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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.

SUMMER OF BIG BROTHER

                                     SUMMER OF BIG BROTHER 
     Our Summer of Big Brother began with NSA whistleblower - or leaker - whichever you prefer - Edward Snowden. The Big Brethren weighed in, striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, with Chief Justice Roberts citing "racial progress in America," around the same time Paula Deen's admitted use of the "N" word came to light in a deposition, followed by her less than rehabilitative, "apologetic," "I is what I is" tour.

Being an Artist in the DC Area May Become Easier, Thanks to DJ Déjà Vu

Being an Artist in the DC Area May Become Easier, Thanks to DJ Déjà Vu

Artists provide something everyone can enjoy; yet they are not always supported. DJ Déjà Vu (Sheila Coleman) of Alexandria, Virginia, is working on providing a community for artists to make sure they do not suppress the natural gifts they have in order to conform to society. Coleman makes this week’s Super NoVA spot for her efforts to change the art world that she believes has become disfranchised and disheartened.

“A lot of artists try to do something, but don’t have the community. I want people to be able to do what they love,” said Coleman.

Alexandria Resident Turns Her Kitchen into a Skin-Care Lab

Alexandria Resident Turns Her Kitchen into a Skin-Care Lab

 

A Super NoVA is a person with a unique talent or business that makes them stand out in the crowd of Northern Virginia. Mellenie Runion is this week’s Super NoVA for her efforts to live more “green” by creating the company, Truly-Life, that makes handmade eco-friendly gifts from ingredients in her backyard.

“I wanted to figure out what I could do that would require less pull on the environment and have a smaller footprint,” said Runion. 

Runion first started making soap in her kitchen in 2008. Now just a few years later, her company has received the Green America Business Seal of Approval and her soap will be on the shelves in Alexandria’s Whole Foods Market in a few weeks.

“I turned my kitchen into a skin care lab, and when dinner time comes I clear it all off and make dinner,” Runion chuckled.

This Week's Super NOVA Gives a Boost to Local Alexandria Non-Profits

This Week's Super NOVA Gives a Boost to Local Alexandria Non-Profits

 

A Super NOVA is a person (or in this case, 2 ladies) with a unique talent or business that makes them stand out in the crowd of Northern Virginia. Brandi Yee and Tracy Viselli make this week’s Super NOVA spot for their recent efforts in ACT for Alexandria’s Spring2Action.

What exactly was it? Spring2Action was an online community-wide fundraising event for 48 Alexandria non-profits. Through this three-day, grass-roots effort there was $104,156 raised. A lot of these non-profits involved had never tried online fundraising or had never experimented in social media before this event. Yee and Viselli expressed that teaching the local non-profits how to use these technology platforms was a major goal of Spring2Action.