Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's Trending in Brambleton - April Edition

Brambleton's Inaugural Brewfest - May 30th!
By Tom Gurganous, BCA Board Member

The idea for the Brambleton Brewfest began a year ago as a way to showcase the craft beer movement in Loudoun County.  We are now one month out from the event, and count twenty-five participating breweries from Loudoun and the Mid-Atlantic region.  We also have various Loudoun businesses planning to participate as vendors and sponsors, and, of course, bands to provide live music. 

The hope is that the Brambleton Brewfest will become an annual event, one that further strengthens the sense of community we enjoy here in Brambleton.  We also hope that our neighbors throughout Loudoun will join us in Brambleton for the brewfest, and that the event will continue to grow in the years ahead.

Buy your tickets now using discount code BEER10 for 10% off the ticket price. The discount code will be good through April 30th. 

Brambleton Brew Fest, presented by Lost Rhino Retreat and hosted by the Brambleton Community Association, will be held on May 30th from 1:00 - 6:00 PM at the Brambleton Town Center.  It will feature over 25 local craft breweries with 2 brews each, food trucks, live music by Hypnotic Willie and Crowded Streets.  

For more information about the festival, please like our  Facebook page and purchase tickets online

The Virginia LOVEwork returns to Brambleton during BrewFest

The Virginia LOVEwork will be on display in the Brambleton Town Center May 22 - June 1. These letters travel around the state, promoting that “LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation!” 

We encourage you to take family photos in front of the artwork and then post to Facebook, tagging both Brambleton’s and Virginia is for Lovers’ pages; or on Twitter and Instagram using the special hashtag #LOVEVA and #BRAMBLETON. See www.virginia.org/love for more info.



Save the dates! May 11 - 17, 2015 is Small Business Week in Loudoun County, Virginia. There will be more than a dozen events giving small business owners and startup founders a chance to network with key industry leaders and learn essential strategies for business growth.  Plan to be in the Brambleton Town Center on Thursday, May 14th for a networking happy hour at Papa Tony's Trattoria​ from 5-7 PM. Join us for drinks and light hors d'oeuvres while you meet and mingle with other small business professionals. It's the perfect laid back setting to relax and make some important new connections.

Loudoun Small Business Week is cosponsored by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, CIT, the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun SourceLink, The Mason Enterprise Center, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center, and the Town of Leesburg. For information on starting a business in Loudoun, read about our Business Assistance Team or contact Chris Hunter.  See more here.




Brambleton Farmers’ Market Season Opener, May 3rd!
By Mary Haskins, Outreach Coordinator, LVHMC

Mark your calendars for the return of the Brambleton Farmers’ Market on Sunday, May 3rd


The 2015 season will kick off in a new location along Willow Creek Way in the Brambleton Town Center (in front of FOX Cinemas), featuring these favorite local producers:  Bee Chic Naturals, Bread House, Breezy Meadow Farm, Buchanan Farms, Chase Your Tail Bakery, Chef Eloy, Greenheart Organic, Happy Crepe, Hillside Harvest, Moonfire Orchard, Noshy, Petra’s Plants, the Pink Polka Dot Bake Shop, Valencia’s Produce, Valley View Farm and Willowcroft Winery. 

This year’s market will be bursting with great products from meats (including water buffalo and rabbit) to fruits, veggies, wine, beeswax candles, pastries and even dog treats! The Brambleton Market is open every Sunday, May – October, 9 am to 1 pm.

Lost Rhino Retreat Entering Final Stages
By Dave Hoffman, Lost Rhino Retreat 

The weather is starting to warm and construction at the Lost Rhino Retreat is starting to enter into its final stages.  We're now putting the finishing touches on a patio that will surely be the place to be as we move into the summer.  

The construction phase has taken a little longer than we would have liked, but we felt that it was important that we brought the same great vibe we have in the Tasting Room to the new Retreat in Brambleton. We've cleared out a few walls, exposed some steel beams, and even put our beer cooler in the main dining room.  The place is really starting to have the laid back, inviting feel of the original brewery and tasting room.  

Matt, the Founder, spent a considerable amount of time looking for and finding interesting materials to repurpose in the Retreat.  The large hanging lights in the dining room and lobby are over 85 years old and have been reclaimed and refurbished from a factory in North Carolina.  The wood pallets on the wall were found locally at a sod farm.  They were all the exact same size, clearly a sign that they were meant to go on the wall!  All of our art work is produced by local artist Tonia Priolo.

