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The Tysons location you want. The luxurious features and finishes you desire. The thoughtful amenities you deserve. This is Monarch — Tysons’ only new high-rise condominium building — opening Spring 2023.

Monarch offers exceptional privacy, serene outdoor spaces, white glove services, stunning interiors, and incredible views. Complementing the surrounding natural beauty and energy of Tysons, Monarch provides the ultimate luxury escape from the urban hustle with spaces that maximize flow and function.

Each residence offers an abundance of natural light, expansive views, chef’s kitchen, and spacious private outdoor living areas, with some featuring direct-entry elevators. From the richly lacquered cabinetry to the inspiring floor-to-ceiling windows, Monarch is defined by the details you will rediscover daily.

Let our 24-hour Concierge assist with everything from selecting a fine dining restaurant to coordinating a private party. Monarch is the only new condominium community in Tysons offering this level of superior service, designed to indulge and pamper its residents each and every day.

Whether you’re admiring the grand lobby, working out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, lounging next to the sparkling blue waters of the pool, or enjoying sunset cocktails on the terrace, Monarch makes a statement at every turn.

Located on the sophisticated side of Tysons — and backing to the park-like oasis that is Arbor Row — world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences are only a block away. The nearby Silver Line Metro connects residents with everything Washington, D.C., and Dulles International Airport, where the whole world awaits just beyond.

Monarch is the pinnacle of condominium living in Tysons, where even a “quiet evening at home” becomes something extraordinary.

Factors we can control — such as making a habit out of a brisk walk every day — can improve our brain health, boost memory and mental agility, and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

This biweekly column is sponsored by The Mather in Tysons, Virginia, a forward-thinking Life Plan Community for those 62 and better.

Just as you can improve your general physical health with good habits, so too can you improve the health of your brain — boosting your memory and mental agility, as well as reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Although research has found links between genes and one’s risk of Alzheimer’s, the exact cause is more likely a combination of genetics and other factors. Practicing good brain health at any age can help stave off the disease, as well as build up your cognitive reserve. Cognitive reserve is a term describing the brain’s resilience toward damage.

The good news is that our brains are able to continue forming new neural connections throughout our life cycle, called neuroplasticity. In other words, no matter what your age, your brain health can improve as the internal structure of its neurons changes and as the number of synapses between neurons increases.

Brain health is an ongoing focus of Mather Institute, an award-winning resource for research and information about wellness, aging, trends in senior living, and successful aging service innovations. The Institute is the research arm of Mather, the parent organization to The Mather, a Life Plan Community coming to Tysons.

According to research gathered by Mather Institute, you can boost your brain health in a number of easy ways:

  1. Get a Move on. Regular physical activity can prevent or delay signs of dementia. People who have a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s Disease may be helped the most by physical activity.
  2. Oooohhmmmm… Meditation increases gray matter in areas of the brain associated with short- and long-term memory and complex cognitive processes.
  3. Go for the “Good Fats”! Mono- and poly-unsaturated fats are good for your brain, because of their essential nutrients. Unlike saturated fats, they don’t clog your arteries!
  4. Seek the Spiritual. In people with Alzheimer’s Disease, those who practiced religion or spirituality are associated with slower rates of cognitive decline.
  5. Walking the Walk. Cardio exercise such as brisk walking has been linked to growth in the area of the brain associated with creating new memories.
  6. 1, 2, 3, Relax! Stress is bad for the brain and the body. Learn to counter it by activating your relaxation state. For example, you can sit quietly and focus on slowing your breathing.
  7. Time to Go Back to School! Researchers believe that the most efficient way to build more connections between brain cells is to learn something new.
  8. Eat Your Fruits & Veggies. Antioxidants reduce chronic inflammation, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s. They also relieve oxidative stress, which has been linked to a number of conditions and diseases including Alzheimer’s.
  9. To Err Is Human… Forgiveness is good for the brain. Letting go of grudges and anger can reduce stress and depression, and increase feelings of well-being — all benefits to the brain!
  10. Be a Social Butterfly. Social engagement has been associated with preserving memory and thinking abilities. In one study of more than 1,000 older adults, the 10% with the highest level of social activity had 70% less cognitive decline than those in the lowest 10%.

The good news about brain health is that it’s never too late to start the healthy habits that can improve your cognitive abilities and protect you against dementia.

The Mather in Tysons, VA, for those 62 and better, is a forward-thinking Life Plan Community that defies expectations of what senior living is supposed to be. It opens in 2024.

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On the edge of Vienna, The Providence shines with nurturing and innovative boutique-style assisted living and memory care surrounded by renowned arts and cultural venues and experiences.

Combining the elegance of a luxury rental community, the extravagance of a best-in-class hospitality experience, and just the right amount of individualized support from our Assisted Living, Bridge Program, or Memory Care lifestyle options, everything at The Providence is tailored to help our residents thrive.

Our U-shaped building is sculpted with an elevated courtyard. This natural space for residents, friends, and family to enjoy the outdoors is perfectly complemented by our rooftop terrace that looks straight out of a painting, decorated with herb and flower gardens. Inside, our studios, one-, and two-bedroom residences offer spacious floor plans featuring upscale touches and refined finishes, such as modern kitchenettes, high ceilings, and large bathrooms with walk-in showers.

