School is back in full swing and the kiddos get to spend all day with their friends (and favorite teachers)! There’s the promise of fall fun and festivals, and the overall joy of a new season. With all the beauty of the changing seasons, one constant is Brambleton’s desire to keep kids interested in learning – and what better place to do that than the Brambleton Library? Located in the heart of the Brambleton Town Center, our state-of-the-art library is far more than books and books only.

Reading

It may feel obvious, but the original purpose of libraries was to make reading accessible, and the Brambleton Library is no exception. As a member of the Loudoun County Public Library system, the Brambleton Library operates with the ideals of “Inspiration, Information, Innovation [and] Inclusion” to build community in celebrating reading and learning. Members can use their cards to access a huge number of books, magazines and more. Both in person and online, through resources like Libby/OverDrive, making it easy for kids of all ages and reading levels to find reading materials that inspire them. Few things are as exciting as watching your kids read for fun, and there is no safer place to encourage that than with the knowledgeable staff of the Brambleton Library, and the environment they provide to all ages.

The Makerspace

One of the best parts of the Brambleton Library is the Makerspace and everything you can do! This space makes many resources available to patrons during regular library hours, including:

The Makerspace not only includes incredible to-do’s (make-your-own holiday cards, anyone?) but also offers events and workshops to help folks engage with their creativity and learn something new. The Makerspace is a place to allow your imagination to take you to new heights of creativity and learning. Find a list of Makerspace events on their calendar and start planning your next project now, but be sure to call ahead to ensure the space you’re interested in is available.

Activities for All Ages

On top of activities within the Makerspace, the library has activities available for everyone, such as:

These activities are a great way to spend time with other Brambletonians and make friends with people who share your interests. They are also a fantastic way to try out a new hobby in a fun and low-pressure environment. Let your kids (including your inner child) get out there and see what’s in store. Who knows? It could be the perfect easy-to-plan play date for new friends from school!

Events and More

If you’re looking for events that will keep you cozy as the weather cools down, look no further. The Brambleton Library has incredible events each week including Author Talks and lectures from experts on everything from the Cancer Moonshot to the best ways to cook with various herbs. This past summer, the library even hosted an event to help kids feel more comfortable taking the school bus for the first time, including a practice run. Too cool! Each event is designed with the community in mind and is often focused on the local landscape, both literally and figuratively. Check out their calendar or stay up to date through their Facebook page where new events are shared every Monday. Some upcoming events we’re excited about are:

Toddler Storytime – Wednesdays at 10 AM

Meet the Makerspace – Saturdays at 10 AM. Tour the Makerspace and learn what it’s all about!

Bike Into History – Oct 9th at 11 AM. Antique bike show on Emberbrook Circle.

Makerspace: Fall Decor Towels – October 13, 6-7:30 PM.

Live Music: Pianist Quentin Walston – October 14, 4:30-6 PM

Master Gardners: Fall is for Planting – October 15, 2 PM

Teen Game Night – October 19, 4-8:30 PM

Halloween Fear Factor – October 28, 6-8 PM. Teens will enjoy an evening of gross candy tasting, creepy doll heads and chilling tales tied to some of the strangest and scariest phobias. Crafts and candy are available while supplies last.

Who knew the Brambleton Library offered so much? No matter your age or interest, a trip to the library should most definitely be on your fall bucket list. Coordinate with friends or make it a solo trip. Either way, you are sure to find adventure. Check out their website or Facebook page to learn more.

When choosing a neighborhood to live in, it’s important to make sure you feel at home in the area as well as in your house. After all, a home is made through community, and community flourishes when people have the opportunity to connect with each other. One of the best places to find community in a neighborhood is in its parks, of which Brambleton already has many, as well as 18 miles of paved trails weaving together between them. And now the County has built a neighboring park, The Hal & Berni Hanson Regional Park, with a ribbon cutting set for this Friday, September 23, 2022 at 5:30 PM.

