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May is National Inventor's Month, and we're celebrating the innovation and ingenuity of our neighborhood. Ballston is home of the internet, the barcode, and countless other everyday technologies. Today, we touch on one of our community's most exciting upcoming projects: the renovation of George Mason University's Arlington Campus. Dr. Liza Wilson D…
 
Ballston is in Bloom, and we're focused on how our community interacts with nature. It's not just our outdoor green spaces and our Farmer's Market - our neighborhood is home to one of our world's most impactful global environmental nonprofits: The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy has been in Ballston for over 20 years, and we spoke with s…
 
Ballston is in bloom, and we're shining a light on the amazing ways our urban neighborhood becomes one with nature. April means the return of the Ballston FRESHFARM Farmer's Market, and we've got Caitlin Tuttle of FRESHFARM with us to talk about all the incredible offerings we have this year. We're talking about Caitlin's journey to FRESHFARM conte…
 
To honor Women's History Month, we’re speaking with Dr. Karyn Ewart, Founder and Head of School at The Sycamore School, located right here in Ballston. Dr. Ewart is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in public and private schools for over 20 years. She believes in engaging students to be active members of the community to grow, develop…
 
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re speaking with Jessica Miller - a Managing Director of the Tenant Advisory Group at Cushman & Wakefield, and the co-author of A Woman’s Guide to Successful Negotiating. We’re talking about her journey, challenges women still face in the workplace - specifically in the commercial real estate industry - and…
 
Romance may steal the limelight during Valentine's Day, but there are many kinds of love - and we LOVE our guest, Sarah Fraser. She's the host of The Sarah Fraser Show, a longtime friend and steward of Ballston, and one of our region’s most beloved radio and television personalities. What was it like to publicly share her weight-loss journey? How d…
 
Love is in the air this February in Ballston, but maybe you’ve found love in a different place: your local animal shelter or pet rescue organization. We speak with Sue Bell, Executive Director of Homeward Trails and Sam Wolbert, President and CEO of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. What’s the inside scoop on their animal adoptions right now?…
 
Last year, we began 2020 speaking to a local leader with her finger on the pulse of Arlington's business community. At the time, we had no idea how much would change over the next 12 months. Having navigated so many obstacles as a community, we catch up with Kate Bates, President and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce on how Arlington united,…
 
With 2021 in full swing, we open the year with the founder of one of Ballston's largest and fastest-growing businesses. Don't believe us? Ask Forbes! We're kicking off Season 4 of BallstonConnect Podcast with Jere Simpson, President and CEO of KITEWIRE, who tells his story and how he created a company that's redefining mobile security. Jere joins u…
 
2020 has been unlike anything we'd imagined - but we're not leaving without holiday cheer and reliving some of our favorite moments. In our final podcast of the year, we speak with the man himself - Santa Claus - and revisit some of our best segments of 2020. How has COVID impacted the teams at the North Pole? What does Santa think of The Giving Tr…
 
Marymount University has been one of Ballston's most impactful and longest/standing institution. In this episode of Ballston Connect Tina Leone talks to Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. We will learn the history of Marymount University in Ballston, how they pivoted to continue teaching students during the pandemic, and what an e…
 
The onset of COVID-19 has made outdoor dining the most popular way to eat at restaurants. This is great during the spring and summer, but what will happen as the temperature begins to drop? Many European nations have long enjoyed year-round dining, but now it is our turn to learn the secrets to making outdoor spaces comfortable, even as the snow st…
 
We know that each neighborhood in Arlington has a certain feel. There may be a particular look or brand tied to an area, and that is no accident. Items like banners, benches, and even trashcans can help create a feeling in a public space. This process is known as placemaking, and it is a multifaceted process of creating an identity for a location. …
 
In this episode, we are talking about hair. Most of us have it, but it became clear in the last year that few of us have any idea how to cut or care for it. We chat with Ajia Minnis, owner of Ballston's newest salon, Thrive Hair Bar. We learn what makes Thrive unique as a business specializing in natural styles and hair care, why education about ha…
 
The unemployment rates are up, there's a looming presidential election, and COVID conditions are still in full force. How does all this impact our own local real estate market? Tina Leone checks the state of the regional market with Jonathan Fox, Principal of The Fox Group with Compass in Arlington. We'll learn if the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted…
 
