The Shops at Crystal City

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Photo: Brenda Davis
Brenda Davis, Director of Retail Marketing

These days, it's a tough market for recent graduates to find a job. Brenda Davis was fortunate because she not only landed a job right after graduating from George Mason University but is proud to say, after 15 years, she is still with the same company.

"Yes, this was my first job out of college," said Davis, who has been promoted since then and is currently the Director of Retail Marketing for Vornado/Charles E. Smith, the real estate firm that owns The Shops at Crystal City. "And I can add that I've certainly seen a few changes in that time."

Changes and continual improvements that have made this popular urban village a prime example of why a variety of convenient transportation options combined with shops, restaurants, offices and residential homes make this ideal for a car free lifestyle.

With her office right near the Marriott Gateway tunnel, which links the hotel to the various shops and Metro station, Davis describes her work environment as "its own little world" surrounded by booming businesses and many healthy activities to choose from.

In addition to its close proximity to Metrorail, Metrobus, and ART bus options, The Shops are very bicycle friendly. They offer bike racks inside the garages--something regular commuters appreciate, especially as the weather changes. And as a Capital Bikeshare partner, The Shops offer riders access to 110 bikes and 14 stations located throughout the Greater Crystal City Area.

Davis also mentioned that Revolution Cycles offers attractive bicycle rental packages for residents, business employees and visitors. They offer flexible bicycle rental options (by the hour, day, 3-day and week). Many co-workers like to take advantage of a lunch-time spin. Speaking of lunchtime activities, in addition to dining out, there is also the opportunity to, "find your inner balance" at the Yoga Studio.

Going back to her "little world" reference, Davis notes, "This [healthy activities] is just so convenient for employees." Maintaing a healthy lifestyle is easier for employees when there are so many easy accessible options.

Photo: Crystal City sign"We have two health clubs, Sport & Health at Crystal Park and Crystal Gateway Sport & Health, and some employers offer a corporate discount."

Reflecting over the past 15 years and cultivating a healthy environment made Davis recall one of the changes that happened in 2004 that has had a positive impact on The Shops. That's when the Marine Corps Marathon course was changed to include Crystal City.

"I had watched [the race] as a spectator in Rosslyn," recalled Davis. "And we thought it was such a positive event with all the runners and wheelers, we wanted to support it." They worked with the race organizers who re-routed the 26.2-mile course so it would include Crystal City.

For out of town runners and their families, Crystal City is an ideal place to stay since they offer convenient transportation to and from the race, an ideal Car-Free Diet option. Crystal City offers a family-friendly festival with live music, restaurant tastings, an art market and plenty of kid-oriented activities.

"I still stand out in front here and cheer for everyone," said Davis.

While that is one running event, come springtime the local Pacers running stores host a series of Friday night 5K races in Crystal City. This past year they boasted more than 1,000 participants per race. It was a win-win partnership with people doing a healthy activity and supporting the local businesses.

Crystal City Shops
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Bikes counted

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14th Street Bridge
1918
Ballston Connector
337
Bluemont Connector
204
CC Connector
717
Clarendon EB bike lane
199
Crystal SB bike lane
109
Custis Bon Air Park
1058
Custis Rosslyn
1329
Fairfax EB bike lane
150
Joyce St NB
36
Joyce St SB
29
Key Bridge East
1124
Key Bridge West
763
Military NB bike lane
36
Military SB bike lane
31
MVT Airport South
2089
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
77
Roosevelt Bridge
424
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1266
TR Island Bridge
1330
WOD Bon Air Park
832
WOD Bon Air West
1405
WOD Columbia Pike
628
WOD East Falls Church
0
Wilson WB bike lane
254

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
191
Ballston Connector
391
Bluemont Connector
368
CC Connector
545
Custis Bon Air Park
485
Custis Rosslyn
340
Joyce St NB
58
Joyce St SB
87
Key Bridge East
2306
Key Bridge West
1079
MVT Airport South
10307
Roosevelt Bridge
121
TR Island Bridge
466
WOD Bon Air Park
43409
WOD Bon Air West
617
WOD Columbia Pike
591
WOD East Falls Church
0

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4857287
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