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Guests gathered at Long View Gallery for shopping discounts from local stores.
Shoppers at Wear It Washington. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Shoppers came out to spend at Wear It Washington, Washingtonian’s sample sale at Long View Gallery on Wednesday, August 20. Guests sipped peach sangria, Champagne spritzers, and Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager and indulged in delicious bites from Ridgewells, while shopping extensive discounts for men and women at clothing, accessory, and shoe boutiques.

Specials thanks to participating stores South Moon Under, Julia Farr, Sylene, Sherman Pickey, Mars Vida, Tuckernuck, Wink, Duo, Little Birdies Boutique, Quetzal Jewelry, Meg Biram, Sara Campbell, Caramel Fashion, Dash’s of Old Town, Bull and Moose, Hysteria, Muleh, Ella Rue, Sophie Blake, Lettie Gooch, Stella and Dot, The Shoe Hive, Bishop Boutique, The Shirt, ADMK Jewelry, Tari, and Steven Alan.

The event would not have been possible without event partners Syzygy, Ridgewells, Long View Gallery, FLOR, Premier DJ Services, and Events in the City.

Posted at 04:28 PM/ET, 08/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A look back at one of the biggest bashes of the summer.
Photograph by Daniel Swartz.

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Party-goers flocked to the National Building Museum for the sold-out AT&T Best of Washington party on July 16. At the Alice in Wonderland-themed event, guests could roam around two levels of restaurants and enjoy delicious food and drink from more than 70 of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants and Best of Washington winners. The event benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Special thanks to the event sponsors: AT&T, BMW, American Beverage Association, Qatar Airways, Wells Fargo, Celebrity Cruises, and Hailo. And thanks to the partners who helped transform the Building Museum into a wonderland: A. Dominick Events (event planning), Adora Wedding Films (videography), All Stage & Sound (audio/visual), Booth-o-Rama (photo booth), Chicka (decor and design), Chris Laich Music Services (deejay), Edge Floral Event Designers (flowers), Frost (lighting), Occasions Caterers, Sperry Tents, and XOXO Photo Booth (green-screen photo booth).

Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 07/25/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Get a look at all the over-the-top fun.

Last night, Washingtonian’s annual Best of Washington bash went down at the National Building Museum, offering attendees the chance to sample food from more than 60 of the area’s top restaurants. There were also specialty cocktails, Cirque du Soleil-style performances, a chance to go through the BIG Maze at the museum, and lots more. See what people loved the most in our social-media roundup below. 

Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 07/17/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Schaffer is leaving the New Republic to become the fourth editor in Washingtonian's 49-year history. By Benjamin Freed

Photograph courtesy Michael Schaffer.

Michael Schaffer, the New Republic’s editorial director, will be the fourth editor of Washingtonian, publisher Cathy Merrill Williams announced Monday.

Schaffer, 40, takes over for Garrett M. Graff, who became editor in 2009. Previously, Jack Limpert led the 49-year-old magazine for more than four decades.

Schaffer joined the New Republic in 2012, shortly after it was bought by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, and played a large role in its redesign and increased online operations. He was editor of Washington City Paper from 2010 to 2012, and has also been a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer and US News and World Report. He is the author of One Nation Under Dog, a 2009 book about Americans’ relationships with their canine pets.

“His reporting career has reached from the war zones of Pakistan and Iraq to the American Pet Product Expo in Florida,” Williams says in a newsroom memo. “I have no doubt his varied background and interests will serve us and our readers well."

Schaffer says he wants to make Washingtonian “even more vibrant, exciting, fun, memorable, and talked-about.”

“My first boss in journalism used to exhort us to make a publication people talk about,” Schaffer says in a brief interview. “I want to bring that spirit in terms of design, stories people pass around and share on social media, service packages people keep on their coffee tables for months and months.”

While at the New Republic, Schaffer says he focused on building a website with a strong user experience and growing the publication’s online traffic. The New Republic drew 4.6 million page views last month, according to audience measurement firm Quantcast.

Schaffer, a Washington native who lives in Northwest DC, graduated from Columbia University in 1995. Schaffer plans to start at Washingtonian in late July.

Here’s the full memo from Williams:

I am excited to announce that Michael Schaffer will be coming aboard as the 4th editor in Washingtonian’s 49-year history. Michael is a true local, born in the District of Columbia and a long time subscriber to our magazine. I have personally known Michael for many years — since his days at Washington City Paper, where he served as editor. For the last two years he has been working as editorial director at the New Republic, where he has helped oversee their ambitious new digital initiatives.

Prior to serving as editor of Washington City Paper, Michael served as a reporter, first at US News and World Report and then at the Philadelphia Inquirer. In Philly, he also wrote for our friends at Philadelphia Magazine. His reporting career has reached from the war zones of Pakistan and Iraq to the American Pet Product Expo in Florida which he visited while researching One Nation Under Dog, his 2009 book about Americans' obsession with their pets. I have no doubt his varied background and interests will serve us and our readers well.

