Sneak Peek: First ‘Arlington Magazine’ Cover

by ARLnow.com October 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm 6,654 54 Comments

The premier issue of Arlington Magazine has started rolling off the presses.

The bimonthly lifestyle magazine should start hitting newsstands and subscribers’ mailboxes late next week. In the meantime, we’ve been sent a sneak peek of the cover (left).

Articles in the new magazine include a profile of NBC News correspondent and Arlington resident Chuck Todd (entitled: “I’m Not Ron Burgundy”), a look at eating disorders among adult women, a feature on mom-and-pop eateries in a time of restaurant “gentrification” and an obligatory chat with ‘Arlington Rap’ guy Remy Munasifi.

There are also restaurant reviews, real estate statistics, a listing of community events and more.

See the press release on the magazine’s first issue, after the jump.

Residents in and around Arlington, Va. now have a magazine to call their own with the launch of Arlington Magazine. The new print magazine, the sibling publication of Bethesda Magazine, explores and celebrates life in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.

“Arlington Magazine brings the spirit of our community to life,” said Greg Hamilton, publisher and co-founder of Arlington Magazine. “There is a tremendous sense of pride in our community and Arlington Magazine taps into residents’ desire to learn more about where they live and feel more deeply connected to it.”

Hamilton launches the new bimonthly magazine with partner Steve Hull, a veteran publisher who owns Bethesda Magazine, which launched in 2004 and has achieved widespread popularity in the communities it serves.

“We believe that Arlington Magazine—like Bethesda Magazine—will be successful because it will deliver high quality content that is truly local and relevant, while providing local businesses with a targeted, cost-effective way to reach educated, affluent residents,” Hull said.

Published six times a year, Arlington Magazine brings the editorial and design standards of a national magazine to the community while covering the lives and lifestyles of local residents. Twenty-five thousand copies of the first issue will be distributed to subscribers and prospective subscribers, local newsstands and other retail establishments, and prominent public places, such as doctors and dentists’ offices.

Regular topics in Arlington Magazine include people, homes and real estate, restaurants, health and fitness, beauty, shopping and style, parenting, schools and education, community issues, arts and entertainment, regional travel and local history.

Hamilton launches Arlington Magazine with 20 years of experience in magazine publishing and digital media. Prior to co-founding Arlington Magazine, he was the chief marketing officer for Congressional Quarterly. Hamilton is a long-time Arlington resident. Hull has been in the magazine publishing business for more than 25 years. He was senior vice president at Atlantic Media before he launched Bethesda Magazine. Jenny Sullivan is the editor of Arlington Magazine. Previously, she was the senior architecture and design editor for Builder Magazine.

To learn more or to subscribe, please visit www.ArlingtonMagazine.com.

  • clarendon

    That guy Remy makes a slightly humerous video about 5 years ago and he’s still dining out off of it! He’s no Sacha Baron Cohen.

  • Predictor

    I predict that more than half of the comments will be bashing the cover picture.

    • kroc

      I think you are right. The pic pretty much sums it up.

      • JC

        Yeah, I was actually interested in checking out the magazine until I saw the cover. Bleh!

        • DJH

          never judge a magazine by its cover? i didn’t care for the cover either. did not reflect the wonderful diversity that makes arlington so special!

  • Bluemontsince1961

    I checked out the magazine’s web site and it looked pretty interesting to me, so I decided to subscribe.

    • drax

      I saw a copy of it. It’s pretty nice. Very professional. It’s got the obvious crap (Remy) but some not-so-expected stories too. It has potential.

      To the rest of you – a bunch of snarky comments based on nothing but a (perfectly good) cover photo is not how to judge a magazine.

  • ArlingtonLibrarian

    Too bad the cover image doesn’t reflect the diversity of our community…could turn folks off as the magazine launches.

    • Ballstonian

      I agree. Every cover should feature the full spectrum of races, genders, ages, sexual orientations, religions, and handi-capable persons in the community, like every other magazine.

      • Richard Cranium

        This doesn’t seem to have any amputees, but the absence of white males is a huge plus.

