Monday, October 12, 2015

BETHESDA: Urban Country Silent Auction Event to Benefitting Warrior Canine Connection - October 28th

“Saluting Our Wounded Hereos” -- that’s this year’s theme for Urban Country’s 24th Annual Anniversary and Silent Auction Event. The Bethesda-based home furnishings and design retailer is marking 24 years of providing luxury interior design services and fine home furnishings to the national capital region while honoring local wounded military veterans during a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception on Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Urban Country’s 24th Anniversary Celebration and Silent Auction Event will boast a large selection of Urban Country home furnishings, accessories and merchandise from area retailers and restaurants in a silent auction presentation with proceeds benefiting the Warrior Canine Connection – a pioneering Maryland-based nonprofit organization that utilizes clinically based Canine Connection Therapy to help wounded Warriors reconnect with life, their families, their communities and each other. Fundraising for our country’s wounded soldiers is a cause that Urban Country is extremely passionate about and last year’s silent auction raised more than $12,000 making it one of the most successful Urban Country philanthropic fundraising events to date.
This year’s special celebrity guest and Master of Ceremonies is Tommy McFly, host of the popular The Tommy Show – 94.7 Fresh FM’s weekday morning variety talk program -- and WUSA9 entertainment correspondent.
Numerous local and national home furnishing brands are donating a variety of items for the silent auction including merchandise and gift baskets provided by Bethesda Row and DC-area boutiques, restaurants and other local retailers.
“During this festive season, we want to embrace American patriotism and honor our wounded heroes currently in recovery,” says Rachelle Roth, founder and owner of Urban Country. “The Warrior Canine Connection wonderfully assists our injured soldiers and matches them with trained service dogs to help with their therapy and treatment. This event is our way of saluting them as well for their remarkable efforts.”
For more information please visit: or like Urban Country on Facebook:

Featured Silent Auction Donors include:
  • Antrim 1844 Bed & Breakfast
  • Bluemercury
  • The Boathouse Canton – A Waterfront Grill
  • Chaplin’s Restaurant
  • Cork & Fork
  • Fire & Ice
  • Le Creuset
  • Mama Lucia’s
  • Marin’s Sedan & Limousine Service
  • McKenzie Childs
  • Mon Abi Gabi French Restaurant
  • Morley Fashion Boutique – Evening of Private Shopping
  • Pink Palm
  • Redwood Restaurant
  • Simon Pearce
  • Soul Cycle
  • Squash on Fire
  • Studio E Partners– Framed/Signed Art by Andrew Faulkner
  • Thymes
  • VIDA Fitness
  • Wesley Hall Furniture
  • Unleashed by Petco

Urban Country 24th Anniversary Celebration Event which includes the Silent Auction Fundraiser (with Proceeds Benefiting Warrior Canine Connection) will feature a Keynote Addresses by Rick Yount, WCC Executive Director,
Veteran Jake Young and Service Dog Lundy. This years Master of Ceremonies Media Personality Tommy McFly.
There will be a Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Reception and is Open to Public

It all happens on Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to:

Urban Country is located at;
Bethesda Row
7117 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

Thursday, October 8, 2015

U STREET: TICO Launches "Margarita Mondays" and More at 14th & U Street NW

Chef Michael Schlow’s TICO on 14th Street, has a new all-night happy hour at the bar and in the dining room called “Margarita Mondays and More.” 

The happy hour menu!happy-hour/c1h9j will be available at the bar on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to last call. 
 In addition, when guests are seated for dinner in the dining room, they can order pitchers of the restaurant’s three signature draft cocktails for $30;

  • Hibiscus Margarita - blanco tequila, and patron citronage
  • Rosé Sangria - dry rosé, citrus, pisco, passion tea
  • Papa Made Bail - pisco, pineapple, lemon and chili 
The $30 pitchers are also available at the bar. 

The restaurant will seat guests in the dining room up until 10:30, however drink specials will be available until last call at 11:30.

GOLDEN TRIANGLE: Tiny Jewel Box - Now Bigger on the Inside - Come November

On it’s 85th year in business, the historic family run jewelry business on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest DC is expanding into the retail space previously home to Burberry. From humble beginnings as a 100-foot breezeway shop offering vintage jewelry, the three-generation business plans to unveil its 8000 square feet retail expansion in November 2015.

Gensler is overseeing the expansion and renovation of the historic property. The new space will feel grand yet inviting with a distinctly modern aesthetic throughout the new space, while maintaining a classic, timeless design when entering the bridal salon. Guests will be received in a grand rotunda and have the option to radiate down several different experience paths. While the new large open space will house multiple departments, guests will feel an ease in shopping experience that will allow them to spontaneously explore whatever strikes their fancy.
“We are excited to add many designers to our exclusive offerings with this expansion, including: Cartier watches, IWC Watches, Adel Chefridi, Carla Amorim, Marli, Paul Morelli, Spinelli Kilcollin, Temple St. Clair, Lika Behar, Sakamoto, Elizabeth Garvin, Yossi Harari, Annie Fensterstock and George Sawyer; all exclusive to us in DC. We’ve taken great care to maintain a matrix curated specifically for DC tastes,” said Tiny Jewel Box President Matthew Rosenheim.
The ground level shop will include a watch department featuring a Rolex corner, a Cartier watch espace, among other fine watch brands, and a Rolex authorized repair center with watchmakers on the floor.

