This Week’s Business News and Notes

February 8 – 14, 2007

AH White Construction Management, Don Beyer Volvo, Novus Construction, Stacy’s Coffee Parlor, Breakaway Graphics, Vantage Fitness, ZPizza, Falls Church News-Press, and The State Theatre are sponsoring a fundraising event to benefit the Falls Church Winter Emergency Homeless Shelter. “An Evening of Jazz” Auction and Social will take place from 7:00 – 11:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2006 at The State Theatre. Tickets can be purchased by sending checks for $35 per person payable to the FC Winter Emergency Homeless Shelter by February 17, 2007. Checks should be accompanied by a list of attendees complete with phone numbers and email addresses. For more information contact Stacy Hennessey of Stacy’s Coffee Parlor at 703-536-0453.


Buon Fresco Wall Artistry, which recently opened a decorative arts school focusing on innovative design and finish techniques in Falls Church, is offering a variety of classes for both beginners and professional finishers to begin in early March. The Academy of Wall Artistry classes include color for the finishing professional, gold and metal leafing for interior decor, Venetian plaster as marble, decorative painting and business for artists. Buon Fresco is located at 308 Hillwood Avenue. Visit or call 703-914-5606 for more information.


Chesterbrook Residences, the assisted living residence for seniors which is under construction at 2030 Westmoreland Street in Falls Church, has opened a fulltime Marketing and Admissions office in McLean. Chesterbrook Residences is a non-denominational, non-profit, affordable Assisted Living Residence that will serve 109 seniors of all income backgrounds when it is completed early this fall. It is a cooperative outreach project of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church and Immanuel Presbyterian Church, both of McLean, and Temple Rodef Shalom of Falls Church. These three congregations with the National Capital Presbytery comprise the non-profit Board of Directors of Chesterbrook Residences. Fore more information contact Chuck Thornton, Marketing and Admissions Director, at 703-356-0655.


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.


CLIX Portrait Studio, a local franchise owned by Arlington resident Michelle Hayes, opened in Lee Harrison Plaza in Arlington late 2006. CLIX is an all digital portrait studio that focuses mainly on family, children, high school senior and pet portraits. They also do passports and digital photo printing from customer’s images and have a full on-location events division. CLIX is located at 2499 N. Harrison Street, Lower Level, Suite 2. For more information about CLIX, visit or call 703-532-4752.

LeapFrog Solutions, a full-service marketing communications and public relations agency, has announced that Christopher Whytal has joined the firm as an art director. In his new position, he will provide a full spectrum of design services for the agency’s growing roster of government, technology and professional service firm clients. An award-winning designer, illustrator and photographer, Whytal has more than a decade of experience in visual arts. He has significant expertise in multimedia and Web design as well as experience managing projects for a variety of corporations and nonprofit associations.  Whytal, a resident of Reston, Virginia comes to LFS from Siteworx Inc. of Reston, where he was a senior Web designer. For more information, visit or call 703-273-7900.

The Small Business Administration has released a working paper which examines how the entrance of new establishments within a 150-mile radius of young firms affects the existing firms’ profitability. Friends or Foes: The Spatial Dynamic Between Established Firms and Entrants, written by Lawrence Plummer with funding from the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, examines whether new establishments harm existing firms’ profitability due to increased competition, or help increase profits due to positive spillover effects. According to the paper, new entrants in local economies at first harm, then help, already existing firms. The complete paper is located at


Vitalia MedSpa has opened its facility at Tysons Station located at 7506 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. The new day spa offers a variety of FDA-approved treatments such as FotoFacial procedures, laser hair reduction, injectibles and fillers such as Botox® and Restylane®, VelaSmooth treatments to reduce cellulite, VibraDermabrasion, facials, peels, a complete line of private label physician formulated skin care products, and more. For more information about Vitalia or their free limited time offers to celebrate their opening, call (703) 356 –SKIN (7546) or visit