You come for the wine tasting, you stay for the dinner.
That was our experience one Thursday night at Bistro 360, the three-year-old wine bar that splits the difference between Courthouse and Rosslyn. We came for a wine tasting in the hopes of discovering new flavors, but we also stumbled onto one of the best food values in Arlington.
Each Thursday at 6:30 a sommelier representing a different winemaker hosts an informal tasting in the market portion of the restaurant. It’s a no-pressure presentation of three wines that happen to be agreeably priced as well as welcome finds.
For example, our new discovery–the Monasterio de San Miguel Tinto Roble, a 90-point tempranillo–was $20 in the market. After sampling it (several times, we have to admit), we decided to buy a bottle and stay for dinner.
When you purchase one of the wines in the tasting, the $10 corkage fee is waived, which is an added and unexpected value that made our evening all the more affordable.
Deciding we would stay for a meal after all, once we sat down in the restaurant section of the three-stage Bistro 360 and looked at the menu, we were taken by the price of a selection of three small plates: $25.
And so it was we washed down with the tempranillo a just-enough meal of deviled eggs with black truffles and fresh chervil, tuna poke with avocado, cilantro, green onion and soy-sesame dressing, and lamb and hummus with feta, mint and nan.
The next wine tasting we attend, we’ll plan on sampling the “regular” entrees and perhaps something else from the 150-label wine collection.
Bistro 360 is located at 1800 Wilson Boulevard, between Rosslyn and Courthouse. Reservations can be made at OpenTable or by calling 703-522-3600.
What is a credit union? Credit unions are full-service financial institutions that solely exist to serve their members and, as member-owned and cooperative institutions, provide a safe place to save and borrow at competitive rates. Credit unions work for their members–not for stockholders. This means the focus is not on profits, but on creating the best member experience possible.
Lafayette Federal is a local credit union that has been serving members worldwide since 1935. We pride ourselves in treating our members as unique individuals with specific needs and financial goals. With rates and terms more favorable than those of other financial institutions, as well as top-notch member service, Lafayette Federal is a leading choice for consumer and business banking.
- Competitive Mortgage Programs (SPECIAL OFFER!)
- Special-Rate Holiday Loan
- Low-Rate Auto Loans
- No-Fee Checking that Earns Dividends
- FREE Online and Mobile Banking
- Competitive Saving Rates
- Rewards Credit Cards–No Annual Fee and No Balance Transfer Fee
- 100,000 Surcharge-Free ATMs Nationwide
- 5,500 Shared Branch Locations
Becoming a Lafayette Federal member is easy. Simply visit www.lfcu.org/membership to get started!
Employment opportunities available! If you want to join a growing team of outstanding employees, consider employment with us! We offer a great benefits package, including an employer-matched 401(k) program and a generous paid time off package.
When you find a job you love, it’s not a job. It’s a career. Start your career today at Lafayette Federal Credit Union. Visit www.lfcu.org/careers for available positions.
Arlington Community Credit Union Announces “Loans That Give” Program Donates to Five Arlington Charities
ARLINGTON, VA (November 15, 2017) – Arlington Community Credit Union (ACFCU) announced today the launch of its new campaign “Loans That Give.” The campaign will donate $25 to one of five local charities for every new loan or credit card of $2,500 or more. The campaign runs through December 30, 2017.
“Loans That Give” is the latest support for Arlington’s non-profits to come from the Credit Union. Monthly they are seen in the community demonstrating their passion for the groups empowering those in need through sponsorships, financial education, and volunteering.
This campaign offers a new partnership between community members, the charities, and ACFCU. Anyone who refinances loans to the Credit Union or takes out new loans can earn $25 per loan for one of their favorite charities listed:
- Edu-Futuro — www.edu-futuro.org
- Bridges to Independence — www.bridges2.org
- Doorways for Women and Families — www.doorwaysva.org
- Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing — www.apah.org
- Animal Welfare League of Arlington — www.awla.org
Community members can contact ACFCU Loan Advisors at 703.526.0200×4. Loan Advisors review credit without a fee and provide recommendations on meeting goals such as lowering monthly payments, reducing interest, or consolidating debts. To learn more, visit www.ArlingtonCU.org.
About Arlington Federal Credit Union
Arlington Community FCU (arlingtoncu.org), for over 60 years, has remained committed to its core purpose of empowering members’ lives. With over $250 million in assets and three branches, the Credit Union serves over 21,000 members who live, serve, learn, and lead LOCAL in the Arlington Community.
