Tysons, VA

An almost-barren Lord and Taylor is closing this weekend at Tysons Corner Center.

The store was pretty empty when Tysons Reporter stopped by earlier today. It looked like about less than a quarter of the merchandise remained.

Sunday is the last day that the store plans to be open, according to an employee.

No word yet on how Tysons Corner Center plans to use the soon-to-be-vacant space.

Story reported by Ashley Hopko and written by Catherine Douglas Moran

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Several newcomers have arrived recently in Tysons Corner Center, while a few spots are now vacant.

Here’s an update on the latest store changes at the mall:

Now Open

Beeboy, a plush toy company, is now open in the former spot of candy store Sugarfina on the first level by Macy’s.

Alexandria-based Tradition de France debuted on the first level of the mall by Lord & Taylor and is the second location for the family-owned business.

Now Closed

Colombian Jeans Store has closed on the second level next to Blessed, according to the spokesperson. A new tenant is expected to be expected in a few weeks, the spokesperson said.

Dabke Lebanese Cuisine is no longer on the third level of the mall.

Coming Soon

B8TA, a retail-as-a-service company, is coming to the first level of the mall near Bloomingdales.

Rent the Runway will have a pop-up show starting on Thursday (Jan. 16) inside of the mall near parking Terrace E.

Permits indicate that Cotton On, an Australian retailer, is coming to the mall. No word yet on the exact location or expected opening date.

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A store where shoppers can try out the latest tech products is coming to Tysons Corner Center.

Signs indicate that B8TA will open a store at the mall. The retail-as-a-service company has chains that present various consumer electronics and devices.

The store is coming to the first level of the mall near Bloomingdales. The wrap-around at the storefront says that B8TA is hiring.

Shoppers can find a B8TA kiosk with about 30 products on the second level by Bloomingdales.

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A new Tysons Corner Center store is selling hand-crafted furniture and accessories for people decorating in a French Regency-style.

Tradition de France opened in November on the first level of the mall by Lord & Taylor and is the second location for the Alexandria-based, family-owned business, an employee told Tysons Reporter.

Raphael Botbol, the store’s manager, told Tysons Reporter that Tysons Corner Center has a broader range of shoppers and more foot traffic than nearby Tysons Galleria.

Botbol said he hopes that shoppers at Tysons Galleria’s high-end stores will come over to Tysons Corner Center to browse their selection of furniture and accessories.

Ultimately, the store hopes to cater to people who are looking for a “taste of luxury” offered at a variety of price points.

Accessories range from $30-$1,000, while the furniture ranges from $500-$8,000, the employee said. The store also sells paintings for $700-$1,000.

Some of the items shoppers can find in the store include a gilded sofa selling for $4,160, a 10-foot-long dining table for $7,590 that seats up to 12 people (chairs are sold separately) and colorful balloon accessories — one of them costs $30. There’s also a globe with an old map for $325.

Most of the furniture comes from Asia and Europe, Botbol said.

While it’s a small store, Botbol said that Tradition de France offers a larger selection of furniture — especially small tables — online. The website is currently getting updated and is expected to be back up in a few weeks, he added.

For shoppers interested in stopping by, the store is open during the mall’s regular business hours.

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Rent the Runway is coming to Tysons Corner Center later this month for a pop-up show.

From Jan. 16 to 26, shoppers can sample items and purchase designer goods such as handbags, clothes and accessories for up to 90% off.

At the shop, there will be items from designers like ML Monique Lhuillier, Diane von Furstenberg, Badgley Mischka, Opening Ceremony, VEDA, Derek Lam 10 Crosby and more, according to the event’s Facebook page.

The hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The pop-up will be located inside of the mall near parking Terrace E.

Anyone who RSVPs on the event’s Facebook page will receive an extra 15% off their purchase.

This event is free and open to the public.

Photo via Rent the Runway/Facebook

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Lord and Taylor is leaving Tysons Corner Center this month with a storewide sale.

Since the fall, everything in the store has been on sale with a 20-40% discount. Shoppers can clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids.

The store is still open as of today (Jan. 6), and an employee said that the store plans to close sometime in mid-January.

Let Tysons Reporter know if you have shopped at — or plan to visit — the store before it closes.

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Lamar Jackson, a quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, was spotted doing some shopping ahead of the holidays at Tysons Corner Center.

Jackson went to the mall on Monday (Dec. 23), CBS reported.

He gifted his teammates with Rolex watches for Christmas, CNN reported, although it’s unclear if he bought those at Tysons or somewhere else.

Several people tweeted about spotting Jackson at the mall.

