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Cristophe salon D.C. has grand reopening with founder in attendance

- The Washington Times

Luxury haircutter Cristophe salon has unveiled a classy new look for its District location in Northwest. The District location — one of four in the company’s profile — has been patronized by the likes of the Clintons and other politicos for decades. The founder himself will even be on hand Wednesday evening as the business celebrates its grand reopening.

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Windrun, Santa Margherita offer wines to serve at Thanksgiving

- The Washington Times

The holidays call for drinking, but then what doesn’t these days. Many vintners are unearthing special holiday-related deals that will help lubricate family gatherings as 2016 winds down — and thus help those verboten discussions about politics and religion, if not go smoother, at least hopefully be sooner forgotten.

Goat cheese maker Cypress Grove offers tips on pairing products with beers

- The Washington Times

One typically thinks of cheese being paired with wine, but Northern California artisan goat cheese maker Cypress Grove, who recently held court at Great American Beer Festival, is enriching the lives of beer enthusiasts with its recommendation for pairing some of its products with certain of the more popular kinds of craft beers.

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D.C.’s Willard hotel rotates Taste of InterContinental wine pairing menu

- The Washington Times

Seven decades in business certainly calls for celebration. For the platinum anniversary of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the ritzy hospitality brand’s District outpost has unveiled its “Taste of InterContinental” experience, a five-course meal being offered at the Willard InterContinental, located along the busy Pennsylvania Ave. corridor in Northwest — not far from the White House.

Patrons at the Great American Beer Festival.  (Eric Althoff)

GABF winners and participants celebrate anniversaries, announce expansion plans

- The Washington Times

Innovation, celebrations of milestones and whiskey-beer collaborations were just some of the stories wafting out of the Colorado Convention Center this weekend at the Great American Beer Festival, wherein brewers from all 50 states converged to show off their wares at the country’s largest annual suds-fest. Here are some newsworthy items The Washington Times picked up over the beer-tastic weekend.

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Ketel One Vodka unveils ‘Treat Yo Self Day’ cocktails

- The Washington Times

“Parks and Recreation” characters Donna (Retta) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) brought the world “Treat Yo Self Day,” marked on the calendar as Oct. 13. In keeping with the humorous bent of the long-running sitcom, Ketel One Vodka will be celebrating Treat Yo Self Day this year with some specialty cocktails to commemorate one of the year’s best days.

(from left) Jennifer, Jill and Jessica Emich, owners of Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place.  (Susan France)

‘Blissful’ triplets buck old boys’ club of craft brewing

- The Washington Times

Triplets Jennifer, Jessica and Jill Emich — known colloquially as “The Blissful Sisters” — came into the Great American Beer Festival competition at the weekend a double minority — not only as female owners of a brewery, but one that retails heavily in gluten-free beers.

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Family meals nourish body, spirit and relationships

The "center" of a home — the place with the most traffic — tends to be wherever food is found, which makes the kitchen or, more specifically, the table, the most important spot in every home. It's important for a simple reason: Everyone needs to eat. But its significance reaches far beyond the filling of stomachs. The table has the potential to be the place where schedules line up, where work and entertainment get put aside in favor of the conversation that nourishes relationships.

Spring break revelry not so fun for Florida property owners

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.

Office supply market leader Staples confirmed Wednesday that it would acquire No. 2-ranked rival Office Depot in a cash and stock deal to create a combined company with more than 4,000 locations and annual sales of nearly $39 billion. (Associated Press)

Staples, Office Depot plan merger to compete in changing market

- The Washington Times

Faced with rising competition from rivals such as Amazon.com and falling demand for staplers, desk calendars and personal computers in the age of smartphones, the nation's two biggest office supply chains announced Wednesday a $6.3 billion merger in a bid to make themselves more competitive.

Chef Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes" is taking away financial incentives that he says have made competitive cooking programs "TV-ified." "Cake decorators care about their art. It's more about the art than it is about winning a big check," he said. (Associated Press)

Duff Goldman of 'Ace of Cakes' bakes up 2 fresh Food Network shows, 1 with Valerie Bertinelli

- The Washington Times

Baltimore native Duff Goldman has taken a rather circuitous route to celebrity chef status. He initially studied history and philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, before heading west to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California. But it was back home in his native city where fame found him thanks to Charm City Cakes, which was a prominent feature on Food Network's "Ace of Cakes."

Mimi Chacin helps her son Diego, 9, place home made pizzas onto a tray while cooking dinner at her home in Miami Shores, Fla., Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

Burden or blessing? Survey slams women's 'utopian' joy of cooking

- The Washington Times

As millions of American households prepare to enjoy the delectable smells of Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, some social scientists say it's time to loosen belts and lower expectations. Women, who prepare the overwhelming majority of Thanksgiving repasts, need a break from expectations about "utopian" family meals.

In this photo provided by M. Design Interiors, framed art is displayed both in and on a built-in bookcase. The effect is open and airy, while still providing ample storage space for the homeowner's book collection. The interior and bookcase design is by Molly Luetkemeyer. (AP Photo/M. Design Interiors, Justin Officer)

Declutter, then create style by editing collections

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.

Some design solutions may involve moving walls, as was done for this family kitchen. (Photograph courtesy of Case Design/Remodeling)

Bigger not always better in remodeling, DIY

- Deseret News

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.

Photo provided by Andersen Windows

A Craftsman-style home typically has special feature windows, such as a picture window.

Cover story: Right details on additions fit existing home style

The Washington area may be home to Democrats, Republicans, independents and Libertarians, but no matter what their political persuasion, local residents more than likely live in a conservative home.

Cover story: Streetcar fans see development following tracks

Back in your great-grandfather's day, streetcars cranked their way around Greater Washington with fairly predictable regularity. In the early 20th century, family weekends might include "riding the lines" out to amusement parks in Glen Echo, Bethesda or far Northeast, lines locals used daily to get to work, school or shopping.

Luxury home: A cul-de-sac of 12 estates in McLean

While McLean receives recognition around the United States for being home to politicians, attorneys, lobbyists and broadcasters, many area residents know this Northern Virginia community for its amenities.