        • Tabby

          You sure? I think they are one-armed women in the midst of a “YMCA” routine.

    • Josh S

      Uhhhh, I’m thinking this picture pretty much captures the face of Arlington pretty well.

      For better or worse.

  • Aaron

    I hear the next issue has a hard-hitting exposé on whether the young upper middle-class adults who live in Arlington are the most intelligent, sophisticated, and attractive people in the metro area (hint: YES!).

  • Rod Jones

    Bulls–t the cover doesnt reflect the diversity of the community. I’d say it sums it up to a tee. Smug white people. This isn’t Bailey’s crossroads weekly. Where do you think you live?

    • Tre

      Smug white people can only see smug white people

  • Lou

    I miss Regardie’s.

    • Charlie

      Me, too . . . Miss Regardie’s.

  • bemused bystander

    “celebrates life in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church”? Since when do residents of McLean think they share anything good with Arlington?

    • we can only hope

      They are trying to share Caren Merrick with part of Arlington. Please oh please oh please let it happen. The collective sound of thousands of smug, entitled, narcissistic peoples’ heads exploding would be music to my ears.

  • Ann Coulter

    That guy’s wife is beautiful, in an Ann Coulter kind of way.

    • Trapy

      Ann Coulter is hot despite her Adams apple and androgyny!

      • Tabby

        I invite her out whenever I plan to eat lobster.

        • Charlie

          Ann Coulter is a woman?

    • NPGMBR

      Really, I never thought Ann Coulter was beautiful. Not even close. I tend to think her face looks long like a horse!

  • bkorden

    they kind of remind me of the salahi couple in a weird sort of way

    • Michael H.

      I’m trying to forget the Salahis ever existed. Mr. Salahi is a little chubbier than the guy on the magazine cover. By the way, the Salahis are no longer a couple. The missus ran off with Neal Schon, the guitarist for Journey. You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Larchmont

    Looking forward to it!

  • gymmyray

    The kid in the picture is creepy looking. He looks like a rag doll, kinda “Damian-like.”

  • Skeptical

    When did the spelling “peak” replace the correct “peek” in the phrase “sneak peek”? Or is this about a covert expedition to the top of the Blue Ridge? Please don’t tell me this is another of those brain-dead spelling and grammar errors that gets repeated so often, people don’t realize it’s incorrect any more.

    “The Peeping Tom was peaking through a window in Buckingham but at the peek of his excitement, he was surprised by cops snapping the cuffs on him.”


  • I hate ann coulter so much

  • Jason S.

    They look creepy and judgmental in the photo.

    Magazines like this don’t sell information, they sell validation.

  • Bob

    Yes, I’ll chime in and whine, too: what an awful cover! I’m not even going to try to explain everything wrong with it. Also, it’s just plain stupid. So there.

    • MC 703

      Thanks for taking the time to write that.

      • Bob

        You’re very welcome.

  • Set the Controls

    No fat people please.

    The guy on the cover is one of the magazine co-founders.

    • Tabby

      Is that even his real family?

      They look un-human.

  • Wilbur

    Side bets on how long before this rag becomes compost?

    What a hideous cover – first image out of the gate and this is it?? Bleah.

    BTW I worked at Regardies for a summer. That was fun! I worked there when they made the famous American Express add. “Dont Run Away from Home Without it!”

  • Bert

    Couldn’t they find cover models who smile?

    • CW

      You can’t empathize with their looks of determination as they set out into the brave new world that is Arlington, seeking to navigate their double-wide stroller through the tough aisles of Whole Foods while wearing yoga pants and talking on their iPhones? It’s a dangerous world out there, and it’s eat or be eaten, my friends.

  • I against I

    Que mierda. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, arlington,

  • soarlslacker

    Don’t hold your breath for the best mag ever…
    2 of 3 founders don’t live in Arlington. One is using his Bethesda mag experience.
    Odd enough–how do you get past the Arlington! (and Falls Church and McLean issue). What, not enough of your target market of people with more $ than brains in Arlington alone?

