This Week

Septeber 28 – October 4

Acacia Federal Savings announced the winners of their 2nd Annual Nice Guys awards which were granted in three categories. Gary LaPorta/Miniatures from the Attic won in the business category while The Naomi Project won in the organization category and Patricia Gauthier, Executive Director of the all-volunteer Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) won in the individual category. Acacia donated $3,000 to the charities of choice for each of the winners and $1,000 to the charities of choice for the runners up. For more information, go to


During the first weekend of October, several businesses in the Broadway Building at 502 W. Broad Street in Falls Church are supporting the operations and programs of the Falls Church Education Foundation. Impulsive Gallery will donate 10% of proceeds to the Foundation on FIRSTfriday, October 6, 2006. On that same date, Hollywood Video is giving free video rental coupons to those who mention the Foundation. Then on Saturday, October 7, 2006, Hoang’s Grill & Sushi Bar will also donate 10% of proceeds to the Foundation (call 703-536-7777 for reservations). For more information go to


The Falls Church Lions Club is seeking corporate sponsors for their 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, May 7, 2007 at Algonkian Regional Park Golf Course, on the Potomac in Sterling, Virginia. For additional information please contact Tom King at (703) 533-0317 or visit their web site at


First Horizon is hosting a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, September 28th from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Join Jorge Ramirez, First Horizon’s Financial Center Manager and your fellow business colleagues for appetizers and a discussion with McKie Toney, VP of Marketing for First Horizon, on marketing your business. First Horizon is located at 133 S. Washington Street. Call 703-536-2644 for more information or to RSVP. The event is free and open to members of the local business community.

Gentle Giant Moving Company won the International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the National Council of Better Business Bureaus, selected from among more than 1,000 contenders across North America. Gentle Giant has received many accolades, but this is their first international and national award, making this honor extremely rewarding for the company. Gentle Giant opened its Alexandria office this past spring as a result of U.S. residents flocking to the Southeast. For more information, please call 1-800-GIANT MEN or visit the company online at

The National Massage Therapy Institute has completed construction on a 4,400 square feet of new space at its Falls Church, Virginia campus. The space includes new classrooms, bodywork labs and offices for the school’s massage therapy students and faculty. The National Massage Therapy Institute accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation and has five campuses: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Falls Church, Virginia, Turnersville, New Jersey, Egg Harbor, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware. For more information go to

PRS, Inc., has received the Community Trustee/Nonprofit Award for 2006 by Leadership Fairfax as part of their annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards. PRS will be presented with the award, which recognizes a nonprofit organization that has demonstrated service and stewardship in the Northern Virginia community, at the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Gala on Friday, November 3. Formerly known as Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, PRS is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit that provides a full range of psychosocial rehabilitation services for persons in Northern Virginia with a psychiatric disability. Established in 1963, PRS is a leader and innovator in the “recovery” model of rehabilitation, which tailors services to each individual’s needs and goals. Based in Falls Church, VA, with centers in South County/Alexandria and Reston, and residential sites throughout the region, PRS offers day programs, employment services, and residential programs to those struggling with mental illness. Additional information about PRS can be found on their website at More information about the organization and the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Gala is available at


Red Hot & Blue Restaurants, Inc., inspired by the popular TV reality show “American Idol”, is introducing a Limited Time Offer menu titled “American Meatloaf Star”. The special menu and meatloaf star recipe contest runs from September 25th through November 5th. The limited time offer menu will star made from scratch Hickory Smoked Meatloaf, which is made with tender beef, juicy pork, and Heinz Ketchup (the rest of the recipe is a company secret). Also being offered is Sweet Potato Chicken Tender Salad and Hoochie Coochie Cajun Burger. The hallmark of the new promotion is the meatloaf recipe contest. Participating Red Hot & Blue locations will feature a local recipe winner who will earn a $100 Red Hot & Blue gift card and an automatic entry into the national contest slated to be held in Arlington, VA sometime in December. The top national winner will win $1,000 cash. The official rules and entry form can be found on their website at No purchase necessary.

Falls Church-based Trimark Corporation commenced the major renovation of South Cherry Plaza — formerly known as Diener’s Center — a 32,000-square-foot retail center located at 6537 Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) in Falls Church. In addition, the firm is actively repositioning and re-tenanting the center and recently signed Kool Smiles PC to a seven-year, 8,000-square-foot lease. Kool Smiles ( is a national chain providing children’s dental care. Renovations are slated for completion by early 2007. Trimark Corporation is a progressive commercial real state investment and services firm that operates primarily in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area market. Fore more information go to


Taste of Falls Church, which will take place Saturday, September 30, 2006 from noon to 5:00 pm, has secured significant support from the local restaurant community. Two Sisters Coffee, Aldo’s Italian Steakhouse, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Argia’s, Broad Street Tavern, Charlie Horse Grill, Clare & Don’s Beach Shack, Hoang’s Grill & Sushi Bar, Ireland’s Four Provinces, Ledo Pizza Restaurant,

Lebanese Taverna, Robeks Fruit Smoothies & Healthy Eats, Sunrise of Falls Church, Sweet Rice Thai Cuisine, The Auld Shebeen, and ZPizza will all have “taste’s” available while local artists display their artwork and local musicians perform throughout the day. The event is free. Tastes will be available for $3 each or 10 for $25. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Multicultural Human Services, Falls Church Arts, and the Unity Club. For more information go to