From nature walks to art exhibitions to theatrical performances, there are always exciting things to do. Residents enjoy a wide variety of energizing community events and planned outings including trips to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Capital One Hall, Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.

Expert-led enrichment opportunities, signature wellness programs, vibrant local culture, and attentive and custom care at The Providence deliver a quality of life that is exciting, comforting, and exceptional.

Now welcoming new residents. To learn more visit ProvidenceFairfax.com or call (571) 550-9404.

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or Laura@GuidingYourMove.com.

Oh the dreaded 2-hour early release followed by 2 full days off. I’m here to share some ideas for you to make the most of your days with the kids at home.

First, if you’re looking to outsource child care for a few hours, try one of these camps:

Brian Lonardo, Nothing But Net Sports Camp at Sport and Health:

Hammerzone, Baseball Camp:

Photo via Wendy Scofield/Unsplash

Educational and Fun Trips:

  • Watch National Treasure (the movie from 2004)
  • Take a trip the National Archives in D.C. to see the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence, but…
    They also have the Super Bowl Trophy on loan from the Kansas City Chiefs, they have a whole exhibit on Title IX, learn why Presidents pitch Opening Day baseballs and other traditions, and more!

Pro Tip: while the museum is free, there can be long wait times to get through security to get in. You can reserve up to 6 tickets to timed-entry and use a different entrance to cut down on your wait time. 

Do you have another ideas you’d like to share? Have a business who is offering camps at the (many) breaks coming up? Please email me!

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

Have you been here YET?

Are you a coffee lover? Do you search for the best local spots? I definitely do! As a regular at today’s spot, we are giving you the insider look at one of the hottest coffee cafes in Downtown Fairfax, De Clieu.

We met with the infamous Jazzii, one of the best baristas around to highlight what makes De Clieu set apart from the rest.

From the opening diverse atmosphere, to house made syrups and drinks that will make you come back again to in-house made bakery yumminess to those amazing sandwiches (can we say Breakfast all day).

Pro-Tip: it’s walking distance to Van Dyck Park, Old Town Square, and Fairfax Library so you can definitely have more fun!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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The freshest cold-pressed juicecashew milks and cleanses delivered straight to your home or office from Greenheart Juice Shop!

Greenheart delivers to over 100 zip codes in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. Check your delivery day here and start your first order.

Greenheart also has locations in ViennaLeesburg and Aldie.

Visit us for superfood smoothies, açaí bowls, plant-based waffles, juice, cashew milks, salads and more. Check out our full in-store menu!

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All new subscribers will receive a $10 gift card for their first home or office delivery, or their next visit to any Greenheart Juice Shop!

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or Laura@GuidingYourMove.com.

A couple of times a year I put together a client appreciation event to thank past and current clients, as well as friends that refer new clients to me. For the first time, I’m holding a Junk Haul and Shredding event. So please consider yourself invited!

When: Saturday, February 11 from 9-11 a.m.
Where: The Parking Lot at George Yeonas Park (otherwise known as Vienna Little League)
What: If it fits in your car, bring it!

The event is being co-sponsored by Jon Okun at Prosperity Mortgage.

Junk Haul and Shredding is provided by It’s Haul Good. Here are the guidelines for what’s accepted:

Junk & Donations

  • Junk or donations accepted include any household items or very small furniture/appliances. Quantity accepted per individual can not exceed one car’s trunk space worth of items.
  • Cannot accept large furniture items, household chemicals or paints, or building materials.
  • Attendees of this event can schedule a crew to come pick up larger items or volume at a later date for 10% off our normal rates!

What about clothes?

Absolutely, we can take clothes since we will be heading to a donation center anyways!

Can you take electronics and old TV’s?

Yes, we can take old electronics, old televisions, and other electronics. However, we will not be offering data destruction for this event, so any hard drives or stored data (tablets, desktop cpu’s, cell phones) will not be wiped and therefore could be compromised. We recommend that folks drop these off at e-cycling centers like Potomac E-Cycle for larger items, or for smaller devices, the convenient locations of ecoATM.

Shredding Guidelines

  • Secure Containers, Shredded Off-Site
  • No hard drives or CD’s accepted
  • No Certificate of Destruction provided on-site
  • Additional list of items that are NOT accepted — Butane/Propane Tanks, Chemicals, Cleaning Products, Electronics, Fertilizers, Motor Oil, Pesticides, Pharmaceuticals, Roofing Material, Wet Paint

NOTE: If you have shelf stable food that is NOT expired, please bring it! We’ll collect it all and drop a donation to Food for Others after the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Laura@GuidingYourMove.com or by phone at 703-283-6120.

Also, please pray it doesn’t snow! If there is snow or ice, please check my Instagram or Facebook page for information on cancellation!

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This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By Kara Osborne, Esq.

On January 5, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a rule that would ban U.S. employers from imposing non-compete clauses on workers.

The Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter J, Part 910 (b)(1) defines non-compete clauses as “a contractual term between an employer and a worker that prevents the worker from seeking or accepting employment with a person, or operating a business, after the conclusion of the worker’s employment with the employer.”

