I get at least two or three hits a week for “Mosaic Matchbox Happy Hour,” so I decided it was time to do a little investigating. I was meeting my sister, her boyfriend and my friend Hee-Jin to watch “Before Midnight” (it didn’t disappoint) at the Angelika Theater so I stopped by Matchbox beforehand to ask about their happy hour specials. Bad news: There are no happy hour specials. I guess this makes sense; the Mosaic District seems to cater to families and I suppose a bunch of twenty and thirty-somethings drunk off of $5 cocktails is not exactly conducive to a family environment.
Because I arrived a little early, I decided to take a leisurely stroll through towncenter to take a few daylight pictures (you can read my original Mosaic District post here). As I discussed in my original post, I really like this town center: It’s innovative, modern and beautiful in a glassy-metallic way. It doesn’t try to be charming, quaint, old-fashioned or vaguely European like most towncenters do. I feel like most town centers in the area — Fairfax Corner, Shirlington, Reston — go for that same pleasant but characterless, bland vibe, but I think the architects and designers of the Mosaic District did a really great job creating something unique and inspiring, especially when you consider this is a suburban, not an urban, development. The whole towncenter concept is still a little strange to me: It’s this mini little village-type thing surrounded by highways and not particularly accessible beyond its boundaries, but at least this one is walking distance from the metro.
The Angelika theater lobby from above. This is probably one of the nicest theaters I’ve been to. The theaters themselves are nothing out of the ordinary, but the lobby has an airy, modern, well-lit look that is truly calming and inspiring. Most of the time when I walk into a movie theater I feel like I’ve walked into a carnivalesque atmosphere of tackiness and darkness, but not so at the Angelika theater. This theater plays mostly independent and lesser known films, though they do sometimes play more mainstream movies.
The lobby and cafe at the Angelika theater. Here you can buy beer, wine and light fare such as quinoa salad. That should tell you something…There is a concessions stand on the second level (and it doesn’t even smell like popcorn!) and a lounge on the third floor. I love the elevator artwork, the wood floors and metallic furnishings.
I took this picture from the cafe bar inside the theater, hence the reflection. Anyway, they have some pretty cool deals/events at this theater. A movie ticket costs a pretty standard $13, but this morning pastry-coffee combo looks like a good deal. The theater hosts “Trivia Smackdowns” every second Wednesday at 6pm, “Sunset in the Lounge” featuring $5/$6 beer and wine every Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm, a $7 “After hours retro movie series” on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11:45pm, free screenings of the new season of MadMen Sundays at 10pm and other seasonal special events/series throughout the year.
The theater from the outside. As you can see, it’s a pretty good cool, non-traditional theater design.
Kids playing in the fountains in Strawberry Park, the small green space at the center of the Mosaic District. In the background, you can see perhaps the most modern/nicest Target in the DC metro region. The fountain area is always full of kids having a good time. A number of weekly events are held in Strawberry Park. Some of these include: Stories on Strawberry Lane, Stroller Striders, Yoga in the Park, Films in the Park, the New Balance Run Club and Cartoons and Coffee.
A large bench in Strawberry Park.
Mixed-use condo development in the Mosaic District. You’ll find mostly higher end restaurants, bakeries and shops here, as well as a MOM’s Organic Market, a mid-sized upscale grocery store.
Initially I thought this was outdoor artwork…
…but then I took a closer look and it’s actually some kind of electrical system disguised to resemble modern artwork. I thought this was a pretty cool and innovative idea.
There’s quite a bit of construction going on at the Mosaic District. This space has been cleared and I assume condos, townhouses or office buildings are going to go up in the near future.
New townhouses and condos at the Mosaic District. I didn’t check how much these are, but I assume they’re expensive because of their proximity to the Merrifield/Dunn Loring Metro Station, 495, 29, 50, 66 and Gallows Road.
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