FREE 18 INCH DONUTS AT SUGAR SHACK OPENING THIS WEEKEND!?

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This Friday, August 18, Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee opens in Shaw. This is the twelfth store opening, but there’s a bit of a difference with it. It’s got late opening hours, and you can get your doughnuts warmed. Could there be anything better?

Well, actually, there could. Opening weekend is packed full with prizes, specials and events. From 6 AM Friday, you could win one of the much wanted prizes. The first 50 customers in line will be the lucky recipients of a free doughnut a month for a year. FREE 18 INCH DONUTS AT SUGAR SHACK OPENING THIS WEEKEND!?

DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SHOP OR NOT & WELCOME AND WISHES

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These days, staying hip is a full-time job. Shopping local is cool but where, exactly, you’re spending your dollar bills is constantly changing. Gifting something unique is awesome, but damn if that’s not more effort than I have to give sometime. In enters two DC startups, looking to shake up the shopping scene in a few different ways. Between helping wannabe (or exhausted) hipsters find the best of the best in terms of local goodies and curating gifts so that you can keep your title as perfect friend/daughter-in-law/neighbor or whatever, these startups are coming to the rescue by way of quick, painless (and kind of fun) shopping. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SHOP OR NOT & WELCOME AND WISHES

IN THE FUTURE, WE’LL ALL LIVE ON FLOATING HOUSES

Floating houses are going legit.  The closest thing we’ve had to a floating house is the houseboat, which has usually been considered the province of bohemians and eccentrics like my dad’s friend who airbrushed murals on vans and Camaro hoods (his specialty was Elvis, and wizards who looked suspiciously like Elvis), stayed high 24/7, and didn’t mind living in a bobbing crackerbox that smelled like generator fumes and river scum.  But thanks to European advances in technology, you can now live in a floating townhome with all the amenities and utilities of a land-house, but that costs a fraction of the price. IN THE FUTURE, WE’LL ALL LIVE ON FLOATING HOUSES

VISIT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR SOME DOWN-HOME FUN

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It’s that time of year again — time to smell the popcorn, hear the delighted screams of thrill-seekers on the Tilt-a-Whirl and see the prize farm animals and 4-H exhibits.

Time was, a county fair was the major social event of the year for anyone living outside of a major city. Before everyone owned cars and transportation was cheap and easy, the nation’s rural residents depended on the fun to come to them. VISIT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR SOME DOWN-HOME FUN

“In most houses, the sunroom should be the living room and the living room should be used for, like, box storage, although it has been pointed out to me that if you sit in your sunroom 24/7, you’re going to end up as tanned and leathery as a Texas long-haul trucker by the end of your first Netflix binge.  (On the other hand – vitamin D!)”

“In most houses, the sunroom should be the living room and the living room should be used for, like, box storage, although it has been pointed out to me that if you sit in your sunroom 24/7, you’re going to end up as tanned and leathery as a Texas long-haul trucker by the end of your first Netflix binge.  (On the other hand – vitamin D!)”

CHINA’S FOREST CITY: BATTLING POLLUTION ONE PLANT AT A TIME

It’s no secret: China is an industrial powerhouse. They serve up consumer-oriented goods faster than we can serve up burger and fries State-side. But, those factories and that enviable material making has come at a price: heavy air pollution. Overseas, it’s not uncommon for school to be cancelled due to a day ruined by smog, masks are worn regularly, and there are mornings that look like night as the sun fights to peak through a heavy layer of pollution soot. In other words, conditions are not ideal…they’re concerning. The pollution problem is actually responsible for over a million deaths in China each year, with many urban areas being subject to conditions that rival those in the middle of forest fires. CHINA’S FOREST CITY: BATTLING POLLUTION ONE PLANT AT A TIME