The expanded departments will include a bridal salon designed to create an over-the-top experience for the couple; a custom design center with additional staff to handle demand in this increasingly popular service; a unique collectibles shop, which has historically served the needs of dignitaries at the highest level; and a vintage heirloom boutique, original business of Tiny Jewel Box. The company will continue to utilize the 5 floors above the retail space for office space, manufacturing, custom design and corporate gifts.

In a time, when many brick-and-mortar retail businesses are struggling to stay afloat, this family run business is growing and expanding its categories. Run by a father and son team with stellar reputations in the jewelry world, Jim Rosenheim is the Chairman and is credited with discovering some top designers in his 55-year career including David Yurman and Alex Sepkus. Mr. Rosenheim won the 2014 Human Spirit Award Couture Jewelry Show and was elected to the National Jeweler Retailer Hall of Fame in 2011 and has sat on the boards of both Jewelers of America and Jewelers for Children. In 1948, Jim made his first sale as a 6 year old, started as an apprentice at 12 and at 18 was helping to run the store.

Matthew Rosenheim is the President and a Graduate Gemologist, Matthew was a founding board member of the Executive Board for Gen-Next Jewelers, serves on the Advisory Board of the Jewelry Information Center, is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and will be taking his father’s place on the Jewelers of America board. Both are very hands-on in the store operations, as well as in the global fine jewelry world.

Paid on salary rather than commission, Tiny Jewel Box retains sales professionals for an average of over 10 years, vs. a retail industry standard of 100% turnover every 3 years.
“While we are excited to usher in this new era for our business and our family, we will never leave the founding principals of Tiny Jewel Box behind. We are passionate about providing special, unique offerings to Washingtonians and an attentive, anticipatory, luxury experience to everyone who enters,” said Tiny Jewel Box Chairman Jim Rosenheim.
Great to see a Washington DC favorite expand, and look forward to many years and visits

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WASHINGTON DC: Dolci Gelati Launches Signature Line of Italian Gelato & Sorbet - Incl. Vegan & Dairy-Free Options - in Selected Giant Foods in DMV

Beginning this week, notable Washington DC-based Dolci Gelati ( – celebrated since its launch in 2006 for offering authentic gourmet Italian gelato, sorbet, and other housemade pastries and confections – will be offering a line of signature gelato and sorbet flavors including their new line featuring both vegan and dairy-free flavors at a select number of Giant Foods throughout the DMV area.
With Gelato Genius, Pastry Chef, and Owner Gianluigi Dellaccio known for creating and offering upwards of 400+ flavors of gelato and sorbet, Dolci Gelati will be offering the following 12 gelato and sorbet flavors at a selection of Giant Foods stores throughout the DMV: Vanilla Bean Gelato, Butter Pecan Gelato, White Chocolate Raspberry Gelato, Toasted Coconut Gelato, Strawberry Lavender Sorbet, Stracciatella (Chocolate Chip) Gelato, Sea Salt Caramel Gelato, Mango Sorbet, Espresso Gelato, Bacio (Chocolate Hazelnut) Gelato, and Vegan/dairy-free options will include: Chocolate Almond Milk Gelato, Toasted Coconut Milk, Chocolate Almond Milk Gelato, Strawberry Soy Milk Gelato, and Chocolate Almond Milk, with additional possible flavors to be added in the future.
“We’re thrilled to bring a bit more local flavor to consumers throughout the DMV thanks to this exciting collaboration with Giant Foods”, said Gianluigi Dellaccio, Pastry Chef and Owner of Dolci Gelati. “We’re starting to see a bit of a gelato revolution happening here in the US – especially throughout the DC area, so we’re I’m excited that some of our fans who frequent Giant Foods will be able to indulge more in our artisanal gelato and sorbet – especially our new line of vegan and dairy-free options!”
Dolci Gelati is made fresh daily in small batches without large machines and proudly sources their ingredients from local farms. Gelato has 1/3 the amount of fat that ice cream has. Dolci Gelati uses all natural flavors and their signature gelato and sorbets are made without eggs. All 12 flavors offered at Giant Foods will be gluten free.

  • 357 Bethesda 5400 Westbard Ave MD
  • 327 Bethesda 7142 Arlington Road MD
  • 132 Bethesda 10400 Old Georgetown Rd MD
  • 125 Rockville 12051 Rockville Pike MD
  • 2379 Washington 3336 WisconsinAve NW DC
  • 378 Washington 1345 ParkRoad NW DC
  • 758 McLean 1454 Chain Bridge Rd VA
  • 763 Vienna 359 Maple Avenue East VA
  • 765 Falls Church 1230 W.Broad St VA
  • 2742 Alexandria 621 East Glebe Road VA

Giant Foods fans should also remain on the lookout for exclusive promotions via Dolci Gelati’s social media outlets - @DolciGelati – announcing pop-up demos, tastings, giveaways, and more at some of Giant Foods carrying Dolci Gelati products.