Hanson Park is located on 257 acres between Brambleton and our neighboring community of Willowsford. The land itself was a thoughtful gift from the family of noted writer, U.S. State Department official and nonprofit leader, Haldore ‘Hal’ Hanson, who died in 1992. An explicit wish of Hal and his wife Berni was that the Hanson Family Partnership only sell this land if it would be used as parkland, and we are so grateful for it. Hanson Park has taken shape with not only the public in mind, but through its direct contribution. Wally Holladay, an acclaimed skatepark designer, was also brought on to the project as a design consultant, but this isn’t all the park will offer.

Hanson Park skate park

Athletes of all levels will surely enjoy the attention to a variety of sports, including 10 multi-purpose soccer fields, four baseball and softball fields, a cricket field, four tennis courts and Pickleball courts, two artificial turf fields, an outdoor basketball court, batting cages, a disc golf course, a skate plaza and grandstands for fans. Kiddos will also have access to two playgrounds with rubberized surfaces, a splash pad and inclusive features to make sure everyone has a good time.

Hanson Park

For those interested in nature, Hanson Park will offer five ponds and an integrated irrigation system, fishing piers, a lodge and nature center, picnic pavilion, an amphitheater, paved and natural surface trails, and off-leash areas for dogs so your pup can get in on the fun too. The park will include concession and restroom buildings and pavilions, and history buffs will surely enjoy exploring the historic Lee-Hanson house which underwent renovations during park construction.

Hanson House at Hanson park

Hanson Park is a pretty incredible public park, but Brambleton also has a wide array of neighborhood parks located throughout the community to serve the leisure and recreational needs of all Brambleton owners, residents, and their guests. Owned and maintained by Brambleton Community Association (BCA), each of these parks provides fun ways for Brambletonians to connect with neighbors and build community, including: Legacy Park, which has 2 playgrounds, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, a zipline, climbing structures, lighted tennis courts, an open playfield, natural pond, swings and waterfalls; and Morning Walk Park, featuring play structures for 2-5 year olds as well as 5-12 year olds, dual zip lines, double slides, a sand volleyball court, a large playfield, trails, landscaping and irrigation.

Legacy Park

Another Brambleton favorite is Acorn Park – a medium-sized open space park with trees, a walking trail and benches, which makes it a fabulous place to take a break or change your scenery if you work from home. There is also Creighton West Park featuring two basketball courts, four tennis courts and a dog park, and Dragonfly Park, a small park with beautiful views of Brambleton’s 2nd largest pond.

Brambleton also offers some places with just kids in mind, with playgrounds at:

With all of this and more, Brambleton is the perfect place to find not just a physical house, but a community to call home. It’s important to find spaces outside your four walls you can continue to feel safe and inspired to live your best life, and Brambleton is proud to provide that for each resident, whether they want to spend some time working outside their home or take the family on an outdoor adventure without ever leaving Brambleton. So join us on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 5:30 PM at Championship Plaza #1, 23345 Hanson Park Drive, Aldie for the ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of Hanson Park or join us any other time at one of the incredible outdoor spaces Brambleton is proud to offer.

Did we get your attention? Good, because this is gonna be big. Rebel Taco, soon to be known as your new favorite taco place, is coming to Brambleton and we couldn’t be more excited. With fresh ingredients and a lively atmosphere, Rebel Taco is giving us every reason to fall back in love with Mexican street food flare.

Rebel Taco Cantina

Rebel Taco has been making waves the last few years, with its first restaurant launching in Philadelphia in 2018 and a new location in DC recently opening its doors. Brambleton residents, however, may recognize them for their food truck, which has traveled both the streets of DC and NoVA spreading tacos and cheer for years. Now, the Rebel Taco team is gearing up to take the Brambleton Town Center by storm, and we can’t wait to welcome them with arms – and mouths – wide open.

Rebel Taco interior

When it comes to style, Rebel Taco has plenty to go around. Each of their locations leans into the bright and beautiful colors Mexico is known for with modern twists like neon lights with fun phrases peppering the walls. Vibrant murals are scattered throughout the spaces as well, creating a tie into the incredible history of muralism in Mexico. While you are still waiting to see the Brambleton location unveiled, you can be sure to expect the same incredible attention to detail in the Town Center. We’re really excited about what we’ve seen so far!