Michael graduated from Columbia University with a degree in history. After college, he was as a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka. As a child of foreign service officers, he lived in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Today, he and his wife, Keltie Hawkins, live in Northwest Washington with their beautiful daughters Ellie (6) and Eva (1). He will be joining our team in late July.

CMW

Posted at 11:25 AM/ET, 06/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
We want your nominations for the best places to eat brunch, work out, grab a cup of coffee, and more.

Our Best of Washington issue hits newsstands in July, and we want your feedback on the best places to eat, grab a drink, work out, and hang out in and around the District. Share your opinions on what you consider the best—and the worst—picks in our reader surveys.

Also, tickets are now available for our annual Best of Washington Party. Get more details here!

Scroll down within the grey frame to view all the questions in each survey.

Posted at 12:18 PM/ET, 05/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Guests gathered at Arena Stage to celebrate this year’s featured physicians.
Top Doctor Nichole Pardo was featured on the cover of the March issue. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

On Wednesday, March 5, Washingtonian hosted a reception honoring the physicians featured in the March 2014 Top Doctors cover story at Arena Stage. More than 350 guests enjoyed fare from Ridgewells Catering, including truffle mac and cheese, fried chicken hazelnut bites, and banana split ice cream sandwiches. Event sponsor Privia Health hosted a lounge where guests could try delicious adult smoothies, provided by Traveling Bean, and take home branded gym bags. Celebrity Cruises offered a crepe station, at which Crepe Love created a sweet treat inspired by desserts aboard Celebrity Cruises.

Special thanks to our partners Syzygy Events for the decor and lounges, Washington Talent Agency for the beautiful music and photo station, and WhistlePig for the whiskey tasting.

Posted at 09:38 AM/ET, 03/11/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
We kicked off the latest issue with a celebration featuring treats and resources for families.
Catherine Merrill Williams and Kate Bennett with Washingtonian MOM’s featured cover model, Eun Yang. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Washingtonian hosted a launch party for our newest publication, Washingtonian MOM, on Wednesday, February 20, at Room & Board. The magazine is geared toward parents and families, and conceptualized with our region’s most savvy mothers in mind. Washingtonian MOM writers and editors, the Washingtonian MOM advisory board, and Washingtonian MOM readers and supporters gathered to kick off the second issue and enjoyed flights and bites from Screwtop Wine Bar and delicious egg rolls provided by Meggrolls. Event sponsor UrbanSitter, an online baby-sitting resource, was on hand to provide more information and hand out custom cookies.

Posted at 03:03 PM/ET, 02/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Dating games, specialty drinks, and more.
Penn Social was filled with singles at Washingtonian’s Singles Soiree on Valentine’s Day. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Washingtonian hosted an Anti-Valentine’s Day Singles Soiree on February 14 at Penn Social. The area’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes enjoyed specialty cocktails provided by Fort Collins Brewery and Captain Morgan, sweet treats from Olivia Macaron, and games including Singled Out DC by District Trivia where singles compete for love. Winning couples of the dating game show—Jeffery Nelson and Isabella Ribeiro, Bridget Falcone and Josh Sirken, Ben Agron and Evin Lipman, and Emily Baird and Adam Tracy—were given a gift certificate to South Moon Under to dress for their first date, as well as a date-night package provided by Penn Social.

Posted at 02:54 PM/ET, 02/17/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Washingtonian celebrated 12 people dedicated to making a difference in our community.
The 2014 Washingtonians of the Year. Irasema Salcido, Jan Wintrol, Cokie Roberts, Irina Tsikurishvili, Benny Bienvenue, Paata Tsikurishvili, Cora Masters Barry, Lex Sant (accepting the award on behalf of his parents, Roger and Victoria Sant), Jim Abdo, John Toups, and Thankful Vanderstar. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

On Wednesday, Washingtonian celebrated the 2014 Washingtonians of the Year at the annual luncheon at the Willard Intercontinental. The 2014 honorees include Jim Abdo, Cora Masters Barry, Richard “Benny” Bienvenue, Cokie Roberts, Irasema Salcido, Roger and Victoria Sant, John Toups, Irina and Paata Tsikurishvili, Thankful Vanderstar, and Jan Wintrol. Find out more about all the Washingtonians of the Year in our feature.

Posted at 03:58 PM/ET, 01/16/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Teddy & the Bully Bar hosted a celebration for the area’s finest attorneys.
We celebrated the area's best lawyers at Teddy & the Bully Bar Wednesday. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Washingtonian celebrated the 2013 Top Lawyers featured in the December issue with a reception presented by Capital One Bank Wednesday night at Teddy & the Bully Bar. More than 200 of the area’s finest attorneys enjoyed tasty bites from Teddy & the Bully Bar’s menu, specialty cocktails from whiskey sponsor Clyde May’s, a fun greenscreen courtesy of Washington Talent Agency, and gift bags including a Capital One Bank tumbler and Capital One Bank cookies provided by Kalorama Cookie Company.

Posted at 12:39 PM/ET, 01/10/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()