Join Us for Ballston Arts & Crafts Market Opening Day 5/12!

Please join us on Saturday, May 12th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, for the first Ballston Arts & Crafts Market of the 2012 season! It’s a great opportunity to pick up some handmade goodies for Mother’s Day 🙂 The market will be held at Welburn Square, 901 North Taylor Street, between North Stuart and North 9th Streets (across the street from the Ballston Metro).

The first month’s market will be filled with uniquely wonderful handcrafted pieces perfect for those last-minute Mother’s Day gifts! The selection will include elegant jewelry by Sarah Cecelia, funky photography by Kosmoceratops – Art Squared, adorable critter plushes by RedStar East, graphic leather belts and dog collars by Jon Wye, organic bath & body products by Herban Lifestyle (yay!) and much more.

For opening day, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training will be on hand with information and an artist raffle to benefit their charitable organization. There will also be music by singer/songwriter, RenĂ© Moffat (noon – 2 PM)
and free cool tote bags from Luri & Wilma, DC’s eco-chic online magazine.

Herban Lifestyle display from the 2011 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market

Held on the second Saturdays of every month from May through October, the 2012 Market dates are: May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8 & October 13. For more information, a complete vendor list, updates and a glimpse of the Market’s art, check out the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market blog.

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Ballston Arts & Crafts Market May 14th!

We are happy to announce that we will once again be participating in the 2011 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market on May 14 from 10:00am to 4:00pm! It is held every Second Saturday from April through October, and is Arlington’s premier 100% handmade indie art market.

We will be vending along with many other amazing DC-area crafters (many of whom are Etsians), including: Bette’s Bags, BoxBoy Demented Decoupage, Brighter Day Beads,Fuzzy Ink, Grumpy Haters, Jen-A-Fusion Fashion Accessories, lolojane, Mary Ellen Larkins, Melissa Lew, The BumbleBee Studio, Warped & Morewarped and Yinibini Baby.

The kind folks at ArlingtonVirginia.com, Arlington’s Social Media Community, will be handing out FREE eco-friendly tote bags for the first 50 visitors. An from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, there will be live music by J-Guden and FREE yoga classes for the whole family will be offered in the square. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.

The market is super-conveniently located in Welburn Square (between North Stuart and North 9th Streets) across the street from the Ballston Metro.

Ballston Arts & Crafts Market Opening Day is 4/9

I am happy to announce that Herban Lifestyle will be part of the 2011 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market! Held every Second Saturday from April  through October, this is Arlington, VA’s premier 100% handmade indie art Market. It is conveniently located in Welburn Square (between North Stuart and North 9th Streets) across the street from the Ballston Metro. The market runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Herban Lifestyle will be participating in the April, May, July, September and October markets.

This year’s Market features lots of talented artists, live music, free demos and much more. For more details, and a schedule of each month’s vendors and musicians, please visit the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market blog.

The April 9th Opening Day Market also offers:

* FREE admission

* FREE live music by jazzy duo, Stone/Wright (noon – 2 PM)

* FREE eco-friendly bags to the first 50 visitors, generously provided by ArlingtonVirginia.com, Arlington’s Social Media Community

* FREE lampwork beading demos throughout the day

* Offerings by St. Coletta Shops featuring a variety of crafts by artisans with intellectual disabilities

* Delicious made-to-order crepes by local favorite, Solar Crepes.

So, please stop by the 2011 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market to support your local artists. I hope to see you there!

Clare and Don’s Beach Shack: Good Food, Gators and Going Green in Falls Church City

Recently, when I was feeling under the weather and craving some homestyle soup, I headed over Clare and Don’s Beach Shack in Falls Church City. I have ordered lunch there a few times, and their nice selection of from-scratch comfort food was perfect for my mood.

When I arrived, I found out that the soup of the day was a homemade chicken noodle, brimming with big chunks of fresh celery and carrot. Just what the doctor ordered!

The restaurant has a Florida beach shack theme, which is colorfully carried throughout the décor and menu selection, which even includes fried alligator tail (really!). In the summer, my family and I often head over there for an early dinner on the outdoor patio, where live music plays in a fun, lively environment that really makes you feel as if you are at the beach. And their location next to The State Theatre, makes them a great pre- or post-concert restaurant.

