Blog :: 05-2015

Lake Anne is Purr-fect for Felines

just cats clinic

Just Cats Clinic works with rescues, showcasing adoptable cats in their playroom. How fun! (photo from Just Cats Clinic)

It is not unusual to see someone walking a cat through Lake Anne Plaza (yes, you can put a leash on a cat!). Perhaps that is why mom-and-pop shop Just Cats Clinic felt that Lake Anne was the perfect spot for a feline-only veterinary clinic. Visitors to Lake Anne love it too--they love stopping by to see the adoptable cats hanging out in the playroom (which you can also watch on the webcam).

Why have a cats-only clinic? Just visit any multi-species vet, and you'll see how the friendly, yet barky, dogs stress the cats out. Just Cats Clinic strives to make visits as stress free as possible, with a quiet environment and floor to ceiling windows in all the exam rooms. They also offer boarding facilities to help your cat feel more at home.

They are pros at working with difficult cats, and will even offer sedated exams, which can be a safer alternative for your furry friend and their staff. They also offer longer appointment times to make sure they have the appropriate time to work with you and your cat. Or you can drop your kitty off in the morning. Your cat gets medical care and a vacation day! Before you pick you cat up, drop by Pet-Mac for some fun cat toys too.

The motto at Just Cats Clinic is "Live Beyond 9 Lives," and they strive for that for every patient. They are open six days per week. This clinic is just one of the great small businesses that make Lake Anne a unique and special spot in Reston.

Contemporary Beauty on Owl's Cove Lane

Owl's Cove LaneReston is known for it's custom designed homes. From its inception in the 1960s, the most talented architects were drawn to the area and put their signature on many of the neighborhoods. One of the things I love most about Owl's Cove Lane in South Reston is how each one of these contemporary homes is unique. What they all have in common are designs that are as relevant today as the day they were built. Among the architects that made this neighborhood special are P.D Gravett and Peter Gulick, Cumberland Custom Builders, Roy Mason Associates, Rob Wellington Quigley, Oxman Stewart Associates and more. Each house is truly special. The diversity of the homes adds to the charm. And you cannot beat the location. Residents have easy access to Lake Audubon, and it's just three blocks from South Lake High School, Langston Hughes Middle School and Terraset Elementary. You can enjoy the walking paths along the lake, and take easy strolls over to South Lakes Shopping center (and Starbucks, Café Sano, and soon Red's Table). The neighborhood is also convenient to the Reston Metro, Dulles Toll Road and every amenity Reston has to offer. If you are looking for a unique, contemporary, single-family home, Owl's Cove is worth a visit.

3 Ways to Get a Fine Arts Fix in Reston

Winner of the 2014 Junior/Senior High School category at the Lake Anne Chalk Festival,

Winner of the 2014 Junior/Senior High School category at the Lake Anne Chalk Festival,

Spring is here, and that means it's time for the free (or nearly free) festivals you can find every weekend in Northern Virginia. Three of the best places to get a fine arts fix happen to be in Reston, and happen to be coming up very soon. Perhaps I'll see you at one or all of them.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, May 16: 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, May 17: 10 am - 5 pm

The 24th annual Greater Reston Arts Center Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is a nationally top-ranked fine art and craft festival, and one of my absolute favorite spring activities. It typically draws 30,000+ patrons to support GRACE--the area's largest non-profit dedicated exclusively to enhancing community life through excellence in and the promotion of the visual arts. The festival features over 200 skilled artisans, all of whom are juried into the show. You'll find both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques used in the hand-crafted, original works of art. All of the artists are there, and it's fun to talk to them about their art. The art is diverse--both in style and price. See the list of participating artists for 2015!

The Reston Market

Saturdays May through November

Reston's indie arts market runs every week from the 1st Saturday of May through the 1st Saturday of November from 8:00 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m. (sometimes the artisans stay a little longer if they're having fun). It's not just one of my favorites because I run it. It's my favorite because of the talented regional artisans who choose this venue to show their art--hand-crafted jewelry, linens, garden sculpture and more. The beauty is that the vendors can change week to week, so there is always something to discover here. And, of course, you can enjoy live music and shop at the Reston's Farmers Market. Lake Anne Plaza is the place to be on Saturday mornings in the summer!

2nd Annual Lake Anne Chalk Festival

Saturday and Sunday June 13 and 14, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

So maybe this isn't technically fine art, but it is great fun. And everyone can participate! Your inner artist can come out and paint Lake Anne Plaza red (or green, blue, yellow...) as we turn the Lake Anne Plaza into a chalk art museum. There are three categories and cash and prizes are awarded in each category. This event is fun for the whole family. Register online!