Home » Best of Suburbia Issue 2015 | Editor’s Choice
Our editorial team has been a part of the community for the last eight years, which has given us plenty of time to intimately come to know businesses in the greater DC Metro area. As consumers (and especially as moms and dads), we stay in the know and keep our ears to the ground about which local companies provide the best products and services. With that in mind, here are some of the area businesses we personally use and love:
42395 Ryan Road Road, Suite 130
Ashburn, VA 20148
Talk about having authentic Greek fare. Nick’s first opened its doors in March 2007, and owners Nick Samiotis and his daughter, Eviania Davey, are no strangers to the restaurant industry. Nick’s been a restaurateur for over 35 years, and Eviania grew up in the family restaurants, so she understands the business from the bottom up. Nick’s has been very generous to the Posh Seven team by providing nosh for many of our meetings, and we love the food here. We’re not the only ones who adore them, though. Amy from TripAdvisor definitely agrees, “We tried Nick’s tonight. My gyro platter was big enough for 2 in my opinion. The meat was great. There was plenty of it on top of warm pita, a nice, fresh salad, and a pile of fries. We will definitely go back.” We’ll see you there, Amy!
Victor and Adele Taboada
44830 Lakeview Overlook Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
Victor and Adele Taboada, owners of Primrose School of Ashburn, believe the greatest gift parents can give their children is the guidance to become adults who love who they are and what they do. Their commitment doesn’t go unnoticed. Look at what Alice from Ashburn said about them: “Wonderful all around. The teachers are caring and the owners are always on-site making sure that everything is the best it can be. We are very impressed with the curriculum and how our daughter has been evolving at Primrose. Usually I don’t write online reviews, but for this I have. Just an awesome school.” And Primrose School is growing! Stay tuned for lots of exciting news from this great couple.
POSH DAYCARE THAT MAKES US WANT TO BE KIDS AGAIN
43629 Greenway Corporate Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147
Really, just walk into BeanTree the next time you’re out, because you have to be there to understand the full effect. S.C. from Yelp explains it like this, “This is school heaven for a child! It’s a children’s town inside a building! I was taken aback by the size and cleanliness of the facility. They have a barber shop, a housekeeping service, separate rooms for art, music, technology, etc. The staff seemed highly trained and majority had higher education than most daycares around. With this facility, you definitely get what you pay for.” We agree.
NEW RETAIL CENTER WE’RE SURE WILL WIN EVERY SURVEY IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
20626 Easthampton Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
We are absolutely in love with One Loudoun. Is it because our office is right across Route 7 and we eat our lunch there every day? Or is it because of Fresh Market? Is it all of the fabulous stores, the restaurants, the movie theater, the great management, and the new homes that blew us away? Is it the electric-car charging stations, the water fountains, the bars, or the free summer concerts every Monday morning? Ah, we can’t figure it out. But we know one thing: if this town center doesn’t become everyone’s favorite by next year’s survey, we are changing our name… again!
PLACE TO MAKE YOUR TEETH GLOW AND ACHIEVE SPIRITUAL ZEN
Ike Lans, DDS
44110 Ashburn Shopping Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
He’s a big man, but he’s definitely a gentle giant. So gentle, in fact, that his office has bird sanctuaries for the patients to watch while getting their teeth cleaned. And it’s not just Dr. Lans, either; his entire staff is kind! This is the most zen dentist’s office we’ve ever seen, and John from Yelp is is evidently part of our fan club too: “So far the best dentist office I have seen in Northern Virginia. My family and I have been going here for about a year. Very nice staff and a great doctor’s cadre. I had two cavity fillings and had to bring my four-year-old daughter who had a subsequent appointment there 30 minutes after mine. Not only was the service and care spot on, they were the best to my four-year-old while I was getting my work done. She played quietly in their playroom and from what I understand entertained the crowd. This place has the highest customer service and family friendly atmosphere I have ever seen in a dentist office. Highly recommend.”
PLACE TO MEET OTHER PARENTS
14155 Sullyfield Circle
Chantilly, VA 20151
Dance classes? Check. Sports classes? Check. Art? Check. Music? Done. Parties? Yup. Family classes? Yeah. Free trial classes? Uh huh. Look, we obviously love them, but don’t take our word for it. “Gymboree Play and Music is the industry leader in children’s play gyms. We’ve been attending classes for over four years and have done just about every class that’s offered with our three children. The teachers are friendly and really know their developmental stuff! We love Maureen, the Saturday teacher. Our daughter talks about her non-stop!” said one Yahoo commenter. But this is the way we see it: If you’re into this type of enrichment for your kids, then we’re meant to be friends. We’d love to meet you at Gymboree. After all, sometimes moms and dads need a playdate, too.
PEDIATRICIAN FOR OVERZEALOUS MOMS (AND DADS)
Capital Area Pediatrics
14 Pidgeon Hill Drive
Sterling, VA 20165
Dr. Bill has been my kids’ pediatrician since I started the magazine over eight years ago. I’m, shall we say, slightly over-zealous when it comes to my kids’ health, and I discovered Dr. Bill during one of my hypochondriac fits. The moment I walked in, he saw the fear in my eyes. Fortunately, he’s able to successfully discern what is and isn’t serious, so he offered comfort (and reason!) within minutes of our first meeting. If he says we’re okay, we’re okay! Bonus: my kids love him. My 14-year-old, who is bigger than me now, still looks forward to seeing Dr. Bill.
