D.C. native Shana Elson is taking customizable candies to the next level with her business, Top This Chocolate out of Santa Monica, California, a boutique customizer of all manner of chocolate treats. “Before Top This Chocolate, the only chocolate that was available was whatever came off the factory floor,” Ms. Elson said. “If you liked almonds, you were in luck, but if you preferred pistachios with cranberries, there was nowhere to turn.”
Home & Living
British designer Kathryn Sargent aims to dress up the capital. The London-based designer recently came to the District for a “Tailored Tea” and “Wine and Design” event at The Jefferson Washington D.C. in Northwest. Ms. Sargent showed off her wares and explained the importance of a bespoke tailored suit for doing business in the District, be it for government, business or simply social occasions.
The Tie Bar DC in Northwest has come to the District just in time for the holiday shopping season, offering high-quality menswear at rather reasonable rates. The Chicago-based retailer offers a catalog of ties, tie bars, kerchiefs and pocket fabric for the discerning customer this season.
Chazz Palminteri, the writer-actor-director known for his one-man show and subsequent film adaptation of “A Bronx Tale,” has gone where no Sicilian distiller has gone before. “My [business partner] Rich DeCicco said to me, ‘You know there’s never really been an Italian/Sicilian vodka made in Sicily,’” Mr. Palminteri, 63, told The Washington Times of his entry into the vodka business with his new signature brand, BiVi.
Residents in Panama City Beach, Florida, a town of 12,000, remain on edge about the spike in crime during spring break. Despite the surge for businesses, they say, rowdy revelers are lowering their property values and keeping the more lucrative family demographic at bay.
Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items on your bookshelves and tabletops.
Smart redesign that stays within the footprint of your house can be less expensive than a large, big box addition and can have a big impact on your lifestyle.
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