by Fatimah Waseem January 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm 21 Comments

Scrawl Books, an independent store that opened in late 2015, is turning a page next month.

The store is moving from its pop-up location on 11862 Market Street to 11911 Freedom Drive in mid-February as the building undergoes renovations this year. 

The future site is currently being used as the leasing office for the Signature apartments, a 508-unit residential project with nine levels of underground parking.

“It is a perfect space for Scrawl Books, with room for browsing and our full schedule of author readings, book clubs, and story times,” said Rachel Wood, the bookstore’s owner.

Since November 2016, the bookstore had a pop-up shop on Market Street shared with Truffle Shots and Ella Rue. Over the last year, Scrawl Books sprawled over the entire store, according to Wood. 

A grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for Feb. 18.  As the move takes place, the store is open at Urban Pop at Reston Station on weekdays from 4-8 p.m. and on Sundays at ArtInsights (11921 Freedom Drive). Books can also be purchased online.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Wood

Pet of the Week: Cara

by RestonNow.com Sponsor January 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

Meet Cara, an Shepherd mix puppy available for adoption.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about her:

Cara is an adorable little shepherd mix girl whose friendly disposition comes shining through. She will likely be a nice medium size when grown, perhaps in the 40 pound range, and will make some lucky family out there a great companion. Cara is a sweet, affectionate girl who would like nothing better than a family of her own so she could share her oversize store of love.

Precious pups like these go fast, so please send your application on in pronto so you don’t miss out. Cara is up to date on all shots and dewormings and carries an adoption fee of $354 which includes her micro chip. This extremely friendly little baby girl is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters

Are you and Cara a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by Fatimah Waseem January 10, 2018 at 11:30 am 19 Comments

Reston Community Center will hold a series of events this weekend to kick-off the 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration.

Tamika Mallory, co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, will deliver a keynote address on Monday at noon at RCC Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road). Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and $10 for all others. A community lunch will follow the speech.

Mallory, a nationally recognized advocate for social justice, worked closely with the Obama administration to push for civil rights, health care, equal rights for women and ending gun violence.

Leila Gordon, RCC’s executive director, said Mallory is among the “new and urgent voices” pushing the country toward realizing Dr. King’s vision.

“Reston’s annual celebration of his birthday has always been designed to reinvigorate our commitments to the goals of the civil rights movement and the values of Reston’s founding. We look forward to Ms. Mallory’s visit and her call to action,” Gordon wrote in a statement.

Tickets are available for purchase at CenterStage box office or online.

A breakdown of events scheduled for the celebration weekend is below.


by Fatimah Waseem January 10, 2018 at 9:00 am 4 Comments

Metro Considers Outsourcing Silver Line Service — A plan to privatize station operation on the western stretch of the Silver Line through Wiehle-Reston gained traction this week. The Washington Post reports that Metro officials have sent a formal request for information from potential contractors. [The Washington Post]

Evocative Acquires Reston Data Center — The company, a provider of internet infrastructure services, has acquired data center operations from Lincoln Rackhouse, the data center division of Lincoln Property Company. The data center is located at 1807 Michael Faraday Court. [Evocative via Cision]

Reston Caterer Recognized for Excellent Food Safety — Simply Elegant, a catering and event planning company was awarded a “14 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award” from the Fairfax County Health Dept. The cafe has committed no violations since November 2015. [Reston Patch]


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