The draft system has arrived and over 16 lines of beer are being installed.  

We are interviewing and hiring for all positions right now and are still looking for friendly, team oriented beer lovers to come join our next adventure.  Apply online or in person at the Tasting Room on Red Rum Dr in Ashburn. 

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon here on the new website: http://lostrhinoretreat.com/

It’s time for us to introduce you to another very Talented Brambletonian!  

Rum Ngo, the entrepreneur behind TheViewAboveVA, tells us about his experience living and working in the Brambleton community.

TheViewAboveVA is a digital aerial cinematography using leading-edge technology to showcase luxury properties with cinematic video by aerial drone.

BRAMBLETON WELCOMES THE WORLD’S HEROES! 


The Brambleton Town Center is honored to serve as a World Police & Fire Games Merchant Incentive Partner for the world’s local heroes: police and fire forces! Athletes and volunteers will enjoy specials from these participating Brambleton retailers June 20 - September 1, 2015:

• Bella Ballerina
• California Tortilla
• FROOTS
• Go Bananas Toys
• Hair Cuttery
• Johnny Rockets
• Lost Rhino Retreat
• Misguided Angels
• Nick’s Taverna
• Papa Tony’s
• Scotto’s Rigatoni Grill
• Sport & Health


SIZZLIN' SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED!

Summer would not be the same without a Brambleton Sizzlin' Summer Concert. This FREE EVENT is located at the Brambleton Town Center. The concerts start at 7:00 PM, gates open at 6:00 PM. You are welcome to bring your blankets, chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy a fun night of music.

Dates: 
June 25th, 2015 -  Toxic Mouse - 80's Cover Band
July 9th, 2015 -   The Ten Band - Pearl Jam Tribute Band
July 23rd, 2015 -  Monster Band - Modern Cover Band
August 6th, 2015 -   Gonzo's Nose - Party Pop Cover Band
August 20th, 2015 -  Jacked Up - Modern Cover Band

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month and DryHome Roofing and Siding along with National Capital Area Lyme are holding their annual fundraiser race in Brambleton again this year.

The 5th Annual Loudoun Lyme 5K/1K will drive awareness and raise money to help find a cure for Lyme disease - the number one tick-bourne illness in the United States. The Loudoun Lyme 5K will also feature a 1K fun run, new 10K, children's activities as well as an information fair to educate the public about Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms and treatments. 

For more information on how you can get involved in this event, please call DryHome Roofing & Siding at 703-230-7663.

When: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Where: Brambleton Town Center, 22855 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20148
Start Times:  8:00 AM 10K; 8:10 AM 5K; 9:30 AM 1K

Visit: http://www.loudounlyme.org to register for this event.

Brambleton Step Sister's 8th Annual Ribbon Run attracted nearly 2,000!
By Ashley Campolattaro, Vice President, Step Sisters

The Step Sisters 8th annual Brambleton Ribbon Run took place on Saturday, April 18th.  The event featured picture-perfect spring weather for a 5k, 10k and kids’ fun run that attracted nearly 2,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators to Brambleton’s Town Center.

The community spirit and support of the cause was tremendous! New this year was the ability for groups to register to participate together and actively fundraise as teams. All ages and abilities were represented. Some participants were in it for the competition while others were there for the camaraderie of walking with a team for the cause. Once again, Brambleton Kids Run the Nation took home the trophy as the 1st place team.

Results and awards can be found here. Proceeds from the race directly benefit area breast cancer patients. The event raised more than $30k for the Step Sisters’ mission.

Adjacent to the race course was Sharon’s Showcase - an expo highlighting breast cancer resources available in the area.  The showcase was created in memory of the first Step Sister to lose her battle to breast cancer, Brambleton resident, Sharon Iglesias. Back by popular demand, Blue Ridge Grill’s post-race “Grab-n-Go” breakfast was a huge hit with participants.

The sponsorship support for this 8th annual event was incredible. Major sponsors of the Ribbon Run included: The Brambleton Group, Carfax, StoneSpring Emergency Center, Go Bananas, Northern Virginia Orthodontics, Kelly Insurance Agency, Joe Knows Real Estate-REMAX Gateway, Fitness Image Results, Brambleton Kids Run the Nation, Blue Ridge Grill, Little Smiles Family Dentistry, Bloo Dental, Catoctin Veterinary Clinic and Miller & Smith, among others. For a complete list of sponsors, visit: http://www.stepsisters.org/ribbon-run/sponsors/.

