Leesburg Christmas


The town of Leesburg, Virginia celebrates the holiday season with a variety of special events, including a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a holiday craft show, and a holiday parade, festival and concert. Leesburg is also a great place to enjoy shopping, dining, and seasonal cheer. Here’s the schedule of upcoming events:

Village at Leesburg Christmas Tree Lighting – November 21, 2015, 3-5 p.m. 1602 Village Market Blvd, Leesburg, VA.

Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage to visit with the children and kicks off the biggest holiday season ever! Don’t miss the Grand Finale at 5 p.m. when he lights the Spectacular Musical Tree! It is a 52 ft. tall tree with more than 15,000 dazzling lights and amazing music and light shows daily! The festivities include horse-drawn carriage rides, musical performances, caroling, holiday characters, cozy fire pits with hot chocolate and roasting chestnuts and more festive fun.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens – November 23-December 30, 2015. Visit the historic estate as it will come alive with afternoon teas, holiday house tours, a small works art show, shopping, wreath making, a Christmas cabaret and children’s theater. This year’s Christmas exhibit will focus on “Remembering the Families of Oatlands.” Stories about the Carters, Eustises, Howards and Days will be featured throughout the first floor rooms. Each room of the 1804 Oatlands mansion will sparkle with unique decorations, some featuring materials from the gardens on the property. The holiday décor will also feature beautifully decorated Christmas trees throughout the home.

Open 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting – December 4, 2015, 6 p.m. Town Green, 25 W Market St, Leesburg, Virginia. The Leesburg community kicks off the holiday season with the town Christmas tree lighting, featuring performances from local elementary schools, high schools, words from the mayor, council and guest speaker.

Join in a holiday sing-a-long and stay in town for the evening for Leesburg’s First Friday event – local businesses and merchants will be open late to host some holiday cheer.

Holiday Fine Arts and Craft Show – December 5-6, 2015. Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr. NW, Leesburg, Virginia. The show features over 90 local and regional artisans selling hand made items from candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, leather products, table linens, and much more. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Leesburg Christmas and Holiday Parade and Festival – December 12, 2015, 6 p.m. Catch your Christmas spirit and bring the whole family to see Santa and his friends parade down King Street, through the heart of historic Leesburg.

Jingle Jam – December 12, 2015. Leesburg’s holiday rock n’ roll concert features many local and regional artists playing traditional holiday tunes- with a little edge. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Supermarket mecca: Grocery stores adapt to fit changing appetites

By: Anna Harris, Times-Mirror Staff Writer

Grocery stores are getting a nod around this time with shoppers finishing up buying turkeys and stuffing for their Thanksgiving feasts, And shoppers in Loudoun have no shortage of options for where to satisfy their grocery list.

With more than 20 major grocery stores in the major parts of Loudoun alone, the competition for space on the part of the stores themselves is only one part of the equation. Developments want grocery stores as tenants for their major commercial draw for residents in the surrounding areas, and those that secure a major grocer become a one-stop-shop.

Loudoun’s growing population makes the county a desirable spot for grocers to make their beds.

The Village at Leesburg is one development that has become known for its grocery store access. Trying to describe which shopping center you’re going to grab a bite to eat in usually ends in a “the one with the Wegmans.” The store’s presence hasn’t drawn customers away from other shops there, either.

“The existence of an iconic anchor like Wegmans strongly attracts consumers and retailers to the Village at Leesburg,” said Jarnell L. Bonds, Vice President of Marketing at Rappaport Developers and Village at Leesburg. “Wegmans’ proximity to the rest of the Village has not affected the center’s allure to retailers. I can tell you that VAL has experienced phenomenal growth with more than 100,000 [square-feet] of new retail in approximately two years.”

Vying for space is the least of grocers’ problems, according to various studies that have come out in recent years.

Loudoun’s access to food overall earned a 12.63 percent low access rate in a 2014 Food Desert in Virginia study from the commonwealth, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.

That percentage was considered relatively low, especially compared to the overall state’s low access number of 17.8 percent, also considered better than the rest of the country.

However, a 2013 study drafted by the county on Loudoun’s rural economy business development strategy showed the county could be doing more to give residents access to the food they want.

Consumers’ attitudes toward food and money have changed in regard to where they’re getting their groceries and what they expect from their victuals.

Consumer habits nationwide have shifted toward value-spending over convenience, according to a 2012 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trend study from the Food Marketing Institute.

The two main reasons survey respondents gave for what matters most in a primary store besides convenient location were lower prices in general (61 percent) and lower prices on specific items (53 percent). Fewer said better variety and selection (41 percent) or better quality and variety of fresh foods (39 percent) were the main sways when it came to where to shop.

