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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New shops, restaurants coming to Mosaic District

The Mosaic District has brand-new murals, including this one by Kelsey Montague on Strawberry Lane.
Lots of changes are in the works at the Mosaic District in Merrifield.

Sundance, a national retailer selling women’s clothing inspired by American artisans, rustic furniture, and home décor, will open its first store in the D.C. area on District Avenue in mid-November. 
The future home of Sundance.
Also expected to open in November is Erin Condren, a store specializing in stationery, planners, and paper accessories. It’s also on District Avenue, across the street from Paper Source. This will be the second Erin Condren store in the U.S.; the first one is in Austin, Texas.

Local designer Meghan Evans is opening an independent boutique, called Narrative, on District Avenue, offering women’s clothing and jewelry from 31 designers. She is planning a soft opening on Oct. 26. When we stopped by, Evans and Rebekah Murray, of the Virginia Dare Dress Company, were painting the walls themselves.

Narrative will open here in a few weeks.
Little Dipper Hot Pot is set to open soon on the other end of District Avenue. The restaurant, specializing in traditional Chinese family dining, is branching out from its locations on Annandale Road in Falls Church and Rockville, Md.

MacMillan Whisky Room, offering hundreds of whiskeys, specialty tastings, and a full menu in a sophisticated, upscale setting, is set to open in spring 2019.

Little Dipper is coming to Merrifield Town Center street.
Bookseller Barnes & Noble hopes to bring one of its “new concept” stores to Mosaic in June 2019, featuring games, educational toys, and a Starbucks, as well as books, with the goal of promoting social interaction.

A new Japanese barbecue and soba noodle restaurant, RyuKai, to open in fall 2019, will include a demonstration kitchen where a master chef will hold seminars on the art of making soba noodles.

A new mural on Strawberry Lane.
D.C. restaurateurs, Ian and Eric Hilton, who are also in the electronic music collective Thievery Corporation, plan to open their first Northern Virginia restaurant, Park Bistro, in Mosaic in fall 2019. The brothers’ restaurant empire includes Chez Billy Sud, Players Club, and the Brixton.

The bartaco restaurant on District Avenue.
Those new shops join several relatively new tenants at Mosaic: Caboose Commons, a craft brewery opened in a former warehouse on Eskridge Road Sept. 29; Nook, a creative play space for young children; Poké Bar; and West Elm opened this summer. Cheesetique and bartaco opened earlier this year.

Also new at Mosaic: murals in unexpected places around the retail area by nationally known and local artists.