Suzie Cook, Marketing
Arlington, Virginia – Wild Birds Unlimited is having a party to celebrate their 26th Anniversary on Saturday, November 18, from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
The nature specialty store is proud to have “brought people and nature together” for all these years. “We are very grateful for the support, encouragement and friendships we have created over the past 26 years. We want to say thank you by having this party,” says owner Michael Zuiker.
During the extended hours, the entire store will be on sale, with 20% off coupons provided for everyone who comes into the store. In addition to the coupons, there will be FREE giveaways all day long:
-FREE $5 coupon for Heidelberg Bakery for the first 30 sales between 8-9 am.
-FREE 10# No-Mess Bird Food for the first 26 customers between 2-3 pm
-FREE 6 pack (6 suets and suet cage) for the first 26 sales between 5-6pm.
-FREE “Joy of Birdfeeding” book for the last 26 customers between 7-8 pm
“We have enjoyed our 26 years being part of this community offering interesting and educational information about the hobby of backyard bird feeding and bringing nature to their yards,” said Zuiker, owner of the Arlington Wild Birds Unlimited. “Giving back to the community by having this Party is one small way in which we, at Wild Birds Unlimited, can say “thank you.”
“We hope to see a lot of people visit and enjoy this fun atmosphere,” said Zuiker. “It’s a terrific way for people to get out and experience nature before the rush of the holidays.”
For more information, contact Wild Birds Unlimited at 703-241-3988.
Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, Virginia is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site and shop online at www.wbu.com/arlington. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.
A Lafayette Federal Holiday Loan is the perfect way to finance all of your extra spending this time of year! For a limited time, we’re giving our members access to a reduced-rate loan, perfect for the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
- Rates as low as 2.74% APR*
- Borrow up to $10,000 for 36 months
Don’t miss out on this special offer! Learn more at www.lfcu.org/holidayloan.
*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. APR of 2.74% for loan amounts up to $5,000. APR of 4.74% for loan amounts $5,000.01 up to $10,000. Offer expires on January 31, 2018. Must be at least 18 years old with a minimum credit score of 660 to be eligible for up to $5,000 and a minimum credit score of 700 to be eligible for $5,000.01 up to $10,000. Standard underwriting guidelines will apply. Sample payment: $28.97 per $1,000 borrowed for 36 months at 2.74% APR. $29.85 per $1,000 borrowed for 36 months at 4.74% APR. $50 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.10% APY** on LFCU share savings account balances. $5 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.025% APY** on LFCU checking account balances. **APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates effective November 1, 2017. Rates may change at any time without prior notice, before or after the account is opened. Your savings federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the U.S. government. NMLS #464425.
Posted on BizLaunch Newsletter 10/03/17 by Lourdes Morales
Translation to English: Miriam Bolanos
In April 2017, Leaseably started their operations. Sisters, Miriam Bolaños and Brenda Bolaños, started their business in the real estate industry with the idea of bridging the gap in the market between full service property management and “do it yourself”. Miriam commented that homeowners of one or several properties that seek help with the whole cycle of having a tenant only have two options: 1) to do it themselves or 2) to hire the services of a property management company that charges between 8 and 15% of a monthly rent. This is very expensive for the majority of independent landlords that still have to pay a mortgage on the property they wish to rent.
Miriam and Brenda decided to develop a business plan to see if their idea was viable with the help of mentors from SCORE and BizLaunch. With the help of their advisors, they started operations more than six months ago. The team work at SCORE and BizLaunch guides companies with innovative ideas. This type of orientation helps entrepreneurs to put their ideas on paper to the point where they start their own virtual or physical business. Additionally, BizLaunch offers several social events in Arlington to expand people’s professional network.
Leaseably is a virtual business that helps landlords to manage their properties at a low cost. At the moment they offer two packages for rental properties. One package assists the client to rent their property by hiring a realtor licensed in VA, MD or DC at a flat fee. With the other package, Leaseably efficiently assists the client with most of the time-consuming tasks prior to renting the property. The homeowner only shows the property to potential tenants and drafts the lease. Leaseably also gathers all the necessary information from potential tenants such as the background check, credit report, verification of employment, and rental history among other valuable information.
Leaseably is based in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood but has the licenses and permits required to work in the DMV area. Miriam and Brenda are residents of Arlington, and they absolutely love to live in this diverse community that supports local businesses like their company Leaseably.
Leaseably also offers a package called “Rental Property Concierge Services” this package supports landlords to manage their property at a low price. Leaseably is the 24/7 point of contact for tenants when repairs are needed. Leaseably welcomes the use of landlord’s preferred provider for repairs or maintenance. If no preferred provider is offered by landlord, Leaseably will contact top-rated service providers in the community according to online customer review services.