That may be why of 1,200 shoppers surveyed in a King Retail Solutions and University of Arizona study, 77 percent across all ages said they bought groceries from non-grocers like Wal-Mart and Target in 2013.

The rise of education and interest into where food comes from may be changing these numbers just two years later, or at least in Loudoun.

Whole Foods in Ashburn, one of the newest food retail staples in the county, did extensive surveying of their own when they first scouted the area as a viable option for the popular fresh food chain.

For Loudouners, it was about local and fresh, a trend catching on across the country.

“I think a lot of the things you’re seeing coming around to date form an environmental standpoint where your food originates and comes from,” said Nicole Roberts, director of environmental graphics in the large format studio at Cincinnati-based FRCH Design Worldwide, which services Whole Foods. “Consumers are armed with more information and knowledge in the information age and looking for their grocer to provide them that in-store as well.”

But to compete with low prices of places like Wal-Mart, grocery stores are having to up their game, offering more than just full shelves and low prices.

Another part of Whole Foods survey creeps into the aesthetics of the store itself in hopes of an added draw to locals. Equestrian and “federal” were two elements added to the design of the store’s physical interior.

They also found that in both Loudoun and across the country, consumers want transparency and connection with their food providers, particularly transparency when it comes to food sources.

“I think the buzzword we hear consistently are transparency and authenticity,” Roberts said. “More and more today, consumers don’t like the idea of that big corporate monster and that they’re feeding the monster. They want to feel as if they’re contributing to a greater good … They want the market to be transparent and contributing to a thing greater than them … It’s balancing out that digital technology and apps that every retailer has to integrate but keeping that human connection in this day and age.”

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The Joint Chiropractic opens new clinic in Leesburg, Virginia

Leesburg, Va.—November 13, 2015The Joint Chiropractic has opened a new clinic at 1607 Village Market Boulevard SE, Unit L-118 in Leesburg, VA 20175. Regular clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Leesburg clinic is a franchise of The Joint Corp., one of the fastest-growing franchisers in healthcare. The company is transforming chiropractic care through a consumer-friendly model that removes many of the traditional obstacles to healthcare. For example, appointments are not necessary and consumers receive quality care without insurance hassles. Patients can choose from several affordable plans and packages, with a significantly lower per visit cost than the average insurance co-pay.

For more information about The Joint Chiropractic, please call (571) 510-3624 or visit the clinic at 1607 Village Market Boulevard, SE, Unit L-118, Leesburg, VA 20175.

About The Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT)

The Joint is reinventing chiropractic care by making quality alternative healthcare affordable for patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. Our membership plans and packages eliminate the need for insurance, and our no-appointment policy, convenient hours and locations make care more accessible. The Joint performs more than two million spinal adjustments a year across 280+ clinics nationwide. For more information, visit www.thejoint.com, follow us on Twitter @thejointchiro and find us on Facebook, You Tube and LinkedIn.


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Virginia retailer Spokes, Etc. opens new store in Leesburg

Spokes Ribbon CuttingBy BRIAN Staff

VIENNA, Va. (BRAIN) — Northern Virginia-based Spokes, Etc. held a ribbon cutting this week for its new store in Leesburg, Virginia. Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd and other town officials attended the ceremony.

The 8,000-square-foot Leesburg store, which replaces Spokes, Etc.’s store in Ashburn, is in the Village of Leesburg, a town center that has such national businesses as Wegmans, Charming Charlie and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill among its 60-plus boutiques, entertainment spots and restaurants. The new store is 3.2 miles from Spokes’ former location in Ashburn.

The move to Leesburg enables Spokes, Etc. to have a new retail space that’s 30 percent larger and a presence in what’s becoming a popular shopping destination, said Jim Strang, the company’s president.

“We’ve been pleased with the amount of walk-in traffic and the many customer events hosted by the center,” he added.

The new store has a full service center and a display floor dedicated to Spokes, Etc.’s bicycle lines, clothing and accessories. The architect was L2M in Baltimore. Morgan-Keller Construction of Frederick, Maryland, was the general contractor.

Spokes, Etc., based in Vienna, Va., and founded in 1985, is a full-service retailer with five stores in Northern Virginia. In addition to Leesburg, Spokes’ locations include two in Alexandria, one in Vienna and one in Fairfax.

Spokes, Etc. carries Trek, Specialized, Seven, Salsa, Surly, Gunnar, Waterford, Currie Technologies, Gore Bike Wear, and more.

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