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Cotton On, an Australian retailer, is looking to come to Tysons Corner Center.

Known for its clothing and stationery brands, Cotton On has a global presence with thousands of stores.

In 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported that the retailer has more than 1,400 stores in 18 countries and just over 100 store in the U.S.

Permits with Fairfax County for a “new tenant layout” at 7872 Tysons Corner Center popped up this week.

Can’t wait for the Tysons location to open? The closest store is at Fair Oaks Mall.

Image via Cotton On/Facebook

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For people who haven’t purchased holiday gifts for friends, family or loved ones yet, they’ve still got a chance with several holiday markets and malls around the Tysons area.

The Vienna Arts Society’s Holiday Pop-up Art Market (101 NW Church Street) will stay open until this Sunday (Dec. 22). The collection offers shoppers items from hundreds of artists, according to the website, including jewelry, multimedia art, clothing, accessories and more.

The final hours of operation for the market are Thursday from noon until 8 p.m., Friday from noon until 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.

Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria both have extended hours of operation during the coming days but both locations will be closed on Christmas (Dec. 25).

For those who cannot get enough of handmade and local items, The Creative Collective POPUP  in Tysons Corner Center, adjacent to BrandBox on level one, carries items from roughly 20 artisans, authors and designers. Examples of gifts found in the shops are handcrafted leather accessories, bathrobes, jewelry and storybooks.

The pop-up will remain open until Christmas Eve during mall hours. Visitors even have the chance to speak with the artists themselves.

For those willing to go out of their way, another holiday market in Fairfax will be open from De. 20-22 at Old Town Square (10415 North Street) from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The events will feature live music, food, drinks and craft vendors from around NoVA.

Photo via Vienna Arts Society/Facebook

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Get Back in the Book!” by Larry Issa has only been in circulation for less than a year but it’s already sold more than 1,500 copies around the Northern Virginia area.

Issa’s picture book is about a young boy named Danny who writes his own book but catches the characters trying to sneak out of the pages because they think the book is boring. Danny ends up teaching his creations the value of books and convinces them that their happy place is within their own story.

Issa told Tysons Reporter that he hopes the message resonates with kids, and they take away a deeper appreciation for literature.

“A lot of my family members are teachers, and one complaint is that reading levels are going down,” he said.

Issa, who is from the McLean area, said he wants to encourage kids around the area and globe to love literature just as much as he did as a kid.

All of the characters in the book are inspired by things he loves doing or what he wanted to be growing up. The dinosaur tends to be a popular character, but Issa said the astronaut is his personal favorite.

In November, Issa won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in first-place for the picture book category.

When it came to the book design and art, Issa approached British artist Emma Chadwick with an idea for a partnership after discovering her art portfolio on Instagram.

As a designer, Issa had a very distinctive plan for what he hoped the book would become and said that he and Chadwick worked well as a cohesive team after accepting the offer. They agreed that a darker color scheme would suit the story well since the book takes place on a school night in the child’s bedroom.

When not working as a professional designer, Issa spends a lot of his time performing readings to school kids and selling his books at local shops, markets and festivals.

As a self-publisher, Issa began giving advice to others who want to publish children’s books and began his new brand — Kalmus Books. He said some of his mentees are planning to publish their books under Kalamus in the future.

Issa told Tysons Reporter that the best advice he can give future authors is to just put themselves out there and start writing, adding that his book went through more than 25 rounds of edits before publication.

He currently coordinates with schools and local charities to give away copies of his book to students in need and seeking donation sponsors to follow in the footsteps of The Closet in Herndon, who recently purchased 100 copies.

People can email Larry Issa if they are interested in helping the cause.

“Get Back in the Book” is available in hard-cover and can be purchased in person at a variety of popups for $18.99 or online, for $21.

Issa said he made the copies slightly more expensive online because he wants to encourage the community to check out markets and book stores in-person.

Although he has received requests for digital and soft-cover copies, he said he doesn’t want to release them just yet because these formats weaken the storytelling experience.

“We are all about the aesthetics,” Issa said.

If anyone wants to meet Issa and purchase their own copy of the book signed on-site, they are welcome to stop by the holiday market in Tysons Corner Center, where he can usually be found during mall hours until Tuesday (Dec. 24), when the pop-up shop closes.

“Get Back in the Book” can also be purchased at Scrawl Books (11911 Freedom Drive).

Issa expects to publish another book soon.

He told Tysons Reporter that hints or “easter eggs” for the upcoming book can be seen in drawings from the main character in”Get Back in the Book.”

Images courtesy Larry Issa

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