ARCHER® Hotel Brings Sophistication to Tysons, Virginia with Announcement of Boutique Hotel in Scotts Run

Steps from Metro: LodgeWorks Partners, L.P. Hand-Picked Scotts Run South for Development of its 178-Room Luxe Property, Marking the Seventh Hotel for the Growing Brand

ARCHER® Hotel Tysons, a new-build property in the heart of Scotts Run South, is officially underway. LodgeWorks Partners, L.P., the owner, operator and developer of the growing Archer Hotel collection, hand-picked this location adjacent to the McLean Silver Line Metro Station, which provides easy access to Washington, D.C., just nine miles away, and the city’s two airports, Dulles International and Reagan National.

The highly anticipated hotel will be filled with curated luxuries, thoughtful touches and local discoveries, all of which are at the core of this award-winning brand’s success. In less than four years Archer Hotel has made coveted “Best of Lists” in leading consumer magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, in addition to being at the pinnacle of its competition set – occupying the top one to five percent (5%) spots in each city – on trusted review sites.

ARCHER Hotel is a boutique collection with a focus on sincere service, curated luxuries and a dedication to details big and small. With properties in sought-after destinations and carefully selected suburbs, the hotels are designed to feel like welcoming residences, each with distinct nod to the location they call home. The hotels consistently rank in the top spots on trusted review sites based on guest feedback, with a strong theme of exceeding expectations. Current Archer locations can be found in sought-after cities – New York, Austin and Napa Valley – as well as up-andcoming destinations in top metro areas, such as Burlington, MA; Florham Park, NJ; and Redmond, WA. All of its city properties — New York, Napa and Austin — are in the running for Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, which was recently published in November 2019 edition of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

(The Archer Hotel Austin came in 19th (93.28 points)–of 20– on the Texas list of Best City Hotels. The Archer Hotel Napa came in 16th (96.18 points) –of 25– on the Northern California list of Best City Hotels in California. The Archer Hotel New York failed to place on this year list, but, hey, the competition was quite stiff all around with a record 600,000 registered voters, nearly 10,000 hotels, spas, airlines, trains, cruises, counties, islands, and destination resorts receiving votes. Of those, barely 15% made the final cut.)

Archer Hotel Tysons is currently the only hotel in the development plans for Scotts Run South. The dynamic Scotts Run development is destined to be a new walkable urban village and will attract a wonderful cross-section of guests with plans for approximately 6.5 million square feet of new residential and commercial development, comprised of residential units, restaurants, retail, office space, and an expansive public plaza. The Scotts Run stream valley park runs through the site and on to the Potomac River, connecting guests with wellness and nature.

The Tysons locale boasts megacity attributes and infrastructure, while retaining welcoming touches like tree-lined streets and a lower-stress lifestyle. LodgeWorks is dedicated to bringing sophistication to discerning guests who have an appreciation for boutique hotel experiences and a fondness for attention to details big and small. This the seventh hotel in the growing collection in just five years since its first property opened. The preliminary opening timeline for Archer Hotel Tysons is summer 2021.

The seven-story hotel’s 178 guest rooms and suites will have a variety of design palettes, which is true of all Archer properties. Just as no two bedrooms in a home would be alike, the accommodations vary throughout in both design and layout. Guests can choose from Classic King, Double King (uncommon to find in hotels), Archer King Suite and Archer’s Den, which are the largest accommodations in the hotel. Archer’s Den is a one-bedroom suite which offers a separate living area furnished with a comfy chesterfield-style sofa, side chair and a 55-inch flatscreen TV. Combine this with the fully-stocked wet bar and this room is the perfect option for longer stays and entertaining.

Designed by LK Architecture, Inc., Archer Hotel Tysons blends historic adaptive reuse architecture with the modern urban infill to create a distinctive experience at Scotts Run. Tumbled multi-color brick mixes with contemporary metal panels, and floor-to-ceiling muntin framed windows to create an urban chic destination in the exciting new urban development.

Archer Hotel Tysons will boast a rooftop event venue, a fitness studio, bar and restaurant. The hotel will also offer underground valet parking. Archer Hotel Tysons will play host to meetings and events with more than 6,500 square feet of space, including the rooftop with outdoor terrace, a board room and several breakout rooms. Legendary James Beard award-winning Chef Charlie Palmer who has already teamed up with LodgeWorks at Archer in both New York and Napa, will operate the hotel’s restaurant and be the exclusive provider of all food and beverage services at the hotel including its events catering.

