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Couchsurfing brings new meaning to hospitality

In Ezekial Jalloh's cramped 12 by 15 foot dorm room at American University, it's hard to imagine living comfortably with another person, much less a visiting stranger. But over the past two years, the 21 year old has hosted 15 travelers on his small, inflatable air mattress.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 03:32pm EDT

Tags: couchsurfing, hospitality, travel, traveling, lodging, couch

Pop-up venues provide variety for consumers, cost-efficient space for small businesses

It's not hard to spot a pop-up these days. The empty warehouse you pass on your commute is suddenly a vintage clothing store. The abandoned space on the corner is now a hip coffee shop. Whether they're open for one night or one month, one thing can be agreed on -- pop-ups are at the height of cool for consumers. And for retailers, they just make sense.

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 09:26am EDT

Tags: store, Vigilante Coffee, LivingSocial, Tabula Rasa, retal, pop-ups, retail, business owner

Grilling ideas for your summer barbecue

Local food bloggers recommend their favorite barbecue recipes in anticipation for summer.

Friday - 05/24/2013, 11:50am EDT

Tags: summer, cookout, barbecue, parties, recipes, food bloggers

Fiesta Asia celebrates Pacific Asian culture

The Asian Heritage Foundation hosted its eighth Fiesta Asia Street Festival. The festival featured martial arts demonstrations, food vendors, musical performances and a cultural parade.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 11:12am EDT

Tags: fiesta asia, asian pacific american heritage month, asia heritage foundation, street festival, culture, Food,

Gardening with kids: Tips and advice for starting an active and healthy habit

For adults, gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities of summer. However, getting kids to enjoy the same activity may present challenges for some parents and caregivers. Several area experts offer advice and tips on making gardening a fun, healthy and rewarding summer activity for youth.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 07:52am EDT

Tags: gardening, kids, obesity, screen time, We Can!, National Gardening Association, mike mcgrath

Slice of Life: Relinquishing a pageant title to promote a body image awareness campaign

It's a story many women in the beauty industry have lived to tell: A beauty pageant contestant struggles with an eating disorder and enters a rehabilitation program.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 09:09am EDT

Tags: beauty, eating disorders, body image, awareness, American University, Kaitlyn Dinneh Wozniak

Using dance to mentor urban youth and adults

When Junious Brickhouse returned to D.C. from serving in the United States Army for nearly a decade, he didn't return with war stories. He returned with dance.

Monday - 05/06/2013, 12:38pm EDT

Tags: Urban Artistry, dance, urban dance, hip-hop, D.C.

Local film festivals struggle with finances, venues

D.C. is becoming a less welcoming city for film festivals. And rising venue costs, combined with the growing use of digital services for viewing films, may spell the end for one of the city's most established film festivals.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 08:29am EDT

Tags: film festival, Filmfest DC, D.C. Shorts Film Festival, D.C. Independent Film Festival, Tony Gittens

Local beverage delivery companies fill gap for consumer drink demands

Heavy refill water jugs are a common sight on the doorsteps of many D.C. area homes and apartments. But some local businesses are taking drink deliveries a step further, catering to specialized tastes and customized requests.

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 09:11am EDT

Tags: Soda Y.O.D.A., Grape Crate, drinks, delivery, local businesses,

Outdoor festival season: What's happening April through August

Nothing welcomes the warm weather season like an outdoor festival. Whether it's arts-focused, a county fair or a parade, open air celebrations offer something for everyone, young and old.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 04:03pm EDT

Tags: Outdoor festivals, summer, events, outdoor, fair,

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