This Week’s Business News and Notes

November 9 – 15, 2006

Acacia Federal Savings Bank presented the Greater Falls Church Business Expo on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at the Falls Church Community Center. The event, attended by businesses and residents provided the opportunity to meet with local business leaders and attend seminars given by such notables as Matt Smith from SmithGifford, Maribeth Fish from Acacia, and Heather McDonough from the Virginia Department of Business Assistance. Attendees were also treated to readings by authors Adeena Mignogni (Cute Little Store) and Ron Fournier (Applebee’s America), an art exhibit by Bill Abel and Sue Nannery, a musical performance by the George Mason High School Jazz Quartet, sandwiches and appetizers by Cosi and an appearance by Congressman Jim Moran who donned shorts and a t-shirt for his final weigh-in for the Community Health Challenge. Atlantic Realty Companies, the Falls Church Economic Development Authority, the Falls Church News-Press, and First Horizon “All Things Financial” were sponsors of the event and Clay Café Studios, Nova-Habitat, Point of View “Everything for Eyes”, and Venable, LLP were supporters. The event was coordinated by the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce.


Falls Church’s popular Argia’s restaurant will be participating in the 2006 Capital Food Fight to benefit DC Central Kitchen on Wednesday, November 15th at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event will include 10 battling chefs, one stage, and one fight with the hottest restaurants and top chefs. The event will also highlight Argia’s which is hosting a wine tasting booth at this important fundraising event. For more information or to purchase tickets go to


The Falls Church Economic Development Authority is looking for experienced individuals who live in Falls Church City, Arlington County or Fairfax County to apply for a 4 year appointment to the EDA. The EDA is seeking someone, preferably with development experience, to fill the position vacated by Daniel Sze who was elected to serve on the Falls Church City Council. The EDA, which meets typically at 6:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, is responsible for attracting and retaining businesses in the City of Falls Church, acquiring land to further this purpose, issuing bonds to finance facilities and accomplish other related goals, and advises City Council on matters relating to the economic development of the City. For more information visit or call 703-248-5146.

Falls Church maps and business directories are available from the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. Copes are available, free of charge, to visitors, residents, and business that would like to make them available to customers. For copies of either the maps or the directories please email or call 703-532-1050.

KSI Services Inc. is changing its corporate name and brand by adopting the last name of its founder and chairman, Robert C. Kettler, a third-generation Washington-area developer who founded the company 30 years ago. The Vienna-based real estate development company, which is ranked among the 20 largest multifamily developers in the country, will be called Kettler, a well-known name in real estate development not only throughout the Washington metropolitan area, but the mid-Atlantic. The company announced the change at a ceremony today for the Washington Capital’s new training facility and ice arena, the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, adjacent to the Ballston Common Mall in Arlington. The private residential and commercial real estate company, founded by Robert C. Kettler in 1977, has grown from a one- man operation to over 450 employees. For more information go to

Copies of “Treats & Eats in the City”, a “comprehensive guide to all things food” complete with a display stand are available to area businesses to provide free of charge to customers. The guide was prepared by the Virginia 2007 Committee of the City of Falls Church to Celebrate America’s 400th Anniversary in cooperation with the Commissioner of the Revenue, The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, and Taste of Falls Church. If you would like copies of the guide and a display, please email or call 703-532-1050.


Statistical information crucial to any business considering relocating to Falls Church is available on the Falls Church City website. Information on demographics and the retail trade area are easily accessible as is the Falls Church Retail Study and the Rediscover Falls Church Retail Marketing Brochure. To access this information go the Data Center in the EDA section of the Falls Church City website (