Art and Opportunity: Ordinary Art Gallery Opens for Business

A new center for the arts has arrived in downtown Leesburg amid the vintage shops and lively bars. The Ordinary Art Gallery and Studio, opened in July by Sharon Virts and her son, Lucas Mason, is illuminated by bright white walls and wide windows that stretch to the ceiling. It is filled with artwork of all kinds—from vibrant canvases of nature scenes to small graphite sketches depicting historical figures and moments. 

Summer in Loudoun: Ice Cool Treats

On a recent hot summer Saturday, a 10-strong team of cyclists parked their bikes outside King Street Coffee in downtown Leesburg and lined up to order. It turned out they all wanted the same thing: a large scoop of hazelnut gelato topped with a shot of the popular café’s rich, locally roasted Lone Oak espresso. The dessert – or is it a drink? – is a refreshing Italian classic called the Affogato, and according to King Street Coffee owner Abbie Whitehurst, word of it has spread like wildfire.