Celebrating Two of Our Favorite Things: Java & Giving Back

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Whether it’s the comforting aroma or the caffeine itself, here at Prince William Living, the workday doesn’t really start until we’ve had that first cup of java. If you, too, like your cup of Joe, check out this month’s feature, “Crazy about Coffee,” (page 4) by Audrey Harman, to learn about locally owned shops serving freshly brewed coffee throughout Prince William.

Our “On a High Note” (page 10) follows the coffee trail, with Olivia Overman showing how the arts take center stage at a coffeehouse in Haymarket. Then flip to “Local Flavor” (page 26), where Lauren Jackson looks at one of my favorite spots for late- night coffee, Silver Diner in Dale City. Learn how this diner is redefining healthful choices while maintaining its friendly All- American feel.

For a brew of a different kind, Paul Keily introduces us (in “Destinations” on page 12) to BadWolf Brewery, the first craft brewery in Manassas. Read about the challenges that owners Jeremy and Sarah Meyers overcame to open the first business of this kind in Virginia.

For the youth of our community who may have their own struggles to overcome, The House, Inc., gives children a place to spend time that might otherwise be unsupervised. In “Giving Back” (page 22), Helena Tavares Kennedy reveals this organization’s “whole-person” approach to providing kids with the resources they need to succeed in life.

We dedicate the “Giving Back” department of our magazine each month to stories on such not-for-profits as The House, Inc., highlighting organizations that improve the quality of life in Prince William. Now we want to hear your stories, as part of the first annual Prince William Living Giving Back Award.

Go to princewilliamliving.com/givingbackaward to nominate your favorite local nonprofit and help us in celebrating those who lift up our community. We’re accepting nominations throughout October.

Then I encourage you to take your support beyond the nomination form. Volunteer your time, money or voice to help further the mission of the organization you nominated. By giving of ourselves, we gain—by increasing our own fulfillment, making new friends and helping our community to thrive.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher

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