The location of this hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Tysons is the twelfth largest central business district in the US, with 30 million square feet of office space, home to five Fortune 500 headquarters and two super regional malls – Tysons Corner Center, which is the 10th largest mall in the US, and Tysons Galleria with anchors including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales; luxury stores including Cartier, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton; and technology stores which include Apple, Microsoft and Tesla.

LodgeWorks Partners, L.P., is a privately held hotel development and management company with a rich history as hospitality brand innovators, industry-leading guest satisfaction, sophisticated development acumen and an experienced team that has successfully collaborated for more than 30 years. The company launched the ARCHER® Hotel boutique collection with a trio of high-profile U.S. destinations. In May 2014 Archer Hotel debuted in New York City/mid-town Manhattan, followed by an August 2016 opening in Austin at The Domain NORTHSIDE, and a much-anticipated November 2017 opening in downtown Napa, California. The collection continued its strategic development plan in upscale metro markets with a February 2018 opening in Burlington, MA (just outside of Boston), followed by a May 2018 addition in Florham Park, NJ, and in late May 2019 with a location in Redmond, WA (a high-tech Eastside suburb of Seattle).

LodgeWorks continues to own, franchise and/or manage a portfolio of branded hotels, including Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, Aloft®, Hampton Inn®, and Hilton Garden Inn®. For more information, please visit www.lodgeworks.com.

Hard Rock International Launches Bahamas Strong T-Shirt To Benefit Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

One Hundred Percent of Proceeds from the Limited-Edition T-Shirt Benefit Hurricane Victims in The Bahamas

Hard Rock International, a global hospitality and entertainment brand owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, today announced its support for those affected by Hurricane Dorian with the launch of its Bahamas Strong T-Shirt. The limited-edition merchandise item will be sold at Rock Shops® inside Hard Rock® properties throughout North America and in select areas of Latin America. Hard Rock will distribute one hundred percent of the proceeds from its Bahamas Strong T-Shirt to the Bahamian Red Cross through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation® to aid those affected by Hurricane Dorian. The shirt features the Bahamian national flag alongside the classic Hard Rock logo and Hard Rock’s “Love All Serve All” mantra, displaying the brand’s commitment to helping the communities in which it serves.

With venues in 75 countries spanning 259 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe.

Hard Rock International Launches Bahamas Strong T-shirt To Benefit Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

Hard Rock International, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming are committed to aiding the people of The Bahamas following the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian,” said Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming. “As a global brand with a long-standing history in The Bahamas, this is an effort that is close to our hearts. Providing all of the proceeds from our Bahamas Strong T-Shirt sales to assist in the hurricane relief efforts is just scratching the surface for the level of support we intend to provide.”

Hard Rock’s Bahamas Strong T-Shirt launch comes on the heels of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s support for Hurricane Dorian victims, in which they successfully delivered water bottles to those on the ground in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island during a five-day airlift that began on Sept. 6. In addition, Seminole Gaming provided the Bahamian government with critical items sourced from each of its Florida properties to contribute to the relief efforts.

For more information on the Hard Rock brand, visit www.hardrock.com. To purchase additional Hard Rock merchandise, visit the online Rock Shop at www.shop.hardrock.com.

The Hard Rock Heals Foundation® is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music and have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.

In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power‘s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

American Girl Brings New In-Store Experiences to Its Flagship Stores in New York and Chicago in Time for the Holidays

Brand Debuts New Doll Hospitals, Immersive Character World and Newly-Renovated Salon

American Girl, the inspiring world of dolls, content, and experiences, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel, has announced new in-store experiences at its New York City and Chicago flagship stores. Launching ahead of the 2019 holiday season, new retailtainment includes a doll hospital in both locations, a fully-immersive space that brings to life Julie, a classic character from the 1970s, in New York, and a newly-renovated salon in Chicago for both girls and their dolls.

For more than twenty years, since we opened our first American Girl flagship store, we’ve been creating engaging, interactive retail experiences for kids and their families,” said Jamie Cygielman, General Manager of American Girl.These experiences are a key part of what connects American Girl doll owners with the brand, and the new doll hospitals, salon and Julie’s Groovy World take that to the next level.”

