Home life. Work life. Real life. For these residents, that’s Brambleton.

Posted January 27, 2020
Dog at Brambleton Town Center

Caryn Pinto and her fiancé Mike Pizutto – and their shelter rescue dog, Zoey – understand the value of home. Just ask Zoey. In dog-speak, she’ll eagerly remind you that home is where your heart is, where your comfort zone is, and in the case of these relatively new Brambleton homeowners, it’s even where your business is.

About a year ago, Caryn and Mike purchased a Van Metre home in Brambleton. They love Brambleton’s seasonal events, recreation amenities and community spirit.

Brambleton residents Caryn and Mike

“During the week,” says Caryn, “Mike works for a company in Tysons, and Zoey and I spend the day running my online business. In the evenings, all three of us enjoy going for walks through Brambleton’s neighborhoods, and a few times a month we treat ourselves to something yummy from one of the restaurants in Brambleton Town Center or catch a movie at the Regal Fox movie theater.”

Caryn and Mike’s families and friends agree with their decision to make Brambleton their new address. When they welcomed visitors last summer from Florida, the trio received rave reviews on their choice.

Brambleton resident small business ZoZo's Paw

Caryn’s home-based business, ZoZo’s Paw, makes handmade leashes, bandanas, bow ties and collars for pets. After all, doesn’t everyone deserve to look their best every day? Because Zoey (ZoZo to friends and family, in case you were wondering) is a rescue dog, Caryn donates a portion of all profits to organizations that help rescue animals. Beneficiaries of ZoZo’s Paw donations include no-kill shelters and even K9s for Warriors, which matches rescue shelter dogs with veterans suffering from service-related injuries and post-traumatic stress. It’s a win-win from both a business and a humanitarian standpoint. And it’s right here in Brambleton.

ZoZo's Paw Brambleton Business

 Caryn sums up their love of where they live (and work) very succinctly:  “Brambleton sets itself apart from other communities,” she says. “It always places an emphasis on family, community, and connection.”

And how they have connected! Caryn’s business is flourishing, Mike’s commutes to Tysons are simple, and they soon plan to add a new rescue dog member to their happy Brambleton family. All in all, their story represents what Brambleton has offered for buyers since the moment our community welcomed residents home:  Life. Work. Balance.

To learn more about Caryn’s business, and to make your pup the hottest dog in town, visit

Resident's dog in Brambleton