Mark your calendars: Chalk on the Water, the fifth annual street-art festival, returns to Lake Anne Village Center in early June.
Hosted by Public Art Reston, the two-day festival challenges artists to create chalk drawings on Lake Anne’s Washington Plaza. This year’s event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9 and 10.
Artists can register in three categories, including professional artists, amateur artists, and families and kids. Participants have a chance to earn a prize. Face painter Becky Nelson will be on-site to paint faces and snow cones and popcorn will be available for purchase by Reston Association.
Last year’s festival sold-out for the first time. Organizers expect a high turnout this year as well.
“It’s a challenge to come up with a compelling drawing for the event, and a little intimidating to draw in public, but it’s always worth the effort. It’s also fun watching the reactions of people walking by, especially kids, and hearing their comments about the drawings,” said Bruce Wright, last year’s winner in the amateur category.
Online registration is open and closes on June 8 at 5 p.m. Participants can also register on-site on the day of the event. Fees range from $10 to $20 depending on the category.
Sponsors include Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar and Reston Association Camps.
Photo via Facebook
According to the Plaza’s website, scheduled activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will include a live DJ, a pet costume contest and more. Live music by the Holly Montgomery band will begin at 4 p.m., and live music will follow at 6 p.m. at venues including Lake Anne Brew House, Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, and Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar.
Other fun will include pumpkin painting, pet treats and goody bags. Restaurants in the plaza will also offer beer gardens during the event.
According to a poster for the event, visitors are encouraged to “dress to scare, spook or trick!”
For more information about this and other upcoming events at Lake Anne Plaza, follow it on Facebook.
Reston businesses, services and events were the recipients of nearly two dozen honors in Virginia Living magazine’s 2017 Best of Virginia awards.
According to the Eden Stuart, the magazine’s assistant editor, the awards issue, which is on newsstands today, is a “statewide guide to all that is ‘best’ in Virginia — from dining to shopping to doing.” More than 50,000 ballots were cast in a reader survey to find the honorees in 106 categories, Stuart said.
Lake Anne Plaza was particularly honored, with five businesses selected as being among the best of the best in the Northern Virginia region. Those winners include Lake Anne Brew House (first place, Best Local Craft Brewery); Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar (first place, Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop); Reston’s Used Book Shop (second place, Best Book Store); Small Change Consignments (first place, Best Children’s Clothing Store; second place, Best Consignment Shop); and Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts and More (third place, Best Chocolatier).
“Please join us in saying congrats to these awesome Plaza merchants,” reads a post on Lake Anne Plaza’s Facebook page celebrating the honors.
In addition, the Reston Farmers Market at Lake Anne Plaza was honored with a second-place award for Best Farmers Market.
The full list of honorees from Reston in the 2017 Best of Virginia awards are:
Taste of Reston
Best Food Festival
Edibles Incredible Desserts (11917 Freedom Drive)
Best Dessert Menu
Bacon N’ Ed’s
Best Food Truck
Lake Anne Brew House (11424 Washington Plaza W.)
Best Local Craft Brewery
Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar (1612 Washington Plaza N.)
Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop
Life Time Fitness (1757 Business Center Drive)
CST Group (10740 Parkridge Blvd.)
Best Accounting Firm
Small Change Consignments (1629 Washington Plaza N.)
Best Children’s Clothing Store
Austin-Weston, The Center for Plastic Surgery (1825 Samuel Morse Drive)
Best Cosmetic Surgery Practice
The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center (11900 Market St.)
Best Eye Care Provider
Miye Wire LLC (1818 Library St.)
Best Financial Planning Firm
AKG Design Studio
Best Kitchen Design Firm
Davelle Clothiers (11921 Freedom Drive)
Best Men’s Clothing Store
Virginia Therapy & Fitness Center (1831 Wiehle Ave.)
Best Physical Therapy Group
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Best Art Event
Reston Farmers Market
Best Farmers Market
Small Change Consignments (1629 Washington Plaza N.)
Best Consignment Shop
Reston’s Used Book Shop (1623 Washington Plaza N.)