We're covering one of the most daunting aspects of adult life: financial planning. Tina Leone chats with Clark Miller, Financial Planner and President of Ascent Wealth Strategies Group. Clark helps us demystify the process of planning for your financial future with easy to follow advice on how to get started, and how to grow your investments. We al…
 
How does Arlington County attract businesses to the area? Tina Leone chats with Telly Tucker, the Director of Arlington Economic Development, to learn how they bring business and keep them in Arlington. We also find out how AED has pivoted to support the local economy during COVID-19, and what Telly sees for Arlington's future.…
 
We know how hard the pandemic has been on local businesses, but there are still a few brave souls actually opening their doors in the midst of COVID-19. Tina Leone chats with the heads of two brand new businesses to Ballston: Cullen Gilchrist and Richie Poe. Cullen is the CEO of Union Kitchen, and Richie is the General Manager of VIDA Fitness. They…
 
How have performers fared during the COVID-19 pandemic? What have they done while venues and performance centers have been closed? Tina Leone chats with Lucy Bowen McCauley and Helen Chamberlin of Bowen McCauley Dance Company to learn how performers and their organizations have adapted to the new circumstances, and what toll this year has had on th…
 
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted nearly every industry, but none have been as greatly affected as local retail and salons. Tina Leone discusses re-opening retail in Ballston with Jane Abraham, co-owner of Scout & Molly's Boutique, and Eric Renfro, co-owner and operator of The Bearded Goat. Learn how local businesses had to pivot to keep…
 
Since COVID-19, the home office has become the main workplace for many employees. However, under Governor Northam's Forward Virginia plan, offices may begin to re-open. Tina Leone chats with Christine Miller-Langmack, Partner with space planning and design firm, Washington Workplace. Christine discusses how the office has changed in the last decade…
 
The Ballston BID knows the moths between April and November as market season, but 2020 has been unlike any other market season. Tina Leone, the CEO of the Ballston BID. chats with Nony Dutton, the Deputy Director of FreshFarm Markets, and Bill Mickley, the owner and operator of Mickley's Orchard and Farm Market. They discuss the impact COVID-19 has…
 
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy nature, but what do we do if it's better for us to stay close to home? Tina Leone of the Ballston BID is joined by Emily Landsman, the Communications Director of Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture. We find out how we can bring a piece of nature close to home through balcony, community, or victory gardens, and…
 
While Ballston and the rest of Arlington begin to settle into a new normal under the stay-at-home order, there are some in the community who face greater hardship due to uncertain housing situations. Nationally there has been a scramble to serve those facing domestic violence or homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Ballston…
 
Though the world is currently facing a "new normal," local businesses have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tina Leone is joined by Kate Bates, the CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce to learn the state of business in Ballston and Arlington, what resources are currently available to small businesses, and how the community can…
 
It's 2020. This means we're not only in a new decade, but we've also launched into a census year. We have all seen ads or reminders of this year's count, but why do we do it? Tina Leone talks with Elisa Ortiz, co-chair with Wanda Pierce of the Arlington Complete Count Committee. Elisa explains why the census is important to local communities, which…
 
Arlington is known generally as an affluent area, but our community is also very civic-minded. In this episode of BallstonConnect, Tina Leone chats with Lisa Fikes, the Executive Director of Volunteer Arlington. Find out what drives people to volunteer, the personal and professional benefits of volunteering your time and talents, and what opportuni…
 
With some of Ballston's biggest developments either completed or in their final stages, Tina Leone and Samantha Baker of the Ballston BID take a talking tour of the transformed neighborhood. Find out the stories behind Ballston Quarter and Ballston Exchange, the updates on 4040 Wilson Blvd, plans for the Carpool location, and more.…
 
Your wedding day may be one of the most important days of your life, but it can also be the most stressful event you've ever planned. What are the do's and don'ts of wedding planning, and do these even apply to modern brides? Tina Leone continues her discussions with Arlington's awesome women entrepreneurs with Virginia Perry, the founder of VP Con…
 
Specialty networking groups are growing in popularity with Arlington's career-minded population and one of the most well-known in Northern Virginia is the women-only Awesome Women Entrepreneurs, or AWE. Many of Arlington's elite women in business are members. In this episode of BallstonConnect, Tina Leone chats with the founder of KB Concepts and t…
 
