“Art, Beauty, and Chocolate”

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Looking for a creative way to spend the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend?  In need of a little self-indulgent massage or manicure to relax and prime yourself for the night out with that special someone?  Want to give your sweet-thing sweets made locally?  If you answered yes to any of those questions (or, for that matter, even if you answered no to everything), you should head over to Barreiro Salon & Day Spa, located at 3103 Mount Pleasant Street, NW, next Saturday, February 13th between 2 and 6 p.m. for a special event, “Art, Beauty, and Chocolate.” 

Pueblo Viejo Gallery.

“Art, Beauty, and Chocolate,” is an event brought to you by a team of local, small businesses entrepreneurs, Sandra Escobar (The Cacao Tree) and Ramona Arias (Barreiro Salon & Day Spa).  Escobar and Arias, self-described “Latinas with plenty of spunk and creativity,” have united their creative business endeavors together just in time for the sweetheart holiday. 

Barreiro Salon & Day Spa

The event will showcase a recently opened art gallery, “Pueblo Viejo,” which has opened on the first floor at the Barreiro Salon & Day Salon building.  According to Escobar, the gallery features “a wonderful collection of artwork from some renowned Latin American artists.”  In addition to the art, Arias plans to offer fantastic discount coupons during the event that provide $20 off a facial or massage at the spa.  Escobar’s “The Cacao Tree” will have chocolate on hand (but if you can’t make it to the event, you can always order the chocolate online by clicking here).

Chocolate, by The Cacao Tree.

Arias’ spa offers a variety of personalized services, including nail services, waxing, facials, massages, and more.  Escobar’s chocolate is more than just tasty treats, they are tiny works of art.  She has said that chocolate making “allows for a form of expression, a meditative outlet and sensory experience.” Her artisanal chocolate has been featured in DC Luxury Magazine and the National Journal (to read the articles, link to them on The Cacao Tree homepage).  The latter article was about her visit to the White House last February, where she shared her edible art with President Obama and the First Lady.  Undoubtedly, she helped to make their first Presidential Valentine’s Day a little sweeter.

Both Escobar and Arias aim to help make Valentine’s Day 2010 more beautiful and sweeter for the rest of us.  Next Saturday, come out and help support a couple of local businesses.  I hope to see you at “Art, Beauty, and Chocolate.”

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