While we are so thrilled to see the Brambleton location soon opening, it’s the menu at Rebel Taco that is the real showstopper. Featuring both tried and true recipes and modern takes on the classics (think crispy shrimp tacos), every dish is chock full of fresh ingredients at incredible prices. Favorites like Mexican street-style corn can be paired with exciting tacos like braised lamb birria and washed down with a seasonal margarita, making it a perfect stop for your next girls’ night out. Treats like churro bites add some sweetness to your meal, and Rebel Taco’s breakfast and brunch menus offer the perfect way to start your Saturday or Sunday.

Rebel Taco tacos

Rebel Taco is set to be another excellent addition to the Brambleton Town Center, which already has many of the best restaurants around. No matter what you’re in the mood for, the Town Center has it all right in the heart of an incredible community. Any family outing or brunch with friends can be made special with the amazing tenants that are always ready to provide the best of the best. Whether you’re in the mood for a snack, a meal or dessert, there are more than enough options to satisfy your craving.

Be sure to come by the Brambleton Town Center on Tuesday, August 30th to check out Rebel Taco’s newest home right next to the first floor of the library and get yourself ready for the first of many Taco Tuesdays. Follow them on Instagram for all of the latest and greatest updates!

One more excuse to discover how phenomenal life can be at Brambleton, a master planned community in Loudoun County, Virginia that’s been thoughtfully designed to provide more access, more walkability and more connectedness. Choose to live in a modern new home while living steps away from what is arguably the best town center in Ashburn!

Music is an essential part of life for most people. While we don’t physically need it the way we need air, water or food, music can become a part of us and nourish us in a similar way. It gives us space to access our feelings and share them with others, colors our lives and brings emotion to the more mundane parts of our lives. Andy Nguyen, owner of Brambleton Town Center’s A&A Music, understands this more than most, and is thrilled to have been sharing his love of music with the Brambleton community for 15 years.

A&A Music Carnegie Hall

Andy began his relationship with music early during his childhood in Vietnam, learning to play piano at 6 years old and going to conservatory to study it at only 9. Andy carried his love into higher education, majoring in piano performance and music composition before graduating with distinction from George Mason University. He has also studied at several other prestigious universities and has arranged for performances on multiple continents, but his true love is teaching others, which he has been doing since his initial move to Loudoun County in 1994. “This is not a job to me. This is fun! Everyone should pick up an instrument in their lives and just try! Not the right instrument? Try again!”

A&A Music

This attitude is especially helpful with younger students. From 7-year-old drummers to 5-year-old pianists, Andy and his team at A&A get excited to meet each student wherever they may be in their musical journey and work with them to achieve their goals – and they always impress. “All of my students are so well spoken, with great educations by way of Loudoun County, and it shows.” From beginners to advanced performers, there is someone on staff to help with any instrument a person could want to play at whatever level, and they love the support of the Brambleton Town Center’s management who are always excited about what their tenants are up to. An extra bonus? A&A’s location is close by to Andy’s favorite restaurant, AhSo!

A&A Music in BTC

Students themselves love the options available at A&A – group sessions, one on one time, and more. There are even multiple summer camps for those students who want to take their skills to the next level. Instructors also make a point to prioritize conversations about music history and composition so students can have access to every aspect of music and how it has evolved over time. This holistic approach makes it easier for everyone to excel in their instrument, no matter their goal or age. A&A is even getting some retirees interested in picking music up again now that they have more time; in Andy’s shop, 75 is just as good an age as 5 to start playing.

A&A Music recital

After years of creating a new “normal”, Andy is excited to be incorporating some past traditions as the store moves forward. 2022 marks the return of not only A&A’s summer camps, but holiday performances as well! To learn more about music lessons for yourself or a loved one, stop by the store at 22895 Brambleton Plaza #107 Monday – Thursday from 11am -7:30pm, Friday 11am-7:00pm, Saturday 10 am-5:00pm and Sunday Noon-5:00pm. Or visit them online at https://aamusiconline.com/ 

Voted best music store by Ashburn Magazine in both 2020 and 2022, Andy and his team look forward to helping you and your loved ones grow your love of music!