These types of innovative services have been welcomed by the community, they have been mentioned several times in Arlnow, and they have a lot of new followers in their social media. Miriam and Brenda work hard because they believe their idea can become a national platform that helps independent landlords. At the same time, they promote local top-rated service providers according to online customer review services.
Patrick McDonald is blind but that doesn’t stop him from serving as the manager of a snack facility at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia that grosses more than $1 million in annual revenue. McDonald is proud to continue his family’s strong tradition of military service. Both his father and brother had military careers, in the Marine Corps and Air Force, respectively.
Though retinitis pigmentosa, a (frequently) hereditary condition that causes gradual blindness, prevented McDonald from enlisting, he has made it his life’s work to ensure that those who defend our country get the fuel they need to meet the challenges they face on a daily basis. Prior to managing his Pentagon food business, McDonald spent five years running a deli and cafe at the Army Material Command Center in Arlington.
“There’s a tremendous satisfaction that comes from working with our military every day,” McDonald says. “They are special group of people who treat everyone with respect and dignity.”
To feed the people who famously get more done by 9 a.m. than most others do all day, McDonald’s snack stand opens at 5 a.m. Unsurprisingly, the foot traffic starts early and energy drinks are one of the most popular items. While demand for more healthy options, like fresh cut vegetables, have gained popularity, hot buttered popcorn remains a perennial favorite (yes, even for breakfast).
For McDonald, the freedom of being an entrepreneur comes with the responsibility for properly managing staff, and being hands-on with every aspect of his business, regardless of his lack of sight.
“I may have an impairment, but I really don’t view it as an impediment,” says McDonald. “Whatever you want to do, it’s really up to you as an individual to work hard. Sure, there will be frustrations, but it comes down to patience, persistence, and perseverance.” McDonald is now looking forward to being part of a team that is putting together a proposal to provide food service to all the U.S. Marine Corps bases on the East Coast.
Lafayette Federal has sought to provide its members with the necessary tools to help reach financial independence. As we continue to adapt and expand our product and service offerings, we want to make sure our members know about the opportunities available at Lafayette Federal Investment Services and Retirement Solutions, through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS).*
We’ve recently hired two highly-skilled Financial Advisors to serve our members even better. They are looking forward to working with you to develop a personal plan for your financial future.
By working with Lafayette Federal Investment Services and Retirement Solutions, you can build the right financial management program by reviewing priorities such as:
• Educational Planning
• Full-Service Professional Management
• Portfolio Products for Your Business
• Wealth Transfer & Estate Planning
• Retirement Planning
To set up a free, no obligation appointment today, go to www.lfcu.org/investment and fill out the online form. They can meet with you at any Lafayette Federal Credit Union branch location, your office or home, or remotely via a PC.
*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (“CFS”), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. Lafayette Federal Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.
You know the deal. You’ve been good all year and now it’s time to be rewarded. Let us grant your first holiday wish–apply for a Lafayette Federal mortgage loan by December 31st and we’ll give you TWO gifts. Take advantage of this deal NOW because, like all good things, it must come to an end.
OUR GIFT TO YOU: Apply for a Lafayette Federal mortgage loan no later than December 31, 2017 and you’ll get:
• your first payment due date extended by up to three months*
• up to 100,000 reward points on a Lafayette Federal Mastercard® credit card**
We provide all of our members with professional guidance throughout the homebuying process, and a comprehensive mortgage portfolio including:
• Rates as low as 3.043% APR****
• First-Time Homebuyer Program
• Purchasing and Refinancing Available
• FHA and VA Mortgage Loans
• Fixed Rate and Adjustable Rate Mortgage Loans
• Loans up to $3 million (purchases and refinances)
• Financing available throughout the United States
• Cash-Out and Interest-Only options
Learn more at www.lfcu.org/holidaymortgage.
*Offer ends December 31, 2017. Ratified contract must be submitted before promotional period ends. Second Trust mortgage loans (Term & HELOC) and refinances of existing Lafayette Federal mortgage loans are excluded from offer. Up to two additional escrow payments will be required at closing. **Must meet standard underwriting guidelines. 100,000 points will be added for first trust mortgages; 50,000 points will be added for second trust mortgages (Term mortgages & HELOCs with a minimum draw or loan amount of $20,000). Reward points will be added to credit card account within 30 days of mortgage closing. Must be eligible for membership. $50 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.10% APY*** on Lafayette Federal share savings account balances. $5 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.025% APY*** on Lafayette Federal checking account balances. ***APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates current as of 10/1/17. Your savings are federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the U.S. government. ****APR = Annual Percentage Rate. Advertised APR as of October 1, 2017 and is subject to change without notice. Subject to credit approval. Contact a Lafayette Federal representative for loan details and restrictions. NMLS #740025 and #189814.