Best Book Store
Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts and More (11426 Washington Plaza W.)
Trader Joe’s (11958 Killingsworth Ave.)
Best Grocery Store
The Wine Cabinet (1416 North Point Village Center)
Best Wine Shop
Image courtesy Virginia Living magazine
This is a sponsored post by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate.
Thanksgiving is upon us, and I have so very much to be grateful for this year.
A little over a year ago, my family purchased the Lake Anne Coffee House and embarked on the adventure of our lives.
When I say adventure, I am not exaggerating. We completely renovated the space, and that was no small task. We encountered problems along the way (as anyone who has ever opened a retail business could have predicted), and that kept pushing our opening date back. And then the day came when we were ready.
In early November, we opened our doors. It’s a soft opening–we’re still playing with the menu and getting the finishing touches in place. But we are open and we are blown away by the support we are receiving from the community. Truly, it makes me cry. I am blessed to know so many wonderful people, and now to get to see them every day.
Our daughters will be running the operation with us–Erin who is my partner in real estate is also an experienced restaurant manager, and Meagan is an exceptional chef. The Lake Anne Coffee House is in good hands.
My real estate office is located on the second floor (behind the wine bar), and I expect to meet many clients in the coffee shop or the wine bar.
We’ll be launching our website soon. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook.
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving.
Ownership of the longtime cafe at Lake Anne Plaza officially changed hands on Friday. New owners Eve and Rick Thompson, who are longtime Lake Anne residents, plan a top-to-bottom renovation, new staff and new menu items.
While the renovations are underway, the coffee house patio will be open during Saturday’s Farmers Market. Tomorrow, there will be free coffee and pastry samples. On following Saturdays, limited items will be available for purchase (for example, brewed coffee only; they will not be making espresso drinks until they are fully reopened, Even Thompson said).
Lake Anne Coffee House will be using coffee blends from Manassas-based Monument Coffee Roasters and pastries from Sterling’s Baguette Republic. Thompson said it is the businesses’ goal to use as many locally-sourced products as possible.
The Thompsons hope to complete renovations and be fully open in November.
(Editor’s Note: Eve Thompson’s other business, Reston Real Estate, is a Reston Now sponsor).
Thompson and her husband, Rick, purchased the coffee house in July. The Thompsons are longtime Lake Anne residents.
The coffee house had been on the market for more than a year as the former owners looked toward retirement.
Thompson says that beginning Sept. 12, the coffee house patio will be open on Saturday mornings during the Reston Farmers Market and Craft Market. Residents can try new coffee blends from Manassas-based Monument Coffee Roasters and pastries from Sterling’s Baguette Republic. On Sept. 12, the shop will be giving away free samples.
The Thompsons are working with a Reston-based architect and interior designer to remodel the shop from top to bottom — and also support local businesses. (Editor’s note: Eve Thompson’s other business, Reston Real Estate, is a Reston Now sponsor)
“It is our goal to goal to use as much locally sourced products as possible,” said Eve Thompson. She also hopes to use many organic products.
Follow the new shop’s progress by liking the Lake Anne Coffee House Facebook page.
The Lake Anne Coffee House, a fixture at Reston’s Lake Anne Plaza for decades, is looking for a new owner.
Owners Susan and Jimmy Sohn have run the coffee shop for about eight years and now want to retire, says Susan Sohn.
The Sohns are selling the store by owner.
“People have asked about it,” she said. “But so far no one has made an offer.”
Lake Anne has had a coffee house since its start in the late 1960s, when Common Grounds Coffee House became a popular spot for meetings and just hanging out in the burgeoning community.
Lake Anne Coffee House has had a series of owners. The Sohns bought the businesses from Alfredo Melendez in 2006. Melendez later took over — for the second time — the food counter inside Lakeside Pharmacy. He closed that counter, Cafe Lakeside, last month as the Lakeside Pharmacy is also getting ready to be sold.
Real estate sources say the lunch counter at Lakeside Pharmacy will be leased separately from the pharmacy space. So far, no deal has been signed for the space.