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    Don’t Forget Your Farmers Markets!

    By Tom Pietsch | October 9, 2020

    When was the last time you went to your local farmers market? Even though the weather is cooling off, many farmers markets are still open! We recently stopped by the Kingstowne farmers market and picked up all kind of goodies. If you don’t live near Kingstowne, we’re sure there’s one near you! If you are... Read More

    Help us support Toys for Tots this holiday season!

    By Tom Pietsch | December 14, 2018

    Yes, there is STILL time to contribute to #ToysforTots this holiday season! You can drop off new and unwrapped toys at our office (7027-A Manchester Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22310) until Tuesday December 18th! Please consider helping a deserving child in need this holiday season! Gifts for all ages, boys and girls, are appreciated. We are... Read More

    AMERICANS – A Smithsonian Exhibit

    By Tom Pietsch | January 24, 2018

    On January 18, 2018, The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. opened to the public its newest permanent exhibit: AMERICANS. AMERICANS strives to open our eyes to the truths behind some of the biggest events involving American Indian history in the U.S. that many of us thought we understood: the life of... Read More

    Stone & Granite: 5 Tips to Keep Your Counters Beautiful

    By Tom Pietsch | January 3, 2018

    Tip 1: Don’t use all-purpose, ammonia or bleach cleaners Whether you have granite countertops in your kitchen or travertine tile in your bathroom, there is a correct way to clean the natural stone in your home. Many homeowners are tempted to use all-purpose cleaners or bleach to keep stone surfaces clean, but these types of... Read More

    Springfield Continues to Grow

    By Tom Pietsch | December 29, 2017

    With the news of a new Hampton Inn & Suites hotel coming to Springfield, we’re excited to see the continued transforming energy in this region. From the complete revamp of the Springfield Town Center, and all the new restaurants that were opened along with it, to the addition of other hotel chains nearby – not... Read More

    Work Hard, Eat Healthy and Local!

    By Tom Pietsch | December 26, 2017

    We recently heard that Chef Spike Mendelsohn, owner of Great Stuff Eatery (, We, The Pizza (, and Santa Rosa Taqueria ( is on-board to open brand new restaurant in the soon-to-be-seen St. James in Springfield. In fact, the press release from the St. James said that we should expect a “communal experience featuring gourmet... Read More

    Holiday Baskets with Koinonia

    By Tom Pietsch | December 11, 2017

    Tom & Cindy’s team recently put together some Holiday Baskets for Koinonia to provide to local families who might need some help around the holiday season. If you also wish to participate in this wonderful program that makes a direct impact on families in our community, please check out Koinonia’s Suggested Basket Items List and... Read More

    The St James

    By Tom Pietsch | December 4, 2017

    You’ve probably heard something about “The St. James,” but what exactly will it be? Our team recently met with a representative from The St. James ( and he shared that it is planned to be an extraordinary sports complex that will include just about everything one could imagine. 50,000 square-foot fitness center with classes and... Read More

    11th Annual Toy Drive

    By Tom Pietsch | December 4, 2017

    From now through December 18, 2017, our office will be collecting new unwrapped toys to contribute to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign. To add to the support from our community, the Tom & Cindy team will match the value of total donated toys, up to $2,000! To learn more about Toys for... Read More

    Wegmans is coming to the Hoffman Town Center!

    By Tom Pietsch | November 28, 2017

    The rumors are true. StonebridgeCarras, a real estate developer, recently announced that the Wegmans grocery chain officially signed a lease to anchor the Hoffman Town Center, in Alexandria, VA. Wegmans is planned to be on the second level, occupying 84,000-square feet, to allow room for several yet-to-be-leased active retail businesses on the street level. The... Read More