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By Kris Gilbertson Choosing a dogsitter can be a real challenge when you travel or when long hours at work keep your pup at home, alone and bored. Whole Dogz may be the answer. It’s a doggie daycare and boarding kennel you’ll find tucked into a cluster of industrial buildings on Eisenhower Avenue.

Shirlington Welcomes New Veterinarian Office

By Kris Gilbertson Even the most casual visitor to the Village at Shirlington will tune into the pet-friendly atmosphere of this South Arlington neighborhood nestled up to I-395 and Quaker Lane. Did you know that Shirlington was the first large shopping center to open in the Washington, DC, suburbs and one of the earliest in […]


By Kris Gilbertson You’re not alone. Close-in Northern Virginia neighborhoods are a hotbed of home improvement projects as householders upgrade, renovate, or add on rather than move out of long-established homes. The search for skilled, reliable, and fairly priced contractors is often an on-going, and frustrating, challenge. But residents of North Alexandria, Old Town, and […]

Maggie Jane’s: An Enchanting Emporium

By Holly Burnett The first time I visited Maggie Jane’s to interview proprietor Coddy Eyre, I became so enthralled with her shop that I failed to ask her any questions and left my notes on a shelf. I did try on several of her handmade necklaces and purchased two. Needless to say, Maggie Jane’s is […]

Everything Old is New Again

By Mary Wadland In the heart of Del Ray, at 203 East Custis Avenue, is a genuine find. With a spacious parking lot and more than 5,000 square feet of store space, is Del Ray Variety, an enchanting throwback to the old-fashioned general store meets the old Five and Dime or Woolworth’s. You can walk […]

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