What's your history with Tyson's Corner and DC?
I moved to the DC area 27 years ago, when my father was stationed at the Pentagon. I attended middle and high school in the Virginia suburbs and received my B.A. In Anthropology and Astronomy at the University of Virginia. When I graduated, I lived in Tyson's Corner for years and worked in Leesburg for Boeing at a Satellite Operations Center. I also attended George Mason University to work on my M.S. In Cellular Telecommunications. Now, I work in Virginia for the government running finances and contracts for a multimillion dollar government office. My mother, father and sister and her husband still live here. A few of my friends own businesses related to artistry and fashion, such as Carine Krawiec from Carine's Bridal Atelier in Georgetown, Lara Stuckey from Fluffy Thoughts Cakes in McLean and Nour Kazoun from MadeupArt.
Discovering Tyson's Corner- what are your favourite places to shop/eat/go with friends/people watch?
Tyson's Corner Mall is about 3 miles from my house in Falls Church. I like to take my child to the food court to play. My husband and I also like to eat at La Sandia and hang out for beers at Gordon Biersch. We often visit Barnes and Noble to get ideas on how to decorate our house and read books to our daughter. In addition, there is the Mosaic District in Merrifield, which is about 2 miles from my house. We like to watch movies at Angelika, eat ice cream at the Gelatto shop, sample chocolates at Artisan Confections, browse makeup and skincare at Bellacara, hang out in Chipotle and shop in Mom's Organic Market or Target. Also close to our house is the WO&D and we like to take walks down to Robeks on Broad Street for a shake or ride or bikes to the Saturday Farmers Market in Falls Church proper. Occasionally, when the weather permits, we grab the West Falls Church metro ( a mile away) to go into DC and visit the museums or some event going on at the Mall.
Perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Tyson's Corner?
We actually like to grab a late bite to eat at the Mosaic District and walk around to look at the new stores going up. Also, we like to drive around and look at the new metro (silver line) or we take my child to the various playgrounds within walking distance of our house. To us, it's about relaxing amid the hustle and bustle of the Tyson's area.
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