more and more traffic goes by, the noise level is louder and louder.

Our HOA president arranged a question and answer session with VDOT officials on November 27, 2018 to address some of our questions. At the meeting we learned there is a formula established by the Federal Highway Administration to determine whether or not a neighborhood can have a noise barrier wall. The VDOT’s Noise Abatement Policy is based on the Federal Highway Administration regulations. (Virginia Department of Transportation, VDOT Highway Noise Walls, VDOT Noise Barrier Walls, 2011, Commonwealth of Virginia, 5m November 2015, job#15156)

The good news is there are several neighborhoods that will qualify for the noise barrier walls up and down the corridor. You can find wonderful visuals showing where the proposed walls are located, what the new Popes Head Road interchange will look like, and examples of what the new medians (grass) will look like. Learn more at VDOT: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/ffx_co_pkwy_widening.asp.

 

In an email to our HOA President dated December 4, 2018, Sarabjit Sital, Program Management Coordinator for VDOT stated the following:

“Thank you for taking the time and attending the meeting on November 27th, 2018. As requested, attached is the presentation given at the meeting with the residents of Buckner’s Forest.  Please distribute this with your HOA members.
 
“We would like to inform you that we are holding the Public Information meeting for this project on January 7th, 2019 at Robinson Secondary School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with presentation beginning @ 7 p.m.  The inclement weather date is January 14th, 2019 at the same time and location.”
Mark your calendars if this project is of interest to you. If you would like a copy of this slide deck please contact Tracey Barrett and I’ll forward to your attention [Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) Widening Project Route 29 (Lee Highway) to Route 123 (Ox Road) State Project No. 0286-029-259, P101; UPC 107937 November 27, 2018 7:00 to 8:00 PM Meeting with Buckner Forest].