Friday, October 9th, 11AM-1PM
  • Bethesda Row West #327 7142 Arlington Road
  • Bethesda #357 5400 Westbard Ave
Saturday, October 10th
  • Cathedral Commons #2379 3336 Wisconsin Ave NW, 5pm-7pm
  • Tivoli 1345 Park Rd NW, 2pm-4pm

MVT: Aura Spa Has its Fall Open House at The Renaissance Washington, DC on Wednesday Oct. 21

Sample Spa Amenities over Spooky Cocktails and Sweet Treats Featuring Chair Massages and Facial Consultations.

Mark your calendars for our Renaissance open house on October 21st! Champagne, appetizers, raffles & free product samples for all guests! You can even grab a chair massage after your long day at work.
 Fall into autumn with Aura Spa. The popular day spa at the Renaissance Hotel is hosting a Fall Open House offering an evening of rejuvenation on Wednesday, October 21 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 999 9th Street, NW. Halloween cocktails and sweet treats will be available.

Try out sample spa products and enjoy a relaxing evening with complimentary chair massages and facial consultations. Guests will be entered into a raffle to win spa services and products from various product lines including GM Collin, PFB & Elemis.
All guests please RSVP their attendance to Elaine Perhach at

Aura Spa at Renaissance Washington, DC
999 9th Street, NW, 3rd floor
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-5557

For more information on Aura Spa visit: or on Facebook: and Twitter: @AuraSpadc.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

MVT: Carpe Librum Pop-Up Opening Reception, Tomorrow 10/7 - 462 K Street NW - 5.30pm

On Wednesday, October 7th, Carpe Librum invites you to join them in celebrating their new pop-up bookstore and to thank their generous partners Mount Vernon Community Improvement District and Federal Management Systems, Inc with an evening of book browsing and networking, with wine & cheese.

Event will take place from 5:30pm till 7:30pm at the Mt. Vernon Triangle Pop-Up Bookstore (462 K St NW) 

Carpe Librum is a fundraiser for education nonprofit Turning the Page. All items for sale in Carpe Librum have been donated! To donate your own gently used books, CDs, or DVDs, simply bring into one of the Carpe Librum location when open.

Carpe Librum Farragut Location (year-round location):
Monday - Friday: 11am - 7:30pm
Saturday: 11:30 - 6pm

Mount Vernon Triangle Pop-Up Bookstore:
Monday - Friday: 11am - 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 - 6pm

WASHINGTON DC: Fair Chance Gears up for Butterfly Bash 2015 - Tommy McFly to Emcee Evening’s Festivities

Fair Chance is in preparations for its highly anticipated Butterfly Bash fundraising celebration this November. The nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of children in DC’s most underserved communities will host its annual Fair Chance Butterfly Bash on Friday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 

This year’s event will honor Catherine Merrill Williams, President and Publisher of Washingtonian Media, for her dedication to youth-serving nonprofits in Washington. Morning talk show host of 94.7 Fresh FM’s The Tommy Show and host of the entertainment news segment The McFly Report on WUSA9 Tommy McFly has been tapped as this year’s event emcee.

“Fair Chance strengthens the sustainability and performance of community-based nonprofits to achieve life-changing results for children and youth living in poverty,” says Executive Director Gretchen Van der Veer. “Since 2002 we have worked with over 90 nonprofits in DC serving a collective 80,000 children and youth. Because of Fair Chance, these organizations are able to increase the number of children they serve and revenues raised by 50%. Fair Chance is a cost-effective way to multiply positive results for children and youth in our city’s most underserved neighborhoods.”
The Fair Chance Butterfly Bash will welcome more than 700 guests and 50 corporate sponsors for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and dancing. 

For more information on Fair Chance or the Butterfly Bash, please visit:, or call 202-467-2421.

Cocktail Attire
Ticket Price: $175 in advance / $190 after Oct. 24
Sponsorships: $2,500 – $25,000

Friday, November 6
7:00 p.m.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue
Washington, DC 20005
Valet Parking

* Photographs courtesy BulldogPR

SHAW: Chao Ku - Plywood Report - Framing Completed

Exterior signage is up
I had the opportunity to visit and chat with John Fielding of Chao Ku on 9th Street NW, in Shaw yesterday. Good news for thos waiting for the opening, the framing is complete and next up is the inspection. John tells me that once that is completed it will only take a week or so to get the drywall up. The team are working on their App, for take out - which sounds unique - and will enable a fast and smooth experience for their clients. John is looking at an early December opening. I have seen the menu and all I can say is I just can't wait.........

Here are some (plywood) photographs of the space and the rear decking;

Frontage is well on the way to completion
Rear lower floor kitchen, venting almost done
Up to second floor restaurant
Second floor - front - restaurant with bar (in place)
Rear Restaurant - leads to deck
Rear deck is pretty much done, but will be last part to open
More to come from John and Badwolfdc on the progress next month...

Chao Ku is located at 1414 9th Street NW (between O & P Street's)

My thanks to John Fielding and his team for allowing me to interrupt their meeting (till next time)