MIKE ISABELLA BRINGS HIS NEW FOOD HALL TO TYSONS CORNER

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A look inside Isabella Eatery. (Photo by Greg Powers)

Washington is home to some great restaurants, but getting around to all of them can be a chore, especially for those living in the neighboring suburbs. A new food hall from local restaurateur Mike Isabella hopes to change that by bringing his acclaimed international concepts from the streets of D.C. to a sprawling space in Tysons Corner.

MIKE ISABELLA BRINGS HIS NEW FOOD HALL TO TYSONS CORNER

LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS

Many of us have been to the Lincoln Memorial, but did you know Lincoln had a summer home here in D.C. too?

It’s true. This 175-year-old building just off North Capitol Street next to the Soldier’s Home was lovingly restored and opened to the public in 2008. The 10,000-square-foot, 34-room home is more spacious than one might expect in a “cottage.” But the double front doors with rounded tops that meet to form a point at the top and the gingerbread trim make you think fairies and gnomes might have once lived here. LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS

DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: URBAN STEMS

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Flowers. If you’ve ever had them delivered unexpectedly, you’ll know that despite how many times you might have boldly proclaimed that you’re just “not a flower person” or scoffed at those who spend precious wine money on blooms that will soon go to pasture, you’ll (perhaps silently) agree with me: flowers are actually the best. There are few things that can beat living greenery right on your desk or smack dab in the middle of your kitchen counter or sitting perkily in an Anthropologie vase that you knew you had to have despite its outrageous price tag. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: URBAN STEMS