This proposed rule not only would prevent employers from entering into non-compete clauses with their employees but also would require employers to rescind existing non-compete clauses within a specified period of time.

The proposal comes after President Biden called for the FTC to ban or limit clauses in employment contracts that restrict workers’ freedom to change jobs. FTC Chair Lina M. Khan said in a statement, “The freedom to change jobs is core to economic liberty and to a competitive, thriving economy,” and “Non-compete block workers from freely switching jobs, depriving them of higher wages and better working conditions, and depriving businesses of a talent pool that they need to build and expand.”

The FTC estimates that this proposed ban could dramatically increase wages by almost $300 billion per year.

Prior to this proposed rule the FTC issued new guidance on how it would exercise its authority to regulate “unfair methods of competition” under Section 5 of the FTC Act.

The proposed rules states that the use of non-compete clauses would be an “unfair method of competition for an employer to enter into or attempt to enter into a non-compete clause with a worker; maintain with a worker a non-compete clause; or represent to a worker that the worker is subject to a non-compete clause where the employer has no good faith basis to believe that the worker is subject to an enforceable non-compete clause.”

Employers could argue that non-compete clauses allow for broad protection of their trade secrets and investments, but as shown by the FTC and in comments made by President Biden, the clauses are overused at virtually every level of employment and deprives workers of their ability to grow within their field and pursue a higher salary.

Should the proposed rule pass, it might require employers to shift focus on protecting their innovations with the use of confidentiality clauses and compliance with trade secret laws rather than reliance on overly broad non-compete clauses that stifle competition and economic growth.

With this proposed ban on non-compete clauses, workers would have the ability to change jobs more freely causing employers to become more focused on protecting their employees, their working conditions, and the wages they earn.

It should be noted that within the proposed rule there is one narrow exception that applies to individuals selling a business: their ownership interest in a business or the business’ operating assets in total. These specific non-compete clauses would remain subject to federal antitrust law. Should the proposed rule go into effect it is likely to face many legal challenges.

If you are an employee in need of employment law representation, please contact our office at 703-668-0070 or through our contact page to schedule a consultation. Please also visit and like us on Facebook and Twitter.

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George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, School of Business, and the Carter School of Peace and Conflict Resolution invite prospective students to attend our in-person Arlington Graduate Open House.

This is the perfect opportunity to explore your graduate school options, meet your future professors face-to-face, connect with our admissions team, and find out where a George Mason graduate degree can take you next.

Arlington Graduate Open House

When: Thursday, January 19, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Van Metre Hall Multipurpose Room
3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

This event will be held at Van Metre Hall at Mason Square in Arlington. Hourly parking is available in the Van Metre Hall Garage. The campus is also metro accessible (Virginia Square — Orange or Silver lines).

To learn more about the 40+ graduate programs at George Mason University’s Arlington campus, register for the open house or fill out our inquiry form.

See more of this home remodel in Reston here. Photo courtesy Synergy Design & Construction.

By Nicola Caul Shelley, Synergy Design & Construction

Home remodel on your New Year’s resolution list? A home remodel is a big financial investment and no one wants to make any changes to their home that won’t stand the test of time when it comes to design choices. We’re here to help! This month, we’re sharing what made our team’s list of trends and things we think we’ll be seeing more of in 2023 when it comes to kitchen and bathroom remodeling and interior design.

Fireplaces in Kitchens

The role of the kitchen has changed in the last few decades. They’ve become multi-functional spaces that serve gathering and entertaining needs as well as their day-to-day cooking/prep function. There is now a move taking this one step further by creating kitchens that are ‘cozy’. We like to think we’re trail blazers on this one, but fireplaces in kitchens are regaining popularity as a way to achieve a more intimate and ‘lived in’ feeling.

A Touchstone recessed electric fireplace was integrated into the island in this home remodel in Reston. See more of this home here. Photo courtesy Synergy Design & Construction.
Photo Courtesy Jamie Padgett.

Pet-Friendly Laundry/Mudrooms

This has been a growing trend in recent years, but adding a pet cleaning station to a mudroom or laundry is now a BIG ticket item. With many of us adding a furry friend to the family during the pandemic, it’s now become a ‘must-have’ for many homeowners when they are building a new home or remodeling an existing one. Nicola, our Director of Marketing, did this in her own home and created not only a dog shower (that also doubles for muddy boot cleaning and other heavy duty cleaning) but also added a built-in dog crate, too.

Photo courtesy Nicola Shelley.

Butler’s Pantries as an Extension of Kitchens

In the same way the role of the kitchen has changed, our use of ancillary spaces on the main level has also changed. Historically, Butler’s Pantries were reserved for staff as a primary “landing point” for meal service/clean up as they were located between the kitchen and dining room. These days, Butler’s Pantries are an extension of the kitchen, usually with similar cabinetry or design elements (although not always) for a cohesive feel but with a multifunctional purpose. Not everyone has room for a separate Butler’s Pantry, so mixed-use spaces that combine the Butler’s Pantry/Pantry/Laundry/Mudroom are now high on homeowner’s wishlists.

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