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Meet McLean

Artisan Confections

Meet Bailey Kasten, owner of Artisan Confections. In October, Artisan Confections opened their new chocolate shop in McLean. "We want to spread the word that McLean has a European style chocolate shop in town. If you want to get chocolate that was just made, you have...

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Playful Pack

Meet Scott and Tyler Parker — owners of Playful Pack, a boarding and doggie day care business in the Chesterbrook Shopping Center. For Tyler, it's also personal as he lives here with his wife Alyssa [a co-owner] and two daughters, one at McLean High School and one at...

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Sebastian Grand

Meet Sebastian Grand,  conductor of the McLean Symphony joined by Mary Brambley, Board Chair and viola player of the McLean Symphony. The all-volunteer symphony — except for the conductor and the historian — meets for rehearsals weekly about nine months a year at the...

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Pikoteo

Meet Manuel Iguina, owner of Pikoteo. Pikoteo, a Latin American-inspired eatery, opened its doors in April, featuring great cocktails, inspiring food and glam atmosphere. Since then, it's become the go-to spot in the neighborhood, serving brunch, lunch, and dinner....

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Fonts Books & Gifts

Meet Amber Taylor, owner Fonts Books & Gifts, the new independent bookstore.  In addition to books, Fonts offers journaling supplies, greeting cards, puzzles, knitted gifts, and non-alcoholic spirits. The story of Fonts Books & Gifts I’ve always loved books...

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South Block

Meet Amir Mostafavi, the owner/founder/CEO of South Block Juice Co. — Northern Virginia's first Cold Pressed Juice company which celebrates it's first anniversary in McLean’s Chesterbrook Shopping Center next month. Behind the scenes: South Block I grew up in McLean....

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Kazan

Meet Zeynel Abidin Uzun, owner of Kazan restaurant. Since opening its doors in 1980, Kazan has become a Washington institution and is deeply rooted in the McLean community. The family atmosphere, emphasis on the freshest ingredients and friendly service have remained...

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Roots Kitchen and Bar

Meet Donna Shore, the manager of Roots Kitchen and Bar. Since 2021, Roots —at 8100 Old Dominion Drive— has held a special place in the McLean community —  a gathering place to meet friends and neighbors; a place to enjoy a coffee or a cocktail; to eat-in or take out a...

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Old Firehouse Center

Meet Andrew Carter, manager of the Old Firehouse Center [OFC], the teen center run by McLean Community Center. For over 13 years, Carter has worked at the Old Firehouse — an award-winning facility that creates fun for kids in a safe atmosphere and a place for McLean,...

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Talk: Angela Phelps

In this week’s TALK series, McLean Today sits down with Angela Phelps, owner and founder, Le Village Marché & Boutique,  in McLean’s Chesterbrook Shopping Center. The  French-inspired home décor and gift store is already known to locals for their original store...

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Talk: Omar Masroor

In this week’s TALK series, McLean Today sits down with Omar Masroor, owner, Aracosia McLean, Authentic Afghan Gourmet + Chophouse. From the day Masroor opened his second restaurant Bistro Aracosia in the Palisades, customers from across the Potomac were constantly...

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Talk: Sam Simon

In this week’s TALK series, McLean Today sits down with Sam Simon — a longtime McLean resident, playwright and actor. Simon, 78, started his career in Washington, D.C. as a lawyer for Ralph Nader’s first advocacy group and then spent 25 years as head of a public...

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