Thursday, February 14, 2013
After an extensive re-model, Potomac's California Tortilla is boasting a modernized interior.
Nothing says love like burritos. And just in time for Valentine's Day, the California Tortilla in the Cabin John Shopping Center is re-opening with a brand-new look. The Potomac location has undergone an extensive re-model to upgrade the shop's interior. The "Cal-Mex" eatery now boasts a new color palette to match the cool green tones of CalTort's new logo. The re-design comes on the heels of the move and re-model of downtown Bethesda' California Tortilla, which re-opened with the updated look on Cordell Avenue last fall. The chain is in the process of a re-branding effort, and the new look is planned for all of the chain's locations, owner Pam Felix told Patch last year. The Cabin John location has been outfitted with new seating and new …
Where do you shop for your flowers on Valentine's Day?
Thursday, February 14
By Jeremy Granoff, Capital News Service Local florists are wilting as online flower stores seize a larger portion of the market for bouquets of Valentine’s Day roses and other floral arrangements. The growing dominance of large web-based flower retailers like 1-800-Flowers.com and ProFlowers, combined with discounted “cash-and-carry” supermarket flowers, has contributed to eroding sales at local flower shops. Revenues at local U.S. flower shops have fallen 22 percent over the last decade, according to industry analyst IBISWorld, from $9.79 billion in 2003 to $7.62 billion in 2012. And more local flower shops go out of business every year. “Online retailers have crushed the ‘mom and pop’ florist,” said Tracy Callahan, president of Bethesda …
If you're single on Valentine's Day, the world is your oyster!
If you haven’t been shot with Cupid’s arrow yet or your Valentine is yet to be found because he or she is still hiding under a rock, fear not. You have a whole list of things to celebrate on Feb. 14, also known to many as Singles Awareness Day. It’s great to be single on Valentine's Day because you don’t have to please anyone or care about anyone’s opinion of what you want to do. Go see that horrible or cheesy movie that you’d never go to on a date at Bethesda Row Cinema. You can also really enjoy being with your friends. Get a group together and go to a fun concept restaurant in Bethesda, Chevy Chase or Washington, D.C. The Washingtonian Magazine has a great list of restaurants with open reservations, so grab your best friends and get …
If you're looking for great Valentine's Day ideas without having to travel too far, check out this list of romantic gifts below.
If Godiva chocolate and a weekend stay at a resort are out of your price range, here are some ideas for a nice, budget-friendly Valentine’s Day with your date. What are some of your cost-friendly Valentine's Day gift ideas? Share in the comments below.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A dating-auction website claims that more than 2,500 men in the DC area already have done so.
Valentine's Day can be challenging for people with sweethearts. Trying to figure out the perfect gift can really be stressful. For singles, the day can be even more difficult, but a dating website with a twist aims to boil it all down to something just about everyone can understand—a straight monetary exchange. Apparently, it's a pretty attractive proposition in the DC area. WhatsYourPrice.com recently released the results of a study of singles that found that 369,282 men nationally made offers for first dates in the month leading up to Valentine's Day, with nearly 2,700 of them in the DC region. WhatsYourPrice.com starts out like most other dating sites—a participant uploads a photo and a personal profile. Where it differs is in the "…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Nineteenth-century love letters and modern sweet tweets prove that communication for couples is timeless.
By Allison Goldstein, Capital News Service When U.S. Navy Surgeon David Shelton Edwards was serving at the Washington Navy Yard in the late 1830s, he kept the spark in his marriage alive by writing eight love letters home to his wife, Harriet Eliza Henry. "Your letters are a sweet cordial to this loving heart of yours, for there can be no substitute for them until I have your own dear self here," Edwards wrote in a July 1835 note to Henry. Over a 13-year span from 1835 to 1848 working in Washington, Pensacola Navy Yard, FL, and aboard several Mexican-American War naval vessels, Edwards wrote his “dearest Eliza” more than 40 notes now part of the National Postal Museum’s collection of thousands of letters in Washington. Today, Skype and …
Monday, February 14, 2011
Pet owners should be careful as many Valentine’s Day items are hazardous to pets.
Roses are red, violets are blue, enjoy Valentine’s Day, but keep your pets safe too! Flowers are always nice to receive on any occasion, but pet owners need to be aware of their potential hazards. Roses that have thorny stems should be cut and cleaned carefully to prevent pets from swallowing or stepping on any loose thorns. If possible, avoid buying flower bouquets containing lilies. Lilies are highly toxic to cats, which can be very dangerous for felines that have an affinity for nibbling on household plants. If you receive a bouquet containing lilies make sure you keep them out of your kitty’s reach. Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day staple but can be extremely dangerous for dogs and cats. This caffeine-like stimulant can affect pets’ …