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Friday's Business Feature: Little Gorilla Design

Shoes and jewelry are usually the first things we think of when you want to accessorize an outfit. But how about taking a step out of that norm and jazz up your wardrobe with a collection of very unique belts. Little Gorilla Design specializes in stylish belt buckles you won’t find elsewhere. These buckles are inspired by scrapbook paper and transformed into a beautiful work of art adorned with Swarvoski Crystals.

Let’s get to know a little bit about Little Gorilla Design and owner, Cindy Perkins:

E-Harmony Might Not Be So Harmonious; Police Say Online Dating Ends in Sexual Assault

John Swann Evans of South Riding, VA has been charged for sexually assaulted a woman he met on an online dating website. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is concerned that there may be other victims who have just not come forward.

Evans, 34, was charged with abduction with intent to defile and forcible sodomy. Police say he met the victim, a 37-year-old woman from Loudoun County, on E-Harmony in June 2010. A month later, the two met at the victim’s home and at this time he held her against her will and sexually assaulted her. Evans is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

While I know many people have wonderful experiences with online dating sites, it is important to always take caution because you never know who you are dealing with on the other end. If you chose to meet individuals through websites like this, it is important to first meet-up in a public location.

Loudoun Needs 21 More Schools, Says Superintendent

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- The head of Loudoun County's Public Schools laid out an ambitious growth plan for his district in his State of Education address.  It is one he says is needed.

Dr. Edgar Hatrick released his report and proposals on the school's website.  He wrote Loudoun will be the third-largest school district in Virginia, with nearly 92,000 students - up from just under 60,000 now.  Hatrick said Loudoun will need 21 new schools to meet the growing number of students.  However, Hatrick wrote only eight are planned through 2015. 

STATE OF EDUCATION: Read Dr. Hatrick's address and presentation (PDF File)

Virginia Wine Festival

Virginia's Annual Wine Festival is being held this weekend, the 18-19th, at Bull Run Regional Park. What is better than spending a beautiful day trying over 400 varieties of wine in only a few short hours!

Virginia has grown to be the 5th state in US wine prodcution and this event is the #1 tasting event in Virginia. You get all your favorite wines (and probably a few you won't like) in a one stop shop with gourmet food, arts shows, musical entertainment and unique vendors. This is a "Wine enthusiast paradise" you don't want to miss.  And check out the 1000 Oaks Barrel Company. They have the cutest little barrel's you can actually keep liquor in right on your bar! Need to convince the kids it'll be a fun time? There's face painting!

Tickets range from $25 (advance) to $30 at the door.

Great Country Farms Cider Fest

Great Country Farms is doing their annual Cider Fest and Antique Tractors event this Saturday/Sunday from 12-4. Enjoy tasting freshly pressed cider and demonstrations with 1800's antique presses. Enjoy Cider Slushies and apple pies while taking a tour of the farm and their antique tractors.

For the kids, there is a Corn Maze, a 2800 sqft Jumping Pillow (this is a MUST while there!), Putt Putt Golf, Wagonrides to U-Pick produce, farm animals to visit and feed, rope swings, giant slides, tire mountain and more. Admission price is $10-12 and those with Military ID are free.

Their official Fall Harvest Festival start September 25th and goes until October 31st. Find more information by clicking here.

Knife Wielding Robber In Ashburn

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- The Loudoun County Sheriff says a man with a knife has robbed at least three businesses in Ashburn.

Sheriff Stephen Simpson says the crook has robbed two Hair Cutterys and a Taco Bell.

Simpson released surveillance video that shows a man wearing a baseball cap walking into the Hair Cuttery at Parkhurst Plaza around one in the afternoon on Tuesday.

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He browses the shampoo and conditioner shelves and then acts as though he is going to buy something. But instead he pulls out a large knife and robbed the business.

It was similar to the incident at another Hair Cutter two days before on Sunday in the Ashburn Shopping Plaza.

6th Annual Autumn Apple Festival

It's almost apple picking time again! Come out for the 6th Annual Autumn Apple Festival at Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, VA on Saturday, October 23. You can visit the exhibit "Viriginia Apples for Flavor: The Story of Hill High Orchards" and see historic orchard tools at work! Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is located at 21668 Heritage Farm Lane.

For just $3-5 a person you can learn how to make cider and apple butter and meet local farmers and learn how to buy fresh and shop local for your family!