One of our favorite things about the Brambleton community is the opportunity to watch families blossom as part of it. Seeing children grow up here, families moving in as they get ready to welcome new life, and generations living together as part of the beautiful tapestry that makes up this landscape is what Brambleton is all about. There could not be a better example of this than the Pistolesis, who moved here in 2004 and have been thriving as a family since. Parents Alison and Vince decided to make the leap from Alexandria to Ashburn because they wanted to plant roots for their family, and now that they have two teenagers and two pets, their choice 18 years ago still feels like the perfect fit.

Pistolesi family

Since Alison had spent nearly a decade in the construction supply industry, she was confident that she and Vince would be able to find not just a beautiful home but a quality one, and she could not have been more right. After they toured several planned communities that were starting in the area, they came upon a Brambleton in its infancy and instantly something felt different, like it was the right fit for them. They both fell in love with the Christopher Companies Kensington model floor plan and were told to move fast if they wanted to be a part of it all. That night at dinner, Alison and Vince decided to take the plunge, and the pair moved into their new build soon after. This ended up being perfect timing, as twins Sofia and Sydni were born just two years later.

Pistolesi sisters

Their home now gets to host not just the family (including dog Enzo and cat Dino), but Brambleton friends that have become like family. With Alison’s job (CMO of Mosaic Home Interiors) exposing her to so many new ideas, they’ve made several updates to customize their living space, including a full kitchen remodel, multiple bathroom renovations, a basement with a wine cellar and poker room, an office renovation and most recently, an outdoor space with a built-in fire pit, patio and pizza oven for warm weather gatherings. “We absolutely love it,” said Alison. “We get so much enjoyment from our home and love having spaces to entertain in.”

Pistolesis kitchen
Pistolesi wine cellar
Pistolesi family study
Pistolesi family outdoor grill

The Pistolesis’ excitement for their Brambleton home reaches far outside their four walls too. The family loves to take walks on all of the trails that run throughout Brambleton, and they reminisce about summer days when the girls were little every time those trails lead them by the pool and what fun they’ve had. Vince, an account manager for Mondelez, is lovingly known to friends and neighbors as “Uncle Cookie.” He keeps their garage stashed with Oreos and Chips Ahoy, and loves sharing with local food pantries or just a hungry neighborhood pal. Sofia and Syndi have loved growing up here, and now Sofia is on the soccer team at Independence High and Sydni plays flute in the marching band there. The Town Center is full of beloved hangouts, from AhSo, which has hosted so many of their celebrations, to the new favorite Himalayan Wild Yak, Scotto’s for when pizza night at home doesn’t quite go as planned, and so much more. All of this allows them to connect further with their incredible neighbors.

“We moved out to LoCo from Alexandria literally not knowing anyone in Loudoun County. Years later, our Brambleton neighbors have been here for us through life, death, sickness and health.

Our Brambleton neighbors have watched our kids during snow days, taken care of our pets when we’re out of town, and always been there for us and we love doing the same for them…we have no desire to move, our house is perfect for us! Even though some of our friends have moved over the years, the new neighbors that moved in are always fabulous!”

Pistolesi family game room

When the Pistolesis moved to Brambleton nearly 20 years ago, they threw themselves into creating a life here. Now, every part of their lives is full of the magic you just can’t get anywhere else. Both in their home and beyond it, the entire Pistolesi family has woven itself seamlessly into the Brambleton tapestry, making it all the more beautiful for their contribution.

Spring truly has sprung here at Brambleton. The weather is warming up, folks are out and about, and the Brambleton Community Association is gearing up to host one of its biggest get togethers in two years – the 2022 Bram BrewFest! A past favorite of the community, BrewFest 2022 is sure to be a hit! With food, music, and of course delicious drafts at every turn, this year’s BrewFest on May 21st will certainly put a spring in your step.

