Spring Cleaning Tips for a Spic-and-Span Space

Posted on April 5, 2021 by Warren Duffie

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to start enjoying warmer temperatures, longer days, and the rewarding feeling that comes along with a spic-and-span apartment. Before you pull on those rubber gloves and break out the spray bottles, check out these tips to help you streamline your spring-cleaning checklist.

Overhaul your cleaning supplies. There’s nothing worse than starting a cleaning project only to realize you don’t have the necessary supplies. Take stock of your cleaning inventory to ensure that you have everything you need to complete the tasks at hand, including bleach, sponges, rags, paper towels, and all-purpose cleaners. Now is also a good time to toss out any expired products.

Start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself by attempting to complete your entire spring-cleaning checklist in a single day or weekend. Instead, break the job down into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, you could clean one room at a time, or focus on single chores such as decluttering, dusting, and disinfecting.

Enlist your friends and family. Spring cleaning should be a group effort! Split up the tasks so that they’re distributed evenly between you, your family, and/or your roommates. If you need extra reinforcements, see if your friends can help pitch in! Pay them with some takeout pizza and drinks. 

Who’s Your Favorite Vendor at the Reston Farmers Market?

Posted on by Warren Duffie

You’re likely counting down the days until May, and not just for the warmer weather and the start of baseball season. It’s also when the Reston Farmers Market finally reopens for another great year of fresh produce and other local products—and your opportunity to skip the grocery store every once in a while. 

Find the Reston Farmers Market in the Lake Anne Plaza Shopping Center each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, and shop everything from fruits and veggies, to baked goods, flowers, prepared foods, and much more. And it’s not just food at the Reston Farmers Market. Plenty of craft vendors set up booths around the lake, giving you an opportunity to shop small and pick up some one of a kind items in the meanwhile. 

Because the Market is so conveniently located in the heart of the plaza, there are plenty of opportunities for eating and shopping nearby, including at the popular Lake Anne Brew House. Mark your calendar for May 9 for the start of the season, and check the website for scheduled vendors as the date draws near.

Take a DIY Approach to Dinner at The Qui Korean Grille

Posted on by Warren Duffie

You’ve probably been cooking at home a lot more lately, but not like this! The Qui Korean Grille makes cooking infinitely more fun with an all-you-can-eat tableside meal prep experience. Just choose from one of three options that allow you to order as many dishes as you like to be grilled by you and devoured as soon as each savory bite is done to your liking. 

And while The Qui Korean Grille has tons of marinated and exotic meats to choose from, it’s not just carnivores who love this experience. There is also lots of seafood, as well as vegetarian options to please everyone in your party. The basic, all-included dining level starts at just $24 per person, and features the restaurant’s most popular options like bulgogi, pork belly, and brisket. More indulgent experiences go up from there, as does the number of people each combination set feeds. 

Find The Qui Korean Grille in Chantilly, less than 20 minutes from The Avant at Reston Town Center.

Viva Pet Fiesta at Reston Town Center!

Posted on April 29, 2018 by

Celebrate the personality and fun of your favorite animal at Pet Fiesta, held Saturday, May 5th, at the Reston Town Center! This pet-centric outdoor festival is sponsored by, and benefits, GoodDogz.org, an organization dedicated to educating potential dog owners on canine selection and care, and supporting the efforts of rescue groups.

Pet Fiesta brings together local businesses, animal rescue groups, and pet owners for an exciting day of activities, demonstrations, and animals galore. Meet wonderful animals looking for their forever homes, check out the latest in pet products, and watch the animals strut their stuff during contests and fashion shows. Enjoy onstage entertainment, face painting, and caricature artists. Gather the kids and come out for a day of pets and fun for the whole family!

Pet Fiesta 2018
Saturday, May 5th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reston Town Center

Tips to Make Every Day Earth Day!

Posted on April 27, 2018 by

April commemorates Earth Day, and many people like to spend the month cleaning waterways, picking up litter, or organizing large-scale trash and recycling drives.

If you’re interested in living greener, but don’t know how to start or just want to begin small, here are eight great tips to make your apartment living at The Avant more eco-friendly. These steps are easy, can be implemented immediately, and, best of all, help keep our environment healthy — all year long. Everyone wins!

1. Partner with Bozzuto. Bozzuto is challenging you, our communities, our coworkers, our friends, and our families to come together and share ways we can all #BeTheGreen. Click here for more information.

2. Kill the vampires. Walk around your apartment and unplug any electronic devices and appliances you’re not using. These include TVs, computers, printers, cell phone chargers, video game consoles, and CD and DVD players (we know some of you still have these!).

Most electronic equipment still consumes energy when turned off and plugged in – about 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. That’s enough to power a home for two months! No wonder they’re called vampires.