  • Welcome Arlington Magazine.

  • Duder

    They should’ve put the Chuck Todd or Remy story on the cover. Both of those are way more interesting than what they chose. (A win-win for all? Of course not, and I don’t care.)

  • Arlington Cat

    It is very hard to raise a family in Arlington, so most people with kids leave by the time their kids are in third grade. Most of the time, the county expects you to leave. There are services and benefits for kids under 8 years old, the nature Centers’ s’mores each fall weekend being a great example, but after you kid starts to grow up, you are no longer welcome in Arlington. Look around, If you have kids 10 and older, there are few, if any, other kids around, and you are completely outnumbered by the older singles and the middle aged DINKs. The older singles and DINKs know they have the upper hand, and encourage families to seek greener pastures. In many neighborhoods, when swim competitions happen over the summer, the number of kids competing in age brackets over nine years old goes down to fewer than the number of fingers on one hand. The Arlington Traditional crap, the Spanish emersion crap, the middle school boundary alignments, along with the insane school choice issues, ACPS make it hard for families to survive ACPS. It is quite clear while Fairfax and Loudoun welcome nuclear families, Arlington only tolerates them for a few years. Also, unlike Bethesda, Arlington does not have a deep penetration of moneyed families.

    So who are the publishers going after here, the dwindling Arlingtonian family? The huge 20 something singles crowd, or the DINKs and older sigles crowd? Probably the third.

    • Duder

      “Look around, If you have kids 10 and older, there are few, if any, other kids around, and you are completely outnumbered by the older singles and the middle aged DINKs.”

      So who are all those people filling up the four large high schools in Arlington? Oh, wait, I know–they’re DINKs and older singles who had plastic surgery and got fake identities so they could attend high school again.

  • Arlington Cat

    So who are all those people filling up the four large high schools in Arlington?

    Wakefield 1,368 Students
    Hispanic 47%
    Black, not Hispanic 25%
    White, not Hispanic 16%
    Asian/Pacific Islander 11%
    American Indian/Alaskan Native <1%

    Washington Lee, 1,909 students
    White, not Hispanic 42%
    Hispanic 33%
    Black, not Hispanic 14%
    Asian/Pacific Islander 12%
    American Indian/Alaskan Native <1%

    Yorktown 1,862 students
    White, not Hispanic 67% 57%
    Hispanic 14% 9%
    Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
    Black, not Hispanic 8% 26%
    American Indian/Alaskan Native <1% <1%

    HB Woodlawn 384 Students
    Demographics not provided (why not)

    Elementary school attendance 11,337 101% capacity
    Middle School attendance 4,073 81% of capacity
    High School attendence 5,384 91% capacity

    The county plans on, and has set in, educating half the number of students in middle school and high school than they educate in elementary school. There is currently a growth from middle school to high school population, but remember, there was a baby decline in the late 1990's to 2002. So, around a decade later, we have our middle schools way under capacity.

    Another reason Arlington makes raising a family in a "family oriented community" difficult is that the kids in my neighborhood go to three different elementary schools. Therefore, it is harder for the families of same age kids to build bonding friendships.

    Arlington population 213,800
    Arlington public school population 21,133
    Population not is APS 192,667
    about 10% of county is in APS

    Fairfax population 1,007,800
    Fairfax Public School Population 177,629
    Population not in FCPS 830,171
    About 18% of county in FCPS

  • Arlington Cat

    Other jurisdictions have summertime outdoor movies catered to families. Arlington has most catering to adults without kids. My family has to go to Fairfax or Rockville for this type of family outing.

  • screwu

    A win for all? What a crock. Arlington is overrun by over-priveleged yuppie douchebags

  • Joe

    Talk about undeserved self-importance. You mean Washingtonian and Northern Virginia magazines weren’t good enough? Gimme a break…………………

    • Jason S.

      Washingtonian and Northern Virginia magazines are for intermediate white people, Arlington Magazine is for advanced white people.

  • blomster

    Anyone know where to buy a copy? I don’t want to subscribe.


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