Arlington, VA – Encore Stage & Studio hosts its annual 5K run/walk and kid’s 1K fun run on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Families and community members are invited to enjoy a run on the scenic W&OD trail through Bluemont Park. Starting line begins in the south pavilion located on 399 N Manchester St, Arlington, VA 22203. Face painting and children’s games will be provided throughout the morning.
All runners and walkers are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for the race. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Last year, over 70 runners participated in Encore’s run! Prizes were awarded for the best time, most frightening costume, the most creative costume and more. “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fall season while giving back to the community in a healthy and family-friendly way!” says Sara Duke, Encore Executive Director.
8:00 am Registration
8:30 am 1K Kids Run Start
8:45 am Fun Run/ Walk Start
Through October 15: $25
After October 15: $30
Day of registration: $35
1K Fun Run
Kids 10 & under: $10
Registration is available online through DC Road Runners. Early bird registration is available now through October 15 at a fee of $25. All registrants will receive a short sleeve commemorative race shirt and ribbon with their registration.
Encore Stage & Studio is currently accepting sponsorships. To learn more on how to sponsor this family-friendly event, visit: http://www.encorestageva.org/50th/5k/#beasponsor
About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre by kids, for kids!” For 50 years, Encore Stage & Studio has given children in Arlington an opportunity to grow and discover themselves through theatre: onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.
Wednesday night more than 50 people packed into the newly renovated lobby of Clarendon Animal Care to cut the ribbon on the veterinary clinic’s expanded facility.
Co-owners Drs. Natasha Ungerer and Kayleen Gloor thanked the Arlington Chamber of Commerce as well as Arlington Women Entrepreneurs and the Arlington community in general for being so welcoming and supportive as they got off the ground two and a half years ago, and since. “We are especially thankful for and proud of the awesome team we have the pleasure of working with, and of our wonderful clients who entrust our team with the care of their furry family members,” said Dr. Natasha Ungerer in her remarks before cutting the ribbon.
Attendees celebrated the growth of Clarendon Animal Care and recognized the business’ commitment to the greater community.
“The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is able to offer exemplary care for te animals in our shelter and in the community thanks to our wonderful supporters like Clarendon Animal Care. We are proud to work so closely with CAC, we thank them for all that they do for us and the animals, and we are thrilled to see their practice thrive and expand,” said Sam Wolbert, the new President and CEO of AWLA.
Clarendon Animal Care, a full service veterinary clinic in the heart of Arlington, expanded into adjacent vacant retail space, adding an additional 1400 square feet to accommodate the young growing business. The two and half year old women-owned veterinary practice is now home to five exam rooms and offers more than double the reception area to better serve their clients and patients. There are additional dedicated parking spots as well.
Mike Rosenow, Membership Director for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce participated as both a Chamber representative and a client of the clinic. He said, “the Arlington Chamber of Commerce was proud to celebrate with Clarendon Animal Care on their new expanded office. In just two and a half short years, they were able to partner with the community, win our 2017 Service Small Business of the Year Award and expand their staff and office space. We could not be happier for all of their success!”
Guests enjoyed a champagne reception that featured food and drinks from neighboring Clarendon businesses: Screwtop Wine Bar and Bakeshop, and custom cookies from Esquire Confections. Clarendon Animal Care is dedicated to doing business with other local businesses, and is an active member in the Clarendon Alliance with Dr. Natasha Ungerer serving on the Board of the organization.
“The Clarendon Alliance is obviously delighted to see the expansion of Clarendon Animal Care. We especially appreciate their ongoing involvement in the community, from Natasha serving on the CA Board to their involvement organizing the Bark in the Park Event, as well as their work with other community groups throughout the County. We know they will have great success going forward!,” said Matt Hussmann, Executive Director of the Clarendon Alliance.
About Clarendon Animal Care: The clinic was founded by Dr. Natasha Ungerer and Dr. Kayleen Gloor in January 2015. They met while working in a hospital in Maryland and had a vision of a owning their own veterinary clinic where they could provide high quality, individualized care to their patients. Since their launch, Clarendon Animal Care has experienced rapid growth, and now employs over 25 staff. The business is also active in supporting animal welfare organizations such as the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Lab Rescue, Lu’s Labs and Homeward Trails. In addition, Clarendon Animal Care are supporters of neighboring Bridges to Independence, Arlington’s largest homeless shelter for families. More information is available at www.clarendonanimalcare.com.
