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Annandale is home to TV cake stars

If you’ve ever been enthralled by the elaborate, artful cakes on TV cooking shows, you might be surprised to learn that a winning contestant on several of those shows lives and works right here in Annandale.

Norman R. Davis and Zane Beg of the “custom cakery” known as The Sweet Life competed in more than a dozen Food Network Challenges. Norm won four times, and Zane came in second in his first solo challenge. Norm has been on TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” four times and won once. He is also often featured on the TV show “Historic Tours and Recipes.” 

The Sweet Life doesn’t have a store, though. It operates out of a house near the intersection of Braddock and Backlick roads. Their work is by appointment only.

Craft show this weekend at NOVA's Annandale campus

The Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild is sponsoring a craft show this weekend at the Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike.

The show is open Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3.

More than 60 artisans will be at the show, including Sunisa Yorgason, who makes clay flowers like the ones pictured here. You can also expect such crafts as pottery,  fiber arts, jewelry, woodworking, and glass.