Life Lessons

 Owner, Rock Fitness & Performance  Founder,  After initially being denied treatment for his third-stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma last June, Sam Juzbasich returned to his gym, sat on a couch and said, “I’m going to die here.” It didn’t make sense. He’d studied nutrition in college and created a fitness and nutrition regimen he’d used to help anyone from working women to…

Welcome to “Xutopia”

Beside the mailbox in rural Lovettsville is a whimsical road sign that says “Xutopia.” It’s an obvious play on words for artist Jordan Xu but also a nod to his approach to painting people from every background, culture, race, age and gender.

Chef Frank Invites Indulgence

These days, life as a guy is complicated. But unwinding can be as simple as indulging in the world’s best burger in The National’s Black Olive Bar, a “private club” that anyone can join (see The National Conference Center’s executive chef, Frank Estremera, has proven he can dazzle your mind and challenge your taste buds or hog-tie you with the…

It’s the Men’s Issue

This month, we present our “Gents” issue, celebrating all things masculine. Of course, there’s Father’s Day on June 16, but there are so many more reasons why it’s great to be a guy this month. With the summer season underway, the long, sunny days can be filled with backyard cookouts, baseball games, camping trips, fishing … Continued

MAC-ISA Tree Climbing Championship

The 2019 Tree Climbing Championship was held at Morven Park April 6–7. Competitors participated in five events: work climb, belayed speed climb, ascent, throwline and aerial rescue. Leesburg arborist and owner of Tree Life Flint Anderson competed.

2019 FCA Victory Dinner

The Loudoun FCA Victory Dinner was a night of celebration at the National Conference Center April 7. The event was the largest fundraiser of the year and highlighted local stories of impact and showed how 450 attendees could get involved through opportunities to serve/volunteer and financial gifts.  

2019 Valor Awards

A packed ballroom of Loudoun County's business community honored the county's finest and bravest in its 2019 Valor Awards at The National Conference Center April 12. Both civilians—including a 9-year-old girl who called 911 for help—and those who serve the county every day through law enforcement, firefighting, EMT and other first responding units were honored. 

Loudoun Cares Outstanding Volunteer Awards

Volunteers in Loudoun County referred by the Loudoun Cares Volunteer Center return nearly $1 million in goods and services to county residents in need. Emceed by Loudoun County Chamber President and CEO Tony Howard, with a speech by Phyllis Randall (chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors,) the ceremony at the National Conference Center April 19 recognized outstanding volunteers.


Ryan Ask, owner of two Club Pilates studios in Ashburn and Potomac and one opening soon in Leesburg, is the first to admit that he, like most guys, sometimes neglects "core strength" training in favor of cardio-heavy workouts and weightlifting.

Boulder Crest Retreat

Just 20 minutes from downtown Leesburg, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Bluemont, sits a 37-acre oasis of peace, and on it the country’s first privately-funded wellness center serving our nation’s warriors and their families. More than 2.7 million Americans have deployed to war zones in the last 18 years since 9/11, taking a physical, emotional, psychological and often…