This Week’s Business News and Notes

December 21 – 28, 2006

Acacia Federal Savings, the Falls Church Economic Development Authority, the City of Falls Church, and the Tinner Hill Herritage Foundation are co-sponsoring Watch Night, the City’s New Year’s Eve festivities. Additional support is being received from Sunrise Assisted Living in Falls Church, Geeks on Call, the Falls Church Housing Corporation, Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust, Falls Church Animal Hospital, Art and Frame of Falls Church, Edward Jones Investments and Civicatalyst Communications. Founded by the Tinner Hill Foundation, it and several other local organizations such as the Village Preservation and Improvement Society and the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce are hosting activities. Visit for more information including an outline of the evening’s activities.


Baskin-Robbins introduced its new company image last week with a newly remodeled store at 9547 Braddock Road in Fairfax, Virginia. As part of the unveiling of the new look, the Braddock Road location also made a $500 donation to the Oak View Elementary School’s technology fund drive. Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chair of ice cream specialty stores, is contemporizing the brand with a new store concept combining the original ice cream experience with a new logo, vibrant interior and exterior design, and innovative atmosphere. Baskin-Robbins has more than 5,600 retail shops around the world and is part of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. For more information go to


Derek Barnett has joined Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States from the organization’s Ohio region, as director of community benefit. Barnett direct grants and sponsorships, community health initiatives, and health care programs for the uninsured.  Barnett, a seasoned health care community relations executive with more than nine years experience, will be responsible for developing and directing initiatives that integrate corporate philanthropy, community outreach, and health care programs for uninsured residents in the area.  Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is a total health organization serving approximately 500,000 people in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Visit for more information.


Helene Safford, owner of Clay Café Studios and 2005-2006 Chair of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, has announced the Chamber’s 2007 slate of officers. Gary LaPorta (Miniatures from the Attic) will serve as Chair, Dr. Ralph Perrino (Northern Virginia Tutoring Service) will serve as Chair-Elect. Serving as Vice Chairs will be Tom Gittins (Art and Frame of Falls Church) and Bob Young (The Young Group) while Gary Fletcher (Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust) will serve as Treasurer, and Lani Phillips (Beyond the Garden Gate) will serve as Secretary. New and returning members were also named to the Board. The new members are Dr. Barry Byer of Associates in Medicine and the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade and Garrett Rambler of Vantage Fitness. Cindy Elkin of Point of View Eyewear, Dave Lasso of Venable, LLC, Ed Novak of Nova-Habitat, and Dr. Steve Rogers of Falls Church Animal Hospital and Adam Roth of Argia’s will all continue their service with another one or three year term on the 21 member Board. Paul Barkley, Architect, Mike Curtin from DC Central Kitchen, and Phil Duncan of Civicatlatyst Communications will rotate off of the Board due to term limits but will continue to be involved. Contact the Chamber office at (703) 532-1050 or for a complete listing of its Board of Directors.


Red Hot & Blue Restaurants, Inc., the Arlington-based barbecue restaurant chain, has been acquired by Dancing Pigs, LLC of Windermere, Florida. Terms of the sale were undisclosed. Red Hot & Blue, founded in 1988 in Arlington, currently has a total of 33 units, seven of which are company-owned stores in the Washington area, including its catering hub in Falls Church. Red Hot & Blue has won numerous honors over the years, including its mention in the current Washingtonian magazine as the “People’s Choice” winner in the barbecue segment. Dancing Pigs, LLC is owned by an investment group led by John Walker and Randy McCann of Windermere, Florida. Also recently announced by the restaurant chain, Ann Tansill of Falls Church, Virginia won the American Idol inspired “American Meatloaf Star” recipe contest conducted by the restaurant chain. For more information about Red Hot & Blue visit


The Shelter Alliance is making a donation to the Center for Multicultural Human Services for every used, unwanted cell phone they collect. Cell phones can be dropped off at the CMHS reception desk located in Suite 305 at 701 W. Broad Street, Falls Church from Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm or at Stacy’s Coffee Parlor located at 709 W. Broad Street, Falls Church in the evenings and on weekends. For more information about CMHS visit For more information about the Shelter Alliance visit


Weichert, Realtors Arlington Office has announced their top sales associates for the month of November. David Lloyd, a member of the Chairman of the Board Premiere Club earned top producer for the second month in a row leading the office in dollar volume, revenue units and listings sold. President’s Club Laura Vickers let the way in listing, while Chairman’s Club member Ronnie Molina earned the honor of top seller. Weichert has more than 18,600 sales associates in more than 470 company-owned and franchised sales offices throughout the U.S. For more information go to