PLACE FOR A NOSE JOB
Dr. Shervin Naderi
297 Herndon Parkway, #101
Herndon, VA 20170
Trang on Yelp says, “I want to start out by saying Dr. Naderi is simply amazing at what he does. He has become not only my doctor but also a friend (in my head). I recently had rhinoplasty done elsewhere and had some complications. Dr. Naderi was kind enough to explain to me why those complications occurred and helped me fix them. If you are reading this, Dr. Naderi, I want to sincerely thank you for everything you’ve done for me.” What can we say? The man has a gift.
PLACE TO SCORE SOME SWEET SHADES
223 Loudoun Street SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
Katie M. on Yelp says, “Did I hear you say you want swanky chic glasses? Oh, yes you do. Admit it. This is your place. Paige, the fantastic glasses lady, will find you frames that you’d never pick for yourself…. Hey, you want to look cute, right? They also have a nice selection of hostess and birthday gifts…. Cute store!!!” We totes think so too!
RESTAURANT TO ENJOY A ROMANTIC NIGHT OUT, SIT ON THE PATIO, HAVE THE BEST BRUNCH/LUNCH/DINNER, OR HOST AN EVENT
11 N King Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
About Lightfoot, Zagat says, “A ‘unique location’ inside a circa-1888 Romanesque Revival bank with soaring ceilings, Venetian chandeliers, and ‘historic ambiance’ galore makes this ‘beautiful’ Downtown Leesburg New American a ‘wonderful retreat from the city’; fans say it’s ‘worth every penny’ given the ‘fantastic’ service, popular weekend brunch, and ‘creative’ Southern-accented menu featuring some of ‘the best ham biscuits ever.’” See? The title of this award agrees exactly with Zagat.
LAWYER MOST LIKELY TO BE HATED BY YOUR SOON-TO-BE EX
Whitbeck, Cisneros, McElroy
106 Harrison Street SE, #300
Leesburg, VA 20175
The official lowdown: Whitbeck, Cisneros, McElroy are criminal, family, and divorce lawyers in Leesburg, Virginia that provide comprehensive legal services to large and small businesses, individual clients, and children, helping them achieve their legal goals through experience, aggressiveness, and compassion. Thank God these guys are on our side! If you happen to need their services, be quick and call them first, before your future-ex beats you to it!
SURGEON TO STITCH YOU UP IN THE ER
Dr. Fadi Nukta
21785 Filigree Court, Suite 206
Ashburn, VA 20147
Amanda G. on Yelp explains why Dr. Nukta is the absolute best: “Last October I had the misfortune of needing Dr. Nukta’s services for my 10-month-old son and myself. Dr. Nukta came to our aid in the ER of Loudoun Hospital to stitch my son’s face. He repeatedly reassured us that our son was crying not out of pain but because he was being held down, which really made me feel better about the entirely awful experience. His handywork [sic] has been praised by anyone who saw the before/after pics of my son’s face. Someday he will have a very faint, if not invisible, scar and we are very grateful for all his services. Highly recommend him.” Yikes. Sounds exactly like the kind of person we want in our pocket for a scary emergency! And we’re super glad Amanda and her son are okay.
Knowledgeable, kind, professional, enthusiastic, world traveler, TEDx speaker, mom of a bunch of kids, vegan, fabulous, and don’t forget: realtor. Gina is an amazing professional whom everyone loves. We don’t think we’ve ever heard someone saying they didn’t, actually. And if we did, there’d most certainly be a mob after them. Gina’s just that kinda gal, everyone wants to be her friend. Best of all, she’ll sell your house or find you a new one that’s perfect for you and your family. We adore her, obvi.
“DA BOMB” BANK
Northwest Federal Credit Union
Look we didn’t say that, but Rachel D. totally did, on Yelp: “ I just want to put on the record that Northwest Federal Credit Union is DA BOMB! Great customer service, NWFCU! I will be banking there for a long time.” Duh, you should too!
GOLF CLUB WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES
1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Road
Sterling, VA 20166
Joshua Kolawole pretty much says it all when he shares, “I am in my second year of membership as a seven-day member at 1757 golf club. I chose to join 1757 over a more private course for a number of reasons: its convenient location, its excellent facility, and the professionalism of its management and staff. It has provided me all the advantages of a private course at much lower cost. The management is proactive, efficient, and responsive; the practice facility is unmatched in expanse, ease of use, and flexibility; the course is well maintained; the restaurant facility offers gourmet quality meals; and the staff is very courteous and professional. I have also used the services of the instructional facility for satisfying results—highly talented instructors. I am very pleased with my choice of 1757 golf course.” BRB, got to go grab our club real quick.
Dr. Kelly Morgan
19420 Golf Vista Plaza, #120
Leesburg, VA 20176
C.C. from Sterling says, “Dr. Kelly Morgan is a top-notch, Harvard-trained orthodontist, but more than that, she is kind, compassionate, and customer-service oriented. Due to other medical issues, I was over a half hour late for my recent appointment. Her office staff were [sic] very understanding and checked with Dr. Morgan to make sure she could still fit me in… Nice people, serene environment, and soon, perfectly straight teeth—everything I could ask for in a great orthodontist. I wish every doctor experience was like this!” We agree, and you’ve got to check out her mobile practice. She’s a thought leader and a trendsetter, too. Right now, she’s working on bringing orthodontic treatment to kids directly through her mobile clinic. We’re impressed!