Loudoun BBQ Ribs:

No fall foodie edition in Virginia is complete without some discussion of pork. And, in our experience, no single food group gives more rise to the conversation (dare we say controversy?) than barbecued pork ribs.

Worth the Trip

The perfect foodie weekend starts every Saturday at the Leesburg Farmers Market (LoudounFarmersMarkets.org), consistently named the best farmers market in Loudoun County. With more than 50 vendors year-round, this market has evolved since its humble beginnings 25 years ago to include not just farmers but bakers, locally roasted coffee, handmade artisan soaps, kimchi, flowers, barbecue, goat cheese, wine, chocolates, oysters and…

Loudoun Clear

Credit our founding father's tactical and political victories to discipline, cunning and the ever-present inspiration of Barbadian rum. It turns out, that's all George Washington drank, and it served his campaign purposes as well. Ladle pours cheered voters to the polls to elect him to the House of Burgesses in 1758, the year of Leesburg's founding. As Commander in Chief of the…

‘My Forever Kitchen’

 “This is my forever kitchen.” —Yvonne Bell  Yvonne Bell and her husband, Bill, have lived in in the same house in Round Hill for 40 years and plan to retire there. But, when Yvonne thought of people walking from the backyard pool through the dining room across an oriental rug to get to the kitchen, she declared it time for a change.…

Ketterman’s Eclectic Ensembles

“Oooh, I just love how these jeans make me feel,” says Richlyn (Richi) Ketterman Norman about a fashionably frayed pair of jeans patched with royal blue sequins that she slips into for our style photo shoot. She and her younger sister, Katelyn (Katie) Ketterman Cockerill and employees Jenna DeBow and Austin Whiting, clearly adore the looks they’ve selected as backdrop to spotlight some of…

Creating a ‘Signature’ Home

After 23 years in business together, learning and employing absolutely everything there is to know about renovation and interior design, Julie Hoffmann and Lori DuVal of J&L Interiors did the only thing they could to fully display their creative capabilities. They bought an old house downtown and set their sights on restoring it to its former glory.

Clothed in Dignity

One Saturday, Lisa Geraci Rigoni and her daughter, Marinna, were helping out at Women Giving Back’s sterling boutique—a warehouse full of clothes, shoes and accessories ingenuously displayed as in an every-day discount department store. (Clothes are available to women and children at no cost but only via referral from agencies serving the needy.)

Styles for the ‘Curvy Girl’

Shelley Scheerschmidt, owner of Madisonbelle in Leesburg, is expanding her range this fall to include more "curvy girls" who often struggle to find fashionable clothes that fit. We asked her how to select styles that compliment curves. 

Literary Linebacker:

A little more than 20 years ago, former Redskins linebacker Kenneth Ray Harvey wrote a storybook for his then young sons, Anthony and Marcus. At the time, it wasn’t hard for the young African American boys to imagine themselves growing up to become pro athletes like dad, who played with legends like Darrell Green. What was harder to visualize was all…

Let’s Play!

 “Sometimes you just need chicken nuggets!”  “Let’s Play!” is more than a brand for speech pathologist Susan Morgan—the exhortation is central to her approach to communication therapy and goes a long way to explain why her patients adore her.  “In some ways, I’m a big, giant kid,” Susan says, explaining her uncanny ability to build instant rapport with her patients, who…