WASHINGTON (AP) — Tending to bonding before business, President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron opened the French president's visit Monday with an anything-but-ordinary double date with their wives at George Washington's house.The presidents and their spouses hopped on a helicopter bound for Mount Vernon, Washington's historic riverside home, for a private dinner one night before the leaders sit down for talks on a weighty agenda including security, trade and the Iran nuclear deal.Macron's pomp-filled three-day state visit to Washington underscores the importance that both sides attach to the relationship: Macron, who calls Trump often, has emerged as something of a "Trump whisperer" at a time when the American president's relationships with other European leaders are more strained. Trump, who attaches great importance to the optics of pageantry and ceremony, chose to honor Macron with the first state visit of his administration as he woos the French president. × … [Read more...] about No ordinary double date: Trumps, Macrons at Mount Vernon
The Hotel Revival won’t officially open in Mount Vernon until May 3, but some people already are trickling through the doors and booking small gathering spaces for business and personal events.Those running the 107-room boutique hotel hope to give the travelers a feel for Baltimore.“We want it to have a neighborhood feel,” said Beth Brainard, general manager of the hotel, which was the Peabody Court Wyndham on Monument Street until it closed in 2016. “We like to think we are unique and not like a big box brand.”This will be the hotel’s niche, as it’s the newest in a line of small and mid-sized hotels that have opened in the downtown area or are planned for the city in recent years.The rooms are filled with art, about half created by local artists. The signs are painted by a local artist. There will be locally-made jewelry, bow ties and other items sold in a lobby store. The head chef is from Baltimore and will develop menus based on local … [Read more...] about Hotel Revival, Baltimore’s newest boutique hotel, debuts in Mount Vernon. Take a look inside.
By Deborah Neyens, correspondent MOUNT VERNON — Jo Kutcher fell into the wedding planning business almost by accident. “A friend of a friend asked me to coordinate her wedding,” Kutcher recalled. “She knew I had that spark in me. I decided to just go for it and dove right in.” The former first-grade teacher and stay-at-home mom found herself coordinating all aspects of that wedding, from the bridal party’s attire to the reception for 300 people at a local hotel. From that first wedding in 2012, Kutcher’s first business, Unveiled Event and Design, was born. “I thought I’d do maybe one wedding a year,” she said. “But it completely snowballed from there. The next year I did four, and after that I was doing 10-plus weddings a year.” Kutcher spent five years managing all aspects of other people’s weddings and special events, from booking the venues and vendors to deigning the decor to coordinating the day-of … [Read more...] about Mount Vernon shop focuses on wedding rentals, decor
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