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First comes love, then comes Hitched

August 29, 2011

D.C. locals and best friends since seventh grade, Julia Lichtman Kepniss and Carin Rosenberg, opened Hitched, an exclusive bridal boutique six years ago after planning their own weddings. What they discovered was the city didn’t have that much to offer.  As Rosenberg explains “We wanted a store where the focus was completely on the customer.” That ‘special feel’ of a close-knit neighborhood brought them to Georgetown.

Consultant Claire helps bride-to-be Megan Zeller as she browses for the perfect dress (Photo by: Brittany Ryan) Consultant Claire helps bride-to-be Megan Zeller as she browses for the perfect dress

A Judd Waddell silk satin faced organza ball gown (Photo by: Brittany Ryan) A Judd Waddell silk satin faced organza ball gown

By appointment only, Hitched offers the bride an uninterrupted one-on-one experience with a bridal consultant who really listens.  “You might think after six years I would be used to the laughs and the tears that I see every day, but I never really do. I love how I always get to feel so connected with every bride.” Rosenberg  says.

The Salon, which Hitched describes as “your resource for everything but the dress,” is where brides select the perfect invitations, veil, jewelry and other accessories for the special day. Truly a one-stop shop, Hitchedmaids on the upstairs level has a large collection of custom bridesmaids’ dresses.  

Looking for creative wedding ideas? Check out their daily blog with photos from happily ‘Hitched’ couples.

You've found the love of your life ... now get Hitched at 1523 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel:  202.333.6162


By Brittany Ryan

Racks of custom dresses line the shop (Photo by: Brittany Ryan) Racks of custom dresses line the shop

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Calling all qualified candidates for AG

July 26, 2011

Calling qualified candidates to run for D.C. Attorney General!

In 2010, the D.C. Council passed a bill to make the Attorney General an elected office as of 2014. Voters were asked to approve and they did. While there was much debate over whether this was good for the District, the voters determined that the independence it would bring to the office was worth the risk.

The author with former Secretary of State and Georgetown resident Madeleine Albright (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The author with former Secretary of State and Georgetown resident Madeleine Albright
It will now be important to elect someone with the proper credentials rather than someone just using the office as a stepping stone to the mayor’s office. Since the voters approved an elected AG, many people have been thinking and talking about what kind of a candidate they could support for that office.

Contrary to most states, the Office of Attorney General (OAG) in DC does not and will not prosecute criminal cases. That will remain with the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The OAG is charged by statute with conducting the District’s legal business. There are currently 340 attorneys and about 300 staff dispersed throughout 28 agencies. This makes the OAG one of the largest law offices in the District and the 10th largest Attorney General’s Office in the nation. Even though DC is not a state, the OAG does the business of local and state government in one office.

The OAG works on civil litigation and provides legal representation to District agencies, employees and officers. The OAG represents the District in nearly all defensive civil litigation including tort, contract, civil rights, equity and class action cases; appeals of the civil and criminal judgments; child abuse and neglect cases; adult criminal and juvenile delinquency proceedings; antifraud, antitrust and consumer protection matters; civil enforcement of regulations; neighborhood and victim services; and child support enforcement.

In the past, individuals with a variety of backgrounds and personalities served as Corporation Council and then Attorney General, the name of the office as changed by Mayor Anthony Williams in 2004. The Attorney General was appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Council. Now under an elected system it will be crucial to have someone who is independent, wants to serve the people of the District, and preferably, rather than a current politician, is someone with an extensive legal background and management ability.

For example:  Someone of the stature of William P. Lightfoot, former councilmember at-large and currently managing partner at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP.

Or, Robert J. Spagnoletti, a partner at the law firm of Schertler & Onorato, L.L.P., where his practice focuses on criminal, civil, and administrative litigation. Spagnoletti also served as the District’s first Attorney General.

Or, Pauline A. Schneider who has a strong background in District and federal issues and is currently a partner at Orrick where she heads their public finance group in the D.C. office.

Let me make it clear, I have not discussed with them whether or not they would run for the office. I do think they are the models for what potential candidates for the office should exemplify.

-- by Peter D. Rosenstein

Peter Rosenstein has worked on political campaigns both locally and nationally and served on the Boards of non-profit organizations. He Chaired the Issues Committee for the campaigns of former Mayors Anthony Williams and Adrian Fenty during Fenty's first campaign.

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What's in your Dish? Down Dog Yoga's Patty Ivey asks...

July 25, 2011

Remember when you were five years old and life seemed so magical? Every day was filled with a sense of wonder.

A time when you believed that anything was possible.

As kids, we believe in everything and everyone. We believe in the tooth fairy. We believe that there's a jolly man, who is making a list – with our name on it - and checking it twice!!  We even believe in a giant bunny who spends his Easter Eve delivering baskets of goodies while we are sleeping. 

A perfect and private world of exploration where questions spring simply from curious delight and doubt or distrust has no place. Armed only with blind faith and hope, we could dream our wildest dreams, and believe in all our imagination had to offer.

As children we believe in everything and everyone until proven otherwise.

Yet as adults, it’s exactly the other way around.  We grow up, become experts in our fields, and start trying to keep up with what seems more like a “Rat Race” rather than our life, suspecting everyone and doubting everything. Even when proven, we still offer our faith reluctantly. 

Why is it that as we grow up, we learn to rely on knowing more and yet believe less?

When exactly do we outgrow our sense of wonder, right along with our swing sets, and allow our ability to blindly believe disappear?

So, I've decided… I wanna be five again.  I want to applaud each marvel, delight in the extraordinary and hunger for all of the good in life.  I want dream and dream big.

I want to never stop believing that on this journey I can take that midnight train to anywhere.

How about you?

-- by Patty Ivey

Patty Ivey, co-founder of Down Dog Yoga in Georgetown, Bethesda and Herndon, lives in the West Village with her husband Scott and their small animal kingdom including two cats, Lucas and Lulu, and two dogs, Coco and Elijah.

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