A 501c3 non-profit organization, the Step Sisters hold several fundraising events with the Ribbon Run being their largest. Next up, their Think Pink Auction will be held Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:30 – 10 p.m. at the Brambleton Corner Clubhouse (42255 Palladian Blue Terrace). More event details can be found at www.ThinkPinkAuction.com

The Step Sisters work to improve the quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer.  Partnering with local hospitals (Inova Loudoun, Inova Fair Oaks and Inova Fairfax), the group funds needed support services that directly benefit patients in Loudoun County and the surrounding areas. The Step Sisters are able to provide transportation, fresh food delivery, house cleaning, lawn services and childcare for those undergoing treatment for the disease.

Free Safety Shred Returns to Brambleton

The Brambleton Town Center invites you to a free safety shred on Saturday, April 25th from 8:30 – 11:30 am.  The shred will be located in the parking lot behind Fox Cinemas (at Northstar & Soave Drive).  The truck-mounted shredder can accept all types of paper documents, manila folders (even those with rubber bands, staples, paper clips or other small fasteners).  Again this year we will have the truck to shred hard drives with a $10 charge per each hard drive.  Due to limited capacity, shredding is restricted to individual use only, with a limit of 5 boxes per vehicle. We recommend you arrive early, as we’ve reached capacity before the end of the event in years past (the shredder can handle as much as 5 tons of paper). After the event, all shredded material will be recycled.  For more information, please visit our Facebook Events page.

Stratford Landing Pool Progress - March 2015
www.facebook.com/brambletonview
Taken by Stephanie Lee, Brambleton Group


  • This month's spotlight tenant is Northern Virginia Orthodontics!  They are excited to announce a limited time offer - when you start treatment with them you will be eligible for $1,000 off full treatment for a family member!  Been thinking about Invisalign fr yourself? Take advantage of this special promotion only valid only through May 31st. Visit them online or call them at 703.327.1718.
  • Talk of the Town Center Spring Update starring the Brambleton Marketing Department debuts on the Brambleton TV Channel - now available on our Youtube Channel also here.
  • Spring into Summer with Misguided Angels leading the way - Francis and Brittney from the Brambleton Marketing Department show off the latest fashion trends at Misguided Angels, a specialty boutique in Brambleton Town Center, in this brand new video clip. Support a local small business and look great this season!  
  • Plan your child’s next birthday party at Brambleton’s Johnny Rockets. Chat with their party coordinator to make your child’s next event the talk of the town!  Burgers, fries, milkshakes – it’s a kid’s dream come true! And don’t forget to join the Rocket e-club to receive a free hamburger on your birthday.
  • Little Smiles and Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are proud to announce that Dr. Lara Saleh is joining their team in the Brambleton office.
  • Sport&Health Now Hiring - Full time membership consultants. Salary plus commissions and bonuses.  Come work in a fun, energizing atmosphere where you get to help improve lives! Previous sales experience a plus.  Call 703-879-2010 and speak with Kyle.   
Builder Buzz
  • Grand Closeout of Van Metre’s Northstar Collection - Time is running out to purchase your new Van Metre home in the Northstar Collection!  A limited number of homesites remain, and base prices have been lowered to the low $600s!  Choose from plans with 3,200 to just over 4,300 square feet, up to 7 bedrooms and 5 baths! Visit the Portsmouth model home located at 42184 Gentle Falls Drive in Brambleton, or give Mike Holland a call at 703-764-5478.
  • Remaining Emerald Ridge inventory is 98 singles and 389 townhomes  
  • Van Metre Devonshire Towns (villas) added a new floorplan: The Barton, 2,149 sq ft, priced from $439,990 and $3K price drop over their other 3 plans
  • Van Metre Hillcrest Towns - Increased all base prices by $5,000
  • Miller & Smith Skyview - Increased their bases prices between $3-4K
            Single Family Homes:
            • Average Base Price = $649,981 (based on April '15 pricing)
            • Average % price decrease since April '14 = 3.3%
            • Single Family Homes = priced from the upper $500s to upper $600s*
            Town Homes:
            • Average Base Price = $473,185 (based on April '15 pricing)
            • Average % price decrease since April '14 = 0.8%
            • Townhomes = priced from the lower $400s to mid $500s*
            Brambleton Sales
            Project to Date Sales = 4,670 (opened Sept. ‘01)

