Ashburn may be a major technology hub, but it’s not all data centers and office buildings. Luckily, there’s another type of hot spot — one for shopping, dining, and relaxation — just around the corner.
One Loudoun often serves as a meeting place for professional dinners and happy hours among colleagues. The steadily growing shopping district has attracted businesses from boutique shops to self-care services. Residents and out-of-towners alike are drawn to this place, which offers so many ways to unwind.
There’s an emphasis on leisure, from the ever-popular Lululemon franchise location to the soon-to-open iCryo, which will offer services like cryotherapy, an infrared sauna, and body sculpting. There are places to grab a bite, with quite a few cultural cuisines represented along the center’s pleasant sidewalks. Interspersed between restaurants and wellness concepts, you’ll find small business that charm in One Loudoun’s collection of boutiques. You can shop everything from attire for your teen to the wedding dress of your dreams.
Events are scheduled throughout the seasons, so there’s always something to do. Stay in shape with regular fitness classes from May through October, or tune your ears to the annual Summer Concert Series, which takes place on select Saturdays throughout the summer. There’s also the year-round Eat Loco Farmers Market, where you can shop local produce and crafts every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Feeling overwhelmed by the abundance of options? Here are a few places to shop, eat, and experience the local flare cultivated within One Loudoun.
After closing last summer, the only Apricot Lane franchise location in Northern Virginia fell now has new ownership and opened for business again in April. “We’re trying to separate ourselves from other boutiques, other mall stores, other franchises,” says owner Camille Radvanyi. “We’re trying to make a statement here.” The store focuses current clothing trends, and operates keeps its inventory fresh and new.
The Jeans Whisperer
Are you always on a quest to find the perfect pair of jeans? This specialty boutique might just be the key to finally ending your hunt. Jan Forman has dedicated her business to helping women find jeans that are tall enough, short enough, curvy enough, or straight enough for their body type. Once you get that settled, have a ball with pairing accessories like belts, hats, shoes, and jewelry with your new wardrobe staple.
Titled after the middle name that the two founders, who are also sisters, share, this boutique began as a pop-up in DC, and has offered a variety of stylish options to One Loudoun customers for almost two years. The racks currently feature springtime colors like Kelly green and pale pink, as well as a selection of white dresses, which are perfect for anyone with a graduation coming up.
Though Zakaa’s designs are featured in many bridal boutiques across the country, One Loudoun is home to the designer’s flagship location. Here, brides-to-be can browse gowns that suit their taste, whether they prefer sparkle, intricate embellishments, or simple elegance. They also offer a personalized experience where customers can mix and match designs and choose from hand-embellished accessories. The boutique will soon move to a larger storefront in One Loudoun.
The Now Massage Boutique
This energy-focused massage parlor offers anything you might need to loosen up, including Swedish-inspired massage, focused relaxation, and deep tissue massage. In an area with so much corporate activity, a place to physically unwind may be just what the doctor ordered. “People who are staying here for business, they do tend to look for a massage, and, of course, good eats in the local area,” says Christina Bolduc, general manager at The Now in Ashburn. “Lots of self-care in this area, which is great for people coming and going.”
The Lost Fox Hideaway
Home to One Loudoun’s rooftop bar space, The Lost Fox is a 21-and-over dining spot that offers tapas, entrées, and cocktails ranging from classic to creative. Upstairs, you’ll find an elegant interior that leads to the outside space, which features a bar and a fire pit table for maximum ambience. “We kind of cater toward that to give that kind of city vibe, even though we’re in the suburbs,” says Chloe Lee, guest relations and events manager at The Lost Fox.
You can’t go wrong with a comforting bowl of pho. Pho-Nomenal is a fan favorite. Since 2017, this restaurant has been serving Vietnamese classics like pho and Vietnamese coffee, as well as dishes like pad Thai.
Sense of Thai St.
Named one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2022, Sense of Thai St. has been serving up delicious, traditional Thai food in One Loudoun for seven years. We recommend the street fried rice, lychee duck curry, and som tum.
The Yard Milkshake Bar
When this franchise location of the milkshake-in-a-jar concept joined One Loudoun in June of 2021, it was met by what owner Pasquale Scalise called “huge, absolutely ridiculous lines out the door.” These days, Scalise says customers can look forward to an in-and-out experience. Try out a specialty creation, or choose your own flavors and toppings for a more personalized treat.
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