In a world of acronyms and shorthand, it is only fitting that we follow suit by abbreviating the Housewives’ coined “Girl’s Night Out” event and reducing the 3 words into the short, but sweet “GNO”.
Let’s rewind the clock to 7/30/15. After more than a month of failed attempts at trying to locate local networking groups in my own area (Montgomery County, MD), I decided that I would buckle down and embark on the one-hour drive to The V Social Eatery and Brewhouse. I’d been following the Northern Virginia Housewives (NOVA HW) on Facebook (and the Nova HW Blog) for quite some time and I finally could commit to the drive. It was a day where I was free of chess club pickup and basketball transport; a day where my husband could pick up the baby and I could put down my “Mommy To Do” list and enjoy the evening. That day I flew solo, not because of a lack of companionship, but because I was up for an adventure and I wasn’t going to let the journey hold me back. I left my original destination of Rockville, MD and wound up at The V in Ashburn approximately 60-70 minutes later. The drive wasn’t intolerable, but it was quite a time investment for a married, mom of two boys with a full time job… and a half. Especially, when I didn’t know what the return on my investment would be.
However, I was most pleasantly surprised by what awaited me in Ashburn. I found an amazing bar & eatery that I may have overlooked otherwise. I enjoyed the vendors’ elaborate displays of products and services; most of which I had never even heard of prior. I enjoyed a nice glass of wine and a delectable appetizer while I made my rounds socializing. That evening, I tried something out of my usual ordinary and it wound up being a wonderful experience. I enjoyed a few more NOVA events since then and I’ve found there to be several key characteristics of a “GNO”. Each of these exists regardless of the venue or the local businesses present (from mom-preneurs and small businesses to chains):
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