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Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 | 2 comments

The Making of a Workout Studio

The Making of a Workout Studio

If you’ve been a blog reader for a while, you may remember Angela Lutzker from her stunning home renovation we featured a couple years ago, or most recently as an artist in La Bella Strada: An Italian Street Painting Festival. Earlier this year, Angela embarked on a design project of a different nature, opening her own workout studio in town, Studio Barre. Leslie and I received a warm welcome when we stopped by to see how she’s designed the space and to try out a class. Angela worked hard to transform what began as an empty couple of rooms… …into a mirror-lined studio space with wood floors and dance barres along the walls. …as well as a set of French doors to lead from the front entrance and boutique into the exercise studio space. The finished studio is just as beautiful as you’d expect from someone with as much artistic and design talent as Angela — bright, airy, contemporary, with splashes of bold color and contemporary wallpaper — which...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 | 2 comments

A Guide to Cafes of Del Ray

A Guide to Cafes of Del Ray

I love drinking coffee, and lucky for me there are many cafe options for the coffee lover in Del Ray. It all started with St. Elmo’s back in the 1990s. They were the first coffee shop on the Avenue. In the past several years, several others have sprung up. They are not copycat cafes; they each have their own niche and personality. The Caboose Cafe is down the street from St. Elmo’s in the heart of Mount Vernon Ave. They are a favorite of Mount Vernon Community School teachers for their proximity to the playground and they serve a great Dirty Chai as well as a red eye that will keep any teacher wide-eyed all day. Their outdoor seating is welcoming to people who are joined by their canine friends. Stomping Ground is just a block down from the Caboose. It is located between the Farmer’s Market and the Happy Tart. They have delicious biscuit meals as well as great coffee! The interior is lively and their community table...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 | 13 comments

Murals of Mount Vernon Ave

Murals of Mount Vernon Ave

The other day, my daughter and I went on a mural tour of Mount Vernon Ave. in Del Ray. We fueled up at Junction Bakery before our trek along the Avenue. Junction Bakery’s mural is the newest mural on the Avenue. There are two murals that were painted when there was an antique store where Walgreen’s is now. They still remain on the side of the building. The mural at Greenstreet Gardens is large and expansive and a beautiful backdrop to their plants. The mural on the side of Velocity is a nod to Del Ray’s Farmers’ Market. Your Dog’s Best Friend has a mural that seems to flow seamlessly into their outdoor sitting area. The mural on this beautiful home at the corner of Windsor Ave. catches everyone’s eye. St. Elmo’s mural pays homage to one of our neighborhood’s most famous former residents, Jim Morrison. The Cheesetique mural reminds us of the neighborhood’s history with the railroad. The Mount Vernon Rec Center was a mural made by families...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 | 2 comments

A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

Del Ray is a dog friendly neighborhood filled with furry friends. When their owners are busy at work, many are cared for by a dog walker like Stephanie. Stephanie is one of the many dog walkers from DoggyWalker.com. One warm afternoon, Stephanie let me join her on a walk with one of her clients, Mica. Del Ray is filled with places to walk a dog. Stephanie walks along paths, parks, and through neighborhood streets with her clients. She starts at 11 am and continuously picks up dogs throughout the day. What a great way of getting exercise! She spends most her day outside, walking. She walks from seven to eight miles a day (she counts her steps). As she walks, Mica gets a chance to sniff around and meet other dogs. There are plenty of opportunities for Mica to stay hydrated as she walks in dog friendly Del Ray. Being a dog walker is a great career choice for someone who enjoys being outdoors. Stephanie gets to spend her...

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 | 2 comments

Del Ray’s Unity Project

Del Ray’s Unity Project

Nancy Belmont is known around Del Ray for her big ideas… last year, the chalkboard Courage Wall attracted national attention. Now, she is back with another interactive public art project, Unity, aimed at celebrating our uniqueness yet connectivity to each other. According to the Unity website, “The project consists of 32 posts, each with identifiers such as, ‘I’m a parent; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ,’ etc. Participants tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities. Ultimately their yarn will intertwine with others’ to create a web of interconnectedness. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something, and it’s our diversity that builds a strong and vibrant community.” Nancy kicked off the event at Del Ray’s First Thursday celebration, starting with a yoga session. We had the opportunity to do yoga inside the 32 posts before the canopy was created. There was a small map of the posts provided so you could organize your answers on paper before you...

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