This Week’s Business News and Notes

November 2 – 8, 2006

Adeena Mignogni, paint-your-own pottery studio owner and author of Cute Little Store: Between Entrepreneurial Dream and Business Reality and Ron Fournier, co-founder of, former API White House Correspondent, and co-author of Applebee’s America: How Successful Political, Business and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community, will overview their books and participate in a book signing from 6:15 – 6:45 pm during a reception at the Falls Church Community Center on Saturday, November 4, 2006. Entrance to the event is free and books will be available for purchase.


BB&T will host a seminar on defense and government services Thursday, November 9, 2006 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for local business leaders. The seminar, "Acquisitions, Divestitures and the Ever-Changing Landscape", will cover merger and acquisition topics, including a public market update, the valuation environment, strategic alternatives, and a merger and acquisition market overview. It will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, 1700 Tysons Boulevard in McLean. For more information visit


Cosi has opened in The Byron located at 513 W. Broad Street. Cosi’s “Simply Good Taste” menu includes sandwiches made to order in their signature flatbread, a wide variety of salads tossed to order, pizzas, soups, bagels, unique gourmet beverages and desserts. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. And, to help introduce their fine menu to the community, Cosi is providing the appetizers for the Falls Church Business Expo reception taking place Saturday, November 4, 2006 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Falls Church Community Center. Cosi expects to secure their ABC license and be set up for WIFI within the next few weeks. For more information visit


Curves of Falls Church is exhibiting the work of artist and City resident, Lou Jones, an instructor of oil and acrylic painting at the Falls Church Community Center. Through November, her layered, abstract compositions of textured papers, enriched by drawing and painting, will be displayed. An opening reception will take place from 6:30-8:00 pm on FIRSTfriday, November 3, 2006. Curves is located at 240 West Broad Street. For a listing of additional FIRSTfriday events and specials see the advertisement in this issue of the Falls Church News-Press. 


Dr. Steve Mabry, DDS, a Falls Church native, has purchased a dental practice in Arlington. He was previously a member of the attending and teaching staff at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey as well as in private practice. A graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, Mabry assumed the practice of long-time Arlington dentist, L. Carl Floyd, DDS, FAGD, earlier this month.


GSA National Capital Region is hosting a conference for Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran small business owners on Wednesday, November 15, 2006. The event will provide networking and learning opportunities for companies to interact with contracting officials and decision makers from GSA and other Federal agencies. Tickets for this event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) are $100 and include lunch. For a copy of the agenda or to register go to


First Horizon Bank in Falls Church will be hosting an exhibit featuring the photography of Bob Morrison as part of the Falls Church Arts Gallery Without Walls program. The exhibit showcases fine art photographs, also available for sale, of flowers, wildlife, landscapes and more and is the first such effort following the recent incorporation of his photography business as Bonnie Briar Productions LLC. First Horizon Bank is located at 133 South Washington Street in Falls Church. The public is welcome to view this exhibit during the bank’s normal business hours, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through January 2007. For more information about how businesses can benefit from the Gallery Without Walls program contact Gina Caceci at


Free seminars for business leaders, students and residents are being offered at the Falls Church Community Center in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Falls Church Business Expo on Saturday, November 4, 2006. 1) From 2:00 – 2:40, Matt Smith, principle of the renowned advertising agency Smith Gifford, will participate in a Q&A session on small business branding and marketing. 2) From 2:50 – 3:30, Maribeth Fish, AVP from Acacia Federal Savings, will present on identity theft and ways in which to protect yourself and/or your business. 3) From 3:40 to 4:20, Heather McDonough from the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will present on state and local procurement opportunities. The seminars are free and open to the general public as is the business exhibit area (open from 11:30 – 2:00 and again from 4:30 – 8:00) and the reception from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.


Robeks Fruit Smoothies and Healthy Eats held its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, October 28, 2006. Mayor Robin Gardner, Vice Mayor Lindy Hockenberry, Acting City Manager Wyatt Shields, Falls Church Chamber Chair Elect Gary LaPorta and Chamber members Bob Beach (SAID, Quick Copy), Barry Buschow (EDA, Lions Club), and Leslie Hutchison (REMAX, Impulsive Gallery) joined Robeks’ owners Dave and Leslie Hutchinson for the actual ribbon cutting. Also in attendance was Dr. Gordon Theisz (Family Medicine in Falls Church), Chamber staff Deborah Thompson and Sally Cole and hundreds of local residents. Robeks is located at 1063 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Visit for more information on their menu and products.


Voters will be asked to vote on the Marshall-Newman Amendment on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. A number of organizations including the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, have raised concerns over the amendment’s potential impact on the business community. Business leaders are encouraged to read the amendment in its entirety and if its meaning is unclear or if it appears that it may impact businesses relationships, vote No on Question 1. A copy of the Chamber’s statement opposing the amendment can be found at