For the love of words: Jeanette Wages- Freelance Writer and Public Speaker

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Beauty Shines from the Inside | Fairfax Woman Magazine

In my mid-thirties, I am a far cry from the awkward pre-teen and teenage girl I was in the past, worried about if a boy would ever like me, and crushed when I was told I was ugly. Words back then meant a lot, and I took them to heart well into my twenties – settling for whoever seemed interested in me at the time because I didn’t believe anyone else would want me or find me attractive. Now, when a drunk guy at the bar tells me I’m “ugly” because I’ve politely, or not so politely, told him I wasn

The Wellness Cooperative and the Healing Powers of the Mind-Body Connection | Fairfax Woman Magazine

The Wellness Cooperative, situated on South Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, was shaped by owner Jeanette Wages on the solid foundation of the former acupuncture center, Holistic Touch. Jeanette took over the reins in April 2018 and brought renewed energy and new services for their faithful clientele. Blooming into a fresh version of the massage and skincare spa, Jeanette was guided by the philosophy of whole-body wellness, including the often-over-looked health of the mind.

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Story by Jeanette Wages | Photography by Jeanette Wages & Courtesy of Catoctin Creek Distillery

Known for their unique, local rye whiskeys and gin, Catoctin Creek Distillery took a sharp left detour when COVID19 changed the restaurant and alcohol industry as we know it during an effort to flatten the curve. Once used to working evening hours, stopping by local restaurants to help develop and promote their cocktail menus with their products, John Shope and Avalon Haas now join their production t


Sitting outside Virtue Feed and Grain on a beautiful spring day, you would think it was business as usual. Yet even with people walking up to the local staple, business is far from normal right now. Staff walking around in masks and gloves serving take-out orders on their second day working, having reopened after taking a month off to help with flattening the curve. That was not the vision Will Smith and his family had when taking over the restaurant two years ago, but this is their (hopefully t

Alexandria's Hidden Gems - Issuu

Story by Jeanette Wages | Photography Courtesy of Featured Restaurants Wandering the quaint streets of Old Town or Del Ray, it’s hard not to notice all of the wonderful boutique shops and restaurants lining them. Locals and tourists alike are treated with a variety of cuisine, atmosphere and drink options. During the warmer months the real treasures are the outdoor dining spaces, which have recently expanded to include sidewalk and street seating up and down King Street.

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Most Interesting Men of Alexandria: C.J. Cross - Issuu

Fitness and the restaurant industries don’t always feel like a natural fit, but for C.J. Cross, that’s just how life has worked out. Alexandria knows him as the owner of Hops N Shine and the man who has been publicly vocal in an effort to keep people in the service industry fed, paid, and healthy during these difficult times. But at one time, his life was spent at the gym or building websites for gyms.

As a trainer, C.J. focused on helping prepare athletes for marathons and triathlons, but quic

Most Interesting Men of Alexandria: Jake Gallun - Issuu

Being an Architect and having been a fixture in Old Town Alexandria for 35 years could be enough reason to consider Jake Gallun an interesting man. What truly makes him shine has been his life after retirement. Since leaving the days of suits and ties behind, Jake has immersed himself in being of service to others.

Serving as a Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors for Beth El Hebrew Congregation, he has been involved in a number of projects calling on his architectural backg
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About Jeanette

A path well traveled is not always the straight and easy path. Jeanette has lived in multiple countries, worked in a variety of businesses and has come back to her true passion for words. 

She works as a freelance writer, public speaker, stand-up comic and author of her own stories.