Our network

Business

SECRET SHOPPING ON THE WAY TO THE STATE'S HOUSE

SECRET SHOPPING ON THE WAY TO THE STATE'S HOUSE

The Missouri Attorney General is suing Walgreen's in yet another case alleging overcharging by the chain. In the past few years, CVS has been the object of similar litigation, multiple times as well. Both companies have a presence in the Commonwealth; the latter seems almost ubiquitous. So why hasn't Ken Cuccinelli investigated this consumer issue?

I have personally found discrepancies between the shelf sticker and the receipt price many times, around fifty cents per item, in almost every department, at CVS.

THE FUTURE OF HEALTH?

                                                        THE FUTURE OF HEALTH?
 Right after the 4th of July, Terry McAuliffe took a campaign tour of INOVA Alexandria Hospital, including a stop in its ER, stressing that expansion of Medicaid in Virginia, covering up to an additional 400,000 under the Affordable Care Act, would improve the health of the Commonwealth's residents, and its economy, by creating approximately 33,000 jobs by 2021, in addition to making "the system" more efficient.
     About a month earlier, I was in that same ER, twice, on two consecutive days, a card carrying member of BCBS Federal.

Sat., Sept. 7, OPEN HOUSE Metro School of Arts New Studio in Kingstowne

Sat., Sept. 7, OPEN HOUSE Metro School of Arts New Studio in Kingstowne

 

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Lorton, Va. is hosting an open house at their new 10,375 square-foot Kingstowne studio at 5775 Barclay Drive in Alexandria, Va. on Sat., Sept. 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., including a ribbon cutting ceremony, tap jam, hip-hop showcase,  karaoke studio and light refreshments. MSA invites the community to bring their dance gear and shoes for an afternoon of fun and free-styling in the new facility. For information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org or call 703.339.0444.

GIVING NEW MEANING TO "THE POST"

GIVING NEW MEANING TO "THE POST"

Most of the discussion since it was announced that Jeff Bezos was buying the Washington Post has centered on how he can better take it into the digital age. In addition, some of focus should be on the paper's current distribution channels, brick and mortars, so to speak, and how to optimally utilize them as well.
For those not old enough to remember, and viewing the movie "You've Got Mail" will quickly acquaint, there was a time not so long ago when independent booksellers were proliferate and profitable. They succumbed to the big box retailers, whose business was in turn disrupted by Amazon.com. Which brings me back to Mr.

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Design Army creates Louis at 14th Dog Contest via Facebook event

In celebration of Washington DC's MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Festival last weekend, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays, @MidCityDogDays, along 14th Street NW in the U Street Corridor, Louis at 14th has launched a nationwide Dog Contest via its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/551444418224193/, with more than 130 dogs entered to date.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER STUDIO OPENS in LORTON, VA

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER STUDIO OPENS in LORTON, VA

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria, Va. has officially moved into the Workhouse Arts Center, located in Lorton, Va. The new studio at the Workhouse Arts Center, building W-4, is 7,000 square feet, much larger than their former location in Fairfax Station, Va., allowing for more classes and performance space. For more information, go to www.metrofinearts.com.

“Classes have started in our new spacious studio and we’re loving it…we appreciate the partnership with the Workhouse Arts Center,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Lorton, Va.

IS THE PARKING AT MARK CENTER REALLY "PAY?"

   
     I recently had occasion to visit the INOVA Imaging Center - Mark Center for two MRIs. As I approached the building,  I was surprised to be greeted by an automated pay parking kiosk, which was not there on my last trip to the area, to eat dinner at Clyde's, approximately a year ago.
     When I entered the medical facility, I handed the clerk behind the counter my ticket to validate. She promptly pointed me to an apparatus in the entranceway where it was done electronically. I was told the formerly FREE - and ample - parking was eliminated this past December, about the time BRAC became fully operational, apparently with the intent to capitalize on the limited availability of commuter parking at the military installation.