In this episode of Ballstonconnect, Tina Leone continues her exploration of art in Arlington with abstract artist and professor, David Carlson. We learn the state of the arts in the area and how a Community Collective could improve the station and visibility of art in commercial spaces, and eliminate the notion of the "starving artist."…
 
Arlington has a rich art and culture scene, thanks in large part to independent galleries like Ballston's own Fred Schnider Gallery at 888 N Quincy St. Tina Leone chats with Mary Anne Schnider, Director of the Schnider Gallery, to learn what motivated her family to bring a gallery to the community, how they curate their shows, and what will be on d…
 
Amazon is coming to Arlington, but who brought them here? In this episode of BallstonConnect, Tina Leone talks with Alex Iams, the Interim Director of Arlington Economic Development, or AED. Find out what AED does, how the deal that brought Amazon to Arlington came to be, and what's next in AED's strategy for future development.…
 
Some of the biggest business deals happen over a game of golf, but this is a realm that has been mostly closed to women until recently. Our guest, Tina Fox, is the National Chairwoman for Women on Course, a community for business professionals looking to expand their knowledge and connections through golf. Tina discusses what led her to learn the g…
 
You may know their signature Ted's Tarts and homestyle milkshakes, but this is your chance to learn the story behind the new Ted's Bulletin in Ballston. Tina Leone is joined by Steve Salis, President of Salis Holdings, and Nick Salis, VP of Operations at Ted's. Ted's Bulletin and Sidekick Bakery may be the Salis brothers' newest contribution to the…
 
On this episode of BallstonConnect, Tina Leone is joined by Arlington's newest County Board member, Matt de Ferranti. Tina and Matt discuss his experiences with Teach for America, how his time in Houston would eventually motivate him to enter politics, and what he hopes to accomplish in education and housing during his time on the Board.…
 
Tina Leone sits down with culinary trendsetter and chef, Josu Zubikarai, to discuss travel, following your passion, and of course, food. Zubikarai has been a driving force behind some of the most well-known Spanish restaurants in the region including Taberna del Alabardero, La Tasca, SER, and now Copa Kitchen & Bar. He discusses humble beginnings i…
 
This month, Tina Leone is joined by two leaders shaping Arlington's identity through public art. Michelle Isabelle-Stark, Director of Arlington Cultural Affairs, and Angela Adams, the Director of Arlington Public Art discuss the necessity of art in any society, the economic impact art can have on a community, and how you can experience art in all f…
 
The landscape of retail and nightlife is experiencing a dramatic shift in the age of Amazon and Instagram. Consumers are now looking for experiences that leave a lasting impact, and Ballston has become a new destination for thrill-seekers and foodies, and everything in between. This month Tina is joined by Dawn Charbonneau of 5 Wits and Brett Ramsd…
 
Ballston Quarter is open! With so many businesses opening their doors within the newly redeveloped mall, we wanted to look back at how the mall came to Ballston, the process of redevelopment, and updates on who and what you'll see open when you visit next. In this episode, we look back on our 2018 conversation with Will Voegele, the Senior Vice Pre…
 
In case you haven't noticed, Ballston is undergoing a type of renaissance and emerging as a new nightlife and dining destination in the region. With developments like Ballston Quarter and Ballston Exchange nearing completion, Ballston is set to have more than 80 restaurants fully operating by 2020. Tina Leone invited Jessica Sidman, Food Editor for…
 
Whether you're getting ready to celebrate Valentine's, Galentine's or Singles Awareness Day, everyone has love on the brain in February. This month we're playing cupid for a couple singles in Arlington and discussing relationships: how to start one, how to keep it, and the dating mistakes and disasters that go with the process. Tina is joined by re…
 
So you've survived 2018, but did you fulfill those resolutions or reach the goals you gave yourself on the first day of the new year? Welcome to 2019, and this is the year you finally make the changes you've been craving! Tina Leone, CEO of the Ballston BID, has enlisted the help of two fitness and wellness experts to help you on your path to a hap…
 
It's December, and the holiday season is in full swing! Though this is a jolly time for most in Arlington, there are many in the community who struggle during the holidays. This month Tina Leone sits down with Nina Janopaul of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, and Heather O'Malley with Doorways for Women and Families. They'll discus…
 
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