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Reston’s Used Book Shop: Where Books and People Meet

Reston’s Used Book Shop is the place “Where Books and People Meet.” Reston’s Used Book Shop on Lake Anne Plaza, which is has been operating as a community resource and business for close to 40 years, is everything that the avid reader looks for in a bookshop.   The bookshelves are packed with new titles, hard to find titles and historic books.  Inside the shop you’ll find a welcoming children’s section with comfy sofas for community readings, book clubs and gatherings.

Currently, Susan Burwell and her husband Bud own and operate Reston’s Used Book Shop, purchasing it in 1999 from its original owners Sue Schram and Sue Wensell.    When the Burwells purchased Reston Used Book Shop, they expanded to create the cozy reading rooms and add space for more additional inventory.

Readers who are looking for a literary community will be inspired by the approach that the Reston Used Book Shop (RUBS) offers; instead of asking all Club Members to read the same book and discuss it during Book Club nights, RUBS Book Club members bring whatever they are reading or have read to share and discuss with others. At each meeting RUBS passes around a list of the books discussed and posts it to their Bulletin Board which is available to view in the Reston Used Book Shop.

Reston Used Book Shop is located at:
1623 Washington Plaza
Lake Anne Plaza
Reston, Virginia 20190

Be sure to pick up a copy of Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine the next time you stop by the Reston Used Book Shop.  You might just find one of our editors inside reading a book.


Morven Park: Beautiful Landscape and Rich with History

Set on 1,000 acres in Leesburg, Virginia, Morven Park is an estate both rich with history, eventing, and gorgeous landscapes.  Morven Park is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as a Virginia Historic Landmark.

The stories of those who lived at the estate are told when you visit the beautiful and eclectic Davis Mansion and take a stroll through the Museum of Hounds and Hunting.  Westmoreland Davis, one time Governor of Virginia, invested a great deal to encouragw farming in Northern Virginia.    In fact, Davis purchased the influential Southern Planter magazine in 1912 and published it until his death. Davis ran Morven Park farm as a model of efficiency and productivity and shared what he learned with other farmers.    His wife Marguerite Inman Davis, daughter of a wealthy New York cotton broker, designed the gorgeous  Colonial Revival boxwood gardens.  Surrounded by four-foot-high brick wall and wrought-iron gates, the gardens contain not only boxwood but also magnolias, hollies, and a variety of flowering trees. A reflecting pool and the brick mausoleum, the final resting place of Governor and Mrs. Davis, are tucked within this historic garden.



This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Castaneda Cigars: Flavor and Enjoyment

Master Roller, or torcedor, Mr. Arian Castaneda is a Cuban with more than 10 years of cigar rolling experience in Cuba. Castaneda promotes the history and culture of cigars, from Hoplantation, curing, to rolling, packaging, storage, and smoking.

In the Summer/Fall issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living, Castaneda shares his tips to better enjoy hand crafted and high quality cigars.  Cigar smoking begins with how you light it; he recommends  the cigar be toasted all the way around in a circular movement.

“Smoke outdoors in open space, ideally with a breeze.  Drink coffee to clear your palate.  The length of your cigar affects its flavor; shorter cigars are more concentrated.”  Castaneda says, “A cigar is about time and enjoyment.  Your cigar should be about its flavor and not its strength.”  To read more about Castaneda’s tips for cigar and spirit pairings, subscribe to Northern Virginia Style & Living.



This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living.

Farm Fresh Real Ice Cream

Farm Fresh Real Ice Cream

Delicious Real Ice Cream Worth the Drive to Hillsboro and Remington, Virginia

Fresh milk and hand dipped ice cream available in over 20 flavors make a beautiful drive out to western Loudoun or  Fauquier County well worth it.  Fresh milk is pasteurized and available for purchase in glass bottles, pints and quarts.  



This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living


5 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Northern Virginia

5 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Northern Virginia in 2017

Word is out that new dining establishments are opening all around Northern Virginia. And they can’t come soon enough.

Northern Virginian foodies are in for a treats of all kinds this spring and summer with the arrival of new venues serving fine cuisine.

• Rick Allison is said to be opening a second outpost of his Oyster Bar inside the original Middleburg Bank building at the center of Middleburg • Also rumored to be opening in Middleburg is Bue, an Italian restaurant developed by Derek and Amanda Luhowiak the owners of The Whole Ox, a high end butcher emporium in Marshall, Virginia  • After a successful start with Clarity, Sterling native Jason Maddens is seeking the perfect space to open his restaurant Ah-So, his answer to wine and wine pairings as well as something he calls micro-wine dinners.  In March, he hosted his first pop-up dinner at Stone Tower Winer  •      Myron Mixon, a four-time World Barbeque Champion, television host, and bestselling author is bringing his coveted barbeque to Old Town Alexandria with Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque.   Head Pitmaster John Bennet has cooked with Myron Mixon on several occasions and has trained with Myron at his Georgia BBQ School.  • Eddie Merlot’s a fine American steakhouse features prime aged steaks and an extensive selection of wines. Gorgeous decor throughout.

Lucketts Design House

The motto at the Design House at the Old Luckett’s Store is “grab your girlfriends, bring the trailer, and make a day of it!”  The Design House at the Old Lucketts Store is a monthly interior design showcase where everything is for sale.  Each month the Design House is redecorated from top to bottom and is created through a multi-artist collaboration.  All items inside these gorgeously designed spaces inspire all who visit and are for sale.

The Design House at Lucketts is a reoccurring event.

The Old Luckett’s Store is located at  42350 Lucketts Road Leesburg, VA 20176 and can be reached by phone at  703-779-0268  or email at luckettstore@gmail.com


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