The all-new American Girl Doll Hospital available exclusively at the company’s New York and Chicago retail locations. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new retail experiences include:

  • Starting this month (Ocotober 2019), girls can bring their dolls in need of a check up to all-new American Girl Doll Hospitals in New York City at 75 Rockefeller Plaza and Chicago at 835 Michigan Avenue. The hospitals offer a variety of free services, including a doll wellness exam with a specially-trained Doll Doctor who checks the pulse, temperature, and reflexes of each 18-inch patient. It also features free interactive play stations, where girls can perform doll eye exams, take doll-sized x-rays, and give a dental checkup. A complementary Certificate of Good Health is given to doll owners after each visit, along with wellness tips to help girls care for their dolls at home. For dolls that have been so loved they need to see a specialist, on-site doctors can schedule appointments for more extensive doll repairs.
  • Fans will be transported to the 1970s with Julie’s Groovy World (New York) that shows girls what growing up was like for American Girl fan-favorite, Julie Albright™. The space is brought to life through memorable scenes from Julie’s stories. Girls can explore and relax in a 70s-inspired living area – complete with rotary phone, beaded curtains and classic Egg Chair; shoot hoops at the Pop-A-Shot basketball game; take a selfie in the full-size 70s-era VW Beetle and more.
  • For the first time, the newly-renovated American Girl Salon in Chicago is inviting girls to join their favorite dolls in getting matching hairstyles, mini manicures, and ear-piercing. The salon, which also has a sophisticated new look, includes four girl hair stations, twelve doll hair stations, four girl manicure stations, and one nail drying station. The salon is equipped with a full ear-piercing suite – for girls and dolls. Guests can make salon reservations in advance or day-of, and special packages are available with plenty of options for personalization. The Salon services for girls are also currently available in the New York store.
Girls can now join their favorite dolls for a day of pampering at the newly-renovated Salon at American Girl Place Chicago. (Photo: Business Wire)

In addition to the new in-store experiences, American Girl retail guests across the country can enjoy dining with their dolls at the AG Cafe, design custom dolls and outfits at the Create Your Own Studio and visit the Doll Salon.

Travel back to the 1970s with fan-favorite, Julie Albright, at this brand-new interactive space at American Girl’s New York store. (Photo: Business Wire)

To make a reservation or learn more about American Girl’s premier retail locations nationwide, visit americangirl.com.

Getting a Haircut at Sport Clips Haircuts Now Through Veterans Day Can Help A Hero

Campaign Supports Military Scholarships Through The Veterans Of Foreign Wars of The United States

Getting a haircut now through Veterans Day will support service member and veteran scholarships as a part of Sport Clips Haircuts annual “Help A Hero” campaign that kicks off in stores today. The Help A Hero Scholarship program is designed to reduce the burden of college, graduate and technical school tuition often needed to pursue post-military careers and is administered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW). The goal this year is to raise $1.5 million toward scholarships in the more than 1,800 Sport Clips Haircuts stores across the country.

Sport Clips Haircuts. (PRNewsFoto/Sport Clips)

In just six years, 1,450 military and student veterans have been awarded Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships with the nearly $6.5 million donated to date by Sport Clips Haircuts, its clients and product partners. These scholarships provide up to $5,000 of assistance per semester to help cover the cost of tuition and fees for service members and veterans in the rank of E-5 and below.

I used my G.I. Bill benefits to obtain my B.A. and even the first three semesters of my M.A. before exhausting my benefits,” says Christopher Mynatt, a U.S. Navy veteran. “The VFW and Sport Clips are the reason I will never have to pay for school out of pocket.

Getting a haircut now through Veterans Day will support service member and veteran scholarships as a part of Sport Clips Haircuts annual “Help A Hero” campaign.

Many locations are also offering free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification – check here for participating stores and store hours. Anyone can support the cause by making a donation when checking out at a Sport Clips location. On Veterans Day, November 11, the company donates an additional dollar for every haircare service to the scholarship program, which added more than $100,000 to the total last year and will be even higher in 2019.

These scholarships are making a difference in the lives of so many who have served our country in the military. Right now, there are 165 student veterans attending colleges and certification programs here in the U.S. with the aid of Help A Hero Scholarships,” says Gordon Logan, Sport Clips founder, CEO, Air Force veteran and VFW Life member. “Whether it’s graduate school or beauty school, it’s an honor for us to be able to thank those who serve by helping them toward the degrees and certifications to pursue civilian careers.”

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,200 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at vfw.org.

Our student veterans can face a lot of adversity while pursuing higher education,” said William “Doc” Schmitz, VFW national commander. “With the help of Sport Clips Haircuts and its generous patrons, we’re so pleased to have the opportunity to ensure the financial burden is alleviated during an already stressful time in these veterans’ lives.”

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, offers online check in for clients, and is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and #17 in its “Franchise 500.” There are more than 1,800 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada, and as the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2018 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times.

Sport Clips provides “Haircuts with Heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has contributed $7.5 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing‘s NASCAR drivers Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Indy Car driver Sebastien Bourdais, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.