I love discovering new places – uncovering new gems that are right in front of us gives me a thrill. Mosaic in Fairfax, VA is my latest jewel.
I first found this shopping and entertainment area about a year ago after I returned to DC after living briefly in NYC. I heard the buzz about the fabulous stores popping up in this newly constructed community – fantastic restaurants, unique shops, and a fun city-center, all nestled among gorgeous apartments and town homes.
Its accessibility (located right off of I-495, just south of I-66) and its abundance of parking – no need to circle the block a million times before finding a tiny spot to squeeze into – makes this an easy destination to visit. Whether it’s small, female-owned shops or the convenience of Target, and all-organic dining to signature establishments like Ted’s Bulletin, I love spending time here. Here’s my guide to eating, shopping, and living all things Mosaic.
My perfect day in Mosaic is a day of shopping and relaxing that lingers into the evening Happy Hour and a few tasty bites before heading home. Fortunately for me there are plenty of options.
Unique shops are huge draws for me. Arielle Shoshana is my go-to spot for gifts, and for finding my signature scent. It’s the DC area’s first niche fragrance boutique – these scents are only found here, so you can treat yourself to a limited edition fragrance, and be the envy of your friends. You’ll stand out, and you’ll love it!
Lather is another of my top spots. This Pasadena-based company makes yummy soaps and skin care products – they smell and look so good you’ll want to eat them! They use the finest essential oils, vitamins, rare fruits, and herbs, and never use synthetic fragrances or colors. Their knowledgeable staff can help, whether you’re in the market for skin care products or a relaxing bath soak. I tried their Coconut Crème Body Wash recently – it left my skin moisturized and smelling like a Pina Colada.
Swirl & Sip is another recommendation. Regardless of your vino knowledge and experience – I just started learning about wines, so I’m not quite a sommelier – this place has you covered. Their daily tastings allow you to experience different varieties, and their range of price points offers you great table wines to bottles for a really special occasion. They have wine-centric gifts too. It’s adorable, and laid out well.
All of that shopping is a workout, but you can really get your exercise by jumping into a [solidcore] class. These 50-minute workout classes are limited to 13 clients, so you are guaranteed a personal experience, and the focus of each session changes, so you won’t get bored with these workouts.
I enjoy treating myself, and one of my favorite locations is Salon Nordine and Day Spa. This friendly and full-service salon offers everything – I’ve had great experiences from anti-aging facials to manicures. I’ve also had good luck popping in for a mani/pedi while taking a break from shopping, so try stopping in next time you’re here. And don’t forget Cherry Blow Dry Bar for a blowout.
The real stars of Mosaic are the restaurants. Flat out – I’m in love with True Food Kitchen. I’ve followed Dr. Andrew Weil and his anti-inflammatory diet for years, and this spot is the creation of Dr. Weil and his business partner Sam Fox. Everything on the menu is organic and fresh, aimed at giving your body nutrients and your palate something memorable. I enjoy coming here with a date or a best girlfriend for Happy Hour and a light appetizer…I personally like the Sangria and the Ginger Margarita. It’s also a good spot for lunch, and is kid-friendly.
My favorite places for dinner are Brine and Requin. Brine primarily serves seafood, and is known for its oysters ($1 oysters during Happy Hour 3:30-7 PM!). Its proprietor is Travis Croxton, who is also co-owner of Rappahannock River Oysters – you don’t get much fresher than that! I love its gorgeous, open space.
Requin is another really cool spot. It’s a pop-up restaurant, and the creation of restaurant genius Mike Isabella and Top Chef finalist Jennifer Carroll. You better hurry – it won’t be here for that long before it moves permanently to DC. My highlights: Kabocha Squash, and for dessert the chocolate soufflé.
I could go on and on about Mosaic – I could write a month’s worth of blogs on everything it has to offer, and all of the new places popping up and the events being held. Hopefully the highlights I’ve shared with you are helpful.
If you haven’t visited yet, you should plan a trip. Let me know what you think – I love hearing your feedback so leave a comment below. Maybe I’ll see you there!
My Mosaic Favorites:
True Food Kitchen
South Moon Under
Swirl & Sip
Salon Nordine and Day Spa
Cherry Blow Dry Bar