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Destination beauty: Nectar Skin Bar open for business

July 11, 2011

Add Chocolate Sun, the all-natural sunless air-brush tanning product to the list of Washington D.C. exclusives carried at Nectar Skin Bar.

From Italian waxing to oxygen infusion facials, this one-stop best-in-beauty Georgetown skin spa was all decked out Monday for their official opening. Literally.

Signature purple floral arrangement on the patio (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Signature purple floral arrangement on the patio

When The Georgetown Dish had a chance to preview the spa last month, interior designer Will McGovern hadn't yet created the luxurious 800 foot  backyard garden patio.

Amy and Brian Thomas (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Amy and Brian Thomas

The perfect spot to meet Team Nectar, headed by owner Brian Thomas, who, along with “official tester,” wife Amy, travel the world to find the best beauty products.  As Brian enthusiastically told The Dish, “We’re adding three new product lines including Chocolate Sun and Flowers organic skin care from California.”

K Street Kate's Kate Michael and BrandlinkDC's Barbara Martin, sporting a Chocoalte Sun tan (Photo by: Judith Beermann) K Street Kate's Kate Michael and BrandlinkDC's Barbara Martin, sporting a Chocoalte Sun tan

Not sure what you need? Come in for a free consultation. As Brian explained, “Bring in what you use every day and let makeup and brow artist, Adrian Avila  check it out. Our friendly and expert staff is always happy to show you what's better and why.”

Adrian Avila masterfully applies make-up (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Adrian Avila masterfully applies make-up

Nectar’s first public open house is this Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 am -4:00 pm.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Nectar Skin Bar is at  1633 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel. 202.333.4332


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Georgetown University students awarded record number of Fulbright scholarships

June 27, 2011

Twenty Georgetown University students and recent alumni received Fulbright awards for the 2011-2012 academic year to study in 16 different countries. Last year, the university had 16 winners.

Sponsored by the United States government, the Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program aimed at promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries, and supports winners traveling abroad to conduct research, study and teach in a variety of fields.

“We are deeply honored and very proud to have a record number of Fulbright awardees this year," said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “The commitment to academic excellence and global understanding demonstrated by each of our grantees exemplifies the values of our university community."

For a complete list of winners, read more here.

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GW Bees do it for Founding Farmers

June 24, 2011

Partnering with George Washington University, Founding Farmers restaurant is establishing the largest known restaurant-owned urban apiary in the country. The restaurant installed six beehives on the roof of Lisner Hall, an academic building on the GW campus that sits just two blocks away from the restaurant.

While the bee colony won’t yield honey immediately (they expect production of each hive to reach up to 120 pounds by next year), in addition to culinary uses, GW’s biology department will use the hives for research, specifically analyzing the pollen the bees bring back and tracking the exact flowers the bees visit.

The GW & Founding Farmers bee colony housed atop Lisner Hall on GW's Foggy Bottom campus. (Photo by: Jessica McConnell Burt) The GW & Founding Farmers bee colony housed atop Lisner Hall on GW's Foggy Bottom campus.

“This urban apiary is a natural extension of Founding Farmers’ mission to minimize its impact on the environment through sustainable practices,” said Dan Simons, Principal of VSAG, the restaurant consulting and management firm for Founding Farmers. “Not only do we love being able to harvest our own honey to supplement our restaurant’s usage, but we are proud to partner with GW — a powerhouse in the world of education — on a project like this.”

”We are pleased to partner with Founding Farmers in this exciting new endeavor,” said Peg Barratt, dean of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. “This venture provides an opportunity to not only further expand the university’s research goals and enhance our students’ educational experiences, but play an active role in encouraging local sustainability and green living.”

GW biology professor Hartmut Doebel tends to the bees (Photo by: Jessica McConnell Burt) GW biology professor Hartmut Doebel tends to the bees

In addition to creating the apiary, Founding Farmers also established a $5,000 scholarship that will be awarded to an undergraduate GW biology student who will oversee the apiary for the next year.  The scholarship is the second that Founding Farmers has created for the university. Earlier this year, the restaurant awarded the first annual $5,000 Scholarship for Sustainable Hospitality, which is awarded to a student attending the GW School of Business. 

Visit Founding Farmers for honeybee updates and follow the bees on Twitter @FFbees.

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