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Birchbox Pops Up in Rent the Runway

November 19, 2015

Step into the Birchbox mini-boutique, inside Georgetown's Rent the Runway, to try out beauty products, "BYOB" ("Build Your Own Birchbox"), and gets tips from makeup artists.

This is Birchbox's second-ever physical location.

Rent the Runway is located at 3336 M Street in Georgetown.


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'Christmas on Wheels' with Bike and Roll DC

November 12, 2015

Bike and Roll DC will be offering Washington’s first-ever Christmas tour by bike and Segway, aptly named “Christmas on Wheels,” the tour and rental company announced today.  Christmas on Wheels will be offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning December 4 through December 20 from 4:00-6:30 pm. 

Tour highlights will include the Botanical Gardens Holiday Showcase; a hot chocolate stop; the exquisite decorations at the Willard Hotel and of course, the Capital and National Christmas Trees.  The cost for the bike tour is $39 for adults and $34 for children 12 and under and $64 per person for the Segway tour. 

“For over a decade, Bike and Roll DC has provided Washington visitors and locals alike with one of the most unique ways to experience the city’s profound history, culture and beauty,” said Stephen Marks, Managing Member of Bike and Roll DC.  “We’re so excited to add Christmas on Wheels to our tour offerings and look forward to providing another unique way to see the city—at its most magical.  This tour will be the first of its kind in Washington and we can’t wait to help deliver the spirit of the season to all of our guests!”

Similar to Bike and Roll’s signature “Capital Sites” and “Monuments” tours, Christmas on Wheels will be led by professionally trained guides and filled with historical anecdotes—of the festive variety—as riders arrive at each tour stop. Families and children of all ages are welcome on the bike tour, trailer tandems and burleys are available for younger children. Riders must be 16 for the Segway tour. Riders will be able to walk around and take photos at each stop and will enjoy a hot chocolate break mid-tour.  Complimentary water bottles and festive end of tour treats will also be provided. 

There are a very limited number of spots available for each tour, so Bike and Roll strongly recommends making reservations as soon as possible.  Reservations can be made online here.

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Crixus Hosts 'The Before Event'

November 4, 2015

Last Thursday Crixus Construction, a fast-growing construction company owned by 29-year-old John Leinberger, hosted a "The Before Event," a networking cocktail party on an unfinished floor of the Ring Building in D.C.

As the sun set, Leinberger invited guests to enjoy a spectacular view of downtown D.C., and imagine what the space could look like after being transformed into a "dream office."

 Chris Leinberger -- John's uncle, a land-use strategist who teaches at the George Washington University School of Business (Photo by: Russ Evans) Chris Leinberger -- John's uncle, a land-use strategist who teaches at the George Washington University School of Business

The barren setting provided a distinctly raw, urban feel, while blue and purple up-lighting and orchids (the colors of the new Crixus logo) added ambiance. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers while perusing posters featuring photos of  recently completed Crixus projects. The floor offered guests a spectacular vista overlooking Connecticut Avenue and 18th Street.

Guest Speaker Chris Leinberger, John's uncle, a land-use strategist who teaches at the George Washington University School of Business, offered insight into real estate trends. His presentation included amusing references to predictions made in the cult film "Back to the Future," as he explained the correlation between walkability of a neighborhood and real estate value per square foot. Chris shared his projections about the concentration of economic growth in a tiny percentage of available land, citing recent developments in Tysons Corner, VA and Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, MD.

Notable guests included Bob Pincus, Vice Chairman of Eagle Bank; Bob Milkovich, Executive VP & COO of First Potomac Realty Trust; Justin Clark of Clark Architects; and Howard Bomstein, Advertising Manager for The Washington Post.

Chris Leinberger is President of Locus, author of “The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream,” a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a new urbanism and transit-oriented development firm.

John Leinberger is a graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor's in economics. He founded Crixus Construction in 2012 at the tender age of 26 and has since expanded operations throughout the D.C. metro area.


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