Besides being a great place for good food and entertainment, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack is doing a lot to be a sustainable business. While I was waiting for my soup, I spoke to Dave Tax (who co-owns the restaurant with his sister, Rebecca), about their green initiatives. He told me that they had installed solar panels on the roof of their restaurant to generate 15% of their power usage.

solar panels on the roof of Clare and Don's

Their used cooking oil is saved then collected by Free State Biofuels, who then turn it into biodiesel. And, according to their website, their recycling far out weighs their solid waste! This is extra impressive given that Falls Church City does not have a mandatory business recycling program, so Clare and Don’s has to pay to have their recycling collected.

mural inside Clare and Don's

They also have a nice-sized vegetarian menu, many items of which are vegan. Manager Susan Anderson told me, “People love our vegetarian selection. Even non-vegetarians like our buffalo tofu and other non-meat items.” Their offerings including Phish and Chips, Uncrabcakes and Tofu Sandwiches. My favorite vegetarian items are the Cluckless Tacos, and Tofu and Grits.

When I received my order, I was delighted to see that it was in a compostable container. Apparently all of their “To-Go” containers are made from recycled materials. Yay, no styrofoam!

Clare and Don’s was established in May 2005 in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington (the inspiration for the restaurant’s clever name!), then moved to Falls Church City in 2007.  I remember being thrilled to find that they offered whole belly clams, a rarity in the DC area, and a dish that has been part of my spring dining ritual for as long as I can remember. They are my go-to restaurant whenever I am in the mood for any kind of seafood.

Or, if you’re in the mood for homemade ice cream, or a New York style deli sandwich (with a Dr. Brown’s to wash it down and black and white cookie for dessert), check out Mike’s Deli/Lazy Sundae, their sister business.

As you can probably tell by now, I highly recommend Clare and Don’s for good seafood in a fun, casual setting. And, if you’re brave enough to try the fried ‘gator tail, let me know how it is!

Clare and Don’s Beach Shack is located at 130 North Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046

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Taste of Arlington, May 16th!

Since I moved to the DC area, I’ve enjoyed the annual Taste of Arlington® in the Ballston section of Arlington. (If you are not familiar with Arlington, please see this video by Remy for a taste of the ‘hood). The event is a great way to try out the many wonderful restaurants in the area, and hear some great local bands.

This year, over 40 restaurants from the Ballston, Clarendon-Courthouse, Columbia Pike, Rosslyn and Crystal City neighborhoods will be offering a sampling of their menus. In addition, several crafters who are part of the Ballston Arts and Crafts Market will be displaying their wares at Wellburn Square right next to the Metro.

The Taste will be held Sunday, May 16, 2010 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, on Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall, just one block from the Metro Ballston-MU station (Orange line).

A portion of the proceeds from this years Taste will be donated to the Virginia Hospital Center and the Arlington Community Foundation.

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2010 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market!

I am happy to announce Herban Lifestyle’s participation in the 2010 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market! This juried outdoor market will be held every second Saturday from May through October. It’s conveniently located in Welburn Square, between North Stuart and North 9th Streets, across from the Ballston Metro. The Ballston Arts & Crafts Market is Arlington, VA’s premier 100% handmade Market.

As always, this year’s Market features many talented artists, live music, free demos and much more.

Herban Lifestyle is thrilled to be participating in the July, August, September and October markets, but opening day for the Market is May 8th. I hope you’ll join us and support your local artists at the 2010 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market!

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Join Use on 8/8 for the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market

BallstonPlease join us, once again, at the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market on August 8th. The market is held outdoors on the second Saturday of the month, from May through October. It is conveniently located across from the Ballston Metro station, a short walk from many restaurants and shops, and the mall with “lots of stuff, but nothing good.”

Local artists will be selling their bath and body products, jewelry, crochet, puppets, paper arts, handbags, children’s fashions, screenprinted tees, photography, decoupage, funky jewelry, adorable plushes and toys, creative paintings, rustic and modern ceramics, colorful bags and more! There is live music every month. This month we will be serenaded with Celtic American music by Darcy Nair.

I will be in Booth #2, with a clear view of the band, right next door to my fellow DC Craft Mafia craftinista, Ninnycat Crochet.

For more details, and great pictures of the artisans’ wares, visit the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market blog or the Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership website.