This Week’s Business News and Notes

February 1 – 7, 2006

Falls Church resident Catherine Baumer won an “Ultimate Tailgate Package”, the second place prize in PNC Bank’s Ultimate Big Game Getaway sweepstakes. Ken Robinson of Landover, MD also won the package which included a rolling cooler, authentic football jersey and hat and tailgate cooking kit. PNC’s Grand Prize winners, Susan Wheeler of Fredericksburg and Sim Stokes of Takoma Park each get an all-expenses-paid trip to Super Bowl XLI in Miami. Winners were chosen from a random drawing among participating customers at two PNC branches located in Washington, DC. PNC Bank will be opening a branch in The Read Building on Broad Street in Falls Church this spring. For more information visit


The City of Falls Church has long experienced commercial parking challenges which in many cased negatively impact its business community. While the problems are ongoing, practical resolutions have been difficult to determine.  Business owners, customers and potential customers are being invited to share both short and long term suggestions for resolving Falls Church City parking issues. Please email suggestions – particularly ideas on short term remedies – to Input will be provided to the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and Falls Church City officials for review.


City of Falls Churchopoly games, featuring dozens of local businesses, are now available at Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. in Falls Church (6299 Leesburg Pike) as well as at Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Avenue), Beyond the Garden Gate (450 W. Broad Street), Stacy’s Coffee Parlor (709 W. Broad Street) and Falls Church City Hall (contact Adrienne Raines at Proceeds from the games benefit the City of Falls Church’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. For information about how your business can support the ongoing Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts, contact Tori McKinney at 703-867-8674 or


Creative Cauldron is inviting business leaders and employees to attend its Community ‘Cauldron’ Night on Saturday, February 10th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at 111 Park Avenue in Falls Church. This is an exceptional opportunity for employees to bond and develop relationships thereby building moral and employee loyalty. Attendees are to bring their imagination, a brief poem, short story or song (original or beloved), musical instrument, etc. This event, which includes light refreshments, is fun for colleagues, family and friends of all ages who like to perform or encourage others from the sidelines. Donations will be accepted graciously (Creative Cauldron is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.) Call 571-239-5288 or register online at  


FIRSTfriday of Falls Church events are being hosted by a number of Falls Church businesses on Friday, February 2, 2007. See the ad elsewhere in this edition of the Falls Church News-Press for a complete line-up of participating businesses and for information about becoming one of them.


George Mason High School’s Mustang Yearbook staff is offering advertising to businesses this year in addition to their family ads. This is a terrific way to market your business to the local teen population. Contact Melanie Besio for details or 703-248-3091 no later than February 15, 2007.


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust and the Falls Church Animal Hospital have signed on as 2007 Silver Level Sponsors while the Falls Church Housing Corporation, Mark Werblood (of the law firm Tesler & Werblood), and Oshinsky Family Limited Partnership have each signed on as 2007 Bronze Sponsors. The Chamber’s 2007 Sponsorship packages, which were just recently unveiled, include benefits throughout the year. For more information contact the GFCCC office at 703-532-1050 or


Natalia’s Elegant Creations has leased space where it is building a café in the former location of Treasurers from the Past on Broad Street in Falls Church. Proprietor/Owner Natalia Kost-Lupichuk will be offering coffees and “innovative Euro-style sweets” in the spring of this year. For information about their catering business visit


Technology Companies in Northern Virginia are hosting Groundhog Job Shadow Day for local students on Friday, February 2, 2007.  The Northern Virginia Technology Council, the National Job Shadow Coalition and Fairfax County Public Schools are pairing students with businesses in Northern Virginia to expose youth to the high-tech workplace with the goal of inspiring new academic and career choices and promoting entrepreneurialism in participating students. More than 150 middle and high school students and 30 local businesses are participating in this nationwide event led by the National Job Shadow Coalition, which consists of America‘s Promise, Junior Achievement, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education, and in Northern Virginia by Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area. For more information about this effort, visit