Brambleton is always eager to provide residents with experiences you can’t find anywhere else and bringing back BrewFest is a real treat. From 2015 to 2019, BrewFest meant a day of fun and quality time for this community, making its return even more thrilling. This year 17 breweries are already signed up to participate in this amazing event and more are on the way. Local favorites, such as event presenter Lost Rhino Brewing Company, are delighted to be returning to Brambleton and spending time with our wonderful residents. Breweries include:

  1. Lost Rhino Brewing Company
  2. Barking Rose
  3. Bear Chase
  4. Brothers Craft Brewing
  5. Du Claw Brewing Company   
  6. Dynasty Brewing Company
  7. Honor Brewing Company
  8. House 6 Brewing Company
  9. Lost Barrel Brewing
  10. One Family Brewing
  11. Old 690 Brewing Company
  12. Old Ox Brewery
  13. Ornery Beer Co.
  14. Pale Fire Brewing Company
  15. Parkway Brewing Co.
  16. The Craft of Brewing
  17. Tucked Away Brewing

Whether you’re a beginner with beer or an ale aficionado, BrewFest is designed to be a good time. Each BrewFest ticket includes admission, a souvenir glass and tastings from all the breweries. While you may worry about the time to visit all (or even some) of the vendors, the event will be from 1-6pm, giving you plenty of time to pace yourself. BrewFest also has a prime location for Brambleton residents, as it will be taking over the Town Center for the afternoon. 

Not much of a beer fan? Don’t worry. BrewFest is sure to be fun even for those who prefer to abstain, with root beer included in the designated-driver ticket entry. And for those who prefer wine, AhSo Cellars will be onsite with wine tastings. Food vendors will abound with mouthwatering treats, and two incredible bands will keep things lively. Trinidad and Tabago Steel Band and Strykers Posse will keep festival goers moving and grooving all afternoon. Add in the wonderful company of fellow Brambleton residents, and BrewFest is the perfect spring afternoon.

Events like BrewFest are just one of the many reasons residents love Brambleton. We pride ourselves on being not just a master-planned community of homes, but a community of people who enjoy spending time with one another. Residents come together from every corner of the community to join in and have fun, spreading joy that is just so Brambleton. 

The 6th Bram BrewFest will be held on Saturday, May 21st, from 1 to 6 PM in the Brambleton Town Center. Early bird tickets are available through 5 PM on April 1st. Click here to purchase your tickets.

As the summer quickly approaches, many are looking for exciting activities to keep the kiddos engaged through their break. Luckily, the merchants of the Brambleton Town Center are just as ready for summer as everyone else, and many have put together camps that will thrill any child – and their parents!

Check out some of the amazing camp programs and sign up before it’s too late!

Weekly Dance Camps at Bella Ballerina

Bella Ballerina offers camps with themes for every performer. From puppies to mermaids and everything in between, the week’s theme is the basis of each camp, which includes activities to truly immerse your child in the theme (think playing with live puppies and meeting princesses in person). Crafts, storytime, music, games and more give your child the chance to immerse themselves in what they are learning and have a blast doing it. Each camp also wraps up with an end-of-week performance for the family to come and enjoy so you can see just what your little one has been working on.

Weekly Tae Known Do Camps with Dragon Yong-In Martial Arts

For kids who want an adventurous summer, look no further than camp at Dragon Yong-In Martial Arts. Offering 11 weeks of camps with themes ranging from the senses to robots to origami and more, your child is sure to learn about themselves and the world at these camps. Each week offers field trips to locations like Harper’s Ferry, Adventure Park USA and the Catoctin Zoo to create an immersive experience for the learners. There are also games, arts and crafts, daily study time and of course tae kwon do to make for a well-rounded week. With an emphasis on respect, courtesy, teamwork and cooperation, these camps effortlessly combine excitement and learning for all.

Music Camps with A&A Music

Hoping to encourage a love of music in your child? A&A Music is the spot for you. These classes meet your musician where they are to challenge them and support both their skill and passion. It doesn’t matter if your child wants to learn piano, voice, guitar or a little bit of everything, there is a program that can match their needs and help them grow as a musician. With both theory and practice included in lessons, your child can learn not just how to play music, but how to read it and the reasoning behind the notation. Whether your musician is a beginner or has been playing for a while, A&A offers a personalized approach to make everyone happy.

Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp With Best Brains’ Summer Programs

Studies show children who aren’t involved in some type of supplemental education in the summer regress in their education. Arm your children against learning loss with some of the best teachers in the business! School may be out for the summer, but our state-certified teachers are still in our classrooms pushing your children to achieve their best potential. Best Brains provides a supportive, nurturing and safe environment for children, giving them the confidence they need to go after their dreams, ask questions and make their voices heard!

