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TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

Manassas Salon Sells $10 Raffle Tickets to Raise $10,000 for 12-Year Old Cancer Patient

Tory Cowles Honored as 2011 Artist of the Year

Tory Cowles Honored as 2011 Artist of the Year

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Walmart Announces Major Initiative to Make Healthier Food More Affordable

Walmart Announces Major Initiative to Make Healthier Food More Affordable

Walmart is launching a major initiative that could potentially change the food industry as a whole. Their goal is to provide customers with healthier, affordable options. First Lady Michelle Obama joined Walmart executives today as they unveiled their plans to help people save money, and moreover, allow people to live healthier lives.

“To say I am excited is an understatement,” said the First Lady. Walmart’s new initiative is aligned with Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign that launched about a year ago. “This new nutritional charter has the potential to change the way our kids eat,” she explained.  

While the timeline to roll out the program in its entirety is 5 years, Walmart has already begun to establish relationships in niche communities. Right here in Alexandria, Walmart has set up partnerships with local farmers to lower distribution costs and help sustain local farms.

DC Housewives...in Alexandria

DC Housewives...in Alexandria

Circe Salon and Day Spa in Old Town Alexandria was visited by 3 stars of Bravo TV's DC Housewives this week. The new owners, Ellen and Richard Vlasak, who took ownership last May, have been working on creating a new twist on luxury for the salon. They have established relationships with hotels in the area to arrange limo services to and from the spa, as well as provide pre-service aromatic footbaths for customers.

Circe Salon and Day Spa is an upscale, luxury destination, and surely a place to spend quality beauty time. Vlasak said, "If the place burned down, I would still have excellent staff." With 27 full-time staff members, she believes it is not about the building, it is about the people and the experience that they provide.

DASH Welcomes New Marketing and Communications Manager

DASH Welcomes New Marketing and Communications Manager

From Alexandria Transit Company (DASH):

The Y Spreads Holiday Cheer Around the Metro Area

The Y Spreads Holiday Cheer Around the Metro Area

During the month of December, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s volunteers and staff were able to spread holiday cheer all around the area.  Here’s a quick recap of 2 instances where our association was able to strengthen our connection to the community:

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.