Clarendon Animal Care received The Arlington Best Business Award in 2017 from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Located in the heart of Columbia Heights, the Hiatt is THE place to live in DC! Modern design meets classic elegance in this two bedroom condo. Unique floor plan features quartz countertops, sleek cabinets, and hardwood floors throughout. Dubbed a “Walkers Paradise”, these condos provide everything from restaurants and bars to museums and shopping–all a stone’s throw away! Pets are allowed. Bonus–garage parking is included!
Let Lafayette Federal make this dream a reality by helping you get this new home. Act now and we’ll pay up to three months of your electric bill when you obtain a Lafayette Federal Mortgage Loan! Learn more at www.lfcu.org/power.
We offer a comprehensive mortgage portfolio, including:
• Rates as low as 3.043% APR*
• First-time Homebuyers Programs
• FHA/VA Mortgage Loans
• Fixed Rate and Adjustable Rate Mortgage Loans
• Interest-Only Options
• No Closing Cost Options
• In-House Loan Servicing
Learn more about this property at www.lfcu.org/hiatt.
*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. APR as of September 14, 2017 and is subject to change without notice. Advertised rate is based on First Trust Mortgage Loan with a rate that can increase or decrease annually. Other programs and loan options available. Must be eligible for membership. $50 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.10% APY** on Lafayette Federal share savings account balances. $5 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.025% APY** on Lafayette Federal checking account balances. **APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates current as of 9/1/17. Your savings are federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the U.S. government. NMLS #740025 and #189814.
Purchasing a home can be confusing and overwhelming. What is the difference between a prequalification and a pre-approval? What makes up closing cost fees? These are just two examples of common questions that are not fully understood by the average homebuyer. Doing your homework before you buy a home is key.
Thankfully, there is help. Lafayette Federal has partnered with DC Refined to explain what you need to know when you’re ready to purchase. The following article outlines and explains some major homebuying misconceptions: http://dcrefined.com/the-home/the-5-most-frequently-misunderstood-things-about-buying-a-home.
On an ongoing basis, Mrs. J’han — an emerging local artist — is offering individual private art lessons in Northern Virginia at the location of your choice (such as your home) to your children, preteens, and teens, primarily focused on drawing (ink, pencil, graphite, and charcoal) and painting (watercolors, gouache, and acrylics).
These private art lessons are custom designed for the needs of each young artist, to take them from their current level of talent to their most well-developed, through a fun, engaging, and effective process. A materials list will be provided following the end of the first session, with most of the materials available on Amazon.
With full availability on weekends and afterschool availability on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Mrs. J’han can start preparing your young artist to be a great artist, on a schedule that fits your needs.
Arlington, Virginia – Arlington Thrive will host BBQ, Boots & Bingo on Saturday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Columbus Club of Arlington (5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington). The family-friendly event will include picnic fare, moon bounces, face painting, a “selfie station,” a giant Jenga game, bingo, music and more.
Tickets (adult $20; child $10; or family $50) are available on the Arlington Thrive website (arlingtonthrive.org) and at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arlington-thrives-bbq-boots-bingo-tickets-36002576676. The price includes admission to all activities, food, beverages and prizes. Event proceeds will go directly to support Arlington neighbors in need. To volunteer at the event, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c45a9ab28ab9-bbqboots, contact [email protected] or call 703-558-0035.
Special thanks goes to BBQ, Boots & Bingo event sponsors, including Presenting Sponsors Arlington Rotary Club and Anonymous; Neighborhood Partners Dominion Energy and Daphne Papamichael; Neighborhood Builders Washington Fine Properties; Good Neighbors American Realty Group, Brock Realty Group, EagleBank, John Marshall Bank, Holiday Inn & Crowne Plaza Arlington, Marymount University, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company and Kathleen Gilles Seidel; and Supporters Anonymous, Blue 16 Media, Crocker Realty LLC, Erik4Arlington, Ouli, Marla Diaz, Whiteford,Taylor & Preston, The Schneider Family and The Ely Family. Sponsorships are still available; contact [email protected] for more information.
Arlington Thrive is the only nonprofit in Arlington that provides same-day emergency financial assistance for Arlington residents who cannot pay their bills for rent, utilities or medical care. To learn more, go to arlingtonthrive.org.