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Staying on Top: Allure Magazine's D.C. Spa Pick Kavenchy 1st Annual Runway Show

Staying on Top:  Allure Magazine's D.C. Spa Pick Kavenchy 1st Annual Runway Show

Allure magazine's top DC salon, Kavenchy, hosted it's first Annual Spring Look Runway Show Monday night.   Guests began arriving at 7PM for the invitation only event sponsored by Phytos and Dermalogica.   The theme for the show was spring and no detail was spared to transport guests from the outside cold into a spring garden.  The "red carpet" was thrown out and replaced instead with green plant wire meshing like the kind you would find at the garden store. The runway was lined with gerber daisies, some orchids and bamboo. The night consisted of two runway shows, one to showcase cut and color and the other featured styling.  Kavenchy tapped PEKvida a newly formed boutique public relations firm, founded by PR veterans Pergrin, Elly Sharriat and Khaleelah Po Rome to create his signature event.



Manassas Salon Sells $10 Raffle Tickets to Raise $10,000 for 12-Year Old Cancer Patient

RainedOut Wins Soccer Product of the Year Award

RainedOut Wins Soccer Product of the Year Award

LEESBURG, VA -- Omnilert®, LLC, maker of RainedOut™, the leading provider of event and group communication services, announced today that RainedOut has won the 2011 Soccer Product of the Year Award for Best Web Application. The 2011 SPY Awards, hosted by TopDrawerSoccer.com, recognized all the best products and services that make up the soccer scene. RainedOut was announced the winner during the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) annual convention in Baltimore last week. RainedOut is a FREE+ text message alerting service used by soccer clubs and leagues across America.

"It is an honor to be recognized as a soccer product of the year," said Ara Bagdasarian, CEO of Omnilert. "We are excited about 2011 and the introduction of our sponsor-based fundraising model – so leagues not only have the best communication system, but they can also raise funds with every message sent."

Local Travel Agency Celebrates 25 Years of Business

Local Travel Agency Celebrates 25 Years of Business

Joan Porte, the President of Joan's Travel Partners of Arlington, VA, thanks 25 years in the business to her motto which as always been: "The Client Comes First." Porte believes that she works for the client, not some airline. She is always looking for the best ways to save money for her clients, while still getting the most out of their travel. In turn, this allows her to get lots of referrals and keep the business growing.

Porte believes that when you go that extra mile to run scans of flights to make sure people know when they are delayed pays off. That extra hour of work in the wee hours of the morning is what keeps her clients coming back. She said, "It all comes down to plain old customer service." Joan's Travel Partners is a full service travel agency that plans to celebrate their anniversary with a wine tasting at Cassatti's Kiwi Cafe in Arlington sometime this upcoming fall. 

Tips for Dealing with Debt after the Holidays

1.) Change your budget

 Now that the holidays are over and you are facing your holiday bills you may want to re-evaluate your budget to see where you can cut corners to apply more money to your debt. This may mean eating out less and going out to the movies less often.

 2.) Don’t keep using your credit cards

 As you pay off your credit cards, put them away and keep them out of your wallet. Do not use your cards for frivolous expenses, no matter how small they may seem. These small purchases can add up fast! Don’t fall into the trap of reusing your cards or you could get stuck in a cycle of working to pay them off after using them unnecessarily.

 3.) Pay More than the Minimum

 When you get the credit card bill, don’t just pay the minimum. Pay as much as you can toward the balance. The more you pay at once, the more interest your knocking out and avoiding.

Georgetown Business Association VP Optimistic Entering New Year

Georgetown Business Association VP Optimistic Entering New Year

2010 was a difficult year for businesses in Georgetown, much like virtually every other area throughout the country. Some might think that the upscale shops that line M Street and Wisconsin Avenue would be immune to an economic downtown…but they would be wrong.

“The main challenge facing Georgetown businesses right now is diminished cash flow due to declining sales,” Said Rokas Beresniovas, the Vice President of the Georgetown Business Association. “In some ways, this economic downturn has brought business owners together to form groups and business forums to help strategize how to remain competitive in this kind of market. But practically, some businesses still could not make it.”

The results are evident, as boarded-up storefronts continue to appear in a community that’s used to filling space with posh shops and chic, pricey restaurants.

2010 End of the Year Tax Tips that can save you big money in the 2011 tax season.

  • Homeowners can make their January mortgage payment in December giving them one more month of interest to deduct.


  • Donations made to qualified charities before year’s end can result in some serious tax savings. Be sure to use a credit card because if you write a check it may not clear until next year and then you would have to wait until next year to take the deduction.


  • Holiday business gift deductions: If you have sent out holiday cards, business pens, calendars or other gift items to clients or potential clients. You can deduct those expenses up to $25.00 as long as the items are for a business purpose.


  • Contribute to a college savings plan. Save for your kids and save on your taxes. You can contribute up to $13,000 in 2010.