Camps for Every Interest through Brambleton

If you have a kiddo interested in drama, tech or sports, Brambleton has a camp for you. With several sessions available for multiple weeks this summer, Brambleton’s camps can most definitely get your child passionate about their next favorite thing. Each camp takes a lighthearted approach to the material as well, so your child may not even realize how much they’ve grown until the end of the session! Whether they’re Broadway-bound, hoping to perfect their serve, or curious about robotics, the passionate instructors can surely get your child interested and involved in these activity-focused camps.

Each of these camps promotes a community atmosphere that encompasses the four C’s: compassion, contribution, commitment and character. These camps – even if they only take place for a few days – teach in a fun and experiential way. The casual but structured setting also encourages outcomes that create personal competency and respect for the self and others. Not to mention, these camps allow children to connect not only with their usual friend group, but those they may not get a chance to learn and play with in the classroom, fostering friendships through similar interests. Sign up now to give your child the experience of a lifetime – these camps will book fast!

If you had asked Ethan Del Hierro what he wanted to do ten years ago, owning a barbershop would likely not have been on his list. Since getting his first job in high school, Ethan learned that following schedules that were designed for him by others was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, so in college he turned his pursuits to the soccer field, but when the world changed in 2020 “my views shifted this way.”

Ethan Del Hierro family

Ethan has said often that his support system of family and friends has helped him the most in his professional journey. He credits his family with encouraging his drive and supporting his dream to become an entrepreneur. Ethan also says his friends helped him reach his potential and showed him what he could achieve as a barber. As a seven-year Brambleton resident and graduate of Rock Ridge High School, he’s had quite some time to build up this community, people that he can always trust, well mostly always.

Ethan Del Hierro

“I have a funny story about one of my first clients and also a close friend. This was in high school when I had limited barber skills. After cutting my friend’s hair he asked if he could try and cut mine. He had a very general understanding of cutting hair, so I decided, why not? That was not the best decision. He tried his best, but I didn’t want to go to school the next day because of my haircut. He still comes to me for his haircuts today and hasn’t received one from anyone else”

That testimonial alone proves that Ethan has put in the hours to be where he is now – an owner of the Grooming Store’s Ashburn location. He was sold the location by the mentor of his apprenticeship, Kevin Morris, who saw that Ethan was ready to take on a shop. “I believe he could see my passion and determination to be successful in the barber industry,” said Ethan, “which led him to sell me the Ashburn shop and continue to represent and grow the business.” The gratitude Ethan has for his mentor is palpable, and it’s clear that Kevin taught him far more about barbershops than just how to cut hair. 

The Grooming Store

Outside his business, Ethan loves his life in Brambleton where he lives by Briar Woods and the Town Center. The Filling Co. is a go-to for him because of the impressive convenience the gas station offers, but if he’s going to be in the Town Center for a meal, it’s going to be dinner. Ethan mentioned that he loves the Chicken Panag Curry at My Thai Place, and we don’t blame him. The good news is his business plans seem like they’ll keep him around and cutting hair for quite a while. “I want to make my shop the ‘one-stop shop,’ for all men’s grooming needs. Eventually, I would like to open more shops, but I have to make The Grooming Store the place to be here in Ashburn.” It is so incredible to see such passionate entrepreneurship from someone so young. It’s safe to say all of Brambleton is excited to be a part of Ethan’s journey and looks forward to cheering him on as he continues to achieve amazing things in and around the community.

Calling all foodies!

Did you know that one of the hottest restaurants in the DC area is in the Brambleton Town Center? You read that right. Brambleton’s new Himalayan Wild Yak was just given the number 2 spot on Eater’s list of “The 18 Hottest New Restaurants Around D.C.,” January 2022, and we couldn’t be more excited. If you’ve been interested in this amazing new restaurant, stick around, because we’ve got the inside scoop on what everyone’s been yakking about.

First, some background on yak. Many people think of bison or buffalo when someone mentions yak, but at the end of the day it’s just an extra-large and hairy cousin of American cows. Native to the Himalayan region of Asia, these animals have been a source of food for those in Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia and beyond for thousands of years. The Himalayan Wild Yak website provides a lot of background on the yak and how it came to the U.S.

