Letter from the Publisher

Johnny Hanna Letter from the Publisher

There seems to be a lot of anxiety in the air these days. This is especially true in markets like Reston Town Center since the controversial paid parking issue over the last few months. Still, the promise of the New American City I see in Tysons is promising! Like so many others who have made it through both good times and more challenging periods, I’m “keepin’ the faith.” I encourage you to do that as well.

In this issue, Analiese Kreutzer tells us about the many luxury living options available in the area—and we mean luxury. Apartment buildings are opening up all around us just a hop, skip, and jump away from our city! Plus, Elaine Watt takes us to The Greenhill Winery and Vineyards for a fabulous tour, great people, and wonderful way to spend the spring days ahead. Thanks, Elaine.

We asked you—our readers—to tell us about your favorite restaurants in the area, and the results were not surprising! We know you have a discerning palate when it comes dining adventures, and our area’s restaurants answer the all! Read all about them and visit soon.

Keith Loria takes us to 1st Stage Theatre in Tysons for an interview with Alex Levy—what a gift to have such terrific stage performances so close to us. We also had the chance to visit with Bellina Lambdin of Merle Norman in Vienna who got a taste of those Hollywood lights. Read all about how she is living her Hollywood dream.

Virginia has a new distillery featuring locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted beverages just down the road in Bristow, VA. Divine Clarity Vodka has vodka lovers singing their praises and asking for products by name at Virginia ABC stores. They’re products have won too many awards to list, but you can sample them all on the tour: www.murlarkey.com.

Michael Evans of Helga’s Catering has some great ideas for catering your next party. They’ve been creating memorable events for Washington area revelers for 35 years. Michael knows.

Have you been to MGM at the National Harbor? Don’t miss the chance to relax at the Felt and Blossom Lounges while you’re there. Looking for a special place to hold a private venue or office celebration? Experience the possibilities of a great night out.

When I saw the work of photographer Marti Belcher, I had to see more. Her exacting details when she clicks the shutter brings us an image that’s hard to forget. Thank you Marti. Speaking of artists, don’t miss the chance to hear and see a performance by Jennifer Scott of Reston.

At our readers’ and advertisers’ request, we have included our Le Nouveau Moi publication in VivaTysons and VivaReston. It includes all the same great ideas for looking and feeling your best—and no one does it better than our creative director and publisher, Mary Jeanne Cincotta.

I also want to mention a little something about the work of Jessica Robinson whose book on survival, obstacles, empowerment, and the challenges women face today. A topic  that is spot on for today. Be sure to read about our Women in Business and the many ways they are contributing to our community.

Looking for some divine Mediterranean dishes, genuine Middle Eastern ambiance, and culinary delights? Discover the Phoenicia Restaurant and Lounge. A magical evening awaits you, I promise.

Plus, more options for Senior Living, ask the expert with Dr. Dima Ali, real estate tips from Linda Barrett, the next generation of screen porches, and updates on our city from our Tysons maven Marcia McAllister.

I can’t thank our team enough for the effort they give us to bring you this. Enjoy the sunshine. See you in July.