3. Watch that wash. Try to wait for a full load before turning on the washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. You use the same amount of energy to power them whether you have a half load or a full one. Each washing cycle uses more than 25 gallons of water – make sure every drop counts. When using the dryer, clean out the lint filter after every load.

Doing dishes? Scrape your plate, but don’t rinse it, before putting it into the dishwasher. Pre-rinsing is no longer necessary with today’s technology and detergents, and you might use more water to pre-rinse than the dishwasher uses for a full wash cycle.

4. Don’t guzzle the H2O. Take quick showers and don’t let the water run when shaving or brushing your teeth.

5. Monitor your thermostat. Turn down your thermostat by two degrees in the winter and up by two degrees in the summer. You’ll eliminate 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide during the year.

6. Recycling, a classic that still works. For decades, we’ve all heard how wonderful recycling is. That’s because it works! Consider the fact that recycling just one aluminum can saves the amount of energy required to run a TV for three hours.

In this technology-obsessed world of ours, many retailers and other companies also will take your old gadgets for recycling. Computers, monitors, cell phones, and other electronics often contain toxic materials that should not sit in landfills.

7. Lower the lights. Change to fluorescent light bulbs – which use approximately 66 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Always turn off lights when you aren’t home, or in a particular room, to save energy. You can also install automatic timers to turn off lights in empty rooms.

8. Let the sunshine in. Among the best, most inexpensive ways to warm your apartment is by letting sunlight in. Open blinds, drapes, and shutters and allow solar energy to brighten the indoors naturally.

As you can see, it’s easy to go green. You don’t have to turn your life completely upside down. Just start small, go slow, and make the adjustments gradually. Make every day Earth Day! For more tips, visit the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Fuel Up or Wind Down at Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar!

Posted on April 1, 2018 by

Want to savor the best cup of black coffee in Reston, treat yourself to a creamy hot mocha, or maybe sample some excellent spirits? Come to Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar for delicious coffee, beer, wine, and seasonal cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Located in Lake Anne Village Center, this popular dining destination was a beloved neighborhood gathering spot, when it was recently was bought by an area family and upgraded. Now visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the lake and a tasty menu showcasing the best foods our region has to offer.

What are you waiting for? Come hang out, enjoy the view, and grab a bite to eat! Learn more at http://lakeannecoffeehouse.com/.

Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar
Lake Anne Village Center
1612 Washington Plaza N.
Reston, Virginia

Calling All Book Lovers!

Posted on April 28, 2017 by

Attention, bibliophiles! Celebrate the written word on Saturday, April 29, during Independent Bookstore Day at Scrawl Books!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place yearly, on the last Saturday in April, at indie bookstores nationwide. Come join this year’s party at Scrawl Books and find exclusive literary items you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. This year’s exclusives include a Michael Chabon short story; an Elephant & Piggie onesie; and a signed, original, black-and-white drawing by Jenny Lawson.

Festivities start at 10 a.m. Stop by at 11:30 a.m. and join author Sue Fliess in celebrating the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books. Hear new stories and make your own book!

Scrawl Books

Reston Town Center

11862 Market St

Reston, Virginia


Hit the Ice at SkateQuest!

Posted on April 28, 2016 by

Just because the warm weather is here doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own ice capades!

Whether you’re a recreational skater, figure skater, or hockey player, you should come out and experience all that SkateQuest has to offer. SkateQuest is a large, twin-sheet indoor ice skating center in Reston – complete with a full-service pro shop, café, and party rooms.

Host a kids’ hockey camp or clinic – or schedule an adult tournament. Learn the basics of figure skating or use ice skating to get back in shape. Or just design a fun and unique birthday party, business retreat, or fundraiser.

Since 1993, SkateQuest has been an anchor of the community, providing a safe, healthy, and family-oriented environment. For more information, call (703) 709-1010 or visit http://www.skatequest.com/.


1800 Michael Faraday Court

Reston, Virginia

(703) 709-1010


Looking for a two bedroom?

Posted on April 19, 2016 by

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Beautiful two bedroom apartment homes available now at The Avant!

It’s that time of year again! Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to make your move to The Avant at Reston Town Center!

We currently have two bedroom apartment homes starting as low as $2,650.00. At The Avant you can spend your summer lounging by the pool or grilling on our outdoor terrace with Reston Town Center right at your fingertips. Enjoy our state of the art fitness center, welcoming business center and exciting resident events hosted in our Great Room. Schedule your appointment today!

Bartaco Comes to Reston!

Posted on April 29, 2015 by

It’s official! Bartaco is now open for lunch and dinner service! Located on the ground floor of The Avant at Reston Town Center on Explorer Street!

Reston’s Bartaco has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a walk-up take out window. It will also deliver to offices and residences in the town center via beach cruiser bicycles! Stop by or order your delicious street tacos today!

This is the Connecticut-based chain’s first Bartaco in Virginia and we are thrilled to have them as our new neighbor!

Photo Credit: Reston Town Center