            • SF Homes = 1,971
            • Town Homes = 1,900
            • Condos = 799

            2015 Year to Date Sales = 139
            • SF Homes = 46
            • Town Homes = 93
            • Condos = N/A


            *Prices, terms, conditions subject to change
            New Home Information Packet: www.issuu.com/brambleton
            Model Home Map: www.issuu.com/brambleton

            Brambleton's Builder Model Home Video Tours Now Available!  You can check out our Model Home Playlist on Youtube here or click on the links below.
            • English Manor Villas by Camberley Homes: Video
            • Skyview Collection by Miller & Smith: Video
            • South Lawn Collection by Miller & Smith: Video
            • The Brixton Collection at Clover Hill by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • Edgewood at Emerald Ridge by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • The Hillcrest Collection at Southbend in Emerald Ridge by Van Metre HomesVideo
            • Northstar at Emerald Ridge by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • Townsend Collection at Clover Hill by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • Devonshire Collection at Southbend by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • Winchester Homes Glenmere Singles: Video
              Need a new home now?  
              View a list of Brambleton's Quick Delivery homes here.

              How Does Investing in Brambleton Compare to Loudoun County?
              Brambleton Investment Comparison: www.issuu.com/brambleton

                                                                Brambleton All of Loudoun

              Average Sold Price                 $527,894         $469,266
              Average Days on Market       60                      76
              List Price/Sale Price               97.6%               97.1%

              RE/MAX Gateway Brambleton

              42365 Soave Drive, Suite 200 - Brambleton, VA 20148
              www.gateway2realestate.com

              Brambleton Community Association News
              April 2015 Newsletter - This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the April Newsletter and click here to view the New Resident Handbook (iPad friendly). You can also follow their latest news LIVE on Facebook.  If you would like to advertise in their monthly newsletter, please email christine.elansary@brambleton.org.  View the Media Guide here.  

              Sponsorship Opportunities - The Brambleton Community Association is always looking for area businesses who would like some exposure and advertising.  A great way to do this is through Brambleton event sponsorship.  There are a lot of options available, including customizing packages to make them work best for your business. Download the sponsorship form here.

              UPCOMING EVENTS:

              April 25th - FREE Community Shred, 8:30AM-11:30AM
              April 25th - Community Yard Sale, 8AM-12PM
              May 3rd - Farmers' Market Grand Opening, 9AM-1PM
              May 14th - Small Business Happy Hour Networking Event, Papa Tony's Trattoria, 5PM-7PM
              May 17th - Loudoun Lyme 5K & 10K, 8AM
              May 30th - Brambleton's Inaugural Brewfest, 1-6PM


              Save the Date: June 26th - July 5th - Fairfax World Police & Fire Games

              *Residents Only

              Beaverdam Reservoir to open June 1st!
              Photos by Stephanie Lee, Brambleton Group


              Want To Name A Brambleton School? Here's Your Chance

              The Loudoun County School Board is seeking suggestions for the naming of two new schools to be located in the Brambleton community.  The elementary school (ES-27) will open in the fall of 2016 and the middle school (MS-9) will open in the fall of 2017.  

              The School Board has appointed a group of parents, students and teachers to two naming committees. The committees will consider geographic and historic names, as well as names of deceased individuals who significantly contributed to improving life in Loudoun County, Virginia, or the United States.


              Suggestions for names should be sent to the LCPS Department of Planning and Legislative Services, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148 or emailed to lcpsplan@lcps.org. Residents who make a suggestion are requested to provide background information to aid in the selection process.

              The naming committee meetings are open to the public and held at the county School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court in Ashburn. They are as follows:

              ES-27 Naming Committee will meet Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

              MS-9 Naming Committee will meet Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

              Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Launches Redesigned Website

              The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project has launched a redesigned website, www.dullesmetro.com, to provide the public with better, more user-friendly access to the latest information about design, construction and delivery of the 23-mile extension of the region's Metrorail system known as the Silver Line.

              The website will highlight Phase 2 of the project, extending service from Reston, Virginia, into Loudoun County, Virginia. 

              Finally, Some Good News Out of Washington—But Where are the Media?

