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Holiday-themed chocolates are customizable from TopThisChocolate.com.  (Shana Elson)

District native offers customers customizable Christmas and Hanukkah treats

- The Washington Times

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.”

Kathryn Sargent  (vebidoo.com)

Sargent aims to dress up D.C.

- The Washington Times

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.

Actor Chazz Palminteri has his own signature brand of vodka, BiVi.  (swineandswill.com)

Palminteri unveils BiVi, first-ever Sicilian-style vodka

- The Washington Times

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.