Usually, yak prefers higher elevation and colder climates. However, yak can grow anywhere in the world, so Canada started bringing yak from Tibet and Nepal and then moved to the United States, especially Colorado, Utah, Alaska. Now, they have yak in Pennsylvania and Virginia as well. 

himalayanwildyak.com

This addition of yak farming in North America is just one reason it has been growing in popularity here. Yak meat is richer in Omega-3 than salmon and is much lower in cholesterol than other options, making it not only trendy, but incredibly healthy.

yak stew

Himalayan Wild Yak’s menu proves its hero ingredient is much more than a beloved bovine, showcasing it in just about every imaginable way. Whether you want to try your yak grilled, marinated or in a stew, there is a method for every preference. The Himalayan Wild Yak team even offers yak fried rice and whipped yak butter to go with their traditional tea, giving customers a seemingly endless array of options to try, although other proteins are available as well.

himalayan wild yak team

With this impressive menu, it only makes sense that the team behind it would be even more so. Partners Keshar Jarga and Tuk Gurung have over two decades combined experience in hospitality and the culinary world, from cruise ships to luxury hotels to Michelin star restaurants. A dream project, Keshar and Tuk founded Himalayan Wild Yak as a way to take traditional Nepalese cuisine and elevate it to a whole new level while featuring one of the most important elements of both the diet and culture – yak.

Whether you live in the area or are a foodie on the move, Himalayan Wild Yak is the perfect addition to your list. There will surely be something on the menu to please the palate of anyone, from those who are new to the meat to folks who already love it. While you’re in the Brambleton Town Center, check out everything this amazing community has to offer and see if you have a taste for it, too!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, everyone’s to-do list is growing as they try to organize a special day for their sweethearts. Between picking the perfect gift, deciding on dinner reservations versus ordering in and making sure your valentine can relax and enjoy themselves, there is no shortage of planning. While we can’t personally make everyone’s ideas come to life, we’re happy to help you figure out where to get your gifts and food, and luckily our favorite spots are easy to find – the small businesses nearby in the Brambleton Town Center!

The business owners are part of our community and as such know exactly what will make the holidays special, even when we feel like we don’t. From restaurants to quick to-do’s, specialty businesses and everything in between, Loudoun County is full to the brim with amazing businesses and business owners who are committed to serving their community in every way.

Food seems like a given on the biggest date night of the year, whether you’re eating in your home or dining out. Brambleton Town Center restaurants offer every sort of cuisine to make sure you get it right on your special night. The NOW OPEN Himalayan Wild Yak, fan favorite AhSo, consistently delicious Blue Ridge Grill, friendly & inviting My Thai Place, the “it” scene Nick’s Taverna, made-to-order Asian Spice Café, and always yummy Scotto’s Rigatoni Grill — all open and ready for whatever your plans may be, whether you’re having a quiet dinner for two, a night out with your gal pals or family dinner at home with your little valentines.

If you’d rather get a coffee with your love (or hot cocoa with the kiddos), Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee both have delicious and festive treats to warm you up on a cold February day. Hoping to end your day with sweets for your sweet? Head over to SweetFrog or Cold Stone Creamery for frozen yogurt and ice cream, or get anything you like covered in chocolate by Edible Arrangements for that special someone!

Peet's coffee cups valentines themed

You can also pick up the classic favorites – chocolate, flowers and a card – from Harris Teeter or the new CVS, making it easier than ever to create a special day for your favorite person. And swing into Go Bananas for something fun and playful for your little cupids. If you want to add a little something extra for a sweetheart whose hands need some love, get a gift card from LEVO Nails & Spa so they can pamper themselves the way they deserve. Want to do something special for a pet this year? Good Dog Rocky has you covered with lots of treats and toys of all kinds for your furry valentine. No matter what you may need, the Brambleton Town Center has you covered.

If you are still figuring out the best way to treat your valentine or valentines this year, consider supporting local businesses. The care they put into their experience is unmatched, and they truly take the time to understand their customers. Whether you’re looking for something special for just one person or want to make the whole gang feel special, there is sure to be a local business with just the right stuff.