              Seems like the media are only interested in reporting on bad news about Washington, D.C., these days—and, to be fair, there has been plenty, ranging from Downton Abbey-esque Congressional office makeovers, to Secret Service officers crashing into a suspected bomb crime scene. But where is the front page article in the Washington Post or Washington Business Journal about JOBS, JOBS, and more JOBS? In the latest correction, the BLS now reports that the Washington region added over 50,000 jobs in February 2015 compared with the same month one year ago. That’s up from a paltry 18,000 in late 2014 before the correction—and yet no ink above the fold, or even below it!


              It is also encouraging that the job growth in the past year is fairly evenly distributed among Northern Virginia (17,100), D.C. (15,900), and Suburban Maryland (11,700). Much of the growth regionally continues to be in industries such as Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality (which includes restaurants), and Retail Trade, which together account for 52% of the growth. But it is reassuring that Professional & Business Services (including many government contractors) now shows growth of 11,000 over a year ago, and even the federal government experienced an increase of 1,000 jobs, based on data compiled by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis.

              McAuliffe on Redskins stadium in Virginia: ‘It’s where they belong’

              Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has remained largely mum about his pursuit of a new stadium for the Washington Redskins, but said last week that he was wooing the team as part of his ongoing effort to attract business and employers to the state.

              He said Virginia was a natural fit because many of the team’s fans and players already live there.

              “I am aggressively pursuing the deal, but in fairness we aggressively pursue every deal. We don’t leave any stones unturned,” he said. “There is an interest — they are aggressively looking for a new stadium opportunity…We have 66 percent of the season ticket holders in Virginia. Every player lives in Virginia.”

              Stadium locations under consideration include sites along the planned second leg of the Silver Line, in Loudoun County west of Dulles International Airport, sources said recently. McAuliffe declined to name specific stadium sites but said there are sites outside of Loudoun that could work.


              McAuliffe said Virginia is where that stadium belongs, so long as the state and team can reach a deal.

              StoneSprings Hospital Center -  Coming December 2015
              Silver Line Ashburn Station - Coming 2018 

              Tuesday, April 7, 2015

              Rum Ngo - TheViewAboveVA


              It’s time for us to introduce you to another very Talented Brambletonian!  Rum Ngo, the entrepreneur behind TheViewAboveVA, tells us about his experience living and working in the Brambleton community.  TheViewAboveVA is a digital aerial cinematography; they use leading-edge technology to showcase luxury properties with cinematic video by aerial drone.

              As an artist and a professional, what drew you to Brambleton?  Does living in Brambleton inspire your work in any way?

              We love living in Brambleton because of the sense of community, the tranquility, the diversity and the myriad of things it has to offer.  It has events throughout the year such as the 5K-Run, bicycle race, neighborhood yard sales, the farmer’s market, summer music festivals and so much more.  The shops, markets, and restaurants are all so close that it’s a short drive, if not in walking distance. It’s lush with flowers in the spring and summer along with the peace and quiet throughout the area.  Yet, we are not too far from the city if we need a little noise.  All of the beauty of Brambleton is definitely an inspiration to my work.


              Have you ever flown over the Brambleton community?  How did the community look from above in terms of the landscape, neighborhoods, and Town Center?
              Yes, I have and the view from above is spectacular!  I know the community and the lay out are beautiful on the ground but definitely a breathtaking view from above.

              What do you enjoy most about living in Brambleton?

              The peacefulness, the community camaraderie, and the easy access to everything like the selections of restaurants, markets, Fox Movie Theater, the toll road, the Greenway and so on.

              Can you tell us about how you found your career and started your own business?  Why in Brambleton?

              I’ve always loved airplanes and everything that relates to them.  I thought what better way to pursue a passion than to go into a business that enables me to fly.  Plus I am not getting any younger so I thought I’d take a chance to do something that makes me happy.  I don’t want to look back and regret the road not taken. Brambleton is a perfect place to pursue this goal.  The community is so accepting of small businesses and I am a living proof along with many others.

              What are some essential tricks of the trade or fun stories you’d pass along to other Brambletonians interested in extreme videography?

              Be patient and practice, practice, practice.

              Anything else you would like to share about your experience living and working in the Brambleton community?

              I think I’ve pretty much covered what I love about Brambleton and what it has to offer but one last thing; the homes maintain their value, which is a great investment. I recommend folks to come out and drive around our community and experience first-hand what I am talking about.